Gifts under $50 for Yoga & Fitness

Gifts under $50 for Yoga & Fitness

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

Gift Guide For the Yogi

These are great to have for your home practice.  My next gift list is specific for aiding one to ease their back pain!

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!

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.

Free Yoga Class for Veterans, Nov. 11th & Nov. 14th, 2019 in Nederland, Texas.

Free Yoga Class for Veterans, Nov. 11th & Nov. 14th, 2019 in Nederland, Texas.

As an ambassador for the #veteransyogaproject I am happy to provide two free yoga classes for #veteransday and #veteransgratitudeweek at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas.

Yoga for Veterans

#vyp2019 #veteransyogaproject #freeyogaforveterans

Monday, November 11th at 6:15 PM a Beginners Yoga Mat class. Bring a mat if you have one, if you do not, I do have extras.

Thursday, November 14th at 10:00 AM a Chair Yoga Fitness Class (street clothes work great in this class).

Free Yoga for Veterans 2019

Call Gail at 409-727-3177 if you have any questions about this or any yoga class in South East Texas area.  If my class does not fit your schedule, I have a lot of great instructors and yoga studios to refer you to!

Please leave a voice message with your phone number, if I am unable to take your call!

Gail’s – Inhale Yoga Music List – Steve Ross – –

Updated 5/2013 – 10/2019

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

Wow, it has been 20 years now, since I’ve been re-introduced to yoga. Through my friend Tammy, who said, “Go check out this guy, Steve Ross on the Oxygen channel.  He has some really interesting yoga class with some great music.”  I did, and wow, super loved his class content, humor, music and sweet meditation at the end.  Back in the day, I videotaped his show on my little VHS tapes, as it was on at 5 am, sometimes 6 am in the morning!

I started to write down the music he used, and started buying my music from itunes, and putting them into playlists.  So soon after that, I became a yoga teacher, and I’d haul out a couple of times a year my Steve Ross Inhale Playlist.

My Original message on this…”
Looks like Inhale Yoga has been temporarily taken off the Oxygen channel.  Last time this happened, it took a year and a half for Oxygen to get all the music rights to get the program back on Oxygen.  And when that happened, it seemed to be that not all the Inhale Yoga programs came back on….only about two-thirds of the originals came back.  It is my understanding that there were 33 programs done back in 2000/2001/2002.

So I had been introduced to Steve Ross, of the Inhale Oxygen show back in the early 2000 by one of my friends.  I was thinking, oh, this is hard (for me)!  I really liked the music, and wanted to make my own music list from the music off of the show.  At one point in time, the song titles and artist’s names were listed at the bottom of the screen during the Inhale Show.  I taped the shows a lot at that time, and created my list of music from the show.

Steve Ross played guitar for Fleetwood Mac back in the day, and also for the Australian band, “Men at Work”.  Lots of good guitar licks in this music playlist.  If you know of others to add to this list, please post a comment!

Here is my Steve Ross Inhale Yoga Music List.

  1. Mustang Sally – Commitment
  2. Revolution  –  Kirk Franklin
  3. I’ll take you there – Staple Sisters
  4. Supersititions  –  Stevie Wonder
  5. Love and Happiness – Al Green
  6. I Wish – Stevie Wonder
  7. Ain’t Nobody  – Chaka Kahn
  8. I Believe  -Sounds of  Blackness
  9. Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
  10. Let the River Run  – Carly Simon
  11. Got to be Real  –  Cheryl Lynn
  12. Waking Dreams Meditation  -Yoga/Reiki Relaxation. 6:15 slow
  13. If I ever lose my faith –  Sting (Unplugged)
  14. If I ever lose my faith  – Sting slow
  15. Mercy, Mercy – Marvin Gaye
  16. Hoi Doi – Yulara slow
  17. Aliens soundtrack
  18. A Thousand Years  – Sting  slow
  19. Five for fighting superman –  Dave Mattews (fly song)
  20. Makambo  – Geoffrey Oryema  – (ending music) slow
  21. Creep – TLC  (funky slow warm up)
  22. Vise Versa Love – Barrington Levy (slow warm-up)
  23. Angel Love / Devotion  – Aeoliah Meditation (slow)
  24. Teacher – Barrington Levy (funky fast)
  25. Stomp – Kirk Franklin (funky fast)
  26. Watermark  – Enya (slow)
  27. Sing a Song – Take 6 (fast)
  28. 2/2 Music for Airports –  Brian Eno  (slow)
  29. Standing outside a broken phone booth with money in my hand – Primitive Radio
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  30. You’ve got the Best of My Love – Emotions
  31. Rock with You Mix – Brandy
  32. Fields of Gold  –  Sting
  33. If I could change the world  – Eric Clapton and with Baby Face
  34. Change the world – Eric Clapton
  35. My Fathers Eyes – Eric Clapton
  36. My Fathers Eyes  – Eric Clapton acoustic
  37. Shy Guy – Diane King (Reggie Mix )
  38. Fields of Gold –  Sting Acoustic
  39. Sexual Healing –  Marvin Gaye (Bolton maybe sings this on the show?)
  40. Let’s Stay together  – Al Green
  41. When the lights gone out –  Ziggy Marley
  42. FirstLight –  Brian Eno
  43. Ain’t to proud to beg – Temptations
  44. The vanishing breed – Robbie Robertson
  45. Happy Ever After – Julia Fordham (Added 2/2010)
  46. I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
  47. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) by Us3 (Added 9/2011)
  48. Ghost Dance – Robbie Robertson – added by Gail 3/2012
  49. Tomorrow People – Countdown Singers – added by Gail 3/2012
  50. Tom’s Diner – added by Gail 3/2012
  51. Keep It Coming – B. B. King – added by Gail 3/2012
  52. Nothing ‘Bout Me – Sting – added by Gail 3/2012
  53. Stars All Seem To Weep – Beth Orton   5/2013
  54. She Pleases Me – Wailing Souls – added by Gail 5/2013
  55. Love is the Seventh Wave – Sting – added by Gail 5/2013
  56. Kothbiro – Ayub Ogada – Added by Gail 5/2013

Please post a comment if you’ve enjoyed having this list.  Thank you.
Thanks Y’all!   Gaileee 

Steve Ross PlayList A:

  1. Fields of Gold – Sting
  2. Mercy, Mercy Me – Marvin Gaye
  3. I Believe – Sounds of Blackness
  4. My Loving (Never, Never Gonna Get It) – En Vogue
  5. I Wish – Stevie Wonder
  6. Love and Happiness – Al Green
  7. Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
  8. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  9. Vise Versy Love – Barrington Levy 
  10. A Thousand Years – Sting 
  11. Angel Love – Aeoliah 

 Steve Ross Playlist C
1. Keep It Coming – B B King
2. Cantaloop – Us3
3. Mustang Sally – Commitments
4. Teacher – Barrington Levy
5. Sing a Song – Take 6
6. Nothing ‘Bout me – Sting
7. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – S Wonder
8. You’ve Got the Best of My Love

Steve Ross Playlist D
1. Telephone Booth
2. Rock wit me
3. I feel good
4. Tom’s Diner
5. Stomp
6. You’ve Got the Best of My Love
7. My Lovin’ Never Gonna Get It
8. Teacher
9. Over My Head
10. Say a Little Prayer for You

Make stuff you love and talk about stuff you love and you’ll attract people who love that kind of stuff. It’s that simple.

Make stuff you love and talk about stuff you love and you’ll attract people who love that kind of stuff. It’s that simple.  Austin Kleon said this in his recent newsletter/blog post.  What a whack on the head for me!

Wow, this is a whack on the head for me!  See more on his original post at:
https://austinkleon.com/2019/10/18/the-digestive-system/

I’ve been digging this course that I’ve been taking over at Yoga Vista Academy, Gentle yoga for the low back specialty certification.  I am about 1/2 way through the coursework.

Learning about poses for various curves in the spine – scoliosis.

Poses for those of us with Lumbar Disc Damage, Spinal Stenosis, True Sciatica, Piriformis Syndrome.

There is a manual for each topic, video lectures, digging deep into the poses and variations, understanding the musculature, benefits of the poses.

Then we do teach backs.  The first four sets of teach backs are yoga poses to do for people who have:

  • Lumbar Disc Damage
  • Si Joint Challenges
  • True Sciatica & Piriformis Release
  • and one of your choice, which for me will be Scoliosis

Tests over each section.

Then conduct a teach-back class for the healthy back.

Some of us were able to sign up and have a coach throughout this process, to help us keep motivate, bounce questions off of, and have dial-in conversations about the course material, for further dig deeps into the material.

I am really enjoying figuring how to help my back pain, and then turn it around and help my clients with their challenges.

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Here’s a sample of one of my teach backs.  A series of 5-7 poses one can drop into a regular class to address issues of, in this example Lumbar Disc Damage.  


My clients have been enjoying me dropping in new course material in the classes and privates that I teach. Plus a bonus of a bit of yoga nidra to help assist in better sleep!

So this is my “thanks” to Austin, for his inspiration to make stuff you love and talk about stuff you love, then attract who love that same kind of stuff. Thanks Austin!

Yoga with Gail

Yoga for Veterans – Veterans Yoga Project

Yoga for Veterans – Veterans Yoga Project – Nederland, Texas

PTS(D) AND YOGA? WE CAN EXPLAIN.

IN THE U.S. ESTIMATES OF PTS(D) AMONG VETERANS ARE:

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You have questions? We’ll do our best to answer them.

WHAT IS VETERANS YOGA PROJECT?

Veterans Yoga Project is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of military veterans through yoga and meditation practice. Working in partnership with veterans, active-duty military personnel, student veteran organizations, and other non-profit organizations, Veterans Yoga Project supports recovery and promotes resilience among veterans who are living with post-traumatic stress or other trauma issues.

WHAT IS VETERANS GRATITUDE WEEK? 

Each year, VYP hosts two annual fundraisers, VYP Gratitude Week and Light-A-Candle Memorial Day, supported by donations from yoga classes, individuals and organizations. Held the three weeks surrounding Veterans Day, VYP Gratitude Week encourages yoga studios to host donation-based classes to support veterans in a tangible way. In many cases, these classes have brought together veterans and civilians in an environment where veterans can share their military experience with their community.

HOW DOES YOGA HELP VETERANS?

While magnified by media reporting, only 30% of veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or trauma-related issues. Practicing yoga can undo the nervous system dysfunction that underlies PTSD symptoms.

WHY SHOULD I GET INVOLVED WITH VYP GRATITUDE WEEK?

Less than 1% of Americans have ever served their country, however, veterans experience a disproportionately high suicide rate. VYP Gratitude Week is a way for those who have not served to both give back to veterans in a tangible way and to better understand the challenges of military service.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO HOST A DONATION-BASED CLASS?

Our goal for 2019 is to host 500+ classes in all 50 states. We can use all the help we can get to raise awareness and encourage participation. If you’d like to host a class, please sign up here so that we can include your studio on our online class map and provide materials.

How is the money raised from VYP Gratitude Week used?

Veterans Yoga Project is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization and depends upon the support of donors to take care of veterans in need. 100% of the proceeds will go to VYP’s mission to support recovery and resilience to our veterans, families and our communities.

THERE’S NO CLASS IN MY AREA – CAN I DONATE ONLINE INSTEAD?

Yes! Please visit our donation page. Thank you for your support!

HOW CAN I GET MORE INVOLVED WITH VETERANS YOGA PROJECT?

Veterans Yoga Project is a growing organization that relies on amazing volunteers like yourself! Do you ever find yourself asking the question, what can I do to help? We would love to hear from you! Please fill out our volunteer application at http://www.veteransyogaproject.org/get-involved.html and we will get back to you!

Didn’t find the answer to your question? Email us at info@veteransyogaproject.org.

Gail Pickens-Barger will be teaching two Veterans for Yoga Project classes during gratitude week.

VYP AMBASSADOR


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GAIL PICKENS-BARGER | NEDERLAND, TX

Gail Pickens-Barger is a yoga teacher with over 19 years of teaching experience.

She first used yoga during the birth and pregnancy of her first child.  Fifteen years later, became a yoga teacher.  Gail’s 200 hours was through YogaFit International Training Systems, and more recently her 500-hour certificate was through Lex Gillan’s The Yoga Institute.  Gail recently finished a Yoga Nidra course through Wise Owl Yoga and the Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery through the Veterans Yoga Project. Currently, Gail is studying to become a Low Back Care Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Vista Academy.

In addition to teaching a weekly beginner yoga class and a chair yoga class, Gail teaches a free Kids Yoga class to the Pre K class at her church and teaches Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Gail originally came into contact with the Veterans Yoga Project, after reading an article on Baxter Bell’s Yoga for Healthy Aging Website.  In the article, it talked specifically about volunteering to provide a free yoga class for veterans and to raise funds to support the Veterans Yoga Project during Veterans Gratitude Week.  Gail likes to do karma yoga for raising funds for local food missions, raised funds for church playground equipment, Girl Scouts and such, and the providing free class for veterans and raising funds seemed like a worthwhile effort.

So for the past three years, Gail has hosted several classes to benefit the Veterans Gratitude Week for VYP.

More recently Gail was contacted by the local VA to present chair yoga to the vets in the Beaumont/Orange Texas area.  In doing so, Gail came into contact with Brianna Renner, who assisted her tremendously in providing a class format, that would present the 5 tools that VYP uses in providing classes.

Gail has gone onto doing the Mindful Resilience training provided by Veterans Yoga Project and hopes to in the near future provide a weekly class to area veterans.

No Labor Day Yoga – Nederland, Texas

YEP, no yoga on Labor Day

Wesley UMC is closed, so I am too!

See you instead for Chair Yoga on Thursday at 10:00 AM, and YogaKiddos right after that!

Regular Monday night yoga resumes, Monday, September 9th at 6:15 PM. $10 at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Tx.

Call Gail at 409-727-3177 if you have questions.

Sept 2nd No Yoga

Monday classes start back up September 9th, 2019

Yoga Mat Spray

Yoga Mat Spray

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

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

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

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

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

EOA - EO RECIPES FOR PETS - 13 LITTER BOX POWDER

LITTER BOX RECIPE
Question: I would love to use something natural to help in the litter box, any ideas?
From Dr. Janet Roark, the EO Vet:
LITTER BOX POWDER RECIPE
1 c. Baking Soda
1 tbsp. Epsom Salt
3-4 drops Essential Oils of your choice (Lavender, Cedarwood, Grounding Blend, Lemongrass are all good choices.)
DIRECTIONS: Mix together and let sit for a minimum of four hours. Sprinkle on litter as needed.

OIL SAFETY FOR PETS

  • Dilute for topical use.
    • Know your pet’s health status.
    • Do NOT use oils on or near eyes, ears, nose, or genitals of your pet.
  • Use a water diffuser for aromatic use and allow your pet to roam freely with an open door to the room.
  • Caution should be used around animals that are pregnant, nursing, young, or on certain medications.
    • Do not use oils topically on your pet if using a topical medication or dermal patch – this includes topical flea/ tick preventatives.
    • Do not give any of the products containing xylitol (toothpaste, beadlets, etc.).
    • Only use Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.
  • Observe your pet’s behavior.

 

In the event of an adverse reaction, dilute with a carrier oil – skin irritation is the most common and most reactions resolve within 24–48 hours after oil exposure. Discontinue use of an oil if your pet shows signs of distress, drooling, squinting, rubbing their face, vocalization, shaking, vomiting, or diarrhea.