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Nikola Ellis

Nikola Ellis is the founder of Adore Yoga, yoga therapist, counsellor and teacher trainer. She conducts regular trainings that help people of all ages, shapes and abilities enjoy the benefits of yoga and meditation, including Meditation Facilitator Certificate Trainings; Level 1 200hr Teacher Training and Post Graduate Yoga Teacher Training in Mental Health, Adaptive Asana and the Foundations of Yoga Therapy and a highly regarded professional 650hr Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy.
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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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25 Aug
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How to teach yoga for eating disorders


Does yoga help people with eating disorders? What kind of yoga is best? Can yoga actually be harmful? These are some of the questions I wanted to answer when I embarked on a research project about yoga therapy for eating disorders, working with young people in the adolescent medicine unit at Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney. 


When I presented that research at the Yoga Australia conference in Melbourne, I realised I'm not the only one asking those questions. Yoga teachers, psychologists, parents and teachers are all interested in how to harness the benefits of yoga to support people struggling with eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of all mental health issues and those working and living with people with anorexia want to be sure that the yoga practices they introduce to their clients and family members are safe and effective. 

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18 Aug
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Why yoga teachers need to understand Googling is NOT research


As a yoga teacher, your students look to you for advice. You may not feel like an expert, but your students trust you. That trust often extends to areas of knowledge outside your expertise and training. For example, a student may ask you for help with their anxiety or shoulder pain. What do you do if you haven’t undertaken specialised training in these areas? 


If you’re like most yoga teachers you head to Guru Google to do some ‘research’. Here’s the thing. Googling something is NOT research. The internet is full of yoga ‘experts’ (I’ve written about this before) and it’s easy to believe what you read online, especially if it comes from a source you think you can trust, such as a well known teacher. 


If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that there are plenty of people out there sharing half truths and misinformation - many are doing so with the very best of intentions. So how do you know if the pranayama practice that popped up when you Googled ‘yoga for anxiety’ is going to help - and not harm - your student? How do you know if the asana sequence you’re teaching your student with scoliosis is going to offer long-term benefits?

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10 Aug
Posted by Nikola Ellis


Remember the buzz when you started your first yoga teacher training? The pure joy of doing something truly meaningful with a group of like-minded people? Then there was the excitement of taking your first steps as a yoga teacher – scary but oh so rewarding. 

But somewhere down the line, thoughtful yoga teachers begin to wonder what more they can offer the world beyond teaching 60 minute group classes. They notice that many students struggle with the poses or ask for help with injuries and realize that the ‘group-fitness’ model of teaching yoga isn’t working for lots of people. Including them. 

Those forward thinking yoga teachers have also realised that COVID-19 has changed everything. There were already lots of yoga teachers looking for work in an environment where yoga studios and gyms battle it out for survival, paying teachers less and expecting more for free. And now the internet is flooded with free classes. Sounds familiar? Here's an idea....

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04 Aug
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Teaching yoga to elderly students

I was SO EXCITED this week to share a Facebook Live conversation with a wonderful yoga therapist who specialises in working with elderly students. If you work with older students or want to know how to approach teaching frail and elderly people, read on - you'll want to know what Nana Chresta has to say (plus there's a FREE 'yoga for older adults' class plan for you!)

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