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10 Aug
Posted by Nikola Ellis

THE TOP 3 REASONS YOGA TEACHERS TRAIN TO BECOME YOGA THERAPISTS

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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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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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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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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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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26 Dec
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga Therapy Training Australia

How do you become a yoga therapist in Australia?

If you’ve been searching online for information on studying yoga therapy, you might have ended up on a US based site or social media group. That can be confusing because entry criteria for accredited courses, course types and graduation standards can look quite different to Australia.

So what is the pathway to becoming a yoga therapist in Australia?

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26 Nov
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Five Yoga books you MUST read if you’re thinking of Yoga Therapy training

Are you interested in Yoga Therapy? If you're a yoga teacher, you should be! Yoga Therapy is BIG. Yoga Therapists are already working in public hospitals, private clinics, psychology practices, cancer clinics, rehab centres and more. If you want to help people to manage their health - and do it safely - yoga therapy training is the way to go.

BUT. There are a lot of misconceptions about Yoga Therapy. Many people, including plenty of yoga teachers, think it's all about modifying yoga poses so that people with health issues can do them. Some think that certain yoga practices have special healing properties. That's not how it works. 

There are no prescriptions in yoga therapy.  There are no magic postures that fix back pain or special meditations that stop anxiety. The physical, psychological and behavioural causes of back pain and anxiety are different in each person. That means we need to find practices that support each person to manage their unique set of symptoms. Basically, if you're Googling 'Yoga Therapy for back pain/sciatica/anxiety etc' you're not thinking like a Yoga Therapist. 

While you can't learn Yoga Therapy from a book, there are some important texts that will help you to start thinking like a Yoga Therapist - and start helping your students to manage their health. Here's our Top 5 Books about yoga therapy. You'll learn more than just postures for good health. These books contain a wealth of information and inspiration on yoga philosophy, psychology and more. 

If you want to learn more about Yoga Therapy, or are thinking of training as a Yoga Therapist, get a head start with these great books. 

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16 Sep
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga mantras for healing

 

 

Are mantras part of your mediation practice? You don’t have to be a great singer to chant mantras (you can even recite them silently) and once you get the hang of it, you'll be blown away by how powerful they are.

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