Yoga Nidra Teacher Training: Foundations for Teaching & Practice

a life-changing journey w/limitless possibilities!

Join Sagel in this 35hr Online Yoga Nidra Teacher Training: Foundations for Teaching and Practice to explore the ancient yogic art and science of Yoga Nidra, the effortless state of being of pure joy and bliss.

This online self-paced course contains comprehensive foundational lessons in multimedia formats to help you understand what Yoga Nidra is, where it comes from, why it’s important, and how it works from both a Yogic and Western perspective to remove tension and stress from all layers of your being.

Lessons include hands-on activities, guided inquiry and personal reflections, Yin Yoga & Meditation and Yoga Nidra practices, guided meditation sessions, and a 7-Day Home Practice Immersion to help you experience and integrate the powerful, transformative benefits of this practice.

This practical, applied, and engaging online program is open to all and can be completed from anywhere in the world at your own pace. It's the perfect opportunity for yoga teachers and practitioners alike to deepen their understanding and personal exploration of this profoundly transformative and holistic healing practice and learn how to offer safe, effective, and compassionate Yoga Nidra sessions for themselves and others.

Sharing this beautiful practice with others has become a life mission for Sagel, having experienced in her life the transformational benefits it brings to body, mind, and spirit. Infused with her wisdom and heart, this foundational program includes insightful and inspiring lectures, streaming audio/video Yoga Nidra sessions that integrate Yin Yoga and Pranayama (breath practices), guided personal reflection and discovery activities, guided mindfulness meditations, and practical counsel on creating and maintaining a home practice as well as leading safe, effective, and compassionate Yoga Nidra sessions for others.

Experience for yourself how Yoga Nidra can help you rest, restore, and continue manifesting a joyous and happy life aligned with your most heartfelt intentions. This practice is a powerful stress-relief tool and so much more! It connects us with our heart of hearts and powers and empowers our intention to live our happiest and healthiest life and share our gifts with the world around us.

Program Cost: $299 USD total, which includes a 130-page supplemental manual (free shipping worldwide)

You are Welcome. No prior teaching or practice experience with Yoga or Yoga Nidra is required to register for this program. This program welcomes both practitioners and yoga teachers of all experience levels.

Completion Certificate: The curriculum is 35hrs all-inclusive and a completion certificate is given to all students who fully complete the training. If you’re a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, you may submit this certificate to Yoga Alliance and receive 35 hours of continuing education credits.

"I was amazed at the level of detail in this course, as I never expected to go into such depth in an online training. Thank you so much Sagel for putting together this incredible training and for sharing your knowledge and passion in such a clear, thoughtful, and sweet way.”

-SW, China


"Thank you for the online Yoga Nidra training. I have completed the whole program and have also taught a few times with friends to practice. My husband and I have done the 7-day challenge get together and are continuing regular practice thanks to this program. I look forward to doing the meditations over and over. I especially liked the one about experiencing opposites and also really enjoyed the chakra one. I found the lectures interesting and easy to follow. Thanks for making these teachings accessible and thanks for the useful tools we now have. I hope my nidra practice helps to keep me healthy and centered and look forward to going ever deeper into relaxation and receptivity as I practice more."

-SN, California

In this practical and accessible training, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of what Yoga Nidra is, both as a practice and an effortless state of being of peace and pure bliss.
  • Learn about Yoga Nidra’s origins in classical Indian philosophy and contemporary Yoga Nidra lineages.
  • Explore the Yogic map of the Whole Self and through both lecture and guided activities, gain insight into your koshas and how their interplay affects and reflects your wellbeing as well as information and theming around the chakra system.
  • Examine in detail the methodical techniques of progressive relaxation of the koshas on the inward journey through each stage of this practice to strengthen your connection with your true Self.
  • Discuss the framework of visualizations, body and breath awareness exercises, and mindfulness meditation techniques used throughout the practice and as techniques to promote greater peace, wellbeing, and presence in daily living.
  • Understand the core guiding principles of this powerful practice.
  • Explore the tool of Sankalpa and how when integrated into the Yoga Nidra practice, it will help you create the life you want in alignment with your heart’s deepest intentions.
  • Learn about how Yoga Nidra helps us awaken to unconscious barriers such as self-limiting thoughts, unhelpful habits, long-held fears, and negative emotions – and by freeing us from these Samskaras, empowers us to release the deep obstacles and energy blockages that can prevent us from living the life we desire and deserve.
  • Be led in exercises and personal reflection activities, including guided meditation and journaling, to discover or reaffirm your own personal Sankalpa.
  • Experience a 7-Day Yoga Nidra Home Practice Immersion, during which you’ll experience first-hand how Yoga Nidra is a profound tool with limitless possibilities for holistic healing, transformation, and joy when engaged regularly.
  • Discuss the related science behind techniques used in the practice and how the ancient roots intersect with the Western understanding of the mind.
  • Explore the physiological realities of stress, how stress and tension affect every level of our being, and the application of this practice in daily life as an antidote to stress and help you live in optimal wellbeing, peace, and contentment.
  • Understand Yoga Nidra as a powerful tool in our life toolbox that brings renewal, restoration, and rejuvenation to our whole being to enhance everyday living.
  • Cultivate an understanding of how to deliver safe, effective, and compassionate Yoga Nidra sessions for yourself and others, in home-based, office, or studio environments.
  • Consider options for session themes to enhance benefits for the practitioner.
  • Uncover the joy that you are! Joy is your blueprint and your birthright, and living in joy supports the wellbeing of everyone around you, so we’ll discuss how the inward journey of Yoga Nidra compels us to deeply connect with one another in service to the world around us.
  • Enjoy 3 streaming Yin Yoga classes integrated with Pranayama (breath-work exercises) specially designed to help prepare the body and mind for a journey into Yoga Nidra. These 3 full Yin Yoga classes remain available for you to incorporate into your regular home yoga practice.
  • Experience 3 streaming Yoga Nidra practices. These diverse practices were developed by Sagel specifically for her Yoga Nidra Teacher Training so participants can enjoy a variety of approaches and techniques, and they’ll remain available to you to continue your practice.
  • Participate in teaching practicum as a tool to develop and enhance your personal understanding of the practice, whether you’ll be leading sessions for yourself or others.
  • Receive guidance on how to create and maintain your own home Yoga Nidra practice.
  • Enjoy 3 streaming guided mindfulness meditation practices which will remain available to you in support of your home meditation practice.
  • Receive 3 complete Yoga Nidra scripts (40-50min length sessions) for use in your own practice or to offer to others.
  • Participate in guided personal reflection and discovery exercises throughout the program.
  • Learn the foundational skills to work with the general public and a comprehensive and well-rooted practice from which to further develop specialized skills such as working with trauma and recovery populations.
  • Prepare and deliver practice teaching sessions for a friend or family member as a way to develop and enhance your personal understanding of the practice.
  • Participate in guided personal reflection and discovery exercises throughout the program.
  • Receive a 130-page supplemental manual to help you further organize and integrate program information and activities, learnings, ruminations, and reflective journaling all in alignment with the lessons presented online. Free shipping worldwide.
  • Maintain access to all streaming program lectures, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, and Meditation practices following course completion, available for you to review and enjoy at any time.

The curriculum is 35hrs all-inclusive and a completion certificate is given to all students who fully complete the training. If you’re a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, you may submit this certificate to Yoga Alliance and receive 35 hours of continuing education credits. Yoga Alliance will count these hours as contact hours through December 31, 2023; thereafter they will count as 35 continuing education non-contact hours.

A Gift of Support for You! As a gift and support for your practice, when you register today for this Yoga Nidra training, you'll also receive free ongoing access to Sagel's Practice Online Library! There you can enjoy a collection of Yin Yoga & Meditation and Yoga Nidra classes, mindfulness meditations, Taoist energy techniques, and more to help nourish your body, mind, and spirit anytime, anywhere.

“I have gone to many different kinds of trainings in both the yoga and non-yoga worlds, and your approach to teaching is unlike anything I have experienced. You embody what you teach. You live it and understand it completely at a cellular level. It simply flows from you as effortlessly and consistently as the breath."

- K.F. Portland


Reading for this course is: Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Suggested Props to Support Your Practice:
*a yoga mat
*two yoga blocks
*a yoga blanket (or a comfy blanket or two from home)
*a yoga strap (or a long belt, or a couple of scarves tied together from home)
*a bolster (or a firm pillow or two from home)
*an eye pillow or kerchief (optional)

These props are readily available at most sporting goods stores and many online general retailers.

"Sagel’s passion and wisdom are amazing. So inspiring!”

- H.G., Boston

Never has there been a greater need or a better time to connect with and live from our heart's deepest intentions, or to deeply connect with others in service to this world. Moving through this powerful program in your own space at your own pace, you can take the time you need to fully explore and experience the blessings Yoga Nidra can bring. The streaming lessons, Yin Yoga & Mediation and Yoga Nidra practices, and guided meditations remain accessible to you on this platform after you complete the training, so you can continue to practice and revisit whenever you'd like.

“I searched the internet and found your course and it totally resonated with me. I absolutely love the content and the way you present it. Thank you, a very heartfelt thank you. I love the way that you weave all of yoga into it. Love it!!!

– IDM, Australia


Your Instructor

Sagel Urlacher
Sagel Urlacher
SAGEL URLACHER, M.Ed., is the author of Yin Yoga & Meditation: A Mandala Map for Practice, Teaching, and Beyond and a lifelong educator with more than twenty years of teaching experience and practice. Sagel offers inspired and empowering Yin Yoga & Meditation and Yoga Nidra in-person and online teacher trainings, retreats, workshops, and classes. With over 2,500 teaching hours of yoga and meditation, she has collaborated with yoga studios across the country and co-led retreats at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health to share these practices. Sagel has trained in Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Vinyasa yoga, Qigong, and Reiki. Additionally, Sagel trained in mindfulness and meditation with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, whose teachings have been a beacon of peace and happiness for her since she first began her practice. Her teachings are rooted in the Yogic path as well as Buddhist and Taoist philosophies, and uniquely thread together the core elements of a safe, effective, and inspired practice with the intention of cultivating compassionate awareness on the mat and in daily life. Sagel guides with a heart of loving service to create a supportive environment and welcomes practitioners and teachers of all levels in her programs. Sharing these transformative practices is Sagel’s life service, as she has personally experienced, and has seen in so many of her students, that their power and potential to bring greater peace, presence, and joy is limitless for those who take the journey. She is a continuing education provider, YACEP verified with Yoga Alliance, and all of her trainings and workshops are eligible for Yoga Alliance continuing education credit hours for registered yoga teachers.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How soon after I register can I begin the program?
Immediately! Once you complete registration, the curriculum is available for you to begin whenever you’d like. There are no set dates or times or deadlines, so you can study at the pace that works best for you and your personal schedule.
What experience or prior qualifications do I need to register for the program?
No experience with Yoga Nidra, meditation, or any type of yoga is necessary to start on this life-changing journey, all are welcome to join. Whether you're a yoga teacher or a curious practitioner, Sagel welcomes you to this Online Yoga Nidra Training program so you can experience for yourself how Yoga Nidra can help your body, mind, and heart flourish and thrive.
Are refunds possible?
We're confident this program will be a helpful support on your Yoga Nidra journey, but if you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within 7 days of your purchase and we will give you a full refund.
How long do I have access to this course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How do I also receive free ongoing access to Sagel's Practice Online Library?
When you register today for this Online Yoga Nidra training program, you'll receive an email with a coupon code that will provide you with immediate, free access to Sagel's growing library of online practices. You'll maintain access to the Practice Online Library even after you complete the Yoga Nidra program so you can continue to enjoy your practice anytime, anywhere.
Do I receive a certificate upon completion of this program?
Yes, the curriculum is 35hrs all-inclusive and a 35hr completion certificate is given to all students who fully complete the training. The certificate will be emailed to you once you've completed all the lessons and submitted your final reflection responses.
Do I receive continuing education credits upon completing this program?
Yes, if you’re a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, you may submit your completion certificate to Yoga Alliance and receive 35 hours of continuing education credits. Yoga Alliance will count these hours as contact hours through December 31, 2023; thereafter they will count as 35 continuing education non-contact hours.
How long does the training take to complete?
This program should take around 35hrs to complete and the certification you receive upon course completion will be for 35hrs. However, the lessons and practices remain available for you after you complete them, and many students find it helpful to go back and review the lessons, activities, and guided inquiries, so you may find that you spend more than 35hrs as you move through it. You’re also invited to continue to integrate the Yin & Meditation and Yoga Nidra practices into your weekly self-care routine.
I still have some questions about the program. How can I reach Sagel?
If you have any questions or comments, you can reach out to Sagel at any time at [email protected] She's always happy to hear from you!

"It is very well informed, your voice is so soothing, and I really appreciate the format of going at your own pace. This was a very meaningful, moving, expansive, insightful, heart-loving training for me, thank you.”

– AL, New Hampshire