Yoga Hike at Hidden Villa – Saturday Sept 26

Patricia’s Yoga Hike is a fun and social way to have a whole new yoga experience while enjoying Hidden Villa trails.

We combine the cardio benefits of well-paced hiking with strengthening yoga moves for an intimate group workout that is accessible to yoga practitioners of all levels. Patricia teaches yoga for Stanford School of Medicine and is a knowledgeable Hidden Villa trail guide who lived as staff on the farm for 5 years.

Yoga for MESA group

This Yoga Hike is limited to 15 participants to foster a fun social atmosphere and ensure that you have the attention you need for the best possible experience. We will rediscover resilient wellness. If you are looking for something awesome to do outdoors, want to explore the gorgeous trails of Hidden Villa, or just love taking on a new fitness challenge, register soon. Bring a lunch, light weight yoga mat or towel, water and your smile. Patricia will share her homemade organic chocolate chip cookies sweetened with maple syrup!

Where- Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve, 26870 Moody Rd, Los Altos Hills CA 94022

When – Satutday September 26, 2015  9:30 to 2:00pm

Click here to register at Hidden Villa’s website.

Limited to 15 yogi hikers  $55


Summer Solstice Sun Salutations

Where better to spend the longest day of the year than the city that never sleeps?

Celebrate the start of summer with sun salutations amid the urban bustle of New York City. Solstice in Times Square, a day-long yoga event now in its 13th year, begins at 7 a.m. on the solstice and continues until just before sunset.

Adding to the excitement, the day has also been named International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly. Not in New York? Participate remotely via the event’s live webcast.

 


Yoga Benefits for All Ages

The older we are the more rewarding and essential yoga becomes.

About three years ago Patricia Becker visited my home to familiarize me with Yoga. I have been receiving her wise counselBill Reller June 5, 2015 ever since. I was a skeptic but now a believer! Particularly because of Patricia and who she is as a person.

I had visited three knee replacement surgeons who generally provided the same advice: not yet. But I was hurting. Today, although I have knee discomfort, I generally can walk anywhere I want to go, hike 5-10 miles per week at age 80! While there are many explanations for my improvement the smart money is on the support provided by Patricia in providing me with flexibility, balance, muscle strength, breath awareness, and most important, confidence. No two sessions are the same, each is tailored to my needs, and each day’s effort is planned in advance.

Patricia is a unique person totally committed to Yoga. It really is her religion. She strives as much for my happiness as my physical well-being. We end each session with the word “Namaste”-the divinity within me greets the divinity within you.

Bill Reller,
Retired Businessman, Palo Alto,

You can’t beat the one-on-one attention of a private yoga sessions.

No experience required on your part.


Two Yoga Classes Sunday Morning

Two Sunday Morning Yoga Classes in Mountain View
Many of you ask when and where can you take my yoga classes.
 I mainly teach my group yoga classes for Stanford School of Medicine, which are not open to the public.

When I am able to invite you to a public class, I am happy to do so:
You are invited to a public Yoga Class with Patricia
Sunday April 26th and May 3rd 10:30am-12pm
Yoga is Youthfulness
590 Castro St, Mountain View, in the same building as Wells Fargo Bank (in the back)

New Students Special pricing: 3 classes for $30. One time only.
Hope you can join us!  Come by at 10:15am and get settled in on your mat, for Super Sunday!
The studio has lots of yoga props for us to play with!

Thank you, Sabina, for asking me to sub.

Many ask where else they can take my Yoga classes?!

Happy to let you know you can join us Sunday April 26 and Sunday May 3rd

10:30 -Noon  at Yoga is Youthfulness in


5 Top Reasons to Pracitce Yoga at All Ages

1. Cognitive Resiliencyolder people doing yoga

Yoga’s process of drawing distinction between body parts, sensations and degrees of effort supports increased self-awareness, and balance. By coordinating different and often contrasting regions of the body, both sides of the brain communicate better, which could be linked to improved memory and decision-making skills.

Engaging in new physical routines builds and strengthens brain pathways. This action of neuroplasticity has been shown to increase intelligence.

2. Improved Circulation

Breathing practices alone will help to increase movement in the upper back and chest at a time in the aging process where this region is often stiff, dehydrated and compressed. Regular yoga practice can also act as a preventative measure for pneumonia in older populations that are especially vulnerable to this sometimes fatal condition.

When gravity has been pressing down on the sphincters, vessels and cavities of our bodies for decades, the fullness of circulation can deplete and pulmonary issues are more likely. With age and habit, connective tissues harden, leading to discomfort and inflammation.

The dynamic movement sequences in a typical yoga class cause pressure and release for the organs and connective tissues that hold the body together, thought to work like a gentle massage for these areas. Whenever we increase blood flow to an area of the body, that innate healing intelligence activates, improving our odds to fit off stress and its consequences.

3. Sustained Strength and Flexibility

With age, our joints and bones become more vulnerable to fractures and inflammation, but yoga’s signature method of low-impact, resistance training builds muscle tone and strength. Even a gentle practice with just a few weight-bearing poses can help retain strength and stave off issues related to arthritis. That adage about “being set in their ways” isn’t so far off in this case. Habits and a more sedentary lifestyle will atrophy muscle tissue, causing weakness and poor circulation. But, hatha yoga encourages the body to lengthen muscle fibers that are often short and stressed, increasing flexibility and also resiliency.

4. Improved Focus and Willpower

Concentrating is difficult enough in our busy, over-stimulated modern world.  When that kapha influence of laying low and keeping cool are the signature influences of this stage of life, willpower and the motivation to exercise or meditate can be daunting (especially if regular exercise and mindfulness work isn’t part of the daily routine). A regular hath yoga practice can quell the stiff inertia of immobility without the over-exertion of more athletic exercise programs.

5. To Maintain Well-being

Getting into the healthy habit of a regular yoga practice promotes socializing, sharing and community building. Mindfulness, resiliency in the body-mind, and honoring the aging process for what it is, all help to maintain wellness. Living a healthy, active life aids in increasing the feel-good hormones in the brain that elevate mood. Also, having cross-generations mingle together in the supportive environment of a yoga class sets a great model for younger generations who have outdated ideas about what it means to grow older.

Like wise-elders types – can dole out some pretty wonderful insights about growing up and getting closer to death. They talk about  how yoga makes them feel young and strong.

If we are really only as young as our spine is healthy, could you imagine what our world would be like if our oldest tribe members were backbending their way to the grave. 

Via Niki Saccareccia’s blog