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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

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diy face mask shield
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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!  WAIT! . . . (quick tutorial, take old Lularoe pants, measure about 20 inches from waist band or under waist band, cut both legs, then divide up in half. Wrong sides together and sew….more details ) ==>  Go see the TUTORIAL I wrote to make a DIY face mask from an old pair of yoga pants, jazz pants, or those LuLaRoe Pants ==> DIY Face Mask Tutorial from LuLaRoe Leggings – by Gail Pickens-Barger

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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Multiple Sclerosis Yoga – Nederland/Beaumont Texas

Chair Yoga (1)

During our world’s health crisis, The National MS Society sponsors a free Adaptive Yoga class for those who have MS and their support people.  Currently the chair yoga is offered through a rotating list of free Youtube Videos on Gail Pickens-Barger channel.  Playlist listed here ==> Chair Yoga Fitness Videos

Join Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger for an hour-long class.  This adaptive, gentle yoga class is a great way to add exercise into your life as well as the added benefit of meeting new people living with MS.

Yoga classes focus on movement and breathing-this will help to increase your muscle tone, and improve balance, coordination and overall body control.  We hope to see you soon.  This class is offered exclusively for people living with MS and is free of charge.  Call Gail Pickens-Barger at 409 – 727 – 3177 or email gaileee@yahoo.com for more information.

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Yoga Reduces Fatigue In Multiple Sclerosis Patients, OHSU Study Finds

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Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627

ScienceDaily (June 10, 2004) — PORTLAND, Ore. — Just six months of yoga significantly reduces fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis, but it has no effect on alertness and cognitive function, says a new Oregon Health & Science University study.

The study, published June 8 in the journal Neurology, found that yoga is as good as a traditional aerobic exercise program in improving measures of fatigue, a common and potentially disabling symptom of MS. It was the first randomized, controlled trial of yoga in people with MS.

A parallel study by the same OHSU authors, presented in April at the 56th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, found that cognitive function does not improve among healthy seniors in a six-month yoga program or exercise class, but physical health and quality of life appear to be enhanced.

The MS study was not designed to determine the impact of yoga on the disease itself, said the study’s lead author, Barry Oken, M.D., professor of neurology and behavioral neuroscience in the OHSU School of Medicine. Rather, it was intended to determine the effect of yoga and aerobic exercise on cognitive function, fatigue, mood and quality of life among people with MS.

“There are some claims out there that yoga helps MS itself, that it can decrease the number of lesions” in the brain caused by MS, said Oken, director of the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders (ORCCAMIND) at OHSU. “I’m not sure that that’s not the case, because stress may have an impact on MS. But that was not what we were trying to show.”

Study co-author Dennis Bourdette, M.D., professor of neurology in the OHSU School of Medicine and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Oregon, said yoga was studied because many people with MS already are using it and reporting benefits.

“We wanted to see whether or not it was beneficial when studied scientifically and how it compared with a type of exercise that physicians are more comfortable recommending — exercise on a stationary bicycle supervised by a physical therapist,” said Bourdette, chairman of the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology and associate director of ORCCAMIND.

An earlier survey of nearly 2,000 MS patients in Oregon and southwest Washington found about 30 percent of respondents tried yoga. Of those, 57 percent reported it to be “very beneficial,” Bourdette noted. Indeed, many chapters of the National MS Society sponsor yoga programs.

“So it is used fairly commonly, and I believe with the publication of our results it will gain even more acceptance and use,” he said. The study “also clearly demonstrates that yoga postures can be modified for use among people with MS who have disabilities caused by their condition and that yoga can be done safely and effectively.”

The study examined 69 MS patients in three groups: one taking weekly Iyengar yoga classes along with home practice; another taking a weekly exercise class using a stationary bicycle along with home exercise; and a third group placed on a waiting list to serve as a control. Participants were monitored for attention, alertness, mood, anxiety, fatigue and overall quality of life.

The yoga classes were offered once a week for 90 minutes. Participants were taught up to 19 poses, each held for 10 seconds to 30 seconds with rest periods of 30 seconds to a minute. They also performed breathing exercises to promote concentration and relaxation, as well as progressive relaxation, visualization, and meditation techniques. And daily home practice was strongly encouraged.

The MS study’s aerobic exercise component was similar to the yoga intervention, with one class per week plus home exercise. It consisted of bicycling on recumbent or dual-action stationary bicycles, and each class began and ended with about five minutes of stretching. Participants were given exercise bikes to use at home and were encouraged to use them outside of the weekly class.

While the yoga and aerobic exercise programs produced no significant changes in alertness, attention or other measures of cognitive function in MS patients compared with the waiting-list group, the study found there were improvements in two fatigue measurement tests.

“We think they’re equally beneficial for symptoms of fatigue from MS,” Oken said of yoga and aerobic exercise.

The study cautioned that the reasons behind the reduction in MS fatigue symptoms are unclear. The socialization aspect of the yoga and exercise classes, as well as a placebo effect — simply telling participants that the exercise program was specifically designed to improve psychological well-being — could be credited.

Yoga is a type of so-called mind-body medicine that includes tai-chi, meditation, and dance, music and art therapy. It is a commonly practiced method involving behavioral, psychological, social and spiritual approaches to health, and it is centered around meditation, breathing and postures.

Of the active or hatha yoga techniques, Iyengar yoga is the most common type practiced in the United States. Participants assume a series of stationary positions that employ isometric contraction and relaxation of different muscle groups to create specific body alignments. There also is a relaxation component.

“I see it mostly as a kind of physical activity with a stress-reduction component and body awareness features,” Oken said of yoga. “It has this aspect of bringing your attention to the present moment. But it’s hard to know if that’s due to relaxation or getting your mind not to worry for a little bit.”

Whatever the workout method, exercise seems to help MS patients reduce fatigue symptoms, Bourdette said.
“This is true whether the regular exercise is yoga, swimming, using a stationary bicycle or any other physical activity,” he said. “Sometimes the effects are quite dramatic and other times less so. But everyone with MS who exercises regularly reports benefit.”

The parallel study on the effects of yoga and exercise on healthy seniors focused on 136 participants aged 65 to 85. It showed there were some improvements in physical measures, such as cardiovascular fitness, and quality-of-life measures, such as energy and fatigue.

There was no improvement in measures of cognitive function, however, compared with a waiting-list control group.

“I was hoping to show some cognitive benefit, but the main benefit was a decrease in fatigue and higher energy levels,” Oken explained. “I think those relative benefits are only going to be seen over quite a long period of time. In healthy people, it’s probably going to be a fairly subtle effect.”

Both studies were funded by the National Institutes of Health.


Relaxation done in the chair.

Adaptive Chair Yoga for MS at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627. Sponsored by the National MS Society, free for attendees and their support people. 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Thursdays.

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Adaptive Yoga for those with
Multiple Sclerosis
Instructor Gail Pickens-Barger is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga Alliance, and is sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
She is certified at the 200-hour & 500-hour experience registered yoga teacher level and specializes
in Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis.
For more information, contact Gail Pickens-Barger at 409-727-3177 or gaileee@yahoo.com .
“The only authentic yoga is the one that works for each person according to circumstances and needs, and there are many possibilities.” T.K.V. Desikachar

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B. Burleson said…
Great article! I wish Yoga did enhance cognitive ability. Betty Burleson
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Get your gear, let’s do yoga for easing back pain!

Get your gear, let’s do yoga for easing back pain!

Here’s my little preview video announcing about the Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care class that I teach for the Veterans Yoga Project. Thursdays at 11 AM CST. Free for Veterans, Active Military, Friends and Family.

Gear you’ll need?

  • A tie, or sash from a robe, or long scarf — or yoga strap
  • A couch pillow, or two rolled up hand towels — or a yoga block
  • A non slip surface — or yoga mat
  • A long towel or throw blanket to cover up with for comfort

45 Minute beginner yoga class to ease back pain, lessen stress, increase flexibility, gain strength, build bones, better balance, lower blood pressure and more!

https://www.facebook.com/17112046/videos/10108758076815822/

Here’s a link to my little preview video, and I’ll do another preview video on Thursday over at https://www.facebook.com/VYPonlinestreamingclasses

During the pandemic, I’ve had to move my classes over to Zoom Video conferencing platform, YouTube and Facebook Live. I hope to see you in class on Thursday at 11 AM.

#VetGratitude #VeteransYogaProject #yogaforbackpain #backpain #yogaforbeginners #yogawithgaileee #VYPonlinestreamingclasses

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Thursday at 11 am CST – Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care with Gail

Thursday at 11 am CST – Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care with Gail

During the month of November, I am teaching a Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care class for the Veterans Yoga Project on Facebook Live

#VetGratitude #VeteransYogaProject #YogaForVeterans #veteransgratitudeweek @yogawithgaileee #yogawithgaileee #setxyogaclasses

I am teaching a gentle yoga for low back care class on Facebook Live on Thursdays during the month of November 2020 at 11 AM Central Time (9 AM PT, Noon ET).

In class we will work on

  • Breathing
  • Mindful Movement
  • Meditation
  • Guided Rest
  • Gratitude

This will be done with yoga movements of warming up, core work, strength, standing and balancing, along with guided rest and gratitude practice. These are the methodologies of lowering chronic stress that we build up in our daily lives.

The emphasis of the class that I teach is on easing back pain through specific set of sequences that I’ve been taught and have enjoyed lessing my pain with my back issues.


#VetGratitude #VeteransYoga #YogaForVeterans

You guys are going to be so sick of me talking about yoga and veterans 🤣🤣🤣 BUTTTTTT you know I love both.

Veterans Yoga Project is fundraising this month in honor of Veterans Day. My personal page for donations is here:

https://veteransyogaproject.rallybound.org/YogaWithGail

You can donate via the link above or send a payment to https://paypal.me/Yogawithgail Any amount is appreciated 🥰🥰🥰.

Any questions you can email / comment here or call me at 409-727-3177

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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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Little Child doing Yoga

Little Child doing Yoga

Been watching “The Mandalorian” on Disney +, and a couple of weeks ago, came across this cute illustration of the “Little Child” (as baby Yoda is often referred to in the series) doing yoga.  Love this!

Tyler Letson is the Animation Artist who came up with this.  He’s awesome!

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Crow, Bow, Down Dog, Dancer, Balanced Hands and Floating yoga poses!  Love this by @Tyler Letson

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#tylerletsonissupercool
#littlechildyogayoda

 

Also Artist Cynthia Narcisi created this meditation Yoda Flyer!

 

 

 

Good for you, Meditation is!
Cynthia Narcisi Artist
Good for your, Meditation is!
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Veterans Gratitude Week #VeteransGratitudeWeek

Veterans Gratitude Week – Veterans Yoga Project – teacher Gail Pickens-Barger

Monday, November 9, 2020 at 6 PM CST

You guys are going to be so sick of me talking about yoga and veterans 🤣🤣🤣 BUTTTTTT you know I love both.

Veterans Yoga Project is fundraising this month in honor of Veterans Day. My personal page for donations is here:

https://veteransyogaproject.rallybound.org/YogaWithGail

You can donate via the link above or send a payment to https://paypal.me/Yogawithgail Any amount is appreciated 🥰🥰🥰.

Monday, November 9 online via: Texas Veterans Yoga Project Fundraiser class for Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week zoom link. 6:00 – 7:05 PM Texas time. (Central Standard Time.)

Meeting ID: 986 3144 0982
Passcode 483906
Registration Link
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrdOisqjsjEtY7zrzgY_fk5ghiSWj_QvjE

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VYP Online Streaming Classes – Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care with Gail

VYP Online Streaming Classes – Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care with Gail

Come enjoy the class I taught today for the Veterans Yoga Project on their Online Streaming Classes facebook page

==> VYP Online Streaming Classes – Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care with Gail

Gentle Yoga for Low Back care on the VYP Online Streaming Classes Facebook Page

Gear: yoga mat, strap, block, optional chair to assist getting up and down from the floor or for balance.

  • 45 Minute Beginners practice
  • Keep it between the easy and the ouch
  • We are doing practices that are intended to help us undo all the stress that we deal with on a chronic basis
  • 5 tools
    • Breathing
    • Meditation
    • Movement
    • Rest
    • Gratitude

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Just breathe, and when at a loss for words, just throw up a picture.

When at a loss for words, just throw up a picture.
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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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Beginners Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger diy DIY Face Mask DIY Face Mask Lanyard

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 Covering Tutorials
Top 12 DIY Buff & Gator, Face Mask Covering Tutorials

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. Gaiter Style Mask Tutorial by Sew Can She
  6. DIY Breathable Face Mask at Hello Sewing
  7. https://www.thelaststitch.com/sewing-buff/
    DIY Buff 2015 Instructions PDF – Updated May 2020!  – https://www.thelaststitch.com/sewing-buff/
  8. http://blog.fehrtrade.com/gallery/883/sewing-indie-month-a-buff-tutorial/Buff – Sew your own active wear – May 2014
  9. https://lotsafreshair.com/2017/05/19/howto-make-a-buff/ Lots a Fresh Air Sewing your own Buff from a T-shirt May 2017
  10. Sewing your own Gator – Oct 2008
    https://gatorproject.wordpress.com/gator-neck-warmer-instructions/
  11. Face Mask Tutorial PDF
  12. Gail’s PDF on making your own face mask from Leggings.

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.
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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….

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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

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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.
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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.
Copy of Cream Brown Yoga Studio A4 Flyer (10)
Use the left over material from making the buffs/gators into a face covering/mask. No Sewing required!

Other DIY Linked on my site.


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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

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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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Top Seven Courses for Getting Your Yoga Classes Online


Top SEVENNow Eight! Whoops NINE Courses – Wow!

Gail's top 6 courses to get your Yoga Classes Online!
Gail’s top 7 …. now 8 and now  9!  courses to get your Yoga Classes Online!

With the Social Distancing to help with our current world’s crisis, Yoga teachers, movement teachers have been scrambling to figure out how to keep their yoga students, classes, and privates afloat.

Here’s my list of top six courses you should be looking at, to kick start you into getting your yoga classes online!  NEW Course added to the list from SequenceWiz!

1. Suzanne Dulin’s Course – “How to Rapidly Move Your Yoga Teaching Online – Using Zoom Video conferencing” – $7
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2. Course: How to Share Your Yoga Teaching on Video with Sherry Zak Morris from Yoga Vista Academy – https://yogavistaacademy.com/product/course-how-to-share-your-yoga-teaching-on-video-with-sherry-zak-morris/Price lowered from 29.99 to 9.99

3. This one has excellent written tutorialsNEWTeaching Yoga Online: Resources, Support and Love for Teaching During a Global Pandemic March 23, 2020 by Francesca Cervero 

4. Teaching Yoga Online – Private Facebook Group.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3314211098597060/

5. YogaUOnline A COVID-10 Planning and Resource Guide for Yoga Teachers and Yoga Studios – https://yogauonline.easywebinar.live/registration-11-12

6. Yoga Teacher Marketing Community – Digital Yoga Academy
https://www.facebook.com/groups/digitalyogaacademy/

7. How to teach Yoga Online – Yoga Sports Science presents for Yoga Alliance and British Wheel of Yoga
https://instituteofyogasportscience.mykajabi.com/YSS-online-yoga-teaching-resource

8. Body Positive Yoga – COVID-19 Resource Guide for Yoga Teachers & Movement Educators – https://bodypositiveyoga.com/covid19/

9. SequenceWiz.  Always has top notch advise.  How to Record  your own videos and offer them up for sale!

Come take a yoga class with me.

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Gifts under $50 for Yoga & Fitness

Gifts under $50 for Yoga & Fitness – Updated for 2020!

These are some of my favorites for using in my fitness and yoga practice.  Enjoy!

I’ve  attended some awesome workshop trainings this year, and I need to shout out that one of the most used props are the yoga straps with the D-rings!  So easy to use in binding poses, and to really activate the hip musculature in our Gentle Yoga for Low Back Pain classes.  So add the D-Ring Yoga strap to you and your fellow yogi’s list! (Maybe even get two!)

The D-Ring Strap so beneficial in doing yoga! A new must have yoga prop! Yoga with Gail
The D-Ring Strap so beneficial in doing yoga! A new must have yoga prop! Yoga with Gail

rbg-bookTake a look at this review of The RGB Workout. I was so impressed I bought a book for me and a book for my over 90 year old mom!

Another “find” is the Stretch Out Strap by optp.com I first ran into this particular looped yoga strap over 17 years ago, when I took the two day YogaFit for Seniors training with Rita Joseph.  The class included using poses seated on the chair, behind the chair, a block, ball, and this really cool strap. You did not have to use your “grip” but threaded your hand into the loops to use the strap in your practice. My chair yoga clients love it, plus so do my 440-2_stretch-out-strap-with-guidebeginners yoga clients. Well worth getting (and pick the version with the added poster)! Check out this other instructor who reviews the Stretch Out Strap!

I use the stretch out strap in my 12 yoga poses for preventing osteoporosis / osteopenia routine.  It is just so easy to loop the hands in the “loops” to do the Hand to Foot Number 1 Pose and the Hand to Foot Number 2 Pose.  handtofoot1pose  handtofoot2pose
I cannot easily reach out to the side without my stretch out strap without lifting my opposite side of my body.  So with the stretch out strap, it is so much easier to do!

Fit Simply Resistance Loop Exercise Bands.  Found this little jewel at one of my daughter’s homes.  She was using the bands in a pilates routine that she did on a regular basis.

1-mod-circle-510x545I looked up the band on the website, and purchased a set for myself.  I didn’t really start using the bands until I was encountering some back pain.  Turns out I needed to start turning on some major hip flexors and glute muscles to start to get myself out of pain.  I turned to these bands, and sure enough I now do the famous pilates “clam” exercises with varied resistance levels.  Wow, it works, but you have to keep up the daily work, to stay out of pain.  Coach Sofia has some good information via her site, facebook & youtube in using the resistance loop bands. Plus a lot on the piriformis syndrome and what to do about it.

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Coach Sofia demonstration of clams with a resistance loop band.

D-Ring Yoga Strap.  Use this in poses where one needs to activate the hip musculature – strengthen those hips and glutes!

Can be used in constructive rest pose, seated staff pose on the floor or on the chair, standing mountain pose, again with pushing against the strap to activate the thighs, hips & glutes.  Similar to using the resistance band loop, but with “no” stretchy component.  Pics to come!

Yoga Gift Guide for under $50
My favorite tools for using in yoga classes and personal fitness. Help ease the pain from the body using these various tools and books!

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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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Oatmeal, Osteoporosis and Yoga

Old Fashioned Oats Benefits
Chair Yoga versions of the third series for yoga for easing osteopenia / osteoporosis

What do these three things have to do with another? Yoga for easing osteoporosis. Oatmeal for reducing the inflammation response. All good things for our bodies. In our Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care class we work on strengthening the musculature, which in turns stimulates bone growth.

Just some of my random thoughts to direct your way!

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Favorite Food Finds

Osteoporosis / Osteopenia Yoga Poses

Adaptive Yoga

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Veterans Yoga Project – Gentle Yoga for Low Back Classes

Teaching again for the Veterans Yoga Project – Online Streaming classes during our world’s health crisis. Yay for VYP for stepping up to the plate and providing online content for our Vets, active military personnel, families and friends (that’s almost everybody).

Check out VYPOnlineStreamingClasses on Facebook, or the varied resources on www.VeteransYogaProject.org

Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care – Health Back ClassesI

I have over 19 years teaching experience (and a few before that at DuPont IS department). My specialized training comes from Christina at YogaBerry – Yoga for Scoliosis, and from both Justine Shelton and Sherry Zak Morris from Yoga Vista Academy! Both great programs! Tell them Gail sent you.

Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care for the Veterans Yoga Project by Gail Pickens-Barger. Keep it between the easy and the ouch!
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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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Live Streaming Online Yoga Classes for Veterans

ONLINE STREAMING YOGA CLASSES.
Available when you need it most. Daily.

TO TAKE A LIVE CLASS, VISIT: FACEBOOK @VYPONLINESTREAMINGCLASSES

ADDITIONAL YOGA CLASS OFFERINGS:

Can’t join us for classes on Facebook Live or Zoom? We have plenty of options.

In addition to the above weekly live streaming schedule, other classes are available through Veterans Administration Video Connect (VVC), YouTube Live, and other online platforms.  Click here to view schedule and learn about additional wellness services.

AN OPEN LETTER FROM DR. DANIEL LIBBY, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

How are you holding up?

These are troubled times indeed.  With the stressful and traumatic circumstances that are adversely affecting our world, it is easy to lose yourself in worry, anxiety and panic buying.  I know I have found myself to be a bit more unglued than usual.  I catch myself obsessing over news coverage, obsessing over planning for all contingencies, and generally feeling on-edge and irritable.

We here at Veterans Yoga Project feel that we are ideally suited to help support our communities through the current COVID-19 crisis.  After all, our teachers have extensive experience and expertise in sharing the tools of mindful resilience with those recovering from both acute and chronic stress and trauma.  Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the 90+ classes that our teachers conduct each week have been cancelled. 

So we are doing what both yogis and veterans do best: Adapt.

Over the next few weeks, Veterans Yoga Project will be expanding the ways we achieve our Mission and reach our students. [Read the full letter in this blog post.]

More practices at Veterans Yoga Project Youtube Channel

Proud to be a VYP Ambassador providing content with VYP Online Streaming Classes on Facebook Live. Gail Pickens-Barger 500RYT, 200ERYT, VYP Alliance Teacher

Gail Pickens-Barger, teaching Gentle Yoga for Low Back Pain Class for the Veterans Yoga Project Online Streaming Classes on Facebook Live
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Chair Yoga for Seniors Video List — Chair Yoga Fitness – Gail Pickens-Barger

List of Chair Yoga youtube videos. Great for Yoga for Seniors. Beneficial to those who do not like to get down on the ground!

Chair Yoga for Seniors Video List — Chair Yoga Fitness – Gail Pickens-Barger
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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.

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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  or Tuesdays 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

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

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.

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 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.

Here are some additional links to making your own yoga mat bag, even a cool video, and a way to make a yoga mat wrap….plus some more on zafu’s!!

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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

Instructions no longer on some of the websites, so I’ve included the

instructions onto this page.

Make those meditation pillows (zafu’s)

 

Updated 2/2013

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. Manna Harvest sells organic buckwheat hulls for $8.95US/5 lbs. The only US source for kapok I could find is Carolina Morning Designs, and their prices are pretty high. From what I hear about kapok, though, it’s probably worth the price.
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

Yoga Props

Yoga Props II

Yoga Props III

 

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July 2020 – Chair Yoga for Seniors, MS, Parkinson’s, for anyone who does not want to get down on the floor.

Chair Yoga for July 2020

Adaptive Chair Yoga with Gail for the month of July!

First Week July 1, 2020

Adaptive Chair Yoga ==> https://youtu.be/ELuoGOISNow

 

Second Week July 9, 2020

Adaptive Chair Yoga ==> https://youtu.be/CHgHojYKld4

 

Third Week July 17, 2020

Adaptive Chair Yoga Fitness ==> https://youtu.be/5Sfz0-tIjM4

Adaptive Gentle Yoga ==> https://youtu.be/RgEhtLVVPY8

One I did for the Veterans Yoga Project, but you probably enjoy too!

Adaptive Gentle Yoga ==> https://youtu.be/V3F3gUtp_tI

Fourth Week July 21, 2020

Adaptive Gentle Yoga ==> https://youtu.be/3MD5o6CJgY0

Fifth Week July 28, 2020

Adaptive Chair Yoga ==> https://youtu.be/hK5TRmJHLrA

 

Plus an additional Seated Cardio Fitness Routine to do when you want additional heart healthy benefits.

Adaptive Chair Yoga Fitness ==> https://youtu.be/At0JwqWuRuY

Chair Yoga Fitness - Gail Pickens-Barger

Here are my July 2020 videos for you to enjoy!

First Week July 1, 2020

Adaptive Chair Yoga ==>https://youtu.be/ELuoGOISNow

Second Week July 9, 2020

Adaptive Chair Yoga ==>https://youtu.be/CHgHojYKld4

Third Week July 17, 2020

Adaptive Chair Yoga Fitness ==> https://youtu.be/5Sfz0-tIjM4

One I did for the Veterans Yoga Project, but you probably enjoy too!

Adaptive Gentle Yoga ==>https://youtu.be/V3F3gUtp_tI

Fourth Week July 21, 2020

Adaptive Gentle Yoga ==>https://youtu.be/3MD5o6CJgY0

Fifth Week July 28, 2020

Adaptive Chair Yoga ==>https://youtu.be/hK5TRmJHLrA

Plus an additional Seated Cardio Fitness Routine to do when you want additional heart healthy benefits.

Adaptive Chair Yoga Fitness ==>https://youtu.be/At0JwqWuRuY

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August Yoga Classes in SE Texas

Hey everybody!

Thanks for hanging in there during this challenging time!

I will continue to host online yoga for easing back pain, and getting better sleep (plus more benefits). Starting in August those classes will either be on Monday at 6 PM or Tuesday at 6 PM.

Stay tuned here, or sign up for remind messages at: remind.com/join/yogacla

Ease Back Pain – Online Gentle Yoga with Gail

Or: text @yogacla to the number 81010
You will receive a welcome text from Remind.
If anyone has trouble with 81010, they can try texting @yogacla to (832) 850-2483.

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Online Yoga with Gail – Nederland, Texas.

Thank you for supporting both the Back Pack Food Ministry at Wesley UMC and myself during this time.
It takes a bit more of a setup to do online classes vs face to face classes, due to the EXTRA layer of technology.  Here is what I have to have on hand to do online classes.

Online Zoom, Facebook Live Yoga Class setup for Gail Pickens-Barger

Online Zoom, Facebook Live Yoga Class setup for Gail Pickens-Barger.  Since I upgraded to an external camera, I now have a much easier setup.  No longer do I have to place my PC way up off of a table.  I have a Camera mounted tripod to help with this.  Much higher resolution video output too!

  • Fast and good downloading internet speed and throughput.  We were able to be the first ones in our neighborhood to get fiber optic internet with AT&T, so that HELPS tremendously!
  • A Portable computer with an adequate camera (had to purchase a high-resolution camera device, in order to have clear upload videos to youtube for chair yoga).
  • A Portable computer with an adequate microphone.
  • A youtube channel to upload unlisted private videos for this class and public videos for the chair yoga class.
  • Special apple connection cables to my smart TV, and HDMI cables so that I can see what you are doing in your yoga poses in the Zoom Classroom.
  • An updated Ipad to connect to Zoom to the TV platform, and did I say good internet?
  • Two wifi devices on the network at the same time streaming content means ya got to have gooood internet.
So again, I really do appreciate y’all participating in this online teaching effort.  I so look forward to see y’all and teaching yoga to you!
See you Monday!  Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
Gail

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Yoga for the Second Week of July 2020

Here are this weeks videos for the Second Week of July 2020.

I teach for the #NationalMSSociety and the #VeteransYogaProject organizations. I’m giving you links to the videos. Be sure to “Subscribe”, “Like”, and “Hit the Bell” for updates on my weekly content. Thank you.


Chair Yoga for Easing Stress, Building Bone, Bettering Balance, Increasing Flexibility & Strength and Joint Mobility – Second Week of July 2020
I love what I do – helping you!

 


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Shh, the secret to better sleep? It’s Yoga Nidra . . .

In preparation to teaching at the local VA, the Veterans Yoga Project protocol have you including yoga nidra. This not only helps veterans with symptoms of PTS(D), but allows for better sleep.

I took a Yoga Nidra training back in April of 2019, and this is what my students had to say after experiencing yoga nidra in our chair yoga and gentle beginners yoga classes.

” Here’s a 20 minute Yoga Nidra for you to enjoy.

Yoga Sleep Method Video ==> https://youtu.be/Gzc_As-sshk

Better sleep with yoga postures and yoga Nidra practices with Gail Pickens-Barger

I surveyed my students to see what they thought of their sleep. Here are a few comments.

  • “Slept Great!”
  • “Amazing Sleep. Did not wake up, and I normally do wake up during the night.”
  • “I slept a little better than I normally do, but I normally sleep well. I did sleep longer though.”
  • “Good Night Sleep.”
  • “I slept without any back pain.”
  • “Ah, I slept great, I really zoned out. The relaxation was wonderful and so relaxing.”
  • “Slept soundly all night, which is not normal.”
  • “Good. Slept straight thru the night.”
  • “I normally get up to the restroom 1 to 2 times a night. I slept straight thru.”
  • “Slept better than normal.”
  • “I don’t normally sleep through the night, last night after our yoga class I slept straight thru.”

Enjoy this 20 minute Yoga Nidra practice to help you sleep better at night.

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Back Pain? Yoga can help with that!

Join Gail for online yoga to address your issues with your tissues! https://paypal.me/Yogawithgail/10 to get your first class!

Yoga for decreasing back and hip pain. Join Gail for online yoga to address your issues with your tissues!  https://paypal.me/Yogawithgail/10 to get your first class!
Yoga for decreasing back and hip pain. Join Gail for online yoga to address your issues with your tissues! https://paypal.me/Yogawithgail/10 to get your first class!

Studies that show yoga is an effective option for lessening back pain.

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Shh! The secret to easing back pain? It’s Yoga!

I’ve created a couple of new videos over at my youtube channel.

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Easing upper and lower back pain through yoga and functional movement!
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Top Picks for Office Yoga

Lessen that stress, ease wrist, and back pain with these top sites for doing Office Yoga with your desk and chair!

Call Gail Pickens-Barger, to arrange for your 30 minutes Office Yoga Class that can be conducted over Zoom. Lessen Stress, Ease Hip & Back Pain, and Have Better Sleep for you and your employees. Give them the gift of caring and a short yoga practice to help them! 409-727-3177.

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I provide office yoga to help your employees lessen stress, ease hip and back pain, and have better sleep.

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Yoga for the Sewing Enthusiast!

Yoga for the Sewing Enthusiast!

Yoga poses to counteract being at the craft table or sewing machine, making all those masks, buff and gaiters!

Need a bit of yoga to counteract being at the craft table, sewing table. After making all those masks, buff, gaiters for protection. Plus lessen the stress a bit too! I host a website for my parents, The Perfect Portable – Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine. This was posted over at that site, and thought it would be nice here too!

  • Seated Twist
  • Interlaced hands up over head
  • Letter “T” arm circles
  • Down Dog hang at the craft table or kitchen counter
  • Seated or lying #4, or Pigeon Pose
  • Cow Face arms with a hand towel

Those quick little poses come to mind for helping ease low back and upper back pain from being at the sewing machine hunched forward so much.
Try it.
Let me know your favorite pose!
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p.s.  I have several free youtube videos on how to ease your back pain at: https://www.youtube.com/YogaWithGaileee  

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Ease Stress, Sleep Better? The secret? It’s Gentle Yoga with Gail

My students slept better after I added the sleep yoga method to both chair yoga and gentle beginners yoga class. Some even had less pain and slept through the night. Wow!

Here’s the signup link for Mondays 6 p.m. CST class. Recording will be uploaded after the class and is available for anyone who attends and for purchase afterward through the same link. ==> Pay Gail $10 for Beginners Yoga Class.

Part of the money you donate goes towards Wesley’s UMC’s Back Pack Food Ministry. We feed kiddos on the weekends in the Nederland ISD school community. Thank you for helping those in our community.

Questions?

Complaints?

Comments?

Complements?

Let me know!

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Yoga Classes in Beaumont Texas

Yoga in Beaumont Texas (6 yoga studios, plus instructors and gym yoga)

Updated May 22, 2020 – Currently very few person to person classes are being held.  Typically outdoor offerings, or Online Zoom Yoga Rooms or Facebook Live classes are being held.

I teach a Beginners Yoga class on Monday nights at 6 PM.  It is Live on the Zoom platform, with an option to get the video for playback at a later time.  $10 – Part of your class fee goes towards feeding kids on the weekends through Wesley United Methodist Church’s back pack food ministry.

Thank you.

Go now and support a local charity and get this easing back pain yoga class

==> Pay here, then get the link to the live class or playback video ==>Paypal.me/Yogawithgail/10 

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Orange Texas (Orange County)

Mid-Jefferson County – including Nederland, Port Arthur, Port Neches Texas

And now the various classes/instructors of yoga in Beaumont.
Yoga Near Me 77701, Yoga Classes in Beaumont Texas, Yoga in Beaumont Tx

Beaumont/Fannett:
Gyms/Studios:

McFaddin-Ward House
1906 Calder Avenue – Beaumont, Texas – 77701 | 409-832-2134
Thursday, May 2nd at 5:30 pm with Julia Lee!


Lakeside Center – Best Years
150 Magnolia Street
Beaumont, Texas 77701
(409)-838-1902


Beyond Triangle Therapeutics
2990 Laurel Ave. Suite B, Beaumont, TX 77702
(409) 347-8373


Brentwood Country Club
4201 S Major Dr, Beaumont, Texas 77707


EXYGON Health and Fitness Center
6450 Phelan Rd
Beaumont, Tx 77706
See schedule for detail.


Jessica Depew Wellness
Fannett, Texas
Jdepew@goldentriangleyoga.com
409-861-0003


Lamar University
Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center at Lamar University.
Open to students and faculty.
See Lamar Rec Sports Center schedule for current yoga offerings.
Instructors: Melody & Melissa


Love Yoga Beaumont
2481 Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX 77702
(409) 454-3977
Instructors: Juliana, Mike, Sheila, Jessica P,


Satya Rising Studio
1445 Calder, Beaumont tx 77701.
We are between Down to Earth and Twigs florist.


Sound of Soul Yoga
Inside Rosa Vita Salon & Spa
409-550-4305
2700 Toccoa Road, Beaumont Tx
Instructors: Ellen


Beaumont Power Yoga 
4435 Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX 77706
(409) 225-1872
Instructors: Tara, Nicole, Angi, Beth, Kelly & Ginger & more….


Wilton P Hebert Health and Wellness Center
3030 North Street
Beaumont, Tx 77002
Instructors: Julie, Amber, Amanda, Michelle R, Lauren C, Mani & Lisa


World Gym
229 Dowlen Road, Suite 5
Beaumont, Tx 77706
Instructors: Celeste, Tammi, Tina, Katrina, Ellisia,


Churchs:
Unity of Southeast Texas
1555 S 23rd St, Beaumont, TX 77707
(409) 842-0271

Tai Chi & Yoga


Individuals:
Erin Barrows
(409) 679-7624  
Gail Pickens-Barger
(409) 727-3177, Please leave a message with your phone number.  Thank you!
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Demonstration for clubs and organizations yoga class and lecture.
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Private yoga sessions your venue/home.
Beginners, Chair, Yoga for Osteopenia/Osteoporosis, Kids, and Cross training.


Celeste West Rosales
(512) 820-1504
mettasolyoga@outlook.com
Donation Yoga Classes at St. Marks Episcopal Church, Beaumont
Private Yoga one on one sessions.

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May 2020 Yoga classes in Nederland, Texas

May 2020 Yoga Classes in Nederland & Beaumont Texas for Gail Pickens-Barger.  Over 19 years teaching experience.

ONLINE – Mondays 6 PM – Beginners Yoga.  Sign in a bit early if it is your first time. Register here ==> PayPal.me/Yogawithgail/10 $10.  Have handy a yoga mat, strap, block, blanket, hand towel and a chair.  Questions?  Give me a call 409-727-3177, I will return your call!

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NOW online during COVID-19.  Youtube class for Thursday, Zoom Yoga Room for Monday’s class. 409-727-3177 if you have any questions.

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Veterans Yoga Project Live Yoga Classes

Veterans Yoga Project Live Yoga Classes – May 11 through May 15, 2020. I teach Friday at 10:00 AM Central Time the Flow Yoga for Low Back Pain Class.

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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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Ease back pain, get calmer… the secret? It’s Yoga!

Teaching this week all classes either online through Zoom or Facebook, or providing content on my Youtube channel.

Here is what is up on deck this week! You want to take my Zoom Yoga Classes, please register for one or both classes this week. Mondays at 6:00 PM Central Standard Time. Can’t make it? You can get the playback video!

One Class ==> $10

This week added a Gentle Yoga Flow for Low Back Care for the #VeteransYogaProject Online Streaming classes on Facebook. They’ve got lots of mini-classes, yoga nidras, breathing practices offered up for you to do! https://www.facebook.com/VYPOnlineStreamingClasses

Discover how to: ease back pain, lessen stress, increase flexibility, gain strength, better balance, build bones, lower blood pressure, sleep better and more with a regular yoga practice with Registered & Certified Yoga Teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger. #gentleyogaforlowbackcare #chairyogafitness #yogawithgaileee #yogawithgail

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15 Reasons to Start or Re-Start a regular yoga practice – Nederland, Texas

15 Reasons to Start or Re-Start your regular yoga practice.   Beginners Yoga in Nederland & Beaumont Texas

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

Beginners Yoga on Mondays at 6:00 PM at Wesley UMC.  Now being held online due to our world’s health crisis.  Get into the Yoga Zoom room by first paying your class fee, then you’ll be sent an email to register to get into the class.  Here’s the sign up link.

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

Got questions on yoga, call Gail at 409-727-3177.  If my class or schedule does not match, I’ll find you a class or private teacher to work with!

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Zen Moment with yoga teacher Gail Pickens-Barger

Take a little Zen Moment with yoga teacher Gail Pickens-Barger

Using the Zoom or Facebook Live platform to provide chair yoga and gentle yoga solutions for locals, agencies and individuals!

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YogaKiddos – Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? With Yoga Teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger

Gail reads – “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” to her YogaKiddos through zoom, shared screen on Facebook Live on YogaKiddos Facebook Page.

Whew! Now that was a mouthful!

The Veterans Yoga Project people shared with us the procedure for doing a Zoom meeting, that could link up to your Facebook Live.

I typically read children’s books to my YogaKiddos at Wesley UMC Mothers Day Out Program. So how could I still do that, have the kids look at me at the same time, read the book, and do that on Facebook Live?

Hmmm, so I searched teachers sharing homework assignments, and being on camera at the same time.

Turns out, they use their iPhone as a document camera through the app Epoccam by Kinoni. Purchase the one without ads, and then download the drivers from Kinoni.

Then get your tripod, your book, your app linked to the same wifi as your laptop/desktop.

Do some manipulation of your account settings in Zoom, to allow Facebook Livestreaming.

Then Load the iphone app, get your camera angles to where you can read the book.

Start a Zoom meeting, Share your screen, pick Iphone screen, and wal lah!

My book, and me in the upper left hand corner, reading and doing kids Yoga poses!

Do the “more” button on Zoom, to broadcast to Facebook Live! Pick your page, and who is posting and you are set!

I then downloaded the video afterwards, and edited out the minute and a half off the front of the video in Youtube. Posted up on youtube, saved as a pinterest link, and posted and reposted on my facebook page.

I Know Clear as MUD!

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Inspirational Quotes

Some of my inspirational quotes

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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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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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.

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Crocodile breathing. May put blanket underneath hips for comfort. Really expanding the lungs out to the sides when breathing.
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Facebook Group for Yoga Practitioners with Pacemakers/ICDs. Yoga for Healthy Aging Blog post.

Nina contacted me about an article for the Yoga for Healthy Aging Friday Q&A:  Here is the article!  Enjoy.  Subscribe to Yoga for Healthy Aging.  Great stuff on that yoga site!  Gail
Friday Q&A: Facebook Group for Yoga Practitioners with Pacemakers

Q: One of your readers left a comment on Baxter’s post Friday Q&A: Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD) and Yoga about a Facebook group for people who do yoga with pacemakers or ICDs. Can you tell me more about it? 

A: For the answer to this question, I turned to the founder of the Yoga for Pacemakers & ICDs Facebook Group, Gail Pickens-Barger. —Nina

A: My cardiologist and I had been watching my slow heart rate for a number of years, and once my numbers got to be more than three seconds between heart beats, I was a candidate for pacemaker insertion. I had my pacemaker implantation in May of 2013. I was taking a break for the summer from teaching my regular yoga class at the gym, but continued to teach my adaptive chair yoga class for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at the church.

I went on the hunt to find other people who had this surgery and were yoga practitioners and/or teachers. After searching the internet, I came across a yoga therapist who works with the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. She had an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) implantation (see LINK). After her surgery, she actually kept up her vigorous flow yoga practice, complete with weight-bearing arm balances. She went on to tell me that one day she was receiving little shocks as she was resting in Child’s pose. She knew that this wasn’t the normal thing to be happening and promptly went to the hospital. She found out then that she had pulled out the leads to her ICD with her continued flow practice and had to have the leads into her ICD replaced. Her advice to me was to avoid weight-bearing yoga poses where you take your arms behind your back (extension), such as Bow pose, Camel pose, Dancer’s pose, and Upward Plank pose.

She also took out the arm balances from her personal practice. Since that time, I did meet a very young lady at one of my recent yoga trainings, and due to her age, she had her ICD placed below her rib cage. Her challenges will be different due to the placement.

After my surgery, over the summer of 2013, I continued to teach the adaptive chair yoga classes. Prior to the surgery, in the adaptive chair yoga class, we’d do 20 minutes of yoga, then about 20-25 minutes of seated dance fitness, sometimes with light weights or not, and then additional balance poses, cool down, and meditative contemplation guided relaxation. After the surgery, I took the seated dance fitness and weights out of the adaptive chair yoga class. (It wasn’t until the fall, that I added those elements back in). And two two weeks after getting out of my arm sling, I went back to teaching my other classes. But I could not do my full range of motion on my left side for over a year.

Then in September of 2014 I created the Yoga for Pacemaker & ICDs Facebook group. I decided to this because I love to share what I learn—I give out handouts all the time in my chair yoga classes, and in the gentle beginning classes that I teach—and I figured that there would be people out there like me, who were looking for resources to help them on their path of continuing their physical practice of yoga. I had my daughter, Amber Barger (and she was a recent graduate of a 200 hour teacher training program) demonstrate the yoga poses with the modifications that I have found to be helpful in my practice and those photos are on the Facebook page.

Yoga teachers and practitioners alike are in the Facebook group, and we get into discussions about alternative ways to do poses. Lately there has been much discussion about Plough pose, Shoulderstand, Legs Up the Wall pose and just in general being inverted in poses.

For me, personally, I have rarely included Shoulderstand, Handstand, Forearm balances, or Plough pose in my practice, so giving those up as not been an issue for me. However, I do like to be inverted. I’ll do Legs on the Chair, Legs on the Resist-a-Ball, and Legs up the Wall. I more recently have purchased a Gravity Pal reclined bench, to allow me to rest in an inclined position. In that position, my pacemaker shifts a bit towards my collarbone, as it does in Downward-Facing Dog pose, but it doesn’t seem to affect it. However, for my beginner clients I have them do Half Downward-Facing Dog pose at the wall instead. And for my chair clients, I have them stand behind the chair and use the top of the chair for their hands in Downward-Facing Dog pose.

For more information like this, come join me on Facebook! Go tohttps://www.facebook.com/groups/691963750892696/ and click the Join Group button and I’ll add you to the group.

—Gail

Gail Pickens-Barger, E-RYT 200, LVCYT, CRYT, YogaKiddos®, Get Fit Where You Sit® Fitness Teacher is a retired IT professional who started teaching yoga in 2001. A graduate of YogaFit International Training System, she currently teaches Beginners Yoga, Kids Yoga, and Adaptive Chair Yoga for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the Nederland, Texas area. She also has experience teaching prenatal yoga, and teaches yoga privately in people’s homes to help them with their issues of osteoporosis and osteopenia, using Dr. Loren Fishman’s YogaUOnline course, his books, and his DVD’s to assist folks in becoming stronger and more independent in their active older years. You can find her at yogawithgaileee.com or contact her at 409-727-3177.

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Props and Gear for your Yoga practice . . .

Props and Gear for your Yoga practice.

Yoga with Gaileee Zafu Meditation Cushion
Yoga with Gail –  Star Meditation Cushion

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

  • A Yoga Bag by Amy Butler
    Yoga Mat Bag
  • A Lavender Eye Pillow by Amy Butler
    Lavender Eye Pillow
  • A Zafu Meditation Pillow taken down from the Michigan Buddhist Site.  Here are the instructions.

     

    Yoga with Gaileee Zafu Meditation Cushion
    Yoga with Gaileee Zafu Meditation Cushion

    • 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:

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    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:

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    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:

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    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:

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

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    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.

    Instructables instructions on making your own meditation pillow.

     

  • A Meditation Bench, bench to sit on during kneeling meditation.  Site down, so I’ve included the instructions here:

Seiza – Meditation Bench from Wood

How to make a Seiza

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First, what is a seiza? It is a bench to sit on during kneeling meditation.

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Do I need one? Nope.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • A sheet of wood, ¾-inch (2 cm) thick, and approximately 20 by 20 inches (52 cm). Alternatively, you might use scraps of wood of various sizes, according to the actual sections required.
  • At least ten 1¼-inch (3 cm) countersink woodscrews
  • A hand saw for wood (a cross-cut hand saw, if available, or possibly an electric table saw/rip saw)
  • A drill (or powerdrill), a small drill bit for wood, and a countersink bit or a countersink tool
  • Wood glue
  • Two or more C-clamps
  • Sandpaper (and perhaps a disc-sander)

CHOOSING THE WOOD

Any strong, solid wood used for furniture will work. Be sure the wood doesn’t bend easily (you’ll be sitting on this), and that it wont split when screws are put into the narrow sides.

A solid, single piece of wood like pine or cedar will probably look better and be easier to work with — especially if you plan to varnish or stain the wood later. Avoid standard plywood and chipboard, which will probably bend, flake or disintegrate. Make sure your wood is flat and not warped. Solid scraps of wood that match the sizes needed could work fine as well; your seiza doesn’t need to be fancy, just functional.

CUTTING THE LENGTHS

You need to cut five pieces of wood, like this:

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MAKING THE LEGS

Ensuring symmetry

After cutting, the parts may be a little rough — one leg may not exactly match the other. Even wood bought from a shop may not have edges that are exactly straight.

To fix this, simply clamp the legs together and sand the edges until they all match. If you can, get a few of the sides to line up before starting; it will provide a good reference point. Try to clamp the sides together in an ‘average’ position, to minimize how much sanding is needed. Don’t worry about detail sanding right now, such as rounding corners for aesthetic purposes. Right now you just want things to line up.

Before long, you should have two identical legs.

THE FIRST LEG

Attach the reinforcement to the inside edge of the leg, in the center of the slanted edge. Like this:
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Line up the edges of the two pieces as best you can. Measure the distance to both edges, so that the little piece is in the middle of the leg’s edge. Clamp the two pieces together using C-clamps. Place one at each side, along the flat edges (not the slanted edge) of the leg, so that they’re not in the way of your work. You need to small drill holes in the pieces. The holes shown here are bigger, for clarity.

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Using a drill, bore two pilot holes for screws into both pieces of wood. Pilot holes guide the screws and prevent the wood from splitting. Use a drill bit around half the diameter of the woodscrews, or a little smaller. If the diameter is too large, the woodscrews won’t get a strong grip and the seiza could break easily.

After drilling the pilot holes, you to countersink them. Countersink screws have a triangular head with a flat top, designed to sit flush with the surface of the wood. Countersinking makes a similar triangular shape into the top of the pilot hole, to allow the woodscrew to be flush to the surface:

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Once the pilot holes are drilled and countersinking is done, join the pieces together. Release the C-clamps, add a little glue between the pieces, re-clamp, and screw the pieces together. Be careful to put the screws in from the outside — from the larger leg, into the smaller reinforcement:

Make sure the screws are tight, wipe off any excess glue, and leave it to dry for a few minutes.

THE SECOND LEG

Be careful which side you attach the reinforcement to on the second leg. It needs to be the opposite of the first. Take the first piece, and place it with the slant coming down from the back to the front. Whichever side the reinforcement is on will be the inside. Take the other leg, and place it further over, across the inside edge, and then place the second reinforcement on the new leg’s inside edge:

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Line up the pieces, clamp them together, drill and countersink the pilot holes, unclamp, glue, clamp again, and finally screw the pieces together. Remember to drill the holes and put the screws in from the outside edge, opposite the reinforcement, and when finished, allow some time for the glue to set before removing the clamps.

COMPLETING THE LEGS

When the legs are assembled, sand off the top slanted edge to make sure that the reinforcement and the leg edge are even. The seat should be flat against the legs to best distribute your weight evenly.

THE SEAT

Place the seat on top of the two legs, making sure the reinforcements are on the inside edge. Line everything up, so that the edges of the seat are tight against the edges of the legs.

You could move the legs in slightly to allow the seat to overhang the legs, creating a more interesting shape. This could make it more difficult to line up the seat screws, and you need to have enough space for your legs underneath the bench.

Clamp your seat down by placing the C-clamps around the seat and the reinforcement bars. If you have a limited number of clamps, place them diagonally opposite around the seat. Even two clamps will do, but four would be ideal.

Drill and countersink three pilot holes in each side of the seat. Two should go through the seat into each leg, and the other should be further in, so that it goes into the reinforcement. Measure all the distances carefully, so that the screws are centered and symmetrical on each side. Something like this:

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It’s particularly important to countersink the holes properly, since they’re on the seat that you’re going to sit on. If they’re not deep enough, the screws will sit up and be rough. Once the holes are drilled, release the clamps and apply glue to the top of the legs. Re-clamp, and screw down. Leave the clamps for a while so the glue can dry.

Once the glue dries, you’re done!

Finishing

Finally, check once more that it sits well. Hopefully, you won’t have any major problems with one leg an inch lower than the other. If you notice a little rocking, it should be easy to fix by sanding the bottom surfaces to be even.

You can cover the screw holes completely with a product called ‘plastic wood.’ Or try just mixing some wood glue with sawdust you made earlier, place it into the recessed screw hole, and sanding it down when dry.

You have a few finishing options. You can stain it to match your other furniture, or make it look like a more interesting kind of wood perhaps — or you can varnish it to give it a professional, glossy finish that’s easy to clean.

A smooth well-sanded surface is important. You don’t want to sit on, or even carry a seat that’s rough. Splinters aren’t much fun! If you are planning to use a varnish, sanding will be an important first step. Sanding by hand is pretty simple — just keep going in a circular pattern, with very light pressure, until things feel smooth. Pay particular attention to corners and edges. It’s nice to get those smoothly curved — especially at the front where your legs will leave the seat.

Suggestions

The folks at the WildMind website suggest that seiza benches require more hand support than other meditation methods. You may want to use an extra pillow to support your hands more fully above your waist as you kneel. WildMind has lots of great guidance on posture, though — I’d suggest referring to that site, if you’re having difficulties.

About this guide

http://www.michiganbuddhist.com/seiza – original site

  • And make your own bolsters. Now I found an article in one of my sewing books, “Sewing for the Outdoors”, but then I found this on the internet… the same concept. I used a roll of quilt batting, figured out how circle part on the bottom….well, kinda like the instructions for the yoga mat. Here’s a link…

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.s. Update,Simplicity 3583 and McCalls 4261. Get them when they are on sale at Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s Fabric Store, or Hancocks.

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This just in. Yoga effective in lessening chronic back pain.

This just in.  Yoga effective in lessening chronic back pain.

This just in!
A new study reports that weekly classes of yoga or intensive stretching are equally effective at reducing low back pain and improving back movement. Both proved better than a self-care book, and their benefits lasted several months after the classes ended.

Each year, Americans spend over $50 billion on low back pain. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading reason for missed work. A variety of treatments are available, but none have proved to be highly effective for chronic back pain. In addition, little is known about the comparative effectiveness of these therapies.

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National Institute for Health (NIH) – Yoga eases moderate to severe chronic low back pain

Researchers found that yoga was as effective as standard physical therapy for treating moderate to severe chronic low back pain in people in under served communities.

The results suggest yoga may be useful as a treatment option for people with chronic low back pain.

To study whether yoga helps alleviate pain and improve movement for people from under served communities, a team led by Dr. Robert Saper at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center studied 320 predominantly low-income, racially diverse adults with moderate to severe chronic low back pain.

The participants were randomly divided into three treatment groups. One group received 12 weekly yoga classes designed specifically for people with chronic back pain; one received 15 physical therapy visits over 12 weeks; and one was given an educational book and newsletters about self-care for chronic low back pain.

The researchers found that all three groups reported improvement in physical function and pain reduction. However, people in the yoga and physical therapy treatment groups were significantly more likely than those in the education-only group to stop taking pain relievers after one year. These findings suggest that a structured yoga program may be a reasonable alternative to physical therapy for people with chronic low back pain.

“There are now a number of studies, including ours, that show that yoga is effective for chronic low back pain, but until ours those studies included mostly white and middle-class individuals,” Saper explains. “Chronic low back pain disproportionately impacts those who are economically disadvantaged. Therefore, we feel that it was important to test whether the yoga would be received well by an under served population as well as being effective.” —by Tianna Hicklin, Ph.D.

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/yoga-eases-moderate-severe-chronic-low-back-pain

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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.

Here’s the list of the varied studies done on 117 health conditions helped by yoga.  Pages 6 – 49 is what you want to look at for the variety of studies done. ==> http://www.drmccall.com/uploads/2/2/6/5/22658464/yam_117conditions.pdf

Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177 for your yoga questions and class arrangements!

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Chair Yoga Fitness in Nederland Texas

Chair Yoga Fitness in Nederland, Texas – #chairyogafitness

Thursday on Youtube –  Wesley United Methodist Church’s Chair Yoga Fitness Class.   If you have MS or accompany someone with  – your fee is waived.  Your donation goes toward Wesley’s Back Pack Food Ministry.  Thank you!