Peaceful Hands Holiday Open House & Yoga Class ~ Benefiting The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018

On SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018 join me for our 7th annual morning Yoga class and Holiday Open House at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia …

Benefiting
THE WILDLIFE CENTER OF VIRGINIA!

Free 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.

Not up for morning Yoga? Just come to the Open House … no open house experience necessary! 🙂

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

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

 

Athena the barred owl at last year’s Open House.

Whoooo will be joining us? Some of the Wildlife Center’s special wild ambassadors, that’s who!

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 3,000 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.

On November 15, a destructive ice storm hit Virginia. It did an enormous amount of damage to animal housing and habitat at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Good news is that no animals or staff were injured, but there’s a lot of damage. So, our help is needed more than ever this year as they continue to care for their animals and rebuild from the storm.

I love this year-end video the Center posted last December.

 

They all need our help ~ Please be generous!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy hot apple cider and deeee-licious sweet and savory homemade treats. (Plus, yes! Dr. Beier’s famous homemade cheesecake will be there, too!)

 Visit with The Wildlife Center’s Executive Vice President Randy Huwa, Asst. VP of Admin. Lacy Kegley, and Outreach Director Amanda Nicholson, who will be there to thank you for your support and to tell you about the wild patients your gifts help — from bear cubs to hummingbirds. 

Take A Pic with a wild critter! Maybe a raptor, maybe a possum, maybe a turtle, maybe an owl. I can’t tell you which Wildlife Center “Wild Ambassadors” will be joining us, but I can tell you that they are looking forward to seeing you!

 Bring A Friend. You don’t have to do Yoga to come by. And, please invite a friend — it’s a great way to introduce new folks to our Yoga studio and to the work of the Wildlife Center. I think of Peaceful Hands as a family and if you’re interested in helping the Wildlife Center, please join us … you’re definitely family!

Can’t Attend, But Want To Help? Make an online donation. Visit the Center at wildlifecenter.org and click the “Donate” button in the upper right corner. Click the option “make a general gift.” When you “check out” you’ll have the opportunity to include a note. Let them know that you’re supporting the “Peaceful Hands” project. If you do, you’ll receive a special little thank you surprise from me!

I hope you’ll stop by. 

Thank you, as always, for your kindness and generosity.

Email any questions to me at jackie@peacefulhands.com.  And, directions are here: Directions to Studio.

HolidayCookieiciously Yours, Jackie

5 Ways To Ensure 4th of July Awesomeness

Five things — from watermelon to bear cubs — to help ensure a safe and awesome Fourth of July …

One … It’s Hot Out — 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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Thanksgiving Blessing

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  ~ Albert Schweitzer

This is, by far, my most favorite cartoon of all time … from Mutts

this moment mutts

I am thankful for this moment … and this one, too. And, I am thankful for each of you who share your Yoga with me.

I wanted to share last week’s Yoga class blessing with you. I have looked for other blessings of gratitude over the years, and there are beautiful ones out there, but this is the one that I always come back to. It is from W.E.B. Du Bois, the tireless civil rights leader and author.

Give us thankful hearts … in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving. May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude and appreciation shows itself neither in independence nor satisfaction, but passes the gift joyfully on in larger and better form.

Feeling Blessed? Here’s a cornucopia of gratitude blessings from our Yoga classes over the years …

Click here for the Gratitude Savasana and Energy Bridge instruction from 2011: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1

Click here for another beautiful blessing that guided our meditation at the end of that 2011 Thanksgiving class: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 2

Here The Buddha explains why we should be thankful, from a class in 2012, click: So, Let Us All Be Thankful

In 2013, I revisted Albert Schweitzer’s wisdom in “Thanksgiving Yoga: Rekindling Our Light”, click: Rekindling Our Light

And, for a beautiful poem of Gratitude from Harriett Kofalk that served as the foundation of a Thanksgiving Day Yoga practice in 2010, click: I Give Thanks

I’m sharing all these with you again to inspire you (“inspire” being simply the stealthy way of saying … I’m “reminding” you) to unroll your mat sometime this week … and infuse your practice with gratitude and a smile. Even if you do just one asana this week — just one — be grateful that you can.

May you have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving …

Namasté

Old Pose, New Pose

I’ll remind you in class from time to time that Yoga poses – asanas – are usually not as old as we think they are. And, while some instructional Yoga guides to asanas are a couple hundred years old, there aren’t any that are truly “ancient.”

As I mentioned in our Sun-Moon class on Monday, the Sun Salutation – Surya Namaskar – is probably only 100 years old or so. The Moon Salutation, Chandra Namaskar? Well, it’s younger than the Internet.

But, there’s nothing wrong with poses being young. They are born of the spirit of Yoga – which is ancient – and the knowledge of modern science, anatomy, and physiology. They are the perfect balance of old and young.

And, that’s what Yoga is, isn’t it? The balancing of energy – sun and moon, right and left, young and old.

Here are two poses for you to ponder. One old and one is so young it hasn’t been invented – yet. But, maybe you can help me with that.

Old Pose

Lilias Folan was one of the great teachers of Yoga in the United States. Her Yoga programs on PBS beginning in the late 1960s introduced thousands to the practice at a time when there weren’t many Yoga studios around.

During Wednesday’s heart opening class, we practiced Gormukhasana. It’s a wonderful way to open the shoulders and stretch the heart center.

I’ve always known it as “cow face pose.”

So imagine my surprise to find it in a book by Lilias from 1972. The pose hasn’t changed. But, the name certainly has …

lilias 1972 warrior

Any guess on what Sponge pose is? (I know the answer … we do it all the time and we call it something else entirely.)

New Pose

California blogger Casey Karp writes about all sorts of things, including technology, the Bay Bridge, baseball, and cats. Every Friday he shares a photo of one – or some – of his cats doing … something.

Today, he featured Rhubarb, curled up and sleeping in what looks to me like a wonderful, brand-new Yoga pose. A pose that hasn’t been invented yet.

rhubarbasana

Photo of Rhubarb from koiscribblings.com Thanks Casey!

Check out the entire post for Casey’s description of the specific alignment Rhubarb is demonstrating: Read here.

Casey believes that cats get short-shrift in Yoga. He knows about Down Dogs, but he doesn’t know about cat tilts … cat-grabs-its-tail … lion pose … tiger in the grass.

I told Casey if anyone could turn his cat’s photo into a Yoga pose – Rhubarbasana, of course – it would be us. Take a look and see what you think.

If you want to share your thoughts on how to make Rhubarbasana come alive on the mat, let me know or comment below.  Or, maybe we’ll invent something new on Monday!

(And, a Friday treat for you. Here’s the Heart Sutra from Wednesday’s Savasana.)

 

Peaceful Hands Yoga ~ New Location in Orange, VA

mats mats matsPeaceful Hands Yoga has moved!

We’re now located at 228 Warren Street, Orange, Virginia at the Sedwick Racquetball Courts.

A deep bow of thanks to those who came out yesterday to help move the studio and set it up again in its new home ~ Barb and Donnie and Dotty and Joe and Randy and Sandy and Susie.  While moving a Yoga studio is a pretty easy endeavor (very little heavy lifting), it still takes time and love to get things set up “just so.”

I will miss the little studio that served us well for the past two years.

one last lookOne last look. One last goodbye.

all packed upIf you think moving a Yoga studio is easy … yes, you’re right. Roll up the mats, pile up the pillows, and don’t forget to pack Shiva!

blocks are packedThe blocks are stacked. The mats are rolled. And, Buddha is down from his perch near the ceiling. Time to go … 

mat cleaningOnce everything was moved to the new space, we cleaned up the loaner mats … and when we unrolled them all, we realized just how much more space we will now have!

the unpackersThe Unpackers!

the hanger uppersThe Hanger-Uppers!

ocean cornerThe Ocean Wall includes a little nook for tucking away blocks and straps and mats and peaceful things.

wall o matsWe have so much more space that I ran out of my strands of colored lights before I ran out of wall.

shiva in the houseShiva’s In The House!

And, after only a couple hours of moving and stacking and moving and unpacking, Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio is ready for you. The mats are ready. The room has been smudged with incense to bless it. And, all that’s left now …

time to ring the bell… is to ring the bell.

Special Classes This Week:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31

4:30 p.m. ~ Level 1

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

 
THURSDAY, JANUARY 1
9:30 a.m. ~ A Kundalini-Inspired New Year’s Class

$13/Class

If you sign up for the 8-week/8-class session ($72/8 classes) … take either the New Year’s Eve OR New Year’s Day class FREE.

OR … Sign up for the unlimited 8-week session ($120) and take BOTH the New Year’s Eve AND New Year’s Day classes FREE.

Eight-Week Winter Session begins Monday, January 5, 2015.  Regular classes are:

Mondays & Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. ~ Level 1
6:00 p.m. ~ Level 1 / Level 2

 

I hope to see you on your mat!

I’m beginning to transition to this website for my Yoga schedules and updates. In the meantime, if you need additional information, click here for general information about my classes or contact me at jackie@peacefulhands.com or 540.672.9528.

Namasté