Yoga for a Healthy Back

Yoga for a Healthy Back

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center  559 College Ave, Palo Alto CA 94306
Saturday, May 24
10:30 – 12:30 $31 Click to Register

Gardeners and high-tech computer people alike want to take care of their backs to live a full happy life. Learn the best practices and methods for keeping your back muscles healthy. Learn thigh stretches and strengthening yoga poses for your thighs to improve your back. Good alignment in your legs translates to your back. Get empowered to help you and your back feel better. Even if it is good now, let’s keep it that way! Taught by Patricia Becker who is the Common Ground Center Manager and has been teaching Yoga for Healthy back class- In Twist, Juice it Up!yoga classes locally and at Stanford University.


Yoga Class Thursdays at Stanford University

Hatha Yoga: Based on Principles of Alignment
Thursdays April 4 – June 13th.  11 Classes   Community Pays Only $100
My class focus on alignment before action to bring greater stability, safety and freedom.
Movements are coordinated with the breath and designed to help students of all levels advance in their practice.
Bring your yoga mat, wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to Feel Better Now!
To Register, go to:
Then enter “hyp-01″ as the class code in the Grey Section

10 Poses in 10 Minutes

Warning Yoga can lead to greater Health & Happiness! 

Basic tune up poses you can do  in 10 minutes

  1. Walking around on your toes
  2. Hands on thighs doing knee circles both directions
  3. Hip circles both directions
  4. Lower body stead fast upper body and arms turning and swinging side to side. Start slow and gradually increase speed. Tapping your back hand on your kidney area and front hand on upper far reaching chest.
  5. Root the bottom half of your body down into the earth like the roots of tree. Open you palms and lift your arms up to the sky. Repeat in unison with your breath.
  6. Shoulder flossing front to back. Then back to front with a soft relaxed face!
  7. Anchor the bottom half of your body and extend your torso long. Lift your shoulders up and claps you hand behind your back. Move your forearms from side to side and up and down in a way that feels expansive and good!
  8. Skiers pose. That one that helps you find freedom and ease in your lower back.
  9. Stand by the wall of chair and place one hand on the wall.  Wrap a yoga strap around your foot and lift your foot behind you. Good counter thigh stretch.
  10.  Lay on your back holding your shins and gently roll left to right and front to back.

If anything doesn’t feel good or right stop and we will review live and in person!

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 ( 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.