Yoga Mat Spray

Yoga Mat Spray

I shared this recipe with my yoga students.  One of the ladies goes to a couple of other yoga classes, and she came back to say that she gets compliments all the time on the smell of her yoga mat.

That is so sweet of her to share, plus it fights germs. Always a bonus!

Here’s the recipe.  I only use doTerra essential oils.

Yoga mat spray, using doTerra essential oils. Love this spray, fights germs too! Yoga with Gail

Yoga mat spray, using doTerra essential oils. Love this spray, fights germs too! Yoga with Gail


Where to begin a yoga practice? On the chair! Yoga in Beaumont Tx Yoga in Nederland Tx

Yoga in Beaumont Tx, Yoga in Nederland Tx, Yoga in Orange Tx, Yoga in Bridge City Tx, Yoga in Port Arthur Tx, Yoga in Port Neches Tx. Beginners Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger. Yoga in Nederland School District, Yoga for Teachers in Nederland ISD.

Chair Yoga Fitness - Gail Pickens-Barger

Where to begin your yoga practice?  Start with Beginners Yoga in Nederland, Texas.

  • Chair Yoga at 10:00 am, $5 at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas.  Call Gail at 409-727-3177 on your yoga questions.  Please leave a voice message and I will return your call!

Yoga can help you:

  • Ease your back pain
  • Help to lose weight
  • Lessen one’s stress
  • Increase flexibility
  • Gain strength
  • Ease pregnancy challenges
  • Build bone mass
  • and Better your balance

You don’t have to bend like a pretzel in yoga, to get a LOT of these benefits.  A gentle beginners practice is the way to get started!  Either one on one lessons in your home, or start with my chair yoga class on Thursdays at 10am.

beginnhardest Yes, the beginning is always the hardest, but I LOVE beginners and easing their mind about yoga.  We all have to start somewhere, and we have LOTS of fun…

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Invest in yourself…try yoga…beginners yoga in Nederland, Texas

Invest in yourself….try yoga….Beginners Yoga (my specialty) in Nederland, Texas.

Invest in yourself. …. try yoga….

  • Ease back pain.
  • Lessen stress.
  • Lose weight.
  • Increase flexibility & strength.
  • Better balance.
  • and Build bones.

Yes, this can be done in a Beginners Yoga class – my specialty!

Don’t like to get down on the floor? I have a chair yoga beginners class too!


Invest in yourself…..try yoga….beginners yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger

  • Beginners Yoga – Mondays 6:15 PM
  • Beginners Chair Yoga – Thursdays at 10:00 AM.
  • At Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Tx.
  • Call Gail 409-527-1900 on your yoga questions (or text). Thank you!






Not Enough Shut-Eye? Try Yoga Nidra – It’s Transformational Sleep Time!

Not Enough Shut-Eye? Try Yoga Nidra – It’s Transformational Sleep Time

Yogic Sleep

Yoga Nidra, Yogic Sleep, Guided Relaxation – It’s all Transformational Sleep!

Most of us do not get enough rest. As a culture, we’re always connected, often stressed, and our nervous systems are constantly in a fight-or-flight, sympathetic state. Yoga nidra is an effective and efficient way to access the “rest and digest” parasympathetic state, which is where healing happens.

Yoga nidra is often referred to as “yogic sleep,” a paradoxical state of being between sleep and consciousness that’s conducive to deeply emotional and physical healing, rewiring your brain, and self-exploration. The practice of yoga nidra starts with a personal intention. So while it truly depends on the intention, yoga nidra will help you rest, restore, de-stress, increase awareness, undo bad habits, and eventually understand your true calling and higher purpose.

​In addition to the benefits of the actual practice, yoga nidra is accessible to everyone, can be done almost anywhere at very low cost, and is a simple way to start a meditation practice.

An entire Yoga Nidra session is done while lying down in final relaxation.

Come joins us in Beginners Yoga on Monday night at 6:15 PM where we do some mindful movement, breathwork, guided rest and gratitude!  $10 at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas.

Top Three Benefits of Yoga for Beginning Students

The Top Three Benefits of Yoga for the Beginning Student

Top Three Yoga Benefits

Top Three Benefits of Yoga for the Beginning Student.

I teach beginners yoga at my church. You have to start somewhere….why not with someone who loves to teach to beginners?

With beginners yoga, you learn with an experienced teacher (over 19 years of teaching experience).

Discover How to: Ease Back Pain, Lessen Stress, Lose Weight and more!

Additional benefits can include: Better Balance, Increased Flexibility, Gain Strength, Build Bones, and Lower Your Blood Pressure.

Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177 for your yoga questions, plus I teach a mat yoga class on Mondays at 6:15 PM, chair yoga class on Thursdays at 10;00 AM, plus teach at corporations, yoga for your place of business.

See you at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, for the two public classes, and call me for your place of business or private yoga!

Yoga Mat Bag – sewing instructions

Yoga Mat Bag – Sewing instructions

Yoga Mat Bag How To DIY instructions.

You can’t sit and sew home decor projects all day long. Sometimes you need an exercise break … but not a break from style. We fell head-over-heels for Amy Butler’s Love fabric collection and knew it would be perfect for our yoga tote. We then calmly meditated on the easiest instructions with the most stylish details. The result guarantees good karma for all who tote this tote to class.

Our generously-sized bag will hold your mat, towel, flip flops 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.

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Sewing Tools You Need

  • Any Sewing Machine

Fabric and Other Supplies

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  • 1 yard of 54″ wide fabric for bag: we used Amy Butler’s Love Sandlewood in Periwinkle – home decor weight
  • 1 yard 45″ wide coordinating fabric for lining: we used Amy Butler’s Love Sun Spots in Turquoise – fashion/quilting weight
  • 3 yards of 2″ wide cotton webbing for handles: we used an organic white cotton
  • 1 large (apx. 1″) wooden button
  • All-purpose thread in colors to match fabrics
  • See-through ruler
  • Fabric pencil
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Straight pins

Getting Started

  1. From the fabric for your bag (Amy Butler’s Love Sandlewood in Periwinkle – home decor weight in our sample) cut two 33″ wide x 14″ high rectangles.
  2. From the fabric for your lining (Amy Butler’s Love Sun Spots in Turquoise in our sample) cut two 33″ wide x 14″ high rectangles.
  3. From the fabric for your lining, also cut one 4″ x 4″ square.
  4. Cut your cotton webbing into two 52″ lengths.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

Attach handles

  1. To place the cotton webbing for the handles, first make four marks with your fabric pencil on each outside bag fabric 33″ x 14″ rectangle: 9″ in from each corner.
  2. Starting with one length of webbing and one fabric rectangle, position the end of the webbing flush with the bottom and aligned with the 9″ marks. Pin in place.
  3. Run straight up, make a 24″ loop to create the handle, then run the webbing back down the other side, lining up with your 9″ marks. Pin as you go.
  4. Repeat with other outside fabric rectangle and other length of webbing.
  5. Top stitch webbing to fabric along both sides and across the bottom. Your stitching on all straps should end approximately 1″ from the top raw edge so you have room for a top seam allowance.
  6. To reinforce the top of each strap, again starting 1″ below the top raw edge of the bag, stitch a 1″ – 2″ square.

Stitch bag pieces and lining pieces together

  1. Pin the two outside bag pieces right sides together, making sure the strapping matches up at the bottom and the handles are sandwiched in between the layers – out of the way of all seams.
  2. Using a ½” seam, stitch down both sides and across bottom of bag. Press seams open.
  3. Take your two 33″ x 14″ lining pieces and pin them right sides together.
  4. Using a ½” seam, stitch down both sides and across bottom of lining. Press seams open.

Create the gusset

  1. Press the main bag piece, so the bottom seam is very sharp.
  2. Open bag and fold in the opposite direction, matching the side seams. The bottom of the bag will naturally fold in on itself, creating two matching triangles. Very carefully align the side folds and the top points to ensure your gusset will be exactly even.
  3. Measure approximately 2″ down from the top tip of the triangle and use your fabric pencil to draw a line straight across the folded fabric. Your line should be at a point that is approximately 5″ wide.
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  4. Repeat on the opposite side. Check to make sure your two drawn lines are at the exact same place on both sides.
  5. Unfold and stitch across along on the 5″ drawn line on each side.
  6. Trim the top of each triangle ½” from the sewn line.
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  7. Repeat steps 1-6 to create the gusset in the lining.

Make the button loop

  1. Take the 4″ x 4″ square of lining fabric and fold it in half diagonally, right sides together.
  2. Stitch ½” away from fold. Folding and stitching on the diagonal will make your loop bias-cut, which will allow it to curve without wrinkling.
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  3. Trim the seam allowance to ¼” and turn right side out, using a safety pin or loop turner. Press flat.
  4. Find the top center point of the side that will be the ‘back’ of your bag. Make a mark at this center point with your fabric pencil. Then, still using your fabric pencil, draw a short horizontal line along the ½” seam line.
  5. Fold your loop in half and pin it at the center point mark you just made in step 4. Adjust the loop so enough of it extends past the seam line for the button to pass through easily. Don’t guess. Test it with your actual button. Pin the loop in place.
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  6. Stitch the loop down, running forward and backwards several times so your loop is secure and can stand up to lots of wear and tear. Trim away excess.

Finish the bag

  1. Finish the raw edge of both the main bag and the lining with pinking shears or a zig zag stitch. For more thoughts about finishing, read our tutorial: Finishing Raw Seams: Part One – Sewing Machine Finishes.
  2. Turn lining inside out. Keep the bag right side out.
  3. Place bag inside the lining so right sides of bag and lining are together. Pin around the top edge matching seams and centers and tucking straps down. Leave about 8″ open for turning.
  4. Stitch, using a ½” seam allowance, making sure not to catch the straps. Remember to leave about 8″ unstitched for turning.
  5. Turn right side out and press top edge flat. The edges of your 8″ opening should be folded in ½” to match your seam allowance.
  6. Top stitch around the entire top of tote. For a clean look, fold handles down and stitch BEHIND the handles not over the top of them.
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  7. Hand sew the wooden button to the center of the front of the bag, opposite the loop.
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Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Jacqueline Smerek

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

Yoga Gear & Props Sewing Patterns – Pinterest Site

Yoga Gear & Props Sewing Patterns – Pinterest Site


Getting a bit back into sewing these days.  Need to get out the serger and cover stitch machine!  Woo!