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12 Oct
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How to teach Nadi shodana (and why)

Pranayama, or yogic breathing, is an important part of yoga. But yoga teachers often focus on the physical postures and don't include breathing techniques. Why? Not all yoga teacher trainings spend enough time on pranayama to give student teachers a chance to build their skills and confidence. That's a shame because pranayama can make a big difference to people's mental wellbeing- and fast. If you're not 100% sure how to teach Nadi Shodana - perhaps you're not too sure how to make the hand mudra or what verbal cues work best - read on.

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07 Oct
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Ayurveda for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

I loved learning about Ayurveda when I did my very first yoga teacher training. In fact, it was one of the highlights of the course. But, after that first training, I didn't feel like I had enough knowledge to incorporate Ayurveda into my classes or help students manage their wellbeing.

 

Sound familiar?

 

So I decided to do a deep dive into the world of Ayurveda. I spent the next  25 years studying Ayurveda and yoga therapy, including immersive programs with masters in India, Over that time,  seen first hand how Ayurveda can restore balance and heal, especially when it comes to mental and emotional wellbeing. 

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