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10-Day residential  – including 3 months training package

A professional development course designed for yoga teachers, health and education professionals and or anybody interested in a yogic immersion focused on relaxation techniques. Explore tools to systematically address the tensions in the body, mind and emotions, inducing a deep state of relaxation.

Yoga Nidra, Basic Breathing Methods and Restorative Yoga are key practices to equip aspirants and practitioners with yogic skills and techniques for self-support, as well as for clients and/or students. 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.

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.

Basic Breathing Methods and 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 Basic Breathing Methods and 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

Read more about the benefits of Yoga Nidra in our blog – Five Ways Yoga Nidra Can Transform Your World >

This Professional Development retreat includes a 10-Day onsite module – 3 months training package with MP3 practice sessions and a comprehensive training manual.

Mentoring and Internship Options: Once you have completed the residential training, you can choose to stay at Anahata for a residential internship to practice teach and receive guidance from senior teachers.  Please enquire for more info.

5 day personal retreat – Experience relaxation practices with plenty of time for reflection and optional theory sessions as compared to an intensive training. This personal retreat includes Yoga Nidra, Basic Breathing Methods and Restorative Yoga. Please note, this does not give you a certificate and is not a training package – for personal practice only.

Start Time: 10am Thursday, 22nd Nov – arrival/registration
Finish Time: 11am Sunday, 2nd Dec

Complimentary pick up: 5.45pm Wednesday 21st Nov, Golden Bay Visitor Centre.

Complimentary drop off: 11am Sunday 2nd Dec, back to Golden Bay Visitor Centre.



With: Sw. Karma Karuna, Sn. Atmavidya and Specialist Teachers

Sn Atmavidya Anahata

Sannyasin Atmavidya honours the great wisdom traditions, sharing ancient practices of Yoga and Meditation that continue to help unfold the natural inherent goodness, wisdom, beauty, harmony, kindness and delight in our lives. She facilitates easeful discovery of the different ways that practices can be experienced, to liberate energy for well-being of body, mind and spirit. Atmavidya has depth of experience in the teaching of yoga and meditation in yoga centres, ashrams, retreats, primary, secondary schools, tertiary institutions, businesses, Not For Profit and rehabilitation organisations, mainly in New Zealand. Atmavidya has been a student of yoga and meditation for the last 27 years.

Swami Karma Karuna at Anahata

Swami Karma Karuna is a founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand. She is an engaging, intuitive yoga and meditation teacher, international speaker and writer with more than 25 years of training and experience in a range or areas. She brings real life experience, years of building knowledge, humility, humour and compassion together to inspire students and share the transformative journey of teaching yoga and growth on the spiritual path.

Swami Karma Karuna is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), a IAYT Yoga Therapist, a Senior Teacher of Yoga Australia and New Zealand as well as a Swami of the Bihar Yoga lineage. Her wide range of teaching includes yoga teacher trainings, Continuing Education courses for various organizations, international events and spiritual sadhana retreats around the world.

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Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga Instructor’s Training – 10 day Retreat

Thursday 22 November, 2018 - Sunday 02 December, 2018

The Retreat Programme Includes

A 10 day Professional Development retreat which is followed by course work undertaken at home.

Includes a 10-Day onsite module – 3 month training package

This comprises a minimum of 2 months of personal practice combined with periods of instruction and theoretical study in both face-to-face and online learning environments.

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

10 nights, shared accommodation with meals and all retreat inclusions.

Limited private room options are available, to find out more, please email us directly

Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga Instructor's Training - 10 day Retreat

Thursday 22 November, 2018 - Sunday 02 December, 2018

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