Total Yoga Nidra Teacher Training

The Total Yoga Nidra Teacher Training is back in The Netherlands again! This year the training will be offered in two 3-day modules by Nilripta Tuli, Uma Dinsmore Tuli and Suze Retera. Due to COVID-19 the training will be offered in a unique format: we will gather in person at the event location. Suze will be present and share her teachings with you in person, while Uma and Nirlipta will be live-streamed and projected on a large screen so they can offer their teachings to you live, but from the safety of their own home. This due to the risk that come with them traveling from the UK at this point as travel between the UK and the rest of Europe is not recommended. 


This training is designed by the founders of the Total Yoga Nidra Network Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli, who together have over forty years of experience of practice, teaching and working therapeutically with all forms and levels of yoga nidra, is a uniquely comparative and creative, experiential course. It offers both practical training and personal and professional development. Suze has been trained directly by and worked together with Uma And Nirlipta and combines her yoga nidra practice and teachings with her background in psychology, trauma healing and yoga.

Recognized by the Independent Yoga Network and the International Association of Yoga Therapists [IAYT]), this is a training course for all those who wish to learn to share yoga nidra in group and individual settings. 

This course trains yoga teachers and others to teach and facilitate yoga nidra with confidence in class settings, one-to-ones, and for a range of therapeutic applications. Uniquely amongst yoga nidra trainings, it offers Total Yoga Nidra, a comprehensive, inclusive and non-dogmatic approach to yoga nidra that respects and explores not only a range of practice methods, but also acknowledges a variety of different levels of experience during yoga nidra.

Training Highlights: 

  • Encounter yoga nidra in its totality

  • Explore the multiple forms and levels of this remarkable yoga practice

  • Become empowered to deepen your own intuitive practice of meditative yoga nidra beyond the limits of standard trademarked and traditional forms

  • Understand the full living range of different methods, lineages and levels of total yoga nidra

  • Experience total yoga nidra as a living intelligence of the heart, an adaptogenic practice of deep healing and self-discovery

  • Grow in confidence to share responsive and appropriate total yoga nidra practice with students and clients

What is Total Yoga Nidra? 

Total Yoga Nidra is a comprehensive, inclusive and non-dogmatic approach to yoga nidra that respects and explores not only a range of practice methods, but also acknowledges and supports a variety of different levels of experience during yoga nidra. Total yoga nidra empowers you to encounter yoga nidra in its totality: as an adaptogenic meditative practice without limits in terms of its capacity to heal, nourish and liberate.

Most people who are familiar with yoga nidra have listened to some kind of pre-recorded audio track(s), but might not have had the opportunity to encounter the practice live from a teacher in a group setting; and although many people may have experienced a live group yoga nidra, where a teacher delivers a standard script to a group of students, this relaxing experience is very different from practising yoga nidra that has been specifically tailored for a particular individual, for example in a one-to-one setting. This experience in turn is different from the encounter with yoga nidra that comes during a practice that is co-created by teacher and student together, with the specific intention to meet the student precisely where s/he is right now, both in language and method of practice, and in terms of the level at which that practice can be most appropriately met.

And whilst all of these experiences of yoga nidra certainly bring huge benefits, an entirely different set of possibilities open up when yoga nidra is set free from the need to have any external auditory guide of any kind. At this level of self practice, the protocols for practice are so deeply familiar to the practitioner that when we simply lie (or sit) quietly, then the practice can be invited to unfold silently, in the voice of our own intuitive inner guide.


We hope you are staying healthy and grounded. For more information about our policy around COVID-19, please click here.


Dates for 2021 are coming soon!

Modules can only be booked together as one training.


45 Hours of teaching

Daily : 11:00 - 19:30 hrs

Please download information document here, for all pre-course information and requirements


St. Laurentiuskerk 

Blomstraat 36

1382 AE Weesp-Amsterdam




Training Highlights

In this course you will learn:

  • to devise and deliver Total Yoga Nidra practices appropriate to your needs and those of your students and clients;

  • a clear practical understanding of the structure and function of Total Yoga Nidra, including models of best practice, and techniques to be avoided;

  • a practical understanding of the key principles of yogic psychology and philosophy relevant to the practice of Total Yoga Nidra;

  • a contextual understanding of the development and history of Total Yoga Nidra across different lineages;

  • to share Total Yoga Nidra with an informed sensitivity to the emotional and spiritual experiences of those receiving the practice;

  • to teach a range of restorative yoga asanas suitable for use during yoga nidra practice;

  • to teach within the appropriate safety guidelines for this type of yoga practice.

Topics covered include: 

  • Understanding the structure and variations in approaches to, and levels of, Total Yoga Nidra practice

  • Clinical hypnosis, self-hypnosis and yoga nidra – a full exploration of the relationship between these practices

  • Further explorations in history and development of yoga nidra: nyasa, tantra, Satyananda Yoga, Himalayan Institute, Richard Miller, Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Jneshvara Bharati

  • Deeper explorations of yoga philosophy and cosmology in relation to Total Yoga Nidra

  • Exploring research on yoga nidra exploring the value of understandings from neuroscience, clinical psychology, psycho-neuro-immunology and physiology in relation to the function of yoga nidra, including stress and the relaxation response

  • Restorative asana: refinements on propping poses for yoga nidra

  • Sankalpa: resolution and intention setting, listening to inner guidance, framing and using Sankalpa within and around yoga nidra

  • Breath awareness /pranayama: specific use within the structure of yoga nidra session, and to support the practice of yoga nidra

  • Visualisations: a range of different traditional and creative scripting options, contra- indications, appropriateness and therapeutic value

  • Creativity and innovation: devising your own Total Yoga Nidra experiences; metaphor, poetry and grammar for enlightened communication

  • Responsiveness: tailoring script to needs of target populations, bespoke scripts: utilising client images in yoga nidra

  • Self-development: sample practices, support for self-reflection and growth

  • Dharana: yoga nidra as an aid to improve concentration

  • Dhyana: yoga nidra as the meditative heart of yoga

  • Living yoga nidra: practical and effective integration of yoga nidra into daily life

  • Total yoga nidra as a therapeutic tool

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Nirlipta Tuli

Nirlipta Tuli is the founder and co-partner of Sitaram Partnership and also Yoga Nidra Network.

Nirlipta's particular interest lies in the therapeutic applications of yoga nidra, where he focusses on insomnia and sleep-related issues, lucid dreaming, dealing with stress, enhancing productivity for individuals and groups, and pain-related issues. Much of this has been informed by his own experience, using yoga nidra to manage a life lived with cardiomyopathy, autism, and insomnia. He offers mentoring and pastoral care to other yoga teachers and to students on all Total Yoga Nidra courses and events.


Uma Dinsmore Tuli

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli was first introduced to yoga at the age of four by her mother and began meditating at nine on a pilgrimage with her maternal grandmother. Yoga and meditation have been part of her daily life ever since.


As a naturally curious and enquiring yogini, she has engaged passionately and critically with a variety of quite different schools of yoga, most especially Satyananda Yoga and Iyengar Yoga.  After completing the Yoga Biomedical Trust Diploma in Yoga Therapy in 1999, Uma has continued to find the fully integrated approach of yoga therapy to be the most practical route to the healing power of yoga. She further trained in Structural Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy with Mukunda...

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Suze Retera

Suze Retera is a Psychologist and certified yoga teacher, teaching since 2006. Throughout the years she deepened her knowledge in both fields by adding Family Constellations, TRE® (Trauma Release Exercises) and Yoga Nidra to her qualifications.

Her passion for travel, a conscious lifestyle, and (self) healing inspired her to start Global Flow Retreats in 2006. Global Flow Retreats offers yoga events that combine a deep yoga practice with sustainability and self-care.

Suze believes strongly that the holistic approach of combining yoga with disciplines like mindfulness, Ayurveda, trauma- and stress release...

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We are gathering at the beautiful St.Laurentius church in Amsterdam-Weesp, only a 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam Central Station. In this fully equipped church that is turned into a Yoga Studio, you get to enjoy the practices Nirlipta offers you. During your lunch break, you can have a stroll along the picturesque canals in Weesp. The perfect combination to get the most out of this training that will leave you feeling fully recharged and inspired.

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