Yoga Nidra Home Study Course

Group Course Starting January 27, 2024

While the concept of Yoga Nidra as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness is found in ancient texts, the contours of the contemporary practice of Yoga Nidra were developed at the Bihar School of Yoga more than 50 years ago. This course approaches Yoga Nidra within the framework and understanding as developed in this tradition.

“We think of yoga nidra as a relaxation practice, a preliminary
practice of meditation, but it is the simplest technique devised to
give the deepest experience of the cohesiveness of the human mind.”
-Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati



  • When can I start the course?

    This course is offered as a group or cohort course. You may enroll at any time up until January 17th, 2024. The course starts on January 27th, 2024.

  • Are live sessions incorporated into the course?

    Yes. In addition to recorded lectures, audio recordings for home practice, and assigned reading, the course includes seven live Zoom sessions during which you will be led through a live Yoga Nidra practice. There will also be time for q&a.

  • How long do I have to complete the course?

    The format of this course is such that students are expected to follow the schedule of the course. As such you should expect to finish the course in early April, 2024. However, should you need a little extra time to finish and or review the materials, you will have access until May 30th, 2024.

  • May I request a refund if I decide to drop out of the course?

    Please note that once you enroll in the course we will not issue any refunds should you decide to discontinue the course for any reason.

  • What are my payment options?

    For this course there is a single payment option of an upfront payment in full.

Preview: A short Practice

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Course Features

  • Course Materials

    The course consists of recorded lectures, audio recording for home practice, assigned reading, and quizzes.

  • Practice

    Experience this wonderful technique, progressed systematically over the duration of the course.

  • Relaxation & Transformation

    Experience deep relaxation at all levels of your being - physical, emotional, mental. Begin the process of blossoming into the fullest version of your Self.

  • Downloadable Materials

    Five yoga nidra recordings. Home practice journal template. Course readings.

  • Duration

    Plan on approximately two months of home study.

  • Live Zoom Sessions

    In addition to recorded lectures and audio recordings for home practice, join Zoom sessions for with senior teachers for live practice and q&a. Connect with others enrolled in the course. Zoom session will be held on Saturdays from 2pm-3pm US Eastern Time. Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17; March 2, 16, 30. While we recommend that you attend the live sessions, they are optional.


“First you need to remember that you are not a teacher. When you begin to think that you are a yoga teacher, that blocks learning. A student will never block learning. Rather than identifying with being a yoga teacher, it should be the other way around. A teacher should become a more humble student. It is that humble student who eventually becomes a teacher because they don’t close the door of learning." -Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati


Swami Atmarupa began studying Satyananda Yoga® in the early 1980’s. In 1995 she found deep spiritual connection through her guru, Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati. In 2015 she was named a founding Yoga Acharya of the Yoga Vidya Council representing the yoga teachings of the Bihar School of Yoga in India. She was the Founder and Director of the Atma Center, a yoga center established in 1997. She is the Education Director of the Yoga Academy of North America. She has conducted teacher training for YANA, training students from around world. Swami Atmarupa has taught internationally. In 2019, she was one of the primary presenters at the first International Yoga Nidra Conference held at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She developed the Satyananda Yoga Nidra® home study and certification course.

Course Requirements

  • Props

    Yoga Nidra is typically practiced lying down on the back. The following will be handy: a yoga mat and blankets or bolster, if needed, to support the body.

  • Key Text

    Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. This book is available for purchase on Amazon or may be read online for free. Details provided in course.

  • Assignments

    In addition to quizzes, which will be part of the course chapters, short essay assignments will be required. Home practice and student teaching journals to be submitted for evaluation.

Course Curriculum

Enroll at your convenience.

    1. Welcome!

    2. Course Structure & Timeline

    3. Resources

    4. Register for Live Sessions

    1. Session 1 - January 27th, 2024

    2. Session 2 - February 3rd, 2024

    3. Session 3 - February 10th, 2024

    4. Session 4 - February 17th, 2024

    5. Session 5 - March 2nd, 2024

    6. Session 6 - March 16th, 2024

    1. Introductory Yoga Nidra Practice

    1. Overview

    2. PowerPoint Video Presentation

    3. Reading Materials

    1. Overview

    2. PowerPoint Video Presentation

    3. Reading Materials

    4. Swami Satyadharma Saraswati on Pratyahara - Video

    1. Overview

    2. PowerPoint Video Presentation

    3. Reading Materials

About this course

  • $440.00
  • 72 lessons
  • 13.5 hours of video content