Relax into being
Yoga Nidra Immersion & Teacher Training

mit Eric Bennewitz & Anna Popova
16. - 17. & 23. - 24.11.19

Eric Bennewitz (Yoga Nidra Teacher) & Anna Popova (Neurologist)

about Anna:
Students attending will learn and benefit from Anna’s wealth of knowledge & experiences in better understanding the science & psychology behind the brain, body, meditation and more specifically, Yoga Nidra.

about Eric:
Eric is a teacher of Yoga Nidra classes, workshops & teacher trainings locally and abroad. He always welcomes the opportunity to share his experiences with anyone interested in this ancient practice regardless of past meditation experience. He has mentored with and collaborated with medical, and yoga/meditation professionals internationally. Eric currently mentors with Jennifer Reis of the Kripalu Institute in America. His intention is to heighten awareness of Yoga Nidra for all walks of life and present Yoga Nidra as a simple option in releasing tensions, deepening awareness, opening to one’s True Nature and guiding people into a state of complete non-doing, so that they can just experience ‘being.’

Eric teaches in English, Anna teaches in German

It’s for Anyone.
This training is open to anyone who wishes to deepen their personal practice and/or enhance their professional development in guiding others using Yoga Nidra. It’s a simple yet deeply self-harmonizing practice based on ancient yogic traditions that were later modernized by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Yoga Nidra today is adapted in yoga classes as well as in therapeutic, counseling, medical and other healing professions as a natural alternative or compliment to man-made medications and as a preventive medicine tool to promote and maintain overall health.

A Simple Explanation.
On the surface, Yoga Nidra is seen as true relaxation. However, when practiced consistently, Yoga Nidra opens and connects you on much deeper levels, reducing and releasing blockages within your layers of consciousness, sheaths of being and ultimately dissolving your karmic past. It enables you to see and alter negative habit patterns that have shaped your life due to past conditionings, thus enabling you to live a life with fuller purpose and contentment.

Releasing Stress through Yoga Nidra.
With stress being the leading cause of many illnesses today and research showing the origins for many illnesses coming first from the mind and then into the body, adapting a consistent Yoga Nidra practice allows you to turn down the Sympathetic Nervous System (Fight or Flight) and turn up the Parasympathetic (Relaxation Response) bringing you more effortlessly into a state of natural self-healing. It is from here where you discover how to self-activate the relaxation response in your body, welcome and be with and let emotions pass, recognize healthy habits and prevent and reverse conditions like anxieties, insomnia, chronic pains and addictions to name a few. This is all done while you are in deep conscious sleep and without you having to try to accomplish something. The beauty of this practice is that ANYONE can do it. It’s not about promoting change as much as its about uncovering, noticing and being with our past physical, emotional and mental tensions and negative barriers. Yoga Nidra opens us to the realization that we are already whole as we are from the inside out.

Practicing & Guiding Yoga Nidra.
This in-depth 2-Weekend (Saturday-Sunday) training will provide you with the skills to both better understand your own Yoga Nidra practice and guide others with a heightened sense of knowledge, confidence and creativity. You will experience first-hand how Yoga Nidra inspires and revitalizes lives.

Eric's Approach. Accessible & Interactive.
With many forms of Yoga Nidra evolving from the original versions, Eric incorporates a traditional approach to learning and practicing Yoga Nidra utilizing the 5 sheaths of being known as the Koshas in yoga. In this traditional method, Eric explains and guides you through 8 unique stages of Yoga Nidra and how they relate to your Koshas. Students are first guided to understand then experience and finally learn to guide other students confidently through a Yoga Nidra practice. This training uses visual, auditory and kinesthetic methods to help students understand concepts more easily, so it is suitable for all learning styles.

Details / Training Schedule

16.-17.11.19 / 08.00-12.00 & 13.00-17.00

For anyone interested in understanding how the brain is affected by stress and past life experiences/impressions, how Yoga Nidra meditation stimulates the brain & body into balance and understanding the Yoga Nidra stages and koshas.

Topics include:

  • Manual & daily meditation journal for each student.
  • 1 MP3 Yoga Nidra guided meditation by Eric to practice at home with.
  • 1 morning yoga asana & pranayama practice per day with Eric to prepare the body & mind for meditation.
  • How does stress arise?
  • Stress responses: Fight or flight reaction and the impact of prolonged stress on the body.
  • The Autonomic nervous system: Sympathetic and Parasympathetic
  • The effects of flow of information, multi-tasking, social media overstimulation and connectivity creep on the brain and body.
  • Chronic Stress and burnout syndrome.
  • Yoga Nidra and brain waves: Alpha, Beta, Theta, Delta.
  • How meditation effects the brain & body.
  • Self-acceptance, self-awareness, self-observation through meditation and Yoga Nidra.
  • Self-perception & outward perception through meditation and Yoga Nidra.
  • Body & brain effects of meditation/Yoga Nidra: metabolism, serotonin, melatonin, cortisol, HGH (Human Growth Hormones).
  • Yoga nidra used in the treatment of headache, migraine, anxiety disorders, mild depression, sleep disorders
  • The 5 W's: Who, What, Where, When & Why Yoga Nidra.
  • Experiencing Yoga Nidra practices first-hand with Eric Bennewitz
  • Understanding the use of Koshas in Yoga Nidra.
  • Understanding the 8 stages of ‘Relax into Being’ Yoga Nidra.
  • Interactive discussion with Q&A with Eric and Anna


23.24-11.19 / 08.00-12.00 & 13.00-17.00

For anyone interested in learning Yoga Nidra preparation and follow-up practices, script writing & guiding others safely through the meditation.

Topics include:

  • Training manual and daily meditation journal for each student.
  • 1 MP3 Yoga Nidra guided meditation by Eric to practice at home with.
  • 1 morning yoga asana & pranayama practice per day with Eric to prepare the body & mind for meditation.
  • Relaxation and body awareness techniques to prepare for Yoga Nidra.
  • Mantra chanting to prepare for Yoga Nidra.
  • Breath awareness techniques to prepare for Yoga Nidra.
  • Self-Massage techniques to relax the body and deepen awareness.
  • Combining yoga asana practices with Yoga Nidra.
  • Learning proper postures and propping for pregnancies, chronic coughers and sleepers.
  • Experiencing Yoga Nidra guided meditations first-hand with Eric.
  • Sankalpa: What is it? / Types of Sankalpa
  • Meditation for realizing your Sankalpa (Life intention).
  • Understanding Samskaras (past impressions) and Yoga Nidra.
  • Western scientific research and support for Yoga Nidra.
  • Therapeutic applications for healing.
  • Finding your own voice, tone and speed of guiding a practice.
  • Music options for Yoga Nidra.
  • Finding inspiration for creating your own Yoga Nidra scripts to guide others.
  • Creating appropriate and creative scripts.
  • Customizing Yoga Nidra practices for various audiences. (i.e. Beginners, one2one, Classes, Pregancies, Kids, special conditions) · Follow-up Yoga Nidra activities (i.e. Body mapping, circle of trust, drawing, mandalas, experience sharing)
  • How to deal with student reactions during and after a Yoga Nidra practice
  • How to bring it all together: creating your own Yoga Nidra session complete with preparation practices, Yoga Nidra script and follow-up activities to be practiced in partners or small groups.
  • Interactive discussion with Q&A sessions.


Customized for YOUR meditation practice! Interested participants have the opportunity to complete Part 1 OR completing Part 1 and Part 2. Students who complete Part 1 and 2 will receive a certificate of completion and be able to apply this certificate at Yoga Alliance as a ‘Continuing Education’ fulfillment. Maximum students for complete training: 14, so that more attention can be given to each student.

Part 1 20 HR. YOGA NIDRA IMMERSION WEEKEND  / 16.-17.11.19
Early Bird / Until 01.08.19 / 350,- Euros
Regular price / After 01.08.19 / 400,- Euros

Part 1 & 2 20 HR. YOGA NIDRA IMMERSION WEEKEND & 20 HR. TEACHER TRAINING / 16.-17. & 23.-24.11.19 / 09.00-12.00
Early Bird / Until 01.08.19 / 650,- Euros
Regular Price / After 01.08.19 / 750,- Euros


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