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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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10 Apr
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Yoga and meditation at Lake Inle in Myanmar

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about the Myanmar Yoga Adventure. Read more and WHY we're taking a yoga retreat to Myanmar with our students here.  

 

We leave the golden Pagodas of Bagan to travel to our third destination on the Adore Myanmar Yoga Adventure - Inle Lake. Set in the gorgeous Shan Hills, Inle Lake is a cooler, fresher environment than Ngapali or Bagan.  Inle Lake was designated one of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO in 2015 and, with a surface area of 116 square kilometers and 880m elevation, the air feels much fresher than either Ngapali or Bagan.

 

There are so many reasons to love Inle Lake. Take a boat ride through the town’s network of canals (it’s kind of the Venice of Asia!), then sail into the lake itself where you’ll see local fishermen catching fish and harvesting water weed in the same traditional way as generations of their forefathers.

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10 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Buddhas, Balloons and deep meditation in Myanmar

Can you imagine what it would be like to meditate in an ancient Buddhist pagoda? That's one of the most memorable experiences at our second destination on the Adore Myanmar Yoga Adventure. 

Read about our first destination and WHY we're taking a yoga retreat to Myanmar with our students here.  

 

We fly from the tropical beaches of Ngapali to the 'dry zone' at Bagan. It’s hard to describe this majestic and visually stunning place. Think Angkor Wat without all the tourists and you’re getting close. The ancient city of Bagan has over 2,000 ancient Buddhist pagodas and is set in a beautiful natural location in a bend in the mighty Irrawaddy river.

 

We’ll be visiting some of these extraordinary pagodas and practicing traditional meditation techniques in and around the temple compounds – it’s a very spiritual and inspiring experience.


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10 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga and MeditaTion Retreat in Myanmar 

 

This is the second in a series of blog posts about the Adore Myanmar Yoga Adventure (Nov 2018) and how this exciting trip to Myanmar is supporting local communities as well as inspiring our students. Read the first post here.

 

On the very first day in Myanmar, you'll experience two sides of this land of extreme contrasts. We meet in Yangon, a busy, bustling and rapidly modernising Asian city with a population of over 5 million. Then we fly 1hr north west to Thandwe, the gateway airport to one of the most stunning stretches of unspoiled beaches in Asia, Ngapali Beach. This is where the pace changes – radically!

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07 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Why run a yoga retreat in myanmar of all places...?

 

Myanmar (or Burma as it was known until recently) isn't at the top of many people's yoga travel bucket list. You'll find yoga retreats and adventures pretty much everywhere, especially in Bali, Fiji, India, Sri Lanka and Central and South America. But Myanmar has dropped off the radar.

 

To be honest, we nearly didn't go there ourselves. We had LONG wanted to visit Myanmar - we'd heard so much about the natural beauty, friendly people and that special feeling of arriving somewhere totally new - something that's hard to find in an era of globalisation (no Starbucks in Burma!) We booked our flights in the hope that we'd find an exciting new world to bring our students and guests to - imagine meditating in those ancient Buddhist temples and doing yoga on the banks of the mighty Irrawaddy River! Then we heard the news last year about the Rohingya crisis.

 

We decided to cancel our visit. Then we decided to go. Then we decided to cancel. This went on for several days, during which time I did some research on Myanmar and contacted Aussie friends who'd worked there to get first hand insights. What I learned from this research made it clear that we should go and see for ourselves what was happening in this fascinating and complex country.

 

What we found was beyond anything we had ever imagined - from the landscapes to the culture to the people to the political situation. Myanmar blew our minds.

 

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20 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

When yoga teachers should stop teaching Yoga (and do something more useful).

So, yoga changed your life. It shook you down, cleared your head and turned your whole life around. Naturally, you want to share that with the world, so you decide to become a yoga teacher. Now you’re qualified help others experience the mind-blowing power of yoga that has given you so much. Excellent!

 

But is more yoga what the world needs?

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15 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Ayurvedic food and healing in india

 

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 retreats and trainings in India.

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14 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Is yoga therapy an actual career?

Congratulations! You've graduated from your Yoga Therapy training! So, now what....? Does being a yoga therapist help you get more work? What kind of roles do yoga therapists take on ? In short, is being a yoga therapist an actual career? If you're deciding if you should become a yoga therapist, these are important questions.

 

Not so long ago, yoga therapy was unheard of. Yoga teachers taught classes in studios, gyms and their own homes and, while yoga was generally thought of as a healthy thing, the benefits weren't clear. But in recent years, all that has changed.

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14 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

a six-handed massage in india

I’ve arrived for my first Ayurvedic treatment at Maitreyi Vedic Village in South India. I walk into the treatment room to find three people there. They all watch me intently as I remove my dressing gown. “Underwear off, madam.” One of the three, a small Tamil girl of about eighteen, brings something to cover my modesty – a thin piece of cotton held on with an even thinner piece of cotton. It feels a bit like wearing a nappy. The second person, a slightly taller girl of about the same age, with tiny, nimble hands, sits me on a stool where she proceeds to rub oil vigorously into my scalp. It smells very sweet as she massages my head, down my neck and across my upper back. Suddenly, the massage stops and I'm asked to get up off my stool and sit on the edge of a very large wooden massage table while the two girls stand in front of me and chant a prayer in Sanskrit. I’m now ready for my treatment.

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21 Feb
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5 Things You're Doing Wrong In Private Yoga Classes

How are your private yoga classes going? Are students breaking down your door to enjoy quality one-on-one time with you? Teaching private yoga lessons is a great way to offer extra value to your students and build a new source of income. But if your students aren’t returning for regular, ongoing private classes, you're probably doing it all wrong.

 

Teaching successful and ongoing private classes requires a very different skill set to teaching group yoga classes. So how do you serve your private students in a way that turns them into delighted, repeat customers? Take a look at the top 5 mistakes yoga teachers are making in private classes and see what you can change.

 

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06 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Kitchari - a simple ayurvedic recipe for gut health

 

Kitchari - a blend of basmati rice and moong dal - is staple recipe in Ayurveda, India's ancient system of healing. The combination of rice and dal create a balanced, nutritious dish that can be enhanced with different spices according to your body type - or the time of year. Read on to discover a delicious Kitchari recipe to nourish your body, heal your gut and balance your energy.

 

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