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Yoga Nidra Teacher Training

Thursday, July 20, 2023 @ 8:00 AM Sunday, July 23, 2023 @ 5:00 PM PDT

California College of Ayurveda certification

With Rita Burgos

4-DAY, IN-PERSON TRAINING   Yoga Nidra is the art of conscious deep relaxation. In this classically-based teacher training, you will learn techniques that will allow you and your students to reach new states of conscious awareness of both the physical and subtle energy body. As these techniques are practiced, you can identify and release blockages to the flow of life energy. The end result is the healing of the body and mind, the experience of deep relaxation states and an increased capacity to manifest your deepest aspirations.

In these four days, you will both experience Yoga Nidra and learn how to teach it to others. Upon completion, students will be prepared to offer this service to their community. You will receive certification as a Yoga Nidra Instructor through the California College of Ayurveda so you will be able to teach Yoga Nidra as individual sessions and/or group classes in your own private practice, yoga studios, hospitals, schools and many other institutions that are looking for holistic healing modalities. Even if you are uncertain about embarking on teaching in the future, you can still benefit from taking this class for your own personal growth.

Training Objectives
  • Be able to teach Yoga Nidra in group and private settings
  • Experience Yoga Nidra directly in multiple formats and different teaching partners
  • Learn how to use your voice as an instrument for healing
  • Learn the physiological and evidence-based research of Yoga Nidra and how to share this information with others.
  • Develop an understanding of the history of classically-based Yoga Nidra and how it applies to your practice
  • Explore the transformative power of Yoga Nidra and understand the specific ways it taps into deep layers of the unconscious and subconscious mind
  • Learn outreach tools to bring the practice into mainstream settings such as schools and hospitals
Daily Schedule

Wednesday, July 19
Afternoon arrivals
6:00–7:00pm – Gentle Yoga Class
7:00–7:30pm Vegetarian dinner
7:30–8:45pm – Satsang (meditation and chanting)

Day One: Thursday
6:00–7:15am – Satsang (for residential guests)
9:00am – Opening Ceremony (day guest arrivals)
9:30am – Introductions, Yoga Nidra Creation Story, and Background Information for the Course
10:30am – Guided Yoga Nidra Session and Discussion
12:00pm –  Vegetarian lunch
1:00pm – Lecture: History, Physiology, Pratyahara, Stress Reduction and Yoga Nidra
3:30pm – Practice: Guided Yoga Nidra Session and Discussion
6:00pm – Vegetarian dinner

Day Two: Friday
6:00–7:15am – Satsang (for residential guests and interested day guests)

  • Check-in / Reflection
  • Presentation on Power of the Voice and Holding Space for Others’ Healing
  • Integrating the Elements into the Yoga Nidra Voice

10:00am – Review and Practice Script as a Group
12:00pm – Vegetarian lunch
1:00pm – Review Script on Their Own
1:30pm – Practice: Yoga Nidra: Student Teaching
4:30pm – Discussion of experience and open time for questions
6:00pm – Vegetarian dinner (for residential guests)
7:30pm – Bhagavad Gita study (optional)

Day Three: Saturday
6:00–7:15am – Satsang (for residential guests)

  • Check-in/Reflection
  • Talk and Discussion – Power of Sankalpa

10:00am – Practice: Yoga Nidra: Student Teaching
1:00pm – Vegetarian lunch
2:30pm – Discussion of experience and open time for questions
3:00pm – Lecture and Small Group Discussion: Science and Evidence Basis for Yoga Nidra
6:00pm – Vegetarian dinner (for residential guests)

Day Four: Sunday
6:00–7:15am – Satsang (for residential guests)
8:00–9:30am – 

  • Check-in / Reflection 
  • Discussion on Bringing Yoga Nidra to Special Populations

9:30am – Practice: Yoga Nidra Student Teaching
12:00pm – Vegetarian lunch
1:00pm – Presentation and Group Discussion on Marketing and Bringing Yoga Nidra to the Community
2:30pm – Yoga Nidra led by Rita
4:00–5:00pm – Closing Ceremony
5:30pm – Satsang and soup (optional)

About the Instructor

Rita Burgos practices Ayurvedic medicine in Los Angeles at her healing center, Rebuild Ayurveda. She received her training as a Doctor of Ayurveda, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Pancha Karma Specialist through the California College of Ayurveda (CCA). She is also certified as an Energy Healing Therapist and Body/Mind Counselor through the Lionheart Institute. Her years of training in these complementary modalities have helped her to create a safe place for clients to heal from physical challenges and emotional trauma. Rita is also a Classical Yoga Nidra Representative, training new instructors through CCA. Her hope is that new instructors will bring Yoga Nidra to their communities. 


The cost of the teacher training is $795. This covers tuition. Accommodations are available onsite for $95 per day in a dorm room or $145 per day for a private room. Two vegetarian meals are included in the room price. Pay in full through the registration link or make a deposit of $250. Full payment of the balance is due 2 weeks before the start of the training. (Students repeating this California College of Ayurveda training pay 1/2 the cost.)

What to Bring

Please bring slip-on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, pillow, and whatever props you may need to lie down comfortably for 45 minutes.

Certification and Continuing Education Units

A Certificate of Completion will be provided by the California College of Ayurveda within 30 days of completing the training program.

– CEUs are available for California nurses. Nurses and health professionals can use Yoga Nidra to help their patients learn how to deeply relax to support their overall emotional and physical healing.
– CEUs are also available for Yoga Alliance members, International Association of Yoga Therapists, and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

For the Residential option:
Private room $1,375 for 4 nights (total, with tuition)
Dorm room $1,175 for 4 nights (total, with tuition)
Shared same-gender bathroom
Includes 2 vegetarian meals and 2 satsangs (attendance strongly encouraged) per day
Check in 7:00pm Wednesday; check out Sunday evening
Advance reservation required. Fill in form below or call 310-822-9642 or email [email protected].
Free parking in rear.

For Day Guests:
Please plan to arrive by 9:00am on Thursday, and by 8:00am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Of course, you are welcome to arrive at 6:00am and join us for meditation and chanting. Vegetarian lunch and dinner are available to commuters for $10 each. Please let us know on arrival each day if you plan to have lunch with us. (Be sure to mention if you have any dietary restrictions.) Refrigerator space will be available if you bring your own food. Please don’t leave it overnight.



Thursday, July 20, 2023 @ (PDT) 8:00 AM PDT
Sunday, July 23, 2023 @ (PDT) 5:00 PM PDT
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3741 West 27th Street
Los Angeles, California 90018
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