First Ever International Yoga Nidra Conference, Kripalu, iRest

Conference: International Yoga Nidra Conference

June 2–7, 2019

Stockbridge, MA


Thank you for your interest in the first-ever International Yoga Nidra Conference (IYNC)! Unfortunately the 2019 IYNC is sold out, but now you can sign up to enjoy this first-of-its-kind conference from the comfort of your own home. We've partnered with Yoga International and will be creating a full video recording of the conference, including each keynote and afternoon presentation detailed in the notes section below. If you're interested in celebrating and exploring Yoga Nidra with teachers from Satyananda Yoga Nidra, I Am Yoga NidraTM, Total Yoga Nidra, and iRest Yoga Nidra, please click the button above and we’ll let you know as soon as the video is available. Once the conference is over, we'll send you an email with everything you need to know to access the full 2019 IYNC video. 

Still interested in joining us in person? If you'd like to join a waitlist for the 2019 International Yoga Nidra Conference, please call (866) 200-5203 and we'll be sure to put you on a waitlist and notify you if a spot opens up.



Stockbridge, MA
57 Interlaken Road
Stockbridge , MA 01262
United States
Massachusetts US


Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health




This event is residential.
Tuition options do not include food and lodging expense.
This event satisfies the Certification short retreat requirement.

Presentation Descriptions

Swami Atmarupa and Kris Fondran
An Overview of Satyananda Yoga Nidra®
Monday, June 3, 8:30–11:30 AM
This session discusses the history and evolution of Satyananda Yoga Nidra® since its inception to the present. An overview of the stages, their significance, and how they are introduced will be included, as well as its use in a variety of settings.
Afternoon Sessions:
Delving into the Practice of Satyananda Yoga Nidra®
Monday–Thursday, 1:30–4:30 PM
We will explore the yoga philosophy and psychology that underpins each of the stages of Satyananda Yoga Nidra, as well as recent scientific evidence that validates the technique. Each afternoon will also include Yoga Nidra practices, and time for questions and answers.

Kamini Desai, PhD and John Vosler
What is the Ultimate Purpose of I AM Yoga Nidra?
The Single Truth that If Known Would Solve Everything

Tuesday, June 4, 8:30–11:30 AM
I AM Yoga Nidra is a tool. If we don’t know what a tool is built for, chances are that we will use it in a way that under-utilizes its full potential. Though Yoga Nidra is as old as Yoga, its full potential has not been widely understood in the West. Explore the ultimate purpose for which Yoga Nidra was built and understand the problem Yoga Nidra was designed to solve.  Such understanding reveals the true potential and power of this ancient practice and allows the practitioner to harness its greatest benefits.  

Afternoon Sessions:
The Science of Yoga Nidra
Monday–Thursday, 1:30–4:30 PM
What if disease wasn’t just disease?  What if so many of the problems we experience physically, mentally, and emotionally were just the visible manifestation of a variety of deeper causes? Learn how science is discovering the importance of addressing the role of mind and emotions in healing, and how the practice of I AM Yoga Nidra can play a major role in reversing, and positively re-directing the effects our thoughts and emotions on our health.

  • Discover the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, and the 5 tools of I AM Yoga Nidra than can change your health from the inside out.
  • Learn how Yoga Nidra frees your body’s healing potential and helps you heal from the core, rather than surface symptoms.
  • Understand the power of intention, and how its power is magnified many-fold when used in conjunction with Yoga Nidra
  • Review the science that is verifying what yogis have known for thousands of years
  • Leave with powerful tools to take charge of your wellbeing, and manage your health and peace of mind
  • Learn how I AM Yoga Nidra allows you to gently resolve and release emotional integration of unresolved experiences

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Wednesday, June 5, 8:30–11:30 AM
Encounters with Nidrā Shakti: Exploring the Power of Post-lineage Total Yoga Nidrā
What to expect:

  • Explorations of the relationships between Yoga Nidrā, trance, hypnosis and dreams;
  • Cutting-edge scientific explorations of yoga nidra and allied states of consciousness;
  • A deep dive into the diverse historical and philosophical roots of Yoga Nidrā Shakti as a state of meditative consciousness, 
  • Fresh scholarship revealing the history of the liberation of Nidra Shakti;
  • Inspirational accounts of the therapeutic and healing applications of Total Yoga Nidrā in many settings;
  • A global perspective on the post-lineage work of The Yoga Nidrā Network: a non-hierarchical, vibrant network of empowered and creative yoga teachers, yoga therapists and trainers sharing Total Yoga Nidra across Europe, Africa, and Asia;
  • Many thought-provoking questions and luminous wild ideas…

Consider if you will, the possibility that Nidrā Shakti is a manifestation of the healing power of the life force, an aspect of the deep feminine. She has the capacity to invite each living being home to themselves, into direct connection with the one void/source of all vitality, creativity, healing and peace. 

This presentation honors the presence of Nidrā Shakti as the active ingredient of all forms of Yoga Nidrā practice. It invites the exploration of many questions:

How come this naturally arising force of nature has been harnessed and structured by so many different traditions and gurus? 

What happens when we safely empower and support teachers and facilitators to trust their intuition, to depart from a script, to respond to the needs of the moment, to the needs of the client, to the needs of the student, and to experience a welcome for many different approaches and methods that is Total Yoga Nidrā?

What kind of global ethical guidelines do we need to safeguard ourselves and the people with whom we share this powerful experience?

Afternoon Presentations
Monday–Thursday, 1:30–4:30 PM
Freeing the Queen of Dreams: Multiple, responsive and diverse practices of Total Yoga Nidra
These afternoon presentations offer precious opportunities to settle deep into the source of creativity, healing and peace.  Enjoy an inspirational and nourishing treat for body, mind, heart and soul: a delicate, intuitive counterpoint to traditional forms. 

Explore how it feels to meet the deep nurturing power of rest, Nidrā Shakti herself, independent and free. Expect to enjoy multiple practices of Total Yoga Nidrā: a trauma-informed, creative, responsive, delicious approach that includes:

  • Welcoming, permissive, trauma-informed language 
  • Therapeutic breathwork
  • Richly nourishing improvised soundscapes of intermingled poetry, song, mantra, and several musical instruments, all helpful in deepening experiences of Yoga Nidrā.

You will meet a profoundly intuitive, feminine way to encounter Nidrā Shakti, the deep healing power at the heart of all methods of accessing the state of Yoga Nidrā. 

What happens when we Free the Queen of Dreams? Let us settle together into the welcoming arms of Maa Nidra Shakti and trust that she provides the answers these afternoons. 

Richard Miller and Stephanie Lopez
The Healing and Awakening Power of iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation
Thursday, June 6, 8:30–11:30 AM
Integrative Restoration iRest Yoga Nidra is a 10-step, 6-kosha program of meditation,  that’s derived from the ancient 38-Stage map of nondual yogic meditation, as found in the unqualified nondual approach of Śaivism Tantra. iRest is an empirically based, research-proven, and trauma sensitive contemporary adaptation of the ancient practice of yogic meditation. Designed for health, healing, and awakening, Richard will describe the history that gave rise to the iRest Program, the neuroscience of meditation, and how to use the iRest world-embracing form of yoga nidra meditation to navigate all states of consciousness, including waking, dreaming, and dreamless sleep. 

iRest is a dynamic form of meditation that is being used to restore vibrant health and resilience, heal psychological and physical issues, and serves as a portal for awakening to our full human potential, that takes us beyond all sense of separation, where we experience our interconnectedness with the ineffable Mystery that has given birth to the entire cosmos.

  • Health redefined
  • History of iRest
  • Neuroscience of Meditation
  • Ten components of iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation
  • Power of ‘Welcoming’ and 'Opposites'  for healing and awakening
  • Essential Nature as the ultimate resource of our indestructible health and well-being

Afternoon Presentations
Monday–Thursday, 1:30–4:30 PM
iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation Practice Sessions
These afternoon practice-based sessions with Richard Miller and Stephanie Lopez focus on the healing and revealing power of the 10-step program of iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation. You will be guided into experiencing iRest Yoga Nidra for health, healing, and awakening. You will learn foundational principles that underlie iRest, and experience practices that support your awakening beyond all sense of separation, realizing yourself as the ineffable Mystery that has given birth to the entire cosmos and that underlies your true sense of value, meaning, and purpose in life.


Sunday, June 2, 2019 to Friday, June 7, 2019


Sunday Evening
7:30–9:00 PM 

Main Hall
Opening presentation. Each main presenter will give a 20-minute introduction to the yoga nidra teaching that they are representing at this conference.
Morning Session: 8:30 AM–11:30 PM

Main Hall
Each morning, one main presenter will showcase the teaching they represent to the entire group of attendees.
Afternoon Session: 1:30–4:30 PM
Various Breakout Rooms
Each afternoon, the four main presenters will be offering an experiential teaching in four separate breakout rooms. Attendees will be divided into four groups which will rotate through one breakout room per day. By Thursday evening, all four groups will have attended each of the experiential presentations.

Evening Session: 7:00–9:30 PM
Main Hall
Each evening, special guests representing various teachings of yoga nidra will give presentations to the entire group of conference attendees. 

Friday Morning
8:30–11:30 AM

Main Hall
Final presentation and Q&A with the four main presenters.



Required Reading