Trauma Informed Yoga Nidra Course Outline

This online Trauma Informed Yoga Nidra Teacher Training course fulfills the US Yoga Alliance’s CE non-contact 3-year requirement (20 CE’s). Weekend workshops accrue 14 hours CPD/CE credits.

This 6-month course combines daily Yoga Nidra practice, online study and optional weekend workshops to deepen your experience and understanding of how Yoga Nidra heals trauma, grief and chronic stress. It doesn’t allow us to leapfrog over painful aspects of this journey, but it does hold us safely and tenderly as we confront and then release them.

Studying and practicing YN over many months allows the benefits to become embedded, and understanding of the practice to deepen – this is not something that can be achieved solely from an intensive YN retreat.  Like all forms of meditation, YN must become part of daily life.  It’s not a quick fix (although just one practice will reduce stress levels immediately); the deep and lasting benefits are cumulative and come from commitment to this practice.

3 modules; 100 hours average requirement for completion – 20 hours per module study, research and assignment responses, plus personal Yoga Nidra practice. 

3 assignments per module

Create a 3-month treatment plan for an individual or group

Create and deliver your own YN script

Submit monthly summaries of your YN personal practice

Skype with your tutor for 45 mins

On successful completion of this course you will have the confidence and necessary skills to transform your own life through continued practice of Yoga Nidra, and to guide others to do the same.

The course is suitable for health care and trauma/emergency care professionals, yoga teachers/students, and individuals with at least 6 months committed personal Yoga Nidra practice, wishing to deepen their practice and understanding of Trauma Informed Yoga Nidra, aka Trauma Sensitive/Trauma Aware Yoga Nidra, both for self-development and in preparation for teaching.

Module content outlines:

Module 1  Defining trauma; its causes, degrees and consequences; chronic stress, burn out and vulnerability to trauma; different treatment approaches to PTS, PTSI/PTSD; YN as an adjunct therapy; stress, trauma and the koshas.

Module 2 The stress response; co-morbidities of chronic stress; how un-integrated PTS can become PTSI/PTSD; erosion of resilience; work-related trauma; complex PTSI; PTSI in children: behavioral changes; integrating trauma; proprioception and interoception; Grief and loss; effects of grief on all levels; different cultural approaches to grief; simple grief, complicated grief, traumatic grieftranscending grief and trauma with YN practice.

Module 3 The myth of closure; transcending grief and trauma; towards post-traumatic growth (PTG), key areas of PTG, measuring progress; agency, empowerment; how Yoga Nidra addresses trauma on all levels, creating and delivering trauma informed YN scripts to individuals and small groups, abreactions, confidentiality, developing resilience and motivation; measuring progress; re-wiring the relaxation response, attenuating the stress response; home practice – the key to recovery. 


The assignments are designed to consolidate your knowledge and understanding of trauma in all its forms, the consequences of untreated post traumatic stress, the profound importance of resilience building and deep relaxation to counteract hyper-vigilance and triggering using Yoga Nidra practices, working with an individual or small group over a 3 month period – creating, implementing and assessing a treatment plan.

NB A late completion fee of £75.00 will be implemented if you don’t meet the 6-month deadline, unless unforeseen circumstances make this genuinely impossible.

Course Materials

Embedded within the 3 modules are links to relevant articles, books and audiovisual reference sources from experts in the field of trauma and trauma informed yoga.

In addition to the course text, the required reading list books below are excellent lifelong references, also applicable to life and loss. You will also receive a YN recording and several written scripts to help you take the slog out of writing your own script.

Required trauma and grief references 

The Body Keeps the Score, Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma, B. van der Kolk

The Wild Edge of Sorrow, Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief Francis Weller

Recommended reading

H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald

Ashley Davis Bush – Transcending Loss, a perceptive, honest look at the lifelong impact of grief and positive ways to work through the pain

The Relaxation Response, H. Benson

The iRest Program for Healing PTSD

Yoga Nidra, The Art of Transformational Sleep, K. Desai

Recommended listening

Yoga Nidra Meditation Extreme Relaxation of Conscious Deep Sleep, Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati iRest Dr Richard Miller 34 mins

  • "This magnificent refuge is inside you.  Enter... put away the incense and forget the incantations they taught you. Ask no permission from the authorities. Close your eyes and follow your breath to the still place that leads to the invisible path that leads you home." St Teresa of Avila