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03 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

In a world of yoga 'experts', who do you trust?

Who do you trust?

 

Let’s face it, the yoga industry is full of ‘experts’. 

 

If we’ve learned anything from the scandals that have plagued almost every yoga tradition in recent years, it’s that ‘experts’ are not always trustworthy. 

 

Then there’s the mangling of traditional yoga teachings. I’ve heard a LOT of yoga teachers saying stuff in class that is just plain wrong . 

 

Sometimes they get it wrong because they were taught by somebody who didn’t really know that much themselves (not all yoga teacher trainings are equal).

 

Sometimes they’ve simply interpreted yoga philosophy to suit their own personal views. Either way, there’s a lot of BS out there masquerading as yogic wisdom. 

 

So, who do you trust?

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25 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How yoga teachers use Ayurveda to get real results

Are you confident giving your students Ayurvedic advice?

 

Ayurveda is a powerful way to help your students get real results. And they'll LOVE you for it. Adding more Ayurveda skills to your teaching tool-kit helps you to:

 

  1. Confidently teach private yoga classes your students will love
  2. Know how to choose just the right meditation or pranayama practice for each student
  3. Give personalised lifestyle guidance that makes a real difference to your students' lives

 

Ayurveda gives yoga teachers a framework for assessing their students and offers simple, practical tools that they really enjoy using. Here’s how:

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18 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Conducting private yoga therapy assessments

Do you feel confident conducting an assessment with a private yoga student? Do you know how to figure out exactly what that student needs and then create a practice that fully supports their unique needs? 

 

If you're not 100% sure, you're not alone. Many yoga teachers and yoga therapists find it challenging to properly assess private students. If that sounds like you, you'd definitely benefit from using the 4-step assessment process used by Yoga Therapists. It's called the Vyuha Model and it comes from that authentic source of yoga wisdom, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. 

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14 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What does yoga teach us about love?

Yoga is all about experiencing, sharing and being love. From the 8 Limbs to the 5 koshas, the practice of yoga is designed to move us towards a state of joyful, blissful love. Don't believe me? Ask Patanjali.

 

Patanjali, a great sage writing 2,000 years ago, wrote the definitive text on yoga, The Yoga Sutras. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali explains what yoga is, why we do it and what happens when when we do (and when we don't!).

 

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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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