Yoga Nidra Teacher Training
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 this teacher training we commit to providing you with a complete overview of all the risks and safety guidelines so that you can create a suitable environment for your students to explore their deeper selves through the practice of Yoga Nidra.
The Nida practice can alter actions, behaviors, 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. Teaching Yoga Nidra requires study, knowledge, structure and commitment.
> > Watch the interview we had with Cristina Guerra about Yoga Nidra and her teaching.
The 60 hours Yoga Nidra training is divided into 2 modules:
Module 1: What is Yoga Nidra?
2 days training (1 weekend x 2 days – 6 hours per day)
Taught over a single weekend, this module is an intensive workshop that has been designed for anyone who wants to better understand the theoretical underpinnings and practice of Yoga Nidra. We invite Nidra lovers, teachers, psychologists, doctors, healers and anyone else with a curiosity for Nidra to attend. However, please note, while this section acts as an introduction to the teacher training, and is open to teachers and beginners alike, it does not alone provide you with the materials for teaching.
In this section we will look into the different structures of Nidra, its history, philosophy and what happens to the brain-functions and consciousness when it’s in the deep Nidra state. We will also discuss the difference between Nidra and hypnosis as well as 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.
In this module, we just want you to get absorbed in the Nidra practice, and will perform between 8 to 12 Nidras, depending on the evolution and requirements that arise during the weekend
What is Yoga Nidra?
- Theme & Sankalpa
- Different structures
How does Nidra affect the Body and Mind?
- Nidra & Body & Brain Functions
- Nidra & Consciousness
- Nidra ≠ Hypnosis
How to apply Nidra in Daily Life?
- Nidra as a relaxation practice
- Nidra as a meditative practice
- Comfortable setting
- Lying posture
- How to integrate in daily life
Module 2: Teaching the Practice of Expanding Awareness
8 days training (4 weekends x 2 days – six hours per day) – 14 students max.
In the second module we will continue with our progression 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.
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 psychology 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.
As the first foundation, you will learn how to provide a safe environment; what the dangers are and what to avoid. You will be taught how to prepare a positive 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.
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-realisation.
You will experience Nidra intensely and in different forms, with additional teachers invited to share special settings such as Nidra 2 voices, singing bowls and mantras. Ultimately, you will share your own script and run through Nidra and Art-Therapy exercises to uncover the layers that hide your Sankalpa, providing an intense journey into yourself and a blissful inner-discovery.
- You have completed Module 1: What is Yoga Nidra?
- Read the requested reading materials
- Noted down your experiences during previous training practice sessions.
Please note: there will be a final exam/reports required.
Relevant Philosophy & Psychology guidelines to build and guide a Nidra session
- Base Models & Structures
- Different Methods & Techniques
- Levels of practice
- Conditions for a class setting
- Theme & Intension
Nidra & Neuroscience
- Brain waves
- Parasympathetic Nervous system
- Restorative & Nidra
- Pranayama & Nidra
- Therapeutic approach
- Trance ≠ Hypnoses ≠ auto-hypnoses
- Nidra ≠ Meditation
- Nidra ≠ Lucid Dreams
- Advice on what to avoid
- Appropriate Visualisations & Archetypes
- Sounds & Settings
Learn how to build a session in accordance with your or your student’s needs:
- Relaxation &Tension Release
- Concentration & Memory
- Productivity & Creativity
- Healing &Therapy
- Planning a script
- Integration in Daily life
- Saraswati, Swami Satyananda; Yoga Nidra; Yoga publications Trust, Mungar, Bihar, India.
- Miller, Richard; Yoga Nidra: A meditative practice for relaxation and Healing; Sounds true, Boulder, Colorado.
Cristina Guerra – lead teacher
Cristina Guerra is a professional yoga and meditation instructor currently based in the vibrant city of Amsterdam. Hailing from Portugal, Cristina has for the four past years hosted classes and workshops in yoga and meditation across Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australia, after having completed her 500HYTT with Zuna Yoga on the island of Gili Meno in Indonesia.
Cristina later returned to Indonesia to undertake a further 300HYTT program, on this occasion with a focus on the Nidra, restorative and meditation practices, and has since acted as an assistant for Yoga Nidra teacher training courses while providing support and counselling for students.
Graduating university with a Masters in Art Restoration, Cristina has been practicing yoga for more than a decade, having initially turned to the discipline as a means of balancing a heavy workload while acting as a team leader and collection manager for the National Museum of Oman. In her capacity as an arts’ conservation coordinator, Cristina has led teams in her native Portugal and abroad, performing a supportive and unifying function for diverse teams of professionals and trainees on frequently complex projects.
Since beginning her yoga journey, Cristina has developed an increasing interest in yoga’s curative aspects and potential for personal and spiritual growth, undertaking complementary training in quantum touch, reiki and arts’ psychotherapy while deepening her knowledge of the Tantric meditation, Kriya Yoga, and Yoga Nidra traditions.
Cristina has been engaged as a healing therapist for over ten years, and with her knowledge of and natural affinity with reiki and Quantum Touch is attuned to the sensitivities of her classes and individual students, using the techniques of each to promote and enhance energetic connections. This empathetic disposition is further supported by Cristina’s academic studies in psychology and arts’ psychotherapy, in particular regard to her conversance with therapeutic and behavioural approaches.
With a strong focus on agnirage breathing, Cristina believes that through the coordination of the movement and stillness of breath yoga practitioners can gain a greater awareness of their personal resistances and a path by which to overcome these limitations, and is committed to supporting her students on their own transformational yoga journeys.
Cristina currently teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Meditation, and Yoga Nidra in Amsterdam after moving to the city at the beginning of 2017.
If you wish to meet Cristina at TULA Yoga you can join one of her classes. She teaches:
Monday 11am | Vinyasa | TULA Bos en Lommer
Monday 6.30pm | Yoga Nidra | TULA Westerpark
Tuesday 6.30pm | Vinyasa Slow Flow | TULA Westerpark
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