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

2. Course: How to Share Your Yoga Teaching on Video with Sherry Zak Morris from Yoga Vista Academy – 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.

5. YogaUOnline A COVID-10 Planning and Resource Guide for Yoga Teachers and Yoga Studios –

6. Yoga Teacher Marketing Community – Digital Yoga Academy

7. How to teach Yoga Online – Yoga Sports Science presents for Yoga Alliance and British Wheel of Yoga

8. Body Positive Yoga – COVID-19 Resource Guide for Yoga Teachers & Movement Educators –

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.

and you’ll get an online link to join my Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care Class!

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 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.

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!

Health Benefits of Meditation…..and Breathing….

Health benefits of Meditation:

Observance is meditation
Observance is meditation

Though meditation is usually recognized as a largely spiritual practice, it also has many health benefits. The yoga and meditation techniques are being implemented in management of life threatening diseases; in transformation of molecular and genetic structure; in reversal of mental illnesses, in accelerated learning programs, in perceptions and communications beyond the physical, in solving problems and atomic and nuclear physics; in gaining better ecological understanding; in management of lifestyle and future world problems. Some benefits of meditation are:

It reduces oxygen consumption.
It decreases respiratory rate.
It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
Increases exercise tolerance in heart patients.
Leads to a deeper level of relaxation.
Good for people with high blood pressure as it brings the B.P. to normal.
Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
Decreases muscle tension (any pain due to tension) and headaches.
Builds self-confidence.
It increases serotonin production which influences mood and behavior. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
Helps in chronic diseases like allergies , arthritis etc.
Reduces Pre – menstrual Syndrome.
Helps in post-operative healing.
Enhances the immune system. Research has revealed that meditation increases activity of ‘natural-killer cells’, which kill bacteria and cancer cells.
Also reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress.
FB Yoga Sleep Yoga Nidra

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

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!


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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Osteoporosis / Osteopenia Yoga Poses

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