This course trains yoga teachers and others to teach and facilitate yoga nidra with confidence in class settings, one-to-ones, and for a range of therapeutic applications.

This course trains yoga teachers and others to teach and facilitate yoga nidra with confidence in class settings, one-to-ones, and for a range of therapeutic applications. Uniquely amongst yoga nidra trainings, it offers Total Yoga Nidra, a comprehensive, inclusive and non-dogmatic approach to yoga nidra that respects and explores not only a range of practice methods, but also acknowledges a variety of different levels of experience during yoga nidra.

  • Encounter yoga nidra in its totality
  • Explore the multiple forms and levels of this remarkable yoga practice
  • Become empowered to deepen your own intuitive practice of meditative yoga nidra beyond the limits of standard trademarked and traditional forms
  • Understand the full living range of different methods, lineages and levels of total yoga nidra
  • Experience total yoga nidra as a living intelligence of the heart, an adaptogenic practice of deep healing and self-discovery
  • Grow in confidence to share responsive and appropriate total yoga nidra practice with students and clients

This training is designed by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli, who together have over forty years experience of practice, teaching and working therapeutically with all forms and levels of yoga nidra, is a uniquely comparative and creative, experiential course. It offers both practical training and personal and professional development.

This training will be taught by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Dr. Lucy Arnsby-Wilson, who is a mother of three lovely children, a Clinical Psychologist and Yoga therapist. She has been practicing and sharing yoga since 1998 with children, young people and adults. Her first experience of yoga was at the Iyenger Institute in New Cross and was not what she expected. As an 18 year old who felt isolated and disconnected this first class had her remembering a deep peace and solice. Since this moment she has been seeking to understand what this experience was and then been fully committed to offering this to those who may desire it. This has led her to work with many extraordinary people and teachers. Lucy acknowledges that our biggest teachers are our students. She is currently offering yoga to refugee and asylum seeking young people, children and adults with autism, yoga for pregnancy and to young people with mental health challenges. She works 1:1, in groups, statutory and voluntary services and also facilitates training and workshops on yoga for therapeutic purposes.

Beverley Bruce will also be co-teaching on this training.


Please be very aware that this is what it says: an Intensive Retreat. It will suit people who would prefer not to make two separate trips to do the course in two parts. it also requires a willingness and energy to maintain an intense focus on learning and practice and sharing, and to work some long hours with early starts (teaching begins at 0830) and some evening sessions (there will be a nice long break in the middle of the day). The intensive nature of the training and the number of multiple nidra experiences during the appraisal process mean that this Intensive Course is unsuitable for anyone who has experienced psychosis.


Total Yoga Nidra is a comprehensive, inclusive and non-dogmatic approach to yoga nidra that respects and explores not only a range of practice methods, but also acknowledges and supports a variety of different levels of experience during yoga nidra. Total yoga nidra empowers you to encounter yoga nidra in its totality: as an adaptogenic meditative practice without limits in terms of its capacity to heal, nourish and liberate.

Most people who are familiar with yoga nidra have listened to some kind of pre-recorded audio track(s), but might not have had the opportunity to encounter the practice live from a teacher in a group setting; and although many people may have experienced a live group yoga nidra, where a teacher delivers a standard script to a group of students, this relaxing experience is very different from practising yoga nidra that has been specifically tailored for a particular individual, for example in a one-to-one setting. This experience in turn is different from the encounter with yoga nidra that comes during a practice that is co-created by teacher and student together, with the specific intention to meet the student precisely where s/he is right now, both in language and method of practice, and in terms of the level at which that practice can be most appropriately met.

And whilst all of these experiences of yoga nidra certainly bring huge benefits, an entirely different set of possibilities open up when yoga nidra is set free from the need to have any external auditory guide of any kind. At this level of self practice, the protocols for practice are so deeply familiar to the practitioner that when we simply lie (or sit) quietly, then the practice can be invited to unfold silently, in the voice of our own intuitive inner guide.


  • to devise and deliver Total Yoga Nidra practices appropriate to your needs and those of your students and clients;
  • a clear practical understanding of the structure and function of Total Yoga Nidra, including models of best practice, and techniques to be avoided;
  • a practical understanding of the key principles of yogic psychology and philosophy relevant to the practice of Total Yoga Nidra;
  • a contextual understanding of the development and history of Total Yoga Nidra across different lineages;
  • to share Total Yoga Nidra with an informed sensitivity to the emotional and spiritual experiences of those receiving the practice;
  • to teach a range of restorative yoga asanas suitable for use during yoga nidra practice;
  • to teach within the appropriate safety guidelines for this type of yoga practice.



  • Understanding the structure and variations in approaches to, and levels of, Total Yoga Nidra practice
  • Clinical hypnosis, self-hypnosis and yoga nidra – a full exploration of the relationship between these practices
  • Further explorations in history and development of yoga nidra: nyasa, tantra, Satyananda Yoga, Himalayan Institute, Richard Miller, Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Jneshvara Bharati
  • Deeper explorations of yoga philosophy and cosmology in relation to Total Yoga Nidra
  • Exploring research on yoga nidra exploring the value of understandings from neuroscience, clinical psychology, psycho-neuro-immunology and physiology in relation to the function of yoga nidra, including stress and the relaxation response
  • Restorative asana: refinements on propping poses for yoga nidra
  • Sankalpa: resolution and intention setting, listening to inner guidance, framing and using Sankalpa within and around yoga nidra
  • Breath awareness /pranayama: specific use within the structure of yoga nidra session, and to support the practice of yoga nidra
  • Visualisations: a range of different traditional and creative scripting options, contra- indications, appropriateness and therapeutic value
  • Creativity and innovation: devising your own Total Yoga Nidra experiences; metaphor, poetry and grammar for enlightened communication
  • Responsiveness: tailoring script to needs of target populations, bespoke scripts: utilising client images in yoga nidra
  • Self-development: sample practices, support for self-reflection and growth
  • Dharana: yoga nidra as an aid to improve concentration
  • Dhyana: yoga nidra as the meditative heart of yoga
  • Living yoga nidra: practical and effective integration of yoga nidra into daily life
  • Total yoga nidra as a therapeutic tool



The pre-requisite for this Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training is the Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience: comparative and creative forms of Yoga Nidra. This can be done as a nourishing weekend course at various locations – see our list of upcoming courses and workshops for dates, or it can be done as an Online course.



Arrivals Saturday 11 May to begin with a session at 6pm in the evening, departures after brunch from 12:30pm on Monday 20 May



Course hours50
AccreditationIndependent Yoga Network, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
CertificationOn successfully completing all course requirements, you will receive a Yoga Nidra Network certificate of completion.
Maximum number of participants24



The cost for this training is £1118.00 GBP inc. VAT
this includes all tuition, manual, and required listening mp3s, as well as recordings of every yoga Nidra practice delivered on the course, for future listening and development of personal practice. These recordings form a unique repertoire of Nidra practices specially designed for the each course group.

Once you have booked on to the course, you will be sent details of how to pay for your food and accommodation at Gravito – €540 Euro direct to the venue. All participants are required to stay on site at the venue, part of the course is the experience of living together as a family.

Bringing Children and partners:
You are welcome to bring your children and/or your partner to enjoy this beautiful setting in Portugal with you. Babies under one are invited free of charge. For children and babies aged between one and five, we ask for a €40 EURO contribution. For children aged 5 -14years we ask you to pay half the full accommodation and food costs (which would be €270). These costs would be paid direct to Gravito.
If you have a beloved partner who wants to join you in Portugal as a retreat option (not joining the training and attending the drop-in open sessions only, usually one-two a day), the cost for them would be €540 EURO paid direct to the venue, plus a £372 GBP contribution for the sessions to be paid using the “Book Now” button below.

More info

Start Date

Sat 11th May 2019

End Date

Mon 20th May 2019


Lucy Arnsby-Wilson

Yoga Teacher

Beverley Bruce

Yoga Teacher


£ 1118.00