Prenatal Yoga Proven Benefits – Yoga for you!

Prenatal Yoga Proven Benefits – Yoga for you in Nederland & Beaumont Texas

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Call Gail Pickens-Barger, Prenatal Yoga Teacher, 409-727-3177 to see of your readiness in taking public beginners yoga classes during your pregnancy.

Research has proven that yoga can:

  • Relieve back pain
  • Induce relaxation and relieve stress
  • Increase stamina
  • Produce healthier babies and mothers
  • By working on breath control exercises, mothers are better able to use their breath to relax during labor.

Please give me a call, Gail Pickens-Barger at 409-727-3177 (leave a message slowly please), so that I can assess your current prenatal yoga status.  This will allow me to assess your current situation.

If you are ready for the public beginner yoga classes — or if you need a few private prenatal sessions prior to coming to class.

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Prenatal classes in the Beaumont/Port Arthur Texas areas.

Prenatal Private Yoga Lessons in your home.  Either at Beaumont or Nederland Texas Exygon location, or in the privacy in your home.  
Please call Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger at 409-727-3177 for further inquires.  Thank you!

Prenatal Testimonials

What some of my Prenatal clients have said about the Yoga that I teach….
From Amy, a prenatal client. “I did thoroughly enjoy your prenatal yoga classes–the physical activity was wonderful. Also, I truly enjoyed the community of pregnant women in tune with our bodies and so positive and hopeful about the tiny bodies, minds and spirits of the babies in our tummies. I think attending your classes made the L&D (Labor and Delivery) of my second baby even easier and smoother than that of our first baby.”
From Lynn, a prenatal client. “I used the various yoga postures that Gail taught us in class, to help manage the contractions. I had to be induced, and was able to walk around, sit on the birth ball, and use my Yoga breath, to ease the severity of my contractions. I didn’t need to use any narcotics or pain relief. My pelvis was so opened up, that she came out after 4 pushes! After the birth of my baby, the nurses were so surprised how quickly I recovered. I was ready to go home that day! This was my smallest baby of 8 pounds and 4 ounces.”
From Cryss, a prenatal student.
“I love your yoga class. Being pregnant I am worried about popping my back like I used to and the weekly yoga classes help relieve the stress in my mid and lower back. I feel more relaxed after doing yoga, it is so wonderful I almost fall asleep at the end of the class. The meditation portion helps me learn to focus my mind on things that are not the present. It has helped me learn to cope with stress and breathe instead of getting so frustrated! Anyways, love it and would recommend it to anyone!”
Further Information: YogaWithGaileee.com/prenatal

Teaching Prenatal Yoga in Mongolia
Mommy and me Yoga with Grace
Grace and her Down Dog

How to use the Birth Ball in Prenatal Yoga

How to use the Birth Ball in Prenatal Yoga

This one bears repeating……This is for all the pregnant ladies who want to do something positive for their bodies during their pregnancy. Sure helps with the aches and pains! <

Sara Varona, Teacher of RestoraFlow Yoga style, has provided an excellent visual aide, of how to use the birthing ball, or resist-a-ball, in her latest YouTube videos.

On her Youtube she has four videos, about 10 minutes in length, that shows various ways to use the birthing ball, and you never get up off of the floor. Which is a bonus sometimes, when you get late into your pregnancy.

Sara is 9 months along when demonstrating these postures. Listen real carefully, as she gives you modifications and suggestions for the different yoga poses.

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Using the resist-a-ball during pregnancy videos by Sara Varona

Here is the link to the first Prenatal Yoga Birth Ball video.

Birth Ball Video #1

Second Prenatal Yoga Birth Ball Video
Birth Ball Video #2

Third Prenatal Yoga Birth Ball Video
Birth Ball Video #3

and Last Fourth Prenatal Yoga Birth Ball Video
Birth Ball Video #4

I wished that these videos were around when I was pregnant, because I was inventing things to do with the ball, based on some books that I had, and other exercise maternity programs. I do have favorite videos on prenatal yoga, but none that used the birth ball, and these videos have enough modifications for beginners, and advanced sections for those of us, who can handle a bit more. But as always, listen to your body, become aware of your breath…if it is somewhat ragged, that is your number one clue, that you are doing too much!

Enjoy these videos, and if you have comments, come back here, and we will discuss them!

Gail Pickens-Barger momma of four children through Bradley ChildBirth Methods and Prenatal Yoga

Have a pain free delivery….

Have a pain free delivery…

If you are pregnant (or know someone who is) this could be one of the most important messages you ever read.

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Positive effects of the practice of yoga for pregnant women.  Read about the benefits!

Ob/Gyns, Midwives, and Mothers-to-be have been stunned by the research about how yoga lessens the pain of labor and delivery.

The practice of yoga has many positive effects on pregnant women. Yoga includes physical stretching, mental centering and breath awareness. This makes it ideal preparation for labor and childbirth.

Yoga encourages relaxation, internal focus and slowed breathing patterns, goals that are common in many types of childbirth preparation classes such as Lamaze and Bradley Childbirth method.

Yoga may help relieve many of the common discomforts of pregnancy, such as lower back pain, nausea, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headaches.

Research suggests that yoga can help relax the body while preparing the muscles of the lower body for use in childbirth.

The breathing techniques used in yoga can help reduce or manage the shortness of breath that may accompany pregnancy and teach women how to breathe through physically challenging experiences such as labor.

Yoga encourages pregnant women to be mindful of the body’s innate capacities and to recognize the connection among mind, body, and breath. Yoga techniques also may be useful in promoting postpartum recovery and coping with the stresses of parenting.

Yoga during pregnancy is safe for most healthy women.

My name is Gail Pickens-Barger and I teach Beginning Yoga at Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas.  Please call me to see if you coming to my classes, or arranging for private lessons during your pregnancy is what you need.  Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177

Prenatal Yoga in Mongolia!

I presented a Prenatal Yoga class in Avraikheer, Mongolia, while I was visiting Amber (who is in the Peace Corps) this summer.

Mongolians have this superstition about being on the floor in public, so they laid a blanket on the floor so that I could demonstrate Cat/Cow flow.

I then proceeded to demonstrate the rest of the poses standing, with the chair, or with the wall. Talk about a change of plans! Good thing I had come up with a alternate flow for doing prenatal yoga in chairs!

Now they want me to prepare a handout, so that they can take it at home and practice at home. Amber and I are working on that information, and it will be translated into Mongolian.

I had a midwife there also, and she was supplementing the things I was trying to say, for poses that you do during labor, with her expertise too. Great presentation!

Prenatal Yoga in Mongolia

I presented a Prenatal Yoga class in Avraikheer, Mongolia, while I was visiting Amber (who is in the Peace Corps) this summer.

Mongolians have this superstition about being on the floor in public, so they laid a blanket on the floor so that I could demonstrate Cat/Cow flow.

I then proceeded to demonstrate the rest of the poses standing, with the chair, or with the wall. Talk about a change of plans! Good thing I had come up with a alternate flow for doing prenatal yoga in chairs!

Now they want me to prepare a handout, so that they can take it at home and practice at home. Amber and I are working on that information, and it will be translated into Mongolian.

I had a midwife there also, and she was supplementing the things I was trying to say, for poses that you do during labor, with her expertise too. Great presentation!

Prenatal Yoga site….Beth Shaw’s Update Book!

Howdy!
Here is a site to look at for some prenatal poses.
http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/fitness/prenatal-yoga-workout/

The pose cards you can also purchase on amazon dot com. I have a copy of those,
and they are great!

New Year Greetings!!!

p.s.
Beth Shaw has her new book out!
Here is the scoop!

Famed YogaFit® Principles Outlined in Updated Book

Eight years after the release of the first edition of Beth Shaw’s YogaFit, the woman responsible for the trademark combination of cardiorespiratory exercise and yoga poses brings more detailed instruction and content to the unique book. The new edition of Beth Shaw’s YogaFit (Human Kinetics, 2009) expands on YogaFit’s methods, providing a total-body workout that emphasizes strength, flexibility, and aerobic fitness.

Champaign, IL (PRWEB) January 1, 2009 — Eight years after the release of the first edition of Beth Shaw’s YogaFit, the woman responsible for the trademark combination of cardiorespiratory exercise and yoga poses brings more detailed instruction and content to the unique book. The new edition of Beth Shaw’s YogaFit (Human Kinetics, 2009) expands on YogaFit’s methods, providing a total-body workout that emphasizes strength, flexibility, and aerobic fitness.

Beth Shaw founded YogaFit in 1994, creating a program that addressed the difficulties yoga faced in the health club setting–bright lights, cold rooms, and clients of various sizes and fitness and flexibility levels. Since its inception, YogaFit has trained more than 75,000 fitness professionals and yoga instructors at facilities in the United States and Europe, and it has been integral to yoga’s adoption in health club and spa programs throughout the world.

Shaw highlights YogaFit’s immediate popularity among Americans who might be intimidated by conventional yoga. “While traditional yoga has much to offer, it isn’t necessary to speak Sanskrit, chant, or even become vegetarian to enjoy the multidimensional benefits of this ancient practice,” she explains. “Nor do you have to be flexible or familiar with any aspect of yoga. YogaFit will enrich your exercise program and your ability to enjoy life.”

Beth Shaw’s YogaFit, Second Edition, has been updated to include more in-depth instruction, illustrated poses, and focused workouts. Shaw also provides new information on warming up and cooling down, building core strength and stability, eating healthfully, and integrating YogaFit principles into daily life.

YogaFit promotes living a balanced life and is active in giving back to the community through outreach programs from their corporate headquarters and partner studios. To gain a certificate of completion, participants in the YogaFit Teacher Training must donate eight classes to a group of people who normally would not have the opportunity to take yoga.
For more information on Beth Shaw’s YogaFit or other fitness books, visit http://www.humankinetics.com/ or call 1-800-747-4457. (Actually go to her website at http://YogaFit.com/ and order….thats an order!! (LOL))

About the author:Beth Shaw, president and founder of YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide, Inc., is recognized throughout the United States and Europe as one of the leading experts in fitness today. She also stars in her own exercise video, Beth Shaw’s YogaFit Workout.
Her accomplishments don’t stop there. She is also an award-winning producer of YogaFit TV and a recipient of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award. She has been published in numerous consumer and fitness publications, including Shape, Athletic Business, Fitness, Yoga Journal, CBI, Fitness Product News, Recreation Resources, IDEA Today, and LA Parent.

With 15 years of experience in fitness training and 11 years of yoga practice, Shaw has received teacher certifications from Yoga White Lotus Foundation, Integrative Yoga Therapy Association, Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, and Reebok University. She has also completed course work in the UCLA Fitness Instructors Certification Program. She also holds a bachelor of science degree in health marketing from Long Island University.

Shaw founded YogaFit in 1994 and opened her own signature studio in Hermosa Beach, California, in 1998. Her studio currently serves more than 2,000 students a month. Offering an ACE-, AFAA-, and IHRSA-approved teacher training and certification program, YogaFit has trained more than 50,000 fitness instructors from the United States and Europe.
When not teaching and lecturing internationally, Shaw enjoys reading and taking long bike rides along the beach. She resides in Redondo Beach, California.

CONTENTS
Part I Preparing to Be YogaFit
Chapter 1 YogaFit Essentials
Chapter 2 YogaFit Breathing
Chapter 3 The YogaFit Lifestyle
Chapter 4 Warming Up and Cooling Down
Part II Purposeful Poses
Chapter 5 Core Stability and Strength
Chapter 6 Standing and Balancing Poses
Chapter 7 Forward and Backward Bends
Chapter 8 Twists
Chapter 9 Deep Relaxing Stretches and Inversions
Part III Putting It All Together
Chapter 10 Workouts for Fitness and Sports
Chapter 11 Diet