Saturday, September 17, 2016

Yoga brings unlikely yogis - Port Arthur News, September 2011

NEDERLAND — At the end her class, Nederland yoga instructor Gail Pickens-Barger asks her students to mediate on how they are unique and “there is nobody like you in the universe.”

Her students suffer from multiple sclerosis, a chronic, unpredictable disease that effects the central nervous system, and none of their symptoms are exactly the same.

Some of her students experience episodes extreme numbness in their limbs.

“It is as if you put a giant foam block around your leg or foot,” Pickens-Barger said.

For some, the disease effects their balance or, in Crystal Chauvin’s case, a day-long jolt of electric pain down her cheek.

All of the students seem to share in one thing: The relief and relaxation of yoga.

“It helps me move better, helps me balance,” said Becky Dry, who has dealt with the disease for much of her life.

“The class helps us get through the day,” added Dry. “I’m ok now but tomorrow I may not.”

Approximately 400,000 Americans suffer from multiple sclerosis and every week 200 more people are diagnosed with the disease, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

There is no known cause or cure for MS. It is only fatal in extreme cases.

MS adaptive yoga is done in chairs for safety but, as Pickens-Barger points out, it can still make you sweat.

“Keep it between easy and ouch,” Pickens-Barger said during one of the stretches. “Far, far away from ouch.”

Pickens-Barger just got back from a two week long chair-yoga training in New York City, where she learned new techniques to allow her students to access the benefits of yoga without completely exhausting their bodies.

One of the biggest problems for people who suffer from MS is balance. Most of the students use a cane or a walker to get from one place to another.

The yoga techniques are designed to strengthen a person’s core muscles which help them balance whether they are sitting down or standing up.

Just as important as the benefits of the exercise and strength-building, is the sense of community and friendship the class brings to each other’s lives.

“It’s a support group also,” said Pickens-Barger.

Lonestar National MS society sponsors the class as well as a 180-mile bike ride from Houston to Austin for cyclists living with multiple sclerosis.

The yoga classes take place every Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Nederland, and the local branch of the Multiple Sclerosis society meets the first Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. at the Medical Center in Port Arthur.

bjanes@panews.com

Friday, September 9, 2016

Free (or nearly) Yoga Classes in the Golden Triangle Area - Beaumont, Nederland, Port Arthur, Texas.

Free (or nearly) Yoga Classes in the Golden Triangle Area - Beaumont, Nederland, Port Arthur, Texas.

Mommy and Babies Yoga Class: Tuesdays:  Beaumont Texas.  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM.
Free, bring a towel or yoga mat.
For the mamas and babies.  R.C. Miller Library, 1605 Dowlen Rd
Beaumont, TX 77706

Meditation Class: Wednesdays: Port Arthur, Texas, 7:00 PM
Free. Weekly meditation class every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Buu Mon Temple would like to invite all persons interested in meditation to join the temple staff of monks and lay people in the practice of Mindfulness – Insight (Vipassana) Meditation.  Class meets every Wednesday 7:00 PM through 8:30 PM, following the meditation class a short social and tea gathering.

Classes on Mindfulness – Insight Meditation are ongoing; beginners can join us any Wednesday evening.  The meditation class is open to all who are interested.  Vipassana meditation concentrates on the person’s breath.  Experience is not necessary to enjoy the benefits of meditation.  The class consists of sitting and walking meditation and a talk concerning the meditation and the goal of the Vipassana meditation process.

Please wear comfortable clothing.  If you have a meditation cushion and/or mat you may bring them.
We encourage you to join us and learn for yourself what a meditation practice can do for you, your health and your well-being.

Buu Mon Temple, 2701 Proctor Street, Port Arthur, Tx 77640 
http://www.buumon.org

Chair Yoga: Thursdays: Nederland, Tx. 10:00 AM, Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627
Free/Donation Class.  Adaptive Chair Yoga for MS, every Thursday at 10: a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas.  For those with MS, their families and friends.  Bring popped topped canned vegetables & fruits for your class fee (or monetary equivalent - suggestion $4 to $7) Held in the foyer of the church sanctuary building.
https://www.facebook.com/AdaptiveYoga

Yoga: Tuesday/Thursday: 12 Noon. Beaumont. Tx.
Best Years Senior Center.  780 South Fourth Street, Beaumont, Texas. Phone: 409- 838-1902. 
http://www.beaumonttexas.gov/wp-content/uploads/pdf/recreation/BYC-newsletter.pdf  For latest newsletter information.






Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Yoga in Beaumont/Port Arthur/Nederland Texas and The Gravity Pal

If you need information about local yoga classes and instructors in the area, please be sure to give me a call at 409-727-3177.  If my classes do not meet your schedule, style, I can forward you onto other instructors in the area!

Nederland, Port Neches, Vidor, Orange, Port Arthur and Beaumont locations.

Oh, been interested and I have to say excited to be getting a Gravity Pal.  Can't wait to do some good ole fashioned yoga on it!  Keep you posted!

http://www.gravitypal.com/low-angle-inversion-tables/  for more information!

Yoga in Nederland, Texas.
See you on the Mat either Thursdays at 10 am or Mondays at 6:15 pm.  No yoga on Labor Day!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Coffee and Yoga! Port Neches, Nederland, Beaumont Texas Beginners Yoga Mondays at 6:15 pm in Nederland Texas

Yoga at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Tx 409-727-3177
Maya doing the dancer pose.  So lovely.  Gave this to her for her birthday!
Beginners Yoga Mondays at 6:15pm Just $7 Nederland, Texas
A little Coffee Print made from my monoprinting plate.

Tree pose - Nederland, Texas - Yoga with Gaileee
Using masks/stencils to create some artistic yoga poses --Tree anyone?



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Yoga and Gelli Plate Monoprinting

Been doing a bit on the creative side.  Monoprinting with the Gelli Plate.  Wow what fun!  Making my my stencils and learning about layers and masks.  Here's a few I did on Monday.... Big time learning process.  This stuff is fascinating!

Mask, layer, stamp

Many color pulls, stamp and another stamp 

Outer layer mask, color pulls and a color pull from a stamp

Layers with the mask a mask and color pull

Outside mask,then added a layer
Color pulls, stamp, layer, stamp, and mask


Monday, July 18, 2016

Even Kiddos like Get Fit Where You Sit #ChairYogaFitness classes!

Even these 10-12 year olds like Get Fit Where You sit #ChairYogaFitness class!  We recently sat down at camp this summer and demonstrated fitness seated on the chair with "Jump in the Line Shake Shake Shake Senora - Harry Belafonte's song from the movie, "BeetleJuice"!  Lots of fun!

Teaching this class Mondays & Wednesdays last part of July at Exygon in Nederland, Texas at 10am!

Hope to see YOU there on the chair!

Jump in the Line - Shake Shake Shake Senora - Get Fit Where You Sit #ChairYogaFitness class
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