Monday, January 22, 2018

Men in Yoga? You bet! Beginners Yoga classes in Nederland, Texas

Men in Yoga?  You Bet!  Nederland Texas Beginner Yoga Classes.

I think I have answered this question about 5 times this last week.  Yes we have men in the beginners yoga classes at Wesley UMC.  Though not many  men come, but the ones that do really seem to like it!

A bonus, if you are a golfer, it will increase your swing by 10-15%!  Plus easing back pain, that sometimes comes with a golf game!

Mondays 6:15 PM, $10, a Yoga Mat and be bold to come!  I dare you!  Oh, and by the way, helps to ease stress!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chair Yoga, BackPack Food Ministry, Thursdays 10 am at Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas

I teach adaptive yoga for MS at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas on Thursdays at 10 am.  Those with MS and their companions, this class is free to them.  But we invite the community to participate in this unique cardio chair yoga class offering.

A lot of people have issues with getting down on the floor, so this class has you doing yoga with the assistance of the chair, plus a little bit of seated dance fitness to get 20-25 minutes of cardio work done.  So good for the heart!

We do ask though, that the other participants either bring food donations for our Back Pack Food Ministry at the church (or a monetary donation).

We need canned goods with the popped tops in the areas of Fruits, Meats, Vegetables.  Healthy Snacks, instant oatmeal, small breakfast cereal boxes, 100% juices, and shelf stable milk.  Plus some microwave mac and cheese is great too!

Here are some examples.

More recently, one of our church members made this cool cart to hold the back pack food ministry food items.  Thank you Tommy Spires for your inspirational work!  Plus Cindy DuPre spent a bit of time staining and painting the cart.  Thank you so much!

With Hurricane Harvey, we depleted our food pantry, so we need all items on the list!  Thank you Wesley and our community for helping fill the back packs and feeding our area kiddos!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July Yoga Schedule for Beaumont, Port Neches, Port Arthur, Nederland Texas with Gail Pickens-Barger. Beginners, Chair Yoga, Kids

Chair Yoga Thursday, July 13, 20 & 27 at 10 am at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue Nederland, Texas
Beginners Yoga in Nederland Tx.  3515 Helena Avenue, Mondays at 6:15 pm July 10, 17, 24 & 31
Power of the yoga breath.  Come stress less with me! Gail Pickens-Barger, International Yoga Teacher, over 17 years teaching experience, Nederland, Port Neches, Port Arthur, Groves, Beaumont Texas

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Facebook Group for Yoga Practitioners with Pacemakers/ICDs. Yoga for Healthy Aging Blog post

Facebook Group for Yoga Practitioners with Pacemakers/ICDs. Yoga for Healthy Aging Blog post.

Nina contacted me about an article for the Yoga for Healthy Aging Friday Q&A:  Here is the article!  Enjoy.  Subscribe to Yoga for Healthy Aging.  Great stuff on that yoga site!  Gail
Friday Q&A: Facebook Group for Yoga Practitioners with Pacemakers
Q: One of your readers left a comment on Baxter’s post Friday Q&A: Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD) and Yoga about a Facebook group for people who do yoga with pacemakers or ICDs. Can you tell me more about it? 
A: For the answer to this question, I turned to the founder of the Yoga for Pacemakers & ICDs Facebook Group, Gail Pickens-Barger. —Nina
A: My cardiologist and I had been watching my slow heart rate for a number of years, and once my numbers got to be more than three seconds between heart beats, I was a candidate for pacemaker insertion. I had my pacemaker implantation in May of 2013. I was taking a break for the summer from teaching my regular yoga class at the gym, but continued to teach my adaptive chair yoga class for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at the church.
I went on the hunt to find other people who had this surgery and were yoga practitioners and/or teachers. After searching the internet, I came across a yoga therapist who works with the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. She had an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) implantation (see LINK). After her surgery, she actually kept up her vigorous flow yoga practice, complete with weight-bearing arm balances. She went on to tell me that one day she was receiving little shocks as she was resting in Child’s pose. She knew that this wasn’t the normal thing to be happening and promptly went to the hospital. She found out then that she had pulled out the leads to her ICD with her continued flow practice and had to have the leads into her ICD replaced. Her advice to me was to avoid weight-bearing yoga poses where you take your arms behind your back (extension), such as Bow pose, Camel pose, Dancer’s pose, and Upward Plank pose.
She also took out the arm balances from her personal practice. Since that time, I did meet a very young lady at one of my recent yoga trainings, and due to her age, she had her ICD placed below her rib cage. Her challenges will be different due to the placement.
After my surgery, over the summer of 2013, I continued to teach the adaptive chair yoga classes. Prior to the surgery, in the adaptive chair yoga class, we’d do 20 minutes of yoga, then about 20-25 minutes of seated dance fitness, sometimes with light weights or not, and then additional balance poses, cool down, and meditative contemplation guided relaxation. After the surgery, I took the seated dance fitness and weights out of the adaptive chair yoga class. (It wasn’t until the fall, that I added those elements back in). And two two weeks after getting out of my arm sling, I went back to teaching my other classes. But I could not do my full range of motion on my left side for over a year.
Then in September of 2014 I created the Yoga for Pacemaker & ICDs Facebook group. I decided to this because I love to share what I learn—I give out handouts all the time in my chair yoga classes, and in the gentle beginning classes that I teach—and I figured that there would be people out there like me, who were looking for resources to help them on their path of continuing their physical practice of yoga. I had my daughter, Amber Barger (and she was a recent graduate of a 200 hour teacher training program) demonstrate the yoga poses with the modifications that I have found to be helpful in my practice and those photos are on the Facebook page.
Yoga teachers and practitioners alike are in the Facebook group, and we get into discussions about alternative ways to do poses. Lately there has been much discussion about Plough pose, Shoulderstand, Legs Up the Wall pose and just in general being inverted in poses.
For me, personally, I have rarely included Shoulderstand, Handstand, Forearm balances, or Plough pose in my practice, so giving those up as not been an issue for me. However, I do like to be inverted. I’ll do Legs on the Chair, Legs on the Resist-a-Ball, and Legs up the Wall. I more recently have purchased a Gravity Pal reclined bench, to allow me to rest in an inclined position. In that position, my pacemaker shifts a bit towards my collarbone, as it does in Downward-Facing Dog pose, but it doesn’t seem to affect it. However, for my beginner clients I have them do Half Downward-Facing Dog pose at the wall instead. And for my chair clients, I have them stand behind the chair and use the top of the chair for their hands in Downward-Facing Dog pose.
For more information like this, come join me on Facebook! Go to and click the Join Group button and I’ll add you to the group.
Gail Pickens-Barger, E-RYT 200, LVCYT, CRYT, YogaKiddos®, Get Fit Where You Sit® Fitness Teacher is a retired IT professional who started teaching yoga in 2001. A graduate of YogaFit International Training System, she currently teaches Beginners Yoga, Kids Yoga, and Adaptive Chair Yoga for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the Nederland, Texas area. She also has experience teaching prenatal yoga, and teaches yoga privately in people’s homes to help them with their issues of osteoporosis and osteopenia, using Dr. Loren Fishman’s YogaUOnline course, his books, and his DVD’s to assist folks in becoming stronger and more independent in their active older years. You can find her at or contact her at 409-727-3177.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

YogaKiddos in Nederland, Texas

Lots of YogaKiddos activities this mid-winter at Wesley UMC in Nederland, Texas.  We are gearing up for International Kids Yoga Day in April.  Here are some activities we are doing in preparation for kids yoga on that day!

Top L-R: Tree Pose, Yoga Props, Groundhog Yoga, Yoga Bells/Chimes, Frog in Seated Twist Pose, Valentine Yoga, Heart openers, Chocolate Meditation, Valentine Card Yoga, Giraffes Can't Dance (or can they???) more valentine yoga, and various kiddos doing YogaKiddos!
Tree Pose, Yoga Props, Groundhog Yoga, Yoga Bells/Chimes, Frog in Seated Twist Pose, Valentine Yoga, Heart openers, Chocolate Meditation, Valentine Card Yoga, Giraffes Can't Dance (or can they???) more valentine yoga, and various kiddos doing YogaKiddos!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Are you looking to: Sleep Better, Ease Stress, Lose Weight, Lessen Back Pain? Beginners Yoga, One on One lessons may be the answer!

Are you looking to:  Sleep Better, Ease Stress, Lose Weight, Lessen Back Pain?  Beginners Yoga, One on One yoga lessons may be the answer! Contact Gail Pickens-Barger, to start your efforts of establishing a personal yoga practice.  Remember, You Don't Have to Bend Like a Pretzel or Tie Yourself Up in a Knot, to Experience the Full Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice! or 409-727-3177
One on One Yoga Lessons to help you start a personal yoga practice to experience the benefits of yoga!

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