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  • Restorative Yoga Evening for the Winter Solstice (冬至 dōngzhì)

    Winter Restorative on the 22nd December.

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  • Video: Mindful Yoga Awareness Meditation for Complete Relaxation

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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.

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Yoga for Beginners Course

Small Group Yoga for Beginners Course starting Monday 9th January 2017 Taking your first step onto the yoga mat is an exciting new beginning. If you are looking for a new challenge that will boost your health and wellbeing, help yourself stay in shape and completely detox, or have a little time just for you; We look forward to welcoming you to our 5-week, fun, relaxing and de-stressing Yoga for Beginners course with David at South Furzton Meeting Place in Furzton, Milton Keynes. 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. As places are limited please book today to avoid disappointment (PayPal link below). 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.   Booking Yoga for Beginners Course Monday: 7:30pm – 8:45pm Start date: 9 January 2017 Duration: 5 weeks Course cost: £55 Maximum 10 people Places are limited so book your space today!   Venue: South Furzton Meeting Place 1 Blackmoor Gate, Furzton, Milton Keynes MK4 1DSA   Anyone can do Hatha Yoga because its practice is aimed toward relaxation, stress reduction and management. The Beginners and Improvers Yoga Class will cover the foundations 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.

Restorative Yoga Evening for the Winter Solstice (冬至 dōngzhì)

The Winter Solstice Restorative Yoga Evening is now fully booked. Look out for our next Restorative, coming soon!   OUR NEXT RESTORATIVE YOGA SEASON: Follow our seasonal solar journey in to restorative yoga as we enter the first of the 24 solar terms, Spring. 立春 lìchūn Spring Begins The first Solar Term Yin Restorative Yoga Evening Date: Thursday 26th January 2017 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm Venue: St John Ambulance HQ, 21 Blackmoor Gate, Furzton, Milton Keynes MK4 1DA Contact us for bookings and more information.     Restorative Yoga Evening for the Winter Solstice (冬至 dōngzhì) We warmly invite you to join us and take time to de-stress and unwind with a wonderfully relaxing and blissful, 2 hour Restorative Yoga evening on the longest night (22 December), 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). Cost: £20 Places are limited so book your space today for this special event. Date & Time: Thursday 22nd 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

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.

Mindful Yoga Awareness Meditation for Complete Relaxation – Video

Video: Mindful Yoga Awareness Meditation for Complete Relaxation Relaxation for many of us means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. You can do this by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation and yoga. Fitting these activities into your life can help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood. Try our Mindful Yoga Awareness Meditation Video for Complete Relaxation to truly take time for yourself; day or night.   The relaxation response: Bringing your nervous system back into balance When stress overwhelms your nervous system your body is flooded with chemicals that prepare you for “fight or flight.” While the stress response can be lifesaving in emergency situations where you need to act quickly, it wears your body down when constantly activated by the stresses of everyday life. No one can avoid all stress, but you can counteract it by learning how to produce the relaxation response, a state of deep rest that is the polar opposite of the stress response. The relaxation response puts the brakes on stress and brings your body and mind back into a state of equilibrium. When the relaxation response is activated: Your heart rate decreases Breathing becomes slower and deeper Blood pressure drops or stabilises Your muscles relax Your body begins to heal In addition to its calming physical effects, the relaxation response also increases energy and focus, combats illness, relieves aches and pains, heightens problem-solving abilities, and boosts motivation and productivity. Best of all, anyone can reap these benefits with regular practice.  

Autumn Super Healthy Cooked Pears

Autumn Super Healthy Cooked Pears for Lung Health and a Glowing Complexion Autumn in China is a time when people look to slow down and conserve our ‘Qi’, (Prana or our Yin Energies). We cook foods that in particular focus on our general health and wellbeing and get cosy; catching up with family over the dinner table. In Chinese medicine, the lungs, being the highest organs are regarded as being extremely sensitive to heat and cold, and most vulnerable to injury. Transitioning from warm to cold environments, such as popping into and out of shops, or walking from your centrally heated home to the cold outdoors air, stresses and dries the lungs. This causes them discomfort that can lead to coughs, phlegm, bronchitis, asthma and other chest infections. When the lungs become stressed, cooled and dried; our skin becomes dry & flakey and our energies low, leading to fatigue and effecting our immunity. A simple Chinese tradition for keeping internal warmth and moisture to remain healthy during the colder months is eating more white foods, such as Almonds, Pears, Yam, Lily Root, White Radish, Oats, Sugar Cane and Honey. One of the best, and my particular favourite recipe, is cooked pears with honey which is easy to whip up in 15 minutes. Super Healthy Cooked Pears Recipe Chop up 2-3 fresh pears (serves 3-4) Add dates / Chinese dates or Sultanas 500ml of water   Method Boil in a pan with lid on a medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. The pears will release their juice in to the water as they boil creating a sweet sauce with their natural sugar, so there is no need to sweeten the desert. Serve in a small bowl with a teaspoon of honey and enjoy this super healthy desert to keep your lungs strong and healthy in Autumn and Winter.   Quarter-Dog Pose to recharge your Qi energy This yin yoga pose stimulates the Lung and Heart meridians as gentle pressure is placed across the shoulder joint and upper arms. Press into the fingers while doing this pose to stimulate the various points in each. Hold this pose on both sides for 3-5 minutes after a busy day to completely relax, and recharge your Qi energy. Come in to Child’s Pose to rest.

What you’re saying

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.