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.

Beginners Yoga in Nederland, Texas. March 2019

Beginners  Yoga in Nederland, Texas, March 2019

Beginners Yoga Monday at 6:15 PM $10 with Experienced Yoga Teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger.  Over 18 years of teaching experience.

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Discover how to: lessen stress, ease back pain, increase flexibility, lose weight, gain strength, build bone mass & better your balance (and about 100 other health conditions helped by a regular yoga practice), with Gail Pickens-Barger.  Call me 409-727-3177, if you have any questions, or want to see if this class is okay for you!  This is not a texting phone, I want to speak to you!  409-727-3177.  Thank you!

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.

Private Yoga Lesson in Nederland & Beaumont Tx. With Experienced Teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger

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Stress Reduction Yoga Newsletter

Below a link to my Stress Reduction Newsletter, or read here!

Thanks for giving me a call!  Here is the information that you requested about the yoga classes that I teach.
  • Monday at 6:15 pm – $7 Beginners Yoga Class
  • Thursday at 10 am – Beginners Chair Yoga Class – food or monetary donations accepted.
Held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627

You specifically asked about yoga for stress relief.

Why Yoga for stress relief?  Well, life can be stressful.  For starters, there’s your busy schedule – waking up super early for work/school, juggling work/household/nutrition/exercise.  It’s a lot to balance!  Positive thoughts can reduce stress.

Everyday issues can add emotional stress, too – counseling a friend through a health crisis, regretting a disagreement with a family member, weighing an important decision, or stressing over health crisis.  With lots on your mind , it’s easy to feel stressed.

There are many different ways to cope with stress.  Talking with friends, exercising, seeing a pastor/counselor are just a few.  Yoga can help reduce stress because it promotes relaxation, which is the natural opposite of stress.  Yoga can benefit three aspects of ourselves that are often affected by stress:  our body, mind, and breathing.

You don’t have to wait to feel stressed out to do yoga, and you shouldn’t! People who do a little bit of yoga each day often find they’re better able to handle things when life gets a little crazy. Practicing yoga builds your ability to calm, focus, balance, and relax yourself.

Yoga Is More Than Just Stretching
Lots of people think of yoga as stretching or twisting the body into various impossible-looking pretzel shapes. But yoga is easier than it looks. There are simple poses as well as complicated ones, so there’s something for every ability. Yoga requires no special equipment, so you can do it almost anywhere.

Yoga Unites Body, Mind, and Breathing
Yoga poses are good exercise and can help loosen up the tense muscles in your body. The areas of the body that tend to carry the most stress are the neck, shoulders, and back. But other parts of the body (like the face, jaw, fingers, or wrists) also can benefit from simple yoga stretches.

Yoga is so much more than just physical exercise, though. The key to getting the best out of each pose is to focus not only on your body, but also on your mind and breathing.

Getting the Most Out of Yoga
When you’re in a yoga pose, think about how you can unite your body, mind, and breathing. Even a simple pose like mountain pose is a stress reliever when you focus on keeping your breathing slow and even, and visualize yourself as firm and steady as a mountain.

Stay ‘in the moment.’ When we’re under stress, we’re often thinking about what we need to do in the future or what we could have done better in the past (“I wish I hadn’t said that!”). Instead of letting your thoughts wander as you do yoga, think about what your body and breath are doing in this moment. Notice how a particular muscle or area of the body feels. Focus on breathing in slowly as your body stretches tall, and breathing out slowly as you curl up.

Being in the moment like this helps you build your ability to focus and concentrate, which helps in all aspects of life.

Use your breathing when things get difficult. When a yoga pose feels challenging, imagine sending your breath to the area in your body that feels stiff or tight. Does it help? You can use this skill in the rest of your life, too. Whenever something challenges you — a tough homework problem, an argument with a parent — try to focus on your breathing. You may be surprised by how much better you deal with the situation.

When to Try Yoga
Try taking a weekly yoga class.

Breathing
Breathing is one of the most important parts of yoga. Breathing steadily while you’re in a yoga pose can help you get the most from the pose. But practicing breathing exercises when you’re not doing yoga poses can be good for you, too.

It may seem strange to practice breathing, since we do it naturally every moment of our lives. But when people get stressed, their breathing often becomes shallower and more rapid.

Paying attention to how you are breathing can help you notice how you’re feeling — it can give you a clue that you’re stressed even when you don’t realize it. So start by noticing how you’re breathing, then focus on slowing down and breathing more deeply.

So I’ve just given you a glimpse about yoga.  You’ll need to see for yourself the benefits!

 

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Get Fit Where You Sit ™ Chair Fitness Class

Get Fit Where You Sit ™ Chair Fitness Class
This specialty class is for those new to yoga and dance fitness, people seeking stress reduction, elderly, disabled, pregnancy and those in recovery from illness, injury or surgery, overweight or workers who sit at a desk all day! People of all ages and walks of life with arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, chronic pain are able to participate.

Benefits include; relaxation, stress reduction, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance,
mental clarity, strengthening and toning of muscles,
improved breathing and more!

~No Previous Yoga or Dance Fitness Exercise Experience Is Necessary~

Everyone needs exercise and everyone can benefit from it. However, not everyone is able to physically to strenuous exercise or standing workouts due to health issues, weight issues, physical limitations.

Get Fit Where You Sit™ Chair Fitness Class encourages health and fitness for active people or those whom physical condition, restricted mobility, or age, limits their participation in conventional forms of exercise.

•    Unique as a seated exercise program that improves muscle tone, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance.

•    Fun and fitness of dance exercise incorporated in a medically sound, no impact aerobic format.

•    Convenient Seated Fitness, can be done any place, in any shoes and clothing, on any floor surface, and in a limited amount of space.

•    Beneficial to people at all fitness levels as a practical alternative to conventional exercise.

While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild back bends.

In addition to a good stretch, chair participants can also enjoy other health benefits of seated exercise, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, better sleep, and a sense of well-being. 

Great for all ages and body types, including seniors and those struggling with hip, knee, and other types of joint pain.

Starting Monday, January 7th at 10:30 am at Exygon in Nederland Texas, I will start to teach a Get Fit Where You Sit ™ Chair Fitness Class. 

See you in January!!