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Outdoor Yoga

Ever wanted to try outdoor yoga?

I will be teaching two outdoor yoga classes to benefit the Veterans Yoga Project on Monday, May 17 & May 24, 2021. Starting at 6:30 PM in the breezy prayer garden at Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas

I recently did a short little video of even in 90 degree weather, how nice it is to do yoga once the sun has started to set, but still great light outdoors!

You Ready? Outdoor Yoga in Nederland, Texas. 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas at Wesley UMC. Suggested donation to benefit the Veterans Yoga Project, $10, $15, $20, $25, $30. Thank you
Nice butterfly garden to visit too!
Call Gail for more details!

6:30 PM. Bring a yoga mat, bottle of water, long beach towel, and a strap, or dog leash, tie for your yoga gear.

You can write a check out to Veterans Yoga Project, send a paypal transfer, or use this link for a donation

Donation Link == https://veteransyogaproject.z2systems.com/donation.jsp?campaign=65&

Paypal transfer amounts

Thank you!

The donations you make go toward our Light a Candle Memorial Day effort for the Veterans Yoga Project.

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.

We invite you to join with us in honoring our fallen.

Any generous gifts made in honor of Light A Candle will go directly to our efforts to aid in the recovery and resilience of our nation’s veterans, military, caregivers, families, and communities. In doing so, we will light a candle on behalf of your dedication.

Without your support, we could not do what we do.

Donation Link == https://veteransyogaproject.z2systems.com/donation.jsp?campaign=65&

Should you choose not to donate this Memorial Day, we still invite you to join us in honoring and remembering our fallen by lighting a candle and sharing in our candlelit meditation vigil via livestream at 3pm your local time. Livestream link –

6th Annual Light a Candle Memorial Day

On May 31st, please join us in keeping candles burning bright in remembrance and keeping alive the unbreakable stories, valor, and memory of the veterans who lost their lives as a final act of service.

Gratefully,
All of us at Veterans Yoga Project

Gail Pickens-Barger, Veterans Yoga Project Ambassador

Once again, here’s your donation link!
https://veteransyogaproject.z2systems.com/donation.jsp?campaign=65&

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Yoga in the Prayer Garden – Nederland Texas

In-person yoga classes. To be held in the Prayer Garden at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas. May 17 & 24, 2021

You don’t have to bend like a pretzel to do yoga. In-person classes in Wesley UMC’s prayer garden. Monday, May 17 & 24, 2021. 6:30 PM. paypal.me/yogawithgail/15
Online Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger, in Nederland, Texas. You don’t have to bend like a pretzel to do yoga! Gentle yoga for low back care class! https://paypal.me/yogawithgail/15

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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.
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Teaching Online Yoga on Mondays

Mondays 6 PM Texas Time (Central Time) $10 Zoom Online Yoga or weekly video class!

Join me for this beginners yoga class to help ease pain, lessen stress, increase strength, gain flexibility, lose weight, better balance, build bones and more!
Monday Yoga for Easing Back Pain with Gentle Beginners Yoga with Gail
Monday Yoga for Easing Back Pain with Gentle Beginners Yoga with Gail

Starts back up May 17th & 24th!

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

Ease back pain with gentle online yoga class with Gail
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
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The effectiveness of yoga for chronic low back pain

Why yoga for chronic Low Back Pain? cLBP

Weekly online classes with Gail, to reduce your chronic low back pain.
  • Educational book self help book
  • Exercise / PT
  • Yoga
  • All three reduced chronic low back pain.

All three reduced chronic low back pain.

At the 12 week mark, the yoga reduced cLBP the most according to several scientific studies.

But…

The additional benefits of yoga included:

  • Less pain
  • Better sleep quality
  • Less stress and more

The studies found that there wasn’t much additional pain reduction based on taking one VS two classes a week. Clients also had a home practice.

The cost effectiveness in doing yoga vs PT/Exercise/Book was that the yoga participants only lost 2 days of work due to their cLBP versus doing the usual therapies for low back pain, they lost 43 days of work.

Typically, when you go to the PT or Exercise or read from a self care book,
each one has their way of helping with pain. Yoga adds meditation and breathing which is linked to perceived less pain, better sleep, less stress and more.

Yoga Alliance Youtube Video Bringing Scientific Research to Life: Back Pain and the video Scientfic Research on Yoga & Back Pain

Link == https://youtu.be/cSBykNj71vs

For more on Musculoskeletal Conditions:

Link == https://www.yogaalliance.org/About_Yoga/Scientific_Research_on_Yoga/Disease_and_Disorders/Musculoskeletal_Conditions

I teach a weekly 45 minute free yoga class for the Veterans Yoga Project Online Streaming Classes Facebook page. Live on facebook. I will typically add it to my youtube videos. If you’d like to practice with me use either the video or the facebook live video. Yogawithgaileee Youtube channel

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Teaching Schedule

Here’s my YogaWithGaileee Youtube Channel. Please subscribe to get my weekly videos!

Here’s the link to the facebook page, where I teach live on :

VYP Online Streaming Classes Facebook Page on Thursdays at 11 AM CST.

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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
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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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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Sharpening the Saw – Habit #7 – Daily Reflections of Highly Effective Teens – Sean Covey – 7 habits of highly effective teens. Photography by Gail P-B.
Be Present with Every Person You Meet Today.
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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 Fitness - Gail Pickens-Barger

I am teaching the Flow Yoga for Low Back Pain class on Friday at 10:00 AM Central Time. over at VYP Online Streaming Classes facebook page. Come join me!

I use the chair to help one get down onto the floor, and then up from the floor.  This class is maining on the floor yoga poses.  So give it a try!  Yoga with Gail 409-727-3177

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Gentle Yoga, Beginners Yoga, Yoga with Gail in Beaumont and Nederland Texas.15 reasons to start yoga – gentle yoga with Gail 

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Sew your own Buff or Gator aka Dust Face Mask – Top 8 Tutorials

Sew your own Buff or Gator aka Dust Face Covering. Dec. 2020

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.

Here’s your list!  

From LuLaRoe Leggings - DIY face mask aka Buff - Gail Pickens-Barger
From LuLaRoe Leggings – DIY face mask aka Buff – Gail Pickens-Barger

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

  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. https://www.thelaststitch.com/sewing-buff/
    DIY Buff 2015 Instructions PDF – Updated May 2020!  – https://www.thelaststitch.com/sewing-buff/
  6. http://blog.fehrtrade.com/gallery/883/sewing-indie-month-a-buff-tutorial/Buff – Sew your own active wear – May 2014
  7. https://lotsafreshair.com/2017/05/19/howto-make-a-buff/ Lots a Fresh Air Sewing your own Buff from a T-shirt May 2017
  8. Sewing your own Gator – Oct 2008
    https://gatorproject.wordpress.com/gator-neck-warmer-instructions/
Top 7 Buff / Gator DIY Sew Your Own Face Mask Tutorials - Online Yoga with Gail
Top 7 Buff / Gator DIY Sew Your Own Face Mask Tutorials – Online Yoga with Gail

#diygator  #diybuff #diyfacemask diy face shield mask, make your own shield face mask, face mask diy #yogawithgail #gentleyogaforlowbackcare #reedityogabackpain

More sewing projects with masks and yoga!

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 year, they have held up nicely! Yoga with Gail. 409-727-3177
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Gail’s – Inhale Yoga Music List – Steve Ross – Maha Yoga

Updated 5/2013 – 2/2020

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Playlists of songs from the Steve Ross Inhale show on Oprah’s Oxygen TV Channel.  1999 – 2000 – 2001

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

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

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Chair Yoga Sequences by Gail Pickens-Barger

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.

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

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Yoga for Osteoporosis

Yoga for Osteoporosis or Osteopenia

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

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Love working with folks to help them back to having healthy bones!  Work with me to help you build back your bone density through the two sets of 12 yoga poses, that use the muscles that will stimulate bone growth!  Call Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177.  Please leave a voice message, if I am unable to answer your call.  I will return your message.  Thank you!

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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.

Work with me – Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177, leave a voice message if I am unable to get to your phone call.   We can work together to get you started on your bone building journey!

Now there are a third set of yoga poses to address bone building in the upper body too!

Now a third series of yoga poses to ease osteopenia osteoporosis. Show the chair yoga versions of these poses. Work with me - Gail Pickens-Barger
Now a third series of yoga poses to ease osteopenia osteoporosis. Show the chair yoga versions of these poses. Work with me – Gail Pickens-Barger
The original 12 traditional yoga poses for easing osteopenia / osteoporosis

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So many reasons to do Yoga!

So many reasons to do yoga!

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Regular yoga practices helps with health conditions

A regular yoga practice, be it gentle, or seated on the chair, helps with the following health conditions:

Easing back pain through a gentle beginners yoga practice with Gail.
  • Health Benefits Within – From lowering blood pressure to increasing pain tolerance, the following health benefits can all be discovered within the body.
  • Blood pressure. A consistent yoga practice decreases blood pressure through better circulation and oxygenation of the body. These two exercises can help lower blood pressure.
  • Pulse rate. A slower pulse rate indicates that your heart is strong enough to pump more blood with fewer beats. Regularly practicing yoga provides a lower pulse rate.
  • Circulation. Yoga improves blood circulation. By transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, yoga practice provides healthier organs, skin, and brain.
  • Respiratory. Like the circulatory system, a lower respiratory rate indicates that the lungs are working more efficiently. Yoga decreases the respiratory rate through a combination of controlled breathing exercises and better fitness.
  • Cardiovascular endurance. A combination of lower heart rate and improved oxygenation to the body (both benefits of yoga) results in higher cardiovascular endurance.
  • Organs. Yoga practice massages internal organs, thus improving the ability of the body to prevent disease. Additionally, an experienced yoga practitioner becomes better attuned to her body to know at first sign if something isn’t functioning properly, thereby allowing for quicker response to head off disease.
  • Gastrointestinal. Gastrointestinal functions have been shown to improve in both men and women who practice yoga.
  • Immunity. Yoga practice has frequently been correlated with a stronger immune system. Read this article for more on the immune system and yoga, including some poses that specifically work on areas of immunity.
  • Pain. Pain tolerance is much higher among those who practice yoga regularly. In addition to pain tolerance, some instances of chronic pain, such as back pain, are lessened or eliminated through yoga (see below for more on back pain).
  • Metabolism. Having a balanced metabolism results in maintaining a healthy weight and controlling hunger. Consistent yoga practice helps find the balance and creates a more efficient metabolism.
  • Health Benefits Without
  • Just as many health benefits occur within the body, there are many benefits that can actually be experienced from without the body. From better sleep to more energy and strength, this list provides several benefits found on the outside of the body.
  • Aging. Yoga stimulates the detoxification process within the body. Detoxification has been shown to delay aging, among many other health benefits.
  • Posture. The very nature of yoga teaches the practitioner how to hold and control one’s body in a more healthful position. Through consistent practice, your posture will improve so that you look more confident and healthy.
  • Strength. One of the premises of yoga is that you are using the weight of your own body for overall strength. Find out more about how yoga works as an excellent method of strength training in this article.
  • Energy. Regular yoga practice provides consistent energy. In fact, most yogis state that when you perform your yoga correctly, you will feel energized after your yoga session rather than tired.
  • Weight. The benefits of a better metabolism along with the exercise of yoga work to keep your weight in check. Additionally, the stretching of muscles longwise helps to reduce the amount of cellulite that can build around muscles.
  • Sleep. Because of the many benefits to both body and mind that a yoga routine can provide, many find that their sleep is much better. Read here for more on sleep and yoga, as well as some positions for helping induce sleep.
  • Balance. An integral part of the yoga practice is balance and control over your body. With a consistent practice, you will find that your overall balance will improve outside the yoga class.
  • Integrated function of the body. Yoga is derived from Sanskrit and means “to join together and direct one’s attention.” This is exactly what happens to your body after you start practicing yoga. Yogis find that their body works together much better, resulting in more graceful and efficient body movements.
  • Body Awareness: Doing yoga will give you an increased awareness of your own body. You are often called upon to make small, subtle movements to improve your alignment. Over time, this will increase your level of comfort in your own body. This can lead to improved posture and greater self-confidence.
  • Core strength. With a strong body core, you receive better posture and overall body strength. A strong core helps heal and reduce injuries. This is why a lot of athletes do yoga as cross training (boxersMMA fighters, etc). Read how this swimmer uses yoga to strengthen her core and improve her swimming.
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Discovering how to: ease back pain thru gentle online yoga with gail

March 22, 2021 – 6 pm. Discover how to ease back pain thru a regular gentle yoga practice, online with gail.

Discover How To: Ease back pain through gentle online yoga with Gail.
Payment link, then online Zoom Yoga Class on Monday, March 22, 2021. Playback video available. ==> https://paypal.me/Yogawithgail/10

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

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

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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!

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Online Yoga with Gail

Online Yoga with Gail starts back up Monday, March 22, 2021. Great for beginners and those of us with back challenges. $10 investment in your health. Can’t make class? You can get the weekly video!

Discover how to:

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

How?

  • Pay for the class through paypal ==> https://paypal.me/yogawithgail/10
  • Download Zoom on your computer or phone.
  • Once you’ve paid, you’ll get a registration link for the online Zoom Class.
  • Can’t make class? You’ll get emailed a private link to the class!
  • Mondays, starting March 22, 2021 at 6 PM CST – 1 hour class. Come into the zoom room a bit early.
Mondays at 6 PM CST.
$10 investment in your health!
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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.)

Starting March 22, 2021 –  ONLINE.  Zoom Yoga Room: Mondays 6:00 PM CST ==> Paypal.me/Yogawithgail/10 to pay and register for the weekly class.

Gail Pickens-Barger, with over 20 years of teaching experience.

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

Nederland, Texas

Beginners Yoga with Gail
Gail Pickens-Barger

NOW ONLINE:
Mondays at 6 pm $10 = Pay, then get the link to the class

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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.
http://exygon.com/

PowerHouse Gym Check COVID_19 Schedule
2825 Nall St, Port Neches, Tx 77651
409-293-3637$15 drop-in fee
https://powerhousegym.com/portneches/aerobic-exercise-classes/

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
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


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Beginner Yoga Series – Nederland & Beaumont Texas with Gail Pickens-Barger

Beginner Yoga Series – Nederland & Beaumont Texas with Gail Pickens-Barger

Yea! Mondays at 6 PM ($10)  Beginners Yoga with Gail.  409-727-3177. Held online through Zoom.  Pay, then get your link to zoom beginners yoga class.

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Coming Soon….. Veterans Yoga with Registered & Certified Yoga Teacher, with over 18 years teaching experience, Gail Pickens-Barger.  409-727-3177

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Meditative Photography

Enjoy these set of photographs that I took at the recent Pt Arthur Lotus Festival.

#lotusfestival #ptarthur #meditation #justbreathe
Meditation photography by Gail Pickens-Barger
Meditation Photography by Gail Pickens-Barger

Meditation May I be Happy

DIY Zafu Meditation Pillows | Meditation DIY Pillows

#zafu #zazen #seatedmeditation

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Yoga brings unlikely yogis – Port Arthur News, September 2011

Nice article that the Port Arthur News wrote about the chair yoga class that I teach for the National MS Society. Thank you.

Chair Yoga for those with MS and anyone who wishes a class where they do not get down on the floor. Wesley UMC Nederland, Texas

NEDERLAND — At the end, her class, Nederland yoga instructor Gail Pickens-Barger asks her students to meditate on how they are unique and “there is nobody like you in the universe.”

Her students suffer from multiple sclerosis, a chronic, unpredictable disease that affects the central nervous system, and none of their symptoms are exactly the same.

Some of her students experience episodes of extreme numbness in their limbs.

“It is as if you put a giant foam block around your leg or foot,” Pickens-Barger said.

For some, the disease affects their balance or, in Crystal Chauvin’s case, a day-long jolt of electric pain down her cheek.

All of the students seem to share in one thing: The relief and relaxation of yoga.

“It helps me move better, helps me balance,” said Becky Dry, who has dealt with the disease for much of her life.

“The class helps us get through the day,” added Dry. “I’m ok now but tomorrow I may not.”

Approximately 400,000 Americans suffer from multiple sclerosis and every week 200 more people are diagnosed with the disease, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

There is no known cause or cure for MS. It is only fatal in extreme cases.

MS adaptive yoga is done in chairs for safety but, as Pickens-Barger points out, it can still make you sweat.

“Keep it between easy and ouch,” Pickens-Barger said during one of the stretches. “Far, far away from ouch.”

Pickens-Barger just got back from a two week long chair-yoga training in New York City, where she learned new techniques to allow her students to access the benefits of yoga without completely exhausting their bodies.

One of the biggest problems for people who suffer from MS is balance. Most of the students use a cane or a walker to get from one place to another.

The yoga techniques are designed to strengthen a person’s core muscles which help them balance whether they are sitting down or standing up.

Just as important as the benefits of the exercise and strength-building, is the sense of community and friendship the class brings to each other’s lives.

“It’s a support group also,” said Pickens-Barger.

Lonestar National MS society sponsors the class as well as a 180-mile bike ride from Houston to Austin for cyclists living with multiple sclerosis.

The yoga classes take place every Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Nederland, and the local branch of the Multiple Sclerosis society meets the first Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. at the Medical Center in Port Arthur.

bjanes@panews.com

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Green Chair Yoga

Green Chair Yoga with Gaileee. 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. Gaileee

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Doctor at Queens shares this life giving breath technique in the time of Corona

Please breathing technique, healthy breathing, view this video, study it, practice it, read the comments.

Comments from the Youtube on this breathing technique for a few more details.

Doctor talks about and demonstrates breathing techniques for battling this virus.

Dr Munshi at Queens Hospital talking about and demonstration of vital breathing techniques in battling the virus.
Deep Breath, Inhale, Exhale – at the end of the Exhale hold the breath for 5 seconds, Repeat this 5 times. At the end of the 6th breath, cough into your shirt, cloth. Repeat again. Then lie on stomach. We call that breathing crocodile breathing, really expanding the lungs out to the sides of the body.

#justbreathe

Crocodile breathing. May put blanket underneath hips for comfort. Really expanding the lungs out to the sides when breathing.
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Slide show of Grace’s Yoga Poses

Slide show of the poses from Yoga Kit for Kids

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Yoga in America – study by Yoga Journal

The number of people practicing yoga in the US has reached nearly 16 million and is expected to continue to grow steadily.

The latest “Yoga in America” study, just released by Yoga Journal, shows that Americans spend $5.7 billion a year on yoga classes and products, including equipment, clothing, vacations and media (DVDs, videos, books and magazines).  This figure represents an increase of 87 percent – almost doubled compared to the previous study in 2004.

Yoga Journal also reported that the 2008 study indicates that 15.8 million people, or 6.9 percent of the US population, practice yoga.  Of current non-practitioners, nearly 8%, or 18.3 million Americans, say they are very or extremely interested in yoga.  And 4.1 % of non-practitioners, or about 9.4 million people, say they will definitely try yoga within the next year.

The study also collected data on age, gender and other demographic factors:

  • 72.2% are women, 27.8% are men.
  • 40.6 % are 18 to 34 years old; 41% are 35 to 54; and 18.4% are over 55.
  • 28.4% have practiced yoga for one year or less; 21.4% have practiced for one to two years; 25.6% have practiced two to five years; and 24.6% have practiced more than five years.
  • 71.4% are college educated; 27% have postgraduate degrees.
  • 44% of yogis have household incomes of $75,000 or more; 24% have more than $100,000.

The 2008 study indicated that almost have (49.4%) of current practitioners started practicing yoga to improve their overall health.  In the 2003 study, that number was 5.6%.  And they are continuing to practice for the same reason.  According to the 2008 study, 52% are motivated to practice yoga to improve their overall health.  In 2003, that number was 5.2%.

“Yoga is no longer simply a singular pursuit but a lifestyle choice and an established part of our health and cultural landscape,”

says Bill Harper, publisher of Yoga Journal.  “People come to yoga and stick with it because they want to live healthier lives.”

One significant trend to emerge from the study is the use of yoga as medical therapy.  According to the study, 6.1% of nearly 14 million Americans, say that a doctor or therapist has recommended yoga to them.  In addition, nearly half (45%) of all adults agree that yoga would be beneficial if they were undergoing treatment for a medical condition.

And what about those Baby Boomers?

In just a couple of years, according to recent statistics, the number of Baby Boomers-aged adults participating in yoga classes increased by three million.  Attend a yoga class and you’ll find that it’s not exclusively populated by younger women.  Older women-and many older men-are also attending yoga classes.

According to the National Institutes of Health, yoga:

  • Improves mood and sense of well-being
  • Counteracts stress
  • Reduces heart rate and blood pressure
  • Increases lung capacity
  • Improves muscle relaxation and body composition
  • Helps with conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia
  • Improves overall physical fitness, strength, and flexibility
  • Positively affect levels of certain brain or blood chemicals

“Yoga as medicine represents the next great yoga wave,” says Kaitlin Quistgaard, editor in chief of Yoga Journal.  “In the next few years, we will be seeing a lot more yoga in health care settings and more yoga recommended by the medical community as new research shows that yoga is a valuable therapeutic tool for many health conditions.”

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Gail Pickens-Barger Yoga Teaching Schedule

Mondays at 6 PM CST – Live Streaming Yoga class on video conference platform of Zoom.  Payment through Paypal, then I send you a link to register for the Zoom Class.  You can either take the class live with me and my students or get a playback video!

 

  1. Pay $10 for one class ==> https://paypal.me/Yogawithgail/10
  2. Register ==> I’ll be sending you an email to register for getting entry into the Zoom Classroom
  3. Questions?  Call Gail Pickens-Barger at 409-727-3177  Leave a message, this is a landline.
Mondays at 6 PM CST – Zoom Live Streaming or Video Class with
Gail Pickens-Barger.

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May I Be Well Metta Meditation

May I Be Well

May I Be Metta Meditation

May I be well

May I be happy and content

May I be free from danger and suffering

May I be filled with loving-kindness

May you be well

May you be happy and content

May you be free from danger and suffering

May you be filled with loving-kindness

May all beings be well

May all beings be happy and content

May all beings be free from danger and suffering

May all beings be filled with loving-kindness

May I Be Well – Metta Meditation
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Online Yoga with Gail

Online Yoga with Gail – Mondays at 6 PM Central Time. Optional video replay.

Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care Class for Beginners or Seasoned yoga students!
Beginners some of my favorite yoga students!

Gentle Yoga for Healthy Backs Class with long time yoga teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger

Discover how to: ease back pain, lessen stress, increase flexibility, improve posture and get deeper breaths, lower blood pressure, build bones, better balance & sleep through a Gentle Yoga for Healthy Backs Class with Gail.

Ease back pain with gentle yoga with Gail Purchase a Class. $10
Ease back pain with gentle yoga with Gail Purchase a Class. $10

What? Yoga can do that? Yup. Here’s an article written by Dr. Timothy McCall which lists over 117 health conditions helped by yoga, and the clinical studies associated with all these health benefits!

Work with me Online Zoom Yoga, Private Facebook Live Yoga Classes, or private youtube videos to fit your needs!

Monday Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care class is great for beginners! Come see what yoga can do for you!

==> https://paypal.me/Yogawithgail/10 Just $10 for your payment to get the link to the Zoom Online Yoga class.

Questions?

Complaints?

Comments?

Complements?

I want to know! Contact Gail for more info!

Yoga with Gail - Helping you get started on your path to discovering the benefits of Yoga.
Yoga with Gail – Helping you get started on your path to discovering the benefits of Yoga.
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Top 5 things you can do – to ease back pain – It’s Yoga.

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

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

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Central Middle School’s jazz band earns best-in-state honor

The Central Middle School Jazz Band entered the contest using recordings from live performances.

Central Middle School’s jazz band earns best-in-state honor

By PA News

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Published 12:20 am Saturday, October 3, 2020

NEDERLAND —The Texas Music Educators Association announced the Central Middle School Jazz Band as the top middle school jazz band in the entire state of Texas.

The Central Middle School Jazz Band is under the direction of Jonathan Blake.

The Central Middle School Jazz Band is under the direction of Jonathan Blake.

All middle school jazz bands across the state submitted recordings of live performances.

A panel of five judges listened to and ranked the bands.

The Central Middle School Jazz Band entered using recordings from live performances throughout the previous school year and was voted first out of all competing middle schools in Texas.

The top jazz band receives the prestigious honor of performing at the annual Texas Music Educators Association convention in February.

This performance is traditionally held at the Lila Cockrell Theatre inside of San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s TMEA convention, along with all of the performances, will be held virtually.

The Central Middle School Jazz Band will begin preparing for this virtual performance, and performance details will be released in the coming months.

Band director Eric Rose said this is a huge honor for the district and program.

“It is a testament to all of the hard work put forth by these talented students day in and day out,” Rose said. “I could not be happier for them and all that they have accomplished.”

The Central Middle School Jazz Band is under the direction of Jonathan Blake.

“I am honored to direct such an incredible and driven group of students,” Blake said. “I cannot wait to see what the rest of this year holds for the CMS Jazz Band. I would like to thank the students for working so hard, the administrators and parents for their support, and Mr. Rose for his continued help and guidance.”

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Salute to the Sun. Sun Salutations in Nederland Beaumont Texas. Yoga for Beginners

Salute to the Sun. Sun Salutations in Nederland Beaumont Texas. Yoga for Beginners



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The sequence of poses for the salute to the sun with additionally demonstrating Warrior I, Reverse Warrior and Side Angle Pose.  All done at the Beginner Level to help you toward your wellness goals.  Even on the chair, there are Advance, Intermediate and Beginning versions of poses.

Call Gail Pickens-Barger, Yoga Teacher.

If you don’t like my classes, or the fit isn’t just right, I will find you a class or teacher to help you on your path to your wellness goals.  409-727-3177.  Please leave a voice message, if I am unable to immediately get to your telephone call.  Thank you!


 

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Benefits of the Yogic Sleep Method

Benefits of the Yogic Sleep Method

Here’s a link to a recent Yoga Nidra that I posted on SoundCloud. Enjoy

Yoga Nidra for better sleep.

Yoga Nidra for better sleep.

Yoga Sleep, Ease Stress, Less Pain, & Better Quality Sleep
Yoga Sleep, Ease Stress, Less Pain, & Better Quality Sleep

Mondays 6 PM Online Gentle Yoga for Low Back Pain $10 thru Paypal .

What you will need:

  • a yoga mat
  • a strap, or dog leash, long scarf or tie
  • a yoga block or rolled up two hand towels
  • a blanket (optional)
  • a chair (optional)
  • access to a wall or hard surface

Beginners Yoga Gentle Yoga for easing back pain, lessening stress, increasing flexibility and strength, while enjoying the yogic sleep method for better sleep in your life!  We use the yoga sleep method to further enhance better sleep and sometimes less pain while sleeping.

Don’t like to get down on the floor?  Chair Yoga Class.  Then this class is for you with all the same great benefits of the beginner yoga class. Help your heart health with this unique chair yoga fitness class.  Contact Gail to get access to these classes!

Call Gail at 409-727-3177 on your yoga questions about these classes and more!

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Option 1 – Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care. Purchase a Class $10.

Tired of back pain?

Try a Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care Class with Gail. Mondays at 6 PM CST. (Get a video optionally, if that does not fit your schedule.)

Purchase a class for $10 ==> https://paypal.me/Yogawithgail/10

4 Class Pack for $35 ==> https://paypal.me/Yogawithgail/35

You’ll then receive a link to register for the Online Zoom Yoga Class.  If you cannot make it ‘live’ for the class, you will be sent a play back video for you to do on your own.

Zoom Download instructions for taking my yoga classes online:

Ease back pain with gentle yoga with Gail Purchase a Class. $10
Ease back pain with gentle yoga with Gail Purchase a Class. $10, 4 Class Pack $35

These are some example poses of what we do in class.  I use a chair to help me get down on the ground, and that same chair to help me easily get back to standing.

Questions? Comments? Complaints? Complements?

I want to know!  See you in class.  A weekly healthy back class!

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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.

Here is the list.

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Make a Yoga Mat Bag at Fig and Plum site

Anna’s corner of the world – mjeanyogamataking a yoga mat bag from denim jeans!

Tingaling Yoga Mat Wrap 

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Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial, like a long tote bag.  I’m making this one

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Love this mat bag.  A Sling Over the Shoulder Tube Mat Bag

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Another one with decorative ribbons

Sling Mat Yoga Tote

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.



(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

You can download PDF instructions for making your own zafu listed above. 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 crosslegged 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!
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Other links for sewing up your yoga props

Different Props for your yoga practice – Yoga Props I

Yoga Clothing and Prop Sewing Patterns – Yoga Props II

Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Instructions – Yoga Props III

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 year, they have held up nicely! Yoga with Gail. 409-727-3177


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Light a candle – donation yoga class benefitting the Veterans Yoga Project

Light a candle – donation yoga class benefitting the Veterans Yoga Project

Gail is hosting a donation yoga class on Monday, May 17th and Monday, May 24th at 6:30 PM. Location yet to be determined. Either online through Zoom, or in-person at Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas.

In-person your donation or check can be given to Gail during the sign in time for the class. Checks can be written out to Veterans Yoga Project, with in the memo South Central Region. That way Veterans in the Texas area will benefit from your donation.

Online Zoom Yoga class donation payment goes to ==> Donations can be made to the South Central Region by credit card at

https://veteransyogaproject.z2systems.com/donation.jsp?campaign=65&

Additionally a small fee for registering for the Zoom class will then need to be done through ==> https://paypal.me/Yogawithgail/2

This allows you to get a registration link for the online Zoom class and to have you acknowledge the liability form.

Questions? Complaints? Comments? Complements? Let me know on my Contact Gail form.

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Thank you!