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.
DeTar Healthcare System
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
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
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:
So true. If you rest, you will tend to rust. When I taught yoga in Victoria Texas, I had 6 people come to my gentle yoga class that had fibromyalgia.
They told me they hurt if they don’t come, they hurt if they do come to yoga. But the hurt coming out of yoga was of a lot of body relief. They craved coming to class. I think that is because yoga not only works on the body, but the mind, and of easing of pain for some, and getting better sleep.
I think about that class that I had in V-town a lot because that was early on in my yoga career, and I just was a bit confused by their comments about different types of pain.
Now after teaching for over 20 years, it makes a lot of sense to me, as I am now inhabiting my body with levels of pain issues. Oh, if I don’t move, move move, it is big time hurt city. I still hurt, but pain levels between 7-9, now regularly sit between 1-3. That is significant to me.
What about you?
I invite you to come to my #freeyoga class held on #mindbody sponsored by the Veterans Yoga Project I’ve got the link below. Be sure to sign up at least an hour maybe two before your first class, so that you get the verification email in time to do class. You’ll get an email link to come into the class 30 minutes prior.
Gentle Yoga for Low Back Pain is what I teach. 60 minutes beginner-level class.
Yeah, you don’t have to bend like a pretzel or touch your toes to get massive health benefits from a regular yoga practice.
Comments? Complaints? Questions? Complements? I want to know!
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