Where to begin your yoga practice? Start with Beginners Yoga in Nederland, Texas.
Chair Yoga at 10:00 am, $5 at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas. Call Gail at 409-727-3177 on your yoga questions. Please leave a voice message and I will return your call!
Yoga can help you:
Ease your back pain
Help to lose weight
Lessen one’s stress
Ease pregnancy challenges
Build bone mass
and Better your balance
You don’t have to bend like a pretzel in yoga, to get a LOT of these benefits. A gentle beginners practice is the way to get started! Either one on one lessons in your home, or start with my chair yoga class on Thursdays at 10am.
Again, check out our heart healthy class at Wesley UMC, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas on Thursdays at 10:00 AM. Held in the foyer of the Sanctuary Building. That is the building closest to the street. $5 or food ministry donation.
Wear street clothes, we provide the chairs!
Call Gail at 409-727-3177 on your yoga questions. Seated chair yoga great for pregnant ladies too!
Lessen Stress, Ease Back Pain….the secret? It’s Yoga!
Lessen Stress, Lower Blood Pressure, Better Joint Mobility, Increase Strength, Gail Flexibility, Improve Circulation, Build Bones, Ease Back Pain, Activate Core, Decrease Dementia and 100 more Health Conditions Helped by a regular Yoga practice. Contact Gail 409-727-3177 on how yoga can help YOU.
NEDERLAND — At the end of her class, Nederland yoga instructor Gail Pickens-Barger asks her students to meditate 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 affects the central nervous system, and none of their symptoms are exactly the same.
Some of her students experience episodes of 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 affects 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.
Contact Gail at (409) 727-3177. Please leave a voice message, if I am unable to get to your phone call. I will return your call!