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Total Yoga Nidra teacher and facilitator training med Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Tid: 28. feb. - 1. mar. 2020, del 1 & 19-22. nov. 2020, del 2

Sted: YOGAMUDRA Østerbro, Ryesgade 106 2. sal, 2100 København Ø (kort)

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This course trains yoga teachers and others to teach and facilitate yoga nidra with confidence in class settings, one-to-ones, and for a range of therapeutic applications. Uniquely amongst yoga nidra trainings, it offers Total Yoga Nidra, a comprehensive, inclusive and non-dogmatic approach to yoga nidra that respects and explores not only a range of practice methods, but also acknowledges a variety of different levels of experience during yoga nidra.

  • Encounter yoga nidra in its totality
  • Explore the multiple forms and levels of this remarkable yoga practice
  • Become empowered to deepen your own intuitive practice of meditative yoga nidra beyond the limits of standard trademarked and traditional forms
  • Understand the full living range of different methods, lineages and levels of total yoga nidra
  • Experience total yoga nidra as a living intelligence of the heart, an adaptogenic practice of deep healing and self-discovery
  • Grow in confidence to share responsive and appropriate total yoga nidra practice with students and clients

This training, designed by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli, who together have over forty years experience of practice, teaching and working therapeutically with all forms and levels of yoga nidra, is a uniquely comparative and creative, experiential course. It offers both practical training and personal and professional development.

Photo by Leticia Valverdes 

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What is Total Yoga Nidra?
Total Yoga Nidra is a comprehensive, inclusive and non-dogmatic approach to yoga nidra that respects and explores not only a range of practice methods, but also acknowledges and supports a variety of different levels of experience during yoga nidra. Total yoga nidra empowers you to encounter yoga nidra in its totality: as an adaptogenic meditative practice without limits in terms of its capacity to heal, nourish and liberate.

Most people who are familiar with yoga nidra have listened to some kind of pre-recorded audio track(s), but might not have had the opportunity to encounter the practice live from a teacher in a group setting; and although many people may have experienced a live group yoga nidra, where a teacher delivers a standard script to a group of students, this relaxing experience is very different from practising yoga nidra that has been specifically tailored for a particular individual, for example in a one-to-one setting. This experience in turn is different from the encounter with yoga nidra that comes during a practice that is co-created by teacher and student together, with the specific intention to meet the student precisely where s/he is right now, both in language and method of practice, and in terms of the level at which that practice can be most appropriately met.

And whilst all of these experiences of yoga nidra certainly bring huge benefits, an entirely different set of possibilities open up when yoga nidra is set free from the need to have any external auditory guide of any kind. At this level of self practice, the protocols for practice are so deeply familiar to the practitioner that when we simply lie (or sit) quietly, then the practice can be invited to unfold silently, in the voice of our own intuitive inner guide.

In this course you will learn:

  • to devise and deliver Total Yoga Nidra practices appropriate to your needs and those of your students and clients;
  • a clear practical understanding of the structure and function of Total Yoga Nidra, including models of best practice, and techniques to be avoided;
  • a practical understanding of the key principles of yogic psychology and philosophy relevant to the practice of Total Yoga Nidra;
  • a contextual understanding of the development and history of Total Yoga Nidra across different lineages;
  • to share Total Yoga Nidra with an informed sensitivity to the emotional and spiritual experiences of those receiving the practice;
  • to teach a range of restorative yoga asanas suitable for use during yoga nidra practice;
  • to teach within the appropriate safety guidelines for this type of yoga practice. 

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the structure and variations in approaches to, and levels of, Total Yoga Nidra practice
  • Clinical hypnosis, self-hypnosis and yoga nidra – a full exploration of the relationship between these practices
  • Further explorations in history and development of yoga nidra: nyasa, tantra, Satyananda Yoga, Himalayan Institute, Richard Miller, Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Jneshvara Bharati
  • Deeper explorations of yoga philosophy and cosmology in relation to Total Yoga Nidra
  • Exploring research on yoga nidra exploring the value of understandings from neuroscience, clinical psychology, psycho-neuro-immunology and physiology in relation to the function of yoga nidra, including stress and the relaxation response
  • Restorative asana: refinements on propping poses for yoga nidra
  • Sankalpa: resolution and intention setting, listening to inner guidance, framing and using Sankalpa within and around yoga nidra
  • Breath awareness / pranayama: specific use within the structure of yoga nidra session, and to support the practice of yoga nidra
  • Visualisations: a range of different traditional and creative scripting options, contra-indications, appropriateness and therapeutic value
  • Creativity and innovation: devising your own Total Yoga Nidra experiences; metaphor, poetry and grammar for enlightened communication
  • Responsiveness: tailoring script to needs of target populations, bespoke scripts: utilising client images in yoga nidra
  • Self-development: sample practices, support for self-reflection and growth
  • Dharana: yoga nidra as an aid to improve concentration
  • Dhyana: yoga nidra as the meditative heart of yoga
  • Living yoga nidra: practical and effective integration of yoga nidra into daily life
  • Total yoga nidra as a therapeutic tool 

This is a two-part course. Full days include a one-hour lunch break around 13:00 plus a 30 minutes tea break when suitable in the morning and afternoon sessions. 

Part 1, theory cf. above, gentle asana practices, plenty of teacher led yoga nidra practices (3-4 per day): 

  • Friday 28 Feb. 2020, 9:00-19:00
  • Saturday 29 Feb. 2020, 9:00-19:00
  • Sunday 1 Mar. 2020, 9:00-18:00

Part 2, theory cf. above, gentle asana practices, case studies, student led yoga nidras: 

  • Thursday 19 Nov. 2020, 17:00-20:00
  • Friday 20 Nov. 2020, 9:00-19:00
  • Saturday 21 Nov. 2020, 9:00-19:00
  • Sunday 22 Nov. 2020, 9:00-18:00 

A detailed schedule is provided in the course manual. 

Further course information

Pre-requisite to the training: Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience
The pre-requisite for the Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training is the Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience: comparative and creative forms of Yoga Nidra (formerly known as the Total Yoga Nidra Foundation). This can be done as a nourishing weekend course at various locations - see for upcoming dates, or as an online course

You may also have attended this course at one of Uma and Nirlipta's numerous visits to our studio. Feel free to check with us by email if you feel uncertain about this.

What is in the Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience? A combination of theory and practice to give you a sound foundation (or to deepen your existing foundation) of understanding about what yoga nidra is in the broadest sense, and how it works, together with plenty of live, responsive and practical experiences of a full range of yoga nidra. We will cover:

  • Welcome to Yoga Nidra
  • History and development
  • Intentions, and how they shape the practice
  • Comparative structures
  • Comparative rotations of consciousness
  • The science of Yoga Nidra
  • The philosophy of Yoga Nidra
  • Liminality and creativity
  • Sleep, memory and dreams
  • Trance: Hypnosis and Yoga Nidra
  • Yoga Nidra as a meditative practice
  • Sankalpa
  • Yoga Nidra and Bhakti Yoga
  • Growing your own practice 

Cost and booking

10,470 DKK (approx. 1,228 GBP)

  • You can choose to pay all at once when you sign up 
  • Or you pay three rates of 3,490 DKK: 1st when you sign up, 2nd before 2 January 2020, 3rd before 2 February 2020
  • If you sign up after 2 January 2020, please pay both 1st and 2nd rate at once; if you sign up after 2 February 2020, you must pay in full when you register
  • Please note that you will be granted access to the pre-course required listening material cf. below when we have received your full payment

To sign up, click on log in in the menu above, create a profile and/or log in, then go to prices, and book/buy the training course. Your space is secured when we have received your payment.
Pre-course preparation
For this teacher training, there is recommended pre-course reading and listening available for purchase by clicking on the links below.

You are required to read the following three set texts (preferably before the start of the training):

  1. Swami Satyananda Saraswati's Yoga Nidra 
  2. Richard Miller's Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Healing and Relaxation
  3. Rod Stryker's The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity and Freedom

You are required to listen to the Richard Miller Yoga Nidra CD that is included in the Richard Miller required textbook.

Once booked on to the training you will be given access to the following pre-course required listening material via our website:

  • Simply Calm Yoga Nidra - Nirlipta Tuli
  • Space for Creativity Yoga Nidra - Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
  • Yoga Nidra - Sw. Satyananda script recorded by Nirlipta Tuli
  • Yoga Nidra - Sw. Muktidharma script recorded by Nirlipta Tuli
  • Yoga Nidra - Rod Stryker

Having listened to the above 6 yoga nidras at least once before the start of the course, please write very brief notes on each of the tracks using the "Brief Nidra Review" document (access given on booking). After the first part of the course you will be asked to review these yoga nidra recordings and write more detailed review notes on each using the form "Detailed Nidra Review" document (also given on booking).  

Please know that the notes you take on your pre-course listening are not to be handed to the course tutors. The notes you make are intended to facilitate your understanding of what you have heard to help support small group discussions on the course. These notes are to be retained by you to support your capacity to analyse and discuss different approaches to yoga nidra with your co-students on the course. This is an important aspect of the course, so please bring your notes with you. 
Additional preparation
In addition, ONE WEEK before the course start date please email the following: 

  • a brief account of your yoga training and/or experience, with particular reference to any prior yoga nidra experience; 
  • a brief account of why you want to do the course, what you hope to get out of it, and what you hope to contribute;
  • a brief account of the yoga nidra which you have attended / observed, and any thoughts on its usefulness. 

Coursework (during and after the training)

Yoga nidra script development project
Prior to the second part of the course, write a draft script for a fifteen minute yoga nidra which you are intending to use for yourself, or with your students or clients. Feedback and suggestions on the draft to be provided by course tutors. Refine the script, incorporating feedback.

Case study
To be completed by an agreed date either by the time of the final meeting or afterwards.

A case study, conducted over four sessions of yoga nidra, based on the reactions of either an individual client (or self, if taking the non-teacher route) or a class receiving the yoga nidra. Case study can utilize the scripts developed during the course, or be based on other scripts developed by the student (full information given during the course).


About Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, PhD, Yoga Therapy Diploma

I have been practising a variety of different forms and levels of yoga nidra daily (often twice daily) for the past seventeen years. So I know that it works - from personal experience. I teach it to individual clients and participants on my retreats and yoga classes, and also offer teaching and training in the subject on my own teacher training specialist courses in pregnancy and postnatal, family and women's yoga, and for the Yogacampus yoga therapy trainings. I have a huge range of experience of the variety of application and responses to Total Yoga Nidra, ranging from two hour mass yoga nidra classes in vast tent structures (at Santosa yoga camps!) to intimate therapeutic use in cases of severe illness and injury. I was trained to use yoga nidra on two separate Bihar School of Yoga teacher training courses (1997 and 1999), neither of which I was able to complete. I expanded my understanding of yoga nidra on the Yoga Biomedical Trust Yoga Therapy diploma course (1997-2000), and since then I have assiduously explored all available approaches to the form, and have been very positively influenced by the developments offered by Richard Miller, Mukunda Stiles and Swami Muktidharma Saraswati. Together with my husband Nirlipta, I have recorded three audio CD yoga nidras, and one on the Mother Nurture DVD. Many of my more recent recordings are available for free download at For more details, click here.
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