Total Yoga Nidra Foundation | STROUD

Total Yoga Nidra foundation in Stroud
Walking in the Heavens - Stroud

30 – 31 July 2016 

Saturday 11:00 – Sunday 15:00

with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli

This weekend is now FULLY BOOKED - waiting list only


This is an open access mini rural retreat at home in the woods, open to anyone with an interest in total yoga nidra. 15 students maximum.

Come one, come all to enjoy this deeply nourishing, immersion style, rural mini-retreat in Total Yoga Nidra. It is held in Stroud, Gloucestershire in our home and yoga studio, and we are delighted to welcome students of Total Yoga Nidra to join us for practice in this space which is perfectly conducive to a deep encounter with Total Yoga Nidra. The course presents the complete Total Yoga Nidra Foundation course material, interspersed with delicious food, country walks and some nourishing yoga moves and chants. Our home studio is located on the edge of meadow and woodland, at the end of a lane approximately one mile from the centre of Stroud, a small market town in the Cotswolds. 

Feel welcomed and totally at home with us, so that you can drop deeply into states of restorative, inspiring and relaxing nidra. 

Please note that our home is also home to our two friendly and sociable border collies. So if you enjoy canine company you will be very happy indeed, but if you don’t like dogs, then you might be better off attending a course at another location. 

Attendance at this event counts as the Total Yoga Nidra Foundation, which is the pre-requisite for the Total Yoga Nidra Teacher & Facilitator Training.



If you like the idea of a rural mini-retreat in our home, and you decide to join us here then you will be in a small, well-held group, and have the chance to learn more about the history, development and philosophy of yoga nidra in all its many aspects. Bring your questions, and expect some lively discussions around the topics of yoga nidra.  Bring as well an open mind to explore the many different dimensions of yoga nidra.  Awaken your consciousness of sleep and dream through the tantrik 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.



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! 



On the first day arrive from 10:30am for an 11am start with a welcoming yoga nidra practice  and introduction to the history and philosophy of Total Yoga Nidra, followed by a lovely vegetarian lunch and country walk, then spend the afternoon practicing and exploring different aspects of yoga nidra, in the yoga studio and/or by the fireside. There’s an evening nidra session after dinner, and and a restful night’s sleep induced by a specially designed good-night yoga nidra. On the second day, after an optional early morning walk in the woods, there are two further hours of yoga nidra theory and practice after breakfast, and more practice after tea.  The day completes with closing nidra, questions and discussions after lunch. Departures at 3pm. 



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.



There are a number of different accommodation options available: in local B&B’s (either at 15 minutes walk away, or in Chalford, a 14 minute drive); there may also be spaces (beds and futons) available to sleep in our house (please bring your own sleeping bag). For contact details of accommodation, and how to book, please download the pdfs below. The very lovely Cistercian Sisters, our neighbours at the Brownshill Monastery are usually able to provide accommodation for students on these courses, although not in August when the monastery is closed. Cotact details for the monastery are in the pdf below. 



The cost of the weekend is £180 which includes all tuition, manual, four meals (lunch and dinner on the first day, and breakfast and lunch on the second day) plus refreshments. For those taking the sleeping in our house option, accommodation is offered on a donation basis.  Suggested donation is £13 per night. Details of local B&Bs and contact details for the Brownshill Monastery are on the Course practical details (Stroud).pdf

To book your place, please complete the booking form and send it to Sivani Mata on Once she has confirmed there are spaces please confirm your place by depositing the course fee by BACS electronic transfer into the Sitaram and Sons bank account, or by Paypal. Details for both are on the booking form. 



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



Please contact Sivani Mata on 
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