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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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Gentle Yoga with Gail. Mondays 6:15 PM Thursdays 10:00 AM

Contact Gail to see about your session of yoga to help you with your back challenges.

 

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Vintage Yoga

Vintage Yoga with Jack LaLanne

Vintage yoga by Jack LaLanne. I remember watching him on TV, when I was young. It was on a black and white TV though…..years, years ago. Lots of “Chair Yoga” stuff that he did for folks. Accessible exercise from home.

Beginners Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger,  Mondays at 6:15 pm. $10 at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas.  409-727-3177.  Come a bit early your first time.

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UpDog or Cobra on the chair
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Downward Facing Dog with the Chair
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Chair Yoga Fitness – Nederland Texas

Chair Yoga Fitness in Nederland Texas.

I have this chair yoga fitness class on Thursdays at 10:00 AM.  A unique class in that I teach this for the National MS Society.  Part yoga, part cardio fitness.  Since some folks come in with canes, walkers, maybe a walk that does not promote cardio fitness, I throw in some seated cardio fitness.

A good 20 minutes or so with our heart rates elevated.  We get in a good part of breathing, yoga, cardio fitness, balance, and meditation.  It has become quiet popular with folks.

Come see what a Chair Yoga Fitness class  can do for you!

Contact Gail or call at 409-727-3177

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Chair Yoga Fitness with Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177

Frequently Asked Questions about Yoga!

 

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Yogic Sleep – Why you need it!

Yogic Sleep – Why You Need IT!

Here’s a link to a recent Yoga Nidra, that I posted on SoundCloud.  Let me know how you liked it!  Thanks!

Yoga Nidra for better sleep.
Yoga Nidra for better sleep.

Yoga and Sleep

National Sleep Foundation 2003 Sleep in America Study found that about half of the senior citizen population reports some type of sleep problem such as waking to go to the bathroom and not being able to get back to sleep. Sleep problems in the elderly are correlated with stress, medical conditions, excess weight or fatigue. The study indicates that many of these problems go untreated.

Additional factors that contribute to insomnia include anxiety, depression, caffeine, alcohol, pain, grief, as well as chronic conditions such as arthritis, asthma, sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome.

There is a positive correlation between sleep and fitness. About half of older adults do some kind of fitness activity during the week. Simple stretching and yoga relaxation exercises can enhance mental and physical relaxation and improve the quality of your sleep.

Yoga Poses:
There are a variety of yoga poses done before bed that may be helpful. They can be adapted to use in a chair. These include: legs up the wall or on a chair (laying on the floor with legs resting on a chair); seated forward bend (seated leaning forward on another chair or table) and sitting in easy pose, cross-legged with back against wall.

Deep Breathing:
Use deep breathing to relax and unwind from a busy day. Breathe deeply and evenly through both nostrils. Inhale for 4 counts, exhale for 4 counts for several complete breaths. Then inhale for 3 counts and exhale for 6 counts. Repeat several times. Increase the length of the exhaled breath as you are able. Only do what is comfortable for you.

Relaxation:
Use progressive relaxation in any one of its many variations to relax the body. For example, begin by focusing on your feet as you inhale and exhale slowly. Focus on relaxing your toes, ankles, heels, calves etc. with each exhale. Some people like to tighten muscles and then relax them as they exhale. As you relax, feel all the tension drain from the part of the body on which you are focusing. Continue throughout your body, relaxing each part as you exhale. In addition, you can focus on your breath as you inhale and exhale or think of a special word and repeat that word as you inhale and exhale. Visualize a favorite place and go there in your mind. Find a progression that works for you and practice it. When you have problems sleeping use the progressive relaxation you have practiced.

Take a little time to unwind before you go to sleep. Don’t keep working until you hit the mattress.

Other Suggestions include:

  • Make your bedroom comfortable and inviting. Eliminate noise and excess light.
  • Go to bed the same time every night. Create a routine that prepares you for sleep.
  • Take a warm bath.
  • Massage your feet, especially the pressure points on the inside and outside of your heels.
  • Massage your face.
  • Alcohol and tobacco taken near bedtime can interfere with deep sleep.
  • Get some exercise during the day. Include walking, weights, yoga, or Tai Chi in your plan.
  • Check with you doctor before taking medication
  • Insomnia is not life-threatening. When you can’t sleep write down the thoughts that are concerning you. Keep a list of positive thoughts and focus on them.
  • Take a 20 minute (not longer) nap during the day

Be kind to yourself. Sleep cannot be forced, it can be coaxed. The world can spin without you for a while. Enjoy this moment.

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Free (or nearly) Yoga Classes in the Golden Triangle Area – Beaumont, Nederland, Port Arthur, Texas.

Free (or nearly) Yoga Classes in the Golden Triangle Area – Beaumont, Nederland, Port Arthur, Texas. Updated January 2020

Free Chair Yoga class with Carol Juneau: Wednesdays at 2:00 PM  Held at the Port Neches Senior Center (while the library recovers from the TPC incident). Check the  Port Neches Library Website or the Facebook Event Calendar.  CY 2019Chair Yoga: Thursdays: Nederland, Tx. 10:00 AM, Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627

Free/Low Cost/Donation Class.  $5 or food donation.

Adaptive Chair Yoga for MS, every Thursday at 10:00 AM at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas.  For those with MS, their families, and friends.  Bring popped topped canned vegetables & fruits for your class fee (or monetary equivalent – suggestion $4 to $8) Held in the foyer of the church sanctuary building.
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Lakeside Center – Best Years Senior Citizens
150 Magnolia Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-838-1902
Hours of Operation: 7:30am – 4:00pm

Beginners Tai Chi: Tuesday & Thursday at 10:00 AM

Advanced Tai Chi: Tuesday & Thursday at 11:00 AM

Yoga Wednesday at 10:30 AM

Yoga Friday at 10:30 AM
Free for those in Beaumont, other cities, $4 daily fee

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Yoga at Cattail Marsh – Beaumont Texas.
April 20th, 2019 – Saturday 1:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Free Yoga sessions are in the upstairs classroom at the Wetlands Education Center

 

Beginners Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger.  In your home, place of business or at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas. 409-727-3177.  Leave a voice message, if I am unable to get to your call.  I will return your call! Or Contact Gail
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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 6:15 PM at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas $10, bring a yoga mat. 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!

Thursday 10:00 AM Chair Yoga Class. Don’t like to get down on the floor? 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. $5, bring you and comfortable clothing. At Wesley UMC!

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

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Five minutes of yogic sleep added to chair yoga – Nederland, Texas

Five minutes of yogic sleep added to chair yoga in Nederland, Texas. Here’s what my students said!

Chair Yoga Sleep Yoga Nidra
Slept Great!

Here’s a link to a 15 minute Yoga Nidra that I recently posted up on SoundCloud. Enjoy!