The International Yoga Nidra Conference

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Experience Yoga Nidra Practices for Sleeping Better, Relieving Stress, and Working With Trauma

This first-of-its-kind immersive International Yoga Nidra Conference is an opportunity to delve into a variety of approaches to yoga nidra, the ancient restful meditation practice that is accessible to all. 

If you struggle with managing stress, getting adequate sleep, or are working with trauma, this gentle step-by-step method can provide deep restoration. It can also enhance mental acuity and creativity and bring you into the innermost levels of relaxation for peace of mind. 

And, if you’re a yoga nidra teacher—or thinking about becoming one—you’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of the history, science, and philosophy of yoga nidra as well as practices you can use with students or clients. 

This conference, filmed live at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, brings together internationally recognized teachers from a wide range of traditions: Richard Miller, Stephanie Lopez, and Molly Birkholm (iRest Yoga Nidra), Kamini Desai and John Vosler (I AM Yoga Nidra), Swami Atmarupa and Kris Fondran (Satyananda Yoga Nidra), Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Theo Wildcroft (Total Yoga Nidra), Jennifer Reis (Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra), and others share their yoga nidra philosophies, teachings, and personal and professional stories.

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During the breakout sessions of the conference, you’ll be guided through deeply relaxing and restorative practices. You’ll also learn:

  • How to work with the iRest method, which has been applied by the U.S. military to assist soldiers and veterans in their recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • About Total Yoga Nidra (The Power of Rest), where you’ll explore the use of visual imagery, poetry, music, and connection to the divine feminine.
  • About I AM Yoga Nidra, a style descending from Swami Kripalu that focuses on reaching the depths of our innate wholeness to reclaim inner peace and stillness.
  • About the Satyananda Yoga Nidra lineage, one of the first methods of yoga nidra brought to the West, which applies both a traditional and science-based approach to the practice. 
  • About a post-lineage perspective of yoga nidra and how to create safe spaces for the practice.

Plus, you’ll get:

  • Over 10 yoga nidra practices 
  • 13 engaging discussions
  • Q&A sessions with each teacher

Find out why these teachers say if there were only one practice they could do, yoga nidra would be it!

Meet The Presenters

Dr. Richard Miller and Stephanie Lopez

Richard is a world-renowned spiritual teacher, author, yogic scholar, researcher, and clinical psychologist, who has combined traditional yogic practice with Western psychology and neuroscience. He founded the iRest Institute and is a cofounder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Stephanie Lopez is a licensed independent social worker, Gestalt therapist, yoga teacher, certified iRest teacher, senior iRest trainer, retreat leader, and supervisor. She also serves as the director of operations for the iRest Institute and is on the board of directors.


Kamini Desai and John Vosler

Over the past 25 years Kamini has created a unique body of teachings that combines the ancient wisdom of yoga with modern psychology. She is the education director of the Amrit Yoga Institute and a founding director of the International University of Yoga and Ayurveda. She is certified in contact partner yoga, Phoenix Rising yoga therapy, massage therapy, DansKinetics, and holistic health education.

John holds a degree in human development and multiple certifications in various healing modalities. He is a senior teacher at Amrit Yoga Institute, where he leads yoga nidra certification programs. He’s also an iRest Institute certified teacher. He teaches internationally, leading trainings and retreats on the profound healing benefits of the ancient meditation practice of yoga nidra.

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Theo Wildcroft

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, PhD, YTh Dip, C-IAYT,  has been teaching since 1994 and training yoga therapists since 1999. An eco-yoga therapist with special expertise in yoga therapy for empowering women’s health, she runs retreats internationally, training yoga teachers and yoga therapists in menstrual health, pre- and postnatal yoga, and yoga for menstrual and menopausal health. She cofounded the post-lineage, nonhierarchical Yoga Nidra Network.

Theo Wildcroft, PhD, is a yoga teacher, writer, and scholar working for a more sustainable relationship between our many selves, the communities that hold us, and the world that nourishes us. Her research considers the democratization of yoga post-lineage and the many different ways yoga communities are responding to concerns about safety in practice.


Swami Atmarupa and Kris Fondran

Swami Atmarupa Saraswati, E-RYT 500, RPYT, RCYT, and YACEP, began studying Satyananda Yoga in the 1980s. 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 is the founder and director of the Atma Center, serves on the board of directors, and is the education director of the Yoga Academy of North America.

Kris is a licensed elementary education teacher, skating instructor, certified yoga instructor, and owner of North Coast Inline Skating School. In 2008, as a part of her master’s degree in exercise science at Cleveland State University, she conducted a research study on the benefits of doing a twice daily 10-minute sun salutation practice. After six weeks of practice, the participants showed a significant increase in upper body strength and hamstring flexibility.


Indu Arora

Indu Arora has been sharing simple, effective, practical, grounded ways of living life through yoga, yoga therapy, meditation, and ayurveda since 1999. Her teachings are rooted in the study of yoga philosophy and being a student of life. She shares yogic and ayurvedic wisdom that brings simplicity to our complex lives.


Jennifer Reis

Jennifer Reis is an RYT 500, C-IAYT, Kripalu School of Yoga and Integrative Yoga Therapy faculty member, LMT, ayurveda and shiatsu therapist, and holds a bachelor of fine arts degree. She has developed and led dynamic retreats and teacher trainings for over 22 years, including Kripalu School of Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher trainings and 800-hour integrative yoga therapy trainings. She is also the creator of both Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra and Five Element Yoga.


Molly Birkholm

Using research-based yoga and mindfulness meditation techniques, Molly’s stress management programs, resiliency training, and trauma treatment programs have been used by top organizations and leaders around the world, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Young Presidents' Organization. She is an iRest teacher trainer and the cofounder of Warriors at Ease.


Jeremy Wolf

Jeremy began his study of various forms of yoga in 1998, later receiving his teaching certification in Nasik, India, in Classical Yoga (the original eight-limb practice outlined by Patanjali). He received formal training in the Satyananda method of yoga nidra, the Swami Rama method of yoga nidra, the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra, and Richard Miller’s iRest Yoga Nidra, and he completed his 300-hour yoga teacher training through Rod Stryker’s ParaYoga.




Conference Presentations

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Overview of Satyananda Yoga Nidra
  • Delving Into the Practice of Satyananda Yoga Nidra
  • Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra
  • I AM Yoga Nidra: The Single Truth That Could Solve Everything
  • iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation: An Overview and Practice
  • Are You Ready? Pre- and Post-Yoga-Nidra Practices
  • Encounters With Nidra Shakti: Exploring the Power of Post-Lineage Total Yoga Nidra
  • Freeing the Queen of Dreams: Responsive and Diverse Practices of Total Yoga Nidra
  • Yoga Nidra for Trauma
  • The Healing and Awakening Power of iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation
  • The Science of Yoga Nidra
  • Closing and Q&A Panel

What Teachers Are Saying


“I loved the Yoga Nidra Conference. It felt like a “coming home” in so many ways—to myself, to like-minded people, to rest, and to reflection. It was a celebration of this profound practice and an amazing chance to learn and experience the different expressions of it from first-rate teachers. Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Theo Wildcroft, and Richard Miller's methods really spoke to me, but all of the presenters deepened my understanding, appreciation, and wisdom of this life-changing practice.”

Kathleen Kraft, RYT 500


“The first International Yoga Nidra Conference was INCREDIBLE! It was an educational experience that was truly life changing. These profound teachings will be something I’ll cherish and take with me for the rest of my journey.”

Alyssa Mattocks, RYT 500 and YACEP


“This conference was a dream come true. Imagine expert teachers from all over the globe sharing their unique traditions of the magic of yoga nidra—from singing and poetry to varying lineages of traditional yoga nidra to the more modern, scientific iRest approach—all of which are changing people’s lives. I’ve taken away many jewels to use in my future yoga nidra offerings and was inspired to increase my commitment to share these teachings. I so enjoyed the sangha, the sense of international community and spirit, that permeated our time together and will continue on.”

Lisa Namyet, RYT 500, C-IAYT, iRest L2

Teachers: Get 20 Continuing Education Credits

Yoga Alliance requires all yoga teachers to accumulate at least 30 hours of continuing education every three years. 20 online hours are allowed to count toward this requirement.

Fulfilling 20 of these study hours is as easy as logging into the Yoga Alliance website and entering your hours after you’ve completed the International Yoga Nidra Conference. Continue your yoga education with this course and more from the Yoga International library!

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