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Yoga with Gaileee
Mildred, A Yoga student from the YMCA,
"I was able to do all of the poses, with a few modifications,
when I took your 'back yoga' class. My back feels so good afterwards."
a Prenatal client,"Your Yoga classes made the birth of my second
baby even easier and smoother than that of our first baby." Spring
Katheryn, A Gentle Beginning Yoga student, "I
throughly enjoyed seeing the demonstration of the neti pot during
one of our yoga classes." Winter 2008
Assisting a private client into a better form for Downward Facing
Benefits of Practicing Yoga....
FOCUS ON THE PRESENT
Lifting up and out of the pelvis, strengthening core muscles.
Helen, A Free Will Yoga
student. "After my first yoga session,
I was able to go to sleep without my sleep aid medication." Spring
From Brenda, a Fibromyalgia
sufferer and Gentle Beginning Yoga client. "In
taking Gail's class, I don't miss my Vioxx as much. I'm not having
any spasms in my left leg and I can manage my stress better."
Strengthen your thighs, arms and shoulders with
Warrior 2 pose
Discover how to: lose
weight, ease your stress, increase your flexibility, build your
strength, lessen your back pain with Yoga classes in Nederland
& Beaumont, Texas
" I'd never taken a yoga class before a friend
insisted I "at least try" Gail"s Beginning
Yoga class. I found it to be a wonderful experience for
my out-of-shape condition! I couldn't do everything the
rest of the class did, but Gail set a level of comfort
in every class, where I felt comfortable in making whatever
accomodations necessary for my particular problems. She
assisted and made suggestions, but I was free to make
whatever adaptations were comfortable for me. After foot
surgery, I wore a walking orthopedic boot to class, and
gradually began working back up to where I'd been before
I missed a few weeks. After Gail moved, I tried two other
classes, same title, but the instructors really didn't
"get" what beginning means. The last time I
went, I really hurt my knee. My fault for not accepting
my limitations, but the comfort zone was just not the
same. If you don't get to go to every class, you will
lose continuity in some classes by having to look at the
instructor continually because they abbreviate instructions.
Not with Gail! She has a wonderful smooth flowing rhythm
of speaking that allows you to totally focus on your own
movements. Really miss the comfortable, friendly atmosphere
of Gail's class! Always very professional, Gail makes
it fun, relaxing, and rewarding, and always has a smile
that says, "I love teaching yoga!" Always made
me leave with a smile too, thinking, "I love Gail's
class!" May 2007
Patsy, a 65 year
"young" Gentle Beginning Yoga student
Victoria, Texas | More Student Testimonials can be
A study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
Center in Seattle linked yoga and weight loss. This study of
over 15,000 men and women showed people who did yoga lost weight
while the control group gained weight.
Another study presented last year at the America
Heart Association found yoga helped overweight high school students
lose weight while the control group gained weight.
And the famed Dr. Dean Ornish encourages his patients
to practice yoga to help ensure weight loss. When you do yoga
and make it part of your lifestyle, youll soon discover
its power for weight loss.
Yoga helps you to lose the weight in varied
ways. It helps you build muscle mass. When you increase
your muscle mass, you boost your resting metabolism -- and that
makes your body burn more calories. You strengthen your body
from tip to toe with a regular practice. The thyroid gland normalizes
your weight without you having to be in the gym 4-6 days a week.
There are a number of factors involved in the normalizing of
the weight. Some of the poses in a practice stimulate sluggish
glands to increase their hormonal secretions. The thyroid gland,
especially, has a big effect on our weight because it affects
Yoga goes even deeper by changing the relationship
of mind to body, and eventually to food and eating which can
have tremendous impact on weight loss.
Lessen your stress:
Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the
body. By encouraging relaxation, you help on lowering
your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol
is the chemical that is linked to increased belly
fat. Big bellies are linked to insulin resistance-a
precursor to Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes - and heart
disease. By combating stress, yoga helps to normalize
cortisol levels and keep belly fat to a minimum.
Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and
heart rate, improving digestion and boosting
the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions
such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.
Your lung capacity will improve, and so will the quality
and depth of the breath. People who practice on a regular
basis, will notice that they will have less upper respiratory
infections, this is thought to be because of the quality of
your breath one practices in a yoga practice.
Improve your flexibility:
Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing
range of movement and reducing aches and pains. Many
people cant touch their toes during their first
yoga class. Gradually they begin to use the correct
muscles. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles
lengthen, increasing elasticity, making more poses
possible. Yoga also helps to improve body alignment
resulting in and helping to relieve back, neck,
joint and muscle problems. Many people think that
they need to be flexible or need to be able to touch
their toes to do yoga. Not so! You come to yoga with
however your body is at the moment, and with working
through your practice, work towards a more flexible
Build your strength:
Yoga postures use every muscle in the body, helping
to increase strength literally from head to toe. When
I restarting taking yoga about 8 years ago, I could
only do one pushup. After being in a regular practice
for three months, I could at the end of those three
months do 19 pushups! I was truely amazed at this
feat, and was hooked on yoga from that point on.
While the different poses in a practice can strengthen the
body, they also provide an additional benefit of helping to
relieve muscular tension. Lots of people have upper
body tension, due to being at a desk or car or at the computer
for a lot of the day. Coming to a session, helps to build
the upper body strength, and to relieve tension being held
in the body, so you get benefit of increasing strength and
easing body tension.
Remember, you don't
have to be flexible, or in shape to do yoga. If you can breathe
you can do some form of yoga. The more out of shape that you
are, the more you'll see immediate results in a regular practice.
Please join me in a gentle beginning
What happens in a class is for the first time, you'll
register and sign in, I'll discuss with you any body
issues that you may have (back, carpel tunnel syndrome,
balance, surgeries, high blood pressure, etc.), Class
is typically 55 minutes in length. Each class will
begin with warm-up and stretching. The warm-up is
then followed by focused breathing, then a series
of poses that gently work the entire body. After the
exercises there is a period of physical and mental
relaxation and reflection.
Participants do not need any prior experience
(I love beginners!!) to attend. All skill levels are welcomed.
You may borrow a yoga mat, but I encourage you to purchase
a yoga mat of your own. Blankets, blocks, straps are provided
for you to use during your practice.
Where are the classes that I teach?
- Beginners $7 Yoga Class - Mondays
Mondays at 6:15 pm, Christian Life Center (the most
southern building at the church location) at Wesley
United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland,
Texas. Bring your yoga mat and come enjoy a gentle yoga
class that will: ease your back pain, lose weight, lessen
stress, increase flexibility and gain strength. Ages
12 and up. Free childcare available upon 48 hour request.
- Adaptive Chair Yoga - Thursdays
Thursdays at 10 am, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas
77627. Wesley United Methodist Church. Free. Held in
foyer of the sanctuary building. (The most northern
building at the church location.)
- Private Yoga Lessons - Limited time
slots available. I urge you to call for your private
Whether you're a beginning yoga student or have been
practicing yoga for years. Beginners and Chair Yoga
classes give you the foundation & safe alignment
in your yoga postures -- to ensure you gain the maximum
benefit for your body! Each class will begin with warm-up
and stretching. The warm-up is then followed by focused
breathing, then a series of poses that gently work the
entire body. After the yoga poses there is a period
of physical and mental relaxation and reflection.
- Email me or Call me for details about what YOGA can
do you for! YogaWithGaileee@gmail.com
or call at 409.727.3177.
Frequently Asked Questions about Yoga with Gaileee
do people come to yoga?
- Want to lose or maintain
- Increase their flexibility
and also to increase their strength.
- Ease their body aches
- Reduce their stress
in their busy lives.
- Have techniques to
use, in making their labor and childbirth experience
a bit easier to handle.
- Relaxation, melting the muscles into the earth and
lessen the stress...ahhh.
- YogaKiddos looks like fun!
- Adaptive chair yoga with using various props.
pose isolates various muscles in the hips, reducing stiffness
and increasing flexibility. everyday activities like walking
and common sports such as cycling and running involve
hip strength but not hip flexibility. Most of us lead
very busy lives and this leads to stress. This stress
in turn creates tension in our bodies and often results
in further locking up our already tight hip sockets.
Pigeon Pose into your daily routine will help you to unlock
your hips, move with greater ease and relieve a considerable
amount of tension.
Downward facing dog strengthens
arms and back, relieves tension in the neck, and
creates flexibility in the hamstrings (back of
the thighs) and shoulders.
A basic yet challenging yoga pose
that provides benefits for those challenged with back pain issues.
at 409.727.3177 for more information.
dont need any previous experience to make dramatic
changes in your life in a very short time. It doesnt
matter what shape youre in right now, yoga is suitable
for every BODY!
Please call for details.
409 727-3177 or email at:
Challenging balance and core muscles in half balanced
Keeping the spine healthy by including back bends
in a practice. Assisting in bow pose
Yoga with Gaileee, in Nederland,
Tx and Beaumont Texas. Beginning Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Back Care
Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga for the Kiddos, Childrens Yoga, Noahs
Ark Yoga, E-RYT: Discover how to: lose weight, eliminate your
stress, increase your flexibility, build your strength using
Yoga. In Nederland Tx, Beaumont Texas, Port Arthur Texas