This Nidra Teacher Training is composed by 2 Modules delivered along 5 weekends. We will deepen Nidra knowledge has through a combination of theory and practice, expanding on the concepts touched upon in the introductory section so that you will gain a broad understanding of all the facets of Yoga Nidra and the tools that you require to teach safely and with confidence.
Knowing all the risks and safety guidelines can create a suitable environment for the students to explore their deeper selves through the practice of Yoga Nidra. The Nidra practice can alter actions, behaviours, personalities and perceptions. It can heal emotional traumas and reduce psychological limitations. And as students are led to a deeper connection with their consciousness and gain access to their most sensitive areas of being, it is crucial for teachers to have received the necessary training to manage this delicate stage of contact.
We will study the different lineages and structures of Nidra, from the time of its origin to the various methods and techniques of today, while delving deeper into the physiology and neuroscience of the form in relation to the teaching practice. In turn, we will address all of the various practical elements of developing and supporting a class in an instructional environment, equipping you with the necessary skills along the way.
You will learn how to provide a safe environment; what the safe psychological guidelines are and what to avoid. You will be taught how to prepare a Nidra script and how to set an intention and theme; adapted to each individual and group, and free from influential language so as to allow your students to model their own experiences and embody the truths which are their own. You will experience Nidra intensely and in different forms, with invited teachers to share settings as Nidra 2 voices, singing Bowls and mantras.
This training will involve some dedication and self-study. It is not only about learning how to teach but will be a deeper journey of your own. You will be required to practice daily and record your observations, and we will get to know and open ourselves to the group – in a certain moment engaging together in a creative practice of liberation to find, plant and nurture our own seeds of self-realization.
Ultimately, you will share your own script and run through Nidra and Art-Therapy exercises to uncover the layers that hide your purpose, it is an intense journey into yourself and a blissful inner-discovery.
It is a 2 days intensive workshop opened to everyone: Nidra lovers, teachers, psychologists, doctors, healers... In this section we will look into the different structures of Nidra, it's history, philosophy, and what happens to the brain- functions and consciousness when it’s in the deep Nidra state, and; we will discuss the difference between Nidra and Hypnosis plus various applications of themes – as methods to achieve different goals.
Finally, you will gain a greater understanding of these different branches of Nidra and their blissful effect on your body and mind as you participate in several intensive practice sessions, learning in conjunction how to build your own practice and integrate the Yoga Nidra experience into your everyday personal life.
Is important to understand that in this 2 days you will not have the tools to teach Nidra, that will come into Module 2.
In this module I just want you to get absorbed in the Nidra practice. We will perform between 8 to 12 Nidras, depending on the evolution and requirements that rise during the weekend.
Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleep. The Nidra practice can be used to simply help remove tensions and relax a busy mind, or it can be used to delve deeper and observe our greatest resistances, needs and purposes; a practice where we can access our subconscious or unconscious mind with open awareness and plant seeds that can have a positive bearing on our everyday personal lives. Due to this privileged access to the deep consciousness however, the Nidra practice should always be properly guided in a safe environment with the support of a knowledgeable practitioner.
With Nirlipta Tuli (My Nidra Mentor and co-founder of YNN)
This module is for those who have successfully completed the Total Yoga Nidra Immersion course, either in a studio setting or online.
It is an intensive exploration of ways of using Total Yoga Nidra for oneself, primarily for self-care and development. It will be held over a three-day period and have approximately 25 hours of contact time per module. Some of the content being part of Yoga Therapy Training Course.
There will be a blend of theory and practice of this approach of yoga nidra with an emphasis firmly on:
The intensive practice of experiencing many yoga nidra sessions unique to the course.
Theory, to understand what the reasoning is for this approach.
Exploration of developing methods of nidra for oneself.
Receiving guidance on how to craft one’s own unique nidra practice
Understanding the how and why of what makes Total Yoga Nidra work.
Below are some of the topics that will be covered during the course:
> How nidra works- a brief overview and explication. There will be an introduction to neuroscience in relation to nidra- the how, of how it works. This will be done via theory and through absorbing it by experiencing it in nidra.
> Self-healing, a multi-level sophisticated approach (working in a transcendentally visceral embodied manner with regard to the nidras which will be utilised). We tend to under-perform because too much is asked of us, because we push ourselves too hard and because we neither rest enough nor sleep enough. This approach shows how to deliberately carve a space in our ridiculously busy and over stressed lives in order to rest, to heal and allow ourselves the space to be, rather than to be in a space where it’s essentially about doing and not being, strengthening the disconnect we have from our true inner selves, the part of us that makes us who we truly are.
> Doing nidra for oneself, actively rather than passively relying on an external voice with liberating and potentially cathartic results. Learn how to do this without having to rely on an external source or voice in an effective manner. There are various approaches to doing this that have been worked out.
> Breathing and nidra. The use of breath in nidra. What it does, why it’s important and how to use it pragmatically and effectively to alter physiology for a deeper experience of trance in nidra. Very particular forms of breathing suitable for nidra will be explored within select nidra practices.
> The incredible power of visioning with nidra. An introduction to a method of goal setting or sankalpa, which is significantly different to traditional approaches. It is effective, intuitive and self-directed and therefore more accurate as a gauge and measure of one’s own inner reason for being here (in this life, life’s purpose) pointing to the real motivations that drive us, rather than pressure of succumbing to others, or the rationalising of what we think we ought to do as opposed to what is truly meaningful to us.
> A precise use of language both as an objective way to discern one’s own inner feelings, thoughts and positions without cognitive blocking or rationalising and as a therapeutic tool for self-enquiry. The introduction, experience of and application of clean language in a nidra context, for oneself and as an adjunct to therapeutic self-exploration. It is a way of uncovering why we are as we are, what our motivations are, where we our tendencies are likely to take us and how we can choose to consciously direct the course of our lives, if we wish, using this disarmingly simple yet very profound approach in the nidra setting.
> Introduction to an understanding of the role of trance in nidra, self-hypnosis and the link between the two. Using specific forms of self-hypnosis as a nidra tool to access the nidra state in a variety of settings allowing for the facilitation of nidra in both formal and non-formal settings. This will be introduced in an easy yet effective manner.
> Introduction to hypnosis, hypnotic language, their bonds with nidra, how to begin to use this and the power of words from a hypnotic perspective in relation to nidra. Non-verbal hypnotic nidra as another innovative paradigm.
> Mapping, re-mapping, and other realities. This is a way of exploring our relation to ourselves and to the world by accessing neural pathways in the brain in new, exciting and powerful ways. In this section there will be an exploration of mapping the body as an extremely powerful tool for self-change. This explores the wonderful and very potent power of nidra for transformational work. It can be a visionary way of connecting with one’s view of themselves and the world.
> Memory. Using the power of the mind through nidra using venerable paradigms such as the mind palace. Mind palace introduction and application, in order to make the point of how to start using these two old systems, memory palaces and nidra together in this new way. Adding to this would be something more specific, that of remembering nidra by way of another example: perhaps the introduction of remembering a specific nidra, of remembering a series of nidras, a classification system for different components, such as rotations, opposites, settling practices and so on, ways of doing nidra breathing. At least an introduction to this. How far it goes will depend of course on where people are in themselves and what they’re capable of dealing with. The nidra memory example is to show what is possible that people can translate as it were and use in their own areas of interest. It’s a really valuable life tool.
> Exploring the ovals. These are perfect nidra metaphors for connecting with ourselves directly, bypassing cognitive resistance, concerns and worries of the everyday mind. This is a series of nidras revealed to me during an intense period of doing pranayama and nidra. These range from deceptively simple to complex elaborate nidra entities and have a strong purpose. They are both powerful and very beneficial for doing nidra for oneself (and are also deeply relaxing).
> Bringing it all together. Creating your own practice. Here there will be a tying up of loose ends and consolidating the learnings of the previous three days.
Enjoy the Nidras from the link on the Sound Cloud.
For a while I have been sharing the records with the students that come to class. I know record and live classes are very different, but we not always have time to come to the studio and to build a every day practice. If a Nidra session has a special effect on you (good or strange), you should repeat it.
We need access to good Nidra platforms, so here is my contribute for your journey into deeper levels of consciousness.
Just observe what is better for you in each moment.
Be aware that not all the Nidras are for sleep, some of them are very re-energizing and for productivity, so besides the sleeping sessions, try the records an notice the effect it has on you before you decide to use a record before sleep. This sessions are recorded during classes, so there will be some sounds from the room environment.
There is small description for each Nidra.
Just lay down comfortably with or without earphones and enjoy them.
Lay back and enjoy...
P.S.: If you need any support or have questions do not hesitate to contact me. And if there is a specific issue we can always get into Private Nidra Sessions and deal with it directly according to your needs.