Top 3 Health Benefits of Hugging

Hugging is an extremely positive form of communication. It expresses the values of love, approval, gratitude and forgiveness. Hugging is a great form of emotional satisfaction, but it also has some surprising health benefits
1. Hugging reduces the risk of heart diseases

High blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. Studies have also shown that hugging lowers blood pressure and with it reduces the risk of heart diseases. For people with weak hearts or high blood pressure, this one is probably the most important one from all the health benefits of hugging.

2. Hugging relieves stress and makes you feel calmer

Several studies have shown that hugging makes you happier (what a surprise!). Hugs increase the level of hormone called oxytocin. This hormone is a trigger for bonding and caring responses. This hormone makes you feel calmer and less anxious.

3. Hugging is good for your relationship

When you think about it – it´s pretty obvious. But do you know, how hugging is good for your relationship? Hugging releases the hormones serotonin and dopamine. Those hormones make you feel good and lift your mood. As a result you feel more closer to the person who makes you feel good. Good relationship has also a positive effect on your overall health.

Those were the top 3 health benefits of hugging. But there are also other health benefits of hugging that should inspire you to hug more – longevity, stronger immune system and higher self-esteem. Some studies have even shown that hugging reduces some symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Please share so we all feel better!

Thank you  Good Relaxation


Seven Steps to Boost Vitality

Join the fun at the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto!   foot steps
Monday January 26, 2014   
Presentation 8pm
Patricia Becker speaks on Seven Steps to Boost Your Vitality

Make 2015 the most joyous year of your life? What is holding you back? The first step is laughter, which, as it turns out, is a very powerful way to stimulate and invigorate our immune system, fundamental to our health.

All of the steps are Easy, Free, and Powerful. Acting together they provide a powerful arsenal of tools to overcome blockages, freeing us to experience the joyful life that each of us is entitled to.

Patricia Becker teaches yoga for Stanford University School of Medicine Health Improvement Program.  She managed Common Ground Garden Supply for 14 years, and the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners for several years. She has held a variety of positions at Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve. She served on the Ecology Action Board of Directors for many years and the Ecological Farming Association Board of Directors as Secretary.

Patricia provides Wellness Coaching for Business Professionals using an integrated approach Nutrition Yoga and breath.

Speakers receive a gratuity from the audience; please show your support and appreciation with a donation ($5-10 suggested).

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Dinner Menu Middle Eastern Favorites $18  Chef James Holloway

Make Dinner Reservations by 9:30am January 26th by calling 650-599-3320

See you at the First Baptist Church, 305 North California Avenue at Bryant, Palo Alto.


Holiday Share Faire – sponsored by Transition Palo Alto

Holiday Share Faire – sponsored by Transition Palo Alto

Drive thru the magnificent Redwood to the studio!

Sunday, December 14,   1 to 3 pm

Cubberley Community Center – Room H-6 (at the end near Piazza’s)
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Bring garden produce, food, books, toys, clothes, and or holiday decorations to share.

Join in some fabulous mini- classes and events!

Including Hatha Yoga for your back, neck, shoulders, hands and wrists!

Hatha Yoga – Patricia Becker
Growing succulents – Stephanie Erskine

Live Music – Herb Moore
Solar Oven Demonstration – Diane Ruddle
Wreath Making – Marianne Mueller (bring your plant material)   and much more!

Email me with your yoga requests?

PatricaiaJoyBecker@gmail.com



4 Summer Time Health Tips

Cool off this summer with yoga, meditation and breathing techniques. Stay focused, healthy and happy with some simple practices.

4 Yoga Tips to Cool Off This Summer

One season flows into another – each one brings its set of changes. A yogi will simply look at the changes and act accordingly. Here are some best practices and tips to ensure the body and mind stay fit.

You could choose a favorite yoga tip and practice it regularly or even do all.

#1: The secret is in your breath

The next time you have a few minutes before you rush out for the day, try the body cooling pranayama.
1. Stick your tongue out and curl the sides of the tongue upward towards the center of the tongue.

2. Breathe in through the mouth, hold the breath and slowly exhale through the nose.

Repeat five to 10 times.

#2: Drink up

The more you hydrate yourself, the better. With 70 percent of water in your body, you’d better ensure there’s lot of liquid out there.

Besides drinking extra fluids, you could include the alternative nostril breathing  in your routine. Here’s how:

1. Close the right nostril with your right thumb.

2. Exhale completely through the left nostril and then breathe in through the left nostril.

3. Close the left nostril with your little ring finger and exhale through the right.

Repeat five to 10 times.

#3: Slow down on yoga poses

Yoga poses practiced gently and meditatively balance the mind and body and are beneficial at any time of the year.

Strenuous physical activity or yoga increases body temperature, best to avoid in summer and save for cooler months. Early in the morning or late in the evening are the best times to practice yoga postures during summer.

#4 Watch what you Consume

Reduce intake of spicy food, tea, coffee and sugar.MFM_FinalLogo_CMYK1

Avoid fatty food because it puts extra burden on the digestive system and heart.

Consume larger quantities of fruits, raw and cooked vegetables

Minimize consumption of non-vegetarian food.

Increase your intake of water add a option squeeze of lemon or lime with a pinch of salt.

Last but not least;

After a long day, do you want to unwind in the evening? Lie down near a wall – with your legs and feet up the wall in a comfortable manner.  Stay  for a 2 or 3 minutes.  Bring the legs down and rest in Shavasana.  These yoga poses are refreshing and restorative. How does this work? Since the heart is pumping out more blood, when the temperature is high, this yoga pose helps the heart by returning more blood back to the heart. (use gravity to bring the blood back to the heart.)