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Nikola Ellis

Nikola Ellis is the founder of Adore Yoga, yoga therapist, counsellor and teacher trainer. She conducts regular trainings that help people of all ages, shapes and abilities enjoy the benefits of yoga and meditation, including Meditation Facilitator Certificate Trainings; Level 1 200hr Teacher Training and Post Graduate Yoga Teacher Training in Mental Health, Adaptive Asana and the Foundations of Yoga Therapy and a highly regarded professional 650hr Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy.
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20 Nov
Posted by Nikola Ellis

The link between sleep, breast cancer and yoga

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11 Nov
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No more RYT200 Yoga Teachers - Why I’m quitting Yoga Alliance

Do you know what the world doesn’t need right now? More RYT200 yoga teachers. I don’t know about your town, but Sydney is awash with them. So I’m not going to be responsible for producing any more.

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21 Oct
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Sequencing Yoga Classes - Three things you're doing wrong

I’ve been to a few yoga classes recently that indicate there's a sequencing-tastrophe happening in yoga studios in Sydney. Some of the 'sequencing' I've experienced can best be described as choreography, with teachers far more concerned about flow than either the effects of the practice or the safety of their students.

 

If you’re a yoga teacher putting together weekly or daily classes, here are three things you might be doing wrong when you plan asana sequencing (but hopefully not...)

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06 Oct
Posted by Nikola Ellis

5 Ayurvedic Tips for Eating Right This Spring Season

Did you know that changing your diet and lifestyle with the seasons is an important part of yoga? Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, provides healthy guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world. A simple way of doing this is to make small changes to the way you eat as the seasons change.

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25 Sep
Posted by Nikola Ellis

4 Reasons Mentoring is Vital for Yoga Teachers

If you’re like most yoga teachers, you’re pretty much out there on your own. No line managers, no mentor, no colleagues. Just you, taking yoga to the world. While that might be OK for a while, in long term, that’s bad news for both you and your students.

 

Why? Because you are not as resilient, impartial, skilled or well balanced as you think you are. Nobody is. That’s why most professionals working in the ‘helping’ industries have mandatory mentoring, supervision or other mechanisms for looking after themselves and their clients.

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10 Sep
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga for Cancer Research Roundup

 

Does yoga really help people living with cancer? What does the research say? If you're going to teach or practice yoga in the hope that it can help students manage their cancer treatment, it's important to understand the evidence base. The Yoga for Cancer Research Roundup is a special report that highlights cutting edge research on yoga for cancer. 

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03 Sep
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga Therapy Research Roundups

Yoga Therapy is quickly becoming an in-demand complementary therapy. Once a niche of the yoga industry, Yoga Therapy is now routinely found in public hospitals, private clinics, mental health, disability and cancer survivorship programs.

 

One of the reasons Yoga Therapy is gaining such popularity in the medical community is the growing evidence base. Over the last ten years, research into the benefits of Yoga Therapy has blossomed, with scientists studying the effects of yoga on people with mental health, musculoskeletal, auto-immune and many other health issues.

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15 Aug
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Planning Yoga Classes, Yoga Therapy Style

Are you using those downloadable yoga class templates to prepare your class? You might be short-changing your students. While these tools can be inspiring, here are three good reasons not to use them:

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10 Aug
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Reducing cancer tumor growth with yoga

 

It’s well documented that yoga can help people with cancer manage many of the side effects of their treatment, from fatigue and inflammation to anxiety and quality of life. But can yoga actually reduce tumors?

 

New research on the effect of stretching on tumors is opening up new opportunities for yoga as a therapy in the treatment of cancer. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have completed pre-clinical trials that observed the effect of stretching on breast cancer tumors on mice. And the results are remarkable.

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23 Jul
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How Yoga boosts your immune system and beats inflammation

Want to stay healthy this Winter? Get on your yoga mat! New research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine shows that yoga can boost your immune system, helping you fight off the winter bugs. What’s more, yoga has also been shown to decrease inflammation. That’s a big deal when you consider that inflammation is associated with many health conditions, including depression, auto-immune diseases, cancer, IBS and heart disease.

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