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Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga Teacher’s Training

Wednesday 31 March, 2021 - Sunday 11 April, 2021

Retreat Overview

31st March-11th April, 2021 in-person 11 day residential at Anahata Yoga Retreat, Golden Bay, New Zealand. Followed by a 3 month online training package. A total of 125 hours all-inclusive of training sessions, a comprehensive manual, online content, food and accommodation. 

A professional development course for yoga teachers, health and education professionals and those interested in guiding relaxation techniques. Explore tools to systematically address the tensions in the body, mind and emotions, inducing a deep state of relaxation.

Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga and breathing techniques will be explored from practical, scientific, psychological and lifestyle perspectives. Learn teaching tools to effectively share a range of relaxation practices for differing client needs, including therapeutic applications. The methods taught in the training will assist in the release of deep muscular, mental and emotional tension, inducing calmness and clarity for a range of life and health situations.

Delve into each stage of Yoga Nidra including history, symbology and use of sankalpa. Investigate the relaxation response, the Vagus Nerve, building resilience, the breath and health, pratyahara and relevant yogic theory, mindfulness, props, principles of care, creative teaching, course and class planning, client support and so much more!

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a profound, yet simple, practice that leads to a state of being in which the mind lets go of the external world and turns inwards giving the senses a deep rest from the activities of contemporary society. The mind is gradually trained to connect into tranquility effortlessly. Yoga Nidra systematically releases tension experienced in the muscles, the breath, and the nervous system. Ultimately the practice works directly on the mind to release impressions from the past and anxieties about the future.

Restorative Yoga

When we have the ability to alter the breath at will, we gain the ability to nourish and optimise the body and manage the mind and emotions. The benefits of Restorative Yoga include the dismantling of chronic tension patterns, enhanced immune function, effective cellular respiration, reduced hypertension in the cardiovascular system, reduced mental and emotional tension, a body-mind returned to a natural state of ease and equilibrium.

Applications in professional life

Psychiatrists, psychotherapists, medical and health professionals and yoga teachers in a variety of settings including schools, offices, community centres, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, prisons and nursing homes are using these tools. They may be effective in the management of:

  • Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia & Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Addictions
  • High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Neurological conditions and motor impairments
  • Chronic fatigue and adrenal issues
  • Digestive Issues
  • Asthma and Diabetes

The Retreat Programme Includes

11 days, shared accommodation (unless camping), all meals and the full retreat programme, followed by 3 months training package with course work including MP3 practice sessions undertaken at home.

Once the foundations of personal practice are set, teaching methodology, skills and teaching practice are introduced, working towards a final teaching assessment.

  • Restorative Hatha Yoga, breathing practices, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Mantra Meditation for your own health
  • Understanding the techniques of Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga from a practical and theoretical point of view
  • Option for deep theory sessions including the science behind the techniques
  • Immersion into the yoga lifestyle, with plenty of time for reflection
  • SWAN practice
  • Other optional theory sessions
  • Daily Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Basic Breathing Techniques including breath and the link with relaxation theory
  • Karma Yoga (action with meditative awareness)
  • Fire Ceremony (Havan) and Chanting (healing sound vibration)


Additional Information

Start Time: Wednesday 31 March 11am arrival at Anahata for those self-driving, or 11am pick up at Takaka visitor centre.
Finish Time: Sunday 11 April 3pm finish.

Complimentary pick up: Wednesday 31 March at 11am, Takaka Visitor Centre, where the Golden Bay Coachlines bus will drop you off if travelling to Takaka from Nelson. 
Complimentary drop off:
Monday 12 April at 12:45pm, back to Takaka Visitor Centre, where the Golden Bay Coachlines bus will pick you up from if travelling from Takaka to Nelson.

  • Special Dietary Requirements: All meals provided are vegetarian. Vegan, Dairy-Free & Gluten Free can be provided upon request.
  • Camping: Tent hire is available for an additional cost of NZD $30.  If interested in hiring a tent, please enquire with us at the time of booking as we have a limited amount available.

For more information, to request any extras and to BOOK NOW please email us.




Swami Karma Karuna, lead trainer, is a senior teacher of Yoga NZ, Yoga Australia, IAYT Yoga Therapist, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and YACEP registered. She offers years of expertise delivered in a multi-faceted way using lectures, PowerPoints, practical experience, group exercises, personal reflection, teaching practice, readings, latest research, case studies and guided practices to take away.

Atmabhava Bio KPP2018 (1)

Sannyasin Atmabhava came to yoga for the health benefits and the practical and scientific methods immediately made a strong impression on him. He spent 10 years living the yogic lifestyle and teaching yoga, meditation and chanting at Anahata Yoga Retreat. Now back in NZ, Chris works therapeutically in Rimutaka prison and mental health sectors and continues to share on a variety different topics in workshops and weekend retreats around New Zealand.

Sannyasi Priyadhara

Sannyasi Priyadhara first came to yoga in her youth and was eventually drawn to the teachings of the Satyananda-Bihar tradition at Anahata Yoga Retreat. A yearning to deepen her experience and understanding of yoga led her to live and receive training under the guidance of Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati at the Bihar School of Yoga in India for a period of her life. The opportunity to imbibe yoga not only as an integral science but as a way of life & culture was a life-changing experience which today inspires Priyadhara to work with people of all ages and walks of life who seek to connect with positivity, find balance in life and express true potential from within.


Informative Resources

For an overview of Yoga Nidra, check out our Introduction to Yoga Nidra Infograph Blog. Read more about the benefits of Yoga Nidra in our blog – Five Ways Yoga Nidra Can Transform Your World  or our Restorative Yoga Blog 10 ways Restorative Yoga can heal you.

Read about Resident Devpriya’s life changing experience on the November Teacher Training in her article – From Panic to Peace – How Yoga Nidra Changed my Life. 

Learn about The Power of Yoga Nidra in Crisis and how it can help you face the unexpected challenges of life before, during and after.

Listen to Anahata teacher Swami Karma Karuna’s interview with Gina Sager on the usefulness of Yoga Nidra when in a state of modern dis-ease.

Or read more about why these practices are so vital in our Blog about The Importance of Restorative Yoga


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