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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Thursday Yoga – Nederland, Groves, Port Neches, Port Arthur Texas

Thursday Yoga in Nederland, Groves, Port Neches & Port Arthur Texas

  • 6:30 AM – Melody – Oranday Bros Jiu Jitsu in Port Neches, Texas
  • 8:30 AM – Pilates – Amanda – Exygon in Nederland, Texas
  • 9:00 AM – Yoga – Pam – YMCA in Port Arthur, Texas
  • 9:00 AM – Yoga – Kathy – PowerHouse Gym in Port Neches, Texas
  • 10:00 AM – Chair Yoga Fitness – Gail – Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas
  • 11:00 AM – YogaKiddos – Gail – 4 & 5 year olds – Wesley Mothers Day Out Program in Nederland, Texas
  • 4:00 PM – Twisted Tykes Yoga – Melody – Groves Activity Center in Groves, Texas
  • 5:30 PM – Yoga – Doneane – PowerHouse Gym in Port Neches, Texas
  • 6:30 PM – Yoga – Dawneen – Sacred Space Yoga – Nederland, Texas
  • 7:00 PM – Vinyasa Yoga – Melody – Exygon in Nederland, Texas

Beaumont

  • 6:30 AM – Yoga Flow – WP Health & Wellness Center
  • 8:00 AM – Yoga Stretch – WP Health & Wellness Center
  • 8:30 AM – Fire Yoga with Nicole – Sun Tree Yoga Studio
  • 9:30 AM – Advanced Yoga with Melissa – Exygon Health & Wellness
  • 10:00 AM – Power Yoga with Angi – Sun Tree Yoga Studio
  • 10:00 AM – Restore Yoga with Erin – Satya Rising Studio
  • 5:30 PM – Group Centergy with Sarah – Exygon Health & Wellness
  • 5:30 PM – Mindful Yoga with Beth – Sun Tree Yoga Studio
  • 5:30 PM – Tai Chi – Unity Church
  • 6:00 PM – Slow Burn Vinyasa – Love Yoga Studio
  • 7:30 PM – Yoga – Unity Church

#Thursday Yoga

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”!

15 reasons to start or re-start your yoga practice. Beaumont & Nederland Texas

Over 17 yrs teaching experience.  Yoga with Gaileee, Experience Registered Yoga Teacher
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  Here is the information that you requested about the yoga classes that I teach.
  • Monday at 6:15 pm – $10 Beginners Yoga Class
  • Thursday at 10 am – Beginners Chair Yoga Class – canned fruit & vegetables with the popped tops  or $ 5 suggested monetary donations accepted.
  • Private One on One or small group classes.  Call for details. 409-727-3177. Private yoga taught in your home or organization.

Public classes Held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627

15 reasons to start or re-start your yoga practice! 1. Flex Time.

Improved flexibility is one of the most obvious benefits of yoga.  During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a back bend.  But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible.  You’ll probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear.  That’s no coincidence.  Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones.  Tight hamstrings can lead to a flattening of the lumbar spine, which can cause back pain. And inflexibility in muscles and connective tissues, such as fascia and ligaments, can cause poor posture.

2. Bone Zone.

It’s well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis.  Many postures in yoga require that you lift your own weight.  And some, like Downward- and Upward-Facing Dog, help strengthen the arm bones, which are particularly vulnerable to osteoporosis fractures.  In an unpublished study conducted at California State University, Los Angeles, yoga practice increased bone density in the vertrebrae.  Yoga’s ability to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol may help keep calcium in the bones.

3. Worry Thwarts.

Yoga lowers cortisol levels. If that doesn’t sound like much, consider these facts.  Normally, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to an acute crisis, which temporarily boosts immune function.  If your cortisol levels stay high even after the crisis, they can compromise the immune system.  Temporary boosts of cortisol help with long-term memory, but chronically high levels undermine memory and may lead to permanent changes in the brain.  Plus, excessive cortisol has been linked with major depression, osteoporosis (it extracts calcium and other minerals from bones and interferes with the laying down of new bone), high blood pressure, and insulin resistance.  In rats, high cortisol levels lead to what researchers call “food-seeking behavior” (the kind that drives you to eat when you’re upset, angry, or stressed).  The body takes those extra calories and distributes them as fat in the abdomen, contributing to weight gain and the risk of diabetes and heart attack.

4. Breathing Room.

Yogis tend to take fewer breaths of greater volume, which is both calming and more efficient.  A 1998 study published in The Lancet taught a yogic technique known as “complete breathing” to people with lung problems due to congestive heart failure.  After one month, their average respiratory rate decreased from 13.4 breaths per minute to 7.6.  Meanwhile, their exercise capacity increased significantly, as did the oxygen saturation of their blood.  In addition, yoga has been shown to improve various measures of lung function, including the maximum volume of the breath and the efficiency of the exhalation.

5. Pain Drain.

Yoga can ease your pain.  According to several studies, yoga postures (asana), meditiation, or a combination of the two, reduced pain in people with arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other chronic conditions.  When you relieve your pain, your mood improves, you’re more inclined to be active, and you don’t need as much medication.

6. Connective Tissue.

As you read all the ways yoga improves your health, you probably notice a lot of overlap.  That’s because they are intensely interwoven.  Change your posture and you change the way you breathe.  Change your breathing and you change you nervous system.  This is one of the great lessons of yoga:  Everything is connected – your hipbone to your anklebone, you to your community, your community to the world.  Such interconnection is vital to yoga.  This holistic system simultaneously taps into many mechanisms that have self-perpetuating and even multiplicative effects.  Synergy may be the most important way of all that yoga heals.

7. 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 fluid 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.

8. 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.

9.  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.

10. Strength Test.

Strong muscles do more than look good.  They also protect us from such conditions as arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls.  And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility.  If you just lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.

11. Spinal Rap.

Spinal disks – the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves – crave movement.  That’s the only way they get their nutrients.  If you’ve got a well-balanced asana practice with plently of backbends, forward bends, and twists, you’ll help keep your disks supple.

12. Standing Orders.

Your head is like a bowling ball – big, round, and heavy.  When it’s balanced directly over an erect spine, it take much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it. Move it several inches forward, however, and you start to strain those muscles.  Hold up that forward-leaning bowling ball for 8 or 12 hours a day and it’s no wonder you’re tired.  And fatigue might not be your only problem.  Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems.  As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back.  This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.

13. Sugar Show.

Yoga lowers blood sugar and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and boosts HDL (“good”) cholesterol.  In people wit diabetes, yoga has been found to lower blood sugar in several ways:  by lowering cortisol and adrenaline levels, encouraging weight loss, and improving sensitivity to the effects of insulin.  Get your blood sugar levels down, and you decrease your risk of diabetic complications such as heart attack, kidney failure and blindness.

14. Space Place.

Regularly practicing yoga increases proprioception (the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space) and improves balance.  People with bad posture or dysfunctional movement patterns usually have poor proprioception, which has been linked to knee problems and back pain. Better balance could mean fewer falls.  For the elderly, this translates into more independence and delayed admission to a nursing home or never entering one at all.

15. Loose Limbs.

Do you ever notice yourself holding the telephone or a steering wheel with a death grip or scrunching your face when staring at a computer screen?  These unconscious habits can lead to chronic tension, muscle fatigue, and soreness in the wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and face, which can increase stress and worsen your mood.  As you practice yoga, you begin to notice where you hold tension:  It might be in your tongue, your eyes, or the muscles of your face and neck.  If you simple tune in and pay more attention to these areas, you may be able to relieve some tension.

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

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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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Adaptive Chair Yoga on Thursdays at 10 am at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas

Adaptive Chair Yoga, 10 am, Thursday at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas. 

Come a bit early your first time. 

Come see how you can get fit where you sit in this unique yoga class. 

Bring easy pop topped canned fruits & vegetables for your class fee! 

Call, Gail Pickens-Barger, Adaptive Yoga for MS Beaumont/Nederland Tx. Taught by Gail Pickens-Barger Yoga Teacher at 409-727-3177 for additional questions that you might have about this yoga practice. 

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Some of the poses in class that we may do.  Variations of poses given to fit each person’s fitness level and ability!