100 Hour Yoga Nidra Teacher Training
Begins September 27, 2018
Registration is now OPEN!
So excited to for the next round of Yoga Nidra Teacher Training. We have added an extra day to the training, making it an 8 day course, including 75 in-class hours and 25 hours of home study. In order to provide ample time for practice teaching, this course is limited to 15 students. Spots are filling fast!
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 September 27 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Friday September 28 – 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday September 29 – 8:30am-6:00pm
Sunday September 30 – 8:30am-6:00pm
Friday October 5 – 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday October 6 – 8:30am-6:00pm
Sunday October 7 – 8:30am-6:00pm
Monday, October 8 – 8:30am-6:00pm (Columbus Day)
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 September 27th, 2018 and Part II is 4 days, beginning on Friday October 5th, 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.
Why Should I Take THIS Yoga Nidra Teacher Training?
This training is designed to present both the spiritual side of Yoga Nidra, as well as its practical, therapeutic applications for those suffering from anxiety, trauma and PTSD. Hilary and Gyanbindu are deeply committed to helping guide their students to a place where they feel safe and supported to heal. This 100 hour training is informed by their shared sensitivity to this process.
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.
The Bihar School of Yoga’s Yoga Nidra is perhaps the most accessible method for beginners, with its foundations in both ancient Yogic techniques, as well as Western psychology and neurobiology.
How Many Hours Is It?
This comprehensive Yoga Nidra Teacher Training is a 100 hour Teacher Training.
It is comprised of 8 full days, totaling 75 in-class hours and approximately 25 hours of at home study, integration and practice, prior to Part I and after completion of Part II, totaling 100 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
- multi-lineage context
- Yoga Nidra as a meditative technique vs state of consciousness
- yoga psychology
- yoga philosophy
- yogic physiology
- nervous system
- teaching methodology
- ethics of a teacher
- holding space
- student support skills
- preparatory practices, including gentle asana and pranayama
- how to deepen your own practice
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 in India, Australia and New Zealand.
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. Read more about Gyanbindu here.
Hilary is a full time meditation and yoga 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.
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?
- Yoga Nidra, Swami Satyananda Saraswati
- Yoga Nidra, The Art of Transformational Sleep, Kamini Desai
- Enlightenment without God, Swami Rama
- Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation & Stress Relief, Julie Lusk
- The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, Richard Miller
- Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker
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: The Art of Transformational Sleep, Kamini Desai (in its entirety)
- Yoga Nidra, Swami Satyananda Saraswati: pg 1-68
- Fill out the Teacher Training Application and submit
- Pay a $500 deposit to save your space
What You Get
- 8 full days of training
- 300 page resource manual, designed to support you moving forward in your home practice and in your teaching
- Yoga Nidra recordings to support your home practice
- 3 months of Mentorship after you have completed the course. Mentorship includes:
- 30 minute Skype call with Hilary
- 30 minute Skype call with Gyanbindu
- access to email coaching
What You Give
Up to June 27, 2018: early bird pricing of $1800
After June 27, 2018: $2000
$500 deposit upon acceptance to the course required, subtracted from total course cost of $1800/$2000.
All payments must be received by September 10th.
Payment plans are available, upon request.
What Are People Saying About This?
I had no idea what to expect when I first took Yoga Nidra class with Hilary. The practice of letting go is quite simple and accessible, and the effects were far beyond what I could anticipate. Over time, core feelings and beliefs revealed themselves, and I discovered a deeper life than I would have believed. The gift of Yoga Nidra keeps giving. Her guidance and integrity led me to trust her to train me to faciliate the practice for others. Her knowledge and passion are without limit. And I am happy to see her training course has been extended a day, as there is such an abundance of material, scientific, biological, spiritual and psychological, that I wanted more — and still do. If the practice has not already changed your life, the teachings in training will. Hilary and Gyanbindu prepared me so well that when I was thrown in “ashram-style” the very next day after the training concluded to lead a class of 30, I felt ready to do so. I have regularly taught since, for individuals, classes and corporate clients and still feel fully supported months after training ended. I am beyond grateful for the gifts of wisdom shared. Thank you Hilary & Gyanbindu — the discoveries continue.
Edward Dalmas, actor & meditation guide
This Yoga Nidra Training changed my life. It is a deeply transformative practice that will give you tools to not only release deeply-held stress, but also tools to reshape your life from the inside out. This practice is for everyone and as a teacher, it is an amazing technique to be able to offer clients. If you are not a teacher, taking this course, will be a magnificent journey into a deeper understanding of yourself and how to transform your life. Not only did I deepen my meditation practice and understanding of myself, but through studying Nidra, I learned more about the art of meditation itself and how to present an effective practice in all forms. With their rich and varied backgrounds and years of experience in Bihar School of Yoga lineage, both Hilary and Gyanbindu complement each other as teachers and present this technique in a clear, understandable, fun and inspiring way. I have no background in teaching Yoga, and I left this course with the ability to teach Yoga Nidra. You will walk away wanting to share Yoga Nidra with the world. The applications to serve with this practice are limitless. I highly recommend this course to everyone!!
– Lauree Dash, Yoga Nidra Teacher, Emmy-Award Winning TV Producer and Recovering Accomplishment Junkie
I was a part of the first Yoga Nidra training Hilary and Gyanbindu led and I couldn’t have been happier with the experience. Their knowledge was of the highest quality and they were very organized but also had a flexibility with the material to go deeper into areas that our specific group needed. Their honesty, intelligence and compassion were guiding lights through the training and the lessons I learnt in the training have impacted me greatly in my life. Furthermore I have been teaching Yoga Nidra regularly since the training and felt fully prepared to do so by the end of the training. I am proud to have the both of them as my teachers.
– David Miller, E-RYT Yoga and Meditation Teacher
This is an amazing, comprehensive training! Hilary and Gyanbindu are both masterful teachers, and they generously share the wealth of their knowledge and experience with utmost integrity and joy. Covering everything from Yoga Nidra’s ancient tantric roots to modern day science and applications, you will leave inspired, supported, and with the tools to guide others in this wonderful practice. Since completing the Immersion and Certification, I have been teaching Yoga Nidra regularly and was fully prepared to do so through this training.
– Harmony Goodman, Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Reiki Practitioner
Hilary and Gyanbindu’s Yoga Nidra Training was honestly a life-changing experience for me. I am not a yoga teacher or meditation teacher. I was drawn to the training because I am a nurse and want to figure out how to incorporate meditation into medical practice, and I really liked Hilary’s Nidra classes at The DEN. I found that they helped me sleep better, and my husband noticed that I was a calmer and happier person when I took her class. So, knowing almost nothing about the structure and history of the Yoga Nidra practice, I signed up for the training. I am incredibly happy that I did. I learned a lot about myself and my habits, and this was an opportunity to really delve into my own intentions and my needs for self-care. This was also my first introduction to some of the main tenets of yoga and meditation, and they were all presented clearly and beautifully. Hilary and Gyanbindu have a beautiful team teaching style that takes the needs (and attention span) of the specific class into consideration. Learning to teach the practice is almost tangential, for me, to the other benefits that I received from this training such as being calmer and more present in my own life. I highly recommend it; treat it like a vacation, a retreat of self-awareness, and a wonderful educational experience all wrapped in one.
– Jacqueline Moses, ER Nurse
I randomly signed up for Hilary’s Monday night Yoga Nidra class at The DEN in Studio City, without knowing anything about her or the practice. The next morning I couldn’t believe how rested and refreshed I felt. As someone living with a chronic autoimmune illness, and constantly feeling exhausted, this felt like a miracle! I contacted Hilary and immediately signed up for Yoga Nidra teacher training.
I am so incredibly grateful for the teacher training program that Gyanbindu and Hilary have created. They poured their heart and soul into a 90+ hour program, covering every detail possible and guiding us every step of the way. Yoga Nidra has become an essential part of my self-care and recovery. I am extremely excited to share this healing practice with others also suffering from chronic illness.
Yoga Nidra Teacher Training with these two very special ladies has been one of the best experiences of my life and I look forward to continuing my studies with their advanced training and deepening my practice even more.
– Christina Marquez Hounanian, Holistic Health Provider
Yoga Nidra Teacher Training deepened my practice in a way that I can’t fully explain. This training empowered me to get into the driver’s seat in my life and not be a slave to my body and mind. Yoga Nidra dramatically changed my relationship to chronic pain and has helped me sleep more deeply than I ever thought possible. In addition, this training provided thorough and well rounded teachings on the lineage, the science behind the practice, and how to facilitate the experience itself. This training equipped me very well to guide this practice effectively.
– Orlee Klempner, Yoga & Meditation Teacher
What If Something Comes Up and I Have to Bail?
Yep, that happens!
If you bail: 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.*