“Sweet 16” Workshop Is Saturday, 8/12 At 9:30 a.m.

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YogaPaloozaX continues this Saturday! Join one of my favorite Yoga and natural health instructors Margaret Leary and experience the “Sweet 16” energy flow series on Saturday, August 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia.

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Margaret explains what the “Sweet 16” can do for you …

The Sweet 16 is an energy flow series of movement that follows the subtle energy channels of the body following Traditional Chinese Medicine. In our workshop, we will explore, through 16 specially designed exercises, the flow pattern moving from the yang (active energy) to the yin (quiet energy) through the lower body to the upper body and back again. By following these pathways, through specific exercises, energy is released and the resistance of the moves creates a feeling of lightness in the body as energy is moved from one muscle group on to the next.

The Sweet 16 is part of an overall Resistance Flexibility Strength Training (RFST) system. It is a system of exercise, movement, stretching, and resisting.  It cleanses and strengthens the physical body, but its effects will be felt on the spiritual, psychological, and emotional levels as well. As RFST Founder Bob Cooley has said, RFST is about “becoming flexible in ALL ways.”

Doing the Sweet 16 on a daily basis is like “brushing your teeth”… an inner body cleansing that will leave your body prepared to dance, play golf, do Yoga, or take part in the FUN activity of your choice.

Come feel the experience!

Margaret’s workshop will run from 9:30 until 11 a.m.  Dress for a Yoga-style class and bring your mat.

“Sweet 16” is part of our ongoing YogaPalooza session. It is included in the Unlimited Class option or counts for one class of the 8-class session.  Drop-in’s may attend for $13.

Check out the full YogaPalooza schedule here.  General info, including studio directions, are here.

YogaPalooza … because Summer & Yoga are perfect together.

Peaceful Hands Yoga | 228 Warren Street | Orange, Virginia

5 Important Reminders For Your 4th of July

Five reminders for your Fourth of July …

One … Stay hydrated. Watermelon is 92 percent water and, as a bonus, includes nutrients, essential rehydration minerals, and electrolytes. Studies have found that watermelon is far more hydrating than just plain water. And, watermelon is yum (which you really can’t say about water). (Well, you could say that about water, but you probably wouldn’t mean it.)

So Very, Very Yum.

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Spring Yoga Begins Monday, March 6

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Photo Courtesy of: Smihael, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Have we made it through this winter? Maybe. (Maybe not.) All I know is my calendar says Spring Yoga begins on Monday!

So, here’s the spring schedule (please note the two upcoming no-class dates) and some info on my upcoming baseball talk in Culpeper … I hope you’ll join me!

The new eight-week session of Peaceful Hands Yoga begins on Monday, March 6 and is scheduled to run through Wednesday, May 3.

>> There will be no class on Wednesday, March 15 & Monday, April 24. <<

Classes on Mondays & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. ~ Level 1
6:00 p.m. ~ Level 1 / Level 2 
8 Classes ~ $72 (take any eight classes during the session)
Unlimited ~ $120 (take as many of the Monday/Wednesday classes during the session as you like)
Single Class ~ $13

(Cash/Check only. Please make checks payable to Peaceful Hands, LLC.)

Your first class with me is free!  General Yoga Class info, including directions to the studio, make-up class policy, class styles, what to expect, and things like that can be found here. 

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio
228 Warren Street
at Sedwick Racquetball Club
Orange, Virginia
 
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And, a non-Yoga aside. I’ve been invited to speak at the Museum of Culpeper History on Sunday, March 19 about something that is definitely spring-y … Baseball.

Wearing my Baseball Bloggess cap, I’ll be talking about two great ballplayers in the Baseball Hall of Fame. One was black, the son of slaves who played before baseball was integrated. The other was white, a banker’s son with a college degree. Culpeper and baseball tie them together.

Baseball can often can tell us a larger story of who we are as a country – and how we got here. I hope you’ll join me (I promise, no downward dogs!). The talk is free and, yes, there will be snacks.  More info and RSVP info is here.

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Join us on the mat … springtime … anytime!  I hope to see you! 🙂  
~ Jackie

Holiday Open House is Saturday, December 10 ~ Check Out The Special Guest List!

Peaceful Hands Yoga’s Morning Class & Open House to benefit the Wildlife Center of Virginia is this Saturday, December 10 and I have a wonderful surprise for you this year!

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Maggie, VIP (Very Important Peregrine)

This year, we’ll be joined by some wild friends from the Wildlife Center, including Maggie.  You may know Maggie as the young Wildlife Center Peregrine who is also the star of the new children’s book Maggie, The One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon.

If you’ve never seen a Peregrine close up … seriously, they’re pretty amazing.

ALL-LEVELS YOGA CLASS

Class at 9:30 a.m.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio

228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia

Come to one! Come to both!

Lots of treats – sweet and savory – and hot cider. (And, yes, Dr. B is bringing one of his delicious cheesecakes for us!)

Door Prizes!  The 3rd Annual Yoga Book Giveaway!

Did I mention treats? (And, cheesecake?)

And, yes, animals from the Wildlife Center!

I’m so excited that we’ll be joined by Maggie and a couple other special Wildlife Center ambassadors.  (I hope Oscar and Wilson are joining Maggie … and, of course, we’ll have Yoga poses in class to celebrate all three!)

Amanda and Lacy, Wildlife Center humans, will be joining us, too.

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Amanda and Maggie

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Lacy

They’ll be there, along with Randy, to answer your questions about the animals the Center cares for and, I know, they join me in thanking you for your kind generosity to the Wildlife Center throughout the year.

Please bring a gift for the Wildlife Center if you can.

1) Make a cash/check donation to the Wildlife Center of Virginia or, 2) bring a bag filled with helpful supplies for the Center. Please choose items from this list:

Paper Towels w Tissues (no lotion) w Glad/Hefty Trash Bags (30 gallon & yard sized) w Ziplock Bags w Safety Glasses/Goggles w Mixed Nuts (unsalted, raw, no peanuts) w Canned or Dry Cat or Dog Food (any size, any brand) w  Bird Seed / Sunflower Seeds (for bird feeders) w Basic office supplies: 20 lb. white paper, pens, padded mailing envelopes, dry erase markers.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They have cared for more than 2,000 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.

I hope you’ll stop by. This is also my opportunity to thank you for being part of the Peaceful Hands family this year.  And, bring a friend — this is a great opportunity to introduce your friends to our Yoga community. 

I thank you for all your kindnesses.

To learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, their animals, and to check out their awesome LIVE Critter Cam, visit them here: Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Need info? Email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com or call 540-672-9528.  And, directions are here: Directions to Studio.

 

Peaceful Hands Holiday Open House & Yoga Class ~ Benefiting The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

On SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016 join me for a special morning Yoga class and Holiday Open House at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia …

This class will benefit
THE WILDLIFE CENTER OF VIRGINIA!

All-Levels Yoga Class ~ 9:30 a.m.

at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange, Virginia

Open House follows ~ 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Your class “cost”? 1) Make a cash/check donation to the Wildlife Center of Virginia or, 2) Bring a bag filled with needed supplies for the Center. Please choose items from this list:

Paper Towels w Tissues (no lotion) w Glad/Hefty Trash Bags (30 gallon & yard sized) w Ziplock Bags w Safety Glasses/Goggles w Mixed Nuts (unsalted, raw, no peanuts) w Canned & Dry Dog or Cat Food (any size, any brand) w  Bird Seed / Sunflower Seeds (for bird feeders) w Basic office supplies: 20 lb. white paper, pens, padded mailing envelopes, dry erase markers.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They have cared for more than 2,400 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.

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screech owl babies

They all need our help ~ Please be generous!

Even if you can’t make it to class … stop by anyway!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Enjoy hot apple cider and deeee-licious sweet treats. And, maybe some savory things, too. (The Peaceful Hands Test Kitchen is still working on the menu … )

Enter to win a PEACEFUL HANDS HOLIDAY BASKET, filled with some of my favorite things and a few other surprises, too!

Take a Book, because it’s our third annual FREE Yoga book giveaway! 

Visit with The Wildlife Center’s Executive Vice President Randy Huwa who will be there to thank you for your support and to tell you about the wild patients you have helped — from bear cubs to hummingbirds.

Bring a friend. You don’t have to do Yoga to come by. And, please let others know about this Open House — it’s a great way to introduce new folks to our Yoga studio and to the work of the Wildlife Center.

I hope you’ll stop by. (I can’t eat all these cookies by myself, you know … plus, I want to see you!)  

Here are just a couple of things the Peaceful Hands family has done to help support The Wildlife Center and its patients this year.

You gathered clover, garden greens, and acorns through our “Team Bunny” program, provided lots of brown paper bags for the daily feeding of the bear cubs, and saved an orphaned squirrel in our parking lot before the 4:30 class this summer. (That squirrel, by the way, made it through a-ok and just last week was released in Madison County at the Beier’s farm.)

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Team Bunny clover in action!

Thank you, as always, for your boundless kindnesses.

To learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, their animals, and to check out their awesome LIVE Critter Cam, visit: Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Need info? Have a cookie request? Ideas for the Open House? I’m all ears.

Email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com or call 540-672-9528.  And, directions are here: Directions to Studio.

I hope to see you!  The weather is going to be perfect. (But, I’ll come up with a backup plan, just in case.)

 

Fall Yoga Begins Wed, Sept 7, 2016 At Peaceful Hands Yoga

 

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Namasté. That’s the Yoga way of saying “hi.” I’ve missed you! The new Fall Yoga session at Peaceful Hands begins on Wednesday and I hope you’ll unroll your mat with me!

(Curious about what Namasté means and what you should do when someone says Namasté to you? Check out this post I wrote back in 2009 and just recently updated: The Mystery of Namasté.)

The 8-week Fall Session of PEACEFUL HANDS YOGA begins Wednesday, September 7.

Yoga encourages suppleness in the spine and back, tones muscles, improves balance, de-stresses the brain, bolsters the immune system, and brightens the heart (both the physical heart and the energetic one).

Just imagine how good you would feel if you did Yoga once, or even twice, a week!

Yoga Classes with Jackie
Mondays & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. – Level 1
6:00 p.m. – Level 1 / Level 2

NEW 8-week session begins on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 
and is scheduled to run
through MONDAY, OCTOBER 31.

Classes are at PEACEFUL HANDS YOGA STUDIO, 228 Warren Street (upstairs at the Sedwick Racquetball Club), in Orange.

8 weeks ~ 8 classes: $72

8 weeks ~ unlimited: $120

Drop-In Single Class: $13

Your first class with me is free — so come try it out.

For more information about classes, including what to bring, what to wear, class fees, and directions to the studio, click here: Yoga With Jackie

More information about me, my background and training, and what I looked like dressed in a dancing bee costume when I was 8, can be found by clicking here: About Jackie

I’m delighted to share my studio with two other instructors — Nancy teaches Morning Yoga on Wednesdays and Dan offers Karate for Adults on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Find out more about their classes here: Nancy’s Morning Yoga and here: Dan’s Karate For Adults

I hope you’ll join us.

If you have questions or need info … feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post … or email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com

And, be sure to sign up to “Follow” this website for schedule updates, news, and who knows what else. (The “Follow” button is at the bottom of this post and can be accessed from the homepage.)

I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

YogaPalooza: 3 Classes This Week …

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But today
the sky is blue,
summer is in our bones,
and so many things don’t count yet.

~ from: Playing Stickball with Robbie Shea, by Mark Lukeman

Summer’s not done yet …

Our 9th Summer of YogaPalooza winds up this week with three special classes.  This Yoga session, like the summertime, just flew by, didn’t it?

Don’t miss out on the final week in YogaPaloozaville …

Monday, August 22 ~ Vinyasa: Rock

Wednesday, August 24 ~ Vinyasa: Roll

Friday, August 26 ~ Yin Yoga & YogaPalooza Closes Up For Another Summer

Classes at Peaceful Hands Yoga, 228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia.

4:30 p.m. ~ Level 1

6:00 p.m. ~ Level 1 / Level 2

Stay tuned to learn if anyone makes it to all 18 YogaPalooza classes! A treat awaits the ones who do.

Join us! (If you need general info — studio directions, class fees, etc … just click here.)

We’ll take a little break after this session wraps. There will be no classes the following week (the week of August 29) or on Labor Day.

The new 8-week FALL SESSION at PEACEFUL HANDS YOGA will begin on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7.

But, no need to jump to fall when there’s still some summer left.  I hope to see you on the mat!

Peaceful Hands Yoga … Where Yoga Happens.

 

The Yoga of Music & Chant …

I hope last night’s Yoga class that entwined vibration and sound energized your practice. (After a full day of chanting, I’m just getting my voice back this morning!)

If you’d like to continue to incorporate the beneficial energy of sound, vibration, and chant with your practice, I have a couple copies of Awakening Spirit ~ The Yoga Of Music & Chant available.  It’s a two-CD set and it includes the chant we learned in class: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu (May all beings be happy & free).

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Alongside the familiar Yoga practice of movement and meditation is the ancient Yoga of Music and Chant whose goal is to open your heart, awaken your mind, and arouse your spirit. Russill Paul is a modern master of this practice.

CD 1 Nada: Awakening Spirit: Russill’s remarkable Nada Yoga chanting is accompanied by his own ten-stringed hybrid instrument called a Unitar, Bansuri flute, Indian percussion, Sarangi, and Tanpura. Nada can be used for meditation, or to fill a room with uplifting energy. Chanting along is almost irresistible.

CD 2 Shabda: Mantra Mysticism: An ensemble of traditional and contemporary instruments supports Russill’s inspiring chanting. Listen quietly to go on an inward journey through meditative states, or chant along and be bathed in these healing sonic energies. Russill has shared the stage with many musical luminaries, and has performed for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. “His fusion of the sounds of India with the energy and technology of contemporary Western music produces a sound unequaled since George Harrison collaborated with Ravi Shankar in the late 1960s.”– Arlo Guthrie

This special two-CD set is $12.  UPDATE: The “Awakening Spirit” 2-CD set is now sold out.  If you’d like me to order another copy for you, just let me know (it usually takes about a week to get it).  Plus, there are other chanting and toning CDs available at the Peaceful Hands shop … including the following CD with chants done by one of the world’s most beautiful voices:

I also have a few copies of Deva Premal’s beautiful Healing Mantras available.

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Peace. Abundance. Compassion. Physical healing. These are just some of the universal aspirations we can usher into our lives through dedicated mantra practice. At once a serene listening experience and a powerful tool for transformation, Deva Premal’s Healing Mantras presents 17 Indian and Tibetan chants, each repeated 108 times in keeping with tradition. Selected by Deva herself for use as part of a daily practice or to permeate any space with healing energy, Deva is joined by the chanting of Buddhist Monks.

This CD is $11.

There are some other beautiful chant and vibrational music CDs that are also in our little “shop” at the studio. I keep just a few CDs in stock and if you’d like me to put something aside for you, please let me know. Email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com

 

Yoga & Karate Come Together at YogaRaté, Thursday 8/11

Karate Inspiration

YogaPalooza is in the home stretch.  (Home STRETCH … get it?)

Our YogaPalooza classes continue on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. through August 26.

And, this week, YogaPalooza has a special “play date” with you on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.!

Join Black Belt Karate instructor, Dan Paterson, for YogaRaté , Thursday, August 11 at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia. One class only – 5:30 p.m.

Many of you know Dan from our Yoga classes. I’m delighted that he also teaches Karate for Adults at Peaceful Hands on Tuesday and Thursday nights. He’s prepared this special class especially for YogaPalooza.

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Dan is a 6th degree black belt who has been practicing for 30 years and teaching for the past 15.  And, because of his Yoga practice, he knows first-hand how the rich traditions of these two practices complement each other.

Dan explains …

Our Yogapalooza Yogaraté class is an introduction to the common origin and goals of Yoga and the Okinawan Martial Art Isshinryu (One Heart Way). We’ll explore some interesting parallels between the two practices, dispel common myths, and learn that often there are many ways to achieve the same objectives.

You’ll learn some Karate-based training methods that may be used to enhance your Yoga practice and some simple and practical self-protection techniques.

The level of physical activity and ability will be no greater than that of a beginner’s Yoga class. No worries, participation is limited to each person’s comfort zone.

Self-protection skills lead to self-confidence. Self-confidence is empowering and leads to a peaceful nature. Once inner peace is achieved, the search for enlightenment is possible.  You’ll see that Yoga and Karate share much in common.

Okinawan Karate traces its origin back to India. An Indian Buddhist Monk Bodhidharma introduced Yoga-inspired training to Chinese Monks at the Shaolin Temple. Due to trade routes with China, Okinawans learned these practices and brought them back to their home. Over the centuries the practices were adapted and modified to fit the Okinawan people and their culture.

Television and movies often give the wrong impression of Karate, implying that it is an aggressive practice. In fact, there is no “first strike” in Karate. In its basic form techniques learned are for self-protection and the protection of others only.  The ultimate goal, as in Yoga, is inner peace and enlightenment.

Dan’s class is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Dress for a Yoga-style class and bring your mat. (You may not need your mat, but, just in case, have it handy.)

I hope you’ll join us!

YogaRaté is part of our ongoing YogaPalooza session.  It is included in the Unlimited Class option or counts for one class of the 8-class session.  Drop-in’s may attend for $13.

Check out the full YogaPalooza schedule here.

If you have any questions about this or any other upcoming class, email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com

YogaPalooza … because Yoga doesn’t stop just because it’s summer.

 

“Sweet 16” Workshop This Saturday, 8/6 at 9:30 a.m.

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Join one of my favorite Yoga and natural health instructors Margaret Leary and experience the “Sweet 16” energy flow series this Saturday, August 6 at 9:30 a.m. at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia.

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Margaret explains what the “Sweet 16” can do for you …

The Sweet 16 is an energy flow series of movement that follows the subtle energy channels of the body following Traditional Chinese Medicine. In our workshop, we will explore, through 16 specially designed exercises, the flow pattern moving from the yang (active energy) to the yin (quiet energy) through the lower body to the upper body and back again. By following these pathways, through specific exercises, energy is released and the resistance of the moves creates a feeling of lightness in the body as energy is moved from one muscle group on to the next.

The Sweet 16 is part of an overall Resistance Flexibility Strength Training (RFST) system. It is a system of exercise, movement, stretching, and resisting.  It cleanses and strengthens the physical body, but its effects will be felt on the spiritual, psychological, and emotional levels as well. As RFST Founder Bob Cooley has said, RFST is about “becoming flexible in ALL ways.”

Doing the Sweet 16 on a daily basis is like “brushing your teeth”… an inner body cleansing that will leave your body prepared to dance, play golf, do Yoga, or take part in the FUN activity of your choice.

Come feel the experience!

Margaret’s workshop will run from 9:30 until 11 a.m.  Dress for a Yoga-style class and bring your mat.

“Sweet 16” is part of our ongoing YogaPalooza session.  It is included in the Unlimited Class option or counts for one class of the 8-class session.  Drop-in’s may attend for $13.

Check out the full YogaPalooza schedule here.

If you have any questions about this or any other class on our upcoming YogaPalooza schedule, email me at jackie@peacefulhands.com

YogaPalooza … because Yoga doesn’t stop just because it’s summer.