Yoga Nidra & Circle Holding – September 2024

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"Julia & Tessa..held a beautiful, nurturing space that encouraged and developed our understanding of the course.  We were able to participate in all aspects of the learning and there was flexibility too...I enjoyed the fact that we were encouraged to trust our own instincts and inner guidance with the delivery of our yoga nidras.. a great course"

Catherine Jefferson, Attendee, Yoga Nidra and Circle Holding

CPD/CE training *

Dates: Mondays 9th Sept - 14th October 2024  Time: 1330-1530 BST 

Venue: Zoom

Cost: £395


Feedback from our Graduates!

Zoe Harris shares how she is using Yoga Nidra & Circle Holding since her graduation in November 2023

Amy Fergus Fuller shares how she is using Yoga Nidra and Circle Holding with the pregnancy and postnatal community since her graduation in April 2023

* estimated 40-50 hours based on previous attendees records.

I loved discovering how creative you could be with yoga nidra using visualisations, sound, the senses etc really exploring how to make it your own. The course also clearly taught us how to create
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The course has given me confidence to plan, structure and deliver a Yoga Nidra. How to cover all elements and be creative with it. It's helped me understand how each aspect of Yoga Nidra affects t
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This training was just what i needed. I now understand the different elements of a nidra and where they fit within the structure. You've given me the confidence to be creative and write my own nid
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Unique Practical Training in Yoga Nidra & Circle Holding

This training has been designed for all yoga teachers & therapists to give a strong skill set for sharing yoga nidra in group and one to one settings.

Would you like to become more comfortable leading longer relaxation practices.  Does the idea of teaching a bespoke yoga nidra class appeal to you?

Course Content:

Throughout the course you will learn about the different components of yoga nidra: different body rotations, the use of opposites, sankalpa, hypnotic deepeners, visualisation and how to share them with your students.  You will also learn how to create a held space for your students & sharing and circle holding techniques to grow community.  Each week we will learn a different aspect of yoga nidra practice and take steps to bring it into your community.

You will need:

  • A comfortable space
  • Cushions, bolsters & blankets

You will learn:

  • What is Yoga Nidra?  What do you already know and how can you integrate it into your teaching and practice.  Setting Intentions & Purpose - Where and how will you share your yoga nidra?  
  • Working with different ways of mapping the body and bringing about a state of calm and ease.  Understanding the liminal state
  • Using opposites & other practices that bring students into a dream state and our role
  • Analysing and using poetry, story, music & sankalpa
  • Practicing, senses practices, counting practices and visualisation practices and when and where to use them
  • Circle Holding: Introducing Props, Centre Piece & Craft to Your Circle
  • Tailoring your Yoga Nidra to specific groups and creating one to one yoga nidra
  • Putting what we have learned into practice.  Final Circle, Yoga Nidra Share & Q&A

You will gain:

Yoga Nidra

  • A clear understanding of how to use voice modulation and language to create an environment conducive to relaxation
  • Yoga Nidra tools and techniques you can use in a group class and one to one settings, in person and via zoom
  • An understanding of what adverse reactions may occur during a deep relaxation practice and how to act when they occur
  • Skills for creating a space that is conducive to deep relaxation
  • Simple practices that can help students to slow their breath and feel more at ease
  • Techniques for sharing in circle before and after practice

By the end of this course you will have:

  • A self created programme of yoga nidra practices to share with your community
  • Shared listening, journaling and space holding skills
  • A portfolio of yoga nidra practices from a variety of practitioners to refer back to and use for your own personal practice
  • The skills to create yoga nidra practices for specific groups 
  • A network of teachers to support your continued journey
  • Circle holding skills you can use in general yoga class, when sharing yoga nidra and in other group settings

This is a small group training so that ample opportunity to ask questions and to create a supportive hub of other yoga teachers.

All Zoom Calls are recorded for participants - 75% live attendance expected

You will be offered the option to work with a listening partner to support your progress.

This course will give you the time and space to pause and integrate and take practices into your personal practice & teaching each week as you grow your community - we practice in a way that honours the needs and wishes of all teachers present.

You will have time to experience the practices and share the techniques you have learned with a cohort of your peers.  Each week will include practice & home learning tasks.

Example of an unscripted yoga nidra Julia shared recently in her class in person:

Feedback for Tessa and Julia:

"I would highly recommend this training to anyone, whether you are a beginner to Nidra or have some previous experience.  This course gives you the freedom to develop your own practice in delivering Yoga Nidra with confidence and with a supportive group to experiment.  All stages of Yoga Nidra are covered and you are left with the confidence to safely deliver this practice to your students"
Natasha Whelan, Attendee, Yoga Nidra & Circle Holding Training

Course Certification

Your success in completing the Yoga Nidra - for Yoga Teachers & Therapists Training will be celebrated with a Yoga Teachers Forum certificate.  Contact hours: 16.  Total hours 50.

Please be prepared to participate in weekly home practice.  You will have many opportunities to practice yoga nidra and circle holding skills throughout the training.

Once you have registered you will be sent enrolment details.

Contact for financial hardship discounts and payment plans.

This course is open to:

  • qualified yoga, pilates and movement teachers
  • coaches, group leaders & circle holders
  • midwives, doulas and birth educators
  • hypnotherapists

CPD/CE training 

Cost: £395 


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Tessa Sanderson
Julia Davis

About the facilitators:

Tessa Sanderson

Tessa has run online women's circles throughout the lockdowns and this format can work very well, including the use of breakout rooms.  She has been running her women's circles for 7+ years, mostly in person, and girls / mother and daughter circles for 4 years.

She has also taught Pregnancy Yoga for 15 years and has 12,000+ teaching hours under her belt, including Well Woman and Mother & Baby Yoga, Restorative and Birth Preparation workshops.  She has taught yoga in four diverse cities: London, Southampton, Bristol and Reading. She is the author of Pearls of Birth Wisdom: An Inner Journey with Stories, Insights and Practices.

Tessa is a member of her local Maternity Voices Forum at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and runs the Everything Baby Berkshire network for antenatal and postnatal professionals.  She has a PhD in Medical Sociology and loves using balloons as props in her pregnancy classes.  IG@tessa.venuti.sanderson and @birth_wisdom_pearls

Julia Davis

Julia has hosted and run online Yoga Teachers Circles throughout and after the lockdowns.  She integrates circle holding into all of the trainings that she runs and also into the classes she runs from her Finchley Yoga studio.  Her circle holding skills originated in the youth groups she facilitated as a teenager.

Julia first encountered deep relaxation practices while at university where the yoga she practiced was a combination of gentle movement and yoga nidra.  At this time she also embarked upon Autogenic Training - a clinically recognised form of deep relaxation.  She continued to practice Yoga Nidra in the tradition of Bihar School for a number of years both practicing and sharing deep relaxation practices with students (please do look at Yoni Shakti The Movement for more on Bihar School).  Her experience then broadened to supporting the perinatal community and she continued her learning by training with Uma Dinsmore Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli’s Total Yoga Nidra School.  Her teaching of yoga nidra and deep relaxation is deeply informed by her own experience of chronic illness and the power of yoga nidra to provide therapeutic rest and help with recuperation.  She also shares yoga nidra regularly in group settings, continues to practice and explore in her own life and enjoys co-creating yoga nidra in one to one settings.

She is founder of Yoga Teachers Forum and runs the Perimenopause Training & Mentoring programmes with Jane Dancey.

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