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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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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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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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30 Dec
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Ayurveda and food


In Ayurveda, you really are what you eat.

Food is an integral part of the Ayurvedic tradition and everything is carefully chosen and prepared to ensure good health. Fresh, local, seasonal produce is carefully cleaned and blessed and cooked with great care. Food combinations are meticulously crafted to ensure meals are both nutritious and easy to digest. 

If you are living an Ayurvedic lifestyle, you'll choose foods that are appropriate for your dosha, or body type. Eating according to your dosha helps to maintain balance and good health. 

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20 Nov
Posted by Nikola Ellis

The link between sleep, breast cancer and yoga

Are you an early-bird or a night owl? Your answer could increase (or decrease) your risk of cancer.


Yoga and its sister science Ayurveda promote a healthy lifestyle that recommends an ‘early to bed, early to rise’ model of sleep. Now, a study from the UK has found that early risers have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer.


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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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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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14 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

a six-handed massage in india

I’ve arrived for my first Ayurvedic treatment at Maitreyi Vedic Village in South India. I walk into the treatment room to find three people there. They all watch me intently as I remove my dressing gown. “Underwear off, madam.” One of the three, a small Tamil girl of about eighteen, brings something to cover my modesty – a thin piece of cotton held on with an even thinner piece of cotton. It feels a bit like wearing a nappy. The second person, a slightly taller girl of about the same age, with tiny, nimble hands, sits me on a stool where she proceeds to rub oil vigorously into my scalp. It smells very sweet as she massages my head, down my neck and across my upper back. Suddenly, the massage stops and I'm asked to get up off my stool and sit on the edge of a very large wooden massage table while the two girls stand in front of me and chant a prayer in Sanskrit. I’m now ready for my treatment.

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06 Feb
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Kitchari - a simple ayurvedic recipe for gut health


Kitchari - a blend of basmati rice and moong dal - is staple recipe in Ayurveda, India's ancient system of healing. The combination of rice and dal create a balanced, nutritious dish that can be enhanced with different spices according to your body type - or the time of year. Read on to discover a delicious Kitchari recipe to nourish your body, heal your gut and balance your energy.


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08 Jan
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Cool Yoga for Hot times

I get cranky when it’s too hot. It starts off with tiredness and feeling like everything’s too hard. Then something flips my switch and I’m off. Raging. Every day occurences suddenly becomes an unbearable provocation and I find myself giving my son a roasting for the terrible crime of spilling pencil shavings on the rug. So what happens to me when the temperature rises? And is there anything I can do to keep calm? The answers can be found in Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science.


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