“Feeling very relaxed after a session and my pain in my back has eased up considerably. I sleep better at night. I feel energized.” Fall 2005. Jane, a Beginning Yoga student, Victoria, Texas
“I started going to yoga classes in 2010. I started at the YMCA with another instructor and then tried Gail’s class. I really enjoy her teaching style, and she makes it fun. I always leave mentally and physically relaxed.” Fall 2016. From Joni, YMCA & Yoga with Gaileee at Wesley United Methodist Church attendee, Port Arthur & Nederland, Texas
“I need your class to help my legs and my back feel better and when I don’t come to class, my stress levels become very high.” Winter 2005. Linda, a Beginning and Intermediate Yoga student, Victoria, Texas
“You were very professional, caring, and knowledgable of all aspects of yoga. I wish you were still here.” Spring 2007. From Lucy, an Intermediate Yoga, Victoria, Texas
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“I decided to start Yoga Class in June 2014. I was fortunate to pick Gail’s Yoga Class @ Wesley UMC. I appreciated the fact that she told us that everyone’s body was different and we were not to compare ourselves to others. With that in mind, I was able to do what I could do and not worry about the others in the class that were more flexible and a lot younger.
During these few months, because of the lessons that I have learned from Gail, I am more flexible than before, I no longer have pain in my lower back nor hips, I have lost weight, I have more energy and my stress level has decreased. I really did not realize that Yoga could improve my health like it has. I’m so glad that I decided to start training with Gail. Gail’s Yoga lessons have improved my physical self and she also has also helped my spiritual self by reading scriptures at the beginning of each class. She understands the importance of body, mind and spirit.” September 2014. Tanya studied with Gail at Monday Yoga class at 6:15 pm at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas
“I did thoroughly enjoy your prenatal yoga classes–the physical activity was wonderful. Also, I truly enjoyed the community of pregnant women in tune with our bodies and so positive and hopeful about the tiny bodies, minds and spirits of the babies in our tummies. I think attending your classes made the L&D (Labor and Delivery) of my second baby even easier and smoother than that of our first baby.” March 2006. Amy, Prenatal Yoga student, Victoria, Texas
“Gail is one of the most pleasant persons I have ever met. I was excited about my private lessons but anxious about my performance. I work out strenuously most days of the week. I had neglected flexibility which I know is one of the three important kinds of fitness training that also include aerobics and strength training. She set me at ease and helped me make constant adjustments that would help me improve. Before we even started she conducted a detailed interview regarding my health and goals. All lessons were individualized and well planned. Nothing was “canned” or repetitive. I walked away from every lesson with some printed materials to help me in my yoga practice.
I continue to try to make any of Gail’s group classes and plan some more private lessons in the near future. As a nurse practitioner I am familiar with many valid studies conducted by western medical centers that point up the substantial benefits of yoga as both a replacement and assistance with medication. I highly recommend Gail as a wonderful ambassador and instructor for yoga.
By the way-I wore my heart rate monitor during many of the sessions and was surprised at the heart rate elevation during parts of the lesson.” May 2010. Norma, Private Yoga student, Beaumont, Texas
“I’d never taken a yoga class before a friend insisted I “at least try” Gail”s Beginning Yoga class. I found it to be a wonderful experience for my out-of-shape condition! I couldn’t do everything the rest of the class did, but Gail set a level of comfort in every class, where I felt comfortable in making whatever accommodations necessary for my particular problems.
She assisted and made suggestions, but I was free to make whatever adaptations were comfortable for me. After foot surgery, I wore a walking orthopedic boot to class, and gradually began working back up to where I’d been before I missed a few weeks.
After Gail moved, I tried two other classes, same title, but the instructors really didn’t “get” what beginning means. The last time I went, I really hurt my knee. My fault for not accepting my limitations, but the comfort zone was just not the same. If you don’t get to go to every class, you will lose continuity in some classes by having to look at the instructor continually because they abbreviate instructions. Not with Gail! She has a wonderful smooth flowing rhythm of speaking that allows you to totally focus on your own movements. Really miss the comfortable, friendly atmosphere of Gail’s class!
Always very professional, Gail makes it fun, relaxing, and rewarding, and always has a smile that says, “I love teaching yoga!” Always made me leave with a smile too, thinking, “I love Gail’s class!” May 2007. Patsy, a 65 year “young” Gentle Beginning Yoga student, Victoria, Texas
“I felt like I needed to purr right after your class.” January 2008. Phyllis, a Fat Burning Yoga student, Beaumont, Texas
“I always enjoyed your Gentle Yoga class because it was excellent for a beginning class and after it I always felt so much better after all the stretching. As a teacher you were so good about offering modifications for difficult poses and with all your class you were so concise about the directions part of the effects of feeling so good at the end was being so relaxed I could always keep my eyes closed and with your instruction still be certain I was able to follow the moves.” Spring 2007. Judy, a Fibromyalgia sufferer and a Gentle Beginning Yoga student, Victoria, Texas
“After my first yoga session, I was able to go to sleep without my sleep aid medication.” Spring 2007. Helen, Beginners Yoga participant, Nederland, Texas
“In taking Gail’s class, I don’t miss my Vioxx as much. I’m not having any spasms in my left leg. I can manage my stress better.” Summer 2005. Brenda, a Fibromyalgia sufferer and a Gentle Beginning Yoga student, Victoria, Texas
“I was able to do all of the poses, with a few modifications, when I took your ‘back yoga’ class. My back feels so good afterwards.” Spring 2009. Mildred, a Yoga class participant from the YMCA Port Arthur, Texas
“I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the demonstration of the neti pot during one of our yoga classes.”Winter 2008. From Katherine, a Beginning Yoga student, Nederland, Texas
“I was only twenty-nine years old when I had to have both of my ovaries removed due to various problems. I suffered with threatening pelvic phlebitis and faced a future of ovarian cancer should I choose not to have an oophorectomy, the removal of both ovaries. It was not a difficult decision for me to make because I suffered pain most of the time. But the most wonderful thing in my favor was the fact that I already had given birth to five beautiful, healthy children; three girls and two boys!
Before surgery I was told the negative side effects by my doctors, such as bone loss resulting in osteoporosis at an early age. Sure enough in my late sixties a bone scan proved that to be true. At that time I was told to increase my calcium intake and exercise, which I did. I went to the gym a few years until I began having minor trouble with one knee and I was told by my orthopedic surgeon to stop going to the gym which I did, also. Shortly after that I experienced a fracture in my upper back and consequently, I was put on a bone building medicine which caused extreme pain in my bones. I tried faithfully for several years to take the bone building medications and was told by one doctor not to take the medication anymore because of the pain I suffered. A few years later, I was given a new bone scan which showed osteoporosis had advanced and my doctor asked me to take the injection which I refused. He then asked me if I would do him a favor and I said that I would. It was then that he asked me to go back to the gym and to start taking yoga, and I did both.
I started taking yoga classes from Gail on February 2, 2016 which has been eight months and even though I have not had a bone scan to prove that my bone strength has increased, I know that my body is physically stronger and I enjoy the hour I spend in class immensely. Not only is Gail a wonderful, gifted instructor, she is also a joy to be around because of her wonderful sense of humor. I look forward to every class and know that each class is bringing me closer to new bone strength I need in my life at the age of eighty three. I try hard to do my poses each day to add to the strengthening of my bones, but most of the time I do miss at least two days a week with no practice. Nevertheless, I cannot imagine not practicing and working toward improvement in yoga during the time I do not have Gail with me. Practicing is an enjoyment and challenge to me to improve in what Gail is trying to teach me.
My lessons in yoga are done in the privacy of my home, but I would go elsewhere if need be. But Gail wants to make yoga available to everyone so she will accommodate a client by going to their home.
I have been taking yoga for eight months, and I am looking forward to continuing my instructions for a very long time. I have felt much improvement in my physical health and mental health, as well. I suggest to anyone of any age to consider doing yoga for the purpose of improving one’s health, but also for enjoyment. Gail has a great record to show for her time spent in learning and in teaching yoga. She is considered advanced in her skill, so you will not be disappointed by being under her instruction!” Fall 2017. From Inez, a private yoga client, who wanted to work on building her strength. Port Neches, Texas