I had the opportunity to visit Jeanell in her office to discuss yoga and how it benefits us gardeners who work long hours in the yard with all those body aches and pains from weeding, planting, sowing, etc.
Jeanell is instructing our new, upcoming class, Yoga for Gardeners this Saturday, September 6th at 10 am. Available to all ages, no mats are needed to enjoy this free beginners’ class! Time to bust out those yoga pants! With tennis shoes, of course.
In addition to being a LMP, Jeanell has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching it for seven. She specifies herself in a yoga style called Embodyoga, which focuses on developmental patterns, such as primal brain movements, and core organ support.
With a B.S. in Environmental Studies, Jeanell also has worked in sustainable agriculture with farmers. This experience has lead her to a lifelong joy of yoga.
“People kept asking me to do yoga,” she says, “so I thought I was not a farmer doing yoga, but a yoga teacher farming.”
“Farming is incredibly hard on the body. Sustainable agriculture is not sustainable for the workers themselves.”
For gardeners, Jeanell also sees similar wear and tear over time with inflammation.
The most common imbalances she’s seen over the years for outdoor gardeners are:
- Lower back
- Wrists and hands
- Rotator cuffs, or shoulders
“It’s important for people to be aware that things build up over time,” Jeanell says. “Our bodies learn patterns and yoga helps restore your full range and ability.”
Her class will mainly focus on sitting and standing poses that your whole body will benefit from, such as learning and relearning body mechanics.
For example, she will explain how to lift heavy objects by rooting two feet to the ground by using feeling and balance throughout the body. And show us how to open up our shoulders, since our backs naturally curl us forward. No wonder it’s hard to sit straight!
“You do everything equally on both sides to eventual be balanced and not over wearing one thing or the other,” she says.
There’s a wide range of yoga styles and classes, such as for kids or prenatal women or people with physical or mental requirements. Yoga is unlimited in its ability to cater to variety of individuals.
“[Yoga’s] there for absolutely anybody,” Jeanell says. “Yoga gives support. You can trust it. You can feel your body. Nothing can take you for surprise.”
For anyone who would like to sign up for our class this Saturday, visit or call us at the store at (360)676-5480 or register online here.
After the class, Jeanell will also be available for a Q&A for anyone interested in learning more about yoga and its rooted connection with gardeners.
Also, check out this article 18 Convincing Reasons to Give Yoga Another Try by Abigail Wise of the Huffington Post. It expresses what yoga achieves for anyone who practices!