Exercise: A Promising Factor for Protecting Against COVID – Top 8 Indoor Walking Workouts List by Gail

I subscribe to Experience Life Magazine. One of the better overall health and fitness magazines out there. I posted about this article a bit back on my Facebook Newstream.

Exercise: A Promising Factor for Protecting Against COVID
A regular fitness routine may help protect those diagnosed with COVID against hospitalization and even death.

Exercise: A Promising Factor for Protecting Against COVID

Source: Exercise: A Promising Factor for Protecting Against COVID

During the pandemic, I turned to YouTube and walking outdoors for that little extra push of getting my 150 minutes in each week.

Here’s my list of favorite YouTubers, plus a sample of their workouts.

My top indoor cardio workouts

  1. Reps to the Rhythm #repstotherhythm
  2. Brand Fitness #brandfitness
  3. Get Fit with Rick #getfitwithrick
  4. growwithjo #growwithjo
  5. yes2next #yes2next
  6. Sharon’s Hill #sharonashill
  7. Up to the BEat Fit #uptothebeatfit
  8. Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone #walkathome #lesliesansone

Course I love me some yoga too!  

A new report by Kaiser Permanente and UC San Diego says people who exercise regularly have less severe outcomes of COVID-19 infections.

Here’s the video links to try for yourself!

1. Reps to the Rhythm
2. Brand Fitness
3. Get Fit with Rick
4. growwithjo
5. yes2next
6. Sharona’s Hill
7. Up to the BEat Fit
8. Walk at Home with Leslie Sansone

Online and In-Person Yoga with Gail – Beaumont & Nederland, Texas

Here’s my current public schedule of yoga. I do have limited online and in-person private session times available.

Inquire with a phone call 409-727-3177. This is a landline, so no texting available on this line.

Online Yoga with Gail. Over 20 years teaching experience.
Online Yoga with Gail. Over 20 years teaching experience.

In-Person Classes held on Friday at 10:30 AM at the Lakeside Event Center – Best Years Senior Citizen Center. Non-Beaumont residents pay $4. Come early to get checked in. Best to bring your own yoga mat, block and strap.

Coming up on Monday, November 8th, at 6 PM, I’m teaching a donation class for the Veterans Yoga Project. $10 minimum participation fee.

8th annual Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week - November 5th - 14th, 2021
8th annual Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week – November 5th – 14th, 2021

Register for this #freeyoga class for back care.

Got your back! Register for this #freeyoga class on Zoom for easing back challenges.

https://tinyurl.com/TueYogaGail

NEXT CLASS IS Tuesday, October 26, 2021 – 6 PM Central Time on Zoom. Those that register will also get a playback private video link.

TinyURL.com/TueGailYoga

Top DIY tutorials on making a face mask, buff, gators,neck strap, chain, holder!

Here’s your top DIYs, tutorials for:

  • Face Mask Lanyards DIY Tutorials
  • Face Coverings, face masks, Buff, Gaiters or Gators or Neck & Face covering – DIY Tutorials
  • My DIY Tutorial for Face mask and Buff’s from Leggings or Yoga pants.
  • Links to other DIY’s on making your own Yoga props on my site.

Face Mask Lanyards DIY Tutorials

You might have something already around the house to help you keep track of your face mask.  Especially when those kiddos are going back to school.  You know kids, right?

This one is easy peasy! Dug through my junk drawer, and found these!  Just attached it to my face mask….good to go!

Look what I found in my Junk Drawer. A lanyard to help keep track of my face mask, when I have it off of my face. Great for kiddos!
Look what I found in my Junk Drawer. A lanyard to help keep track of my face mask, when I have it off of my face. Great for kiddos!

DIY for lanyard for your face mask


Face Coverings, face masks, Buff, Gaiters or Gators or Neck & Face covering – DIY Tutorials

Top 12 DIY - Buff & Gator Face Mask Coverings Tutorials - Yoga with Gail
Top 12 DIY – Buff & Gator Face Mask Coverings Tutorials – Yoga with Gail

The list of DIY tutorials for making the buff, face mask coverings.

  1. From the My Sewing Machine Obsession site – another great tutorial, with the emphasis of summer fabrics.  I like how this one is configured and updated.
    http://mysewingmachineobsession.blogspot.com/2020/07/mask-making.html
  2. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Stylish-Neck-Gator/ Also known as “Gator” good use transform into a buff/face mask
  3. http://giveitgrace.blogspot.com/2011/10/keeping-warm-and-staying-cheap.html Give it Grace Keeping warm and staying cheap: A DIY Head wrap/face mask. Oct 2011
  4. https://jennabrand.com/2014/05/01/tubular-bandana-buff-tutorial/ Tubular Bandana Buff Tutorial – May 2014
  5. Gaiter Style Mask Tutorial by Sew Can She
  6. DIY Breathable Face Mask at Hello Sewing
  7. http://blog.fehrtrade.com/gallery/883/sewing-indie-month-a-buff-tutorial/Buff – Sew your own active wear – May 2014
  8. https://lotsafreshair.com/2017/05/19/howto-make-a-buff/ Lots a Fresh Air Sewing your own Buff from a T-shirt May 2017
  9. Sewing your own Gator – Oct 2008
    https://gatorproject.wordpress.com/gator-neck-warmer-instructions/

DIY, Sew your own face covering, buff, gator, neck cover, face covering mask.
DIY, Sew your own face covering, buff, gator, neck cover, face covering mask.
My DIY Tutorial for Face mask and Buff’s from Leggings or Yoga pants.
Gail and her original Buff from when she went to Mongolia
  1. Here is Gail and her original Buff from when she went to Mongolia.  Taught yoga in Mongolia, when visiting her oldest in the Peace Corps. 
OSU colors for my LuLaRoe Leggings.  Go Pokes!
2. I selected my OSU colors for my LuLaRoe Leggings. Go Pokes!
Taking original Buff and measuring how much to cut. DIY Buff Shield
3. Taking original Buff and measuring how much to cut.
Can make two Buff from a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings.  DIY Buff
4. Can make two Buff from a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings.
Pin the fabric sides together to prepare to either sew by the machine or hand sew.
5. Pin the fabric sides together to prepare to either sew by the machine or hand sew.
My Pfaff machine getting put to use!  Sewing down the side seam.  I kept the waist band here on this diy face mask.
6. Using my Pfaff Sewing Machine, pin right sides of fabric together, then sew down the seam to make a tube shape. In this case I used the serged seam as a guideline to where I’d sew. Optional to trim off that seam.
My sewing room.  The buff/gator fit my face nicely without having to take in any on the side.  Yoga with Gail
7. Turn the finished tube with the fabric to the outside and try on. If need be, you could take in more if the buff slips. I found that I did not need to take in the side seam any, and the face covering/buff stayed up nicely.

  1. Here is Gail and her original Buff from when she went to Mongolia.  Taught yoga in Mongolia, when visiting her oldest in the Peace Corps. 
  2. I selected the OSU colors for my LuLaRoe Leggings. Go Pokes!
  3. Taking my original Buff and measuring how much to cut, I may have added an inch to the length.
  4. I can get two Buffs from a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings.
  5. I then pin the fabric sides together to prepare to either sew by the machine or hand sew.
  6. Using my Pfaff Sewing Machine, pin right sides of fabric together, then sew down the seam to make a tube shape. In this case I used the serged seam as a guideline to where I’d sew. Optional to trim off that seam.
  7. Turn the finished tube with the fabric to the outside and try on. If need be, you could take in more if the buff slips. I found that I did not need to take in the side seam any, and the face covering/buff stayed up nicely.

DIY on making from the ends of Lularoe leggings or yoga pants into a face mask. Now Sewing required.

So I had a lot of left over leg ends, after I made the “Buffs and Gators” from the top of the Lularoe Leggings….

Lot of left over leg ends after I made my Buffs/Gators.  Then I thought, well I could make some face mask coverings with the left over fabric.  Yoga with Gail
Left over leg ends from my first DIY Lularoe Leggings into a Buff/Gator face mask.

I saw on my statistics someone typed in DIY Lularoe leggings into a face mask. Looked at it and thought, well I could make it simpler…  Here’s the PDF ==> Upcycle your Lularoe Leggings into Face Masks, Buffs and Gators – Gail Pickens-Barger Yoga Teacher

DIY on making a face mask from left over leggings buff/gator project.  Yoga with Gail
1. Take the Legging end part, keep the original hem end, and go ear to ear.  I subtracted about 2 inches because of the stretch factor, and cut slits.  Sharp sizzors, two slits.  Pretty simple.
Gail demonstrating the face covering after cutting the two slits on the edges.  This is really nice and warm for those winter months.
2. That worked pretty well!  So, one can put a filter in between the two layers.  I see where some people put coffee filters.  If it gets too stretched out, you can recut one end with another slit.  Washable too!  Pretty simple.  Use sharp sizzors, go SLOW in cutting the slits.  In the back is a photograph from the David C. Turnley collection.
Recycle your LuLaRoe Leggings and make two Buffs/Gators and two Face Mask Coverings.
Use the left over material from making the buffs/gators into a face covering/mask. No Sewing required!

Other DIY Linked on my site.


Teaching 20 years! Yoga with Gail

Teaching now 20 years! Yoga with Gail

20 years?

Where did the time go by?

I had retired from the IT department at DuPont, and continued to take computer classes at the University of Houston – Victoria, plus take all the PE classes at Victoria College.

I took the first offered yoga class at the university.

After my final exam in that class, which was a teach-back yoga class, along with my team, my yoga teacher told me that she liked my sequences and should become a yoga teacher.

The following month in my hometown at that time, YogaFit International Training Systems came to town and presented their Level 1 training. Soon afterwards I was teaching and taking additional training to get my 200 hours.

I was the first graduate of YogaFit’s 200-hour teacher training program (other than their trainers).

I remember one day, back in Victoria, I taught 5 classes in one day.

I soon racked up the teaching hours to get to the experienced level, then after moving to the Nederland/Port Neches, Texas area, took additional training from Lex Gillan at the Yoga Institute in Houston, to complete my 500-hour training.

I’ve enjoyed teaching for so many different places and studios and independently. Thank you.

  • Citizens HealthPlex
  • DeTar Healthcare System
  • GymX24 hour
  • Lotus Yoga Studio of Victoria
  • Victoria Ballet Theatre @ Debbe Busby School of Dance
  • Chandler Elementary School in Victoria, Texas
  • University of Houston-Victoria
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Christus HWC
  • YMCA of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur Branch
  • Nederland High School in Nederland, Texas
  • Exygon Health and Fitness Club
  • Golden Triangle Yoga
  • Yoga Vibe TX
  • Yoga at Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas
  • Friday Gentle Yoga at the Lakeside Best Years Center Beaumont Texas
  • 12NewsNow and more!
  • Now teaching online and in-person for the Veterans Yoga Project and No Longer Limited Duty

20 years of teaching yoga! Yoga with Gail Pickens-Barger

20 years! #yogawithgaileee