Yoga Nidra for Healing and Transformation

Learn to write and guide Yoga Nidra.  Deepen and commit to your own practice.

Next Online Program

October 14-November 11, 2024

Live Zoom Calls Choose From

Mondays 9:30-11:00am PDT California Time (That's 5:30-7:00pm in London)  


Mondays 4:00-5:30pm PDT California Time (That's 7:00-8:30pm in New York) 

Recordings are available if you can't make the call time.

20 hours of Yoga Alliance CE

NEW: **20 hrs APD with IAYT**

Yoga Nidra, also know as 'yogic sleep', is a wonderful practice of deep, guided relaxation that will help you build confidence and self-efficacy, increase your resilience in time of stress, recharge your energy levels and create a wellspring of joy and well being.

Deepen Your Practice

The course will review the ancient roots of the Yoga Nidra practice, its theory, and how to adapt the practice for modern day practitioners. Establish consistency in your own practice. Prerecorded practice sessions will include gentle somatic movements and breathing exercises designed to release chronically held tension and a guided yoga nidra. On our live calls there will also be time for lecture, Q and A and group discussion.

Teaching Certification - 20 Hours of CE with Yoga Alliance and 20 hours of APD with the International Association of Yoga Therapists

Learn to write and guide Yoga Nidra practices for yourself and others through a specific 10-step process. Explore innovative approaches on how to increase wellbeing through the body, mind, heart and brain. Understand how to use Sankalpa (Intention) effectively to help bring about purposeful transformations in yourself and students.  

Current Research

Current scientific research is finding that Yoga Nidra is an effective mind-body practice that helps people over-come insomnia, reduce anxiety, heal from PTSD and traumatic events, develop commitment to their life goals, and recharge their energy levels. It has also been shown to reduce mood disorders. Recent studies suggest that when compared to meditation, Yoga Nidra is potentially more effective at reducing both cognitive and physiological symptoms of anxiety.

What's Covered

  • The latest research on the proven health benefits of Yoga Nidra
  • Ten step framework for writing and guiding Yoga Nidra
  • Therapeutic adaptations and personalization of Yoga Nidra scripts
  • Exploration into the energy body including prana vayus, nadis and chakras
  • Skill development for voice tone and rhythm for quality delivery
  • Yoga and its frameworks for mental well-beingand the emotions
  • Online practice library that includes, gentle movements, pranayama, meditations and mudra to use as a resource both your own practice and Yoga Nidra class development
  • Yoga Nidra scripts
  • Practice teach opportunities
  • Business skills get you started offering Yoga Nidra to your community
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"This Yoga Nidra training course allowed me to go deeper into my already existing Nidra practice. On a personal level, I find myself having more clarity and feeling more balanced. I also really enjoyed the amount of details and hands-on practice as well as the clarity of the instructions and class participation. Thanks to the lectures' breakdown and class discussions I was able to understand better some of the more subtle aspects of Yoga Nidra within the larger body of yogic knowledge and traditions."

Ron Fog

"Liz is not only a fantastic teacher but a wonderful human being! Every time I take a class with her, I am touched by her generosity of spirit and her undeniable passion for all things yoga. It's very inspiring! Practicing Yoga Nidra more regularly as part of the Yoga Nidra Teacher Training course has really helped me feel more grounded and present overall. I find myself being less emotionally reactive, less prone to attachment and more conscious and aware in general. It has also helped me to become a more compassionate and conscious communicator in my relationships. I feel like I can create more space for patience and understanding. It's also been a huge confidence booster to think that I now have the skills and knowledge to provide such a profoundly healing practice for others!"

Camila Castro

"Liz has a lovely calm manner of both teaching and practicing. Her approach with a combination of theory and practice was a great way of learning.  I felt great benefit from the Yoga Nidra practices for myself and I feel confident in my own ability now to teach yoga Nidra. The section on brain waves and brain patterns was fascinating. I feel a lot of the power yoga can be explained by neuroscience and it is beneficial as a teacher to have the science to back up what you are teaching.While I was familiar with yoga nidra prior to the training I was unaware of the steps involved. I am delighted to learn that I will be able to tailor my yoga Nidra practices to students' particular requirements."

Vivienne Lillis

"Liz, made this course so compelling even in a virtual format.The nidra recordings she made available to us are wonderful.  I absolutely love the guided imagery/visualization aspects of practice. I think it's uniquely approachable following the systematic body scan and breathwork of earlier stages and makes it much more attainable than simple meditation. I feel the personal benefits of nidra immensely. To me, yoga is a powerful antidote to anxiety and my desire is to share this outwardly via nidra offerings. I am so encouraged by the research on its power. I think nidra can be beneficial for so many different humans in so many situations, and being able to just lean in and know you'll be guided eases the pressure of having to do it "right." Thank you, Liz!!! I am so thankful to have access to all that we've learned so I can revisit and continue working on my own nidra writing and practice skills."

Megan Brown

"I really enjoyed learning about the science and the systematic approach to Yoga Nidra. This is the first time I have encountered the Koshas in any depth and this fundamental understanding deepened my learning of yoga nidra. I really enjoyed that we were encouraged to practice every day. I have never done so much yoga nidra and now I know I am really beginning to understand it's capacity for healing, creativity and peace. This came for me at a time when I was well into my own self healing journey, however, I lost my Grandad just before we began. I have been channelling energy into understanding my identity, my ancestors and then, moving further beyond the self to the collective, I have uncovered the role I can play in social justice. Yoga nidra has helped me find peace within this process. 'Doing the work' is uncomfortable at times, but yoga nidra never is. I have led a couple of yoga nidras with my close family and friends who have so far really enjoyed them. This is a skill I want to maintain and develop. I have no formal meditation teaching but this has really increased my confidence to lead people through relaxation and to understand, via the koshas, how we can do this gently, layer by layer."

Laura Reneau

"I truly enjoyed going in depth about the Yoga Nidra stages. Through the practices I learned to open up to a level of vulnerability that I often fight against. Surrendering into it in practice created a freeing energy/sensation difficult to describe in words. I also really enjoyed the lecture on brain waves, sleep cycles and the impact of Yoga Nidra."

Carol Conway

"I absolutely loved this Yoga Nidra course and all the wisdom and personal / professional experience that Liz was sharing! I really appreciated the wealth of information about Yoga Nidra, Liz' wonderful meditations and somatic exercises, and step-by-step instructions how to create a meditation ourselves. I am impressed by Liz' wisdom and her professionalism, and love her presence and kindness. It is new to me that Yoga Nidra can be used in so many different settings, for various topics, and even customized for individual clients. I  loved the integration of the chakras into Yoga Nidra. I really loved to have the chance of practice with Liz' various examples of Yoga Nidra meditations - this was a wonderful mixture of Learning & Practicing. I am excited that a Yoga Nidra meditation can be curtailed to time restrictions, as well as extended and intensified when needed. I have been practicing much Yoga Nidra before the course, but I am now even more motivated to continue a regular practice."

Sabine Lindemann

"I truly loved everything about this Yoga Nidra course, especially the somatic practices and the variety of guided Yoga Nidra experiences.The way the information unfolded holistically has been so fulfilling! I’ve been so isolated this past year, it was a delight to be able to share with a group, even if it wasn’t in person! When I do practice Yoga Nidra more frequently, I sleep better, have a better outlook, and more energy available…..Yoga Nidra helped me to be more open and accepting which has made navigating this extraordinary time so much easier. I can tap into positivity and feel far less alone in my life.  The lectures were full of well presented information; the slides and handouts built on what was presented, and the resources and reading lists have also been very helpful. I love Liz’s gentle voice and the delightful use of words."

Tricia Shepard

"This class left me with wonder for life. I loved the invitation to do a Yoga Nidra committed practice along with learning the science and history behind it. This made it so great to correlate with what I was experiencing and gave me the opportunity on how to create something by really experiencing it and understanding. The course was so informative and provided me an amazing spiritual journey! I have recently been through a lot and I feel that this opened me up to deep place of peace, I am forever changed."

Marianna Voulgaris

"This Yoga Nidra Teacher Training training was perfect, I think there was the perfect amount of information given in a very clear and precise way, it was all very interesting. I definitely feel confident to lead a Yoga Nidra now and am excited to do one! I think there was the perfect amount of information given in a very clear and precise way, it was all very interesting. Learning how to write a Yoga Nidra script and guide a class through it was one of my favorite aspects, also all the different styles of yoga nidra that were sent out for us to try. Through the practices I experienced a deep relaxation and energy flow in the body that is very similar, if not the same, as acupuncture- a deep sense of calm within the body and mind without feeling exhausted. I also felt energy/prana start to flow through my body about half way through the Yoga Nidra every time. It is a form of meditation that is easier for me to access than seated meditation. I am a very visual person and so for me the visualizations are very fun and creative and I get excited to go on the journey. It was a great way to keep coming back to my sankalpa each day. The mountain journey was my favorite, I also enjoyed placing the "aum" symbol on the body, and I really enjoyed the jeweled beach. I am a jeweler and work with stones daily and so that one really resonated with me. I've wanted to take a training on Yoga Nidra for a long time and this was a very accessible and affordable way to do so without adding in additional traveling costs."

Celia Willson

5.0 Star Ratings and Reviews on Facebook

Current scientific research is showing that Yoga Nidra helps people over-come insomnia, reduce anxiety, heal from PTSD and traumatic events, develop commitment to their life goals, and recharge their energy levels.

Interactive Online Learning & Lifetime Access

Join us for life-changing, exciting, and accessible content with affordable, flexible, and self-paced delivery.

Content will be delivered to you in clear, concise and practical lessons. The course will include video, slides, lectures, prerecorded practices, and homework actionable items for the direct application of the techniques into your classes.

While the course is designed as a five-week course with four hours of content/practice each week, it is also self-paced so you can take as long as you like to view and practice the material. 

You will have a lifetime of access to the material so you can re-learn and deepen your understanding and application of the principles again and again.

Live Zoom Calls & Uplifting Community

Our weekly LIVE calls and interactive online community provides wonderful opportunities to discuss, ask questions, support and be supported in a vibrant community of learners. 

Getting to know like minded yogis just like you keeps you motivated, engaged and connected.

If you are unable to make the live zooms you may watch the recordings.  

20 Hours of Study & Practice

Study with World's Leading C-IAYT Yoga Therapists and Senior Teachers

Soma Yoga Institute has a word class faculty team steeped in the traditions of Yoga.  Their excellence has been cultivated through decades of enduring dedication to their own practice and in-depth study, often in a variety of lineages.  Many of our faculty members are C-IAYT certified Yoga Therapists and recognized as “senior teachers”, having over twenty years of solid teaching experience combined with their long-term adhikara (studentship).  Each faculty holds a role in their home community as an innovator and influencer, inspiring radical change through Yoga and playing a profound role in the holistic wellness movement.  As a collective vision, we offer you an unparalleled opportunity to deepen your own practice, connect into your innermost divine nature, develop your professional credentials and teach from a place of authenticity.

Faculty Members for the Yoga Nidra Yoga Teacher Training Online include:

  • Liz Heffernan, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Learn More About Our Faculty

Frequently Asked Questions

Yoga Alliance teachers are required to complete at least 30 hours of continuing education every three years to remain active. This online program counts as 20 Continuing Education (CE) units with Yoga Alliance. This course also counts towards 20 hours of APD continuing education with the International Association of Yoga Therapists

No, not at all.  Interested students as well as teachers are invited to participate. You will benefit greatly from the practices and learning how to craft  Yoga Nidra for your own personal transformation. If you are currently teaching yoga, you will be able to expand your offering to include Yoga Nidra.

Join the date/call time that works best for you.

Live Zoom Calls

Live Zoom Meetings: Mondays 9:30am-11:00am PDT California Time OR 4:00pm-5:30pm PDT California Time

Dates: October 16-November 16, 2023.

Recordings Available.

If you can't make this time work for your schedule, you will be provided a recording to watch anytime.  

The course is structured so you may move through the material and assignments at your own pace. Expect to spend about 20 hours of your time reviewing the material, interacting on group calls and completing the assignments.

Next Online Program - two options:

Live Zoom Calls

Mondays 9:30am-11:00am or 4:00pm-5:30pm PDT California Time from October 16-November 13, 2023.

To locate the time in your time zone, here is an easy to use tool:

Recordings of live calls will be provided if you are unable to make the time.

Yes, we have a final quiz for students who wish to receive continuing education credits. However it is nothing to worry about and retakes are allowed.

Yes, definitely. Our graduates are offering Yoga Nidra classes to their communities with great success.  

Our program is $497.  We are offering a early bird discount of $100 off if you register by October 3, 2023. Click here for the early bird price.

We are so certain that you will love this training that we are offering you a two-week risk-free guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the material after the first two weeks of the course, we will refund 100% of your money - just email us by 14 days after the start of the program and complete an exit interview so we can learn how to improve our educational programs for the future. After this 14-day window no refunds are granted.

Spaces are limited. To reserve your place, please register HERE. (special pricing good until October 15, 2023).

Once we receive your registration, we will send you a welcome letter with everything you need to prepare. We can’t wait to meet you!

We would love to connect to you.  Please feel free to email us at [email protected], text us at 808-333-9591 to set up a phone appointment, make an appointment by clicking here or join one of our live Q & A calls via zoom.  Just email us for the schedule of the next live zoom chats.


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