Students at WA Corrections Center for Women, 2019

 

Virtual Trauma-Informed Yoga Nidra Training

 

Join lead YBB trainers Sam Brown (she/her) and Damithia Nieves (she/her)
for this two-day training to expand your trauma-informed teaching skills, deepen your own practice, and learn more about the incredible
connection between Yoga Nidra and trauma healing.

Friday, September 25 – Saturday, September 26
9am – 5pm (12-2pm break each day)
On Zoom – you will get login details when you register.

Register here!

 

Yoga nidra means “yogic sleep.” It is a somatic experience in which individuals are guided inward through a practice of relaxation, breath, imagery, and inquiry that can feel similar to dreaming. This dream-like state offers an opportunity for embodiment, awareness, self-solving, and nervous system ease. Yoga nidra may appear simple and straightforward. However, there is a lot going on beneath the surface. Yoga nidra is subtle and invites students to be vulnerable. Teaching yoga nidra requires considerable time, attention, and care. It is important that instructors be trauma informed, privilege aware, and mindful of word choices so as to lead in a way that is gentle, inclusive, and respectful of diverse experiences and realities.

Three key features of trauma-informed yoga nidra, compared to other kinds of yoga nidra, are:

  1. The approach is free of scripts and expectations of how participants should feel. Imagery and word choices are earth-based and flexible. Mention of body parts is approached differently, as a general body scan rather than bringing attention to specific body parts.
  2. Inner and outer worlds are not compartmentalized, in that there is no inner world to be escaped into and a “real world” to escape from. There is no spiritual bypassing. Rather, participants are invited to embody life as they are experiencing it, notice how they may shift into a more relaxed state, and benefit from yoga nidra in any way meaningful to them.
  3. Teachers are invited into an exploration of their own ancestral knowledge so as not to appropriate imagery or language from ancestral practices that are not their own.

Trauma-Informed Yoga Nidra Training is grounded in all that is taught during Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training. It is an extension of trauma-informed yoga teaching part 3 (breath, meditation, imagery, and themes). It adds on the koshas, inclusive vs. appropriated language, ancestral imagery, and instruction on how specifically to teach and structure a yoga nidra class.

Prerequisites + Cost

All who have completed Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training are invited to participate. No previous experience teaching meditative or somatic practices is needed.  In an effort to increase access, we provide a sliding scale:

  • $335 Access Rate
  • $435 Standard Rate
  • $535 Sustaining Rate

We offer scholarships for people of color and formerly incarcerated folks; email maggie@yogabehindbars.org for more questions about scholarships, payment plan options, or financial assistance.

 

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