TYNTFT ONLINE : FIVE PHASE STRUCTURE OF LEARNING:
EMBODYING NIDRA SHAKTI (the power of rest) in the Total Yoga Nidra teacher and Facilitator Online Training Community
At the Yoga Nidra Network we have been running trainings for Total Yoga Nidra facilitators and teachers since 2010. This Online Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training (OTYNTFT) is uniquely designed to empower you to practice and share responsive, co-creative and trauma-informed Total Yoga Nidra to groups and individuals, live and online. Within a unique context of clearly defined ethical precepts, this course provides a well-held, structured and supportive training programme of webinars, tutorials, small group and dyad work for practical training, creative empowerments and sharing. There are dozens of unique live and recorded Total Yoga Nidra practices, home assignments to deepen your understanding of Total Yoga Nidra, and a series of open circles for discussion with other trainees, graduates, tutors and experienced teachers of Yoga Nidra. All of this is held within a nourishing and nurturing community of fellow practitioners and facilitators.
Please know that this is not simply a course to download content fast and leave you alone to make sense of it – this is a carefully constructed, nourishing learning environment and community of on-going practice and professional support. Our express intention is to nurture your skills and confidence to deliver your own uniquely responsive Total Yoga Nidra practices within the safe and effective structure that we have tried and tested over our decades of teaching and training in Yoga Nidra.
We know from our long experience that it is not possible to develop the skills, confidence and understanding needed to share responsive Yoga Nidra practices safely and confidently without a great deal of practice, and support. This is why we have created our course within the context of a community of tutors, teachers and practitioners, with the intention of providing you with the optimal learning environment to grow your own unique capacity to share the power of Total Yoga Nidra with confidence, in your own voice, in your own words! We are proud of our graduates and teachers, we celebrate the great work that they do in sharing Total Yoga Nidra, and we invite you to join us in the learning and growing community of the Yoga Nidra Network, established in 2010.
STRUCTURE The course divides into FIVE PHASES
We embody the practice of Total Yoga Nidra through the process of the course. Here is a short list of the five phases –
1 PHASE ONE: Preparing
Giving you confidence in the foundational understandings upon which the course is built.
1. Pre-course Application Process
2. Completing Total Yoga Nidra Immersion experience
3. Familiarity with Ethical precepts of the Total Yoga Nidra Network (see more links beneath)
2 PHASE TWO: Welcoming
Welcoming you into the course, the field of yoga nidra, and ethical intentions of the YNN.
1. Crucial Assignments: Orientation and Support Circles
2. Entry and departure from the state of yoga nidra: deepening understanding – shared in the Open Circles
3. Companionable unpacking of the Ethical Precepts of the Total Yoga Nidra Network in Open Circles
3 PHASE THREE: Gathering
Engages you in a series of scheduled live meetings and exercises covering all components of yoga nidra theory, history and structures your practice and sharing of each component
1. Course gatherings including lectures, webinars and practices
3. Homework and practice diaries
4 PHASE FOUR: Grounding
Grounds your learning in a practical development of visioning, writing and delivering your own unique fifteen-minute Total Yoga Nidra practice, to tutors and course members
1. Tutorials to envision and create your own Total Yoga Nidra practice to share
2. Empowerment through sharing your Total Yoga Nidra practice.
3. Empowerment through response to other participants’ Total Yoga Nidras
5 PHASE FIVE: after the gatherings
Supports you as you bring Total Yoga Nidra to your community, to your circles (live and/or online), welcomes you into our community of graduates: finishing your student experience and awakening into your time as teacher/facilitator
2. Completion of case studies
3. Returning as a teacher to the Open Circles to continue to explore the Ethical Precepts and other issues arising
PHASE ONE: Preparing
Crucial Assignments for Pre-Course Preparation
This is an intensive teacher and facilitator training. It is crucial for everyone to feel confident with the material that we ask you to study BEFORE you arrive on the course. To help you build this confidence we have created a two-phase process which we feel will support your learning.
There is recommended pre-course reading and listening available for purchase by clicking on the links below.
Total Yoga Nidra Immersion please complete this immersion before the TYNT begins
Familiarity with our ethics - please be sure to view our video statement on ethics and yoga nidra.
Please read our operating ethics statement here.
Please download and read the short version of the statement on ethics that you will find at the bottom of the operating ethics statement.
As soon as you are able, after booking your place on the course please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information. Please present this information in a SINGLE DOCUMENT with your FULL NAME and the start date of your TYNTFT in the title of the document and the subject line of the email (like this eg. August 2020 TYNTFT Janet Jones):
• a brief account of your yoga training and/or experience, with particular reference to any prior yoga nidra experience;
• a brief account of why you want to do the course, what you hope to get out of it, and what you hope to contribute;
• a brief account of the yoga nidra which you have attended / observed, and any thoughts on its usefulness.
PHASE TWO: Welcoming
Attendance at Open Circle before the course starts – please attend this evening meeting before the TYNTFT course begins.
Please be sure to have studied our Ethics materials (listed above in PHASE ONE ) before attending the open circle)
You are required to read the following articles and three set texts (preferably before the start of the training)
You are required to listen to the Richard Miller Yoga Nidra CD that is included in the Richard Miller required text book.
Once booked on to the training you will be given access to the following pre-course required listening material via our website:
- Simply Calm Yoga Nidra – Nirlipta Tuli
- Space for Creativity Yoga Nidra – Uma Dinsmore- Tuli
- Yoga Nidra – Sw. Satyananda script recorded by Nirlipta Tuli
- Yoga Nidra – Sw. Muktidharma script recorded by Nirlipta Tuli
- Yoga Nidra – Rod Stryker
Having listened to the above 6 Yoga Nidras at least once before the start of the course, please write very brief notes on each of the tracks using the “Brief Nidra Review” document (access given on booking). After the first part of the course you will be asked to review these yoga nidra recordings and write more detailed review notes on each using the form “Detailed Nidra Review” document (also given on booking).
Please know that the notes you take on your pre-course listening are not to be handed to the course tutors. The notes you make are intended to facilitate your understanding of what you have heard to help support small group discussions on the course. These notes are to be retained by you to support your capacity to analyse and discuss different approaches to yoga nidra with your co-students on the course. This is an important aspect of the course, so please bring your notes with you.
PHASE THREE: Gathering
Gatherings! These are the online meetings – details are sent to you one week before the start of the course.
PHASE FOUR: Grounding
Coursework (to be completed between the first and second online gatherings of the training)
Yoga Nidra script development project
Prior to the second part of the course (second gathering if doing the course in two parts, or the dedicated day before the second half if doing the course as an intensive), write a draft script for a fifteen minute yoga nidra which you are intending to use for yourself, or with your students or clients. A tutorial meeting with one of the course tutors will be arranged for you to discuss this script. Feedback and suggestions on the draft to be provided by course tutors. Refine the script, incorporating feedback. Please note: Full details of this requirement are provided in the first gathering. There is no need to make any preparation for this before you attend the course.
To be completed by an agreed date after the second gathering
A case study, conducted over four sessions of yoga nidra, based on the reactions of either an individual client (or self, if taking the non-teacher route) or a class receiving the yoga nidra. Case study can utilize the scripts developed during the course, or be based on other scripts developed by the student. Please note: Full details of this requirement are provided in the first gathering. There is no need to make any preparation for this before you attend the course.
PHASE FIVE: After the gatherings
On-going support through tutorials and open circles – our commitment to your support and growth as a teacher continues for one year and one day from the date of the first gathering.