Yoga in the Gazebo in Wesley UMC’s Prayer Garden, in Nederland, Texas

Yoga in the Gazebo in Wesley United Methodist Church’s Prayer Garden in Nederland, Texas

Kinda squishy out there with the rain. BUT we can do yoga in the actual Gazebo in the Prayer Garden at Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas.  Fits about 6-9 people, plus all the extra ramp, and side walks around the gazebo.

I need SIX committed people to do this class on Monday, June 24th at 6:15 PM at Wesley UMC.  Call Gail and leave a voice message at 409-727-3177.


I’ll send out a Remind message at about 5 pm, to let you know (or if sooner, if I get a quick response) about if the class is happening or not.  Thank you!

Gail Pickens-Barger


Beginners Yoga in Nederland Texas.

Beginners Yoga in Nederland, Texas

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Mondays 6:15 PM. $10 at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas.  Gail 409-727-3177 on your yoga questions.  Please leave a voice message if I am unable to take your call!

Multiple Sclerosis Yoga – Nederland/Beaumont Texas

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Every Thursday at 10 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland Texas, The National MS Society sponsors a free Adaptive Yoga class for those who have MS and their support people.

Additionally, the MS Adaptive Yoga class is taught every 2nd Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Beaumont’s Self Help Support Group for MS, held at the Health South Rehab center in Beaumont Texas (unless there is a scheduled speaker).

Join Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Gail Pickens-Barger for an hour-long class.  This adaptive, gentle yoga class is a great way to add exercise into your life as well as the added benefit of meeting new people living with MS.

Yoga classes focus on movement and breathing-this will help to increase your muscle tone, and improve balance, coordination and overall body control.  We hope to see you soon.  This class is offered exclusively for people living with MS and is free of charge.  Call Gail Pickens-Barger at 409 – 727 – 3177 or email for more information.

Yoga Reduces Fatigue In Multiple Sclerosis Patients, OHSU Study Finds

Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627

ScienceDaily (June 10, 2004) — PORTLAND, Ore. — Just six months of yoga significantly reduces fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis, but it has no effect on alertness and cognitive function, says a new Oregon Health & Science University study.

The study, published June 8 in the journal Neurology, found that yoga is as good as a traditional aerobic exercise program in improving measures of fatigue, a common and potentially disabling symptom of MS. It was the first randomized, controlled trial of yoga in people with MS.

A parallel study by the same OHSU authors, presented in April at the 56th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, found that cognitive function does not improve among healthy seniors in a six-month yoga program or exercise class, but physical health and quality of life appear to be enhanced.

The MS study was not designed to determine the impact of yoga on the disease itself, said the study’s lead author, Barry Oken, M.D., professor of neurology and behavioral neuroscience in the OHSU School of Medicine. Rather, it was intended to determine the effect of yoga and aerobic exercise on cognitive function, fatigue, mood and quality of life among people with MS.

“There are some claims out there that yoga helps MS itself, that it can decrease the number of lesions” in the brain caused by MS, said Oken, director of the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders (ORCCAMIND) at OHSU. “I’m not sure that that’s not the case, because stress may have an impact on MS. But that was not what we were trying to show.”

Study co-author Dennis Bourdette, M.D., professor of neurology in the OHSU School of Medicine and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Oregon, said yoga was studied because many people with MS already are using it and reporting benefits.

“We wanted to see whether or not it was beneficial when studied scientifically and how it compared with a type of exercise that physicians are more comfortable recommending — exercise on a stationary bicycle supervised by a physical therapist,” said Bourdette, chairman of the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology and associate director of ORCCAMIND.

An earlier survey of nearly 2,000 MS patients in Oregon and southwest Washington found about 30 percent of respondents tried yoga. Of those, 57 percent reported it to be “very beneficial,” Bourdette noted. Indeed, many chapters of the National MS Society sponsor yoga programs.

“So it is used fairly commonly, and I believe with the publication of our results it will gain even more acceptance and use,” he said. The study “also clearly demonstrates that yoga postures can be modified for use among people with MS who have disabilities caused by their condition and that yoga can be done safely and effectively.”

The study examined 69 MS patients in three groups: one taking weekly Iyengar yoga classes along with home practice; another taking a weekly exercise class using a stationary bicycle along with home exercise; and a third group placed on a waiting list to serve as a control. Participants were monitored for attention, alertness, mood, anxiety, fatigue and overall quality of life.

The yoga classes were offered once a week for 90 minutes. Participants were taught up to 19 poses, each held for 10 seconds to 30 seconds with rest periods of 30 seconds to a minute. They also performed breathing exercises to promote concentration and relaxation, as well as progressive relaxation, visualization, and meditation techniques. And daily home practice was strongly encouraged.

The MS study’s aerobic exercise component was similar to the yoga intervention, with one class per week plus home exercise. It consisted of bicycling on recumbent or dual-action stationary bicycles, and each class began and ended with about five minutes of stretching. Participants were given exercise bikes to use at home and were encouraged to use them outside of the weekly class.

While the yoga and aerobic exercise programs produced no significant changes in alertness, attention or other measures of cognitive function in MS patients compared with the waiting-list group, the study found there were improvements in two fatigue measurement tests.

“We think they’re equally beneficial for symptoms of fatigue from MS,” Oken said of yoga and aerobic exercise.

The study cautioned that the reasons behind the reduction in MS fatigue symptoms are unclear. The socialization aspect of the yoga and exercise classes, as well as a placebo effect — simply telling participants that the exercise program was specifically designed to improve psychological well-being — could be credited.

Yoga is a type of so-called mind-body medicine that includes tai-chi, meditation, and dance, music and art therapy. It is a commonly practiced method involving behavioral, psychological, social and spiritual approaches to health, and it is centered around meditation, breathing and postures.

Of the active or hatha yoga techniques, Iyengar yoga is the most common type practiced in the United States. Participants assume a series of stationary positions that employ isometric contraction and relaxation of different muscle groups to create specific body alignments. There also is a relaxation component.

“I see it mostly as a kind of physical activity with a stress-reduction component and body awareness features,” Oken said of yoga. “It has this aspect of bringing your attention to the present moment. But it’s hard to know if that’s due to relaxation or getting your mind not to worry for a little bit.”

Whatever the workout method, exercise seems to help MS patients reduce fatigue symptoms, Bourdette said.
“This is true whether the regular exercise is yoga, swimming, using a stationary bicycle or any other physical activity,” he said. “Sometimes the effects are quite dramatic and other times less so. But everyone with MS who exercises regularly reports benefit.”

The parallel study on the effects of yoga and exercise on healthy seniors focused on 136 participants aged 65 to 85. It showed there were some improvements in physical measures, such as cardiovascular fitness, and quality-of-life measures, such as energy and fatigue.

There was no improvement in measures of cognitive function, however, compared with a waiting-list control group.

“I was hoping to show some cognitive benefit, but the main benefit was a decrease in fatigue and higher energy levels,” Oken explained. “I think those relative benefits are only going to be seen over quite a long period of time. In healthy people, it’s probably going to be a fairly subtle effect.”

Both studies were funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Relaxation done in the chair.

Adaptive Chair Yoga for MS at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627. Sponsored by the National MS Society, free for attendees and their support people. 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Thursdays.



Adaptive Yoga for those with
Multiple Sclerosis
Instructor Gail Pickens-Barger is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga Alliance, and is sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
She is certified at the 200-hour & 500-hour experience registered yoga teacher level and specializes
in Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis.
For more information, contact Gail Pickens-Barger at 409-727-3177 or .
“The only authentic yoga is the one that works for each person according to circumstances and needs, and there are many possibilities.” T.K.V. Desikachar


B. Burleson said…
Great article! I wish Yoga did enhance cognitive ability. Betty Burleson

do something today that your future self will thank you for – its YOGA

do something today that your future self will thank you for – its YOGA

The Top Three Benefits of Yoga for the Beginning Student

Top Three Yoga Benefits

Top Three Benefits of Yoga for the Beginning Student.

I teach beginners yoga at my church. You have to start somewhere….why not with someone who loves to teach to beginners?

With beginners yoga, you learn with an experienced teacher (over 17 years of teaching experience).

Discover How to: Ease Back Pain, Lessen Stress, Lose Weight and more!

Mondays 6:15 PM
Thursdays 10:00 AM

Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Tx.  Call Gail 409-727-3177 on your yoga questions.  Please leave a voice message, I will return your call!

Memorial Day Yoga in Nederland, Texas

Memorial Day Yoga in Nederland, Texas – 6:15 PM, Monday, May 27th, 2019


Free Yoga for Veterans and Military.  Monday, May 27th at 6:15 PM.  Come a bit early to register and get your yoga gear (Mat, block, blanket, and yoga strap).  If you have a yoga mat, please bring it, as I have limited yoga mats.  If you are not a veteran/military, your donation will go toward the Veterans Yoga Project.

Veterans Yoga Project’s Light-A-Candle campaign raises awareness around Memorial Day, honoring those who died while defending our freedom.

A gift to our campaign will support recovery and resilience among veteran communities in your local region.

Programs include:
🙏🏼100+ free Mindful Resilience yoga classes across the USA reaching hundreds of veterans each week,
🙏🏼Training scholarships
🙏🏼Healing retreats for veterans

After donating you’ll receive a link allowing you to light a virtual candle for your personal intention, thanks to our friends at A Network for Grateful Living.

Light-A-Candle is a nationally supported peer-to-peer fundraising event. A votive candle will be illuminated for your dedication during a special yoga event “In Memory and Movement” aboard the USS Hornet sponsored by lululemon’s Here to Be community-based social impact program honoring our military on June 2nd.

Thank you for honoring and/or praying for those you remember through Light-A-Candle.

Please donate when you visit


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Ah sleep – helped by Yogic Sleep, Yoga Nidra, iRest in Nederland, Texas

Ah sleep – helped by yogic sleep, nidra, iRest in Nederland, Texas

For the last 6 months or so, been looking into the Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep to be used in my beginner’s yoga classes.  IRest is the version, that Dr. Richard Miller created to assist those in the military to address issues associated with trauma, healing, anxiety, and breathwork.

In my recent training, Yoga for Veterans Project, a particular protocol is used in the yoga classes that one would do for Veterans.  So I decided to use this in my beginner’s yoga class.  Wow, here’s the result. Mondays at 6:15 PM at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Tx. $10 – Call Gail at 409-727-3177 for additional questions on yoga!

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Yoga Nidra, aka, Yogic Sleep helped my students sleep better at night!

Here are their comments again!

So I’ve added the specific process of Yoga Sleep (also known as Yoga Nidra, or iRest Meditation). I surveyed my students to see what they thought of their sleep. Here are a few comments.

  •  “Slept Great!”
  •  “Amazing Sleep. Did not wake up, and I normally do wake up during the night.”
  •  “I slept a little better than I normally do, but I normally sleep well. I did sleep longer though.”
  •  “Good Night Sleep.”
  • “I slept without any back pain.”
  •  “Ah, I slept great, I really zoned out. The relaxation was wonderful and so relaxing.”
  • “Slept soundly all night, which is not normal.”
  • “Good. Slept straight thru the night.”
  • “I normally get up to the restroom 1 to 2 times a night. I slept straight thru.”
  • “Slept better than normal.”
  • “I don’t normally sleep through the night, last night after our yoga class I slept straight thru.”

Wow!  So I’ll be adding that to our beginners’ yoga class contents, as I had most of my class respond so quickly on how they slept after taking that particularly formatted class.

Thanks, Yoga for Veterans Project for the “nudge” to use this protocol.  I know it helps me with my back pain!


Mindful Resilience Training for Trauma Recovery – Veterans Yoga Project


Yoga for Osteoporosis

Yoga for Osteoporosis or Osteopenia

First Twelve Yoga Poses and Second Twelve Yoga Poses for Osteopenia and Osteoporosis bone-building efforts.

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Love working with folks to help them back to having healthy bones!  Work with me to help you build back your bone density through the two sets of 12 yoga poses, that use the muscles that will stimulate bone growth!  Call Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177.  Please leave a voice message, if I am unable to answer your call.  I will return your message.  Thank you!


The second set of poses are to address the bone-building issues with the wrists, elbows, and shoulders.  Additionally giving additional weight bearing poses to complement the first set of yoga poses.

The second set of poses are to address the bone-building issues with the wrists, elbows, and shoulders.  Additionally giving additional weight bearing poses to complement the first set of yoga poses.

Dr. Loren Fishman has come up with a second set of poses to use for bone building.  Beginners versions of the poses, intermediate and classical versions of the poses.  Nice that you can mix and match depending on your body’s ability to do a pose.

Interested?  Give me a call, Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177, leave a voice message if I am unable to get to your phone call.   We can work together to get you started on your bone building journey!