Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience: comparative and creative forms of Yoga Nidra

formerly known as the Total Yoga Nidra Foundation


Monthly Courses

with Nirlipta Tuli

at Sitaram Studio, Tanglewood, Gunhouse Lane, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2DB


Upcoming Dates:
Each 2-day course stands alone as the Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience (formerly known as the Foundation)

28 – 29 July 2018

6 – 7 October 2018

Day One: 10:30 – 18:00 
Day Two: 10:00 – 15:00


Awaken your consciousness of sleep and dream through the tantric practice of expanded awareness for lucid living. Become alive to the source of well-being, happiness and purpose in every dimension of life.

We understand yoga nidra to be the most transformative, potent and remarkably adaptive of all yoga practices. Yoga nidra is in fact not really a single practice, but rather an experience of altered states of consciousness, essentially meditative experiences which can be used therapeutically for healing, as well as to enhance creativity and productivity and to improve sleep and general health. 

The Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience is a self-contained and complete retreat style immersion (non-residential) open to anyone with an interest in experiencing Total Yoga Nidra. It is both a standalone weekend course that covers all the fundamentals of Total Yoga Nidra, as well as being a pre-requisite for moving on to the full Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training. The intention of this part of the course is to offer an accessible and profound immersion in the experience of Total Yoga Nidra, providing a perfect opportunity for those who have encountered other partial or limited forms of the practice to meet the full spectrum of approaches to yoga nidra.

We invite feedback from all our students - if you'd like to know what they're saying about this course then we're delighted to share it with you.


The Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience at Sitaram Studio, Stroud

This Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience in addition to covering all of the material offered when we run it in other venues differs from those for several reasons.

Key features: 

  • Small groups 
  • Deeper intimate connection with the practices 
  • Home ambience 
  • A gentle approach with one of the founders of Total Yoga Nidra 

It is held in our home in Stroud and run by Nirlipta. The group sizes are smaller than those held elsewhere. The numbers are limited to a maximum of 15 participants. Because the workshop is held in our own home studio, where we often ‘test run’ much of what we teach, it facilitates a sense of intimate connection to the practices. The pace is gentler  than it is otherwise and there is also the option to explore aspects of yoga nidra which aren’t so easily possible when the groups are larger. 

Nirlipta is the co-creator of Total Yoga Nidra and the deep, intimate, gentle and nurturing approach to Yoga Nidra he shares is something that is conducive to healing, resting and rejuvenation. 

In addition there is wonderful home cooking (lunches are included) there is usually a lovely and cosy woodburner blazing merrily away, as well as the possibility of walking in adjacent fields and woods. 


Topics Covered Include

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:

  1. Welcome to Yoga Nidra
  2. History and Development
  3. Intentions, and How They Shape the Practice
  4. Comparative Structures
  5. Comparative Rotations of Consciousness
  6. The Science of Yoga Nidra
  7. The Philosophy of Yoga Nidra
  8. Liminality & Creativity
  9. Sleep, Memory & Dreams
  10. Trance: Hypnosis & Yoga Nidra
  11. Yoga Nidra as a Meditative Practice
  12. Sankalpa
  13. Sound, Yoga Nidra & Bhakti Yoga 
  14. Growing your Own Practice

The course/retreat comprises ten contact teaching hours, of which at least five hours are practical yoga nidra experiences, plus there is optional personal listening homework of 20 minutes daily.  Because on this immersion retreat-style course we are hosting you in our home, and we will be eating and walking together, you do get many bonus hours of informal contact time in the woods and around the fireside and the kitchen table! 


Venue and Accommodation

This venue in Stroud is Uma and Nirlipta's home. Please note that you are welcome to arrive up to 30min before the course start time, but not before then.

Accommodation is not included in this course, but there are number of local options. Contact details for B&Bs recommended by previous students, and also accommodation with the very lovely Cistercian Sisters, our neighbours at the Brownshill Monastery can be found on our Course Practical Details (Stroud) PDF


Cost and Booking

This course is run by the Yoga Nidra Network

The cost of the course is £200 which includes all tuition, manual, two meals (lunch on each day) plus refreshments. 

To book your place, please complete the booking form and send it to Sivani Mata on Once she has confirmed there are spaces you will be asked to confirm your space by making payment, she will send you a link to pay.


Transport and Directions

Stroud is 30 miles north west of Bristol, and is on a mainline train link direct from London Paddington (90 minutes. It is about 105 miles west of London (approximately 2 hours driving on M4 and A419). For complete directions please download the Course practical details (Stroud) PDF

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Sitaram Studio, Tanglewood
Gunhouse Lane
United Kingdom