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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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21 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Perfectionism will stop you teaching yoga online

Let's be honest. Many of us yoga teachers have a streak of perfectionism a mile wide. And that gets in our way. It stops us from taking risks, innovating and doing our best work. If you're trying to get your yoga classes online in the current challenging climate, nothing's going to get in your way faster than perfectionism. Here's why. 

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21 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How do I edit my yoga class video?

Recorded a yoga class on Zoom and want to edit out the bit at the beginning where you were shouting at your kids to be quiet?

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20 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What platform should I use for storing my yoga class videos?

If you're teaching yoga online, you need to record and store your classes. Even if you're live-streaming, it's a good idea to record classes so that current students can access them and future students can get a taste of what you do! So where should you store your videos?

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16 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

A quick and dirty guide to teaching yoga online

Lots of yoga teachers are, quite justifiably, worried about making an income and serving their students during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

 

One of the best ways to keep students safe and the bills paid is to teach online. But if you’re a technophobe, where do you start?

 

This simple guide is designed for yoga teachers who are thinking about teaching online but have no idea where to start. That was me a few years ago. 

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15 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Can you meditate with your eyes open?

Not everybody is comfortable closing their eyes to meditation. People with PTSD, anxiety and many beginners often find closing their eyes to meditation confronting and uncomfortable. This  video blog walks you through a moving meditation that is done with the eyes open. How does it work and what are the benefits?  Watch the video or read the transcript below to learn more.

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14 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What yoga teachers can do about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This is a scary time for everybody, including yoga teachers. Many of us rely on group yoga classes for our income. What happens if (when) the studios you work for close? What happens if (when) your students just stop coming as they self-isolate?

 

Then there’s the overwhelming desire to support your students. It’s not just the money. You want to help people manage their health, deal with the stress, feel connected and loved, especially during uncertain times. So what should yoga teachers be doing about COVID-19?

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10 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Three reasons why yoga teachers are scared of teaching meditation

I used to be scared of teaching meditation in my yoga classes. Here’s why:

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03 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

In a world of yoga 'experts', who do you trust?

Who do you trust?

 

Let’s face it, the yoga industry is full of ‘experts’. 

 

If we’ve learned anything from the scandals that have plagued almost every yoga tradition in recent years, it’s that ‘experts’ are not always trustworthy. 

 

Then there’s the mangling of traditional yoga teachings. I’ve heard a LOT of yoga teachers saying stuff in class that is just plain wrong . 

 

Sometimes they get it wrong because they were taught by somebody who didn’t really know that much themselves (not all yoga teacher trainings are equal).

 

Sometimes they’ve simply interpreted yoga philosophy to suit their own personal views. Either way, there’s a lot of BS out there masquerading as yogic wisdom. 

 

So, who do you trust?

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25 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How yoga teachers use Ayurveda to get real results

Are you confident giving your students Ayurvedic advice?

 

Ayurveda is a powerful way to help your students get real results. And they'll LOVE you for it. Adding more Ayurveda skills to your teaching tool-kit helps you to:

 

  1. Confidently teach private yoga classes your students will love
  2. Know how to choose just the right meditation or pranayama practice for each student
  3. Give personalised lifestyle guidance that makes a real difference to your students' lives

 

Ayurveda gives yoga teachers a framework for assessing their students and offers simple, practical tools that they really enjoy using. Here’s how:

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18 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Conducting private yoga therapy assessments

Do you feel confident conducting an assessment with a private yoga student? Do you know how to figure out exactly what that student needs and then create a practice that fully supports their unique needs? 

 

If you're not 100% sure, you're not alone. Many yoga teachers and yoga therapists find it challenging to properly assess private students. If that sounds like you, you'd definitely benefit from using the 4-step assessment process used by Yoga Therapists. It's called the Vyuha Model and it comes from that authentic source of yoga wisdom, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. 

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