Total Yoga Nidra Foundation Course with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli

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.

Our yoga nidra training course has been developed by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli in response to feedback to their successful course which we have offered since 2010 which has trained over 100 yoga nidra teachers. The course is intended to widen access to the experience of yoga nidra and also to deepen the personal practice of anyone with an interest in this remarkable aspect of yoga.

The Total Yoga Nidra Open Access Foundation Weekend is a self-contained and complete retreat style immersion 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 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.
What’s in the Yoga Nidra foundation course?
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: Background history and development of yoga nidra
2: Comparison of structures and approaches to yoga nidra
3: Brief overview of research into benefits and effects of yoga nidra
4: Philosophical framework of yoga nidra
5: Tips for self practice
6: Pitfalls for your own practice
7: Key postures from restorative yoga to use during yoga nidra
8: Parallels/ overlaps: allied practices eg. Vipassana, MBSR, mindfulness, autogenic training.
9: Introductory explorations to yoga nidra in relation to dream, sleep and awakenings to lucid dreaming and lucid living.
10: Yoga nidra and meditation (exploring pratyahara and dharana)
11:Yoga nidra and sankalpa (exploring goal setting and purpose)

The two day course comprises 10 contact teaching hours, plus optional personal listening homework of 20 minutes daily.

Total Yoga Nidra foundation retreat schedule
Saturday 12 March arrivals from 1030am

1100 Welcome, introduction, intentions

1130 YN (well-being and healing).

1200 Background, history, structures

1215 Comparative approaches to yoga nidra, introduction to yoga philosophy.

1230 YN

1300 Lunch break

1400 Walk followed by tea

1530 Overview of research

1600 YN (nourishing creativity)

1630 Yoga philosophy, yogic physiology

1700 YN Satyananda style

1730 Overlaps, parallels, allied practices: Vipassana, autogenic training, MBSR

1830 Supper

1930 Sankalpa – debate and definitions

2000 Mantra

2030 YN practice for sleep

2100 Nice early night

Sunday 12 March

0745 – 0830 breakfast

0830 PMA movement rotation

0930 YN Meditative (Himalayan) yoga nidra practice.

1000 Exploring relationships between yoga nidra/ meditation / dream / sleep/ lucid awakenings.

1030 YN practice

1100 tea break

1130 Yoga nidra practice to explore altering states of consciousness

1200 discussion times

1300 Lunch break

1400 Tips for your own practice, and avoiding pitfalls

1430 Further Yoga Nidra

1450 Waking yoga nidra

1510 Evaluations, feedback and time for further Q &A

1530 Close

Yoga Nidra Contribution and Cost
The cost of hosting and organising the event is shared between the participants. Each person is also invited to make a gift from the heart for the value of the teaching.

The cost for the accommodation, all meals and contribution to the space hire is £115/person

This includes arrival on the evening before the course and staying for 2 nights.

It Is possible to arrange to stay for the days in-between the retreats if you are coming for all 4 retreats.

Please contact us at or 01229 716154 for more information and to book your place.

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The old school, LA20 6DT
12 March , Saturday 10:30

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