50-hour CPD course for yoga teachers, therapists and practitioners
Accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals UK
19th – 20th September 2020
24th – 25th October 2020
21st – 22nd November 2020
12th – 13th December 2020
– 1.5 days per weekend –
Online via Zoom
Introduction to Teaching Yoga Nidra with Laurent Roure
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation in which the distractions of the brain are contained, and the mind is allowed to be free. During this practice, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. Yoga Nidra has had a profound transformative effect on those who initiate its powers.
The duration of each yoga Nidra varies between fifteen and one hours, depending on the general level of the students in the class. Yoga Nidra is accessible for everyone, even those who have never practiced yoga before.
Yoga Nidra has a wide range of therapeutic benefits; for instance, it can be a useful tool in managing the symptoms of stress, anxiety and insomnia. Furthermore, its soothing and relaxing character makes it a valuable addition to the healing journey associated with serious illnesses. Furthermore, yoga Nidra offers an opportunity to access a sense of inner peace and satisfaction which is invaluable to say the least.
Laurent Roure has been offering yoga Nidra as a part of his classes, retreats, courses and workshops for over a decade now. He was trained classically by the Bihar School of Yoga and incorporates these teachings into his approach which has been specially formulated for the contemporary citizen. Laurent’s approach is practical, meditative, therapeutic and accessible to everyone who needs to inject physical, emotional and spiritual support in their life.
The Benefits of Yoga Nidra
- Induces relaxation and facilitates bodily and mental restoration.
- Minimises, manages and counteracts the effects of stress, anxiety and depression.
- Creates healthy relationships with our thoughts.
- Manages sleep disorders and insomnia.
- Enhances memory and learning capacity.
- Supports meditation techniques.
- Clears up the unconscious and awakens creativity.
- Allows us to get in touch with our inner self.
Who is this training for?
Laurent is pleased to offer a well-structured, concise, practical training for anyone who wants to offer yoga Nidra teacher training as part of their bodywork classes, to private clients or within health-care.
The training starts with the traditional aspects of yoga Nidra within the yogic tradition but will also offer non-dogmatic and creative training using additional alternatives techniques from different non-yogic systems alongside Laurent’s own guided relaxations, breathwork, pranayama and meditation techniques. With these different tools in hand, participants on the course will be equipped to offer practices with varying themes that can be used in a range of settings with students of different needs.
The training is thus open to yoga teachers, movement teachers, complementary therapists, psychotherapists and counsellors, nurses and anyone else who would like to incorporate yoga Nidra into their therapeutic and health care settings. This course is also available to anyone who would like to acquire the knowledge and the wisdom of yoga Nidra and use it for their own discovery and self-practice.
Besides health and wellbeing on a physical level, the training is also intended to raise awareness of the importance of yoga Nidra and meditation for mental and spiritual health. We need more yoga Nidra teachers and practitioners in the world, to help restore harmony and balance, which is so often lacking in modern life.
What are the aims and objectives of the training?
The training and assignments specifically explore how to teach yoga Nidra, this is a practical course, and the content is designed in a way that anyone can access.
- Understanding the classical eight stages of yoga Nidra, their effects and influences on the body and the mind.
- Learning some alternatives techniques to yoga Nidra.
- Providing the key elements and skills required to incorporate yoga Nidra and alternative techniques intuitively, effectively and safely into a class or a session.
- Offering yoga Nidra responsibly and with confidence.
- Learning how to create sequences with yoga Nidra as the main theme or as a complement to other yoga techniques, movements, breathwork or meditations.
- Learning how to adapt yoga Nidra and alternative techniques to specific needs and different populations of students.
- Learning how to use yoga Nidra and alternative techniques in therapeutic settings.
- Allowing teachers to fully explore and experience the character of Yoga Nidra for themselves and to grow their own practice.
- Understanding Yoga Nidra within the yogic tradition: origins, history and philosophy.
- Understanding the different elements used in yoga Nidra: prana, Vayus, koshas and chakras.
- The meaning of Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana and their applications. Understanding the contemporary application of yoga Nidra.
- Understanding brainwaves, the different states of consciousness, the anatomy of the brain and sleep science.
- Key bodywork and preparations before the practice of yoga Nidra and deep relaxation techniques.
- Exploring Mindful yoga and restorative yoga (use of props).
- Key breathwork and pranayama techniques for yoga Nidra and relaxation techniques.
- Introduction to teaching mindfulness and concentration practices.
- The art of letting go and the nature of relaxing: guided meditations and other techniques.
- Why integrating yoga Nidra in your classes and during therapeutic settings.
- Structuring the different stages of Yoga Nidra.
- How to develop and deliver safe, clear and appropriate scripts.
- How to create your Sankalpa: a sacred intention.
- How to teach yoga Nidra to students with different ability levels.
- Creating themes for special events, workshops and masterclasses.
- How to offer yoga Nidra and alternative techniques for more specific therapeutic aims and needs.
- Integrating yoga Nidra and alternative techniques into your daily life.
What are the requirements and assignments?
This course is a 50-hour CPD training accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals UK (for yoga teachers only). To receive this accreditation, you will be expected to:
- Attend and commit to the four weekends and show a good understanding and comprehension of the practice and the teaching of yoga Nidra and the alternative techniques – 39 contact hours.
- Complete assignments and home studies including writing, reading and recordings – 6 hours.
- Home practice. Yoga Nidra or relaxation techniques a few times per week during the duration of the training – 5 hours minimum.
- All these hours apply whether you are looking to receive the Yoga Alliance Professional UK accreditation or not. The course is designed and written for both yoga teachers and any other trainees.
Please note: the assignments and home studies are designed to support the theory and the content of the training. You won’t be marked or judge on the results. Discussions and exchanges will rise from the results. They will help you understand the work and improve the way you teach and practice.
What will you receive?
- Thirty-nine contact hours with Laurent Roure.
- Practical experience of bodywork, breathwork, meditation and yoga Nidra.
- Lectures and discussions.
- Course material: PDF – power points handouts.
- Recordings and scripts of yoga Nidra and alternative techniques.
- Feedback and corrections on assignments.
- One free contact session for support and mentoring if requested post-training.
- Yoga teachers will receive a Yoga Alliance Professionals UK 50-hour yoga Nidra accreditation – you will be qualified to teach yoga Nidra.
- Other trainees will receive a Yogalaurent 50-hour yoga Nidra certificate of completion – you will be qualified to teach yoga Nidra.
Study hours & timescale
The training will be conducted over four weekends, from September to December 2020.
- 19th – 20th September 2020
- 24th – 25th October 2020
- 21st – 22nd November 2020
- 12th – 13th December 2020
One and a half days per month (Saturday and Sunday) for 39 contact hours.
Saturday 13:00 to 18:00 with 30 mins. break
Sunday 09:30 to 15:30 with one hour lunch break.
Between weekends, spread over two months: assignments, home studies, self-practice – 10 to 15 hours.
Online via Zoom
Laurent Roure’s meticulous and mindful approach to teaching yoga combines elements of the classical and contemporary. Through Hatha yoga, Pranayama and breathwork, and Meditation, Laurent offers a therapeutic practice suitable for all levels and abilities.