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Yoga Nidra Training and Certification LEVEL 1

with Julie Lusk, E-RYT 500, M.Ed.
Price: $795.00

Thursdays and Saturdays: Feb. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26

For everyone, especially Yoga teachers and health professionals

Yoga Nidra Training Level 1 will give you the tools and resources needed to lead others effectively in Yoga Nidra. Gain the know-how and confidence needed to offer Yoga Nidra for groups and individuals. You will be able to help your clients and students relax, increase body-mind awareness, make positive behavior changes, heal emotional and physical upsets, and enhance self-understanding.

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a comprehensive practice for going far beyond deep relaxation to a place of natural peace and quiet that is tremendously healing for the body, mind, and spirit.

Yoga Nidra is based on Yoga teachings and backed by contemporary science. Studies have shown that Yoga Nidra can boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, decrease pain, and improve other health conditions. Regular practice can improve memory, concentration, and relieve anxiety and depression. Using a sankalpa (self-selected resolve) during the fertile brain wave states experienced during Yoga Nidra makes it possible to clear out useless habits and bring about positive and durable changes to one’s personality and life. Yoga Nidra is fundamental to a complete Hatha Yoga session and can also be done as a separate practice on its own.

Live sessions with Julie on Thursdays at 7–9 pm (except on Feb. 3, first session starts at 6:30 pm) and Saturdays at 9:30–11:30 am, 1–3 pm, and 4–6 pm ET.

You will have access to the Ashram’s Online Hatha Yoga classes at 5 pm ET and access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.

If circumstances prevent you from taking the full training, you have the option to take Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief – Online, Thursdays, February 3–24, 2022. The workshop is part of the Level 1 training.

Training Information

Level 1 Objectives

  • Learn the essential principles, practices, and benefits of Yoga Nidra
  • Understand Yoga Nidra's heritage and its ties to Yoga and contemporary science
  • Understand the benefits, risks, and ethics of leading Yoga Nidra
  • Develop the five sequential levels of relaxation: learn their distinguishing characteristics, their benefits, and how to experience each one
  • Learn how to help others experience progressive levels of awareness that correspond to the koshas (layers of one’s self) that conceal one’s true Self
  • Learn to lead relaxation techniques, specialized breathing methods, guided imagery, mindfulness, and other mind-body techniques used in Yoga Nidra
  • Discover how to help clients develop positive, personal characteristics and bring a meaningful purpose to one’s life by setting and using a sankalpa during certain stages of Yoga Nidra
  • Know how to select music and to create the right atmosphere
  • Be equipped at handling distractions
  • Develop voice quality, wording, sequencing, timing, and pacing
  • Experience Yoga Nidra firsthand and receive its benefits personally
  • Practice leading others to gain the skills needed for your classes, clients, and students
  • Get your questions answered


Required: Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief by Julie Lusk. New Harbinger Publications, 2015.
If you don’t have this book already, you may purchase it by clicking here.

Additional training materials will be provided.

Recommended: Yoga Nidra Meditations: 24 Scripts for True Relaxation by Julie Lusk, and Yoga Meditations: Timeless Mind-Body Practices by Julie Lusk


Attendance with camera on at all live sessions is required for certification. Students will be asked to keep their cameras on during the live online sessions.


The live sessions will be recorded and the recordings are usually posted within one day for program participants to review. Recordings will be available for 8 weeks after the program ends, until April 23. 


This training requires participants to complete about two hours of homework per week, approximately 10 hours total.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities


I am a registered nurse and I came to Yoga Nidra teacher training to learn how I can help people with stress reduction. I learned a lot more in the process: I found a wealth of support and information that went beyond my initial goal and gave me clarity and direction in my personal life. — Neli Ramirez

This was more than just a class. It was a life-changing experience that will stay with me in my teaching and personal practice. — Nancy McMahon

Julie Lusk is an amazing presenter, very clever, always to-the-point. She provided a lot of interesting information and gave us a lot of time to practice. — Ilona Pisarelu


    1. Student Walkthrough – How to Navigate this Course

    2. Welcome to Yoga Nidra Training and Certification LEVEL 1

    3. Pre-workshop Preparation and Julie Lusk's Contact information

    4. Resources, Materials, and Assistance

    5. Yoga Nidra Training and Certification Community Page

    6. LIVE – Sunday Q&A with Special Guest Speaker – 2–3 pm ET

    1. Tips for successful online learning

    2. Intro to Online Yoga Nidra Training

    3. Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation & Stress Relief by Julie Lusk

    4. Savasana Handout

    5. Access Your Stress Worksheet

    6. Yoga Nidra and Brain Wave Fluctuations

    7. Yoga Nidra Essential Script

    8. Feedback Sheet for Yoga Nidra

    9. Yoga Nidra Essential Notes

    10. Yoga Nidra FAQ

    11. Yoga Mudra Handout

    12. Wholesome Resources - additional resource links

    1. LIVE – Monday, Feb. 7, 14, and 21 (OPTIONAL) - 7–9 pm ET

    1. Evening Sadhana

    2. RECORDING | Introduction for Training and Certification

    3. RECORDING | General Introduction

    4. RECORDING | Yoga Nidra Practice

    5. RECORDING | Closing Q&A/Sharing

    1. Morning Sadhana

    2. Joint Free Yoga

    3. Chair Yoga

    4. Gentle Yoga

    5. RECORDING | Session 2 with Julie (9:30-11:30 am ET)

    6. Lunch Talk

    7. RECORDING – Session 3 with Julie – 1–3 pm ET

    8. RECORDING– Session 4 with Julie– 4–6 pm ET

    9. RECORDING | Saturday Evening Satsang - Swami Karunananda "6 Factors for a Successful Meditation Practice"

    1. Evening Sadhana

    2. LIVE – Session 5 with Julie – 7–9 pm ET

    3. RECORDING | Intro & Lecture

    4. RECORDING | Yoga Nidra Practice

    5. RECORDING | Conclusion, Q&A and Sharing

About this course

  • Free
  • 71 lessons
  • 31.5 hours of video content


E-RYT 500, M.Ed. Julie Lusk

Julie has over 35 years of expertise in stress relief, Yoga, relaxation training, guided imagery, and meditation as an international author, recording artist, and workshop leader. Julie is the author of Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief, Yoga Meditations, two volumes of 30 Scripts for Relaxation, Imagery, and Inner Healing, and Desktop Yoga®. Her CDs include Wholesome Relaxation, Power of Presence, Blue Moon Rising, and many others. The retreats, trainings, and seminars she presents are relaxing, reflective, and revitalizing. She is talented in bringing the best out in others through her depth of knowledge, natural lightheartedness, and caring nature. Julie is available as a business and conference speaker and consultant to groups and individuals. She has been presenting at the Psychology of Health Immunity and Disease Conference for ten years, National Wellness Conference for fifteen years, Kripalu Yoga Center for nine years, Speaking of Women’s Health for four years, Discovery Yoga for four years, and many others.

Published Books

  • Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation & Stress Relief, New Harbinger, Oakland, CA, 2015
  • Yoga Meditations: Timeless Mind-Body Practices for Awakening, Whole Person Associates, Duluth, MN. 2005
  • Desktop Yoga, Penguin Group / Perigee Books, New York, NY.  1998.  Translated into Spanish, Dutch and German
  • 30 Scripts for Relaxation, Imagery and Inner Healing, Vol. 2, Whole Person Associates, Duluth, MN—First edition 1993, second edition 2015
  • 30 Scripts for Relaxation, Imagery and Inner Healing, Vol. 1, Whole Person Associates, Duluth, MN—First edition 1992, second edition 2015. Translated into Spanish and Italian


  • Refreshing Journeys (Whole Person Associates, Duluth, MN)
  • Real Relaxation: Yoga Nidra (Kunaki Publishers / WR)
  • Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation (Kunaki Publishers / WR)
  • Power of Presence  (Kunaki Publishers / WR)
  • Wholesome Relaxation  (Kunaki Publishers / WR)
  • Wholesome Energizers  (Kunaki Publishers / WR)
  • Blue Moon Rising (Kunaki Publishers / WR)

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Yoga Nidra Training Level 1 will give you the tools and resources needed to lead others effectively in Yoga Nidra. Gain the know-how and confidence needed to offer Yoga Nidra for groups and individuals.