Total Yoga Nidra Foundation

Total Yoga Nidra Foundation in Stroud with Nirlipta October 2016
Stroud Total Yoga Nidra Foundation

22 – 23 October 2016 

Saturday 11:00 – Sunday 15:00

with Nirlipta Tuli


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

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.

Nirlipta Tuli is the teacher and facilitator for this Stroud foundation weekend at our home studio. The more intimate group size (maximum 15) means that the teaching can be even more than usually tailored to meet the particular interests of those attending. So if a more intimate, group size appeals, and you value the deeply relaxed approached to yoga nidra sharing that is Nirlipta’s forte, to allow you to go more deeply into the practice, then this is the event for you. 


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.



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! 



1030 Arrivals
1100 Welcome YNP (Total Yoga Nidra), greetings
1145 Background, survey of history and structures
1200 Revealing structure YNP (Satyananda style)
1230 More on comparative structures e.g. rotations
1245 YNP (i-rest inspired yoga nidra)
1315 Lunch break and optional walk
1500 Intentions of different schools and lineages
1515 Yogic philosophy and the science of yoga nidra
1530 Yoga nidra and creativity: YNP (elemental, nourishing creativity)
1600 Yoga nidra, sankalpa and intentions
1615 YNP (to explore sankalpa and goal setting)
1645 Tea break
1730 Yoga nidra and sleep, memory and dreams
1800 YNP for a restful sleep
1830 Closing chants, Yoga nidra and bhakti yoga
1900 Supper

Breakfast in the house available from 0730
0830 Consciousness rotated with gentle movement
0900 YNP (inspired by Himalayan Institute - Meditative yoga nidra)
1000 Check in and welcome backs
1030 Trance, hypnosis and yoga nidra
1045 YNP (with hypnotic elements), with recap.
1130 Tea break
1200 YNP with sound, followed by meditative heart space awareness
1230 YNP responding to needs & questions
1300 Lunch break
1400 Exploring relationships between yoga nidra, meditation, dream, sleep and lucidity
1430 Tips for your own practice, avoiding pitfalls. Further explorations and trainings
1445 YNP (Total Yoga Nidra) Goodbye safe travels
1500 Close



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 



The cost of the weekend is £189 which includes all tuition, manual, four meals (lunch and dinner on the first day, and breakfast and lunch on the second 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.



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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