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11 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

yoga and body image

I’ve just got back from delivering a presentation on the hot topic of yoga and body image at the Yoga Australia Conference on the Gold Coast. 

Yoga is now practiced by over 20 million people in the USA, more than 80% of whom are women (85% in Australia). The lure of a product that promises to makes you look and feel better has transformed yoga into big business, turning over US$10.3 billion in 2012. In fact, the aspirational, mass appeal of yoga closely resembles other products marketed primarily to women, such as fashion and cosmetics. It was the presentation slides that compared advertising for these products with advertising for yoga that conference delegates found most alarming.  Just to make it clear, the top picture shows advertising for fashion and cosmetics, the bottom picture shows a selection of adverts for yoga studios and products.

 

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04 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga alliance de-registering yoga 'therapists' without proper training

There’s a lot of fur flying right now as yoga teachers who advertise their services as ‘yoga therapists’ scramble to get certified (or change their marketing!) Why is Yoga Alliance threatening to de-register teachers who claim to be yoga therapists without formal training? Because Yoga Alliance registers teachers with just 200hrs training, often from courses that last only a few days, and with little prior experience of yoga.

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29 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

autumn soup

I'm no Nigella, but I can't help myself when it comes to soup. Soup is the yummiest, fastest, easiest and most nutritious food in the world. As soon as the temperature drops below, er, 21 degrees (I know, I should be fine with cold weather being a Pom, but I seem to have fully acclimatised to Sydney), I’m in the kitchen with my blender. And I totally make it up every time.

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13 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

why your relationship with food is messed up - and how yoga can help

Do you have a healthy relationship with food? I don’t mean ‘do you eat healthy food’?  I mean can you just get on with the business of eating without worrying about weight gain/loss, cutting out certain types of food or restricting what and when you eat? Many ‘healthy’ women constantly monitor and control their food intake and intuitive eaters are hard to find.

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30 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

why i don't meditate

Why I DON'T Meditate

 

1. I don't have time

 

2. My mind is too busy

 

3. There's always something more important that needs doing

 

4. I have two very active kids

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22 Dec
Posted by Nikola Ellis

peace, goodwill and yoga

Do you sing? Perhaps you’ve been busting out a few Christmas songs recently. My daughter and I are both keen choir members and the house has been filled with voices rehearsing for carol concerts, parties and numerous other Christmas gatherings.

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05 Nov
Posted by Nikola Ellis

the adore yoga manifesto

I wrote the first Adore Yoga Manifesto in 2009. It seemed to me that if a yoga-focused organisation didn't stand for something it would fall for anything. From body shaming (think Chip Wilson) to hybrid novelty classes (Doga, Yoga & Wine, Hangover Yoga) to having sex with your students (oh, where to begin? Perhaps here, here andhere). And so I took a long hard look at the values we want to embody at Adore Yoga and came up with a manifesto that set out what we stand for. 
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01 Oct
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Mirror, mirror on the yoga studio wall

“But how do people check their alignment?” This question came from a yoga teacher trainee who’d just heard there are no mirrors in my studio. I was guest teaching on an RYT200 course in Queensland and many of the trainees had worked for some years as group fitness instructors – checking alignment in the mirror was a natural (and frequent) part of their teaching toolkit.

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04 Sep
Posted by Nikola Ellis

unite! yoga is for everybody

You might have noticed that many of the Adore Yoga blogposts talk about yoga and body image. From stating the obvious (in the advertising world, all yogis are young, thin and white) to considering how yoga can address, or entrench, negative body image, this blog often explores the connection between yoga, the way we feel about ourselves and how diversity in the yoga community is (or isn’t) represented. And I’m not alone.

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