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Yoga Nidra TT with Mel & Jennie
25th October, 2019 | 9:00 am - 27th October, 2019 | 5:30 pm£495
DEFINITION OF YOGA NIDRA
By Melanie Cooper
Like Yoga itself, Yoga Nidra is a process and a state. You can be in the “state of Yoga Nidra” which is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. And Yoga Nidra is a set of techniques put together to help you get into that state. There are many techniques in the Yoga Nidra “tool box”, so you can design a practice to suit different purposes from simple relaxation to getting to sleep at night to unlocking creativity.
Since Yoga Nidra first became popular there have been huge advances in our understanding of what happens in the brain in situations such as stress, insomnia and creativity (to name just a few) and Yoga Nidra has evolved to become an incredibly rich diverse set of practices that can have a positive impact on many levels. It’s so important not to be dogmatic about yogic practices but to let them evolve to include new knowledge and so become richer and deeper.
Yoga Nidra can help with many things such as enhanced memory, creativity, sleeping well, enhanced connection to the body and many many more.
It’s main contra-indication is Schizophrenia and anxiety and trauma are cautions. You really need specialised training and knowledge to share Nidra with these groups.
It’s a form of meditation we normally do lying down. When we are lying down it’s easier to access that ‘in between’ state between waking and sleeping. There are times when lying down is not possible or comfortable so then it can be done supported in a comfortable seated position.
Yoga Nidra literally means “Yogic Sleep” but it’s not about sleeping – it’s about exploring different states of consciousness so we can wake up. You could say this is the first paradox relating to Yoga Nidra. As in Yoga in general there are many paradoxes when talking about Yoga Nidra – when one statement is true but the opposite is also true. So Yogic Sleep is about awakening.
Yoga Nidra is a state that occupies the borderline between waking and sleeping – not fully awake or fully asleep – something in between. And here comes the second paradox, although Yoga Nidra is a borderline state, at the same time it is a state in its own right.
When we become able to stay in this place we can experience a new state of consciousness, and in this state of consciousness things change in the brain and the nervous system; we can rest deeply and connect to our creativity.
We recommend that you have done a 200 hour teacher training (any style) but it’s not necessary: let us know if you haven’t and we will look into what other experiences you have. You can also attend the course for your own self inquiry only: no need to put the pressure on yourself to teach if you don’t want to.
The intention is to give you, as a teacher, more tools, to broaden your teaching skills as well as your target groups. Perhaps you have done a training in a dynamic yoga style and would like to add a slow style to your teaching menu as well?
We have a set structure in line with Yoga Alliance’s criteria, but on top of that we have a certain amount of hours that we can tailor made for YOU – and as far as we know, this is quite unique: for you, as participants, to be able to take part in forming the course content!
We (Melanie and Jennie) have worked together for almost 10 years (yoga teacher trainings and retreats in India and Europe) and have 20 + 13 years of experience from teaching yoga and teacher trainings full time.
We have experienced a lot over the years – and what we keep coming back to is how important it is to be authentic, to find “your voice” as a teacher and to have the courage to be YOURSELF when you are teaching! Working as a yoga teacher is amazing – but it also takes a lot of energy – and can be very draining if you are not looking after yourself. (And it’s so easy to not give ourselves that time/attention/selfcare – so in the training we will also put emphasis on how to create space for your own health and practice: to stay balanced and mentally strong!
WE WILL COVER
A non-dogmatic approach. We will cover the main techniques and modern schools of Yoga Nidra and what they offer. You’ll get the chance to compare and explore different methods to see which works the best for you.
Yoga Nidra scripts. Online resources: You’ll get ready made scripts in different methods. Together we will also explore and develop a treasure trove of ideas and scripts for teaching your own yoga nidra – as well as incorporating it in your own practice.
The structure A detailed look at each stage of the practice; the intention behind it and how it affects the body and mind.
Modifications. Contra-indications. How to adapt your teaching for different students
Basic science of Yoga Nidra. Brainwaves, Hypnagogia, Basic anatomy of the brain, states of consciousness
History and Philosophy
Your own practice
YOU WILL RECEIVE
A 30 hour diploma in Yoga Nidra, registered by Yoga Alliance (RYS-300)
A tailor made teacher training focusing on what you would like to dive deeper into.
Plenty of time to reconnect with your own practice, and to recharge if you’re feeling drained.
Support from non dogmatic and experienced teachers: the emphasis is on empowering you to find YOUR authentic way of teaching yoga nidra and to obtain knowledge to see what is needed for different students; there isn’t one size fits all for this practice (or any style really!)
Chance to practice teaching with expert constructive and supportive feedback
Scholarship: 1 space: £295 FULL
Early bird price: 8 spaces: £395 FULL
Regular price: 8 spaces: £495
If you’re planning on using Yoga Nidra in a way that gives back to the community we would like to support you and offer a scholarship place.
By giving to the community we mean that your classes are free for the participants or at a discounted rate. The classes should also be for people who wouldn’t otherwise have easy access to yoga classes.
Please write to us if you want to apply for this scholarship, and tell us about your plans.
Due: 30 June 2019
- Yoga Nidra teacher training manual – Melanie Cooper (included in the price)
- Pre-homework: 10 – 20 hours depending on your previous experience of yoga teacher trainings.
- Exam: no written tests: you don’t have to “prove” anything: rather: we are interested in seeing that you have gained an understanding and knowledge, that you can apply to each individual student depending on his/her needs. You are not attending the course to perform: you are attending it to learn and to spark your interest in embarking or continuing on this fascinating journey as a yoga teacher!
Sign up/more information
To register: please contact us and we will send you the application form: email@example.com
A deposit of £300 is required initially to reserve your place, with the full balance to be paid 25 August 2019. Please let us know if money is an issue and you need a part payment plan and we’ll see what we can do to help. The deposit is non-refundable – but we do know that sometimes things happen in life that you couldn’t predict, and if so: you won’t get the deposit back BUT if you cancel 1 month before the course at the latest you can use it for other trainings/retreats/workshops with us – so you won’t lose the money! Terms and conditions >>>
Account details for the deposit will be sent to you after we have accepted your application.
Your space is not guaranteed until we have accepted your application and received your deposit. You will receive a confirmation letter from us as soon as your deposit has been received and registered on our account.
Upon completion you will receive a level 2 diploma, Yoga Alliance 30 hrs. (Zolder Studio, UK, RYS 300).