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7 top reasons why everyone should start practicing yoga

01/01/2015
Yoga Classes in Milton Keynes with Yoga Lily I have practiced yoga for a long time now :) I am beyond grateful that I was introduced to the practice of yoga when I was because of all the amazing benefits it has given me. These benefits are available to everyone, really everyone! Every age, body

How Yoga Changes Your Body, Starting The Day You Begin

01/01/2015
How Yoga Transforms Your Body, Yoga classes in Milton Keynes – A great article and infographic from Huffington Post digital magazine. Read the original article here: huff.to/1cmlSvV The Eastern practice of yoga has become a modern-day symbol of peace, serenity and well-being in the West.

Headstand, Sirsasana II

30/11/2014
How to do Headstand, Sirsasana II Yoga classes in Milton Keynes & Bletchley with YogaLily. Sirsasana II – Headstand has been called the King of asana, and its benefits are indeed innumerable: calming the nervous system, nourishing to the brain cells, stimulating to the heart and circulation,

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

23/11/2014
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.

Bhramari, Humming Bee Breath

08/11/2014
How to do Bhramari Pranayama, Humming Bee Breath Bhramari Pranayama – Humming Bee Breath lets us listen inwardly to the sound of our own breath which is deeply restorative. This practice calms the emotions. It relieves anger or anxiety because it reconnects us to the nurturing rhythmic pulsation

Janu Sirsasana, Head Beyond the Knee Pose

10/10/2014
How to do Janu Sirsasana, Head Beyond the Knee Pose – stretching, seated yoga posture. Janu Sirsasana – Head Beyond the Knee Pose tones the liver, spleen and kidneys. Rather than aiming the head to the knee, creating a rounding of the back, aim to close the gap first between navel and thigh,

Purvottanasana, East Stretch Posture

27/09/2014
Purvottanasana, East Stretch Posture (Upward Plank Pose): Traditional Yoga Backbend Yoga classes in Milton Keynes Purvottanasana – East Stretch Posture (Upward Plank Pose) strongly stretches the front of the body. In India, yoga is traditionally practised facing East, so the front of the body is

Beginners Yoga Course

02/09/2014
Please note that this course has now concluded and has lead in to a regular small group Hatha Yoga Class at Pat’s Pilates and is open to all. 5-Week beginners yoga course in Milton Keynes, starting Friday 19th September Yoga Lily’s 5-week introduction to Hatha Yoga is aimed at complete

Malasana, Garland Pose

30/08/2014
How to do Malasana, Garland Pose: hip opening & stretching yoga pose. Yoga classes in Milton Keynes with Yoga Lily. Malasana, Garland Pose – this deep squat with the feet together is extremely beneficial for the muscles, organs and soft tissues of the pelvic abdomen. The legs are

Shitali Pranayama, Cooling Breath

26/07/2014
Shitali Pranayama (Sheetali Pranayama), Cooling Breath – Hatha yoga classes in Milton Keynes Reduce stress through Shitali Pranayama. Cooling Breath Pranayama purifies your blood and rejuvenates your body. It properly removes the excess heat in the body to further cool your body by reducing

Best ever chocolate chip cookie recipe

27/06/2014
I present to you David Lebovitz’s recipe for chocolate chip cookies. In my opinion these are the best cookies in the world (that I can make). The ingredients are pretty standard but there’s one step in this process that makes this recipe different. Once you’ve made the dough you divide it

8 Pilates Exercises for a Tighter Tummy

25/06/2014
You’ve probably read about celebs extolling the virtues of Pilates (lean legs, a supertaut tummy), or maybe even heard the hype from mat-class-obsessed friends. If you’re still skeptical, keep reading: Pilates puts your muscles—especially the smaller, stabilizing ones—under constant

HOW & WHY RUNNERS SHOULD PRACTICE YOGA

19/06/2014
I work with a lot of runners and people are consistently getting faster, for longer, with fewer injuries, following a basic training principle: Move easy, everything you’ve got, in every direction you can. Yoga is great cross-training for pretty much everything. By moving easily and exploring

Yoga for Men

05/06/2014
Great article pointing out the benefits of Yoga for men and how more and more men are now turning to Yoga: ‘For a man, it is hard to start learning yoga. Taking up boxing, martial arts, anything where you get smacked in the cakehole on a regular basis – all these things are easy to begin, if

Revolved Downward-Facing Dog Pose

26/05/2014
How to do Revolved Downward-Facing Dog, Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana Yoga classes in Milton Keynes Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana – Revolved Downward-Facing Dog is a variation on the popular pose and adds a deeper stretch to the hamstrings while enhancing detoxification, balance, and full-body

Revolved Head to Knee Pose, Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana

22/05/2014
Revolved Head to Knee Pose, Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana: Yoga Twist & Stretch  – Hatha Yoga Classes in Milton Keynes Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana – most of our day to day movements involve forward bending. The Revolved Head to Knee Pose lateral stretch works into the tiny muscles between the

Peanut Butter ‘Cookie Dough’

06/05/2014
Having never really been a big fan of cookie dough-like things, this recipe kind of happened by accident…. But knowing how fond a lot of people are of this sort of treat, it turned out to be a very happy accident! This recipe has proven to be very popular with everyone who has tried them, and the

Hare Pose, Sasankasana

21/04/2014
Hare Pose, Sasankasana: Yoga Inversions – Hatha Yoga Classes in Milton Keynes Sasankasana – Hare Pose gives the neck and shoulders an elongating stretch. As the intensity of the pose may be well controlled, it is a good alternative for those who are not yet ready for Headstand. The effects

5 Ways Yoga will improve your life

13/04/2014
1. IT KEEPS THE BLUES AWAY Regular yoga practice helps protect against depression, found research from the Boston University School of Medicine. You will also improve your self awareness – another proven mood-booster. 2. IT BEATS BELLY BLOAT The many yoga poses that involve twisting and forward

Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana, Raised Leg Downward Facing Dog Pose

06/04/2014
Raised Leg Downward Facing Dog Pose, Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana: Yoga Inversions – Hatha Yoga Classes in Milton Keynes Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana – Raised Leg Downward Facing Dog Pose requires stretch in the shoulders and wrists and increases flexibility in the hamstrings. It is more of

Warming Breath, Ujjayi Pranayama

28/03/2014
Warming Breath, Ujjayi Pranayama – Hatha yoga classes in Milton Keynes Ujjayi Pranayama – use ‘Warming Breath’ breathing throughout your asana practice (yoga postures). Ujjayi means victorious, or expanding. In this pranayama, the breath is kept high up in the chest, rather than being

Candle Gazing, Trataka

24/03/2014
Candle Gazing, Trataka: Yogic Cleansing Practices (Kriyas) and Meditation Yoga classes in Milton Keynes Trataka – According to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Candle Glazing (Trataka) ‘cures diseases of the eyes and removes tiredness.’ Also it focuses the mind, improves concentration and is very

Mermaid Pose, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana variation

17/03/2014
Mermaid Pose, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana variation Yoga classes in Milton Keynes Eka Pada Rajakapotasana variation – Mermaid pose is an advanced variation of Pigeon pose that combines the deep, hip-opening stretch with a vibrant, heart-opening backbend. An elegant expression of grace and power, the

Parents – Yoga for Kids Better Behaviour

17/03/2014
At first glance, yoga and your child might seem like an odd pairing, since yoga is often about quiet and stillness — words that don’t usually describe kids. But little ones don’t need laser-like focus to reap the benefits. – Read in Parents Magazine “Many poses are