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Yoga Nidra & Restorative Practices Teacher Training 2024

Monday 15 January, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - Wednesday 31 January, 2024 @ 8:00 am

Join us at Anahata Yoga Retreat for an in-person 16 day residential Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga teacher training. A total of 150 hours covering theory, applications & learning to instruct Yoga Nidra, Basic Breathing Methods & Restorative Yoga. All-inclusive of training sessions, a comprehensive manual, online content, food & accommodation

A professional development course for yoga teachers, health and education professionals and those interested in guiding relaxation techniques. Explore tools to 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, 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. Delve into each stage of Yoga Nidra including history, symbology and use of sankalpa or positive intention. Investigate the relaxation response, the Vagus Nerve, building resilience, sleep hygiene , diaphragmatic breath, pratyahara and relevant yogic theory, mindfulness, props, principles of care, creative teaching, course and class planning, client support and so much more!



16 days onsite, shared accommodation (unless camping), all meals and the full programme, followed by a 3-month training package with course work including MP3 practice undertaken at home.

  • Daily Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga and Breathing practices
  • Understanding the techniques of Yoga Nidra, Diaphragmatic Breathing & Restorative Yoga from a practical and theoretical point of view, the science behind the techniques; relaxation response, the nervous system, the Vagus nerve, brain plasticity, the breathing organs and more
  • Exploration of building resilience, better sleep patterns, the adrenal glands and more
  • Immersion into the yoga lifestyle
  • Self-reflection tools
  • Teaching Theory, including class and course planning, teaching to different needs, contra-indications, client support, teaching practical’s, use of voice and much more.
    SWAN practice
  • Fire Ceremony (Havan) and Chanting (healing sound vibration)
  • The opportunity to develop your inner awareness, train the mind and bring balance to the nervous system
  • Mentored teaching practice
  • Audio files, PowerPoints, resources, videos and other inspiring content for your personal practice
  • Student manual
  • A certificate of completion at the end of the training from Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • 150 accredited hours with Yoga New Zealand
  • 150 continuing education credits can be sought from Yoga Alliance, Yoga Australia, and Satyananda Yoga Teachers Association

BOOK ONLINE NOW or contact with any queries.



Yoga Nidra is a profound, yet simple, practice that encourages the mind to let go of the external world and turn inwards, giving the senses a deep rest from the activities of contemporary society. The mind is gradually trained to connect into tranquility effortlessly. Ultimately the practice works on the mind to release impressions from the past and anxieties about the future. It helps us to retrain the nervous system and create new neural pathways that support the relaxation response. Yoga Nidra is a powerful tool to enable the parasympathetic nervous system and enhance deep sleep, thus supporting health and well-being at many levels.=


When we have the ability to alter the breath at will, we are nourishing and optimising many bodily functions while managing the mind and emotions. Different basic breathing methods will be explored with the aim of developing the diaphragmatic breath, which is one of the fastest ways to influence the vagus nerve, responsible for turning on the relaxation response in order to help the body restore itself after states of stress. It is also an important factor in healthy digestion, influencing gut health, the microbiome connected to the immune system and important neurotransmitters such as serotonin.


Restorative Yoga will be explored using the Pawanmuktasana Joint series, which brings both the body and mind into a harmonious state, supporting the flow of prana in the system and restoration. Other postures specific to supporting the relaxation response will also be examined in relation to adrenal glands, breath connection and mindfulness. We will also delve into a more classical understanding of Restorative Yoga, regarding props and extended time periods in supported postures. Restorative Yoga has been shown to support the dismantling of chronic tension patterns, enhanced immune function and effective cellular respiration. It has also proven to reduce hypertension and mental and emotional stress to facilitate more homeostasis in the body-mind structure, returning it to a natural state of ease and equilibrium.


Yoga Practitioners who want to delve deeper in their personal practice and learn how to manage stress effectively.
Yoga Teachers who want to develop new skills and deepen their understanding of yogic concepts and lifestyle.
Health Professionals who are looking for effective tools to support clients.
Medical and health professionals, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and yoga teachers are using these practices in a variety of settings including schools, offices, community centres, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, prisons and nursing homes. They may be effective in the management of:

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


This training is Module 1 of our 300-hour Relaxation and Meditation Teacher Training (Intermediate to Advanced)

Module 1: Yoga Nidra & Restorative Practices (150 hours)
Module 2: Meditation and Pranayama (150 hours) Students can take one or both of the modules, and are not required to have taken Module 1 to take Module 2.

Book both modules of our 300-hour Relaxation and Meditation Teacher Training (Intermediate to Advanced) at the same time, and receive a 10% discount.

Taking both modules in order is the best way to get the most out of the training, as Module 1 covers educational prerequisites that will be further expanded upon in Module 2. Book both modules at the same time, and receive a 10% discount. Yoga New Zealand Accreditation Information Both modules are fully accredited with Yoga New Zealand. Please note that they are NOT general 200 hour Teacher Training courses, but rather continuing education courses. For students who already have their 200 RYT, taking one module will raise the student to the 350-hour education level and taking both modules will raise the student to the 500-hour level. If you have any questions about accreditation, please contact


Standard Price: NZD $3327.00
Camping Price: NZD $3167.00
Early-Bird Price (if full payment made by 15 December 2023): NZD $2994.30

Yoga Nidra Foundations Discount: 15% off* * if you have completed our Yoga Nidra Foundations online course, then you are eligible to receive a 15% discount, which can be used in conjunction with the Early-Bird price.

Scholarship: 50% off. Please contact us if you wish to apply.

We also have Summer Internship Packages available. Please contact us for more information.



Complementary pick up from Takaka Information Centre on 15 Jan 2024 at 3pm
Complementary drop off to Takaka Information Centre on 31 Jan 2024 at 8am

Swami Karma Karuna Anahata Yoga Retreat


Swami Karma Karuna, founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, NZ, is an engaging, intuitive yoga teacher with more than 25 years of training and experience. She specialises in therapeutic applications of yoga, yoga nidra relaxation and pranic practices and shares in a simple and practical way, inspiring people to access and apply yogic practices in their own lives.



Siddheshwari has been teaching yoga internationally for 10 years and is a qualified teacher in the Satyananda tradition. She is dedicated to guiding others in the powerful practices of traditional yoga and is a Course Facilitator on the Yoga Nidra & Restorative Teacher Training at Anahata. Her passions are ritual, storytelling, and manta.

Our Yoga Nidra & Restorative Practices Teacher Training holds 150 accredited hours with Yoga NZ.

YogaNZ was founded in 2015, by a collection of Yoga teachers who saw the need to bring standards and support to the growing community of Yoga teachers in Aotearoa. With technical advice from founding members of Yoga Australia, in collaboration with senior New Zealand-based Yoga teachers, YogaNZ was born. YogaNZ is a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to nurturing and elevating the teaching of Yoga throughout the country. Ensuring the quality and integrity of their Registered Teacher Training Schools, such as this one, is key to upholding internationally robust standards. 
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