• Beginners Qigong/TaiChi Course – 4-weeks

    Qigong is gentle, relaxed, slow, yet strong, suitable for everyone – its smooth movement as flowing water and floating clouds – instils calmness in both body and mind. A wonderful and simple exercise for people of all ages to improve both physical and mental health and wellbeing.

    Starts Wednesday 14 October

  • WE ARE REOPENING

    We are reopening. Thank you for staying with us over the past few months either online or outdoor. We can't wait to see you In-Person at classes again!

    Starting Monday 14th September and adding more classes as venues reopen.

  • LIVESTREAM & Online Classes

    LIVESTREAM Yoga & Qigong classes booking now – Online Library classes available to watch anytime!

  • RELAX with our free Meridians Yoga Nidra & Guided Visualisation

    Take time to let go stress and unwind with David as he guides you through a 30-minute Yoga Nidra

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Small Group Yoga & Qigong Classes in Milton Keynes

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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Yi Jin Jing Qigong with English Instruction

21/11/2020
This is the complete practice of the health qigong Yi Jin Jing (Muscle Tendon Change Classic). Regular practice is believed to improve organ function and both physical and mental health and wellbeing. A daily 12 minute practice for people of all ages and ability. Yi Jin Jing 易筋經 can be translated as Muscle and Tendon Change / Transformation Excercises. It consists of 12 exercises aimed at developing strong flexible muscles and tendons:- YI JIN JING | HEALTH QIGONG 00:00 – Intro 00:08 – Ready Position 00:45 – Wei Tuo presenting the pestle 1 01:00 – Wei Tuo presenting the pestle 2 01:24 – Wei Tuo presenting the pestle 3 01:46 – Plucking a star and exchanging a star cluster 02:12 – Pulling nine cows by their tails 03:15 – Displaying talons and spreading wings 04:22 – Nine ghosts drawing swords 06:05 – Sinking the three bodily zones (or Three plates falling on the floor) 06:58 – Black dragon displaying its claws 08:02 – Tiger pouncing on its prey 08:48 – Bowing down in salutation 10:32 – Swinging the tail 11:52 – Closing Form Why Qigong? Qigong is an ancient Chinese exercise & healing technique. Combining movements in stillness, mental connection, tradition Chinese medicine, self cultivation, breathing and meditation to increase balance and vital energy Qi. A gentle, relaxed, slow, yet strong, suitable for everyone – its smooth movement as flowing water and floating clouds – instils calmness in both body and mind. A wonderful and simple exercise for people of all ages to improve both physical and mental health and wellbeing. Online Classes Booking Now : https://yogalily.com/classes/ #YiJinJing #Qigong #HealthQigong #QigongwithYogaLily

Why We Should All Try Easier, Not Harder, In Our Yoga Practice

02/11/2020
Holding a difficult yoga pose at length can be uncomfortable. Sweat pours down the face, the heart starts to race, and the mind wanders or obsesses. For many, maintaining the connection between mind and breath in the midst of unbearable burning pain is their least favourite part of a Yoga class. Seated meditation, for others, can be just as gruelling. For something as simple as sitting still for an extended period of time, meditation can be incredibly tough. Taming the “monkey mind,” or the constant stream of thought, can feel like taking a nuclear physics class, or climbing Mt. Everest. A Word On Effort When faced with these challenges, we turn to the voices of teachers, coaches, parents, friends, and even our own self-taught voice to make it through. When life gets hard or painful, we have all been taught at some point in our lives to “Push,” “Try harder,” or even “Fight through it.” And so we push, we squeeze, we force, and we try. It is even somewhat intuitive; the harder the ordeal, the more effort we think is required. These “Try harder” mantras, however, merely serve as short-term sticking plasters—helpful to hold the pose, but only for a moment. The great irony of yoga is that trying too hard usually only leads to frustration and disappointment. In tennis, a player will sometimes go through a slump where he or she cannot get a point. The player starts to squeeze the bat harder, focus more intently on the ball, yet does not shake out of the slump. The mind gets locked in on shaking the slump rather than just playing the game. The sound advice for a slumping player is to “Try easier,” not “Try harder.” Relax, open up, just play the game. Trying Easier, Not Harder This is the perfect description of what is needed for challenges we face in yoga—do it, but don’t force it; let it come and follow the breath. Let go, but keep doing. Enjoy the moment. “Try easier” is a simple yet effective mantra, allowing one to open up to experience a stronger and deeper yoga practice. This is not the same as being “weak,” or “lazy.” There is nothing easy about this approach to yoga practice. There is strength in being what an old PE teacher would probably call “soft.” Letting go of our attachment to the outcome of our practice clears our mind and dispels our self-imposed limits. An open mind allows us to put everything out on the mat, to be totally present in the moment, and to use our entire mind, body, and spirit to explore and uncover breakthroughs and continue to progress through the more difficult poses in yoga. Our Best Is Yet to Come Sometimes, “trying harder,” or “giving 110 percent” in the face of trials is not the way to handle these hardships, whether on the yoga mat or in life. Important moments or times of adversity require us to open up and offer our best, not close down

Outdoor Yoga & Qiqong

03/07/2020
WE’RE HEADING OUTDOORS! Join us for a yoga or qigong session in nature, with our small group sessions at the Teardrop Lakes in South Loughton Valley Park. Classes limited to 5 yogis, so booking essential.  Sunday 12 July 10am to 11am – Yoga with David 10am to 11am – Qigong with Lily Wednesday 15 July 10am to 11am – Yoga with Lily £7 online payment in advance (‘£5 for online monthly members’) Social distancing is observed Bookings are ‘first come first served’ Bring your own mat Subject to weather – refunds will be given if we get rained off and have to cancel Venue: Teardrop Lakes, South Loughton Valley Park Meet at: Teardrop Lakes Car ParkOff Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes MK5 8FT   Sunday 12 July 10am to 11am – Yoga with David or Qigong with Lily   Wednesday 15 July 10am to 11am – Yoga with Lily   Location Google Maps   What3words https://w3w.co/code.lamenting.union This 3 word address refers to an exact 3m x 3m location. Tap the link or enter the 3 words into the free what3words app to find it.

Free Qigong this Sunday – Eight Brocades run-through

04/06/2020
Aching back, tight shoulders and neck from sitting so long, or just bored of box sets?  Try something different during lockdown!  Join us this Sunday from 9:45am for a free 30 minute run-through of the full Eight Brocades health qigong practice and bring a little joy to start the day. Regular practice is believed to improve organ function and both physical and mental health and wellbeing. A daily 12 minute practice for people of all ages and ability. Please note: this is a practice of the full sequence rather than a class. Qigong is a powerful system of health, which has effects on many levels Qigong can harmonise, strengthen and have healing effects on the functioning of all the internal organs and bodily systems. It increases the flow of energy throughout the body which has many rejuvenating effects, and is believed to increase longevity whilst calming both the mental and emotional states. Gently focussed movements, open and stretch the joints and muscles of the body, releasing deeply held tension that may have been locked in for years. Increasing the flow of blood and energy, these movements fully nourish all parts of the body; releasing neck shoulder and lower back tensions, Many of our students report feeling very relaxed and energised after Qigong, and that they are able to sleep deeply that night!   Practice along with our YouTube video

Gentle Sun Salutation

25/05/2020
Surya Namaskar, the Sanskrit name for ‘salutation to the sun’. Historically, when practiced in any of its various forms, the Sun Salutations are done so with the intention of aligning our individual selves and lives with the greater, more collective pulse of creation. Thus making it one of the most useful methods of broadening and expanding our awareness and consciousness. Traditionally the sun salutation sequence is a complete, systematic practice in and of itself. As it so perfectly combines asana, pranayama, mantra, chakra stimulation and meditational techniques. All of which contribute to the induction of heightened physical health, mental clarity, emotional stability, and overall vitality. “There is a sun within every person.” — Rumi

Yoga Lily Team

Lily

Lily has been studying and practising yoga and qigong in China & UK over 20 years, and teaching since 2007. She draws inspiration from her training within established, classical yoga systems that focus on alignment, hatha vinyasa in its gentler form, yin, yin/yang, and restorative yoga styles, pranayama and meditation; blending the roots of Chinese healing traditions into a more holistic practice.

For her, practice covers not just the physical aspects of yoga but also aligning and unblocking the bodies meridian energy pathways to release Qi energy (prana) which flows through the bodies energy highway, bringing the mind, body and spirit back into balance.


“I am continually humbled by my students and teachers, my aim is always to teach from the heart and from the idea that yoga is the art of living, listening and learning, to embody this deeply spiritual tradition” – Lily

David

David teaches a slower paced yoga, weaving held poses with slow flows, mindful movement, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra (yogic sleep) in a simple, down-to-earth way, to help you completely unwind and relax after your hectic day.

Based in Hatha yoga roots, whilst embracing and exploring modern yoga’s styles and movement. David’s classes are active yet calming, he offers soft pauses, stillness and challenges throughout, to create balance for mind and body, as well as the spirit. Through his encouraging style he hopes to share, yoga’s toolbox of self discovery, nurturing both physical and mental wellbeing.


“I find my peace in movement and breath, the pause within the yoga pose my meditation. My wish is to share how these magical moments of stillness within movement will help you find your peace and calm” – David

What our customers are saying about us

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

I’ve just completed a 5 week beginners course with Yoga Lily. David has been a wonderful, patient, kind and inspiring teacher and through his classes I have begun to find a deeper level of inner peace and mindfulness. Although some of the poses have been challenging, I really enjoy this and am already seeing improvements in my core strength and flexibility. I’m looking forward to continuing my journey with David, further deepening my understanding of yoga and extending the considerable benefits that it is already bringing to my life. Thank you David.

Elizabeth, Beginners Course

I joined a beginners course a complete novice and immediately loved it! David is an excellent teacher. Patient, kind and calming. Nearly six months on I’m absolutely loving my yoga classes. I leave each class feeling fantastic! My long term hip & back pain no longer trouble me. I feel fitter, more flexible and most importantly calmer & able to deal with life’s challenges. I always thought I’d like to give yoga a go & can honestly say it’s been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Thank you David & Yoga Lily

Angie