Release Upper Back Stiffness

The upper back is challenging for us to access. We use a yoga blanket, yoga blocks, and Yoga Tune Up Balls to assist us. These yoga props are helpful for other classes on this channel.
Join me now to release the tight upper back muscles to feel better in your whole body. This is going to feel really good!

Let me know how it went in the comment section below. I love hearing from you! 
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8th Annual Edible Landscaping Tour


Saturday, July 19th, 2014  10am-4pm

Eigth Annual Edible Tour$35, proceeds benefit Common Ground, a 501c3 nonprofit project of Ecology Action.

Organic Food Grown in our Neighborhoods!

  • Explore local organically-grown edible gardens
  • Learn about Grow Biointensive & organic gardening practices
  • Meet the creative gardeners & get great ideas
  • Bicycle Friendly

Tour Highlights: Water Saving Techniques, Fruit Trees, Raised Beds & Berries, Chickens & Coops, Greenhouses, Herb, Flower & Native Plantings, Composting, and Lots of Vegetables!

This year the Edible Landscaping Tour is featuring several front yard edible gardens!  Gone are the days when vegetable gardens were considered unsightly and relegated to the back yard only. Come see the variety of these gardens which demonstrate that growing food is not just practical, but beautiful!

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.

Yoga For Gardeners

Yoga for Gardeners
A Workshop with Patricia Becker

Sunday, August 15
1:30 – 4:30 pm

Nurture your body, heart and soul – and learn how to care for your back and body with the best poses for gardeners.

Yoga, just like gardening, teaches us patience, humility, and love. Practice connecting to your breath to raise your awareness of this powerful healing method is always available to you, free of charge.

Bring a friend and a favorite gardening success or humorous story.  Beginners and experienced yogis are all welcome. The Workshop will be accompanied by live music by Herb Moore, playing the guitar, flute, bells, and whistles!

Patricia Becker Biography

Patricia Becker is the Center Director of the epitomally “Green” Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center, an influential Palo Alto non-profit. In the last six years she has immersed herself in Anusara Yoga since, just like gardening, yoga is life affirming and enhancing. You can learn more about Patricia by visiting her Website/Blog, Feel Better Now.

Patricia is a Macrobiotic Nutritional Consultant who sprinkles her Workshops and Thursday morning Avalon classes with fun food facts. Her workshops and yoga classes are both playful and meaningful – and edible gifts from the garden are included!

Price: $45 in Advance or $55 the Day of the Event, if any openings remain.

To register for Yoga for Gardeners, drop by Avalon or call or email us with payment information:
650.324.2517  or     email: