Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Adaptive Yoga relieves disease-induced pain.#ChairYogaFitness with Gail Pickens-Barger

Gail Pickens-Barger, left, teaches an adaptive yoga class targeting people with multiple sclerosis at Wesley United Methodist in Nederland. But not all students have MS. Some have osteoporosis, some are healing from infections and some come to the class in an effort to be more active. Adaptive Yoga relieves disease-induced pains.
Adaptive Yoga relieves disease-induced pains.
Students find balance in class addressing physical toll of multiple sclerosis. By Michelle Heath. Beaumont Enterprise. Gail Pickens-Barger reminds her students to breathe as they move into Warrior II pose. In the background, calming music echoes through the church foyer.
Pickens-Barger's soothing voice and airy instructions seem suited to a typical yoga class. But this session is for people with multiple sclerosis.
Pickens-Barger teaches chair yoga fitness, a modified class, on Thursdays 9:30 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church in Nederland, Texas.
Beaumont Enterprise, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
Several women participate in an adaptive yoga class for people with multiple sclerosis. The class changes paces to incorporate Zumba-like dance exercises to help students with cardio and coordination.

YOGA. Students take class to quell variety of issues.
— at Wesley United Methodist Church, Nederland, Texas.

YOGA. Students take class to quell variety of issues. Continued from page 1B.
MS causes a multitude of health problems triggered when the immune system attacks healthy tissue in the nervous system, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Loss of coordination and lack of balance mean those suffering from MS aren't typically getting any cardio exercise, said Pickens-Barger.
Jenny Lavergne, 56, said she gets her only exercise through chair yoga fitness class.
The Groves resident was diagnosed with MS more than two years ago. Her retirement as a cafeteria worker at Memorial High School soon followed.
"I just struggled my last year (of work)," she said.
When she bent down to grab something or took a tumble, she couldn't pick herself up, she said. That fear kept her from working out.
Lavergne said she's noticed a change in her body and confidence since starting chair yoga fitness about a year ago.
"I still have (MS), but I don't think it's quite as bad," she said. "I haven't been falling as much and my balance isn't quite as bad."
Not all the students at the Nederland chair yoga fitness have MS. A few have osteoporosis, some are coming back from crippling infections and others are just trying to be more active.
As Pickens-Barger moves the class along, she changes pace to Zumba-like dance exercises. She said it helps her students with their cardio and coordination.
Pickens-Barger likes to keep her class light, making jokes and offering words of encouragement.
It's not just her good humor that keeps Pickens-Barger's students moving. They all know her back story.
Pickens-Barger needs some of the modifications that she teaches her students. In 2013, she had a pacemaker put in, which prevents her from doing arm balance poses.
Putting weight behind her back could pull out her leads and require surgery.
When Pickens-Barger holds onto her chair for a tree pose, it isn't just for demonstration. Like many of her students, she needs the chair for balance.
"I've always given modifications", she said. "But I think it makes them feel like they're allowed to do it (too)."
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Great article by MHeath@BeaumontEnterprise.com
Twitter.com/mhealth31

Monday, March 2, 2015

Just checking in! Yoga with Gaileee in Nederland Texas

Hi y'all!

So last week I was invited to sub for one of my dear yoga friends Edwin Cruz.  He had a bit of a cold, and needed a sub during his morning classes.

Beginners Yoga with Gail. Nederland, Beaumont Texas
Me being a bit goofy!
That is one of my trademarks!
It was really fun to get out there again and teach at Exygon, up at the Beaumont Club.  I think it had been almost two years!

As you may or may not know, I put in my resignation to teach at Exygon back in April of 2013.  I was getting ready to be super busy with my then 6 year old for summer activities, and it is really hard to find good yoga subs for all the 8 classes that I was teaching at that time.  So I retired, with the intention of coming back the following fall.

If you've been a student of mine, you may have noticed, I didn't come back.  Turns out I needed a pacemaker for my very very low beats per minute heart rate!  So my retirement was really a retirement!

I continued to teach my chair yoga class at the church, as it seemed at the time, that was about all I could manage.

Teaching in a gym environment has its own set of challenges (cold rooms, lack of yoga props), but at all the places that I've have taught at here in Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Nederland, every place has gone out of their way to be very accommodating (WP Hebert Health and Wellness Center - St Elizabeth, Port Arthur YMCA, and both Nederland and Beaumont Exygon Health and Fitness Centers).

So back in the fall of 2013, I decided to try again to teach.  I offered up my one time slot to teach at Exygon, but their schedule and my schedule didn't match up.  So I went back to teaching Beginners Yoga at the church.  Initially money that was donated went toward the Church Bus fund, and now the money goes toward the food ministries and/or our Childrens' Security fund.

So I taught all five days last week.  Monday 6:15 pm Beginners Yoga, Tuesdays Hatha Yoga at 9 am, Wednesdays 6:05 pm Beginners Yoga, Thursdays Chair Fitness Yoga at 9:30 am, and to top it off Fridays 9 am Hatha Yoga again at Exygon in Beaumont at 9 am.  A busy, busy week.  Plus I hosted an online Essential Oils class on Facebook.

Since having the pacemaker, I've also become really serious about my health.  So after being very minimal in movement (due to the surgery), I took Carolyn Bell's Nutrition Bingo class and along with simple exercise and using her nutrition techniques, lost 33 lbs since last March.  I've been in maintenance mode since about October, but I hope to take some portion of her upcoming series, but maybe not be able to participate fully since it is hosted in Beaumont.  We'll see.  Maybe I can Skype/webinar with her....

Okay well that's about all for now.  I'm going to post up some before and after yoga poses and weight lost pics now..

My "Before" Photos.

My "After" Photos.

Before, During and After! Thanks Carolyn Bell!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Other Yoga offerings in the Golden Triangle (Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur, Nederland) area


Here's the list of other yoga offerings in the Jefferson Mid-County Nederland, Port Arthur, Beaumont, Bridge City, Orange Tx, Texas- Golden Triangle Area.  Be sure to call prior or visit website. 

UPDATED: February 2015

Gail Pickens-Barger, E-RYT 200, NACYT (National Association Certified Yoga Teachers) and
Registered Childrens' Yoga Teacher (RCYT), Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher (LVCYT) -
Get Fit Where You Sit Chair Teacher - 409-727-3177  

http://yogawithgaileee.blogspot.com/
http://www.yogawithgaileee.com/

  • Gail teaches Beginners Yoga, Children Yoga & Adaptive Chair Yoga and Get Fit Where You Sit Chair Fitness Classes
  • Monday 6:15 pm Beginners Yoga at Wesley UMC, Nederland, Tx.
  • Beginners $5 Yoga class.  Mondays at 6:15 p.m.    Bring your yoga mat.   Held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas. (Home of Live Nativity at Christmas) Childcare available upon 48 hour prior request. 
  • Wacky Wednesdays $5 Yoga class. 6:05 p.m. Bring your yoga mat.  Held at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Tx.  Held in the sanctuary building in the foyer.  That is the most northern building on the church property.
  • http://www.facebook.com/YogaWithGaileeeERYT
  • Thursday 9:30 am.  Free class. Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis.
    Sponsored by the National MS Society, Lonestar Chapter - Gail Pickens-Barger
    Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas. 
    In the foyer of the Sanctuary. Free for those with MS & their support persons.
    http://www.facebook.com/AdaptiveYoga
Other Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates classes in the area.


Exygon Health and Fitness Club - Nederland
www.exygon.comMid-County-Nederland
Tuesday 7:00 pm - Beginners Yoga - Kaci
Thursday 7:00 pm - Beginners Yoga - Kaci
Thursday 8:30 am - Pilates - Amanda/Mike
Exygon Health and Fitness Club - Beaumont
Beaumont
Monday - 5:30 pm- Restorative Healing Yoga-Edwin
Tuesday - 9 am - Yoga Foundations - Edwin
Wednesday - 6:45 pm Yoga - Edwin
Thursday - 7:30 am Pilates - Amanda/Mike
Friday - 9 am - Yoga Foundations - Edwin
Golden Triangle Yoga - Beaumont
Jessica Depew, Owner
229 Dowlen Suite 6A
(in between Basic Foods
and Worlds Gym)
 Beaumont, Tx, 409-861-0003
 www.goldentriangleyoga.com
LoveYoga - Beaumont
Tiffany Maloney, Owner Studio in
between 9th and 8th in Old Town Beaumont. 2481 Calder
Ave, Beaumont, TX 77702, 409.454.3977
Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center 
Lamar University Open to students and faculty. See Lamar Rec Sports Center schedule for current yoga offerings

Wilton P Hebert Health and Wellness Center
St Elizabeth - Beaumont 3030 North Street
Beaumont, Tx 409-899-7777 ext. 4018 www.christushospital.org/LookWhosTeaching
 If you aren't a member, you can pay $5 for taking a yoga class!
Yoga and  Pilates classes free with membership

Monday at 6:15 pm
Beginners Yoga at Wesley United Methodist Church
3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas. Childcare available upon request with 48 hour notice (free). Call Gail at 727-3177 or email Gail Saturday afternoon to ensure childcare workers. 
$5 Yoga at Wesley UMC, Nederland, Texas. Mondays.6:15pm, some Fridays.5:30pm
$5 Yoga Mondays.6:15 pm


Warrior I, Just $5 Yoga benefit the future Church Bus!
Five Dollar Yoga
White Lion Kung Fu
Sifu Tre Miller - Tai Chi
2566 Interstate 10 Suite 20
Beaumont, Texas 77703

Best Years Senior Center - Tai Chi classes!780 South Fourth Street
Phone: 409- 838-1902
Check their online schedule for their Tai Chi Classes.  Ages 55 and up.  

Kim Folse

Ashtanga  Yoga Classes, Port Neches, Tx
Call for Details.
409.722.5482
Starting a new session at Woodcrest
Elementary on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 
Call for pricing and times.


Soul Space Studio

Mondays and Thursday 6:30 pm classes

8895 McGee Lane, Beaumont 77705

(It's close to the water company in Fannett.)

YMCA of Port Arthur
6760 9th Avenue Port Arthur, Tx
409-962-6644
Mon at 10 am Tues at 11 am
Wed at 10 am Thurs at 11 am
Frid at 11 am YogaStretch Chair


FitLife Orange
2826 Western Orange, TX 77630
409-886-8181
To see the schedule of yoga classes
World Gym Beaumont
229 Dowlen Rd # 5 Beaumont, Tx
409-866-5595
Tuesday and Wednesday 10:15 am
Sun Tree Yoga - Beaumont
4435 Calder Road Beaumont Tx
409-892-YOGA

 Beginners $5 Yoga
Wesley United Methodist Church
3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Tx
Mondays at 6:15 pm & Wed at 6:05 pm
Bring a yoga mat (extras available)
Childcare available upon
48 hour request.
409-727-3177 ask about yoga classes in Mid-County!
Just $5 for Yoga at Wesley UMC Mondays-6:15pm, some Fridays-5:30pm
$5 Yoga at Wesley UMC, Mondays at 6:15 pm

Healing Yoga at Unity Church
1555 S. 23rd St, Beaumont, Tx 77705
Beginners T'ai Chi Mondays from 6 - 7 pm

Intermediate T'ai Chi Wednesdays from 7 - 8 pm
Instructed by: Ashley Massey 

Y12SR (The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery) with Sheila

Y12SR combines the wisdom of Yoga and the practical tools of the 12 step programs.  Open to anyone dealing with their own addictions (drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, spending, etc...)  OR those dealing with the addictive behaviors of others.  One hour sharing meeting followed by a one hour yoga practice.  Donation based, no experience needed.  Wednesday nights 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Love Yoga Studio, 2481 Calder in Beaumont, Tx For more info:  WWW.Y12SR.org   or find us on Facebook Y12SR Beaumont.  (409) 658-6481

Leland Best Fine Arts Academy

701 Calder, First Methodist Church, Beaumont, Tx.
Yoga Fall  2015  (Jan 5  – May, 2015) Classes: $50. per Semester (9 weeks) Wed 4:30 - 5:30 pm with Cindy Emerson

Beyond Triangle Theraputics
2990 Laurel St, Beaumont, Tx
$15 drop in fee. Mon and Wed Yoga 9 am
Instructor: Charisse Fawcett
Ternion CrossFit
Sundays 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

30 in Beginners Yoga this past Monday, January 26th, 2015 in Nederland, Texas. Wow!

Y'all are awesome!
Look at all these people in yoga class!  Beginners $5 Yoga at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue in Nederland, Texas.
Mondays at 6:15 pm
http://www.facebook.com/YogaWithGaileeeERYT
Wednesdays at 6:05 pm

http://www.facebook.com/YogaWithGaileeeERYT
Y'all are awesome!
Look at all these people in yoga class!  Beginners $5 Yoga at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue in Nederland, Texas.
Mondays at 6:15 pm
Wednesdays at 6:05 pm
Lying down spinal twist!
and Free community Chair Yoga class on Thursdays at 9:30 am

Down dog and all the variations!

Ahhh, so good for the back, Lying down spinal twist.

Y'all supporting food ministries at Wesley.  Thank you from the top and bottom of my heart!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

Conditions Improved By Yoga, Self Reported - from "Yoga As Medicine" Book by Timothy McCall, M.D. ~ Gaileee

This article bears worth repeating! Look at all these conditions that Yoga helps you with!


As I am getting deeper and deeper into one of the books that we are to read for the YogaTherapy course, I am amazed at all the benefits of a regular yoga practice can do for folks. And I'm a yoga teacher. (The more you teach yoga, it seems the more you want to know....and need to know!)

Please read on for more information about "Yoga as Medicine" book (excellent!)by Timothy McCall, M.D. http://www.drmccall.com/ ~Gaileee
Yoga appears to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of health conditions. In Timothy McCall, M.D. Book, "Yoga As Medicine", he goes on to say: We'll be reviewing the scientific evidence later but, for now, let's see what people who've tried therapeutic yoga have to say. In 1983 - 84, the London-based Yoga Biomedical Trust, run by Robin Monro, PhD, surveyed twenty-seven hundred(2,700) people, most between the ages of thirty-one and sixty, who used yoga therapeutically. To be included, participants had to have practiced yoga for at least two hours a week for a year or longer. Though the number of people with some of the conditions in question was small, the results (see the table below, and in Dr. McCall's book, Table 1.1) were impressive:
  • 98 percent of back-pain sufferers found yoga helpful
  • 90 percent of cancer patients
  • 82 percent of people with insomnia
  • and 100 percent of alcoholics
The lowest success rate in the survey was for women with "menstrual problems," two out of three of whom found that yoga helped.
Table 1.1 Conditions Improved by Yoga, Self-Reported

Medical Condition     Number of               Percentage Helped
People Reporting               By Yoga

Alcoholism               24                          100%
Anxiety                 838                           94%
Arthritis &
Rheumatic Disorders     589                           90%
Asthma or Bronchitis    226                           88%
Back Disorders        1,142                           98%
Cancer                   29                           90%
Diabetes                 10                           80%
Duodenal Ulcers          40                           90%
Heart Disease            50                           94%
Hemorrhoids             391                           88%
High Blood Pressure     150                           84%
Insomnia                542                           82%
Menopausal Disorders    247                           83%
Menstrual Problems      317                           68%
Migraine                464                           80%
Neurological &
Neuromuscular Diseases  112                           96%
Obesity                 240                           74%
Premenstrual Syndrome   848                           77%
Smoking                 219                           74% 


Source: The Yoga Biomedical Trust, London
Imagine how much you'd be hearing about a new drug that could accomplish even a fraction of this. Nevertheless, (it is Dr. Timothy McCall's)it's my experience that few in the medical community or the general public have any conception of what yoga has to offer. Part of the problem, (Dr. McCall) I'm convinced, is that many people who could benefit from yoga shy away due to misconceptions about what it is and isn't, or who can do it and who shouldn't.

Those subjects to be addressed in a different post.
Here is a NEW link about the 75 conditions benefited by Yoga by Dr. Timothy McCall!
http://www.drmccall.com/uploads/2/2/6/5/22658464/yam--75conditions.pdf


Enjoy the updated info!
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