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  • Yoga can often be as much or as little as you want it to be. For some it is purely a true physical pursuit, helping to keep your body toned, strong and flexible. For many people, yoga becomes more of a mindset and a way of living life. Whatever your reason for practicing, or your level of experience – we welcome you to Lotus Gentle Tiger Yoga. Everyone can practice yoga. Regardless of age, shape, size, experience, or level of flexibility – we can all benefit from yoga if we maintain “mental flexibility”…patience. The atmosphere at Lotus Gentle Tiger Yoga is friendly, supportive and attitude-free. We offer a variety of active and meditative yoga classes to help bring balance to your life.

    Yoga, like life, is about finding joyfulness, bliss and serenity in the moment. So come on in, relax, breath and learn to ‘be’ your yoga. Turn inward, listen to your breath, make your class a moving meditation, and explore a group practice a whole new way. This class is ideal for anyone wanting to work on stress-release, flexibility and balance ~ gradually and comfortably.  Use your breath at your own pace, you can choose to synchronize it with your body movements and poses or not. Students of Lotus Gentle Tiger Yoga will ease into a variety of soothing yoga postures, breath work and focused relaxation ~ and come out feeling great with a better outlook toward life! It’s simple always use your base of Mind, Body, Breath.

    Gentle Tiger Yoga is designed for all people, especially those that are looking for alternatives to the other Yoga forms they have tried. There are many excellent Yoga Programs in the area and we hope you are able to find one that suits you the best. If you are looking for a small school with personalized service, a tranquil environment and consistent instruction without the competition or stress of big box types, then we're here for you.

    Our Tiger Style is unique with our interwoven breath focus and Meditation Techniques, you can plan on this being a relaxing Mind calming experience with Gentle Stretching and Toning. Experience immediate success with us you won't have to fear trying to contort into a pretzel shape, chant the unknown or fear getting injured this is not Power Yoga or fast paced, rather it is geared to fit your ability while enhancing a powerful state of peaceful, blissful mindfulness.

    Try the Starter web special  and see if it is for you or not.                                                                             

    Tiger Yoga is not everyone's cup of tea, but, for you it just might be!

    Please call us for Schedule instructions,

    we have openings on Friday evenings and                 Saturday mornings by appointment only.

    Call for the details and to get scheduled:

     860-593-1914 

    Please remember to bring a Mat, towel, water, pleasant disposition and clean Footwear that has not been worn outside. Management reserves the right to deny service. Application paperwork and proof of purchase with ID must be completed before participation in any class. Sorry no Spectators, Yoga is a personal experience at our facility you can relax knowing there with not be a crowd watching you.

    Would you like to improve your life just through simple movements and coordinated breathing?

    Would you like to decrease stress and increase positive energy?

    Would you like to relieve muscle tightness and improve flexibility? 

    Would you like to refocus in the middle of your workday and counteract                                                              the stresses of poor posture and daily chores? 

    Gentle Tiger Yoga is designed to recharge the nervous system and balance the body through restful postures. Rather than Over-stimulating the muscles, the idea here is to quiet the muscles, allowing them to fully relax. Practicing this form of yoga will lower blood pressure and heart rate, as well as loosen up the joints. It helps to keep the endocrine system in check and can also give the immune system a boost. It is a gentle enough form of yoga to be suitable for any age or condition, as it is much slower paced than more traditional yoga and all the poses can be modified to accommodate the individual.

                                                         

     The practice of yoga in general focuses on the muscles and proper muscle alignment through correct posture.

    STRESS Unfortunately, our bodies don't know the difference between non-life-threatening stress such as meeting a business deadline and high-danger stress such as running from a wild animal. Restorative yoga helps to calm the "fight or flight" feeling of stress that is caused by a busy lifestyle. As you breathe and feel your muscles supported during restorative yoga, the nervous system gradually sends less urgent messages to the brain, allowing the breath and heart rate to slow

    BREATH Breathing deeply with intention, a practice known as pranayama, is at the heart of all forms of yoga, and restorative yoga is no different. Deep breathing helps the mind and muscles to quiet down. An increased awareness of your breath can also be helpful off the mat as you begin to note unhealthy patterns in your breathing, such as holding your breath or breathing jaggedly, during times of stress and chaos

    WEIGHT LOSS Stress causes the body to produce an excess of cortisol, a stress hormone that often affects the immune system and the adrenal glands. Cortisol is one of the leading causes for the body to gain fat, particularly in the belly. According to research at the University of California at San Francisco, lowering your levels of cortisol through restorative yoga can eventually help you to lose weight, Gentle Tiger Yoga may help you with weight loss. Cardiologists such as Mehmet Oz also recommend restorative yoga as a treatment for metabolic syndrome, a disorder that encompasses a combination of conditions related to obesity.

                                                           

    Health Benefits Meditation can calm your nerves while significantly improving your health, and it is an important aspect of many Eastern-based exercises. Just 10 to 20 minutes a day of meditation can lower your respiratory rate and help reduce stress. Reducing stress not only is important to your emotional well-being, but it's also an important part of disease management and prevention. Stress ages your immune system, but managing chronically high levels can protect your immune system and may help you fend off illness as well as diseases such as metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and depression. According to a study, people who practiced the meditative art of chi-gong daily for one month experienced significant improvements in their immune system function

    Multiple studies have revealed that often  yoga does increase flexibility and strength. Being strong and flexible has  beneficial effects on your overall health, including  increasing your energy levels, improving your ability to accomplish daily tasks, and reducing your risk of injury. Strength and flexibility are vital for balance and minimizing falls. Tiger Yoga also is used to improve balance and strength, and is particularly effective for older people with strength and flexibility issues. However, Gentle Tiger Yoga may benefit the health of both young and middle-aged participants. And the moderately intense aerobic element of this exercise has been shown to significantly reduce blood pressure and is a factor is possibly avoiding cancer.

                                                           

    Gentle Tiger Yoga stretches and poses have their foundation in correct alignment and structure to bring you the most benefit. But, the key difference is in the intensity and length of holding the poses. That is why it is so beneficial to people with physical challenges, to seniors and/or to anyone who wants a milder form of exercise.

    When muscles and joint movement are neglected, mobility decreases and pain increases. Gentle Tiger  Yoga provides a well-rounded approach so that every muscle and joint is slowly moved to bring you the most benefit. And of course, the more you easily move your body, the better you feel! And best of all, Gentle Tiger  Yoga is easy enough for beginners, while it is never boring for the truly advanced, so you can remain motivated to keep up your practice - day in and day out. 

    It can also release chronic pain and bodily toxins. Our Restorative Gentle Tiger Yoga is safe for most people and beneficial for many chronic conditions, ranging from insomnia to asthma to chronic pain, migraines and depression. It often stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, bringing the body back into safe equilibrium. As with any yoga, exercise or bodywork, food is not recommended sixty to ninety minutes before class, and lots of water is recommended following sessions to help flush toxins and hydrate your body

                                                        

     

    Detailed Medical Studies of Yoga:


    Results of a not-yet-published study hint that gentle forms of yoga can help improve quality of life for cancer patients. Time’s Alice Parks has the story:

    Called YOCAS, the four-week program involved sessions of hatha and restorative yoga twice a week for 75 minutes each, in combination with breathing exercises and meditation. Among the 410 participants, who were divided into yoga and traditional follow-up care groups, those practicing yoga recorded nearly double the improvement in sleep quality and reduction of fatigue compared to those not practicing yoga. They also reported better quality of life overall, [Dr. Karen Mustian of the University of Rochester Medical Center] says. “And the yoga group had all of these benefits while reducing their use of sleep medication,” she says. 

    According to Ray Shahelian MD: As you can see by the research studies, yoga has a number of benefits that apply to almost every tissue in the body. Each yoga pose influences a different part of the body, and the influence of the nerves in the body by yoga poses reflects back into the central nervous system, influencing the mind in many positive ways. Furthermore, you will notice a different feeling from each yoga class and each yoga instructor.

    Helps reduce blood pressure and is therefore beneficial in those who are diagnosed with hypertension. Helps those with heart failure Yoga helps Improves mood Improves balance Improves energy level Yoga helps cancer patients sleep better Yoga benefits those with diabetes by lowering blood sugar

    I love the feeling I get after a yoga session. I feel alert, vibrant, relaxed, energized, and glow with a sense of balance and vitality. Yoga provides unique benefits not found in vigorous aerobic exercise. Yoga’s mindful stretches harmonize body and mind, and can provide a low-impact workout. And because most of us live hectic lives, yoga can be an antidote to stress, allowing us to release chronic muscle tension and break out of the “fight or flight” cycle all too common in today’s world.

    Anxiety reduction A recent study looked into whether certain yoga postures could improve mood and reduce anxiety levels by increasing brain GABA levels. Researchers have found that GABA levels are lower in people suffering with mood and anxiety disorders. Thirty-four healthy individuals with no significant medical or psychiatric disorders were randomized to either a yoga program or a matched walking intervention for 60 minutes three times per week for 12 weeks. Yoga subjects reported greater improvements in mood and experienced decreased levels of anxiety when compared with the walking group. Streeter CC, Whitfield TH, Owen L, et al. Effects of Yoga Versus Walking on Mood, Anxiety, and Brain GABA Levels: A Randomized Controlled MRS Study. J Altern Complement Med. 2010

    Asthma and breathing Asthma is a lung condition involving chronic inflammation of the airways (bronchi) which can narrow and go into spasms. During asthma attacks, the smooth muscle cells in the bronchi constrict, the airways become inflamed and swollen, and breathing becomes difficult. Symptomatic control of episodes of wheezing and shortness of breath is generally achieved with fast-acting bronchodilators

                                                      


    Patients A gentle form of yoga helps those with lymphoma sleep better. The investigators found that among 39 patients being treated for lymphoma, those who participated in only seven weekly sessions of yoga said they got to sleep sooner, slept for longer, and needed fewer drugs to fall asleep. Study author Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, of the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, explained that living with cancer can be a very stressful experience, as patients cope with a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness and the side effects of treatment. As is well known, stress can often interfere with patients' sleep habits. Over the years, studies have linked yoga to a number of health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, beating fatigue and easing chronic pain. In the current report, Cohen and his team asked half of the patients to participate in seven weekly sessions of yoga and the results were compared to other patients with lymphoma who did not participate in the yoga program. Some studies have suggested that up to three quarters of cancer patients struggle with sleep. This may have important health consequences since sleep disturbances have been linked with problems with the immune system, and an increased risk of illness or death. Individuals with cancer should be cautioned that while undergoing or recovering from treatment one should adopt a gentle routine, and avoid excessively strenuous routines. This is particularly true for cancer patients who have metastases to the bones which would make the skeletal system more prone to fractures. There is good reason to expect that a gentle form of yoga would be beneficial to not only patients with lymphoma, but those suffering from other types of cancer. SOURCE: Cancer, April 15, 2004.

    Yoga for cancer patients and survivors. Cancer Control. 2005. Bower JE, Woolery A, Sternlieb B, Garet D. University of California, Los Angeles Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Los Angeles Nine studies conducted with cancer patients and survivors yielded modest improvements in sleep quality, mood, stress, cancer-related distress, cancer-related symptoms, and overall quality of life. Studies conducted in other patient populations and healthy individuals have shown beneficial effects on psychological and somatic symptoms, as well as other aspects of physical function. Results from the emerging literature on yoga and cancer provide preliminary support for the feasibility and efficacy of yoga interventions for cancer patients, although controlled trials are lacking. Further research is required to determine the reliability of these effects and to identify their underlying mechanisms.

    Improved fatigue in cancer survivors Cancer can be a devastating disease that saps energy often due to radiation and chemotherapy. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York assigned more than 400 cancer survivors to one of two groups. Most had been treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer. The first group did gentle Hatha yoga and restorative yoga twice a week for a month. The other group did not engage in such activity. The individuals who did yoga were able to cut back on sleeping pills and slept better. Yoga also increased their energy levels and improved their quality of life.      My comments: I think it is a great idea for oncologists to recommend their patients to start a mild restorative yoga program. It can reduce the reliance on sleeping pills and help improve overall vitality. 

                                                         

    Effects of yoga on the quality of life in cancer patients. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010; Ulger O, Yağli NV. Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Ankara, 06100 Samanpazari-Ankara, Turkey.  Twenty patients between 30 and 50 years of age presently under treatment for breast cancer were included in the study. Eight sessions of a yoga program including warming and breathing exercises, asanas, relaxation in supine position, and meditation were done. It was found that patients' quality of life scores after the yoga program were better than scores obtained before the program. After sessions, there was a statistically significant decrease in their anxiety scores. It can be concluded that yoga is valuable in helping to achieve relaxation and diminish stress, helps cancer patients perform daily and routine activities, and increases the quality of life in cancer patients. This result was positively reflected in patients satisfaction with the yoga program

    Patients A gentle form of yoga helps those with lymphoma sleep better. The investigators found that among 39 patients being treated for lymphoma, those who participated in only seven weekly sessions of yoga said they got to sleep sooner, slept for longer, and needed fewer drugs to fall asleep. Study author Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, of the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, explained that living with cancer can be a very stressful experience, as patients cope with a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness and the side effects of treatment. As is well known, stress can often interfere with patients' sleep habits. Over the years, studies have linked yoga to a number of health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, beating fatigue and easing chronic pain. In the current report, Cohen and his team asked half of the patients to participate in seven weekly sessions of yoga and the results were compared to other patients with lymphoma who did not participate in the yoga program. Some studies have suggested that up to three quarters of cancer patients struggle with sleep. This may have important health consequences since sleep disturbances have been linked with problems with the immune system, and an increased risk of illness or death. Individuals with cancer should be cautioned that while undergoing or recovering from treatment one should adopt a gentle routine, and avoid excessively strenuous routines. This is particularly true for cancer patients who have metastases to the bones which would make the skeletal system more prone to fractures. There is good reason to expect that a gentle form of yoga would be beneficial to not only patients with lymphoma, but those suffering from other types of cancer. SOURCE: Cancer, April 15, 2004.

                                                         

    Yoga for cancer patients and survivors. Cancer Control. 2005. Bower JE, Woolery A, Sternlieb B, Garet D. University of California, Los Angeles Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Los Angeles Nine studies conducted with cancer patients and survivors yielded modest improvements in sleep quality, mood, stress, cancer-related distress, cancer-related symptoms, and overall quality of life. Studies conducted in other patient populations and healthy individuals have shown beneficial effects on psychological and somatic symptoms, as well as other aspects of physical function. Results from the emerging literature on yoga and cancer provide preliminary support for the feasibility and efficacy of yoga interventions for cancer patients, although controlled trials are lacking. Further research is required to determine the reliability of these effects and to identify their underlying mechanisms.

    Improved fatigue in cancer survivors Cancer can be a devastating disease that saps energy often due to radiation and chemotherapy. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York assigned more than 400 cancer survivors to one of two groups. Most had been treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer. The first group did gentle Hatha yoga and restorative yoga twice a week for a month. The other group did not engage in such activity. The individuals who did yoga were able to cut back on sleeping pills and slept better. Yoga also increased their energy levels and improved their quality of life.      My comments: I think it is a great idea for oncologists to recommend their patients to start a mild restorative yoga program. It can reduce the reliance on sleeping pills and help improve overall vitality. 

                                                           

    Effects of yoga on the quality of life in cancer patients. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010; Ulger O, Yağli NV. Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Ankara, 06100 Samanpazari-Ankara, Turkey.  Twenty patients between 30 and 50 years of age presently under treatment for breast cancer were included in the study. Eight sessions of a yoga program including warming and breathing exercises, asanas, relaxation in supine position, and meditation were done. It was found that patients' quality of life scores after the yoga program were better than scores obtained before the program. After sessions, there was a statistically significant decrease in their anxiety scores. It can be concluded that yoga is valuable in helping to achieve relaxation and diminish stress, helps cancer patients perform daily and routine activities, and increases the quality of life in cancer patients. This result was positively reflected in patients satisfaction with the yoga program.

                          

    Conveniently located on Rt 4 Farmington  we offer Yoga for residents of Farmington, Yoga West Hartford, Yoga Bristol , Yoga Burlington, Yoga Avon and of Course Yoga Unionville. We hope we may share our teachings and they improve your life. God Bless.




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