Are you looking to: Sleep Better, Ease Stress, Lose Weight, Lessen Back Pain? Yoga may be the answer!

Are you looking to Sleep Better, Ease Stress, Lose Weight, Lessen Back Pain? Yoga may be the answer!

Sleep Better, Ease Stress, Lessen Back Pain - Try Yoga! Best Kept Secret! It's Yoga! You don't have to bend like a pretzel or tie yourself in a knot to gain all the benefits of a fun and energizing yoga practice.

Sleep Better, Ease Stress, Lessen Back Pain – Try Yoga! Best Kept Secret! It’s Yoga! You don’t have to bend like a pretzel or tie yourself in a knot to gain all the benefits of a fun and energizing yoga practice.

Are you looking to Sleep Better, Ease Stress, Lose Weight, Lessen Back Pain?

Beginners Yoga, One on One yoga lessons may be the answer!

Contact Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177, to start your efforts of establishing a personal yoga practice.

Remember, You Don’t Have to Bend Like a Pretzel or Tie Yourself Up in a Knot, to Experience the Full Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice!

yogawithgaileee@gmail.com or 409-727-3177

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Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Tx Beginners Yoga on Mondays at 6:15 PM.

Yoga – good for your heart and can be done on the chair! Nederland, Texas

Yoga – good for your heart and can be done on the chair.  Thursdays 10:00 AM at Wesley UMC, Nederland, Texas

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Again, check out our heart healthy class at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas on Thursdays at 10:00 AM.  Held in the foyer of the Sanctuary Building.  That is the building closest to the street.  $5 or food ministry donation.

Wear street clothes, we provide the chairs!

Call Gail at 409-727-3177 on your yoga questions. Seated chair yoga great for pregnant ladies too!

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Yoga in Orange & Jefferson County Texas (Beaumont, Nederland, Bridge City, Vidor, just to name a few.)

May 2018 listing of yoga in Orange and Jefferson County in Texas.  Includes: Orange, Bridge City, Vidor, Port Neches, Port Arthur, Nederland,  Beaumont, Fannett and Lumberton

People think I’m crazy for listing other teachers, venues, classes.  You have to find the class, instructor, private lesson that fits you!  I only have two-three public class offerings and so I love to refer people out to other awesome instructors in the area.

  • Monday – Beginners Yoga $10 at Wesley UMC – 3515 Helena Avenue Nederland, Tx, 6:15 pm
  • Thursday – Chair Yoga $5  at Wesley UMC – 3515 Helena Avenue Nederland, Tx (then food donation after your first time) at Wesley UMC, 10 am

Yoga Privates available either at Exygon, or in your place of work/home.  Call Gail at 409-727-3177 or email at yogawithgaileee@gmail.com

Otherwise take a look at the lists above to find a class, instructor, studio for your yoga!

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Prayer Garden Yoga at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Tx.  When the weather is “just right”!

Yoga in Orange & Jefferson County Texas (Beaumont, Nederland, Bridge City, Vidor, just to name a few.)

Winter/Spring 2018 listing of yoga in Orange and Jefferson County in Texas.  Includes: Orange, Bridge City, Vidor, Port Neches, Port Arthur, Nederland,  Beaumont, Fannett and Lumberton

People think I’m crazy for listing other teachers, venues, classes.  You have to find the class, instructor, private lesson that fits you!  I only have two-three public class offerings and so I love to refer people out to other awesome instructors in the area.

  • Monday – Beginners Yoga $10 at Wesley UMC – 3515 Helena Avenue Nederland, Tx, 6:15 pm
  • Thursday – Chair Yoga $5 at Wesley UMC – 3515 Helena Avenue Nederland, Tx (then food donation after your first time) at Wesley UMC, 10 am

Yoga Privates available either at Exygon, or in your place of work/home.  Call Gail at 409-727-3177 or email at yogawithgaileee@gmail.com

Otherwise take a look at the lists above to find a class, instructor, studio for your yoga!

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Prayer Garden Yoga at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Tx.  When the weather is “just right”!

Yoga, Heart Disease, Lowering Stress Hormones, Cortisol and Yoga

Here is the Heart Disease Yoga Sequence I was referring to last night (and we did a bit of it too).

  1. Chair Neck Movements.  Neck rolls, neck towards side of chest.
  2. Chair Shoulder Shrugs.
  3. Chair Ankle Movements. Point, Flex, Foot on the outside, ball of foot, foot on the inside, foot on the heel. Lift leg parallel to floor.
  4. Chair Knee to Chest.
  5. Relaxation Pose on the floor.  Laying on our backs.
  6. Lying on our Front Side. Side Neck Stretch.
  7. Front Side.  Sphinx Pose – Supported Back Bend.
  8. Childs Pose.
  9. Seated Forward Bend (one leg at a time, used the strap).
  10. Relaxation.
  11. Here’s where we didn’t do something.  Supported Shoulder Stand.
  12. Relaxation
  13. Fish Pose with the small ball at the bottom of our shoulderblades, with optional block, underneath our head.
  14. Half Spinal Twist, with deliberate intention of where our chin/chest placement occurred.
  15. Didn’t Do.  Yogic Seal Pose.  It is a easy sitting with hinged hips toward the floor, but you clasp the hands behind your back, then come back to prayer hands to chest.
  16. Relaxation.
  17. Three Part Breathing.
  18. Alternate Nostril Breathing 
  19. Warrior I pose with hands on hips
  20. Tree Pose with feet on the block, then feet off of the block
  21. Seated Cat / Cow (In Chair, and on the floor).
  22. Final Relaxation with legs on the chair, for a simulated Legs up the wall pose
  23. Upright seated tension tamer with the shoulders, jaw line.
  24. Simple twists, stretches as we end the yoga class.

How Yoga Fits In:
Because the stress response affects the heart in a number of harmful ways, yoga’s proven ability to fight stress is a big part of the explanation for how yoga benefits people with heart disease.  Stress hormones raise the blood pressure and heart rate, putting added strain on the heart and increasing its need for oxygen.  Periods of either physical or mental stress can be particularly dangerous for someone with a heart whose blood supply is compromised by fatty blockages, through evidence suggests that stress can induce a heart attack in the absense of blockages by causing spasm in a coronary artery.  Stress hormones also induce changes that cause the blood to clot more easily.  Doctors now believe that heart attacks often happen when a clot gets lodged in an artery taht is already partially narrowed.  The stress hormone cortisol is known to increase both eating and the laying down of fat in the abdomen, Intra-abdominal fat can increase the body’s resistance to the effects of insulin, raising blood sugar and further increasing the risk of heart disease.

     Yoga’s ability to lessen anger may lower the risk of a heart attack.  “Anger is very strong emotion,” Nischala (creator of this heart disease yoga sequence) says.  “It takes at least three hours physiologically for the body to get back in balance, to the place it was before an angry episode — and many heart attacks happen within three hours of a angry episode,”  She says that anger was very common among the participants in the Ornish program (program to lessen heart problems), and most knew and admitted it.

     The regular practice of yoga seems to lessen anger by fostering greater psychological equanimity, increasing feelings of compassion for others, and increasing the sense of gratitude.  Yoga also helps people achieve a heightened awareness that puts the minor annoyances of life in a larger perspective, so that they are less likely to respond to the traffic jam or the difficult situation at work with the kind of agititation that Ron Gross described (who would yell, stomp out of a room, during a negotiation…great for the negotiation process, not so great for Ron).  And yoga provides specific tools, such as breathing techniques, which can dampen the first sparks of anger and prevent them from being fanned into an inferno.

     Yoga as a form of physical exercise, if done vigorously enough, can raise the heart rate into the aerobic range, potentially lowering the risk of a future heart attack (but there are safety considerations).  Even yogic breathing (pranayama) alone has been shown to improve cardiovascular conditioning.  The improved efficiency of lung function and better heart muscle even in instances where partial blockages  compromise blood flow.  Yoga can help people lose weight not just because of yoga poses burns calories, but because of lower levels of stress hormones lessen appetite, and because yoga practioners bring conscious attention to what and how they eat.

     Yoga is also a good antidote to depressions, which is a major problem after a heart attack, and greatly increases the likelihood of dying.  Doing yoga makes you feel better about yourself and more hopeful about your ability to get better.  The resulting increase in optimism can encourage you to keep up your practice and make other lifestyle changes that contribute to better health. 

     * Yogic Tool?  KARMA YOGA.  “My experience is that nothing opens the heart, whether it’s a sick heart or a healthy heart, quicker than doing service.” Nischala says.  “There is always an opportunity to serve.”  More on that topic at a later email…..just to keep y’all curious!!

This exerpt was taken from the Yoga As Medicine Book, by Dr. Timothy McCall, in the Heart Disease section.

Your thoughts on this?

Count on Yoga – Fifth in a Series of Articles

Starting in January 2010, a second evening of yoga will be added to the schedule.  Monday at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.  Be sure to learn how to use your DVDR or your VHS to tape your favorite shows, then come enjoy a great Gentle Beginning Yoga class (and skip through those commericals)!   And now let us…….

Count on Yoga.  Looking for a reason to start practicing (or restart your practice)?  Here are a few ways yoga can improve your health and well-being.

Count on Yoga.  More benefits of a regular yoga practice.  Fifth in a series of articles.

  1. Joint Account.
    Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion.  This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used.  Joint cartilage is like sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its flid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up.  Without proper sustenance, neglected cartilage can eventually wear out like worn-out brake pads, exposing the underlying bone.
  2. Flow Chart.
    Yoga gets your blood flowing.  More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet.  Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result.  Twisting poses are thought to wring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow in once the twist is released.  Inverted poses, such as Down Ward Facing Dog, Standing Straddle Splits, Headstand, Handstand and Shoulderstand, encourages venous blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart, where it can be pumped to the lungs to be freshly oxygenated.  Yoga also boosts levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues.  And it thins the blood by making platelets less sticky and by cutting the level of clot-promoting proteins in the blood.  This can lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes since blood clots are often the cause of these killers.
  3.  Heart Start.
    When you regularly get your heart rate into the aerobic range, you can lower your risk of heart attack and relieve depression.  While not all yoga is aerobic, if you do it vigorously or take flow or Ashtanga classes, it can boost your heart rate into the aerobic range.  But even yoga exercises that don’t get your heart rate up that high can improve cardiovascular conditioning.  Studies have found that yoga practice lowers the resting heart rate, increases endurance, and can improve your maximum uptake of oxygen during exercise – all reflections of improving aerobic conditioning.

These 3 little reasons as to why yoga is good for you, can be found in a new magazine (I found at Walmart, way in the back, in the book section, near the entertainment section) Yoga for beginners.  It is written by the editors of Yoga Journal.  I’ll be excerpting from the magazine for the next few weeks.

To see all 38 ways yoga can improve your health and well-being click on over to the Yoga Journal Website.http://www.yogajournal.com/health/1634
 
See you on Monday, whether you been here on a regular basis, or getting back into a yoga routine!  6:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland Texas!