We invite you to experience and become certified in Yoga Nidra, the science of deep relaxation. Yoga means “union.” Nidra means “sleep.” Yoga Nidra is a state between sleep and deep relaxation. It is a systematic method of inducing deep physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. The practice is done while lying down on one’s back. The eyes are closed and the body made completely comfortable. It involves deep relaxation with inner awareness while the instructor leads a guided session with his/her voice. The teacher uses auto-suggestion cues, visualization, and affirmation to create an environment in which healing can occur.
A few of the benefits now being confirmed by the medical field are increased immune function, digestive function, and better sleep. The gifts of Yoga Nidra are the releasing of old habits, fatigue, worry, and stress. Yoga Nidra can be practiced by anyone of any size or shape. This is not a physical exercise but rather a technique for physical rejuvenation, mental relaxation, spiritual growth, and overall wellness. According to yogic thought, unregulated stress is the root of most physical and mental ailments today. The secret of Yoga Nidra (and to better health) lie in its ability to relieve tension and stress at its root and restore a balanced state of mind and a deeply rested body.
This 30 hour course certifies yoga teachers and others to lead Yoga Nidra sessions in both group and individualized settings. Four recorded yoga, pranayama and Yoga Nidra sessions are included to be completed each week of the course, comprising over 8 hours of material. Participants will learn about the philosophy and science behind the age-old practice of Yoga Nidra with more than 6 hours of recorded philosophy lectures. Additional lectures include 4-5 hours of technical material exploring the various stages that comprise a Yoga Nidra session and learning about various types of Yoga Nidras. One weekly live Q&A session is offered between the instructors and all participants to discuss the participants’ Yoga Nidra experiences and answer questions. Those taking the course are also required to record/practice a Yoga Nidra weekly with another participant in the group.
This course is perfect for yoga instructors wanting to gain a new skill to offer to their students and anyone interested in learning about this spiritual, healing practice for his/her own growth and/or to share with others. Upon completion of the course graduates will receive a certificate of completion and can register the hours with Yoga Alliance for 30 CEUs and/or apply credit towards the ShivaShakti 300-hr Advanced YTT.