Yoga Nidra, or “psychic sleep,” is an ancient practice that allows the body and mind to enter into a deeply relaxed state with the intention of bringing the conscious mind into harmony with the subconscious and unconscious. Essentially, while the body enters a state of sleep, the mind is guided into a place between sleep and wakefulness in order to accept positive instructions from a facilitator. These instructions are meant to promote mental healing through the power of unconscious visualization, pranic healing through the flow of light and energy in the body, and an increased sense of will power and resilience.


This powerful technique of synchronization has been shown to be useful in eliminating the root causes of negative thinking and stress. Through the perspective gained in Yoga Nidra, we may reduce the impact of tension-related disorders like hypertension, depression, insomnia, asthma, anxiety, chronic pain, digestive illnesses, and much more. Yoga Nidra is also shown to be highly effective in training the mind to access its natural well of creativity, problem solving, memory faculties, and learning abilities.

In learning to facilitate Yoga Nidra through SWIHA’s Certificate of Excellence program and by making it a routine practice for yourself, you will be able to help yourself and others employ much needed relaxation techniques to find freedom from fear, conflict, pain, and suffering.

*This Certificates of Excellence is not designed to serve as stand-alone vocational training and will not prepare you for gainful employment if taken independently of a diploma or degree program.

Kamini Desai,

PhD, E-RYT-500

Kamini Desai is a nationally renowned teacher and expert in the field of Yoga Nidra. She holds degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from Smith College and La Salle University and trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Her focus on personal empowerment and fulfillment have led her to serve as the Education Director and Core Curriculum Developer for the Amrit Yoga Institute, to act as one of the three Founding Directors of the International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, and to teach Yoga Nidra courses here at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. She has over 25 years of experience in combining the ancient wisdom of yoga with modern psychology principles in order to create the unique body of Yoga Nidra teachings.

Yoga Nidra Classes

Yoga Nidra I
Explore the original intent of yoga, the three states of consciousness, and Yoga Nidra as a tool for accessing the fourth state.
Yoga Nidra II
Learn about the aura, the koshas, and how to access the subtle sheath where karmic impressions are held.
Yoga Nidra III
Discover the secrets of each of the Yoga Nidra practices, their benefits, precautions, and areas of proven efficacy.
Yoga Nidra IV
Survey some of the most powerful applications of Yoga Nidra for stress relief, health, habits and addictions, pain management, and depression.
Yoga Nidra Practicum
Gain practical applied experience by facilitating Yoga Nidra sessions in individual and group settings.

Advanced Yoga Nidra Classes

The following advanced classes are available to student with six months of experience either teaching or practicing Yoga Nidra after receiving their Certificate of Excellence:

Yoga Nidra V – Advanced Techniques Part I:
Build and deepen your Yoga Nidra practice by dlving deeper in the kosha and exploring how the Wisdom Body is the key to breaking internal patterns.
Yoga Nidra VI – Advanced Techniques Part II:
Learn to use Yoga Nidra protocols for those seeking emotional integration and solutions for trauma, PTSD, and energetic blockages, as well as for children.

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