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25 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

When a student has a negative reaction to your teaching

This is my 'I can't believe this is happening to me on a live group Zoom call' face: 


Has a student ever told you that the practice you just taught made them feel terrible? 


It just happened to me.


This morning, I was delivering a live online tutorial for the Adore Online Meditation Teacher Training program. I was joined by 28 wonderful students from all around Australia, plus a few calling in from overseas. 


I taught the group a simple breathing technique, inviting them to gently extend their exhalation a little. At the end, one student exclaimed how wonderful she felt. Another said it had cured her headache. But one student had a very different reaction.


In the middle of a live online tutorial, this student made it clear that the practice had made her feel lousy. She said she'd felt a tonne of resistance and was now feeling agitated. That wasn't part of the plan.


So how did I respond? Well, we were recording the tutorial so you can find out for yourself. Moments before this clip starts, a student on this call told everybody that the practice I'd just taught had made her feel bad. Here's what I said:

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18 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What do coronavirus and yoga have in common? More than you think.

Why is coronavirus like yoga?

- Because it’s disrupting the patterns of our everyday lives.

- It’s changing our habitual behaviour.

- It’s making us question how we live. 


That’s what yoga does. 


If you think of yoga as a panacea for the stress in your life, the idea of yoga as a disruptive force might seem far fetched. But if you’ve been practicing yoga for a while, you know it can be profoundly unsettling. It stops us in our tracks, strips away our usual habits and makes us experience ourselves in new ways. But let's back up a bit and examine what yoga is actually for. 

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11 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Grounding Yoga for Difficult Days

These are difficult days. Our lives, work, relationships and environments are shifting radically and many of us are struggling to stay positive. This is when we need yoga most. 


The first step is to get grounded. That's a real challenge when everything around you is whirling at high speed.


But you can do it. You can create a calm centre from which to decide how you respond to what's going on in the world. And you can teach your students how to do that too.


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02 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Teaching income decimated? Here's how survive the next 3 months as a yoga teacher

You’re teaching a fraction of the students you were reaching few weeks ago. Your income has been decimated. You’ve tried taking your classes online but it’s not paying the bills. What can you do to fix things? Plenty.


There are two things you need to do right now:


  1. Build your classes right away to earn some income 
  2. Get ready for the future - business as usual is not coming back and you need to prepare for the new opportunities waiting for you.


Here are four proven ways to get your classes humming and your future looking bright. 

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