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

Fall Prevention for Seniors – Tai Chi & Yoga

Fall Prevention for Seniors – Tai Chi & Yoga

Yoga Helps! Fall Prevention for Seniors Falls present a major problem in the health and independence of elders over 65.

Fall Prevention for Seniors Falls present a major problem in the health and independence of elders over 65.

Fall Prevention for Seniors

Falls present a major problem in the health and independence of elders over 65. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more than one-third of older adults fall each year. Of these 20-30% will result in hospitalization from head injury or hip fracture. Many will need to spend at least a year recovering in a long-term facility and some never return to their homes. Most falls are preventable.

There are numerous risk factors that lead to falls. As we age our balance and speed of gait decrees. When we walk too fast or when we don’t pick up our toes we put our selves at risk. Some senior citizens have assistive devices such as canes or walkers that they do not use. Some elders get very limited exercise or practice only one form of exercise such as walking or lifting weights or practicing yoga or Tai Chi. We often don’t realize that maintain good strength and balance requires a combination of all of these forms of exercise.

There are other factors that put one at risk for falls. These include decreased vision and hearing, multiple medications, foot problems, and unsafe home, and fear of falling.


Vision Issues

Decreased vision may result from cataracts, macular degeneration, or glaucoma. As we age we experience reduced contrast sensitivity and we may not see the edges that mark the changes in surfaces. Sometimes we do not see steps or cracks in sidewalks. We may have glasses with outdated prescriptions or need increased lightening. There are many simple things we can do to make things easier to see. Mark abrupt edges with contrasting tape. Use additional lightening from a small lamp when writing checks or cooking food. Keep walkways and steps clear of clutter. Put bells on pets.

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Foot Issues

Some elders have problems with their feet. Proper fitting shoes can increase mobility and can assist in the correction of some foot problems. Open-backed shoes or slippers can be hazardous and cause falls. Make sure that your shoes are wide enough, and that the bottoms are not too slick. High heels should be avoided. Good fitting shoes are not only comfortable but support us in the things that we want to do.

Medication Issues
Many senior citizens take multiple medications several times each day. The average senior takes ten different medications that are prescribed by different physicians. Some drugs interact with other prescription drugs, with over the counter drugs (OTC), with herbal supplements or alcohol. Some prescription bottles are hard to open or their labels may be difficult to read. Some older persons forget to take medications.

There are several things that you can do. Purchase all of your medications from the same pharmacy. Ask for easy to open bottles with extra-large printed labels. Read the information that comes with your prescriptions or over the counter medications. If you have any questions about new medications or a change in the dosage of medications, ask your health care provider or pharmacist. Carry a list of the medications that you take in your wallet and post a list on your refrigerator. Senior citizens play an important role in identifying and preventing problems by understanding the medications that they use.


Home Safety

60% of falls occur at home and many falls can be prevented by making modifications to your home before they are needed. Use a non-skid mat in your shower or tub and have grab bars to hold as you get in and out of the tub. Use a shower chair and a shower extension. Make sure there a light switch, a flashlight and a phone near your bed. Have something sturdy to hold on to when you get out of bed.

The following are questions that are important in keeping your home safe. Do you have smoke detectors that have working batteries? Are their light switches at the top and bottom of the inside stairs? Are there sturdy handrails and a non-slip surface on the surface of stairs? Can you turn on a light without having to walk into a dark living room? Are passageways free from objects and clutter? Have you put away small rugs and runners that move or slide? Are emergency phone numbers posted near the phone? Are stove controls easy to see and reach? Are regularly used items within easy reach without climbing, bending or reaching? Do you have non-skid rugs?


Fear of Falling

Fear of falling becomes more pronounced as we age. When we are afraid of falling we limit exercise thus decreasing our strength, mobility, and flexibility. We limit outings and decrease social contact. It becomes self-fulfilling prophecy.

There are several things you can do. Learn to get up off the floor. Set up a buddy system and have a friend or family member call you each day. Know when you are taking a risk like climbing a ladder or going out on an icy day. One can purchase a medical alert system that allows you to activate an alarm by pressing a button on a pendant or arm bracelet. The alarm alerts a trained profession that contacts family or emergency personnel. If you have fallen several times, contact your doctor. He/she may have suggestions of things you might do

Community-based programs are presented at senior centers that address fear of falling. Classes like yoga and Tai Chi provide gentle exercise that decreases falls. It is not possible to prevent all falls, but we can limit the number that happen.

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

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

Yea! Mondays at 6:15 PM ($10) and Thursdays at 10:00 AM ($5 or food donation).  Beginners Yoga with Gail.  409-727-3177. Held at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas.

Call Gail for your prenatal yoga assessment. 409-727-3177. You may qualify to take the public beginners yoga classes, or need a few private prenatal classes prior to public classes.

Plus coming soon Yoga for Veterans up in Beaumont (and possibly Mid-County).

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Bring a yoga mat for Monday’s Beginners Yoga class (but I do have extra ones), and comfortable street clothing for Thursdays Chair Yoga Class. Give me a call, Gail at 409-727-3177 on any questions about yoga, or if you’d like private yoga at your place of business or home.

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

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

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How to Ease the Back Pain. Shh! You Need to Know. It’s Yoga.

How To Ease Back Pain. You Need To Know. It’s Yoga…

The economy is in the dumps. Gas prices continue to shoot upwards. Your kids may be off from school and driving you up the wall.

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It’s summer, very nearly fall time. It used to be vacation time. If only you can take a vacation from stress.

Now you can. Right now while you read this post.

Sit up straight and take a deeper breathe than you normally do. Hold it for a second or two, and let the air out with a sigh. Go ahead. No one will notice.

Now, do it again. Take a deeper breathe than before. Hold it for a moment or two and just… let … it … go.

Most people tend to breathe very shallow in their chest. Shallow breathing promotes stress and tension. Deep breathing melts it away.

In a few minutes of deep breathing, you can actually eliminate all stress and tension, lower your blood pressure, and instantly gain a lot more positive attitude.

My name is Gail Pickens-Barger and I teach yoga in Nederland, Texas. Forget what you’ve heard about yoga. You do not have to twist yourself into a pretzel to do yoga. It’s for everyone. Whether you are in shape or not.

And the benefits are immediate.

It’s the start of a new school year, so this is the best time to get started eliminating your stress with yoga.

Come to my Monday night Yoga Class at 6:15 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, starting Monday, October 15th, 2018 and I’ll show you some simple techniques that will eliminate your stress. And with continued yoga practice, your stress will be gone for good.
Come visit my website at yogawithgaileee.com or my blog at yogawithgaileee.blogspot.com or pick up the phone and call me at 409-727-3177.

Beginner  Yoga Series, starts Monday, October 15th at 6:15 pm.  3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas at Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas.  Just $10 and you to get you started.

How To Ease Back Pain. You Need To Know. It’s Yoga

How To Ease Back Pain. You Need To Know. It’s Yoga…

The economy is in the dumps. Gas prices continue to shoot upwards. Your kids may be off from school and driving you up the wall.

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It’s summer, very nearly fall time. It used to be vacation time. If only you can take a vacation from stress.

Now you can. Right now while you read this post.

Sit up straight and take a deeper breathe than you normally do. Hold it for a second or two, and let the air out with a sigh. Go ahead. No one will notice.

Now, do it again. Take a deeper breathe than before. Hold it for a moment or two and just… let … it … go.

Most people tend to breathe very shallow in their chest. Shallow breathing promotes stress and tension. Deep breathing melts it away.

In a few minutes of deep breathing, you can actually eliminate all stress and tension, lower your blood pressure, and instantly gain a lot more positive attitude.

My name is Gail Pickens-Barger and I teach yoga in Nederland, Texas. Forget what you’ve heard about yoga. You do not have to twist yourself into a pretzel to do yoga. It’s for everyone. Whether you are in shape or not.

And the benefits are immediate.

It’s the start of a new school year, so this is the best time to get started eliminating your stress with yoga.

Come to my Monday night Yoga Class at 6:15 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, starting Monday, September 17th, 2018 and I’ll show you some simple techniques that will eliminate your stress. And with continued yoga practice, your stress will be gone for good.
Come visit my website at yogawithgaileee.com or my blog at yogawithgaileee.blogspot.com or pick up the phone and call me at 409-727-3177.

Beginner  Yoga Series, starts Monday, September 17th at 6:15 pm.  3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas at Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas.  Just $10 and you to get you started.

Beginners Yoga on Mondays – Nederland, Texas

Beginners Yoga on Mondays – Nederland, Tx – at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue – $10.

Remember, you don’t have to be flexible, or in shape to do yoga. If you can breathe you can do some form of yoga. The more out of shape that you are, the more you’ll see immediate results in a regular practice.  AGAIN, you don’t need any previous experience to make dramatic changes in your life in a very short time. It doesn’t matter what shape you’re in right now, yoga is suitable for every “BODY!”  Whether in small group class or one on one individual lessons.  Give me a call to get you started on your path of health and vitality!
Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177  

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Why do people come to yoga? Nederland, Beaumont Texas

Who do people come to yoga?

According to 2016 Yoga in America Study Conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance Reveals Growth and Benefits of the Yoga Practice.

  1. Flexibility
  2. Stress Relief/Reduction
  3. General Fitness/Conditioning
  4. Improve Overall Health
  5. Physical Fitness/Getting Better In…
  6. Strength
  7. Mental Health

So most people start yoga because they want to improve some aspect of their health and wellbeing.  The survey sure does indicate this!

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FINDING THE RIGHT TEACHER:
The problem is most yoga teachers teach to the 35 and under crowd.

Most yoga teachers haven’t been trained to teach people who don’t fit the traditional YOGA BODY model.

For example, students who are:

  • Over the age of 40
  • Overweight
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Inexperienced in fitness training

So what are the barriers people have to over come to get started?

  • Unsure if it’s right for me.
  • Do not know how to get started.
  • I don’t exercise.
  • No place to go to
  • I feel out of place

Take the first step, give me a call, Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177.  I teach yoga for beginners.  Plus I teach yoga for those who don’t like the idea of getting down on the ground (Chair Yoga).

Two classes available for you to try, or private one-on-one sessions in your home.

What do you need?

  1. A desire to improve some aspect of your health and well being!

I teach beginners yoga at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas.  On Mondays at 6:15 PM, you’ll need a yoga mat, and a $10 fee.

Additionally I teach Chair Yoga on Thursdays at 10:00 AM, either a $5 donation or a specific donation of food for our church’s back pack food ministry.

Questions?  Please call me on my home phone at 409-727-3177.

A little something about me. I am 58 years old, and have been teaching yoga now for over 18 years.  My favorite class is to teach yoga to someone who is new to this unique exercise format.  Either with the assist of using a Chair, or using the yoga mat, where we get up and down off the ground (I often use a chair in this format too!).

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Beginners Yoga, and we use the chair in some of our balance poses, or assist in getting down onto the floor.