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19 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Three books you MUST read if you’re thinking of yoga teacher training

How should you prepare yourself for yoga teacher training? Get reading! While keeping up a regular asana practice is an important part of the process, getting a head start with some high-quality reading is a must. But where do you start? There are a LOT of yoga books out there! Here's Adore Yoga's guide to the Top 3 Yoga Books for would-be yoga teachers) 

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13 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What to expect on a Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat in India – Part 3

Yogic and Ayurvedic Food

 

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 Yoga and Ayurveda retreats in South India.

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11 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A YOGA & AYURVEDA RETREAT IN INDIA – PART 2

What to expect from your Ayurvedic Consultations and Treatments

 

Ayurveda is India’s traditional system of medicine, with roots that date back over 4,000 years. The word Ayurveda means ‘Science of Life’ in Sanskrit and this ancient healing tradition embraces an holistic approach to health, emphasizing preventative medicine as well as offering plenty of healing treatments. The Ayurvedic toolkit includes yoga and meditation, marma puncture (similar to acupuncture), massage, cleansing techniques, dietary recommendations and medicinal herbs.

 

While Ayurveda has become increasingly popular in the West, the difference between visiting an Ayurveda practitioner in the West and consulting an Ayurvedic doctor in India is significant. Most Western practitioners have studies short courses of just a few weeks or months. However, Ayurvedic doctors in India undertake 5-7yrs of training, with a minimum 5yr degree in Ayurvedic Medicine. When you find a good Ayurvedic doctor, you’re in safe and knowledgeable hands.

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09 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What to expect on a Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat in India – Part 1

Travelling In South India

 

This blog post is the first of a three-part series about the sights, sounds and sensations of a Yoga and Ayurveda retreat in South India. India is just too epic for a single blog! I’ll be covering the three aspects of the Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat that most people ask about:

 

  1. Travelling in India
  2. Ayurvedic Consultations and Treatments
  3. Yogic and Ayurvedic Food

 

In this first post, we’ll be discovering what it’s like to travel to and around India. While transportation in India has changed since I first visited 20 years ago, travelling in India is still an adventure.

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02 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Three yoga basics to master BEFORE you do Yoga Teacher Training

Once upon a time, prospective yoga teachers practiced and studied under master teachers for several years before becoming teachers themselves. Today, may yoga teacher training courses will accept students with little or no experience of yoga. Which is best?

 

While I don’t believe it’s necessary to have decades of advanced practice under your belt before becoming a yoga teacher, there are three yoga basics that I’d recommend you refine prior to jumping in to yoga teacher training.


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25 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

3 Ways yoga helps asthma

My daughter is one of the 2 million Australians with asthma. She was just three years old when she was diagnosed and we were gob-smacked. None of the usual contributing factors applied to Ruby and we didn't know how to help her beyond ensuring she took her medication correctly. Fortunately her condition is now stable, but for many people asthma is a serious condition that has a major impact on quality of life (not to mention scaring the pants off anxious loved ones).

 

As a yoga teacher, I knew instinctively that yoga could help my daughter’s asthma. Her diagnosis set me off on a path of discovery and now, over a decade later, I teach many asthmatics the simple techniques that can help them manage their condition. There are many yoga tools that can make a big difference to asthma sufferers - here are just three ways that yoga can help.

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15 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How meditation helps a social worker at home and at work

Tami Forsyth is a social worker who recently completed the Adore Meditation Facilitator Certificate. Tami shares how her family, co-workers and clients have benefited from her training as she uses her meditation skills at home and at work.

 

I'm a team leader at a women's refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence, so I work with clients with multiple issues. I am also responsible for looking after the well-being of the support workers here. I am a single mum with 3 children, including two teenagers who still live at home.

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15 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga Therapy for Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder Bursitis is a common injury that we see in many people visiting the Adore Yoga Therapy Clinic. It’s painful and, if left untreated, can lead to restricted mobility and ongoing pain. Yoga Therapy can be a very helpful adjunctive treatment - here’s a primer on working with students with shoulder bursitis.

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14 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What I learned in Meditation Facilitator Training

Joanna Frankham, a certified health coach, completed the Adore Meditation Facilitator Certification in January 2017. In this blog, she offers some insights into her personal learning and how she’s using her skills in meditation facilitation in her daily life and work.

 

My personal meditation practice continues to be a work in progress. I strongly suspect that won’t change over the course of my life. What has changed is my understanding of the physical process of meditation, and – in turn - my response to this process.

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13 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How Yoga Teacher Training Changed Me

I didn’t want to be a yoga teacher. I just wanted to learn more about the thing I loved. Yoga had made a big difference to my life at a time when everything seemed to be falling apart. I was depressed, anxious and facing many challenges that seemed insurmountable. As my yoga practice developed, my fractured, confusing existence began to evolve into a rich and full life that was filled with hope and opportunities. Once things were back on the rails, I wanted to learn how and why yoga had made such profound changes to my body, mind and relationships. After signing up for a few short workshops, I realised that teacher training would be the best way of getting a thorough and deep understanding of yoga.

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