Yoga Nidra Teacher Training

Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga
Teacher Training

Are you a Yoga teacher,? Do you work in health or education and would like to learn and grow on a personal and professional level?

Yoga Nidra is an effective tool in stress management and has the potential to prevent psychosomatic illnesses. It induces a deep relaxation on a physical, mental and emotional level. It has shown to enhance concentration, learning and memory.

Origin of Yoga Nidra

Swami Satyananda developed Yoga NidraTM in the 1960s. Over a period of six years he refined Yoga Nidra which was derived from the traditional tantric practice of nyasa. Nyasa was a means of instilling higher awareness. Yoga Nidra is a cornerstone practice of the Satyananda Yoga tradition.

This course is designed for Yoga teachers, doctors, therapists, health care and education professionals. Yoga Nidra has been used in hospitals, prisons, schools, offices and rehabilitation.


  • Yoga Nidra allows a deep relaxation on a physical, mental and emotional level
  • Effective tool in dealing with stress, anxiety and PTSD
  • Reduces and helps to manage chronic fatigue or burnout
  • Improves concentration, learning and memory. Enabling students to stay calmer and deal more easily with the demands and challenges they face
  • Enhances the body’s capacity to heal, supplementing other medical and alternative treatments

What will you gain from this training?

  • You will understand the theory and science underlying Yoga Nidra and deliver the eight stages of Yoga Nidra
  • Through the daily practice you will experience the benefits of Yoga Nidra on a personal level
  • You will gain a theoretical understanding of the underlying principles (Raja Yoga, Yoga physiology and functional anatomy).
  • You will learn how to teach the practice from beginners to more experienced, including the use of the voice and language and the development of each stage
  • You will learn and practice asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing practices) and mantra chanting. Understand how those practices relate and enhance the practice of Yoga Nidra
  • You will learn the meaning of pratyahara and its application
  • You will explore the potential use of Yoga Nidra with a variety of student group – application and responsibilities 

What is required from you?

  • An interest and commitment to deepen your understanding of yoga through regular home practice (included an accurate record)
  • To attend all weekend classes to complete the training
  • Be fluent in English, have the ability to read, speak and understand English
  • Able to connect via home computer  – internet to download teaching resources in form of video and audio recordings
  • Able to record your own teaching and submit in form of audio or video recording
  • Interact and behave in a respectful and professional manner
  • Home study (reading books)
  • Learn self-reflective practice like reviewing your day, spiritual dairy and the SWAN method
  • To practice in a short test at the end of the course

Who can apply for this training?

  • Anybody who is committed to learn and experience the various practices over a period of 9months. A keen interest to understand the integral approach of Satyananda Yoga on a theoretical and practical level
  • Yoga teachers who would like to deepen their understanding and teach Yoga Nidra as part of their class
  • Doctors, psychotherapists, therapists working with alternative health, nurses who would like to support their clients with Yoga Nidra
  • Teachers and adult educators who would like to enhance the learning of their students and teach effective stress management
  • People who would like to enable family and friends to experience more harmony and balance in their day-to-day life

Course structure 

  • 5 weekends over 9 months (February – November 2020)
  • Regular home practice (5times per week for approximately 45 minutes per day
  • Online teaching and coaching
  • Completion of assignments

Course resources 

  • Yoga Nidra Book ISBN 108185787123
  • Yoga Nidra recordings by Thomas Spring
  • Course manual, for each weekend you receive a manual with relevant practical and theoretical information guiding you through the learning process
  • Mp3 and video clips which will guide you through the learning process

Dates for 2020

28th February – 1st March

1st – 3rd May

3rd – 5th July

4th – 6th September

6th – 8th November

Course times for each weekend

1st Weekend 28th Feb – 1st March

Friday 6-8 20pm – Saturday 9am – 5 30pm – Sunday 9am – 3 20pm 


2nd Weekend 1st – 3rd May

Friday 6-8 20pm – Saturday 9am – 8pm – Sunday 9am – 3 30pm 


3rd Weekend 3rd – 5th July

Friday 6-8 20pm – Saturday 9am – 5 15pm – Sunday 9am – 3pm 


4th Weekend 4 -6th September

Friday 6-8 20pm – Saturday 9am – 6pm – Sunday 9am – 3pm 


5th Weekend 6 – 8th November

Friday 6-8 20pm – Saturday 9am – 4 30pm – Sunday 9am – 2 15pm 

Cost: $ 1599

Pay deposit of $ 300 once your application has been approved.

Payment of NZ$ 1599 (total course fee) is due on 10th January 2020

Early bird: NZ$ 1499 if paid before 30th November 2019

Bank account: 12 -3165-0132419-00

Please write in       Particulars: YNT2020                    Reference: Your Name

Course venue

Wellness Movement

Level 1, Corner of Trafalgar and New Street (entrance on New Street), 


Course Certificate requirements

  • You are present on all 5 weekends
  • You lead a small group of students through the various stages of Yoga Nidra
  • You record your delivery of Yoga Nidra and supply a transcript of the recording to the course instructor
  • You participate in a short theoretical test on the last weekend of the course 
  • You practice on a regular basis at home

Course Participation Certificate 

  • You are present at all 5 weekends. No need to lead any of the practical teaching session on a Sunday afternoon

Course coordinator - Thomas Spring
Thomas has been involved with Satyananda Yoga since 1997. Thomas continues to deepen his understanding by attending courses and training at the Bihar School of Yoga in India. He teaches regular classes within the Nelson/Tasman region. He has been teaching workshops within New Zealand, USA, Europa, India and Australia. He is fascinated by the human potential to learn, grow and improve. He incorporates his understanding of functional anatomy and neuroplasticity as a Feldenkrais teacher.
He aims to support people to access their potential. He uses biofeedback to access the power of the breath/heart rate variability to bring their ideas across with clarity and conviction.