How to ease back pain, lessen stress, sleep better. Shh! It’s Yoga!

How to ease back pain, lessen stress, sleep better. Shh! It’s Yoga!

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Ease back pain, lessen stress, sleep better.  Shh!  It's Yoga.  Sign up for my next class.  Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger
Ease back pain, lessen stress, sleep better. Shh! It’s Yoga. Sign up for my next class

Held on Zoom. Here’s my tutorial for doing Zoom on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop. One’s a tutorial for the desktop, the other for tablet/phone.

Conditions Improved By Yoga, Self Reported – from "Yoga As Medicine" Book by Timothy McCall, M.D. ~ Gaileee

This article bears worth repeating! Look at all these conditions that Yoga helps you with!

As I am getting deeper and deeper into one of the books that we are to read for the YogaTherapy course, I am amazed at all the benefits of a regular yoga practice can do for folks. And I’m a yoga teacher. (The more you teach yoga, it seems the more you want to know….and need to know!)

Please read on for more information about “Yoga as Medicine” book (excellent!)by Timothy McCall, M.D. http://www.drmccall.com/ ~Gail Pickens-Barger

Yoga appears to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of health conditions. In Timothy McCall, M.D. Book, “Yoga As Medicine”, he goes on to say: We’ll be reviewing the scientific evidence later but, for now, let’s see what people who’ve tried therapeutic yoga have to say. In 1983 – 84, the London-based Yoga Biomedical Trust, run by Robin Monro, PhD, surveyed twenty-seven hundred(2,700) people, most between the ages of thirty-one and sixty, who used yoga therapeutically. To be included, participants had to have practiced yoga for at least two hours a week for a year or longer. Though the number of people with some of the conditions in question was small, the results (see the table below, and in Dr. McCall’s book, Table 1.1) were impressive:

  • 98 percent of back-pain sufferers found yoga helpful
  • 90 percent of cancer patients
  • 82 percent of people with insomnia
  • and 100 percent of alcoholics

The lowest success rate in the survey was for women with “menstrual problems,” two out of three of whom found that yoga helped.

Table 1.1 Conditions Improved by Yoga, Self-Reported

Medical Condition     Number of               Percentage Helped
People Reporting               By Yoga

Alcoholism               24                          100%
Anxiety                 838                           94%
Arthritis &
Rheumatic Disorders     589                           90%
Asthma or Bronchitis    226                           88%
Back Disorders        1,142                           98%
Cancer                   29                           90%
Diabetes                 10                           80%
Duodenal Ulcers          40                           90%
Heart Disease            50                           94%
Hemorrhoids             391                           88%
High Blood Pressure     150                           84%
Insomnia                542                           82%
Menopausal Disorders    247                           83%
Menstrual Problems      317                           68%
Migraine                464                           80%
Neurological &
Neuromuscular Diseases  112                           96%
Obesity                 240                           74%
Premenstrual Syndrome   848                           77%
Smoking                 219                           74%

Source: The Yoga Biomedical Trust, London

Imagine how much you’d be hearing about a new drug that could accomplish even a fraction of this. Nevertheless, (it is Dr. Timothy McCall’s)it’s my experience that few in the medical community or the general public have any conception of what yoga has to offer. Part of the problem, (Dr. McCall) I’m convinced, is that many people who could benefit from yoga shy away due to misconceptions about what it is and isn’t, or who can do it and who shouldn’t.

Those subjects to be addressed in a different post.

Here is a NEW link about the 117 conditions benefited by Yoga by Dr. Timothy McCall!
117 Health Conditions Helped By Yoga!

Enjoy the updated info!

Teaching Online Yoga on 3rd Tuesdays

Starting 2022, Third Tuesdays at 6 PM Texas Time (Central Time) $10 Zoom Online Yoga or weekly video class!

Gentle Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger. Yoga to help ease back pain, lessen stress, increase flexibility, build bones, better balance, and have higher quality sleep. Next class sign up. https://tinyurl.com/TueYogaGail
Gentle Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger. Yoga to help ease back pain, lessen stress, increase flexibility, build bones, better balance, and have higher quality sleep. Next class sign up. https://tinyurl.com/TueYogaGail
Tuesday Yoga for Easing Back Pain with Gentle Beginners Yoga with Gail
Tuesday Yoga for Easing Back Pain with Gentle Beginners Yoga with Gail

Starting 2022, Third Tuesdays on the month at 6 PM CST.

Payment link for the class, then you’ll get the registration Zoom Link

==> https://paypal.me/Yogawithgail/10

Interesting Study: New Study Adds Growing Evidence that Yoga and Meditation Can Reduce Chronic Pain. I can attest to that study, as it has helped me with my chronic back pain!

https://www.yogauonline.com/yoga-research/new-study-adds-growing-evidence-yoga-and-meditation-can-reduce-chronic-pain

The study echoes previous findings on the benefits of yoga and meditation for chronic pain published in 2016 in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association.

“The bottom line is that patients are seeking new ways to cope with chronic pain and effective non-pharmaceutical treatments are available,” says Dr. Marske. “Our findings show meditation and yoga can be a viable option for people seeking relief from chronic pain.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201001133227.htm

This just in. Yoga Eases Moderate to Severe Chronic Low Back Pain - Yoga with Gail
This just in. Yoga Eases Moderate to Severe Chronic Low Back Pain – Yoga with Gail

From the “Art of Noticing”…

Typatone! Here’s what Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care with Gail, sounds like!

http://typatone.com/m/5jsjAbO5ze

Gentle Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger. Yoga to help ease back pain, lessen stress, increase flexibility, build bones, better balance, and have higher quality sleep. Next class sign up. https://tinyurl.com/TueYogaGail
Gentle Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger. Yoga helps ease back pain, lessen stress, increase flexibility, build bones, better balance, and have higher quality sleep. Next class sign up. https://tinyurl.com/TueYogaGail

Blast from the Past. Seated Chair Yoga Fitness

Enjoy this 25 minute seated chair yoga fitness class. A blast from the past year! Enjoy.

Proud Mary, Crazy Love, El Diablo en Suelto, Say Hey, I Love You, Baliando, You’re The One That I want

Yoga Gifts to make for your students!

Love to use my essential oils to make holiday gifts for my yoga students.

You’ll need:

  • Lavender Essential Oil – I recommend DoTerra’s brand of oil.
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Aromatherapy Inhaler Sticks
  • Roller Bottles either 5 ml or 10 ml.
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
Top gifts to make for your yoga students — Yoga with Gail

Need a breathing, mindful movement, meditation, guided rest or gratitude practice? Gotcha covered!

Need a breathing, mindful movement, meditation, guided rest or gratitude practice? Gotcha covered!

Yoga sleep method to ease you into better sleep

Additionally if you go to:

Yoga Near ME – Nederland Beaumont Texas

Yoga Near ME in Nederland, Port Arthur, Beaumont, Orange Texas

Click the link to get the next online yoga class that I teach on Wednesdays at 1 PM CST, through the Mindbody App for the Veterans Yoga Project. Yes, it’s free. Veterans, active military, friends and family are welcomed

What type of class is this?

Beginners 60 minute class. Consisting of:

  • Breathing techniques
  • Movement
  • Meditation
  • Guided Rest & Relaxation &
  • Gratitude Practice
Wednesdays at 1 PM - Online Yoga - For low back care. Taught by experience yoga teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger.  Over 20 years teaching experience.  Great for Beginners and those of us with back challenges.  Call 409-727-3177 on additional questions!
Wednesdays at 1 PM – Online Yoga – For low back care. Taught by experienced yoga teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger. Over 20 years of teaching experience. Great for Beginners and those of us with back challenges. Call 409-727-3177 with additional questions!

Check out my Testimonials from my current students

View the Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice

Yoga Helps with Better Sleep – Read on!

117 Health Conditions Helped by Yoga – Read the proven clinical studies.

Note benefits from a Chair Yoga Class too!

Gentle Online Yoga with Gail – sign up for a Tuesday 6 PM Class https://tinyurl.com/TueYogaGail

Gift Guide for the Yoga Person in your Life!

Top Gifts Under $50 for the Yoga Person in Your Life

My favorites, that your yoga person in your life, probably does not have and would REALLY appreciate are the following:

  • Lavender Essential Oil Roll On for better sleep and great relaxation at the end of the day. Retails for $20. Well worth getting!
  • Resistance Loops to add to your yoga practice
  • Stretch Out Strap for better grip in yoga postures that use a strap
Gifts for under $50 for the person who does yoga in your life. Stretch Out Strap, Resistance Fit Bands and the Lavender Essential Oil Roll-On Bottle are everyone’s favorite new yoga gear!

Online and In-Person Yoga with Gail – Beaumont & Nederland, Texas

Here’s my current public schedule of yoga. I do have limited online and in-person private session times available.

Inquire with a phone call 409-727-3177. This is a landline, so no texting ia available on this line.

Different Online options with Gail. Tuesday on Zoom Wednesdays on Wellness Living

In-Person Classes held on Friday at 10:30 AM at the Lakeside Event Center – Best Years Senior Citizen Center. Non-Beaumont residents pay $4. Come early to get checked in. Best to bring your own yoga mat, block and strap.

Just Breathe. Gentle Yoga with Gail. Less back pain with gentle yoga.
Just Breathe. Gentle Yoga with Gail. Less back pain with gentle yoga.

Yoga and Kids Photography by David C. Turnley

Gail demonstrating "Snake" or Cobra Pose in the YogaKiddos Class at Wesley
Gail demonstrating “Snake” or Cobra Pose in the YogaKiddos Class at Wesley
YogaKiddos teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger demonstrating - Active "Flamingo" balance pose in the YogaKiddos class.  Photography by David C. Turnley
Active “Flamingo” balance pose in the YogaKiddos class. Photography by David C. Turnley
Grace and Gail demonstrating the "big breathing" technique in our YogaKiddos Class - Photography by David C. Turnley
Grace and Gail demonstrating the “big breathing” technique in our YogaKiddos Class – Photography by David C. Turnley
Miss Rachel and Gail demonstrating "Giraffe" Pose in our YogaKiddos Class - Photography by David C. Turnley
Miss Rachel and Gail demonstrating “Giraffe” Pose in our YogaKiddos Class – Photography by David C. Turnley

Key findings in the 2016 Yoga in America Study – conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance

Yoga is gaining popularity. The number of American yoga practitioners has
increased to over 36 million in 2016, up from 20.4 million in 2012. 28% of all
Americans have participated in a yoga class at some point in their lives.

Yoga Journal & Yoga Alliance Study in 2016

Yoga is for everybody. There are more male and older practitioners than ever
before (approximately 10 million male practitioners and almost 14 million
practitioners over the age of 50 – up from about 4 million men and 4 million 55+
year olds in 2012).

Yoga Journal & Yoga Alliance Study in 2016

Yoga supports the economy. Yoga practitioners report spending over $16 billion
on yoga clothing, equipment, classes and accessories in the last year, up from
$10 billion in 2012.

Yoga Journal & Yoga Alliance Study in 2016

Yoga is appealing. 34% of Americans say they are somewhat or very likely to
practice yoga in the next 12 months – equal to more than 80 million Americans.
Reasons cited include flexibility, stress relief and fitness.

Yoga Journal & Yoga Alliance Study in 2016
Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care – for Beginners and those of us with back challenges.

Top Two Reasons People Come To Yoga?
To Increase Flexibility and Reduce Stress.

Top Two Reasons People Come To Yoga - From the Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal 2016 Study - Yoga in America
Top Two Reasons People Come To Yoga – From the Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal 2016 Study – Yoga in America

Come try a free yoga class with me. I teach this class live on Wednesdays at 1 PM Central Time. Click on the above button to claim a free Mindbody online account, then “book” the class that I teach on Wednesdays.

Don’t worry, if you cannot make the live class, you can get a link to our current recorded yoga classes. I have about 10 yoga for healthy back classes in the studio!

Questions? Complaints? Comments? Complements? I want to know!

Yoga Photographs by David C Turnley

David C. Turnley Photographer. Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger
David C. Turnley Photographer. Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger
David C. Turnley Photographer. Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger
David C. Turnley Photographer. Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger
David C. Turnley Photographer. Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger
David C. Turnley Photographer. Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger
David C. Turnley Photographer. Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger
David C. Turnley Photographer. Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger
David C. Turnley Photographer. Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger

Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week 2021

I am teaching a donation based yoga class to benefit the Veterans Yoga Project during #VetGratitude Week

Veterans Gratitude Week – Join Gail for this donation class on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 6 PM CST

#veteransyogaproject
#VeteransGratitudeWeek
#VGW2021
#VeteransYogaProject
#VYPBootsOnTheGround
#VYPFamily

Donation Based class. November 8th 2021 at 6 PM CST.

Secret to easing back pain? Shhh, it’s yoga!

Secret to easing back pain? Shhh, it’s yoga!

Enjoy these yoga basic poses. In there are some yoga poses for easing back pain, building bones, lessening anxiety, bettering one’s balance and cultivating quality sleep. Curious? Contact Gail

Enjoy these yoga basic poses.  Some of these are very effective in lessening pain in the body.  Yoga with Gail
Yoga Poses. Some of these poses are great for lessening pain in the body.

 #yogawithgaileee #easebackpain #buildbones #betterbalance #lessenanxiety #qualitysleep #setxyogateacher #setxyogaforveterans #vypfamily

Exercise: A Promising Factor for Protecting Against COVID – Top 8 Indoor Walking Workouts List by Gail

I subscribe to Experience Life Magazine. One of the better overall health and fitness magazines out there. I posted about this article a bit back on my Facebook Newstream.

Exercise: A Promising Factor for Protecting Against COVID
A regular fitness routine may help protect those diagnosed with COVID against hospitalization and even death.

Exercise: A Promising Factor for Protecting Against COVID

Source: Exercise: A Promising Factor for Protecting Against COVID

During the pandemic, I turned to YouTube and walking outdoors for that little extra push of getting my 150 minutes in each week.

Here’s my list of favorite YouTubers, plus a sample of their workouts.

My top indoor cardio workouts

  1. Reps to the Rhythm #repstotherhythm
  2. Brand Fitness #brandfitness
  3. Get Fit with Rick #getfitwithrick
  4. growwithjo #growwithjo
  5. yes2next #yes2next
  6. Sharon’s Hill #sharonashill
  7. Up to the BEat Fit #uptothebeatfit
  8. Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone #walkathome #lesliesansone

Course I love me some yoga too!  

A new report by Kaiser Permanente and UC San Diego says people who exercise regularly have less severe outcomes of COVID-19 infections.

Here’s the video links to try for yourself!

1. Reps to the Rhythm
2. Brand Fitness
3. Get Fit with Rick
4. growwithjo
5. yes2next
6. Sharona’s Hill
7. Up to the BEat Fit
8. Walk at Home with Leslie Sansone
My top 8 favorite Walking Indoors YouTuber Channels!

Gail’s – Inhale Yoga Music List – Steve Ross – Maha Yoga

Updated 5/2013 – 10/2021 – added more songs to the Steve Ross Inhale Yoga Playlists.  Yoga with Gail

Steve Ross Inhale TV Yoga Music Playlists
Steve Ross Inhale TV Yoga Music Playlists

Wow, it has been 20 years now, since I’ve been re-introduced to yoga. Through my friend Tammy, who said, “Go check out this guy, Steve Ross on the Oxygen channel.  He has some really interesting yoga class with some great music.”  I did, and wow, super loved his class content, humor, music and sweet meditation at the end.  Back in the day, I videotaped his show on my little VHS tapes, as it was on at 5 am, sometimes 6 am in the morning!

I started to write down the music he used, and started buying my music from itunes, and putting them into playlists.  So soon after that, I became a yoga teacher, and I’d haul out a couple of times a year my Steve Ross Inhale Playlist.

My Original message on this…”
Looks like Inhale Yoga has been temporarily taken off the Oxygen channel.  Last time this happened, it took a year and a half for Oxygen to get all the music rights to get the program back on Oxygen.  And when that happened, it seemed to be that not all the Inhale Yoga programs came back on….only about two-thirds of the originals came back.  It is my understanding that there were 33 programs done back in 2000/2001/2002.

So I had been introduced to Steve Ross, of the Inhale Oxygen show back in the early 2000 by one of my friends.  I was thinking, oh, this is hard (for me)!  I really liked the music, and wanted to make my own music list from the music off of the show.  At one point in time, the song titles and artist’s names were listed at the bottom of the screen during the Inhale Show.  I taped the shows a lot at that time, and created my list of music from the show.

Steve Ross played guitar for Fleetwood Mac back in the day, and also for the Australian band, “Men at Work”.  Lots of good guitar licks in this music playlist.  If you know of others to add to this list, please post a comment!

Here is my Steve Ross Inhale Yoga Music List.

  1. Mustang Sally – Commitment
  2. Revolution  –  Kirk Franklin
  3. I’ll take you there – Staple Sisters
  4. Supersititions  –  Stevie Wonder
  5. Love and Happiness – Al Green
  6. I Wish – Stevie Wonder
  7. Ain’t Nobody  – Chaka Kahn
  8. I Believe  -Sounds of  Blackness
  9. Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
  10. Let the River Run  – Carly Simon
  11. Got to be Real  –  Cheryl Lynn
  12. Waking Dreams Meditation  -Yoga/Reiki Relaxation. 6:15 slow
  13. If I ever lose my faith –  Sting (Unplugged)
  14. If I ever lose my faith  – Sting slow
  15. Mercy, Mercy – Marvin Gaye
  16. Hoi Doi – Yulara slow
  17. Aliens soundtrack
  18. A Thousand Years  – Sting  slow
  19. Five for fighting superman –  Dave Mattews (fly song)
  20. Makambo  – Geoffrey Oryema  – (ending music) slow
  21. Creep – TLC  (funky slow warm up)
  22. Vise Versa Love – Barrington Levy (slow warm-up)
  23. Angel Love / Devotion  – Aeoliah Meditation (slow)
  24. Teacher – Barrington Levy (funky fast)
  25. Stomp – Kirk Franklin (funky fast)
  26. Watermark  – Enya (slow)
  27. Sing a Song – Take 6 (fast)
  28. 2/2 Music for Airports –  Brian Eno  (slow)
  29. Standing outside a broken phone booth with money in my hand – Primitive Radio
    Gods
  30. You’ve got the Best of My Love – Emotions
  31. Rock with You Mix – Brandy
  32. Fields of Gold  –  Sting
  33. If I could change the world  – Eric Clapton and with Baby Face
  34. Change the world – Eric Clapton
  35. My Fathers Eyes – Eric Clapton
  36. My Fathers Eyes  – Eric Clapton acoustic
  37. Shy Guy – Diane King (Reggie Mix )
  38. Fields of Gold –  Sting Acoustic
  39. Sexual Healing –  Marvin Gaye (Bolton maybe sings this on the show?)
  40. Let’s Stay together  – Al Green
  41. When the lights gone out –  Ziggy Marley
  42. FirstLight –  Brian Eno
  43. Ain’t to proud to beg – Temptations
  44. The vanishing breed – Robbie Robertson
  45. Happy Ever After – Julia Fordham (Added 2/2010)
  46. I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
  47. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) by Us3 (Added 9/2011)
  48. Ghost Dance – Robbie Robertson – added by Gail 3/2012
  49. Tomorrow People – Countdown Singers – added by Gail 3/2012
  50. Tom’s Diner – added by Gail 3/2012
  51. Keep It Coming – B. B. King – added by Gail 3/2012
  52. Nothing ‘Bout Me – Sting – added by Gail 3/2012
  53. Stars All Seem To Weep – Beth Orton   5/2013
  54. She Pleases Me – Wailing Souls – added by Gail 5/2013
  55. Love is the Seventh Wave – Sting – added by Gail 5/2013
  56. Kothbiro – Ayub Ogada – Added by Gail 5/2013
  57. As I Lay Me Down – Sophie Hawkins – Added by Gail 10/2021
  58. I Got You – I Feel Good – James Brown – Added by Gail 10/2021
  59. Over My Head – Fleetwood Mac – Added by Gail 10/2021
  60. Coyote Dance – Robbie Robertson – Added by Gail 10/2021
  61. Sahtosh – David Off – Added by Gail 10/2021
  62. Save the Children – Marvin Gaye – Added by Gail 10/2021

Please post a comment if you’ve enjoyed having this list.  Thank you.
Thanks Y’all!   Gaileee 

Steve Ross PlayList A:

  1. Fields of Gold – Sting
  2. Mercy, Mercy Me – Marvin Gaye
  3. I Believe – Sounds of Blackness
  4. My Loving (Never, Never Gonna Get It) – En Vogue
  5. I Wish – Stevie Wonder
  6. Love and Happiness – Al Green
  7. Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
  8. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  9. Vise Versy Love – Barrington Levy 
  10. A Thousand Years – Sting 
  11. Angel Love – Aeoliah 

 Steve Ross Playlist C
1. Keep It Coming – B B King
2. Cantaloop – Us3
3. Mustang Sally – Commitments
4. Teacher – Barrington Levy
5. Sing a Song – Take 6
6. Nothing ‘Bout me – Sting
7. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – S Wonder
8. You’ve Got the Best of My Love

Steve Ross Playlist D
1. Telephone Booth
2. Rock wit me
3. I feel good
4. Tom’s Diner
5. Stomp
6. You’ve Got the Best of My Love
7. My Lovin’ Never Gonna Get It
8. Teacher
9. Over My Head
10. Say a Little Prayer for You

Yoga Stretches for Back Pain Relief

Veterans Yoga Project – Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care with Gail

Enjoy this 45-minute video to assist in lessening your back pain with Gail Pickens-Barger, VYP Ambassador.

Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care with Veterans Yoga Project Yoga Teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger
Join Gail for this 45 minute yoga class. Great for beginners and those of us with back challenges.

Welcome friends! Join me for this 45 minute yoga class with Gail P-B. Geared for beginners and those of us with back challenges.

Just remember, you don’t have to be able to touch your toes, or bend like a pretzel to do yoga!

Thank you for joining me here on FB Live this past year. Next week, new schedule, new Online Virtual format for bringing yoga to you.

Please indicate in the comments below where you’re from & your military status and/or any military affiliations, or First Responder, Health Care Worker status

Ex: Active duty, Reserves, Veteran, Retired, Military. Spouse, Family Member, Civilian, etc.

Thank you for joining this yoga class and I hope you enjoy the class!🤗

Back PAIN info:

  • Back pain is the 2nd most sited reason people go to the doctor
  • Back pain has a high occurance in veterans for a number of reasons
  • And they are prescribed pills but it doesn’t really help.
  • Then comes fatigue, depression & quality of life goes down.
  • Yoga can actually help the back pain
  • 45% of veterans have military-connected disability
  • 8% of adults in the US have back pain at some part of their life &
  • 30% of people in the US in the next 3 months will have a short course of back pain

So this effects everyone.

This method of exericise
** reduces intensity of pain, depression, fatigue & medication use.
** pain interference with daily life. Quality of life & self-efficacy both went up with regular yoga practice.

#VYPfamily

@yogawithgaileee

#VeteranSupport

#YogaPractice

#NationalMentalHealthAwarenessMonth

#NationalMilitaryAppreciationMonth

#FreeYoga

#SETXYogaforVeterans

Steve Ross of Maha Yoga (Inhale Yoga fame) now on Dr Oz.

Steve Ross Happy Yoga  TV Inhale Program
Steve Ross Happy Yoga TV Inhale Program
Steve Ross of Maha Yoga, formerly of the Oxygen Channel show Inhale, a bud of Dr Oz. Showing in 10 minute segments Basic, Energizing, Strength and Balance and Relaxation Yoga. Go Check it out on the Dr Oz Website!!!

Four different videos on Dr. Oz’s website to enjoy!
1. Basic Flow Yoga with Steve Ross from Maha Yoga.

2. Energizing Yoga with Steve Ross from Maha Yoga.

3. Strength and Balance Yoga with Steve Ross from Maha Yoga.

4. Relaxation Yoga with Steve Ross from Maha Yoga

My music playlist from when Steve Ross did the Oprah’s Oxygen TV Channel – Inhale – Enjoy the list!

Benefits of a Green Chair Yoga

Adaptive Chair Yoga.  Chair yoga is for anyone who has ever hesitated to try yoga because of the challenge of getting down onto the floor or doing standing poses.  Yoga with Gail
Adaptive Chair Yoga. Chair yoga is for anyone who has ever hesitated to try yoga because of the challenge of getting down onto the floor or doing standing poses. Yoga with Gail. Down Dog bending knees, then straightening, Pyramid/Warrior I Legs, Plank, Lunge, Up dog, Roll back to Down Dog, then Revolved Balanced Twist. Variety of yoga poses using the chair as yoga gear.

Green Chair Yoga with Gail. Adapting yoga poses to the chair, so that if you are unable to get up and off the floor, you can still do a great yoga practice. 

Chair Yoga in the park.  Green with benefits of regular yoga class, done seated or using the chair as a prop.
Chair Yoga in the park. Green with benefits of regular yoga class, done seated or using the chair as a prop.
Adaptive Chair Yoga. Chair yoga is for anyone who has ever hesitated to try yoga because of the challenge of getting down onto the floor or doing standing poses. Yoga with Gail
Adaptive Chair Yoga. Chair yoga is for anyone who has ever hesitated to try yoga because of the challenge of getting down onto the floor or doing standing poses. Yoga with Gail

Yoga Clothing, Gear and Prop Sewing Patterns

Yoga Clothing, Gear and Prop Sewing Patterns

Great Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial.  It is like a large long tote bag! Scroll down a bit, since it is on the Archive website.

You can catch these patterns on sale from various places, JoAnns, Hancocks, Hobby Lobby. Sign up for the newsletters, or read the weekly ads online.

So here are the Yoga Clothing/Props patterns that I have…there may be more…

Simplicity Sewing Pattern 3583 - Make your own yoga gear - Yoga with Gail
Simplicity Sewing Pattern 3583 – Make your own yoga gear – Yoga with Gail

McCall’s MP260 or M4606- including yoga mat bag & Blanket. Two tops, two length jackets, and yoga pant. Still for sale on Ebay.

McCall’s M5664 – Halter Yoga Top, Cap, Sleeveless Shell, Yoga Jacket, Crop and Long Yoga Pant. On McCall’s website, out of print, but you probably can find it in the stores still.

McCall’s 4261 – Sports Bra Top, Long Sleeved Top, Long Skirt (?), Mat Bag, Crop and Long Yoga Pant and Yoga Jacket. (Girl standing in Tree pose.)

New place for yoga clothes ==> Little Rag A Muffin Site

From Simplicity:

Simplicity 3583 – Yoga Accessories: Strap, Eyebag, Mat Bag, Meditation pillow, Zafu, Neck/knee roll and Bolster.

Kwik Sew – Known for a lot of dancer type clothing, and now Yoga/Pilates patterns.

Kwik Sew 3497 – Variations on yoga tops.

Kwik Sew 3498 – “Girls” yoga pants!

Kwik Sew 3115 – Spaghetti Strap Yoga Top, Shell Top, Capri, and Long Yoga Pant.

Kwik Sew 2723 – Racer Back Yoga Top, Boy Shorts, Runners Shorts and Jazzy Yoga Pants.

Kwik Sew 2632 – Long-Sleeved Tied Top (dancer inspired), Leotard & Long Jazzy Yoga Pant.

Kwik Sew 2722 – Unitard with either spaghetti straps or keyhole back. Short or Pant Length.

Oh, yeah, the only thing I’ve made is a large and small bolster, yoga mat bag, eye pillow, blanket and lots of zafu’s!!!

Using my Singer Featherweight to make a Zafu Meditation Yoga Cushion. Yoga Mat, Bolsters and more! Yoga with Gaileee
Using my Singer Featherweight to make a Zafu Meditation Yoga Cushion. Yoga Mat, Bolsters and more! Yoga with Gaileee

Second Set of 12 yoga poses for osteoporosis, osteopenia.

Second Set of 12 yoga poses for osteoporosis, osteopenia.

Attended a training put on by Dr. Loren Fishman to speak about the second set of yoga poses for addressing the reduction of osteoporosis, osteopenia, or just keeping the bone health that you have.

Just a little reveal here….

Second Set of Osteoporosis yoga poses.
Second Set of Osteoporosis yoga poses.

Give me a call, if you wish to start on your journey of building your bone strength. Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177, Private Yoga Teacher
#12yogaposesvsosteoporosis
#buildbones
#yogabuildbones

The link to the peer reviewed study.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851231/

117 Health Conditions Helped by Yoga

117 Health Conditions Helped by Yoga

Permission granted by Dr. Timothy McCall to share this pdf.

117 Conditions Helped by Yoga. Permission granted to copy and share this information. Yoga as medicine. As found in scientific studies as of June 2019. Yoga with Gail
117 Conditions Helped by Yoga. Permission granted to copy and share this information. Yoga as medicine. As found in scientific studies as of June 2019. Yoga with Gail

Here is the link to this PDF and the scientific studies supporting the health conditions helped by yoga.

117 Health Conditions Helped by Yoga
117 Health Conditions Helped by Yoga.

I teach weekly gentle yoga for low back care classes for the Veterans Yoga Project. Book my class on Wednesdays to get some sweet relief of easing back pain.

Help relieve your back pain with these top 5 yoga poses

I’ve got a short list of the Top 5 things you can do – to ease back pain – It’s Yoga.

This is just a short list. Work with me to find your easing of back pain solution with a gentle yoga class for healthy back’s class! Gail Pickens-Barger, ERYT200, RYT500, NACYT, Get Fit Where You Sit Chair Yoga Fitness Instructor 409-727-3177

Contact Me to help you find a solution to easing your back pain. It’s Yoga! Gail Pickens-Barger 409-727-3177.

Sign up for a Free Yoga Class for Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care on Mindbody Online through the Veterans Yoga Project. It’s Free!

Wednesdays at 1 PM CST Time.

StarFruit ZaZen Zafu ZaButton Meditation Cushion

Zafu Star Pillows - Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger
Zafu Star Pillows – Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger

StarFruit ZaZen Zafu ZaButton Meditation Cushion! Cool.

Look what my mom made me after I took a photo of one at Lex Gillan’s Advance Yoga training in 2013. Cool!

#privateyoga
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#IlovewhatIdo
#privatelesson4yoga
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Additional information on making your own Yoga Props! DIY Meditation Pillows.

Sew your own yoga accessories, mat wrap, mat bag, zafu meditation pillow, yoga bolsters and more.

You know Simplicity pattern company (which you can find at Hobby Lobby, JoAnns Fabrics and online) has come out with patterns for making bolsters, cushions, yoga mat bags and such, but there is a wealth of info out there on the web to help you make your own yoga props.

Using my Singer Featherweight to make a Zafu Meditation Yoga Cushion.  Yoga Mat, Bolsters and more!  Yoga with Gaileee
Using my Singer Featherweight to make a Zafu Meditation Yoga Cushion. Yoga Mat, Bolsters and more! Yoga with Gaileee

I made my yoga mat bag out of upholstery material.  I didn’t need to use any lining material because my upholstery fabric was very thick.

Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial, like a long tote bag.  I made this one.

The Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Instructions. Brought to you by Yoga with Gail
The Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Instructions. Brought to you by Yoga with Gail

Make those meditation pillows (zafu’s)

Some of the websites that listed how to make the seated meditation pillows are no longer on the web, so I’ve included the instructions onto this page. Here’s a little PDF I created based on these long ago lost internet instructions. Sewing a Meditation Cushion

Additional Meditation Pillow Instructions - Making the Pleats
Additional Meditation Pillow Instructions – Making the Pleats

Zafu Meditation Pillow Instructions
Zafu Meditation Pillow Instructions
Old original meditation zafu instructions
Old original meditation zafu instructions

Constructing a ZaButton Meditation Cushion
Constructing a ZaButton Meditation Cushion

How to Make a Zafu and Zabuton

Posted by Som on Monday, March 13, 2006

Whether you’re looking for some comfortable, casual seating or you want to make your meditation sessions more pleasant, a zafu and zabuton are wonderful things to have around the house. Zafu and zabuton are traditional Japanese cushions used for meditation; the zafu is a circular pillow with pleated sides, and the zabuton is pretty much just a large, flat pillow. You can order them online for $40+ each, but it’s cheaper and more satisfying to make your own at home.

Zafu with a Zabutton meditation cushion
Zafu with a Zabutton meditation cushion
Crossed Legged on the Meditation Zafu & Button
Crossed Legged on the Meditation Zafu & Button
Side view of sitting on the Zafu & Button.  Tilts pelvis forward making for easier seated position.
Side view of sitting on the Zafu & Button. Tilts pelvis forward making for easier seated position.

(I don’t have the best meditation posture, but you get the idea of how the cushions work. The zabuton is a little small for me, because this is one I made for a friend who’s shorter than I am.)

The zafu elevates and cushions the pelvis, and the zabuton cushions the knees and ankles. This position facilitates better posture, eases joint and back pain, and may help one achieve deeper longer meditation sessions. As long as you’re making one set, why not make two? Keep the extra set for guests, give it to a friend who meditates or has back problems, or donate it to your local Zen center or Buddhist temple.

About the materials: I chose to use a cotton/polyester blend for these because it’s cheap and easy to clean with a wet rag; these aren’t something you can just throw in the washing machine. When I’m more settled in my meditation practice, I’ll probably make another set out of some heavy silk, perhaps adding some colorful embroidery or sashiko stitching.

As for filler, I used organic pillow-grade buckwheat hulls for the zafu and plain ol’ polyester stuffing for the zabuton. Kapok would be a better choice for both, but it’s fairly expensive.

Click below for full instructions on how to make the zafu and zabuton.
Zafu
Materials:

  • Cotton/polyester blend fabric, 2 yards (note: 2 yards is enough for two zafu)
  • Pillow-grade buckwheat hulls, 5 lbs.
  • Zipper
  • Sewing thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand-sewing needle, pins, scissors
  • Iron, ironing board, and water spray bottle

Sewing a Meditation Cushion. That’s what I started with, but I had to tweak it a little for my own use. I recommend downloading it even if you’re going to use my instructions, as the illustrations in the PDF are quite helpful.

Cut a strip of fabric 65″ x 7″ (there are a few extra inches in the length for fudging purposes.) Cut two circles 13″ in diameter – I used a 13″ round serving plate for my template, but you could also make from cardboard using a compass and a pencil.

Pleat the long strip of fabric: measure 4.5″ inches from one end and mark. Make two more marks 3/4″ from the first. Measuring from your center mark, repeat the process every 4″ until you have 14 pleats marked. Fold, iron, and pin the pleats (since the iron setting for polyester blends usually isn’t high enough for steam, use a water spray bottle for best results.)

On the end, you started pleating at, fold back the fabric 1/2″ and iron. Begin pinning the strip of fabric around one of the fabric circles. When you get to the end, you’ll have a few extra inches of fabric. Fold back and iron. Pin your zipper in place on the folded ends of the fabric, making sure to cut and secure the zipper at least 1″ away from the top and bottom of the fabric to allow room for sewing. Use the sewing machine and a zipper foot to sew the zipper in place; hand-stitch the remaining seam of the side strip width. Trim the extra fabric behind the zipper.

Using the sewing machine, stitch the side fabric strip to the first circle of fabric with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Then pin and sew to the second circle. Trim the extra thread, remove any remaining pins, and turn the pillow.
Stuff as much buckwheat hull as you can into the pillow. This is a little tricky, as buckwheat hulls are tiny and quite devious. Also, they really hurt under bare feet. Fill it as much as you can, shake it down, and fill some more. I used almost all of the 5 lbs. of buckwheat hulls I purchased. Once it’s full, try it out. You may find that you’d be more comfortable with more or less filling – hence the zipper. (And, I’ll admit, I’m terrible at blindstitching. The zipper is my way of cheating.)

If you want to make your circles a different diameter, here is how you calculate where to place your pleats and how long a strip of fabric you need: Multiply the diameter of your fabric circle by pi (3.14159.) This will give you the circumference; for a 13″ diameter, I got a 40.84″ circumference. Add 1″ for the zipper seams (=41.84″.) For 14 pleats, each 3/4″ and using 1 1/2″ of fabric, add 21″ (=62.84″.) Add a couple of inches for fudging purposes, so you’ll be sure not to run out of fabric and have to start all over again (=65″.)
To determine where to put your pleats, take the length of your fabric strip, minus the 1″ of seam allowance and 2″ or so for fudging allowance (in my case, 62″.) Divide by 15 (=4.13″.) Round off as best as you can (=4″.) Remember to add your 1/2″ seam allowance for the measurement before the first pleat (=4 1/2″.)

Zabuton
Materials:

  • Cotton/polyester blend fabric, 1 1/2 yards
  • Polyester, cotton, or kapok stuffing, ~2 lbs.
  • Sewing thread, machine, etc.

Cut two rectangles of fabric, 32 1/2″ x 27 1/2″ (if you’re over 6′ tall, add a few inches to both dimensions. You need it to be big enough to accommodate you when sitting cross legged with your knees comfortably cushioned on the zabuton.) Note: Cutting a straight line that long can be difficult. In order to make sure that my cuts are indeed straight, and that I end up with 90o angles, I use the pulled thread method for cutting straight lines in the fabric.

Pin the rectangles together and stitch around the edges with a 3/8″ seam allowance, leaving an opening about 4″ wide on one side for turning and stuffing. Make sure to backstitch at the corners and on both sides of the opening. If you like, you can stitch a small curve on the edges or add a rise, but it’s not necessary.

Turn and stuff. A word about polyester stuffing: it’s tempting to just grab wads of stuffing and jam it in there without a care in the world, but you’ll end up with a lumpy, unusable pillow. Take the time to do it right. Grab a handful of stuffing and pinch off little pieces. You can make a big pile of pinched stuffing and then stuff the pillow by the handful. You’ll use a lot less stuffing this way, and your zabuton will be nice and fluffy – not lumpy.

Once the zabuton is stuffed to your liking (I stuffed to about a 2″ rise,) stitch the opening shut. To keep the stuffing from shifting about too much, tuft the zabuton. I added four tufts, each about 8″ from the corners toward the center of the pillow. To tuft, take a sewing needle and an 18″ length of thread. Double your thread and pierce both layers of the pillow; pull the needle through, but leave a few inches of thread on top. Bring the needle back through both layers of pillow near the first stitch. Pull both ends of the thread tight and tie it off carefully. Clip the extra thread. And you’re done!

Other links for sewing up your yoga props

List of  Sewing Patterns for Yoga Clothing and Sewing  Yoga Gear

Sew your own Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Instructions 

Sewing your own yoga gear. My nice long yoga mat bag from upholstery material, plus yoga straps for the handles. Zafu Meditation seat cushions (pillows) made from denim. I've had the mediation pillows for year, they have held up nicely! Yoga with Gail. 409-727-3177
Sewing your own yoga gear. My nice long yoga mat bag from upholstery material, plus yoga straps for the handles. Zafu Meditation seat cushions (pillows) made from denim. I’ve had the mediation pillows for years,, they have held up nicely! Yoga with Gail. 409-727-3177

Props and Gear for your Yoga practice . . .

Props and Gear for your Yoga practice.

Sewing your own yoga gear!  Yoga with Gail.  Love using my Singer Featherweight to make yoga gear!
Sewing your own yoga gear! Yoga with Gail. Love using my Singer Featherweight to make yoga gear!

Sew if you have any sewing ability, you can make these items for your Yoga practice.

  • PDF of Sewing a Meditation Cushion Here are the instructions.
    • Zafu

      How to make a Zafu

    First, what is a zafu? It’s a cushion to sit on during sitting meditation.

    Do I need one? Nope.

    Having said that, here are some instructions which I borrowed from a wonderful web site called No Zendo. Unfortunately they are no longer online.

    The following information was originally published by the Zen Center of Los Angeles and was found in one of their fine books, entitled “To Forget the Self: An Illustrated Guide to Zen Meditation” by John Daishin Buksbazen. Unfortunately, this book is now out of print. It is gratefully presented here as a help for those getting started on their own.

    SUGGESTED FABRIC

    A sturdy material such as a cotton/polyester blend

    SUGGESTED FILLING

    Kapok fiber, although buckwheat hulls can be used for those who prefer a firmer seat

    BASIC PIECES

  • Length of cloth 59 inches long, 6 inches to 9 inches wide (depending on how high you would like your cushion to be).
  • Two circles of cloth, each with a diameter of 11 inches to 13 inches (depending on how large around you would like your cushion to be.)
  • STEP 1.
    Pleat the length of cloth. There should be fourteen 3/4 inch pleats, 3 inches apart. To pleat:
    a) Beginning 6-1 /2 inches from the left edge of the length, make three marks, 3/4 inch apart, thus marking out the first pleat:

    cushions1

    Three inches after the first set of pleat markings, make the second set, as indicated above. Continue doing this till you have 14 pleats. When you finish, the last pleat marking should be 3 inches from the right edge. (If you wish to have narrower pleats, of course, simply increase the number of pleats.)

    b) Next, iron the pleats and pin them. They should all be folded and ironed in toward the left-hand side. For each set of pleat markings, fold the third in toward the first as shown, and then pin as shown at below:

    cushions2

    STEP 2.
    Now, having completed the first step, take the right edge of the pleated strip cloth and pin it to the left end of the strip, 3-1/4 inches from the left edge:

    cushions3

    STEP 3.
    Mark each circle of cloth at four equidistant points. Turn pleated length of cloth inside out. Pin each circle to the pleated strip, one circle to the top edge and one to the bottom edge, at each of the four points:

    cushions4

    STEP 4.
    Next, ease (pin) all the pleats in to the circles, top and bottom. Sew the circles to the length of cloth:

    cushions5

    STEP 5.
    Turn inside out and stuff with kapok or buckwheat hulls (through opening in the side that the zafu will have) It’s best to use a lot of stuffing material. Kapok will slowly compress with use and buckwheat hulls eventually breakdown:

    That’s it!
    You could sew a zipper in the opening or simply sew it closed. Sewing a Meditation Cushion

    Instructables instructions on making your own meditation pillow.

http://www.michiganbuddhist.com/seiza – original site is missing. Here is what I saved over the years.  Sewing a Meditation Cushion

I used some cotton material that I had around the house. I used this same concept, to cover a neck roll that I had so that I could also use this in restorative yoga poses.

Here’s another link for making a stuff sack, or a cover for your cylinder shaped bolster…

p.s. Update, a sewing pattern from Simplicity 3583 – Bolsters, Meditation cushion, neck roll, eye pillow, yoga strap.  Wait till Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s have their sales and snatch this pattern!

Simplicity Sewing Pattern 3583 - Make your own yoga gear - Yoga with Gail
Simplicity Sewing Pattern 3583 – Make your own yoga gear – Yoga with Gail

Sewing your own yoga gear, yoga mat bag, meditation pillow

Sewing your own yoga gear, yoga mat bag and meditation pillow

Here are some of the things I’ve used my Singer Featherweight 221 and my Pfaff Sewing Machine for yoga gear.

Using my Pfaff and Singer Featherweight Vintage sewing machines, I've made many items for my yoga practice.  Yoga mat bags, bolsters, zafu meditation cushions and eye pillows.  Yoga with Gail.
Using my Pfaff and Singer Featherweight Vintage sewing machines, I’ve made many items for my yoga practice. Yoga mat bags, bolsters, zafu meditation cushions and eye pillows. Yoga with Gail.

I used the tutorials listed on my site for making these #zafu #meditationpillows

Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine - Yoga Gear & Props Sewing. Yoga with Gail
Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine – Yoga Gear & Props Sewing. Yoga with Gail

#sewyogagear
#zafumeditation
#yogamatbag
#yogawithgail
#lovewhatido
#yogagear
#diyyogaprops

DIY Sewing your own yoga gear!

Yoga Mat Bag – sewing instructions

Yoga Mat Bag – Sewing instructions

Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Instructions.  Click and Read.  Yoga with Gail
Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Instructions. Click and Read. Yoga with Gail

Yoga Mat Bag How To DIY instructions.

This project uses Amy Butler’s Love fabric collection and knew it would be perfect for our yoga tote.  Updated:  I’ve taken off the instructions on this post as the  original instructions here as it is finally back out there on the web.

Our generously-sized bag will hold your mat, towel, yoga chimes and more. We recommend choosing a heavier weight fabric for the bag so it’s sturdier and wears well. Amy Butler’s Love collection has several home decor weights from which to choose. Your lining can be regular weight. I used upholstery fabric, and I didn’t have to use a liner fabric when I made this bag.

The Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Instructions.  Brought to you by Yoga with Gail
The Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Instructions. Brought to you by Yoga with Gail
  1. Contributors Project Design: Alicia Thommas and Sample Creation: Jacqueline Smerek

Love this pattern.  Had to find it off of Archive.org to get the instructions!

Like my little Singer Featherweight 221?  Go on over to my Featherweight Site at:

Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine - Yoga Gear & Props Sewing. Yoga with Gail
Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine – Yoga Gear & Props Sewing. Yoga with Gail
Sew sew sew!!

RestoraFlow Yoga. Sequences to help ease upper and lower back pain by Sara Varona

 

Restoraflow Yoga Sequence for Easing back pain. Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care with Gail.
Restoraflow Yoga Sequence for Easing back pain. Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care with Gail.

Sara Varona, of BuildYourYogaBusiness.com created this sequence to assist in easing your lower and upper back pain. She gave me permission to post it on my display at my recent Yoga Booth at a Health Fair.

She also shows on her website, the different things that she does in helping a client in their private yoga practice. Here is her video listed at the end of this specific ezine going through the poses pictured on the right.

I took lots of notes, taught these sequences to my various yoga classes, and people noticed how much better their backs felt after going through the sequences. It is a 40 minute google video, to get your pen an pencil ready, take notes, practice and come back and back to this wonderful sequence of yoga poses.

The model in the photos is one of my daughters. She is in the process of training to be a yoga teacher. She is already a wonderful Ballet teacher. She has also taught tap, modern, jazz and creative dance.

Enjoy!

Top DIY tutorials on making a face mask, buff, gators,neck strap, chain, holder!

Here’s your top DIYs, tutorials for:

  • Face Mask Lanyards DIY Tutorials
  • Face Coverings, face masks, Buff, Gaiters or Gators or Neck & Face covering – DIY Tutorials
  • My DIY Tutorial for Face mask and Buff’s from Leggings or Yoga pants.
  • Links to other DIY’s on making your own Yoga props on my site.

Face Mask Lanyards DIY Tutorials

You might have something already around the house to help you keep track of your face mask.  Especially when those kiddos are going back to school.  You know kids, right?

This one is easy peasy! Dug through my junk drawer, and found these!  Just attached it to my face mask….good to go!

Look what I found in my Junk Drawer. A lanyard to help keep track of my face mask, when I have it off of my face. Great for kiddos!
Look what I found in my Junk Drawer. A lanyard to help keep track of my face mask, when I have it off of my face. Great for kiddos!

DIY for lanyard for your face mask


Face Coverings, face masks, Buff, Gaiters or Gators or Neck & Face covering – DIY Tutorials

Top 12 DIY - Buff & Gator Face Mask Coverings Tutorials - Yoga with Gail
Top 12 DIY – Buff & Gator Face Mask Coverings Tutorials – Yoga with Gail

The list of DIY tutorials for making the buff, face mask coverings.

Goodness!  Look at this creative way to use your Gelitan Plate and making your own
decorator fabric for your cloth facemask ==> How to Make a Gel Printed Fabric Face Covering

  1. From the My Sewing Machine Obsession site – another great tutorial, with the emphasis of summer fabrics.  I like how this one is configured and updated.
    http://mysewingmachineobsession.blogspot.com/2020/07/mask-making.html
  2. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Stylish-Neck-Gator/ Also known as “Gator” good use transform into a buff/face mask
  3. http://giveitgrace.blogspot.com/2011/10/keeping-warm-and-staying-cheap.html Give it Grace Keeping warm and staying cheap: A DIY Head wrap/face mask. Oct 2011
  4. https://jennabrand.com/2014/05/01/tubular-bandana-buff-tutorial/ Tubular Bandana Buff Tutorial – May 2014
  5. Gaiter Style Mask Tutorial by Sew Can She
  6. DIY Breathable Face Mask at Hello Sewing
  7. http://blog.fehrtrade.com/gallery/883/sewing-indie-month-a-buff-tutorial/Buff – Sew your own active wear – May 2014
  8. https://lotsafreshair.com/2017/05/19/howto-make-a-buff/ Lots a Fresh Air Sewing your own Buff from a T-shirt May 2017
  9. Sewing your own Gator – Oct 2008
    https://gatorproject.wordpress.com/gator-neck-warmer-instructions/

DIY, Sew your own face covering, buff, gator, neck cover, face covering mask.
DIY, Sew your own face covering, buff, gator, neck cover, face covering mask.
My DIY Tutorial for Face mask and Buff’s from Leggings or Yoga pants.
Gail and her original Buff from when she went to Mongolia
  1. Here is Gail and her original Buff from when she went to Mongolia.  Taught yoga in Mongolia, when visiting her oldest in the Peace Corps. 
OSU colors for my LuLaRoe Leggings.  Go Pokes!
2. I selected my OSU colors for my LuLaRoe Leggings. Go Pokes!
Taking original Buff and measuring how much to cut. DIY Buff Shield
3. Taking original Buff and measuring how much to cut.
Can make two Buff from a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings.  DIY Buff
4. Can make two Buff from a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings.
Pin the fabric sides together to prepare to either sew by the machine or hand sew.
5. Pin the fabric sides together to prepare to either sew by the machine or hand sew.
My Pfaff machine getting put to use!  Sewing down the side seam.  I kept the waist band here on this diy face mask.
6. Using my Pfaff Sewing Machine, pin right sides of fabric together, then sew down the seam to make a tube shape. In this case I used the serged seam as a guideline to where I’d sew. Optional to trim off that seam.
My sewing room.  The buff/gator fit my face nicely without having to take in any on the side.  Yoga with Gail
7. Turn the finished tube with the fabric to the outside and try on. If need be, you could take in more if the buff slips. I found that I did not need to take in the side seam any, and the face covering/buff stayed up nicely.

  1. Here is Gail and her original Buff from when she went to Mongolia.  Taught yoga in Mongolia, when visiting her oldest in the Peace Corps. 
  2. I selected the OSU colors for my LuLaRoe Leggings. Go Pokes!
  3. Taking my original Buff and measuring how much to cut, I may have added an inch to the length.
  4. I can get two Buffs from a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings.
  5. I then pin the fabric sides together to prepare to either sew by the machine or hand sew.
  6. Using my Pfaff Sewing Machine, pin right sides of fabric together, then sew down the seam to make a tube shape. In this case I used the serged seam as a guideline to where I’d sew. Optional to trim off that seam.
  7. Turn the finished tube with the fabric to the outside and try on. If need be, you could take in more if the buff slips. I found that I did not need to take in the side seam any, and the face covering/buff stayed up nicely.

DIY on making from the ends of Lularoe leggings or yoga pants into a face mask. Now Sewing required.

So I had a lot of left over leg ends, after I made the “Buffs and Gators” from the top of the Lularoe Leggings….

Lot of left over leg ends after I made my Buffs/Gators.  Then I thought, well I could make some face mask coverings with the left over fabric.  Yoga with Gail
Left over leg ends from my first DIY Lularoe Leggings into a Buff/Gator face mask.

I saw on my statistics someone typed in DIY Lularoe leggings into a face mask. Looked at it and thought, well I could make it simpler…  Here’s the PDF ==> Upcycle your Lularoe Leggings into Face Masks, Buffs and Gators – Gail Pickens-Barger Yoga Teacher

DIY on making a face mask from left over leggings buff/gator project.  Yoga with Gail
1. Take the Legging end part, keep the original hem end, and go ear to ear.  I subtracted about 2 inches because of the stretch factor, and cut slits.  Sharp sizzors, two slits.  Pretty simple.
Gail demonstrating the face covering after cutting the two slits on the edges.  This is really nice and warm for those winter months.
2. That worked pretty well!  So, one can put a filter in between the two layers.  I see where some people put coffee filters.  If it gets too stretched out, you can recut one end with another slit.  Washable too!  Pretty simple.  Use sharp sizzors, go SLOW in cutting the slits.  In the back is a photograph from the David C. Turnley collection.
Recycle your LuLaRoe Leggings and make two Buffs/Gators and two Face Mask Coverings.
Use the left over material from making the buffs/gators into a face covering/mask. No Sewing required!

Other DIY Linked on my site.


DIY face mask into “Buffs” or “Gators” Tutorial

Sew or hand sew your own Buff or Gator to use as a face mask – Gail Pickens-Barger

Gail and her original Buff from when she went to Mongolia.  Taught yoga in Mongolia, when visiting her oldest in the Peace Corps.

DIY, Sew your own face covering, buff, gator, neck cover, face covering mask.
DIY, Sew your own face covering, buff, gator, neck cover, face covering mask.  Using the Buff from when I taught yoga in Mongolia years ago, used as a pattern.  Used my LuLaRoe Leggings that I no longer wore.  Recycle upcycled from the items you already have on hand!

OSU colors for my LuLaRoe Leggings.  Go Pokes!
OSU colors for my LuLaRoe Leggings. Go Pokes!

Taking original Buff and measuring how much to cut. DIY Buff Shield
Taking original Buff and measuring how much to cut. DIY Buff Shield

Can make two Buff from a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings.  DIY Buff
Can make two Buff from a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings. DIY Buff

Pin the fabric sides together to prepare to either sew by the machine or hand sew.
Pin the fabric sides together to prepare to either sew by the machine or hand sew. DIY Buff Face Shield

My Pfaff machine getting put to use!  Sewing down the side seam.  I kept the waist band here on this diy face mask.
My Pfaff machine getting put to use!  Sewing down the side seam.  I kept the waist band here on this diy face mask.

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Another Tutorial of using Legging/yoga pants/LuLaRoe material ==> Tutorial #2 of using then ends of the Lularoe Leggings or Yoga Pants into No Sew Face Masks

face shield mask diy
diy face mask shield
make your own face shield from fabric

Teaching 20 years! Yoga with Gail

Teaching now 20 years! Yoga with Gail

20 years?

Where did the time go by?

I had retired from the IT department at DuPont, and continued to take computer classes at the University of Houston – Victoria, plus take all the PE classes at Victoria College.

I took the first offered yoga class at the university.

After my final exam in that class, which was a teach-back yoga class, along with my team, my yoga teacher told me that she liked my sequences and should become a yoga teacher.

The following month in my hometown at that time, YogaFit International Training Systems came to town and presented their Level 1 training. Soon afterwards I was teaching and taking additional training to get my 200 hours.

I was the first graduate of YogaFit’s 200-hour teacher training program (other than their trainers).

I remember one day, back in Victoria, I taught 5 classes in one day.

I soon racked up the teaching hours to get to the experienced level, then after moving to the Nederland/Port Neches, Texas area, took additional training from Lex Gillan at the Yoga Institute in Houston, to complete my 500-hour training.

I’ve enjoyed teaching for so many different places and studios and independently. Thank you.

  • Citizens HealthPlex
  • DeTar Healthcare System
  • GymX24 hour
  • Lotus Yoga Studio of Victoria
  • Victoria Ballet Theatre @ Debbe Busby School of Dance
  • Chandler Elementary School in Victoria, Texas
  • University of Houston-Victoria
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Christus HWC
  • YMCA of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur Branch
  • Nederland High School in Nederland, Texas
  • Exygon Health and Fitness Club
  • Golden Triangle Yoga
  • Yoga Vibe TX
  • Yoga at Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas
  • Friday Gentle Yoga at the Lakeside Best Years Center Beaumont Texas
  • 12NewsNow and more!
  • Now teaching online and in-person for the Veterans Yoga Project and No Longer Limited Duty

20 years of teaching yoga! Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger

20 years! #yogawithgaileee

Yoga Classes in Jefferson Mid-County, Texas. Nederland, Port Neches, Port Arthur, Tx.

Yoga in Nederland, Port Neches, Port Arthur, Tx. Jefferson Mid-County

Got your yoga classes and locations listed here!  My classes and schedule don’t fit everyone’s schedule, so I thought I’d list out all the yoga that I know of here in Mid-County. (Beaumont &  Orange listings at the end of this post.)  Fall 2021.

Starting 2022: Tuesdays: every third Tuesday 6 PM CST Online Studio yoga class – SETX Yoga for Veterans, families & friends.  

Wednesdays: 1 PM CST on Mindbody online, a Gentle Yoga for low back care class.  Great for beginners and those with back challenges. https://veteransyogaproject.org/vyp-classes

Fridays: 10:30 AM at Lakeside Best Years Senior Citizen Center.  Yoga. 60 minute class.  Free for Beaumont residents, come a bit early if you are not a member of the center, to register.  $4 fee for non-residents, and come a bit early to register.  Please wear a mask into the facility and into the yoga room.  Once you are stationed six feet apart, you have permission to take off your mask.

Other Yoga offerings in the Golden Triangle (Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur, Nederland) area
Online Beginners Yoga 

Nederland, Texas

Yoga Private lessons available
upon request
409-727-3177
yogawithgaileee@gmail.com
https://yogawithgaileee.com

Exygon Health and Fitness – Check COVID-19 Schedule
1001 Nederland Avenue, Ned. Tx
409-729-2592
Bring a yoga mat. $15 drop in fee, included with monthly membership.
http://exygon.com/

PowerHouse Gym in Port Neches
Monday & Wednesday 6:30 PM $10 drop in fee, comes with membership
Hatha Yoga Class

 

YMCA of Port Arthur – Check COVID_19 Schedule
6760 9th Avenue, Port Arthur, Tx 77642
409-962-6644
Yoga Tuesday/Thursday at 10:00 AM
Friday – 10:00 AM  – SilverSneakers YogaStretch
$15 drop-in fee, included with monthly membership
http://ymcasetx.org/health-well-being-fitness/

Individuals:

Gail Pickens-Barger – Private Yoga instruction in your home or place of business, 409-727-3177 or Contact Gail


SETX (Southeast Texas) Yoga for Veterans

Beginners Yoga for easing back pain

Beginners Yoga for easing back pain

Yoga Basics - Gentle Yoga Postures to ease back pain
Yoga Basics – Gentle Yoga Postures to ease back pain
Grab your

Yoga mat

Block or two rolled up hand towels

Strap or dog/cat leash or long bath towel

Blanket

Optional access to a wall or chair
Gentle postures for easing back pain.
The Veterans that I teach regularly on Wednesdays on the Mindbody app, through the Veterans Yoga Project had this to say about the Beginners Back Yoga class that I teach.

“My pain levels were at the top at level 10. After class, my pain levels were at a level 6, which is so much easier for me to handle. Thank you.”

Another Veteran shared this, “I came into the class at a level of 6. Near the end of the class, I could feel the easing of pain and I’d say I was at a level of 2. I will be repeating this class!”

Sign up for a Mindbody account, through the VYP portal at:

https://veteransyogaproject.org/vyp-classes

Then “Book” the Wednesday class at 1 PM CST to gain access to this gentle yoga class. #freeyoga

Grab your..

•Yoga mat•Block or two rolled up hand towels

•Strap or dog/cat leash or long bath towel

•Blanket

•Optional access to a wall or chair

Gentle postures for easing back pain. The Veterans that I teach regularly on Wednesdays on the Mindbody app, through the Veterans Yoga Project had this to say about the Beginners Back Yoga class that I teach.

•”My pain levels were at the top at level 10. After class, my pain levels were at a level 6, which is so much easier for me to handle. Thank you.”

•Another Veteran shared this, “I came into the class at a level of 6. Near the end of the class, I could feel the easing of pain and I’d say I was at a level of 2. I will be repeating this class!”

•Sign up for a Mindbody account, through the VYP portal at:

https://veteransyogaproject.org/vyp-classes

•Then “Book” the Wednesday class at 1 PM CST to gain access to this gentle yoga class. #freeyoga

Yoga postures for easing back pain

Gentle Yoga for low back pain 45 minute classes hosted by the Veterans Yoga Project folks!

Hosted by the online streaming classes Facebook page, VYP Online Streaming Classes
Here is the class that I did for the Veterans Yoga Project for Healthy Backs Yoga Class

Thank you for joining this yoga class and I hope you enjoy the class!🤗

Remember, you don’t have to be able to touch your toes, or bend like a pretzel to do yoga!

Back PAIN info:

  • Back pain is the 2nd most sited reason people go to the doctor
  • Back pain has a high occurrence in veterans for a number of reasons
  • And they are prescribed pills but it doesn’t really help
  • Then comes fatigue, depression & quality of life goes down
  • Yoga can actually help the back pain
  • 45% of veterans have a military-connected disability
  • 8% of adults in the US have back pain at some part of their life
  • 30% of people in the US in the next 3 months will have a short course of back pain
    • So this affects everyone
    • This method of practices and yoga poses
    • Reduces the intensity of pain, depression, fatigue & medication use
    • Pain interference with daily life.
    • Quality of life & self-efficacy both went up with regular yoga practice
Ease back pain through gentle yoga through online practices offered by the Veterans Yoga Project Online Streaming classes Facebook/Zoom pages.
#VYPFamily, #VYPBootsOnTheGround, #VYPLightACandle and #NamasteMemorialDay

Since the formative years of the United States, more than one million American Soldiers have given and lost their lives protecting our freedoms and defending our nation’s liberties. Those Americans made the ultimate sacrifice. Veterans Yoga Project recognizes their sacrifice by annually gathering on Memorial Day to light candles in their honor.

We stand where they once stood.
We bow to them with gratitude.
We speak of their valor.
We live.

Gratefully,
All of us at Veterans Yoga Project

Gail Pickens-Barger, Veterans Yoga Project Ambassador

Gail’s Teaching Schedule for Fall 2021

Here’s my teaching schedule for Fall 2021


Tuesday 6:00 PM @Nederland/Beaumont/Bridge City – Free for Veterans & families
Wednesday 1 PM CST on MINDBODY Online. Sign up for a free account at least 1 hour prior, to book and verify your email the first time. Free – Gentle Yoga for Beginners and for Low Back Pain

Fridays 10:30 AM at Lakeside Best Years Senior Citizen Center
  • Tuesday 6:00 PM @Wesley UMC/Clifton Museum in Beaumont/Bridge Point Fellowship church in Bridge City, Texas – Free for Veterans & families – Call for location 409-727-3177 https://tinyurl.com/TueYogaGail
  • Wednesday 1 PM CST on MINDBODY Online. Sign up for a free account at least 1 hour prior, to book and verify your email the first time. Free – Gentle Yoga for Beginners and for Low Back Pain https://tinyurl.com/vyp-classes
  • Fridays at LakeSide Best Years Senior Citizen Center – 10:30 AM
  • Private Yoga upon request.
  • Zoom Corporate Classes upon request.
Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care with Gail

WEDNESDAYS at 1 PM CST – Join VYP yoga teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger, for a 60 minute gentle yoga practice for easing back pain. Gail incorporates all five mind-body tools of VYP Mindful Resilience: Breathing, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest, and Gratitude.

These tools help us breathe easy, focus clearly, move freely, rest deeply, and remember what is working in our lives. As a result, we become more resilient in the face of both ordinary and extraordinary challenges.

To help ease any regulars into classes, please invite them to
A) create a MindBodyOnline account with us,
B) visit the Classes page on our VYP website to see an integrated look at what we are offering online both daily and weekly, and/or
C) stayed tuned online with us through social media for announcements.

Here is the direct link for the VYP page resource with our classes:

https://veteransyogaproject.org/vyp-classes/

Weekly Back Care Yoga Class, #freeyoga on Mindbody through Veterans Yoga Project / vyp-classes

I bend, so I don’t break. Get moving!

I bend, so I don’t break. Get moving!

I bend so I don’t break.

I bend, so I don’t break. What about you?

So true. If you rest, you will tend to rust. When I taught yoga in Victoria Texas, I had 6 people come to my gentle yoga class that had fibromyalgia.

They told me they hurt if they don’t come, they hurt if they do come to yoga. But the hurt coming out of yoga was of a lot of body relief. They craved coming to class. I think that is because yoga not only works on the body, but the mind, and of easing of pain for some, and getting better sleep.

I think about that class that I had in V-town a lot because that was early on in my yoga career, and I just was a bit confused by their comments about different types of pain.

Now after teaching for over 20 years, it makes a lot of sense to me, as I am now inhabiting my body with levels of pain issues. Oh, if I don’t move, move move, it is big time hurt city. I still hurt, but pain levels between 7-9, now regularly sit between 1-3. That is significant to me.

What about you?

I invite you to come to my #freeyoga class held on #mindbody sponsored by the Veterans Yoga Project I’ve got the link below. Be sure to sign up at least an hour maybe two before your first class, so that you get the verification email in time to do class. You’ll get an email link to come into the class 30 minutes prior.

Gentle Yoga for Low Back Pain is what I teach. 60 minutes beginner-level class.

Yeah, you don’t have to bend like a pretzel or touch your toes to get massive health benefits from a regular yoga practice.

Comments? Complaints? Questions? Complements? I want to know!

Here’s the link https://veteransyogaproject.org/vyp-classes/

Free yoga for Veterans in Nederland, Texas

Free one hour long yoga class for Veterans in Nederland, Texas. Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 6 to 7 PM.

SETX Yoga for Veterans
June 15, 2021
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Held at Wesley United Methodist Church
3515 Helena Avenue
Nederland, Texas 77627

Yoga for Veterans, being held in Nederland, Texas at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas. Here is Nederland’s monument to our local Veterans! Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 6 to 7 pm. Free.

Held in the church’s Foyer area, which is in the sanctuary building.

The sanctuary building is closest to the street.

SETX Yoga for Veterans.

This initial set of classes is geared for beginners.

You don’t have to touch your toes or bend like a pretzel to do yoga!

Free Class.

This class will be held throughout SETX. Wesley UMC, Clifton Steamboat Museum of Beaumont, Texas and Bridgepoint Fellowship of Bridge City, Texas.

It will be a mat yoga class with access to using chairs in the varied yoga postures.

Many veterans and active duty service members will notice a lessening of stress and easing of pain when they participate in a regular yoga class.

SETX Yoga for Veterans is sponsored by No Longer Limited Duty and the Veterans Yoga Project.

Gail Pickens-Barger, is the local ambassador yoga teacher for the Veterans Yoga Project (VYP).

Gail Pickens-Barger, Yoga for Veterans Ambassador
Gail Pickens-Barger, Yoga for Veterans Ambassador Here in Big Bend National Park doing tree pose!

Here is Gail’s bio on the Veterans Yoga Project site == > She has been teaching classes for the past year online on both Facebook Live and on youtube for the VYP during our world’s health crisis.

In teaching for the VYP, they use 5 tools to assist the Veteran.
* Breathing
* Mindful Movement
* Meditation
* Guided Rest
* Gratitude Practice

This is Gail’s 20th year to teach yoga after retiring from the IT field at DuPont/Conoco company.

This class is free for Veterans and active military.

Yoga helps with back pain

See what a Veteran has to say about the Yoga for Low Back Pain class that I teach!

One of the Veterans that regularly takes my Yoga for Low Back Pain class on the Veteran’s Yoga Project had this to say about this class that I teach.

Gail talking.
“Hey Don, welcome back! Hope this helped you! Let me know!”
Don – Veteran
“Yes it always helps! I’m similar to you: chronic back pain for 20-30 years, and since I started doing yoga in Tucson and more recently on-line, my back is much better. Not completely gone, but a heck of a lot better!”

Doesn’t get much better than that!

$10 pays me a bit, pays the Back Pack Food Ministry a bit too!

Even I, a yoga teacher struggled with back pain.
Turns out, some of the yoga poses I was doing was contributing to my back pain.

My pain levels were between a 6 – 9. I had to use a cane, and walker at some point.

I investigated in Yoga Vista’s online training for Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care.

I am a convert now. My pain levels are now anywhere’s between a 0 and level 3. For me that is significant.

So this is my niche. I teach Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care. Great for beginners, those new to yoga, and those of us with back challenges.

The yoga class is on Monday at 6 PM CST (think Texas). My hope for you is to feel better.

You might get some other benefits too! Better balance, higher quality sleep, increased flexibility & strength, building bones, better joint mobility, you might even lose weight with a regular practice.

Join me for next week’s class. IF my class time does not match with your schedule a private yoga session, or getting a weekly video for you to do in the privacy of your home might be better for you.

How to start? Pay me $10 through Paypal.
Then you’ll get the registration link for Zoom (or the video 1-2 days later).

Call me for your questions. 409-727-3177.

Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care Class with Gail – 1 hour long on Mondays – $10.

Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

May you be happy.
May you be peaceful.
May you be free from suffering.

May no harm come to you.
May no problems come to you.
May you always meet with success.

May you have the wisdom, courage and understanding to meet and overcome the inevitable difficulties in life.
Art is so immersive and inspirational. Check out the new museum in Houston, Texas
Pod at Lotus Festival
There is no past.
Come back to this moment.
Right Here Right Now
b r e a t h e
Meditate on what is
Just be present
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Coffee Then the World

Today you are completely,
100%, indefatigably (look it up)
focussed on your breath. Imagine the feeling . . . by the seashore, in the woods, on a mountaintop breathing in the crystal clear air.
Delighting in a long slow breathe,
“drinking in” the Divine
all day long . . .

while enjoying the scenery (your life). I am now breathing fully and freely.
I am now breathing fully and freely.
I am now breathing fully and freely.
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Be Present
Be Present with Every Person You Meet Today.

Veterans Yoga Project Live Yoga Classes

Veterans Yoga Project Live Yoga Classes -Thursdays at 11 AM Central Time, 12 Noon ET and 9 AM PT – Gentle Yoga for Low Back Pain Class.

Streaming Live Online Yoga Classes for Veterans
Streaming Live Online Yoga Classes for Veterans on Veterans Yoga Project Facebook Page

Here’s the latest yoga practice that I’ve done for Gentle Yoga effort over on Facebook Live at #VYPonlinestreamingclasses.

Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care – a Healthy Backs Class for easing back pain. Yoga Teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger, Yoga Vista Low Back Care Specialist. Teaching for the online effort for Veterans Yoga Project.
Five tools for Veterans. Breathing, Mindful Movement, Meditation, Guided Rest & Relaxation and a Gratitude Practice
Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger, Adaptive Yoga Teacher
#YogaForVeterans
Yoga for Veterans – from the Veterans Yoga Project folks!
PTSD Infographic. Yoga for Veterans. Yoga with Gail
PTSD Infographic. Yoga for Veterans. Yoga with Gail.

Chair Yoga Sequence by Gaileee

Ease Back Pain, Lessen Stress, Lose Weight, Increase Strength, Flexibility & Build Bones with  Gentle Chair Yoga Sequence by Gail Pickens-Barger.

Chair Yoga Fitness with Gail Pickens-Barger.  You don't have to get down on to the floor to get all the benefits of a regular yoga practice.
Chair Yoga Fitness with Gail Pickens-Barger. You don’t have to get down on to the floor to get all the benefits of a regular yoga practice.

Adaptive Beginners Yoga Teacher in Nederland & Beaumont Texas.  Call for your one-on-one, or small group classes at your place of business. 409-727-3177

Benefits of Chair Yoga

Start or Re-Start Your Yoga Practice – 15 good reasons to get you started

Count on Yoga.  Looking for a reason to start practicing (or restart your practice)? 

 

   1. Flex Time. 

Improved flexibility is one of the most obvious benefits of yoga.  During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a back bend.  But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible.  You’ll probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear.  That’s no coincidence.  Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones.  Tight hamstrings can lead to a flattening of the lumbar spine, which can cause back pain. And inflexibility in muscles and connective tissues, such as fascia and ligaments, can cause poor posture.

   2. Bone Zone. 

It’s well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis.  Many postures in yoga require that you lift your own weight.  And some, like Downward- and Upward-Facing Dog, help strengthen the arm bones, which are particularly vulnerable to osteoporosis fractures.  In an unpublished study conducted at California State University, Los Angeles, yoga practice increased bone density in the vertrebrae.  Yoga’s ability to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol may help keep calcium in the bones.

   3. Worry Thwarts.

Yoga lowers cortisol levels. If that doesn’t sound like much, consider these facts.  Normally, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to an acute crisis, which temporarily boosts immune function.  If your cortisol levels stay high even after the crisis, they can compromise the immune system.  Temporary boosts of cortisol help with long-term memory, but chronically high levels undermine memory and may lead to permanent changes in the brain.  Plus, excessive cortisol has been linked with major depression, osteoporosis (it extracts calcium and other minerals from bones and interferes with the laying down of new bone), high blood pressure, and insulin resistance.  In rats, high cortisol levels lead to what researchers call “food-seeking behavior” (the kind that drives you to eat when you’re upset, angry, or stressed).  The body takes those extra calories and distributes them as fat in the abdomen, contributing to weight gain and the risk of diabetes and heart attack. 

   4. Breathing Room.

Yogis tend to take fewer breaths of greater volume, which is both calming and more efficient.  A 1998 study published in The Lancet taught a yogic technique known as “complete breathing” to people with lung problems due to congestive heart failure.  After one month, their average respiratory rate decreased from 13.4 breaths per minute to 7.6.  Meanwhile, their exercise capacity increased significantly, as did the oxygen saturation of their blood.  In addition, yoga has been shown to improve various measures of lung function, including the maximum volume of the breath and the efficiency of the exhalation.

   5. Pain Drain.

Yoga can ease your pain.  According to several studies, yoga postures (asana), meditiation, or a combination of the two, reduced pain in people with arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other chronic conditions.  When you relieve your pain, your mood improves, you’re more inclined to be active, and you don’t need as much medication.

   6. Connective Tissue.

As you read all the ways yoga improves your health, you probably notice a lot of overlap.  That’s because they are intensely interwoven.  Change your posture and you change the way you breathe.  Change your breathing and you change you nervous system.  This is one of the great lessons of yoga:  Everything is connected – your hipbone to your anklebone, you to your community, your community to the world.  Such interconnection is vital to yoga.  This holistic system simultaneously taps into many mechanisms that have self-perpetuating and even multiplicative effects.  Synergy may be the most important way of all that yoga heals.

   7. Joint Account.

Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion.  This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used.  Joint cartilage is like sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up.  Without proper sustenance, neglected cartilage can eventually wear out like worn-out brake pads, exposing the underlying bone.

   8. Flow Chart.

Yoga gets your blood flowing.  More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet.  Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result.  Twisting poses are thought to wring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow in once the twist is released.  Inverted poses, such as Down Ward Facing Dog, Standing Straddle Splits, Headstand, Handstand and Shoulderstand, encourages venous blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart, where it can be pumped to the lungs to be freshly oxygenated.  Yoga also boosts levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues.  And it thins the blood by making platelets less sticky and by cutting the level of clot-promoting proteins in the blood.  This can lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes since blood clots are often the cause of these killers.

   9.  Heart Start.

When you regularly get your heart rate into the aerobic range, you can lower your risk of heart attack and relieve depression.  While not all yoga is aerobic, if you do it vigorously or take flow or Ashtanga classes, it can boost your heart rate into the aerobic range.  But even yoga exercises that don’t get your heart rate up that high can improve cardiovascular conditioning.  Studies have found that yoga practice lowers the resting heart rate, increases endurance, and can improve your maximum uptake of oxygen during exercise – all reflections of improving aerobic conditioning.

   10. Strength Test.

Strong muscles do more than look good.  They also protect us from such conditions as arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls.  And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility.  If you just lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.

   11. Spinal Rap.

Spinal disks – the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves – crave movement.  That’s the only way they get their nutrients.  If you’ve got a well-balanced asana practice with plently of backbends, forward bends, and twists, you’ll help keep your disks supple.

   12. Standing Orders.

Your head is like a bowling ball – big, round, and heavy.  When it’s balanced directly over an erect spine, it take much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it. Move it several inches forward, however, and you start to strain those muscles.  Hold up that forward-leaning bowling ball for 8 or 12 hours a day and it’s no wonder you’re tired.  And fatigue might not be your only problem.  Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems.  As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back.  This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.

   13. Sugar Show.

Yoga lowers blood sugar and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and boosts HDL (“good”) cholesterol.  In people wit diabetes, yoga has been found to lower blood sugar in several ways:  by lowering cortisol and adrenaline levels, encouraging weight loss, and improving sensitivity to the effects of insulin.  Get your blood sugar levels down, and you decrease your risk of diabetic complications such as heart attack, kidney failure and blindness.

   14. Space Place.

Regularly practicing yoga increases proprioception (the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space) and improves balance.  People with bad posture or dysfunctional movement patterns usually have poor proprioception, which has been linked to knee problems and back pain. Better balance could mean fewer falls.  For the elderly, this translates into more independence and delayed admission to a nursing home or never entering one at all.

   15. Loose Limbs.

Do you ever notice yourself holding the telephone or a steering wheel with a death grip or scrunching your face when staring at a computer screen?  These unconscious habits can lead to chronic tension, muscle fatigue, and soreness in the wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and face, which can increase stress and worsen your mood.  As you practice yoga, you begin to notice where you hold tension:  It might be in your tongue, your eyes, or the muscles of your face and neck.  If you simple tune in and pay more attention to these areas, you may be able to relieve some tension.

To see all 38 ways yoga can improve your health and well-being click on over to the Yoga Journal Website. http://www.yogajournal.com/health/1634

 Online Beginners Yoga with Gail — Work with me!

15 reasons to start your regular yoga practice.  Yoga with Gail
Beginners Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger, over 20 years teaching experience! 409-727-3177

First Twelve Yoga Poses and Second Twelve Yoga Poses for Osteopenia, Osteoporosis

Tree pose of of the twelve poses in the first series for easing osteopenia / osteoporosis!
Tree, one of the 12 yoga poses for easing osteoporosis

First Twelve Yoga Poses and Second Twelve Yoga Poses for Osteopenia and Osteoporosis bone-building efforts.

osteofirstsecondposes
The second set of poses are to address the bone-building issues with the wrists, elbows and shoulders.  Additionally giving additional weight bearing poses to complement the first set of yoga poses.

The second set of poses are to address the bone-building issues with the wrists, elbows and shoulders.  Additionally giving additional weight bearing poses to complement the first set of yoga poses.

Dr. Loren Fishman has come up with a second set of poses to use for bone building.  Beginners versions of the poses, intermediate and classical versions of the poses.  Nice that you can mix and match depending on your body’s ability to do a pose.

Interested?  Give me a call, Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177 and you can get started on your bone building journey!

Yoga for Veterans – Veterans Yoga Project

Yoga for Veterans – Veterans Yoga Project – Nederland, Texas

PTS(D) AND YOGA? WE CAN EXPLAIN.

IN THE U.S. ESTIMATES OF PTS(D) AMONG VETERANS ARE:

PTSD Infographic. Yoga for Veterans. Yoga with Gail
PTSD Infographic. Yoga for Veterans. Yoga with Gail

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You have questions? We’ll do our best to answer them.

WHAT IS VETERANS YOGA PROJECT?

Veterans Yoga Project is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of military veterans through yoga and meditation practice. Working in partnership with veterans, active-duty military personnel, student veteran organizations, and other non-profit organizations, Veterans Yoga Project supports recovery and promotes resilience among veterans who are living with post-traumatic stress or other trauma issues.

WHAT IS VETERANS GRATITUDE WEEK? 

Each year, VYP hosts two annual fundraisers, VYP Gratitude Week and Light-A-Candle Memorial Day, supported by donations from yoga classes, individuals and organizations. Held the three weeks surrounding Veterans Day, VYP Gratitude Week encourages yoga studios to host donation-based classes to support veterans in a tangible way. In many cases, these classes have brought together veterans and civilians in an environment where veterans can share their military experience with their community.

HOW DOES YOGA HELP VETERANS?

While magnified by media reporting, only 30% of veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or trauma-related issues. Practicing yoga can undo the nervous system dysfunction that underlies PTSD symptoms.

WHY SHOULD I GET INVOLVED WITH VYP GRATITUDE WEEK?

Less than 1% of Americans have ever served their country, however, veterans experience a disproportionately high suicide rate. VYP Gratitude Week is a way for those who have not served to both give back to veterans in a tangible way and to better understand the challenges of military service.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO HOST A DONATION-BASED CLASS?

Our goal for 2019 is to host 500+ classes in all 50 states. We can use all the help we can get to raise awareness and encourage participation.

How is the money raised from VYP Gratitude Week used?

Veterans Yoga Project is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization and depends upon the support of donors to take care of veterans in need. 100% of the proceeds will go to VYP’s mission to support recovery and resilience to our veterans, families and our communities.

VYP AMBASSADOR


Gail Pickens-Barger, Yoga for Veterans Project Ambassador #vypfamily
Gail Pickens-Barger, Yoga for Veterans Project Ambassador #vypfamily

GAIL PICKENS-BARGER | NEDERLAND, TX

Gail Pickens-Barger is a yoga teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience.

She first used yoga during the birth and pregnancy of her first child.  Fifteen years later, became a yoga teacher.  Gail’s 200 hours was through YogaFit International Training Systems, and more recently her 500-hour certificate was through Lex Gillan’s The Yoga Institute.  Gail recently finished a Yoga Nidra course through Wise Owl Yoga and the Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery through the Veterans Yoga Project. Currently, Gail is studying to become a Low Back Care Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Vista Academy.

In addition to teaching a weekly beginner yoga class and a chair yoga class, Gail teaches a free Kids Yoga class to the Pre K class at her church and teaches Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Gail originally came into contact with the Veterans Yoga Project, after reading an article on Baxter Bell’s Yoga for Healthy Aging Website.  In the article, it talked specifically about volunteering to provide a free yoga class for veterans and to raise funds to support the Veterans Yoga Project during Veterans Gratitude Week.  Gail likes to do karma yoga for raising funds for local food missions, raised funds for church playground equipment, Girl Scouts and such, and the providing free class for veterans and raising funds seemed like a worthwhile effort.

So for the past five years, Gail has hosted several classes to benefit the Veterans Gratitude Week for VYP.

More recently Gail was contacted by the local VA to present chair yoga to the vets in the Beaumont/Orange Texas area.  In doing so, Gail came into contact with Brianna Renner, who assisted her tremendously in providing a class format, that would present the 5 tools that VYP uses in providing classes.

Gail has gone onto doing the Mindful Resilience training provided by Veterans Yoga Project and hopes to in the near future provide a weekly class to area veterans.

Yoga Kiddos Slide Show from the Yoga Kit for Kids

Grace loves copying the poses from the cards from the Yoga Kit for Kids.  Here is a slide show of the poses from Yoga Kit for Kids.  Love it!

YogaKiddos with Gail