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11 Jan
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Tips for teaching meditation - preparation

Do you want to teach your students to meditate but don't know where to start? Meditation can be difficult at first and finding ways to make it accessible to your students can be challenging.

 

One of the things that can make learning to meditate much easier is doing some preparation work first. After all, you wouldn't teach somebody a headstand in their very first yoga class. Even when you do teach somebody headstand, you wouldn't teach them until you were sure they'd prepared properly with poses that build their strength, balance and focus.

 

It's the same with meditation. If you jump in cold, students are likely to find it much harder to sit in silent meditation for very long. So how do you help students prepare to meditate? This video makes it easy.

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01 Jan
Posted by Nikola Ellis

2020 - a new decade of possibilities for yogis

It's been a bit tricky surrendering to the holiday vibe this year. For most of us in Australia, the air is thick with smoke and the news headlines are deeply pessimistic.

 

I know I'm supposed to be a good yogi and live the present moment, but as we enter a new decade, I can't help but look forward. What does the future hold for me and my family? For all of us? With so many environmental and political bad news stories, it's hard to stay positive. 

 

One of my Grandfathers favourite sayings was:

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30 Dec
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Ayurveda and food

 

In Ayurveda, you really are what you eat.

Food is an integral part of the Ayurvedic tradition and everything is carefully chosen and prepared to ensure good health. Fresh, local, seasonal produce is carefully cleaned and blessed and cooked with great care. Food combinations are meticulously crafted to ensure meals are both nutritious and easy to digest. 

If you are living an Ayurvedic lifestyle, you'll choose foods that are appropriate for your dosha, or body type. Eating according to your dosha helps to maintain balance and good health. 

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26 Dec
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga Therapy Training Australia

How do you become a yoga therapist in Australia?

If you’ve been searching online for information on studying yoga therapy, you might have ended up on a US based site or social media group. That can be confusing because entry criteria for accredited courses, course types and graduation standards can look quite different to Australia.

So what is the pathway to becoming a yoga therapist in Australia?

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19 Dec
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga for Cancer Related Fatigue (CRF)

Beating cancer is certainly something to celebrate. While one in three Australians will experience a cancer diagnosis during their life, more and more people are beating cancer thanks to increasingly sophisticated treatments.

Getting the all-clear is a time of enormous relief, but beating cancer doesn’t mean that everything goes back to being exactly the same as before diagnosis. For many people, the physical and psychological impacts of their cancer experience continue long after treatment finishes. This is where yoga can help.

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03 Dec
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Why I closed the Adore Yoga studio in Mosman

This week I closed the door to Adore Yoga’s Mosman studio for the last time. For nearly two decades, the students and teachers at the studio have woven yoga into the fabric of our lives, finding encouragement and inspiration as we raised our families and faced life's challenges. After 17 years at the heart of a caring and supportive community, it feels like the end of an era. So why did the Adore Yoga studio close?

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26 Nov
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Five Yoga books you MUST read if you’re thinking of Yoga Therapy training

Are you interested in Yoga Therapy? If you're a yoga teacher, you should be! Yoga Therapy is BIG. Yoga Therapists are already working in public hospitals, private clinics, psychology practices, cancer clinics, rehab centres and more. If you want to help people to manage their health - and do it safely - yoga therapy training is the way to go.

BUT. There are a lot of misconceptions about Yoga Therapy. Many people, including plenty of yoga teachers, think it's all about modifying yoga poses so that people with health issues can do them. Some think that certain yoga practices have special healing properties. That's not how it works. 

There are no prescriptions in yoga therapy.  There are no magic postures that fix back pain or special meditations that stop anxiety. The physical, psychological and behavioural causes of back pain and anxiety are different in each person. That means we need to find practices that support each person to manage their unique set of symptoms. Basically, if you're Googling 'Yoga Therapy for back pain/sciatica/anxiety etc' you're not thinking like a Yoga Therapist. 

While you can't learn Yoga Therapy from a book, there are some important texts that will help you to start thinking like a Yoga Therapist - and start helping your students to manage their health. Here's our Top 5 Books about yoga therapy. You'll learn more than just postures for good health. These books contain a wealth of information and inspiration on yoga philosophy, psychology and more. 

If you want to learn more about Yoga Therapy, or are thinking of training as a Yoga Therapist, get a head start with these great books. 

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13 Nov
Posted by Nikola Ellis

The 20 Second Meditation Technique

Have you ever tried to do a regular meditation practice, only to find yourself constantly distracted by ‘more important’ things? Here’s the secret: save yourself 20 seconds and you’ll gain several hours to dedicate to your practice.

Willpower alone is not enough to get us into a daily yoga or meditation routine, according to psychologist Shawn Achor. In his book, The Happiness Advantage, he demonstrates the 20 Second Rule that really will get you on your meditation cushion every day. Discover how this simple technique makes meditation easy...

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04 Nov
Posted by Nikola Ellis

3 reasons why you should become a yoga therapist

Remember the buzz when you started your first yoga teacher training? The pure joy of doing something truly meaningful with a group of like-minded people? Then there was the excitement of taking your first steps as a yoga teacher – scary but oh so rewarding. 

But somewhere down the line, thoughtful yoga teachers begin to wonder what more they can offer the world beyond teaching 60 minute group classes. They notice that many students struggle with the poses or ask for help with injuries and realize that the ‘group-fitness’ model of teaching yoga isn’t working for lots of people. Including them.

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23 Oct
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Mirror, mirror on the yoga studio wall

“But how do people check their alignment?” This question came from a yoga teacher trainee who’d just heard there are no mirrors in my studio. I was guest teaching on an RYT200 course in Queensland and many of the trainees had worked for some years as group fitness instructors – checking alignment in the mirror was a natural (and frequent) part of their teaching toolkit.

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