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28 Jul
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Teaching pranayama to students with anxiety? Read this now.


Are you teaching pranayama to students with anxiety? Stop! There may be a better way to help them.


Learning how to breathe deeply and smoothly will help people with anxiety, right? Not necessarily. For many anxious students, focusing on the breath triggers more anxiety. On paper, teaching pranayama to your shallow-breathing, anxious students seems to make sense. But for some students, it can be unbearable. I know, because I was that student freaking out during a pranayama session.


I have long history of anxiety and panic attacks. It's what brought me to yoga in the first place. When I first heard about pranayama, I decided it was just what I needed. It made perfect sense - regulating the breath would calm my nervous system and prevent anxiety. But that's not how it worked in practice...

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21 Jul
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Why ALL your students will benefit from trauma sensitive yoga


"Trauma sensitive yoga is for people with PTSD? Why do I need to learn it if I'm teaching regular classes?"


That's a good question. But who is attending your 'regular' yoga classes? Do traumatised people only show up in yoga classes designed especially for them? Do people who are affected by trauma but don't meet the clinical threshold for PTSD benefit from trauma sensitive yoga?


And what if ALL of your students benefited from trauma sensitive yoga?

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14 Jul
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Three ways Ayurveda makes planning your yoga classes easy

Do you spend a lot of time coming up with class plans? 

Do you struggle to find new and exciting themes for your yoga classes? 

Here are three reasons why Ayurveda has the answer to your class planning prayers (PLUS your free Ayurveda and Meditation & Mantra cheat sheet!):

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12 Jul
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy

Ayurveda is useful for every teacher, but it's essential for yoga therapists. All the Adore Yoga Therapy courses include significant Ayurveda components, building skills that our graduates use to support students to heal from physical, mental and emotional health issues. 

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