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Why Eating Meditations are the best things since sliced bread.

Why Eating Meditations are the best things since sliced bread.

Lex Gillan and The Yoga Institute in Houston – one of the oldest and most respected studio businesses in the country – have been helping others share the dharma for 45 years. Lex has taught this course more than 200 times certifying more than 3,000 teachers. The Yoga Teacher Training and National Certification Courses are registered with The National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers and Yoga Alliance for both 200-hour and 500-hour programs. These are turnkey courses that can help turn your passion for yoga into right livelihood through full- or part-time teaching.”

Lex has shared with his yoga students, that he was once 285 pounds.  He used the Eating Meditation to help him initially lose 70 pounds.  Then after taking a break, he eventually lost an additional 65 pounds.  He really, really wanted to lose weight.  Here is a little snippet of the eating meditation that he recently shared up on facebook.

Mindful eating practice to lose weight.
Mindful eating practice to lose weight.
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Make stuff you love and talk about stuff you love and you’ll attract people who love that kind of stuff. It’s that simple.

Make stuff you love and talk about stuff you love and you’ll attract people who love that kind of stuff. It’s that simple.  Austin Kleon said this in his recent newsletter/blog post.  What a whack on the head for me!

Wow, this is a whack on the head for me!  See more on his original post at:

I’ve been digging this course that I’ve been taking over at Yoga Vista Academy, Gentle yoga for the low back specialty certification.  I am about 1/2 way through the coursework.

Learning about poses for various curves in the spine – scoliosis.

Poses for those of us with Lumbar Disc Damage, Spinal Stenosis, True Sciatica, Piriformis Syndrome.

There is a manual for each topic, video lectures, digging deep into the poses and variations, understanding the musculature, benefits of the poses.

Then we do teach backs.  The first four sets of teach backs are yoga poses to do for people who have:

  • Lumbar Disc Damage
  • Si Joint Challenges
  • True Sciatica & Piriformis Release
  • and one of your choice, which for me will be Scoliosis

Tests over each section.

Then conduct a teach-back class for the healthy back.

Some of us were able to sign up and have a coach throughout this process, to help us keep motivate, bounce questions off of, and have dial-in conversations about the course material, for further dig deeps into the material.

I am really enjoying figuring how to help my back pain, and then turn it around and help my clients with their challenges.

Here’s a sample of one of my teach backs.  A series of 5-7 poses one can drop into a regular class to address issues of, in this example Lumbar Disc Damage.  

My clients have been enjoying me dropping in new course material in the classes and privates that I teach. Plus a bonus of a bit of yoga nidra to help assist in better sleep!

So this is my “thanks” to Austin, for his inspiration to make stuff you love and talk about stuff you love, then attract who love that same kind of stuff. Thanks Austin!

Yoga with Gail

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More bone building yoga poses – Nederland, Texas

Wow, more bone building yoga poses for lessening osteopenia osteoporosis – Nederland, Texas

Response has been overwhelming.  People want to know about using yoga for building bone density (bmd – on those dexascans folks).  Wow!

Tree, Triangle & Warrior Two (2)

Here I am several years ago demonstrating these yoga poses.  But the thing is, one can do a pose, but are you actually being active in the pose?  Pressing your foot into your inner thigh, pressing the feet apart in a wide stance, while shoulders being aligned, and dynamically extending arms opposite directions, while pushing feet opposite directions?

Was that a long sentence or what?

Here’s the study that talks about using Yoga to raise your BMD in your spine and femur.

Two more bone building poses, Bridge and Locust!

Happy to work with you one on one to assist you in your bone building journey. Either through private yoga lessons at Exygon Health and Fitness or private yoga in your home. Gail Pickens-Barger, 409-727-3177.

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Yoga Basics in Nederland & Beaumont Texas

Here is the basic information about what I teach in the Golden Triangle area, here in South East Texas. #setxyoga #setxyogaforkids
Registered Prenatal & Childrens Teacher recognized through the Yoga Alliance with over 17 years teaching experience.

I teach private yoga in people’s homes or place of business to meet their specific needs.

Additionally I teach four community classes, two of which are open to the public.  Beginners Yoga on Mondays at 6:15 pm for $10 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas.  Adaptive Chair Yoga on Thursdays at 10 am for $5, again at Wesley UMC.  Come a bit early your first time to the classes.

Through the Mother’s Day Out Program at Wesley, I teach YogaKiddos to the 4 and 5 year old classes.  We use story books, themes of the seasons for our lesson plans.  Recently our class participated in the 2nd annual International Kids Yoga Day.  Lots of fun!

I also conducted a class to help our local Girl Scout Troupe at the church earn their yoga badge.  We did yoga poses, then I had each girl demonstrate a  yoga pose.  They were given handouts to use to show their families the different yoga poses that they learned.  The Girl Scouts also donated food toward our Back Pack Food Ministry at the church.

Lastly, I teach a Mindful Exercise class at the High School to help kiddos to deal with anxiety, focus, concentration and with “tech neck”.  They are lots of fun and always are wanting to learn more!

Call Gail at 409-727-3177 to see how yoga can benefit you!

Adaptive Yoga MS Multiple Sclerosis Yoga

Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis

Just finished taking an Adaptive Yoga workshop for Multiple Sclerosis. Yoga Teachers who had allready reached the level of Registered Yoga Teacher Status from Yoga Alliance were qualified to take the training. Here is a recap…

o MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that causes damage to nerve axons.
o Damage can occur with and without symptoms.
o MS affects movement, cognition and energy.
o Stress makes MS worse.

* Yoga can help increase function and delay or possibly prevent disability (by maintaining function):
* Breath
* Movement – gentle, repetitive, appropriate, adaptive
* Relaxation techniques
* Yogic philosophy

I look forward to implementing some of the elements from the workshop in the gentle Yoga classes that I teach, and possibly in the near future offering a MS Yoga class.