Total Yoga Nidra Teacher Training Course (Recognised by the Independent Yoga Network)

Part One:  
Friday 14th – Sunday 16th November 2014
in Skalholtsbuðir, just outside Reykjavik

Part Two: 
Friday 16th – Sunday 18th January 2015

This course is recognised by the Independent Yoga Network

  • deepen your own personal practice of yoga nidra
  • learn to develop appropriate, creative and nurturing yoga nidra practices for individuals and groups
  • explore the range of different approaches to yoga nidra and understand the similarities and differences between them
  • understand abreactions to the practice of yoga nidra and learn how to avoid triggering them in your own practice and teaching
  • study the history and philosophy of yoga nidra, and realise the creative possibilities of responses to this history
  • feel your own way into the heartfelt meditative experience that is yoga nidra, and establish a life long practice to support you and your clients or students
  • be guided through a wealth of scientific research across many disciplines relating to the practice of yoga nidra
  • develop understanding and respect for the range of lineages and traditions through which yoga nidra has developed, without having to sign up to a single lineage or form
  • find your own voice and personal understanding of the practice and sharing of yoga nidra
  • be supported and encouraged to ask questions, raise issues and develop a fully rounded experience of yoga nidra in its totality 


This is a training course for all those who wish to learn to share yoga nidra in group and individual settings. Whilst it was initially designed specifically for yoga teachers, in the past many therapists, doctors, mental health support workers and other health care providers have found this course to be of great value in their professional development. Health care providers with a sound yoga practice of their own are thus warmly invited to apply for the course. Beyond standard yoga teacher training qualifications and a personal interest in yoga nidra, the key pre-requisite for acceptance on this course is attendance at one of the Total Yoga Nidra foundation weekends.

Please note booking for this course is handled by the lovely Asta Arnardottir, contact: ~ website:
For any queries concerning course content or eligibility, please email Thank you!



Manual is very good, full of all the right information, and very detailed. 

I enjoyed doing lots of practices and analyising the differences, getting a chance to ask questions.

I loved  the sheer amount of practice that was available.

Thank you for your generosity and openmindedness.

I like the way in which you tailor make the training for the group who have attended. The experience of being here feels good.

The manual is incredibly concise and detailed. I loved that the 'lectures' were not just readings from the manual, so it feels as if the material you have covered is fresh! So often I have attended courses when it feels as the the information is being 'reeled off' but everything that was delivered by Uma and Nirlipta was done with such freshness and enthusiasm that it makes the course exciting and inspiring. 

I loved the nurturing and caring way in whichthe training was conducted.

More about the course

We designed this course because we believe Yoga Nidra to be the most powerful of all yoga techniques and we wanted to share its benefits widely. There are quite a number of different approaches to the techniques, and we felt it was about time that yoga teachers could engage in a yoga nidra training that gave them an opportunity to explore all aspects of approaches to yoga nidra.

There is a wealth of excellent work encompassed by the name yoga nidra, and whilst we both fully honour the crucial innovations set out by Swami Satyananda, we feel it is important to offer a sustained examination of the other approaches which have developed over the past forty years. Swami Satyananda’s greatest (of many) contributions to the practice of yoga was to set out a clear and effective system for using yoga nidra, which has become, like a fountainhead, a source of inspiration and refreshment to many different practitioners and teachers of yoga throughout the world.  This course explores all these approaches, and examines their relative therapeutic benefits, providing course participants with a broad understanding of yoga nidras, and developing each teacher’s own creative capacity to respond to the needs of their students, themselves and their clients with sensitivity and awareness.

The course has two compulsory set texts, the first is Swami Satyananda’s Yoga Nidra, and the second is Richard Miller’s Yoga Nidra, the meditative heart of yoga. Course participants are required to have read both these books before the course begins. The course rests equally upon these two texts, and upon the new and comprehensive manual which we have prepared  especially for the course and which contains abundant diverse resources including articles and research material from a variety of other sources too.  The course is non-denominational in terms of yoga schools, seeking to offer the best that all forms of yoga have to offer: this is a hallmark of Yogacampus trainings, which is why we enjoy to offer this course within the Yogacampus framework.

The course demands great commitment and regular practice from students, and includes high levels of exploratory, comparative and investigative work in yoga nidra and its effects. The hypnotic aspects of yoga nidra are well understood by Nirlipta from his perspective as a clinical hypnotherapist and yoga teacher, so he is well placed to guide student explorations of this dimension of the practice. In addition to Uma’s doctoral level skills in communications, and her experience as an author of four books, which enables her to offer very detailed technical guidance on the best use of language for effective yoga nidra, including topics such as grammar, metaphor, imagery and syntax, the course also includes contributions from Lucy Clarke, a yoga therapist whose doctorate is in Clinical Psychology. The understandings about yoga nidra which come through study of these adjunct healing disciplines of hypnotherapy and psychology provide very valuable perspectives for gaining a profound understanding of what yoga nidra can be and how it works.

If you have an interest in the course outline, please download it as a pdf: Yoganidracourseoutlineforweb


The history of the course’s development

For the past twelve years Uma has  been contributing to the training of yoga therapists and yoga teachers, firstly through the Yoga Biomedical trust course, and latterly for the past eight years through my own courses offered through the British Wheel of Yoga and Yogacampus.  She has not only devised her own courses to provide specialist further trainings in yoga therapy for women’s health (Womb Yoga) but has also provided modules and workshops on the use of yoga nidra for yoga therapy. These short yoga nidra components were very well received and effective parts of the Yoga Biomedical Trust’s diploma in yoga therapy, and latterly were also part of the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Foundation Course, where they often provided yoga teachers with their first sustained encounter with the power of yoga nidra.

This new course is in many ways an outgrowth of these modules, expanded, developed and improved to provide more practical training as an elective module within the new Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma. Equally, the new course manual grows out of the writing and recordings which Uma has made of yoga nidra in her previous three books, all of which have contained explorations of this most powerful practice. The course manual brings together a very wide range of different commentaries and approaches to yoga nidra, together with practical exercise and assignments all intended to help students to gain a deep and practical understanding of the practice.



Uma Dinsmore-Tuli has been teaching yoga for seventeen years, and Nirlipta Tuli (now retired) has been teaching for twenty years. We designed the course together.

Yoga Nidra has been a part of our daily practice for the past fifteen years. We have experienced of a number of different approaches to the practice, and have also had the blessing to be able to teach the practice to a great variety of different people in many different environments, ranging from schools in the London Borough of Lambeth, to Women’s Refuges, hospitals, newspaper offices, and the idyllic settings of the glorious Santosa yoga camps where yoga nidra has been a daily part of the programme for the past five years. To read more about our background and experience with yoga nidra, please read the biogs here.



These courses are recognised by the Independent Yoga Network

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