Learn to safely and confidently teach guided relaxation, yoga nidra. Yoga nidra is Sanskrit for "yogic sleep", a powerfully healing and transformational technique from the Tantra Yoga tradition usually practiced laying on the back. The practitioner is lead, or leads themself, into deeper states of relaxation by quieting the nervous system, systematically. Yoga nidra is safe for all practitioners, is a tool for deeper self-awareness, and is used to relieve symptoms of PTSD in clinical studies. Yoga nidra can be taught as a stand alone practice or as part of a complete practice. Bring this powerful technique of deep relaxation to your clients and yoga students for an enriching experience. Teaching, counseling, healing, or working therapeutically with clients is strongly suggested to take this training.
Expect to practice at least four different systems of yoga nidra that include iRest, the Himalayan system, and Bihar School nidra from Swami Satyananda Saraswati. There is a slideshow lecture explaining the history of yoga nidra, its intention, an explanation of how it works, its physical and subtle body effects, and the different components of a yoga nidra practice, including sankalpa. You will receive scripts and practice teaching in this nurturing, safe environment. Deep dive into yoga nidra through the refinement of teaching techniques and methodology.
CE credit available. Required reading is “Yoga Nidra” by Swami Satyananda Saraswati; bring your book and you will receive a PDF at the training. Expect minimal movement. Bring (vegan) food and drink to sustain yourself during the training; there will be 15 minute breaks each day.
Mia Park has studied the art of yoga nidra with many teachers, including iRest with Richard Miller, Total Yoga Nidra with Uma Dinsmore Tuli, the Himalayan tradition with Rolf Solvik, and Satyananda Yoga Nidra with Rod Stryker and Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati. Mia has over 1500 hours of training in traditions that include doaist taiji, tantra, yoga therapy, trauma informed yoga, yoga for children and seniors, meditation, alignment, and more. She is a Level 1 Rest and Renew Teacher, certified Rest and Renew restorative yoga teacher, Certified Integrated Ayurvedic Practitioner and Advanced Yoga Teacher, and is currently becoming an IAYT Yoga Therapist in the Viniyoga tradition. She is an E-RYT 500, 200 CYT, a Domestic Violence Advocate, and volunteer teaches prenatal yoga in Cook County Jail and at a domestic violence center.
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