Friday, July 21, 2017

Prenatal Yoga in Jefferson Mid-County ~ Nederland, Port Neches, Groves Texas

I no longer have public prenatal yoga classes.

I do conduct private yoga lessons,and if you are interested in those, they can be done at Exygon Health & Wellness Center in either Beaumont or the Nederland location, or done in your home.

Price for one session is $50 if at the gym, price is negotiable if done at the home.

Give me a call at 409-727-3177 for further inquires.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Private Prenatal Yoga in Beaumont, Port Neches, Nederland, Groves, Port Arthur Texas

I currently have 1, maybe 2 more spots available for teaching private prenatal yoga in either your home or at Exygon Health & Fitness in Beaumont or Nederland, Texas.

Please contact me at 409-727-3177 for further inquiries.

Gail Pickens-Barger

I'm shown here leading a prenatal yoga class with a language interpreter in Mongolia.  Culturally, it is a no no to be down on the floor while pregnant in this country, so we did standing poses and lots of poses using the chair as a prop and seated on the chair with the prenatal poses.  Awesome  class!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Top ten reasons to continue exercising during pregnancy

Top ten reasons to continue exercising during pregnancy (+ yoga) in Nederland / Beaumont Texas

Friday, June 23, 2017

Pregnancy workouts by Jenny Ford

I absolutely love Jenny Ford's stepping and marching routines.  She has also done some pregnancy workouts.  Thought I'd share these here, for alternate workouts besides prenatal yoga.  I hope you enjoy!

NEW Pregnancy Workouts – HELP!


Hey Moms, I’ve got two NEW pregnancy workouts that I need help with.  First off, congratulations on your pregnancy!  Hope you’re feeling great, and excited, and nervous, and beautiful, and amazing all at once.  Are you setting some time aside for yourself?  Now is a great time to get into the habit of scheduling some ‘me-time’ each day so it will continue after your little one arrives.

Of course I hope your ‘me-time’ includes some exercise.  Funny enough, I’m here to help you with that.  After you’ve cleared it with your doctor, I’d love your help testing out 2 NEW workouts.

Contact me and I’ll send you some private links.  Then give it to me–honest feedback that is.  If you’re not expecting, but know someone who is, SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!  Anyone is welcome.

I filmed these workouts a little over a year ago when I was in my third trimester.  Boy time flies!

The first workout is a cardio/strength interval workout, about 57 minutes.  It can be done with a step, or without, and you can break it up into sections according to how you feel.  Hand weights are used, but they’re not required.

The second workout is a toning and strengthening workout, about 31 minutes.  You’ll need a chair, a pillow, and a mat.
Need more info or want to participate?  Contact Jenny Ford at:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Prenatal Yoga on the Ball with Sara Varona

I loved doing prenatal yoga on the ball with my last pregnancy.  Helps with those pregnancy aches and pains, and helps you to prepare your body for childbirth! (On the left hand side of this blog, you see me sitting on the resist-a-ball or birthball, doing hip circles to try to open up my pelvis even more, for an easier birth.)

RestoraFlow Yoga Creator, Sara Varona demonstrates in her later stages of pregnancy, prenatal yoga that can be done with the resist-a-ball, with one never having to get up off the floor. Sara is a very generous yoga teacher, in that she and Harlan Kilstein created a website Build Your Yoga Business, to help yoga instructors become financially independent in the teaching of yoga.  So get out your resist-a-ball/fitball and try out these sets of prenatal instructions! 

Sara Varona Introduction To Pre-Natal Yoga Videos Pre Natal Yoga Fitness

Prenatal Yoga Volume 1 on the Ball with Sara Varona

Prenatal Yoga Volume 2 on the Ball with Sara Varona

Prenatal Yoga Volume 3 on the Ball with Sara Varona

Prenatal Yoga Volume 4 on the Ball with Sara Varona

Friday, July 8, 2016

Prenatal Yoga DVD Review site

To see the yoga videos/DVDs that I used during my pregnancy, check out my website at:  

I have a list that I used, that worked well for me during my 4th pregnancy.  Plus prenatal yoga with Kathy Smith and Denise Austin are also good ones!

Here is a list of other Prenatal DVD's that other prenatal yoga instructors have recommended.  I have not seen, or done any of these DVD's so be sure to look at the reviews on Amazon prior to purchasing.  Maybe you can order these through IntraLibrary Loan through your Library to try out?

Lisa Richards Embracing the Goddess

Prenatal with Jane Austin

Yoga Journal yoga for your pregnancy

Be Blooma Well Prenatal Yoga with Sarah Longacre

Zen Mama with Rainbeau Mars

Prenatal Kundalini  Yoga with April Bernardi

I found this website, where there are reviews and links to prenatal yoga dvds.  I did a few reviews myself, and list my favorites on my blog and website, but this site has reviewed quite a bit more than I have.

Thought you might like to look at their site, to find some more recommended prenatal yoga DVDs.

Clink on over to:

Friday, January 17, 2014

Beginners Yoga for those prenatal ladies.

I teach beginners yoga at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas.

If you are pregnant, and would like to come to a beginners yoga class, I can give you specific poses to do, depending on the trimester of your pregnancy.  Beginners classes are a great place to come to if you've not done yoga in a while, just beginning a yoga practice, or are unsure what poses are safe for you and your pregnancy.

Give me a call if you have any questions, visit this site in a bit more depth, and I'd love to see you in class!

  • Monday at 6:15 pm
  • Thursday at 9:30 am

Prenatal yoga questions, call Gail at 409-727-3177, to get you started in coming to yoga.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Prenatal Yoga in Port Arthur, Beaumont, Nederland Texas

Prenatal Yoga is pretty non-existant in the Beaumont, Port Arthur and Nederland Texas area.

I will start teaching a gentle beginning yoga class at Wesley United Methodist Church, in Nederland, Texas on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. Currently teaching this class.  Winter/Spring 2014.

 I can give the alternate poses that ones does while pregnant in this class.  While not a prenatal yoga class (cause in a true prenatal class, you go into doing "kegals", relaxation pose to help you in your labor, and other poses good for while in labor), the gentle yoga class and prenatal class are very similar, so I can give you good modifications to do while others are doing the gentle version of the class.

Most important thing, is that you do not lie on your back after 12-14 weeks, for any great length of time, and of course, no ab, or lying on the stomach poses (also avoiding, deep, deep twists).

I took the YogaFit Pre/Post Natal training, and right before and during my fourth pregnancy, I taught prenatal yoga, when I lived in Victoria, Texas.

So, if you are interested in attending, call, or just show up for class.  Be sure to tell me that you are pregnant, and how far along.  It would also be good, if you tell your OB/GYN that you are taking yoga.  Most OB/GYN's applaud the benefits of a yoga class.

My OB/GYN also told me that taking water classes, at a lower end of activity was wonderful for my health, and to continue to do my walking.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Exercise and Pregnancy

Exercise and Pregnancy

Before you get started on a pregnancy fitness program, talk to your doctor. Your physician will want to evaluate your fitness status in relation to your pregnancy, and your fitness instructor will most likely want your physician's approval or consent-to-exercise form before you begin an exercise program.

Plenty of Benefits

Exercise during pregnancy offers many physical and emotional benefits. For example, a good exercise program may help relieve some of the common problems associated with pregnancy, such as excessive weight gain, swelling of your hands and feet, leg cramps, varicose veins, insomnia, fatigue and constipation.
You also can look forward to improved posture and circulation, reduced backaches, pelvic and rectal pressure and increased energy levels if you follow a well-designed exercise program while you're pregnant. And you'll feel better knowing you're doing something good for yourself, which is, of course, good for your baby.

Keep Moving Every Other Day

Pregnant women can participate in low-impact aerobic activity three times per week, or as often as every other day, if your physician agrees. But don't push it; if you're feeling exhausted, don't try to exercise. Walking is one of the best aerobic activities and, as long as your doctor says you can exercise and you're comfortable, do it. Just be sure to take the time to gradually warm up, and don't forget to stretch before and after your aerobic session.

Water Relief

The buoyancy effect of water may increase your comfort by supporting your weight and reducing any feelings of clumsiness or lack of balance. Swimming and other water exercises place muscles in a relaxed, non-weight-bearing position, providing relief to those who are carrying more pressure and stress as a result of pregnancy.

Understand Your Body

Exercise during pregnancy should take into account the changes you're experiencing - new body alignment, different posture and reduced strength and endurance. Your program should begin with a series of warm-up exercises and stretches that concentrate on hip, neck and shoulder movement and lower back flexibility. Any abdominal exercises should be modified to reduce strain. Because of the risks associated with exercising on your back, your side is a good position for floor exercises.

Listen To Your Body

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop exercising and call your physician:
  • increased uterine contractions
  • vaginal bleeding
  • amniotic fluid leakage
  • dizziness or faintness
  • shortness of breath
  • palpitations
  • persistent nausea or vomiting
  • back or hip pain
  • difficulty walking
  • general swelling or edema
  • numbness anywhere in your body
Check with the fitness centers in your area, the YMCA and community hospitals for exercise programs for pregnant women. One of the best ways to know if the instructor is knowledgeable in working with pregnant women is to be sure the instructor is ACE certified and has specialized training in pregnancy and exercise.

*All ACE Fit Facts are copyrighted by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and cannot be used for widespread distribution, either in print or via electronic means, without written permission from ACE.
The preceding ACE Fit Fact was reproduced with permission from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a nonprofit organization committed to promoting active, healthy lifestyles and their positive effects on the mind, body and spirit.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Now that you have had your baby...

It is time to do baby yoga! My baby loved doing the little routines listed in the book, "Itsy Bitsy" Yoga.

I'd sing to her, "Pada Hasta, pada Hasta", for the pumping of the knees into the chest, to help her with her gas, and the "Corkscrew" movement, to help, again, the movement of the bowels. (Okay, sounds gross, I know, but if your baby has those issues, it is a nice way to help them out, plus they love it!)

Plus the "Kissy feet, kissy feet, toes to the nose"!

Curious? You can check out the book from the local library, or request it from IntraLibrary loan, or check out Helen's website. Lots of good information there! Or find a local teacher