Connecting Gardeners to Yoga

DSC_0270“[Anyone] can learn a few moves everyday, before and after working in the garden, and gain some habits,” says Jeanell Innerarity of Dream Bold Bodyworks.

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.”

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 “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
  • Knees

“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.

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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!

December Garden Tasks

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Hello Folks!

It’s the Garden Spot Crew here. Here with a short list of garden tasks to keep your garden, happy and healthy this December.

1 -Got any spring bulbs around? Get those bulbs in the ground! Pronto! Click here for some tips on design from Deb.

2 -Rake up any stray leaves from late-dropping trees, add to your compost pile along with weeds and other plant bits

3 -It’s a great time to prune cherry trees and other stone fruit trees

4 –Plant for winter color, work some pansies and hellebores into your containers, dig up plants that are past their prime.

5 -‘Tis the Season for Dormant Spraying– this helps with over-wintering bugs on deciduous trees and shrubs. Best to apply 3 times over the winter.

6 -Winter Plant Protection– This is a big one.Think of tender plants like daphne or rosemary, give them a blanket.

7 –Watering…make sure your big evergreens and plants under the eaves of the house have enough water, too cold and too dry is often a fatal combination.

8 -Take Cuttings – of evergreens and hardwoods, dip them in rooting hormone and place them in a bright, well-lit area

9 –Review the year, while you’re sitting by the fire think about what worked, and what didn’t. Take notes for next year.

10 –Seed catalogs! December is the time when they start to arrive, time to peruse and dream of next year.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Garden Spots: Deb and Kay’s ‘Country Cottage’ Containers

By: Debra Olberg
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A lot of flowers equals constant deadheading (removing old blooms), generous amounts of water and weekly feeding. This ‘country cottage’ container garden is nestled amongst a mature landscape which consists of three brick patios of various sizes furnished with places to sit, water features and containers filled with the flowers of summer. The garden has a collection of large trees casting a wide blanket of shade.
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In the shady spaces you will find several kinds of begonias, coleus, heliotrope, impatiens, fuchsias, shade loving vines and grasses.  The sunlight does peek through in a few places allowing for experimentation with some sun lovers as well. Here you will find canna lilies, rudbeckia, dahlias, geraniums, petunia, lobelia, New Zealand flax, salvia, bacopa, million bells and more.
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 Hello, my name is Debra and I am employed at the Garden Spot Nursery. I am in charge of designing, planting and maintaining this magical collection of flowers. This garden belongs to a lady named Kay, and every summer she lets me play in her yard. Over the years I have experimented with many kinds of flowers and plants determining what will do the best.
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Not only am I challenged with varying degrees of shade from filtered to heavy I also have to battle with deer and slugs. I have found deer visit a few times early then reappear late season. I attempt to plant what I have found they like the least and bury what they do like among them or beyond their reach.
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Each spring and summer we are all at the mercy of the weather and what did well one season might flop the next, doesn’t mean I won’t try it again! I take photos and keep notes and start to plan for next year before the last begonia drops its last flower of the summer.
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Next Saturday, October 26th Debra will be teaching a class on putting the garden to bed for the winter. Pick up great tips for overwintering begonias and dahlias, as well as pruning and other important autumn tasks. Read more here