Key findings in the 2016 Yoga in America Study – conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance

Yoga is gaining popularity. The number of American yoga practitioners has
increased to over 36 million in 2016, up from 20.4 million in 2012. 28% of all
Americans have participated in a yoga class at some point in their lives.

Yoga Journal & Yoga Alliance Study in 2016

Yoga is for everybody. There are more male and older practitioners than ever
before (approximately 10 million male practitioners and almost 14 million
practitioners over the age of 50 – up from about 4 million men and 4 million 55+
year olds in 2012).

Yoga Journal & Yoga Alliance Study in 2016

Yoga supports the economy. Yoga practitioners report spending over $16 billion
on yoga clothing, equipment, classes and accessories in the last year, up from
$10 billion in 2012.

Yoga Journal & Yoga Alliance Study in 2016

Yoga is appealing. 34% of Americans say they are somewhat or very likely to
practice yoga in the next 12 months – equal to more than 80 million Americans.
Reasons cited include flexibility, stress relief and fitness.

Yoga Journal & Yoga Alliance Study in 2016
Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care – for Beginners and those of us with back challenges.

Top Two Reasons People Come To Yoga?
To Increase Flexibility and Reduce Stress.

Top Two Reasons People Come To Yoga - From the Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal 2016 Study - Yoga in America
Top Two Reasons People Come To Yoga – From the Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal 2016 Study – Yoga in America

Come try a free yoga class with me. I teach this class live on Wednesdays at 1 PM Central Time. Click on the above button to claim a free Mindbody online account, then “book” the class that I teach on Wednesdays.

Don’t worry, if you cannot make the live class, you can get a link to our current recorded yoga classes. I have about 10 yoga for healthy back classes in the studio!

Questions? Complaints? Comments? Complements? I want to know!

Secret to easing back pain? Shhh, it’s yoga!

Secret to easing back pain? Shhh, it’s yoga!

Enjoy these yoga basic poses. In there are some yoga poses for easing back pain, building bones, lessening anxiety, bettering one’s balance and cultivating quality sleep. Curious? Contact Gail

Enjoy these yoga basic poses.  Some of these are very effective in lessening pain in the body.  Yoga with Gail
Yoga Poses. Some of these poses are great for lessening pain in the body.

 #yogawithgaileee #easebackpain #buildbones #betterbalance #lessenanxiety #qualitysleep #setxyogateacher #setxyogaforveterans #vypfamily

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
My top 8 favorite Walking Indoors YouTuber Channels!

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

Beginners Yoga for easing back pain

Beginners Yoga for easing back pain

Yoga Basics - Gentle Yoga Postures to ease back pain
Yoga Basics – Gentle Yoga Postures to ease back pain
Grab your

Yoga mat

Block or two rolled up hand towels

Strap or dog/cat leash or long bath towel

Blanket

Optional access to a wall or chair
Gentle postures for easing back pain.
The Veterans that I teach regularly on Wednesdays on the Mindbody app, through the Veterans Yoga Project had this to say about the Beginners Back Yoga class that I teach.

“My pain levels were at the top at level 10. After class, my pain levels were at a level 6, which is so much easier for me to handle. Thank you.”

Another Veteran shared this, “I came into the class at a level of 6. Near the end of the class, I could feel the easing of pain and I’d say I was at a level of 2. I will be repeating this class!”

Sign up for a Mindbody account, through the VYP portal at:

https://veteransyogaproject.org/vyp-classes

Then “Book” the Wednesday class at 1 PM CST to gain access to this gentle yoga class. #freeyoga

Grab your..

•Yoga mat•Block or two rolled up hand towels

•Strap or dog/cat leash or long bath towel

•Blanket

•Optional access to a wall or chair

Gentle postures for easing back pain. The Veterans that I teach regularly on Wednesdays on the Mindbody app, through the Veterans Yoga Project had this to say about the Beginners Back Yoga class that I teach.

•”My pain levels were at the top at level 10. After class, my pain levels were at a level 6, which is so much easier for me to handle. Thank you.”

•Another Veteran shared this, “I came into the class at a level of 6. Near the end of the class, I could feel the easing of pain and I’d say I was at a level of 2. I will be repeating this class!”

•Sign up for a Mindbody account, through the VYP portal at:

https://veteransyogaproject.org/vyp-classes

•Then “Book” the Wednesday class at 1 PM CST to gain access to this gentle yoga class. #freeyoga