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Yoga Lily is at Yoga Lily.2 days ago
18:30 - Dynamic Hatha Yoga (75min) Lily
19:30 - Slow Flow Hatha Yoga (75min) David
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Yoga Lily is at Yoga Lily.3 days ago
09:30 - Morning Flow Yoga (75mins) small group
18:00 - Slow Flow Yoga (75mins) small group
18:15 - Beginners Yoga Course (60mins) David
19:45 - Slow Flow Yoga (75mins) small group
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Yoga Lily
Yoga Lily is at Yoga Lily.4 days ago
18:00 - Slow Flow Yoga (75min) Small Group
19:45 - Slow Flow Yoga (75min) Small Group
20:15 - Yoga at 1Life (60mins) David
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Yoga Lily
Yoga Lily is at South Furzton Meeting Place.5 days ago
18:00 - Beginners & Improvers Yoga (75mins) Lily
18:15 - Beginners Yoga Course (60mins) David
19:30 - Slow Flow Yoga at Oxley Park (75mins) David
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Yoga Lily is in Milton Keynes.7 days ago
12:00 - Hatha Slow Flow Yoga (60min) David
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  • Small Group Yoga Classes

    Balance the mind and body at the Yoga Lily home studio in Furzton, Milton Keynes. Class size is a maximum of 6 people.

  • Yoga Classes at Oxley Park Community Centre

    Yoga is the start of an amazing journey, come and start yours today! Suitable for Beginners and Improvers.

  • Slow Flow Yoga Classes. Develop your practice.

    Slow Flow Hatha Yoga with David. Thursday evenings at St John Ambulance, Furzton. Suitable for Beginners & Improvers.

  • Explore Yoga Poses and more

    Learn essential yoga poses and expand your knowledge in our blog

Small Group Yoga Classes in Milton Keynes & Bletchley

At Yoga Lily you will experience traditional, relaxing and invigorating Yoga as practiced in Asia for thousands of years at her home studio in Milton Keynes; it is a little more holistic in nature, meaning, it covers not just the physical aspects of yogic practice (like asanas or poses, mudras or locks), but also the meridian energy pathways, breathingmeditation and restorative yoga techniques sometimes lacking in the modern practice.

Explore yoga poses and more

Learn essential yoga poses and expand your knowledge in our blog

Yoga for Beginners Course

Small Group Yoga for Beginners Course – Starting January 2018 for 6-weeks New date added for our very popular small group yoga for beginners courses! Taking your first step onto the yoga mat is an exciting new beginning. On this course you will be introduced to fundamental yoga poses, concentrating on healthy alignment and establishing a deeper awareness of your body through breath, movement and focus. We will build the practice week-by-week and also introduce meditation and relaxation techniques to cultivate a feeling of calm and the ability to better deal with stress. So, if you are looking for a new challenge to boost your health and wellbeing, help yourself stay in shape, or simply have a little ‘me’ time; We look forward to welcoming you to our 6-week, fun, relaxing and de-stressing Yoga for Beginners course with David at South Furzton Meeting Place or Oxley Park Community Centre, Milton Keynes. Small Group Yoga for Beginners Course This is a small group course, giving you a better teacher / student balance.  It is aimed at complete beginners or those with a little experience who are looking to improve their understanding and build a strong foundation of Yoga. This course is not suitable during pregnancy but is a fantastic postnatal way to rebuild flexibility and muscle tone, as well as some precious ‘me’ time. As places are limited please book today to avoid disappointment. Slow Flow Hatha Yoga Anyone can do Hatha Yoga because its practice is aimed toward relaxation, stress reduction and management. The Yoga for Beginners Course will cover the basics of this ancient Eastern tradition; so you will learn how to breathe properly and centre your attention on clearing mental clutter – all the while staying fit, improving posture and reaping the physical benefits of the yoga tradition. Find out more about the benefits of yoga and how yoga changes your body, starting the day you begin.   Course Details South Furzton Meeting Place (Fully booked) Starts Wednesday 10 January 2018 Time: 6:15pm – 7:15pm Duration: 6 weeks Course cost: £66 Maximum 10 people The South Furzton Meeting Place course is now fully booked.   These courses are very popular and spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis, book now to avoid disappointment. Oxley Park Community Centre (Fully booked) Starts Monday 8 January 2018 Time: 6:15pm – 7:15pm Duration: 6 weeks Course cost: £66 Maximum 10 people The Oxley Park Community Centre course is now fully booked.   Courses Before committing to a course, we recommend you can attend the scheduled number of sessions to get the most out of the programme as it is not possible to roll-over classes missed.   Venue: South Furzton Meeting Place. 1 Blackmoor Gate, Furzton, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK4 1DS   Venue: Oxley Park Community Centre Redgrave Dr, Oxley Park, Milton Keynes MK4 4TA  

Restorative Yoga Evening for the Winter Solstice (冬至 dōngzhì)

LOOK OUT FOR OUR NEXT RESTORATIVE YOGA SEASON AS ‘SPRING BEGINS’ Restorative Yoga Evening for the Winter Solstice (冬至 dōngzhì) We warmly invite you to join us and take time to let go stress and unwind with a wonderfully relaxing and blissful, 2 hour Restorative Yoga evening on the longest night, influenced by the Chinese Solar Calendar. At the Winter Solstice in China (冬至 dōngzhì), we believe that the bodies Yin energy (prana) is at its lowest point and is a time to slow down the pace of life and to store our energy for the long cold days ahead. Though in these modern hectic times with the coming of the festive season, the winter days and nights may seem more stressful and busier than at any other time of the year. For 90 minutes Lily will take you slowly through a relaxing restorative yoga practice which unwinds deep tensions helping you slowly let go of stress; Then David will guide you through a 30 minute Yoga Nidra—known as yogic sleep—a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that induces total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Who is it for? Restorative yoga is suitable for ‘every body,’ whether you are new to yoga or a regular yoga practitioner. Just bring yourself, warm stretching clothes and socks, and if preferred your favourite warm blanket (blankets not required as we supply, but if it feels more cosy with your own, your welcome to bring one). The postures practiced in this style of yoga are passive and designed to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, inducing a state of relaxation and enabling the body to move toward greater balance. Open to all levels, from complete beginners to more experienced students. Cost: £22 Fully booked Places are limited so book your space today for this special event. Date & Time: Thursday 21st December at 7:30PM – 9:30PM Venue: St John Ambulance HQ. 21 Blackmoor Gate, Furzton, Milton Keynes MK4 1DA What is Restorative Yoga? Sometimes you’ve just got to slow everything right down. When your life is racing full-speed ahead, so is your mind. Restorative yoga helps provide that physical and mental balance to prevent stress and anxiety, through the use of props that allow you to hold poses longer, giving you all the benefits of deep, passive stretching. Poses like Child’s Pose, Legs-Up-the-Wall, and Savasana are held for up to 15 minutes using bolsters, blankets, pillows, straps, blocks, sandbags, walls, chairs and eye pillows, to support your body in a full, long, and comfortable, relaxing stretch so that tension can slowly be released. The more fully your body is supported, the deeper your sense of relaxation and surrender will be. Because the body and mind relax, literally becoming softer, we also create space to get in touch again with our natural qualities of compassion and understanding of others and self.   Benefits of Restorative Yoga Here are the top reasons to spend a little extra time opening up and breathing in the benefits of this nourishing yoga practice. Benefit from full and deep stretches Enhances flexibility Deeply relaxes the body Quiets the mind Improves capacity for healing and balancing

Baddha Konasana, Cobbler’s Pose

How to do Baddha Konasana, Cobbler’s Pose – hip stretching, seated yoga posture Yoga classes in Milton Keynes Baddha Konasana – The seated Cobbler’s Pose strongly stretches the adductor muscles of the inner thighs. Anyone with tight hips will benefit from daily practice of this posture. Because of the focus on the perineal floor, the organs of the entire pelvic region are toned and invigorated by the practice of Cobbler’s Pose. 1. From Seated Staff Posture bend the knees out to the side and bring the soles of the feet together. Draw the legs toward the body and snuggle the heels into the perineum. 2. At your fingertips cup the floor behind the back. Press down strongly into the sitting bones as you lengthen upward through the spine and lift the heart centre. Bring your attention to the inner edge of both thighs. Lengthen outward toward the inner knees, as if trying to touch the side walls with the knees. This will assist the movement of the knees closer to the floor. Allow some long exhalations to soften any tension in the inner thighs –you cannot force this stretch to happen. It is simply a matter of surrendering and allowing! 3. If your sense of ‘sitting tall’ feels well established, hold the feet with both hands. Use the thumbs to move the big toes apart and spread the soles of the feet wide, so they open out like a book. This helps the knees ease toward the floor. Alternatively, work on assisting with the torso to float up out of the hips by interlacing your fingers around the feet and lengthening the sides of the waist upward. 4. Now bring the elbows to the inner thighs and press down as you fold the upper body forward. Keep the front of the body long as you bring your forehead to the floor. 5. A balancing version of Baddha Konasana (Cobbler’s Pose), is Namaskar Kanda Pidasana (Navel Pressure Pose). Cup your feet and lift them in the air. Lift them up as high as possible, then work the big toes toward your chest. While the feet move toward your body, the knees press back. If possible wrap the forearms farther around to grasp the elbows. Tips Gaze: Tip of the nose or straight ahead. Build up poses: Head Beyond the Knee Pose Extended Child Pose Garland Pose Preparations for Lotus Posture Counter poses: Reclining Bound Angle Pose, Supta Baddha Konasana Hero Pose, Virasana East Stretch Posture, Purvottanasana Lighten: Sit with the back against the wall Sit on a bolster or folded blanket to raise the hips Use a little weight, like a sandbag, on top of each thigh Effect: Opening Baddha Konasana, Cobbler’s Pose Counter Poses In yoga we use a counter pose in a sequence; For example, a twist follows a backbend to “neutralise” the spine, or a forward bend follows a backbend to help lengthen the spine and calm the nervous system.    

Split-leg Arm Balance Build Up

How to build up to Split-leg Arm Balance, Eka Pada Koundinyasana 2 Yoga classes in Milton Keynes with Yoga Lily. Eka Pada Koundinyasana 2 – Split-leg arm balance is a demanding arm balance, easy to incorporate into any yoga flow. The split leg arm balance is also a great transitional pose; it can take you into or out of many other arm balances. Once you have this one under your belt, the sky is the limit as to where you can go. Remember to be playful with arm balances: It’s just yoga, and the pose always comes to you when your body is ready for it. Here’s how to get your body (and mind) prepped for this one. Happy Baby Pose with Legs Extended Warms up your body Lie on your back, bend your knees, hugging them in toward your chest, and then take the outer edges of your feet in your hands, reaching your knees toward your armpits. Rock softly from left to right if that feels nice, and then slowly start to straighten your right leg. Stay here for 5 deep breaths. Bend your right knee and extend your left leg and stay for 5 more deep breaths. Bent Arm Plank Push-ups Strengthens your arms and makes holding your body weight in the arm balance no big deal From plank, reach back through your heels, engage your core, and soften through your elbows, reaching them straight back until your forearms graze the sides of your rib cage. Stay here for 5 deep breaths. Lower all the way to the ground, inhale back to plank, and repeat 5 times. Thigh Taps Activates your core and essentially puts you in the pose before you even know you are there From down dog, inhale your right leg high, open the hip, and tap right thigh to your right shoulder, keeping the leg straight if it’s comfortable (if not bend the knee). Bend your elbows, making a shelf for your thigh, and inhale back to down dog split. Do this five times and then repeat on the left. Devotional Warrior Opens the hips and prepares the shoulders From down dog, step right foot forward, spin left heel down, and inhale arms up to frame head in warrior one. Allow hands to fall behind you, clasp them behind your sacrum, take a big inhale to open chest, and use your exhale to fold yourself inside of your right knee. Stay here for at least 5 deep breaths, then repeat on the other side. Lizard Pose Opens the hips From down dog, lift your right leg high to down dog split, open your hip, bend your knee, and step your right foot outside of your right hand and tap your left knee to the ground. If it feels good, gently lower your forearms to the ground and breathe here for 5 deep breaths, then repeat on the left side. Runner’s Lunge Opens your hamstrings   From a lunge with your right foot forward, tap your

Viparita Karani, Legs Up the Wall

How to do Viparita Karani or Legs Up the Wall Pose (easy inversion) – restorative yoga inversion. Yoga classes in Milton Keynes Viparita Karani – Legs Up The Wall Pose is a passive pose that relieves congestion in the legs and is restorative for the entire nervous system. Many inversions are not beginner’s poses but this pose can be safely practiced by those new to yoga. 1. Sit with your right hip and shoulder touching a wall and have your knees bent and heels close to your buttocks. 2. Keep the hip near the wall as you lean back on your hands. Take your legs up the wall as you lower onto your elbows. Then lay on your back on the floor and check your body is symmetrical. 3. With the buttocks close to the wall and legs vertical, choose your arm position. Take your palms to the abdomen or your arms out to the side. Alternatively, take the arms overhead, elbows softly bent. If you wish, tie a soft belt around the mid thighs so the legs are passively held together. Allow the shoulders to soften and relax into the floor. Keep the back of the neck long. Tune into the rhythm of your breath. 4. Allow the tongue to rest on the floor of the mouth and the eyeballs to sink toward the base of the skull. Stay here for up to 10 minutes (slowly working up to 20 minutes over time), breathing deeply through the whole body.   5. To vary this pose, bring the soles of the feet together and slide the heels down the wall, so the outer edges of the feet are against the wall and knees wide apart [A]. Alternatively, you can let the legs fall out to a wide ‘V’ shape to stretch the inner thighs [B].   TIPS Gaze: Close the eyes and focus on releasing with the breath. Counter Poses: Any standing posture. Lighten: Bend your knees a little if it is difficult to bring your buttocks against the wall. Bend the knees down to the chest if your feet get numb. Effect: Restorative, calming. CAUTION Inversions should not be practised by anyone who is suffering from high blood pressure or has eye problems, such as detached retina or glaucoma. They should be avoided by women during menstruation. In the case of previous neck injuries, heart problems, or pregnancy, the advice of an experienced teacher should be sought. Most inversions are not beginner’s poses and it is strongly recommended that the postures are learned from an experienced teacher.

What you’re saying

Myself and my wife Marylia started Lily’s classes on Monday evening 8 months ago, I found it very challenging at first but excellent and slept so well afterwards. Now we make sure we go every week and try not to miss a class. Marylia used to have back problems but since starting she has had no problems and is much more relaxed. Great class, just need time to be able to do more classes.

Simon Burke
Simon Burke, Yogi

Absolutely amazing teacher. Loved my beginners yoga course that much i’m continuing after Christmas, as I asked for this as my present! Thanks David and Lily x

Bekki, Beginners Course

Lily is a brilliant teacher. Very attentive & encouraging with lots of knowledge to share.

Tracy Hayes
Tracy Hayes, Yogi

I’ve started beginners yoga – I’m loving it, in today’s class we got detox tea – I love it thank you.

Abi Daffurn
Abi Daffurn, Yogi

Lily’s classes are truly amazing. I felt instantly comfortable like i’d been going for years. Lily is an excellent teacher & very encouraging!

Lesley Northy, Yogi

I’m addicted to Lily’s yoga classes. It tests your body completely and it’s amazing how good it makes you feel inside and out. Thank you Lily. X

Tina Surti, Yogi

Its great to find a class where the teacher will look after you and encourage you whatever your ability.

John Knight
John Knight, Yogi

A very lovely calm class. I have already improved so much and can do much more now from when I started. I look forward to it every week.

Stephanie Gowing
Stephanie Gowing, Yogi

About Yoga Lily

Lily is an experienced Yoga Alliance yoga teacher. She teaches the traditional, relaxing and invigorating Yoga as practiced in Asia for thousands of years at her home studio in Milton Keynes; it is a little more holistic in nature, meaning, it covers not just the physical aspects of yogic practice (like asanas or poses, mudras or locks), but also the meridian energy pathways, breathing, meditation and restorative yoga techniques sometimes lacking in the modern practice. Yoga is part of who she is, from practicing yoga in the parks of China as a child, to graduating from YogiYoga(China) Institute in 2007, Lili has loved helping and inspiring people ever since. You can help balance your mind and body to give a sense of wholeness and great happiness.