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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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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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06 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

5 Things Yoga Teachers Should Do During COVID-19

How're you doing? I mean it. Gently check in with yourself and see how you're feeling. In this COVID-19 world, many of us are overwhelmed and stuck in survival mode. I get it. It’s happening to me too. But staying in survival mode will stop us from serving our students and building stronger communities. As we deal with the new challenges we are all facing, here are 5 things yoga teachers can do right now to support themselves, their students and each other.

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31 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Your students need calm - here's your free meditation e-course

 

We could all do with a big dose of calm right now. The anxiety, stress and fear generated by the COVID-19 crisis is real. Governments are ramping up mental health services to cope with the fall-out. My students, some of whom have been resistant to the idea of meditating for years, are asking for more meditation and relaxation in (online) class.

 

Several of the yoga teachers I mentor have asked for more meditation resources, so I've developed a free meditation mini e-course for you and your students. In this interactive online course, you'll learn:

 

  • The neuroscience of meditation - WHY it works
  • How to practice and teach 3 different meditation styles
  • How yoga and meditation work together
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26 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga teacher resources for a COVID-19 world

You KNOW the world needs yoga right now. But it can be overwhelming for yoga teachers to know where to start. We are also being impacted by the unprecedented social upheaval caused by corona virus. 

That's why I am sharing Adore Yoga's teaching resources freely to help you look after yourself and your students.

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24 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Videos guides to teaching yoga online

I LOVE how creative and innovative the yoga teaching community is. And right now, you're showing up exactly when you're needed most. As yoga studios and gyms shut down, yoga teachers who never thought they'd have to wrap their heads around technology are finding new ways to serve their students.

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23 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Why the world needs yoga teachers right now

If you're a yoga teacher, you are one of the most important people on the planet right now. You know why? Because you have the skills to lead a revolution in kindness, compassion and the vital life-skills that we all need right now.

 

Who better to lead our communities through this challenging time than yoga teachers? Let's look at all the things your an expert in: 

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