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The Science & Philosophy of Yoga Nidra


Understanding The Science & Philosophy of Yoga Nidra: 2-day CPD


Find peace in a restless world. Yoga Nidra is currently sweeping the globe and is recognised as one of the ‘go-to’ practices for recovering from long-term fatigue.

People use this practice to help fall asleep, heal chronic pain, and improve well-being. Scientific research shows us the efficacy of rest as the antidote for a restless world and a way to recover from stress, overwhelm, and burnout. 

For anyone who wishes to access a deeper relaxation and higher understanding of the human experience. It is designed as a Yoga Nidra teacher training but is equally suitable for non-teachers seeking personal development. 


This 2-day event will support you to get started as a Yoga Nidra teacher, or help you go deeper with your teaching.

You will receive some of James’ own Yoga Nidra Scripts to help get you started along with an abridged digital version of the Deep Rest Yoga Nidra training manual.

“James’s heartfelt gentleness and masterful wisdom shine through in his teachings. His expertise lies in his ability to light the path for others to find their own way.”
Richard Miller
clinical psychologist, researcher and yogic scholar

James Reeves

James is recognised as a world-leading authority on the theory and practice of Yoga Nidra meditation and is the author of the internationally published best seller about Yoga Nidra/Rest; The Book Of Rest (2019, Harper Collins).

He has 20 years experience of Yoga Nidra and been teaching since 2005. He created his most recent organisation, Deep Rest, in 2022. The work of Deep Rest is founded on ancient traditions and backed by modern, research-based practices. 

James travels the world, giving talks and facilitating training programs. Warm, invitational, and grounded in practical experience, he has a reputation for making his teachings relevant and accessible for modern-day living and shows how the healing benefits of taking time to slow down, stop, and rest can apply to us all.

Course content

  • the history, tradition, and modern evolution of the practice 
  • Why resting between asleep and awake is powerful and the relationship between our conscious and subconscious
  • How and why we make intentions at the start of each practice
  • Why Yoga Nidra has a universal approach to examining each layer of our human experience: the body, breath and energy system, emotions, mind, ego-self, and the bliss that lies beyond all of these
  • understand this foundational tool both scientifically and experientially
  • Relate this ancient practice to modern neuro-scientific discoveries, and know how to explain this and teach this in your classes and courses
  • How Yoga Nidra relates to sleep and how to structure practices to enhance sleep
  • Explore what lies beyond the human experience and how to teach and create meaningful experiences of deep stillness and awakening to true nature through the lenses of science, dualistic, and non-dual philosophies
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Whitespace Yoga & Wellbeing Studio


5 St Pauls Court (off the High St),
Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1LJ

Duration & location

Courses are held at our beautiful, light-filled dedicated yoga studio in Milton Keynes – the perfect environment to immerse yourself in this wonderful practice and share experiences with like-minded people.


We have very limited free parking available to the rear of the building, entering via Fagan’s Court, although we do recommend you use of the other car parks:

  • What our customers are saying about us “Teachers were knowledgable and inspirational”

    WhiteSpace is a lovely studio, the staff are friendly and welcoming. A little haven tucked away. I spent two weeks here on a course and it very quickly felt like home. It's just a shame it's so far away from me otherwise I'd be here every day!!

    - Kirsty

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