Basic Yoga Nidra Training: Immersion & Certification Program

A combined 40 Hour Basic Yoga Nidra Immersion and Certification. Learn to use this simple sleep-based meditation technique to profoundly heal and restore the body's reserves and unburden your life.

Yoga Nidra is an ancient sleep-based meditation technique that rides on the biology of the body to enter subtle states of being. Here the mind-stuff is cleared and the body has the opportunity to deeply regenerate and restore itself from the inside out. Yogis say that 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra is a restorative as 3 hours of sleep. In sleep, you only wake up rested. Yoga Nidra is conscious sleep. You learn to enter the gap between you and your thoughts. Here, you can train yourself to develop a healthy relationship with the thoughts, emotions, and dramas of life that usually drain your energy and compromise your health.

Woman laying in meditation with her third eye glowing during Yoga Nidra

First Weekend: Basic Yoga Nidra Immersion

This first of two-weekend intensives is open to anyone interested in yoga and deep relaxation either for application to personal growth, healing arts work or yoga instruction; it is an all levels course. It is a full and complete training in itself, designed for those looking to deepen their personal practice of Yoga Nidra. For those desiring to share the practices of Yoga Nidra with others, you will continue on to Basic Yoga Nidra Certification.

Create a body and brain with greater resilience to stress-producing situations. Boost the body’s healing potential, release chronic tension, pay off sleep debt and learn skills to master the demands of life. An excellent program to gain intuitive perspective into life transitions and challenges and be able to assimilate transformational tools into everyday experiences for improved productivity, good health, and happiness.

Second Weekend: Basic Yoga Nidra Certification

Building upon the skills from Basic Yoga Nidra Immersion, we will pair introspective teachings in the areas of recovery from sleep debt, relaxation and rejuvenation from the effects of stress, self-confidence, self-love and self-acceptance with Yoga Nidra experiences designed to initiate shifts from beyond the conscious mind.

You will be creating your own intentions and will learn how to use intention in Yoga Nidra. You will receive guidance on how to lead Yoga Nidra and will leave this training with two scripts and a list of intentions designed to help you guide others into regenerating states from where the body can emerge rested, healthy and whole – ready to be in life once again.

You will learn three fundamental applications of Yoga Nidra for our modern life: 

  • Recovery from sleep debt 
  • Relaxation and Rejuvenation from the effects of stress
  • Self-confidence, self-love, and self-acceptance

By completing both programs, participants will be able to:

  • Use Yoga Nidra as a stand-alone technique for individuals
  • Guide others through Yoga Nidra in yoga classes
  • Use Yoga Nidra in coordination with any healing modality

Participants will receive a Basic Yoga Nidra Facilitator manual as well as Yoga Nidra scripts for three different practices.

Upon completion of the Immersion and Certification weekends and the required homework, participants will be certified as Basic Yoga Nidra Facilitators by Gentle Heart Wellness and the Amrit Yoga Institute.

Requirements to become a 40-hour Basic Yoga Nidra Facilitator

  • Complete both Yoga Nidra Immersion and Yoga Nidra Certification.
  • Record your own Yoga Nidra practice of 20-45 minutes in duration.
  • Submit for review.
  • 6 Hours of participation in Yoga Nidra with a teacher. Yulia’s Blissful Rejuvenation Retreats and her Tuesday night Meditation in Motion class at the Willow House will count, as well as time with other teachers.
  • 4 Hours of participation in recorded Yoga Nidra sessions from online sources, youtube, or your own recording.
  • Submit written feedback for all 10 hours of practice sessions.

This training qualifies you for further training in the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra:

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What Others Say About Their Experience

I am a pretty wound up kind of guy... I was really not prepared at how powerful this guided meditation was going to be.

What really surprised me at the end of the afternoon session was this part when you actually let go into the nothingness. I was really not prepared at how powerful this part was going to be. That really spoke well to your instruction and to the way that you progressed in that instruction in the way that gave that outcome at the end. That was surprising to me because I would say I am a pretty wound up kind of guy and it takes something for me to get relaxed into the world of nothing.

I thought coming to the retreat was very practical and it was worthwhile and I would do it again.

Testimonial by – Duane Schau Retired Director of Information Technology Services Bloomington, IN

Before the retreat, I was feeling overwhelmed with too many responsibilities. After the retreat, I felt the sense of calm that things were not bothering me as much anymore.

The Yoga Nidra that Yulia leads is very special and it is really the heart of the retreat. What makes the Yoga Nidra so special is that it’s like a juicy powered nap plus meditation combined. You feel so nurtured and rested and it’s a very deep space of rest and meditation. You are just lead through the whole thing. And the whole retreat is lead very beautifully. You are just so taken cared of. I felt so nurtured and relaxed through the whole thing. The space in which it happens is amazing for you to go deep and rest and get a safe space to let go and relax.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with life being so busy and to push ourselves a little too far, and say yes I’m going to do one more extra thing, one extra thing. We have the built up adrenal fatigue from pushing ourselves too hard in life. These retreats and Yoga Nidra help us recharge our batteries, restore our energy levels so you can come back to life with your full energy and be at your best.

Testimonial by – Daniel Moss Web Developer Los Angeles, California

This retreat was a catalyst in me getting closer toward my authentic self and what I want in my life.

Before participating in “Restore Your Balance” retreat I felt stressed out because of work. I loved the Yoga Nidra that allowed me the rest that I needed and I was able to feel more relaxed than I had felt in months.

I would say if you are on a fence, just think about when was the last time you did something for yourself and how much have you invested into yourself lately because I can tell you from personal experience it was really great for me.

There is a part of myself that I tend to ignore when I am not listening and with Yulia’s Yoga Nidra I really was able to check in with that and tune into that small voice inside of me that needed to tell me some things that I had been skimming over previously. Well, I’ve made some pretty drastic changes in my life after this retreat and I have to say I believe this retreat was a catalyst in me being able to delve deeper into those changes, getting closer toward my authentic self and what I want in my life and say no to the things that were keeping me from that part of myself that I had missed.”

Testimonial by – Michelle Garrison Marketing Director California

Two Part 40-Hour Basic Yoga Nidra Facilitator Program

The first of two-weekend intensives, the Basic Yoga Nidra Immersion, is open to anyone interested in yoga and deep relaxation. It is al levels course. The second-weekend intensive, the Basic Yoga Nidra Certification, is open to those who completed the Immersive program and builds upon the skills from the first weekend.

Dates & Times

July 24 - August 23, 2020

First Weekend: Immersion Course

  • Friday, July 24
  • Saturday, July 25
  • Sunday, July 26

Second Weekend: Certification Course

  • Friday, August 21
  • Saturday, August 22
  • Sunday, August 23

  • Jul 24, 2020
  • Aug 21, 2020

Location Information

Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center

3655 S Snoddy Rd. Bloomington IN 47401



Basic Yoga Nidra Program


Individual registration for either of the individual weekend intensives or both weekends for the full 40-hour Basic Yoga Nidra Facilitator training. Bring a friend and receive a discount on registration.


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