Total Yoga Nidra and Hypnosis

22 – 23 July 2017

Saturday 10:30 – 18:00 
Sunday 10:00 – 15:00

with Nirlipta Tuli and Ben Wolff

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


If you want to know about how Total Yoga Nidra works from the perspective of Hypnosis, want to know more about the topic in general or perhaps feel that nidra hasn’t any hypnotic components, please come to this course.

This course focuses on hypnosis, yoga and yoga nidra in particular, and the powerful symbiotic relationship that they have with each other. It is a practical exploration with theory, discussion, and practical demonstrations of both ‘hypnosis’ and of total yoga nidra and evidencing how  deeply hypnotic as well as being profoundly relaxing and it is.

According to many definitions of hypnosis, the active ingredient are suggestion and focusing of attention. If so that means that every cue every Yoga teacher gives is hypnotic.  As a result is it not the case that we have a responsibility to understand the implications of our use of language and the hypnotic states they may produce.

Any hypnotist or hypnotherapist who goes to a Yoga class would immediately recognise the link between Yoga and hypnosis. Indeed the whole pose of Savasana would strike most as a completely hypnotic and trance inducing process.

The Yoga and Hypnosis relationship, though forgotten for now, was explicit historically. Indeed Swami Vivikananda, responsible for bringing Yoga to America, was great friends with William James, widely considered the founding father of Psychology. These schools developed, for a while at least, concurrently until they went their separate ways. Yoga, originally a mind-based system of Psychology still strongly continues this tradition, whether acknowledged or not.

Without taking responsibility for our language and its hypnotic effects we can guide people by mistake to exactly where they don't want to be, by priming and drawing attention to negatives and planting ideas that don't serve ourselves or our clients. In Yoga Nidra this is particularly clear, though it is present throughout the whole teacher/student relationship.

Come and learn how to use your language to do the right thing via discussion and practical experience to deepen your understanding of what it is you're doing when you ask or tell another person to act in a particular way. It is an essential part of Yoga and communication. Using your language purposefully can take your practice to new levels of accomplishment and will improve all aspects of your quality of your wider yogic life.


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

The cost of the weekend is £199 which includes lunch on each day, plus refreshments. 

To book your place, contact Sivani Mata on


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


Sitaram Studio, Tanglewood
Gunhouse Lane
United Kingdom