San Francisco Profile Article

Common Ground is a Palo Alto nonprofit where you can learn what to plant and how to get your body and mind into the right place for planting it. You used to have to go to two places to get that kind of counseling.

A year ago, Common Ground manager Patricia Becker, 57, started offering Yoga for Gardeners. Her next class is Sept. 3 at the garden supply and education center ( www.commongroundinpaloalto.org). Bring a rake or a yoga strap, or she will supply them.

Patricia demonstrates pose

On concept: Anusara is my discipline. It’s a life-affirming practice. We always look for the good. My personal yoga practice is that I go to classes and I do it at home and I love doing it outside in a park with my bare feet on the earth, feeling the rays of sunshine.

On curriculum: You prepare to go into the garden the same way you prepare the soil for seeds. I teach how to stretch the major muscle groups so that when you go into the garden, your muscles are lubricated and ready to move and bend.

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