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30 Jun
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How to teach chanting

You love chanting in a group.

You're curious about the benefits of chanting.

You'd love to share the joy of chanting with your students.

You just don't feel very confident or knowledgable.

 

If the statements above sound familiar to you, you're going to love the free mini e-course I've made for you.

 

Your step by step guide to teaching chanting. 

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23 Jun
Posted by Nikola Ellis

A moving meditation that changes everything

Struggling to focus during meditation? Perhaps your students are reluctant to sit for more than a minute or two in meditation? Adding movement to meditation is a game-changer. Try this practice (or share it with your students) and see how the experience of meditation is transformed. 

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08 Jun
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Black lives matter - Yoga and justice

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02 Jun
Posted by Nikola Ellis

COVID-19 and your un-yogic thoughts

 

Has COVID-19 brought up strong and unpleasant feelings for you? Here are some things I've heard from yoga teachers recently:

 "I'm so stressed about money because I've lost so many of my classes in recent months. It feels really un-yogic to think about money all the time."

“The anger I'm feeling about this situation is so corrosive. It keeps bubbling up and I hate myself for it.”

“I know I'm supposed to live in the present moment, but I'm constantly worrying about my future as a yoga teacher."

 

At the heart of these statements lies the conviction that feeling stressed, worried or angry  is a bad thing. It’s un-yogic. Where did so many of us get that idea? How did we come to believe that being a yoga teacher means vanquishing all feelings except that elusive ‘bliss’ state that only Instagram yogis seem to master?

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25 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

When a student has a negative reaction to your teaching

This is my 'I can't believe this is happening to me on a live group Zoom call' face: 

 

Has a student ever told you that the practice you just taught made them feel terrible? 

 

It just happened to me.

 

This morning, I was delivering a live online tutorial for the Adore Online Meditation Teacher Training program. I was joined by 28 wonderful students from all around Australia, plus a few calling in from overseas. 

 

I taught the group a simple breathing technique, inviting them to gently extend their exhalation a little. At the end, one student exclaimed how wonderful she felt. Another said it had cured her headache. But one student had a very different reaction.

 

In the middle of a live online tutorial, this student made it clear that the practice had made her feel lousy. She said she'd felt a tonne of resistance and was now feeling agitated. That wasn't part of the plan.

 

So how did I respond? Well, we were recording the tutorial so you can find out for yourself. Moments before this clip starts, a student on this call told everybody that the practice I'd just taught had made her feel bad. Here's what I said:

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18 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What do coronavirus and yoga have in common? More than you think.

Why is coronavirus like yoga?

- Because it’s disrupting the patterns of our everyday lives.


- It’s changing our habitual behaviour.


- It’s making us question how we live. 

 

That’s what yoga does. 

 

If you think of yoga as a panacea for the stress in your life, the idea of yoga as a disruptive force might seem far fetched. But if you’ve been practicing yoga for a while, you know it can be profoundly unsettling. It stops us in our tracks, strips away our usual habits and makes us experience ourselves in new ways. But let's back up a bit and examine what yoga is actually for. 

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11 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Grounding Yoga for Difficult Days

These are difficult days. Our lives, work, relationships and environments are shifting radically and many of us are struggling to stay positive. This is when we need yoga most. 

 

The first step is to get grounded. That's a real challenge when everything around you is whirling at high speed.

 

But you can do it. You can create a calm centre from which to decide how you respond to what's going on in the world. And you can teach your students how to do that too.

 

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02 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Teaching income decimated? Here's how survive the next 3 months as a yoga teacher

You’re teaching a fraction of the students you were reaching few weeks ago. Your income has been decimated. You’ve tried taking your classes online but it’s not paying the bills. What can you do to fix things? Plenty.

 

There are two things you need to do right now:

 

  1. Build your classes right away to earn some income 
  2. Get ready for the future - business as usual is not coming back and you need to prepare for the new opportunities waiting for you.

 

Here are four proven ways to get your classes humming and your future looking bright. 

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27 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

4 ways to bring ‘touch’ to your online yoga classes

Are you missing the human contact when you teach yoga online? You’re not the only one. The sense of connection that comes from practicing yoga together is my favourite part of teaching. Your students are yearning for it. What’s more, the need for authentic connection is stopping many people from doing yoga online - or leading them to drop out after trying it for a while.

 

So how can you create a deep sense of connection with your students while teaching online? Can you ever reproduce the ‘touch’ of a compassionate adjustment via webcam?

 

Yes.

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20 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga teachers and COVID-19 consipracies

Peace-loving, vegan yogis and gun-toting, alt-right crusaders don't have much in common at first glance. But here's the weird thing. They're all sharing the same COVID-19 conspiracy theories. Whether it's 5G mind control, Bill Gates and vaccinations or suspicions about official coronavirus mortality figures, the flower children and the hard right are united in their love of YouTube videos telling them to 'wake up' and smell the global conspiracy.

 

Why?

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