Begins February 15, 2018
Registration is now OPEN!
So, as many of you know, I’ve been talking about developing a Yoga Nidra Teacher Training for a while now…and I am SO EXCITED to announce that it is HAPPENING! My dear friend and fellow yogini Gyanbindu Gail Seckrettar is my partner and co-creator in this endeavor, and I am beyond psyched about what we are creating.
Here’s a little more information so you can be as excited as I am!!
Is This For Me?
- If Yoga Nidra has changed your life and you want to understand more about the practice and share it with others, YES.
- If you are a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, or meditation teacher and you want to expand your offerings, YES.
- If you are a therapist, school teacher, life coach or hypnotist, YES.
- If you are a nurse, social worker or work in addiction and recovery, YES.
- If you are a parent of an anxious child, YES.
- If you are a wellness advocate in your office and want to be empowered to bring new levels of relaxation to your workplace, YES.
- If you are in need of rest and healing, YES.
Yoga Nidra can be applied to many different situations. It can be the cherry-on-top after a strong yoga class, or therapeutically applied to your private clients suffering from insomnia or anxiety. It can be a powerful practice to share in the context of palliative care to help patients manage chronic pain. Yoga Nidra can also be used in hospitals to help patient manage anxiety before surgery. Yoga Nidra is often used in recovery centers to treat clients dealing with addiction. Parents of anxious children will learn a powerful way to calm down their children; when practiced regularly, Yoga Nidra will dramatically decrease anxiety levels.
When Is It EXACTLY?
Thursday February 15 – 10am-6pm
Friday February 16 – 8:30am-6pm
Saturday February 18 – 8:30am-6pm
Sunday February 19 – 8:30am-6pm
Friday March 23 – 8:30am-6pm
Saturday March 24 – 8:30am-6pm
Sunday March 25 – 8:30am-6pm
Where Is It?
How Is This Training Structured?
The training will be broken up in 2 parts.
Part I is 4 days, beginning on Thursday February 15th, 2018 and Part II is 3 days, beginning on Friday March 23rd, 2018.
In Part I, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the practice and get to indulge in a LOT of deep, healing rest. (Two Yoga Nidras per DAY, guys! Plus a daily integral yoga practice, with pranayama and meditation)
In Part II, you will learn how to teach Yoga Nidra. You will also explore the current science and research in the field. You will get the chance to deliver two Yoga Nidras, with plenty of support and mentorship.
Between Part I and Part II, you will receive some small homework assignments, as well as be required to practice Yoga Nidra 5 times a week, provide reflections, both on the level of student and teacher. This will allow time for integration and deepening your own practice and help you to start approaching the practice like a teacher.
Aren’t There Multiple Kinds of Yoga Nidra? What Kind is This?
Yes, there are multiple kinds of Yoga Nidra! You’re so smart!
The method of Yoga Nidra taught in this training is derived from the Bihar School of Yoga and the teachings of Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Other lineages of practice will be honored, discussed and explored, as they relate to the practice as a whole, but to be clear, this training grants permission to teach one particular style of Yoga Nidra – the Bihar School of Yoga’s method.
How Many Hours Is It?
This comprehensive Yoga Nidra Teacher Training is comprised of 7 full days, totaling 65 in-class hours and approximately 25 hours of at home study, integration and practice, over a period of 5 weeks between Part I and Part II, totaling at least 90 hours.
*This course is recognized as Continuing Education for Yoga Alliance Registered teachers.*
What Will Be Covered?
As these topics relate to Yoga Nidra, we will explore:
- early and modern history of the practice
- yoga psychology
- philosophy of Samkhya, Vedanta and Yoga
- yogic physiology
- nervous system
- teaching methodology
- ethics of a teacher
- holding space
- student support skills
Who Are The Teachers?
Your Yoga Nidra Teacher Trainers are Gyanbindu Gail Seckrettar and Hilary Jackendoff. Both are teachers within the lineage of the Bihar School of Yoga and have spent considerable time living and studying at BSY ashrams. Gyanbindu and Hilary met in Australia in 2010, when Hilary was beginning her Yogic Studies at Mangrove Ashram. At the time, Gyanbindu was living at Mangrove as a long term resident and teaching on the Yogic Studies Training. Discovering they were both from Jersey, they became fast friends and have remained close for the last 8 years, collaborating on various projects and supporting each other on the spiritual path. Between them, Hilary and Gyanbindu have been practicing Yoga Nidra for 25 years and teaching for nearly 20.
Gyanbindu is an E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), a IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) certified Yoga Therapist, and a TRE (Trauma Releasing Exercises) provider She specializes in individual yoga therapy sessions (in-person and over Skype) for anxiety, insomnia and trauma recovery. Gyanbindu is a certified stress management specialist for Intensive Cardiac Rehab at a NJ hospital, in conjunction with the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program.
Hilary is a full time meditation instructor here in Los Angeles, sharing the Tantric yoga and meditation practices of her lineage. She teaches group meditation and Yoga Nidra classes at The DEN Meditation, and offers regular workshops at Tantris Center for Yogic Science. She is a co-creator of The DEN Meditation’s 400 hour Teacher Training program and in 2016, she co-founded Zen Test Prep, a holistic approach to combatting test and performance anxiety. Having struggled for years with insomnia, anxiety, and chronic pain, Hilary is committed to helping students and private clients find relief through yoga, Yoga Nidra and meditation. Read more about Hilary here.
Do I Need to Buy Books?
Yes, but only three!
- Yoga Nidra, Swami Satyananda Saraswati
- Yoga Nidra, The Art of Transformational Sleep, Kamini Desai
- Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation & Stress Relief, Julie Lusk
I’m Ready to Sign Up – But Do I Have to DO Anything Before This Starts?
- Take three Yoga Nidra classes or workshops with Hilary Jackendoff (or another teacher trained in the Bihar School of Yoga method.) AND/OR practice to Hilary and Gyanbindu’s recorded Yoga Nidra found at:
- Prior to beginning the course, please read: Yoga Nidra, Swami Satyananda Saraswati: pg 1-68
- Fill out the Teacher Training Application – then click “submit application.”
- Pay a $500 deposit to save your space.
How Much Does This Thing Cost?
Up to Jan 8: early bird pricing of $1500, if paid in full.
After Jan 8: $1750
$500 deposit upon acceptance to the course required. All payments must be received by February 8th.
What If Something Comes Up and I Have to Bail?
Yep, that happens!
If you bail before or on Jan 25: cancellation fee of $125
If you bail Jan 26 – Feb 7: cancellation fee of $250
If you bail Feb 8th – Feb 15: cancellation fee of $500
Do I Need To Bring Anything or Wear Anything Special?
- journal and pens
- warm socks for Yoga Nidra practice
- comfortable clothes suitable for yoga postures
- blankets, thin pillows or anything else you know you need to be extra comfortable and cozy.
*The DEN has plenty of supplies for Yoga Nidra, but you know your Nidra Needs best.*
Ready to do this????
Complete the Teacher Training Application, click submit – and we will go from there!