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Props and Gear for your Yoga practice . . .

Props and Gear for your Yoga practice.

Yoga with Gaileee Zafu Meditation Cushion
Yoga with Gail –  Star Meditation Cushion

Sew if you have any sewing ability, you can make these items for your Yoga practice.

  • A Yoga Bag by Amy Butler
    Yoga Mat Bag
  • A Lavender Eye Pillow by Amy Butler
    Lavender Eye Pillow
  • A Zafu Meditation Pillow taken down from the Michigan Buddhist Site.  Here are the instructions.

     

    Yoga with Gaileee Zafu Meditation Cushion
    Yoga with Gaileee Zafu Meditation Cushion
    • Zafu

      How to make a Zafu

    First, what is a zafu? It’s a cushion to sit on during sitting meditation.

    Do I need one? Nope.

    Having said that, here are some instructions which I borrowed from a wonderful web site called No Zendo. Unfortunately they are no longer online.

    The following information was originally published by the Zen Center of Los Angeles and was found in one of their fine books, entitled “To Forget the Self: An Illustrated Guide to Zen Meditation” by John Daishin Buksbazen. Unfortunately, this book is now out of print. It is gratefully presented here as a help for those getting started on their own.

    SUGGESTED FABRIC

    A sturdy material such as a cotton/polyester blend

    SUGGESTED FILLING

    Kapok fiber, although buckwheat hulls can be used for those who prefer a firmer seat

    BASIC PIECES

  • Length of cloth 59 inches long, 6 inches to 9 inches wide (depending on how high you would like your cushion to be).
  • Two circles of cloth, each with a diameter of 11 inches to 13 inches (depending on how large around you would like your cushion to be.)
  • STEP 1.
    Pleat the length of cloth. There should be fourteen 3/4 inch pleats, 3 inches apart. To pleat:
    a) Beginning 6-1 /2 inches from the left edge of the length, make three marks, 3/4 inch apart, thus marking out the first pleat:

    cushions1

    Three inches after the first set of pleat markings, make the second set, as indicated above. Continue doing this till you have 14 pleats. When you finish, the last pleat marking should be 3 inches from the right edge. (If you wish to have narrower pleats, of course, simply increase the number of pleats.)

    b) Next, iron the pleats and pin them. They should all be folded and ironed in toward the left-hand side. For each set of pleat markings, fold the third in toward the first as shown, and then pin as shown at below:

    cushions2

    STEP 2.
    Now, having completed the first step, take the right edge of the pleated strip cloth and pin it to the left end of the strip, 3-1/4 inches from the left edge:

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    STEP 3.
    Mark each circle of cloth at four equidistant points. Turn pleated length of cloth inside out. Pin each circle to the pleated strip, one circle to the top edge and one to the bottom edge, at each of the four points:

    cushions4

    STEP 4.
    Next, ease (pin) all the pleats in to the circles, top and bottom. Sew the circles to the length of cloth:

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    STEP 5.
    Turn inside out and stuff with kapok or buckwheat hulls (through opening in the side that the zafu will have) It’s best to use a lot of stuffing material. Kapok will slowly compress with use and buckwheat hulls eventually breakdown:

    That’s it!
    You could sew a zipper in the opening or simply sew it closed.

    Instructables instructions on making your own meditation pillow.

     

  • A Meditation Bench, bench to sit on during kneeling meditation.  Site down, so I’ve included the instructions here:

Seiza – Meditation Bench from Wood

How to make a Seiza

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First, what is a seiza? It is a bench to sit on during kneeling meditation.

Sitting_Seiza

Do I need one? Nope.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • A sheet of wood, ¾-inch (2 cm) thick, and approximately 20 by 20 inches (52 cm). Alternatively, you might use scraps of wood of various sizes, according to the actual sections required.
  • At least ten 1¼-inch (3 cm) countersink woodscrews
  • A hand saw for wood (a cross-cut hand saw, if available, or possibly an electric table saw/rip saw)
  • A drill (or powerdrill), a small drill bit for wood, and a countersink bit or a countersink tool
  • Wood glue
  • Two or more C-clamps
  • Sandpaper (and perhaps a disc-sander)

CHOOSING THE WOOD

Any strong, solid wood used for furniture will work. Be sure the wood doesn’t bend easily (you’ll be sitting on this), and that it wont split when screws are put into the narrow sides.

A solid, single piece of wood like pine or cedar will probably look better and be easier to work with — especially if you plan to varnish or stain the wood later. Avoid standard plywood and chipboard, which will probably bend, flake or disintegrate. Make sure your wood is flat and not warped. Solid scraps of wood that match the sizes needed could work fine as well; your seiza doesn’t need to be fancy, just functional.

CUTTING THE LENGTHS

You need to cut five pieces of wood, like this:

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MAKING THE LEGS

Ensuring symmetry

After cutting, the parts may be a little rough — one leg may not exactly match the other. Even wood bought from a shop may not have edges that are exactly straight.

To fix this, simply clamp the legs together and sand the edges until they all match. If you can, get a few of the sides to line up before starting; it will provide a good reference point. Try to clamp the sides together in an ‘average’ position, to minimize how much sanding is needed. Don’t worry about detail sanding right now, such as rounding corners for aesthetic purposes. Right now you just want things to line up.

Before long, you should have two identical legs.

THE FIRST LEG

Attach the reinforcement to the inside edge of the leg, in the center of the slanted edge. Like this:
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Line up the edges of the two pieces as best you can. Measure the distance to both edges, so that the little piece is in the middle of the leg’s edge. Clamp the two pieces together using C-clamps. Place one at each side, along the flat edges (not the slanted edge) of the leg, so that they’re not in the way of your work. You need to small drill holes in the pieces. The holes shown here are bigger, for clarity.

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Using a drill, bore two pilot holes for screws into both pieces of wood. Pilot holes guide the screws and prevent the wood from splitting. Use a drill bit around half the diameter of the woodscrews, or a little smaller. If the diameter is too large, the woodscrews won’t get a strong grip and the seiza could break easily.

After drilling the pilot holes, you to countersink them. Countersink screws have a triangular head with a flat top, designed to sit flush with the surface of the wood. Countersinking makes a similar triangular shape into the top of the pilot hole, to allow the woodscrew to be flush to the surface:

Seiza5

Once the pilot holes are drilled and countersinking is done, join the pieces together. Release the C-clamps, add a little glue between the pieces, re-clamp, and screw the pieces together. Be careful to put the screws in from the outside — from the larger leg, into the smaller reinforcement:

Make sure the screws are tight, wipe off any excess glue, and leave it to dry for a few minutes.

THE SECOND LEG

Be careful which side you attach the reinforcement to on the second leg. It needs to be the opposite of the first. Take the first piece, and place it with the slant coming down from the back to the front. Whichever side the reinforcement is on will be the inside. Take the other leg, and place it further over, across the inside edge, and then place the second reinforcement on the new leg’s inside edge:

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Line up the pieces, clamp them together, drill and countersink the pilot holes, unclamp, glue, clamp again, and finally screw the pieces together. Remember to drill the holes and put the screws in from the outside edge, opposite the reinforcement, and when finished, allow some time for the glue to set before removing the clamps.

COMPLETING THE LEGS

When the legs are assembled, sand off the top slanted edge to make sure that the reinforcement and the leg edge are even. The seat should be flat against the legs to best distribute your weight evenly.

THE SEAT

Place the seat on top of the two legs, making sure the reinforcements are on the inside edge. Line everything up, so that the edges of the seat are tight against the edges of the legs.

You could move the legs in slightly to allow the seat to overhang the legs, creating a more interesting shape. This could make it more difficult to line up the seat screws, and you need to have enough space for your legs underneath the bench.

Clamp your seat down by placing the C-clamps around the seat and the reinforcement bars. If you have a limited number of clamps, place them diagonally opposite around the seat. Even two clamps will do, but four would be ideal.

Drill and countersink three pilot holes in each side of the seat. Two should go through the seat into each leg, and the other should be further in, so that it goes into the reinforcement. Measure all the distances carefully, so that the screws are centered and symmetrical on each side. Something like this:

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It’s particularly important to countersink the holes properly, since they’re on the seat that you’re going to sit on. If they’re not deep enough, the screws will sit up and be rough. Once the holes are drilled, release the clamps and apply glue to the top of the legs. Re-clamp, and screw down. Leave the clamps for a while so the glue can dry.

Once the glue dries, you’re done!

Finishing

Finally, check once more that it sits well. Hopefully, you won’t have any major problems with one leg an inch lower than the other. If you notice a little rocking, it should be easy to fix by sanding the bottom surfaces to be even.

You can cover the screw holes completely with a product called ‘plastic wood.’ Or try just mixing some wood glue with sawdust you made earlier, place it into the recessed screw hole, and sanding it down when dry.

You have a few finishing options. You can stain it to match your other furniture, or make it look like a more interesting kind of wood perhaps — or you can varnish it to give it a professional, glossy finish that’s easy to clean.

A smooth well-sanded surface is important. You don’t want to sit on, or even carry a seat that’s rough. Splinters aren’t much fun! If you are planning to use a varnish, sanding will be an important first step. Sanding by hand is pretty simple — just keep going in a circular pattern, with very light pressure, until things feel smooth. Pay particular attention to corners and edges. It’s nice to get those smoothly curved — especially at the front where your legs will leave the seat.

Suggestions

The folks at the WildMind website suggest that seiza benches require more hand support than other meditation methods. You may want to use an extra pillow to support your hands more fully above your waist as you kneel. WildMind has lots of great guidance on posture, though — I’d suggest referring to that site, if you’re having difficulties.

About this guide

http://www.michiganbuddhist.com/seiza – original site

  • And make your own bolsters. Now I found an article in one of my sewing books, “Sewing for the Outdoors”, but then I found this on the internet… the same concept. I used a roll of quilt batting, figured out how circle part on the bottom….well, kinda like the instructions for the yoga mat. Here’s a link…

I used some cotton material that I had around the house. I used this same concept, to cover a neck roll that I had so that I could also use this in restorative yoga poses.

Here’s another link for making a stuff sack, or a cover for your cylinder shaped bolster…

p.s.s. Update,Simplicity 3583 and McCalls 4261. Get them when they are on sale at Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s Fabric Store, or Hancocks.

Posted in diy, DIY Sewing Yoga, DIY Yoga Head Scarf, Eye Pillow, Sewing, Sewing Yoga Bolsters, Yoga, Yoga Mat Bag, Zafu Meditation Pillow, Zafu Sewing Instructions

Props and Gear for your Yoga practice – sew them up!

Props and Gear for your Yoga practice – sew them up!

Sew if you have any sewing ability, you can make these items for your Yoga practice.

  • yogamatbagA Yoga Bag by Amy Butler  – Yoga Mat Bag 

  • A Lavender Eye Pillow by Amy Butler – Lavender Eye Peyepillowillow

  • A cool headband, to keep that hair out of the way …. at Headband for the hair!

diyheadbandcollection

Head Scarf 1 

Head Scarf 2

Head Scarf 3 

Head Scarf 4

Head Scarf 5

zafu1
Part I on Zafu Instructions
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Part II
zafu2
Zafu III

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zafu4
Last Zafu instruction
  • Make your own bolsters. Now I found an article in one of my sewing books,
    “Sewing for the Outdoors”, but then I found this on the internet… the same concept.
    I used a roll of quilt batting, figured out how circle part on the bottom….well, kinda like the instructions for the yoga mat. Here are some links.

Stuff Sack Instruction #1

I used some cotton material that I had around the house. I used this same concept, to cover a neck roll that I had so that I could also use this in restorative yoga poses.

Here’s another link for making a stuff sack, or a cover for your cylinder shaped bolster…

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Stuff Sack Instructions #2

and lastly here is another link for making the “stuffed bolster sack…”

Stuff Sack Instructions #3

Enjoy making your own yoga props!

Gail Pickens-Barger, International and Experience Certified and Registered Yoga Teacher

Additional sites for sewing up your yoga gear yoga props.

Fig and Plum’s Make a Yoga Mat Bag!

Threads 2003 Issue Make a Yoga Mat Carrier

Martha Stewart’s Yoga Mat Bag Instructions!

CraftBits Instructions on Making your own Yoga Mat Bag.

Making a yoga mat bag from an old pair of jeans!

A Yoga Mat “wrap”. A nice variation on transporting your yoga mat to and fro

Zafu’s – Zabutton’s or meditation seated cushions

Zafu

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Yoga Classes in Beaumont Texas

Yoga in Beaumont Texas (6 yoga studios, plus instructors and gym yoga)

Update January 2020

Orange Texas (Orange County)

Mid-Jefferson County – including Nederland, Port Arthur, Port Neches Texas

And now the various classes/instructors of yoga in Beaumont.
Yoga Near Me 77701, Yoga Classes in Beaumont Texas, Yoga in Beaumont Tx

Beaumont/Fannett:
Gyms/Studios:

McFaddin-Ward House
1906 Calder Avenue – Beaumont, Texas – 77701 | 409-832-2134
Thursday, May 2nd at 5:30 pm with Julia Lee!


Lakeside Center – Best Years
150 Magnolia Street
Beaumont, Texas 77701
(409)-838-1902
Since April 9, 2019, a daily $4 fee if you are not of Beaumont
Yoga Wednesday at 10:30 AM
Yoga Friday at 10:30 AM

Celeste Rosales & Ellen Allrich
Beginner Tai Chi: Tuesday at 10:00 AM
Advanced Tai Chi: Tuesday at 11:00 AM
Beginner Tai Chi:  Thursday at 10:00 AM
Advance Tai Chi: Thursday at 11:00 AM


Beyond Triangle Therapeutics
2990 Laurel Ave. Suite B, Beaumont, TX 77702
(409) 347-8373
http://www.beyond-triangletherapeutics.com/group-classes/
Tuesday – Yoga 5:30 pm


Private Devotional Yoga Beaumont, Texas
with Yogi Edwin Bhadrapala
, eca68@hotmail.com, (409) 895-0299


Brentwood Country Club
4201 S Major Dr, Beaumont, Texas 77707
Mon/Wed/Friday – 9 am – Melissa Cornwell
$10 drop in, $5 for members.


EXYGON Health and Fitness Center
6450 Phelan Rd
Beaumont, Tx 77706
See schedule for detail.
https://exygon.com/beaumont-schedule/


Jessica Depew Wellness
Fannett, Texas
Jdepew@goldentriangleyoga.com
409-861-0003


Lamar University
Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center at Lamar University.
Open to students and faculty.
See Lamar Rec Sports Center schedule for current yoga offerings.
Instructors: Edwin & Melissa
https://students.lamar.edu/student-engagement/recreational-sports/fitness/group-fitness.html\


Love Yoga Beaumont
2481 Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX 77702
(409) 454-3977
Instructors: Tiffany, Juliana, Mike, Sheila, Jessica P,
http://www.loveyogabeaumont.com/services.html


Satya Rising Studio
1445 Calder, Beaumont tx 77701.
We are between Down to Earth and Twigs florist.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Satyarisingstudio/


Sound of Soul Yoga
Inside Rosa Vita Salon & Spa
409-550-4305
2700 Toccoa Road, Beaumont Tx
Instructors: Ellen


Beaumont Power Yoga 
4435 Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX 77706
(409) 225-1872
Instructors: Tara, Nicole, Angi, Beth, Kelly & Ginger & more….
BPY schedule


Wilton P Hebert Health and Wellness Center
3030 North Street
Beaumont, Tx 77002
Instructors: Julie, Amber, Amanda, Michelle R, Lauren C, Mani & Lisa
http://christushwc.org/group-class-schedule/


World Gym
229 Dowlen Road, Suite 5
Beaumont, Tx 77706
Instructors: Celeste, Tammi, Tina, Katrina, Ellisia,
https://www.worldgym.com/beaumont/schedule


Churchs:
Unity of Southeast Texas
1555 S 23rd St, Beaumont, TX 77707
(409) 842-0271

Tai Chi & Yoga


Individuals:
Erin Barrows
(409) 679-7624  

Edwin Cruz
(409) 895 0299

Gail Pickens-Barger
(409) 727-3177, Please leave a message with your phone number.  Thank you!
yogawithgaileee@gmail.com
yogawithgaileee.com
Demonstration for clubs and organizations yoga class and lecture.
Chairyogafitness.com
Private yoga sessions your venue/home.
Beginners, Chair, Yoga for Osteopenia/Osteoporosis, Kids, and Cross training.


Celeste West Rosales
(512) 820-1504
mettasolyoga@outlook.com
Donation Yoga Classes at St. Marks Episcopal Church, Beaumont
Private Yoga one on one sessions.

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Bring your Blood Pressure Cuffs to yoga! Beginners Yoga in Nederland, Texas

Lower your blood pressure with yoga

It works! There I was in Mongolia, getting ready to teach yoga in a Ger (we know them as Yurts) and one of my students was asking if it was true that doing yoga helps with lowering blood pressure. That is what the studies say. Out she whips this blood pressure cuff, takes her blood pressure, writes it down and says “She’s ready.” Whoa! Okay in my mind I’m thinking, this one is a type A personality, and let’s just see what happens here. After an hour of so of some gentle yoga, breathing with movement, movement with breathing a guided relaxation–mind you, she speaks Mongolian, I do not–and then the end of the session. Out she whips her blood pressure cuff, takes her measurement. And MAN DID HER EYES GET BIG! She was delighted to find that YES, doing yoga does lower your blood pressure! So bring your blood pressure cuffs to class ladies and gents! Let’s get it lowered!

Beginners Yoga – Monday – 6:15 pm – Just $10 – Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas. Benefit the Back Pack Buddy Food Ministry.

Chair Yoga Fitness – Thursday – 10:00 am – $5 – Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas.  Benefit the Back Pack Buddy Food Ministry.

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Gail Pickens-Barger Yoga Teaching Schedule – July 2017

Yoga in Beaumont & Nederland Texas
Beginners Yoga in Nederland Texas. July 2017 Teaching Schedule for Gail Pickens-Barger
Senior Yoga in Beaumont & Nederland Texas Tx
Chair Yoga Teaching Schedule for Gail Pickens-Barger in Nederland & Beaumont Texas

July 2017 Yoga Teaching Schedule for Gail Pickens-Barger, Nederland, Beaumont Texas.  Call Gail at 409-727-3177.  I am probably teaching a private yoga class, if I do not answer, so please leave a message.  I WILL return your call.  Thank YOU!

Posted in Yoga

Yoga and Gelli Plate Monoprinting

Been doing a bit on the creative side.  Monoprinting with the Gelli Plate.  Wow what fun!  Making my my stencils and learning about layers and masks.  Here’s a few I did on Monday…. Big time learning process.  This stuff is fascinating!

Mask, layer, stamp

Many color pulls, stamp and another stamp 

Outer layer mask, color pulls and a color pull from a stamp

Layers with the mask a mask and color pull

Outside mask,then added a layer
Color pulls, stamp, layer, stamp, and mask

Posted in Yoga

Meditation changes everything – Yoga Journal article by Nikki Costello

Game Changing
Meditation changes everything – here’s how to make time for it.

If you don’t believe you have time to meditate, you don’t.

It’s really a matter of choice and commitment, not time.

If you so choose, you can rest your mind in stillness even on the busiest of days.

Indeed, every day we find ourselves with free minutes – waiting.  We wait in lines, in traffic, or at the doctor’s office.

But often we fill this time texting, Googling, or tweeting.

Instead, with nothing but just a bit of intention, you can transform these moments into stillness,
equipoise, and relaxation, and experience the qualities of a mediator’s mind.

1. Stillness.  Stand more firmly on your feet or sit and settle into your buttocks and hips.  Breathe deeply.

2. Relaxation.  Soften your facial muscles; forehead, eyes, mouth, lips, and tongue.  Breathe freely.

3. Equipoise.  Free your hands and rest them by your sides or place them gently on your lap. Breathe evenly.

4. Informal meditation.  Notice how it feels to be present with yourself, slowing down and observing.  You are engaging with the first steps of meditation, which you can enjoy anywhere, anytime.