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17 Nov
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Why you should be using video messages in your yoga business (and how).

This is a picture of me doing something that has been making a big difference to my yoga teaching and to my students.

Video messaging.

It’s free, it's super easy and it’s achieved three amazing things in my yoga business:

 

1.           My students LOVE it

2.           I’ve saved a tonne of time

3.           It’s made me more money

 

The great thing about video messaging is that there are no big video files to upload or download. You make a recording using a free app which then generates a URL (web link) to send to your students. 

 

I’ll explain a bit more about how it works, and share the apps that I use, in a moment. But I want to share with you how I’m using video messaging and why it’s helping me save time, make more money and make my students very happy!

 

Here are five ways I use video messaging:

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10 Nov
Posted by Nikola Ellis

The 9-step formula to find new yoga students

Are you looking for a simple way to build your student numbers? This blog walks you through a proven 9-step process for finding - and keeping - new yoga students. 

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03 Nov
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Have your say - the state of online yoga in Australia

Love it or hate it, online yoga is here to stay. 

 

  • Have you embraced teaching online and flourished?
  • Did you give it a go but didn't get the results you hoped for?
  • Perhaps you didn't dip your toes in the digital waters at all.

 

We want to shine a light on the state of online yoga teaching in Australia and we need your help to do it.

Tell us about your experiences in Australia's biggest survey of online teaching. You'll be helping to support yoga teachers across the country with vital information on the successes and pitfalls of online teaching. 

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27 Oct
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Things will never be the same again. And that’s exactly the way it’s supposed to be.

We have been on a wild and terrifyingly rapid journey this year. From personal relationships through to the very fabric of our societies, everything has been squeezed, distorted, pushed and pulled until we find ourselves in a landscape that is almost unrecognisable. The changes have been radical.

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12 Oct
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How to teach Nadi shodana (and why)

Pranayama, or yogic breathing, is an important part of yoga. But yoga teachers often focus on the physical postures and don't include breathing techniques. Why? Not all yoga teacher trainings spend enough time on pranayama to give student teachers a chance to build their skills and confidence. That's a shame because pranayama can make a big difference to people's mental wellbeing- and fast. If you're not 100% sure how to teach Nadi Shodana - perhaps you're not too sure how to make the hand mudra or what verbal cues work best - read on.

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07 Oct
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Ayurveda for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

I loved learning about Ayurveda when I did my very first yoga teacher training. In fact, it was one of the highlights of the course. But, after that first training, I didn't feel like I had enough knowledge to incorporate Ayurveda into my classes or help students manage their wellbeing.

 

Sound familiar?

 

So I decided to do a deep dive into the world of Ayurveda. I spent the next  25 years studying Ayurveda and yoga therapy, including immersive programs with masters in India, Over that time,  seen first hand how Ayurveda can restore balance and heal, especially when it comes to mental and emotional wellbeing. 

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29 Sep
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Free 'yoga for mental balance' template for yoga teachers

Are your students feeling stressed and anxious? It's been a difficult year for many of us and your students really need the yoga gifts you have to offer.

 

October is Mental Health Month and as a yoga teacher, you know how yoga can reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Your teachings are a real lifeline right now - you're doing an amazing job and I want to support you.

 

That's why I created a free 'Yoga for Mental Balance' template for you to use. The two best things abut this template are: 

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22 Sep
Posted by Nikola Ellis

3 great news stories for yoga teachers who lost work because of Covid

Are you one of the many thousands of yoga teachers who have had their classes destroyed or dramatically reduced since March 2020? Covid-19 has certainly been tough on yoga teachers. But three pieces of news this week got me excited about the future of yoga.

 

Less booze, more yoga

When Covid-19 first hit, people's spending patterns changed dramatically. Spending on services screeched to a halt. From yoga classes to restaurants, service providers shut their doors while spending on groceries and alcohol soared. But that's all changing.

Western Australia and the Northern Territory have, compared to other states, weathered the Covid-19 storm. And spending on services has roared back. Arts, recreation and leisure have all seen an increase in spending in recent weeks. 

That's good news for everyone. As lock-down rules ease across the country, people are coming back to their usual activities like yoga.

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15 Sep
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Feeling Isolated? Yoga teaching can be a lonely business....

Even before Covid-19, quarantine and online classes, many yoga teachers were pretty much out their on their own. No supervisor, no colleagues to chat to in the lunch room. Just you, taking yoga to the world. While that might be OK for a while, in long term, that’s bad news for both you and your students.

 

Why? Because you are not as resilient, impartial, skilled or well balanced as you think you are. Nobody is. That’s why most professionals working in the ‘helping’ industries have mandatory mentoring or other mechanisms for looking after themselves and their clients.

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08 Sep
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How COVID-19 restrictions help you to help the most vulnerable yoga students

At first (and second) glance, COVID-19 looks like a disaster for yoga teachers and students. With studios closing, social distancing rules making yoga-as-usual impossible and a million new barriers to sharing yoga, it’s been challenging. And the situation isn’t going to change any time soon in many places. 

 

But COVID-19 restrictions have also brought new opportunities for yoga teachers and students, especially the most vulnerable. At Adore Yoga, we offer yoga therapy classes in cancer centres, hospitals and other clinical environments for students with health issues. When COVID-19 arrived, all our group classes shut down overnight - these are vulnerable, immunocompromised students. Teachers and students were devastated. But then something marvellous happened. 

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