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06 Oct
Posted by Nikola Ellis

5 Ayurvedic Tips for Eating Right This Spring Season

Did you know that changing your diet and lifestyle with the seasons is an important part of yoga? Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, provides healthy guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world. A simple way of doing this is to make small changes to the way you eat as the seasons change.

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10 Sep
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga for Cancer Research Roundup

 

Does yoga really help people living with cancer? What does the research say? If you're going to teach or practice yoga in the hope that it can help students manage their cancer treatment, it's important to understand the evidence base. The Yoga for Cancer Research Roundup is a special report that highlights cutting edge research on yoga for cancer. 

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03 Sep
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga Therapy Research Roundups

Yoga Therapy is quickly becoming an in-demand complementary therapy. Once a niche of the yoga industry, Yoga Therapy is now routinely found in public hospitals, private clinics, mental health, disability and cancer survivorship programs.

 

One of the reasons Yoga Therapy is gaining such popularity in the medical community is the growing evidence base. Over the last ten years, research into the benefits of Yoga Therapy has blossomed, with scientists studying the effects of yoga on people with mental health, musculoskeletal, auto-immune and many other health issues.

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15 Aug
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Sequencing Yoga Classes, Yoga Therapy Style

Are you using those downloadable yoga class templates to prepare your class? You might be short-changing your students. While online templates can be inspiring, there are three good reasons not to use them:

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10 Aug
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Reducing cancer tumor growth with yoga

 

It’s well documented that yoga can help people with cancer manage many of the side effects of their treatment, from fatigue and inflammation to anxiety and quality of life. But can yoga actually reduce tumors?

 

New research on the effect of stretching on tumors is opening up new opportunities for yoga as a therapy in the treatment of cancer. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have completed pre-clinical trials that observed the effect of stretching on breast cancer tumors on mice. And the results are remarkable.

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23 Jul
Posted by Nikola Ellis

How Yoga boosts your immune system and beats inflammation

Want to stay healthy this Winter? Get on your yoga mat! New research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine shows that yoga can boost your immune system, helping you fight off the winter bugs. What’s more, yoga has also been shown to decrease inflammation. That’s a big deal when you consider that inflammation is associated with many health conditions, including depression, auto-immune diseases, cancer, IBS and heart disease.

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02 Jul
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoghurt Head – Ayurveda Adventures in South India

 

In the humid air of the South Indian monsoon, a faint whiff of fermenting milk emanates from my head. Despite two rinses, the gentle aroma of organic buttermilk lingers from my afternoon Ayurvedic treatment.

 

I’m here in Tamil Nadu for Pancha Karma, a comprehensive cleansing and healing process that is central to India’s ancient system of medicine, Ayurveda. Pancha Karma (meaning ‘five actions’) can get to the root of health problems that western medicine struggles to manage – auto-immune diseases like Hashimoto’s and Rhuematoid Arthritis, skin problems like eczema, allergies, asthma, Parkinson’s, cancer, addictions and more.

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12 Jun
Posted by Nikola Ellis

beauty and the yogi

 

There’s been a backlash lately against the images of perfectly toned bodies that are used to represent yoga in the media. This is important– yoga is for everybody and people of all ages, sizes, ethnicities and sexual identities should see themselves reflected in yoga imagery. But are we at risk of replacing the idolization of one body type (young, skinny, white) with the objectification of all yoga bodies?

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29 May
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Can yoga change the world?

Can yoga change the world? Or is it just a fitness fad that sells a lot of brightly patterned tights? Some days I wonder. But then I watch something wonderful happening in a yoga room and know the answer is great big, unambiguous YES. Yoga can change the world. Here’s how.

 

This morning I walked into the cancer support facility at a large Sydney hospital. The women in the room were slightly nervous. Many of them hadn’t done yoga before and, given that yoga is often presented as a form of exercise for young, bendy people, they weren’t sure if they were going to be able to keep up. But, nevertheless, they’d turned up in the hope that yoga had something to offer them as they recovered from cancer.

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30 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

WHY YOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING DIDN’T TEACH YOU ONE SKILL YOU REALLY NEED.


 

What’s the single most important skill you need to be a good yoga teacher? Proficiency at Asana? Expert knowledge of yoga philosophy? Great sequencing?

 

Well, all those things are helpful, but you can be the most flexible, knowledgeable person on the planet and still be a rotten teacher. Because teaching isn’t about how good you are at something. It’s about how well you can connect, listen and communicate with others. Let me just define communication here. I’m not talking about the clarity of your verbal cues, or your body language, or your tone of voice. I’m talking about a way of being with others that fosters deep connection, trust and hope.

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