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Yoga Nidra Instructors’ Course

A week long residential 19th to 26th October 2018
Six weeks part time consolidation
Concluding weekend 7- 9th December

Conducted by Sharing and Learning Yoga
Hosted by Rocklyn Yoga Ashram

$1800 Early Bird by 5 Oct 2018


This includes meals and accommodation for the residential component, course texts and resources.


Swami Vimalratna
(Bernard Sullivan, PhD, TAA40104, Dip. of Satyananda Yoga Teaching)

Swami Madhuramurti
(Mariangela Manias, BA (Hons), Dip. of Education, B.Ed (Counselling),  Grad. Dip. in Family Therapy, Dip. of Satyananda Yoga Teaching)

About Yoga Nidra:
Yoga Nidra is a profound yet simple practice that has the capacity to rapidly induce deep states of relaxation in a format that is immediately accessible to most people.

The word Yoga is sometimes translated as unity, the word Nidra is sometimes translated as sleep. Together, Yoga Nidra creates a relaxed deep and balanced experience, to be enjoyed by almost anyone, at a level that is normally only available in meditation techniques that require years of training.


The unique approach of this training course:
This course is about learning the skills needed to instruct this practice with an emphasis on Yoga Nidra’s use in fostering health and wellbeing in a range of professional and community settings.

The emphasis in this course will be practical, immersive and hands on. Participants will have the experience of both doing and instructing components of the practice such as breathing and body rotation almost straight away.

Numbers for this course will be strictly limited to ensure a high teacher student ratio and quality instruction.

By the end of the week residential participants will be capable of instructing yoga nidra for their situation, in their field of expertise, including for a range of general health and community contexts.

The follow up six weeks will be about practicing, reviewing theory aspects (3 hours a week), then returning for a concluding weekend to give a demonstration of consolidated skills.

From a living tradition of yoga and why this is important:
Yoga Nidra was synthesized from several practices documented in ancient texts and developed as an original practice by Swami Satyananda Saraswati during the mid 20th century. These sources include key features of the practice such as the body rotation, adapted to suit contemporary living. Without understanding this ancient link and underlying essence of the practice, the subtle practical benefits of yoga nidra are diminished. It is important to understand how this practice has emerged as part of an ongoing living tradition. There are many benefits from learning the practice from those who belong to this lineage and who have decades of experience teaching it.

Yoga Nidra is a jewel of the Satyananda System of Yoga, and has been studied, developed, practiced and taught by countless thousands of people over this time. The essential textbook on the practice, Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, comes from this tradition. The teachers in this course all have extensive experience in this original, systematic and precise form of yoga nidra. Swami Vimalratna has been teaching yoga nidra for over twenty years and practicing it regularly for twenty five. Over this time he has shared his love of Yoga Nidra in the development of a number of Australian and international yoga teacher training programs.

Specially prepared material will be presented in short lectures throughout the residential week with structured reading for review during the following six weeks. Topics will include:

  1. The components and structure of Yoga Nidra, including how and why this structure works.
  2. How Yoga Nidra works with the body and mind, and the effects of the practice.
  3. How Yoga Nidra compares with relaxation techniques.
  4. The history of Yoga Nidra and how it relates to Yoga tradition and practice.
  5. Relevant research case studies, applications and examples, showing how Yoga Nidra may be used alongside standard practice in community and professional situations, for example, for the management of stress, recovery after illness, and promoting general health and wellbeing.
  6. An exploration of the situations and people that Yoga Nidra is most beneficial for.

Other key features:
There will be a range of specially prepared tailored resources, including a text book, transcripts and audio that will provide ongoing support for the participants.

There will be 75 hours of instruction and practice.

At the end of this course you will have the skills to share a simple effective practice with others that reduces stress and promotes deep relaxation, health and wellbeing.

These new skills will complement a wide range of professional skill sets and environments.

The course will be contextualised and tailored with the aim of meeting the participants’ needs.

A certificate will be issued to those who successfully complete the training.

Rocklyn Yoga Ashram, near Daylesford, Victoria will be the venue for the residential components. Rocklyn is run as a traditional ashram with simple accommodation and vegetarian meals made with ingredients from the extensive vegetable garden. The ashram environment will foster a deeper understanding of the origins of the practice of Yoga Nidra and the tradition from which it comes. For information about Rocklyn Yoga Ashram:

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