The intention of this day is to provide practical experience of Total Yoga Nidra for children from ages 3 up til 18. A diverse range of Total Yoga Nidra practices and some breath and gentle sound and movement practices will be taught, and relevant case studies discussed. An overview of common and unusual childhood challenges and opportunities will be discussed in relation to appropriate yogic responses.
Childhood is a time of openness, growth, huge imaginative capacity, often boundless energy and an intuitive connection with spirit. It can also be a time of great vulnerability, anxiety and deep suffering. Children of all ages often enjoy yoga nidra, and there are very many therapeutic applications of yoga nidra for children’s physical, mental and emotional health. This experiential day-long workshop explores how yoga nidra can support all aspects of children’s well-being during from ages three up to the end of adolescence. It includes practical experience of Total Yoga Nidra for children and families, including practices that incorporate, story, song, mantra, music, metaphor and dreamscapes for children. It is open to all who have an interest in Total Yoga Nidra for children at home and in schools, including parents/guardians and yoga teachers/ yoga therapists/ health care practitioners who are seeking to support childhood experiences, either for their own children, or for their students and clients.
The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma and the Yoga Nidra Network, and can also count towards CPD points for general yoga teachers and teachers/therapists who have prior trainings in children’s yoga, or yoga therapy.
Parents, guardians, teachers, children’s mental health professionals, and/or other health and social care providers with an interest in yoga for children are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and experience and practice of yoga nidra.
Please note this day is not suitable for people with no prior experience of yoga nidra. It is not a training course in how to teach yoga nidra, it is a specialist further study day for people who are already familiar with sharing the practice for children. For foundation weekends and full trainings in Total Yoga Nidra please see www.yoganidranetwork.org
By the end of the day, participants will have an understanding of the key practical and theoretical yoga therapeutic range of responses that are helpful to support children’s well being through Total Yoga Nidra. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and discussions of specific issues. This means that if you have specific personal or professional interests relating to yoga nidra for children, that you are invited to bring your questions and experiences to share with the group. The programme is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending.
Both tutors are experienced yoga therapists, teacher-trainers, yoga teachers and mothers. Lucy Arnsby-Wilson is a clinical psychologist with special expertise and experience in child mental health,
including work with children with autism. She has been training yoga teachers and mental health professionals in skills for sharing yoga with children with special needs for many years. Lucy is mother to two daughters and one son, aged between two and seven. Uma Dinsmore- Tuli has been training yoga therapists and yoga teachers (including running courses for family yoga, and yoga for mothers and babies/young children), for nearly twenty years. Uma runs retreats and trainings where families are welcome to bring their children, and she established the family- friendly yoga camp Santosa in 2005, which provides yoga and yoga nidra sessions for children and families in an eco-camp environment. Her four books and CDs and DVDs on yoga all include Total Yoga Nidra Practices. Uma is mother to two sons and one daughter, aged between nine and eighteen.
1000 Welcome yoga nidra
1030 Meditation, introductions and motivations (reasons for attending the day).
1100 Micro-nidra for settling very young children in yoga classes.
1115 Overview of childhood experiences that can be supported by yoga nidra, including relevant anatomy and subtle anatomy (energy pathways), and yoga therapeutic range of response
1140 Short break
1155 Total Yoga Nidra for nourishing and calming frightened children (Lucy) – followed by an overview of working with refugee children – meeting their needs, and learning from this work in relation to other children’s needs.
1245 Pre-lunch nidra for children and families: welcoming abundance (Uma)
1400 Questions and offerings - issues arising from the morning practice and talks.
1430 Exploring childhood from a yogic perspective: five dimensions of being in childhood
1500 Yoga Nidra and narrative - Finding inner guidance – total Yoga Nidra for intuitive connection in children - promoting a connection with the inner teacher
1530 More on practical support through yoga nidra practice for children – meeting different needs through relational and responsive Total Yoga Nidra.
1600 Mantra and yoga nidra to settle sleepless children
1630 Further questions and evaluations
1715 Meditation and shakti circle for support of children through Total Yoga Nidra