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25 Jun
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Mudras - yoga for airplanes

I just got back from a trip to the USA. 7 glorious days in California, soaking up the sun and sharing my passion for Yoga Therapy with some of the most talented practitioners in the business at the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR).


The only downside was the travel – 14 hour flights each way, plus some pretty hectic freeway action on the way from LA to Newport Beach (it's not far, but that whole driving on the other side of the road thing is tricky when you’re sleep deprived…) So how does a yogi stay sane and healthy on long international journeys? Mudras, of course.

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11 Jun
Posted by Nikola Ellis

The Art of Savouring

I’m about to leave my family for a week to travel to the US. Over the past few days, I’ve found myself savouring every moment with my kids, appreciating every meal and relishing every time we laugh together. It’s a wonderful exercise in staying mindful of the present moment.

If you’ve done yoga for a while, you will have heard your teachers tell you to ‘come into the present moment.’ Sound advice, but what does that mean and how do you do it?

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26 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Mudra - Hand Yoga for Healing

If you’ve ever placed your palms together in 'prayer position', you’ve practiced yoga mudra. Perhaps you’ve sat with your thumb and index finger together during meditation – that’s another mudra. Yoga students all over the world are practicing simple mudras every day, but most of us don’t know how and why these special hand gestures work. It’s time to change all that.  Mudras are powerful, enjoyable and accessible to everybody – you don’t need to be fit and flexible to place your hands in a simple gesture. Here’s a rough guide to mudras and how to use them in your yoga practice.

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21 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Out of my mind

This week I mislaid my bank card, burned the dinner and forgot a promise to a friend. But I just can't help it. I’m busy. The phone rang. I was running late. The kids were playing up. I’m a bad cook. I’m a rotten friend. I .… STOP!

Have you had days, weeks or even years that look like this? Constantly running from one emergency to the next with voices in your head telling you you’re not good enough and you’ve got to try harder? You’re not alone. Most of us are constantly bombarded by feelings of inadequacy that propel us into a frenzy of activity. Secretly feel your mothering skills aren’t up to the job? Smother those thoughts with a flurry of craft projects, baking healthy snacks and online shopping for educational toys. Feel like a fraud in your job? Stay back late, get in early, check your phone in the toilet and take work home at the weekend.

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19 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Three books you MUST read if you’re thinking of yoga teacher training

How should you prepare yourself for yoga teacher training? Get reading! While keeping up a regular asana practice is an important part of the process, getting a head start with some high-quality reading is a must. But where do you start? There are a LOT of yoga books out there! Here's Adore Yoga's guide to the Top 3 Yoga Books for would-be yoga teachers) 

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13 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What to expect on a Yoga Meditation and Ayurveda training in India – Part 3

Yogic and Ayurvedic Food


One of the most frequently asked questions about coming on retreat to India is ‘What’s the food like?’ Lots of people worry that the food will be too spicy or that they’ll have trouble meeting their dietary needs, such as avoiding gluten, dairy, nuts and other allergens. Others have read about high levels of pesticides in fruit and vegetables in India and worry about food quality. This blog post describes the flavours, ingredients and quality of the food that we enjoy during our trainings in India.

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11 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis


What to expect from your Ayurvedic Consultations and Treatments


Ayurveda is India’s traditional system of medicine, with roots that date back over 4,000 years. The word Ayurveda means ‘Science of Life’ in Sanskrit and this ancient healing tradition embraces an holistic approach to health, emphasizing preventative medicine as well as offering plenty of healing treatments. The Ayurvedic toolkit includes yoga and meditation, marma puncture (similar to acupuncture), massage, cleansing techniques, dietary recommendations and medicinal herbs.


While Ayurveda has become increasingly popular in the West, the difference between visiting an Ayurveda practitioner in the West and consulting an Ayurvedic doctor in India is significant. Most Western practitioners have studies short courses of just a few weeks or months. However, Ayurvedic doctors in India undertake 5-7yrs of training, with a minimum 5yr degree in Ayurvedic Medicine. When you find a good Ayurvedic doctor, you’re in safe and knowledgeable hands.

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09 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What to expect on a Meditation, Yoga & Ayurveda TRAINING in India – Part 1

Travelling In South India


This blog post is the first of a three-part series about the sights, sounds and sensations of travelling to South India. India is just too epic for a single blog! I’ll be covering the three aspects of the Adore Yoga India retreats and trainings that most people ask about:


  1. Travelling in India
  2. Ayurvedic Consultations and Treatments
  3. Yogic and Ayurvedic Food


In this first post, we’ll be discovering what it’s like to travel to and around India. While transportation in India has changed since I first visited 20 years ago, travelling in India is still an adventure.

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02 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Three yoga basics to master BEFORE you do Yoga Teacher Training

Once upon a time, prospective yoga teachers practiced and studied under master teachers for several years before becoming teachers themselves. Today, may yoga teacher training courses will accept students with little or no experience of yoga. Which is best?


While I don’t believe it’s necessary to have decades of advanced practice under your belt before becoming a yoga teacher, there are three yoga basics that I’d recommend you refine prior to jumping in to yoga teacher training.

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25 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

3 Ways yoga helps asthma

My daughter is one of the 2 million Australians with asthma. She was just three years old when she was diagnosed and we were gob-smacked. None of the usual contributing factors applied to Ruby and we didn't know how to help her beyond ensuring she took her medication correctly. Fortunately her condition is now stable, but for many people asthma is a serious condition that has a major impact on quality of life (not to mention scaring the pants off anxious loved ones).


As a yoga teacher, I knew instinctively that yoga could help my daughter’s asthma. Her diagnosis set me off on a path of discovery and now, over a decade later, I teach many asthmatics the simple techniques that can help them manage their condition. There are many yoga tools that can make a big difference to asthma sufferers - here are just three ways that yoga can help.

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