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14 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What does yoga teach us about love?

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11 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How does online yoga therapy training work?

 

An experienced yoga therapist asked me this weekend 'how on earth does online yoga therapy training work?' She was horrified at the idea of teaching the art and science of therapeutic yoga online. She exclaimed that the deep and nuanced philosophy and techniques of yoga therapy could only be learned face to face.

 

As the director of an online yoga therapy training course, how did I respond? I told her she was absolutely right. And completely wrong.

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04 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Feel like a fraud when you teach yoga? You're not alone

'I'm not an authentic yoga teacher'

 

Have you ever worried that your students will find out you aren’t the real deal and desert you? Have you wondered if they'd still come to your classes if they knew what you were really like behind the mask? If you’ve ever felt like this, you’re not alone.

 

A frightening number of yoga teachers live with 'imposter syndrome' every day. And I, my friend, am no stranger to it.

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28 Jan
Posted by Nikola Ellis

English breakfast tea and the art of yoga sequencing

How do yoga therapists and experienced teachers design safe and effective yoga sequences that support the unique needs of each student? And how do they do it day after day, without getting bored or running out of inspiration?

The answer can be found in classical yoga. There is a traditional concept that, once you learn how it works, steps you through the process of developing the ideal yoga practice for every student.

And. Because I'm English, there's a very LARGE teacup involved.

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24 Jan
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What could be more important in yoga therapy than yoga?

 

 When it comes to helping people heal with yoga, there are tonnes of effective techniques. You'll study them all in a yoga therapy training - asana, pranayama, mudra, meditation, Ayurveda and more. But what is the MOST important technique? Turns out, it might not be yoga at all.

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11 Jan
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Tips for teaching meditation - preparation

Do you want to teach your students to meditate but don't know where to start? Meditation can be difficult at first and finding ways to make it accessible to your students can be challenging.

 

One of the things that can make learning to meditate much easier is doing some preparation work first. After all, you wouldn't teach somebody a headstand in their very first yoga class. Even when you do teach somebody headstand, you wouldn't teach them until you were sure they'd prepared properly with poses that build their strength, balance and focus.

 

It's the same with meditation. If you jump in cold, students are likely to find it much harder to sit in silent meditation for very long. So how do you help students prepare to meditate? This video makes it easy.

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01 Jan
Posted by Nikola Ellis

2020 - a new decade of possibilities for yogis

It's been a bit tricky surrendering to the holiday vibe this year. For most of us in Australia, the air is thick with smoke and the news headlines are deeply pessimistic.

 

I know I'm supposed to be a good yogi and live the present moment, but as we enter a new decade, I can't help but look forward. What does the future hold for me and my family? For all of us? With so many environmental and political bad news stories, it's hard to stay positive. 

 

One of my Grandfathers favourite sayings was:

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30 Dec
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Ayurveda and food

 

In Ayurveda, you really are what you eat.

Food is an integral part of the Ayurvedic tradition and everything is carefully chosen and prepared to ensure good health. Fresh, local, seasonal produce is carefully cleaned and blessed and cooked with great care. Food combinations are meticulously crafted to ensure meals are both nutritious and easy to digest. 

If you are living an Ayurvedic lifestyle, you'll choose foods that are appropriate for your dosha, or body type. Eating according to your dosha helps to maintain balance and good health. 

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26 Dec
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga Therapy Training Australia

How do you become a yoga therapist in Australia?

If you’ve been searching online for information on studying yoga therapy, you might have ended up on a US based site or social media group. That can be confusing because entry criteria for accredited courses, course types and graduation standards can look quite different to Australia.

So what is the pathway to becoming a yoga therapist in Australia?

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19 Dec
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga for Cancer Related Fatigue (CRF)

Beating cancer is certainly something to celebrate. While one in three Australians will experience a cancer diagnosis during their life, more and more people are beating cancer thanks to increasingly sophisticated treatments.

Getting the all-clear is a time of enormous relief, but beating cancer doesn’t mean that everything goes back to being exactly the same as before diagnosis. For many people, the physical and psychological impacts of their cancer experience continue long after treatment finishes. This is where yoga can help.

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