Yoga Nidra - meaning "yogi's sleep" - is a meditative practice that can be experienced by anyone, anywhere for relaxation, clarity, and optimal health.  In this practice, the mind remains aware while the body is brought into a state of deep relaxation. This course introduces you to Yoga Nidra, and explores just why and how the technique works physiologically.  Enjoy the deep experience of restful mindfulness, and learn to lead an accessible, short form for use in any setting - including clinical settings.

In this course, you will learn:

  • The neurophysiology of Yoga Nidra
  • Brain waves and states of consciousness 
  • The brain "on" Yoga Nidra
  • Biofeedback and brain scan findings regarding Yoga Nidra
  • To lead a "short form" of the technique that is free of dogma and jargon - perfect for any setting
  • An introduction to the history of Yoga Nidra
  • How to support a safe space for relaxation - empowering the parasympathetic nervous system response
  • To modify your teaching for individual needs and intentions while preserving the integrity of the technique
  • To use empowering language and tone to support your clients' immunity and mental, emotional and physical health.
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Mentored Yoga Nidra Certification with Karen Nouridazeh, C-IAYT, ERYT500

In Addition to the Short Form Materials, This Course Includes: 

Direct email access with Karen Nourizideh for one-on-one questions, feedback and encouragement

Personalized Review and Feedback from Karan by phone or Zoom of your 15 minute- practice teaching video

Use of our Yoga Nidra Short Form Seal, for those who graduate

Additional Requirements for Yoga Nidra Certification:

Score 75% or higher on submitted practical video teaching the covered techniques (reviewed by Karen)

Additional practice teaching if needed, as assigned by your teacher

Additional $108 Tuition Upon Enrollment in Course

Meet Our Expert Faculty


Former New York City Litigator, Karen Nourizadeh, has embarked on a path of healing and health, after spending more than a decade practicing law and working at companies that topped the Fortune 50 list. After discovering the healing philosophy and tools of yoga and meditation, Karen was propelled towards her true calling, to inspire and heal others. Understanding the complex stress factors of the modern working world, Karen has successfully advised and guided large health, financial and media corporations, hedge funds and entrepreneurs to help alleviate mental and physical tension for the last 6 years. Cited for her expert guidance, Karen’s chapter on stress management was published in Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism to help parents of children with autism manage stress. Karen's wellness blogs have appeared in Mind, Body, Green and Elephant Journal, and her teachings have been featured in Fitness Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Daily News, Style Bistro, Shine!, The Cardoza Jurist, Off the Blue Mat, The Beauty Bean and DNA Info New York. Credentialed with an advanced meditation and yoga certification, E-RYT 500, Karen has conducted meditation and mindfulness trainings and workshops in New York City, and has traveled to India, to further her knowledge on Eastern studies, philosophy and healing techniques.


Dana began teaching yoga in 2005, offering vinyasa classes known for their spirit, strength, and safety across New York City.  She joined the senior staff at Pure Yoga in 2008, expanding her teaching to therapeutic classes, as well as teaching in Pure's renowned 200 hour Teacher Training and Professional Mentorship Program.

Despite her love of classes, Dana saw the great need for one-on-one, specialized therapeutic teaching in the tradition of "yoga chikitsa" - "yoga medicine."  In 2010, she served as Managing Teacher at Pure West, and eventually cocreated the 300 hr advanced teacher training program at Yoga Vida.  Dana completed over 1100 hours of yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, and yoga therapy training with Guru Dharam, Dana Flynn, Dr. Marc Halpern and Yogi Charu - becoming one of the first certified yoga therapists in the US.

In 2012, Dana founded Prema Yoga Institute, New York's premiere yoga therapy school.  PYI offers a radical collaboration between wellness professionals devoted to yoga, bridging the gaps between yoga and healthcare and academia and yoga.  PYI prepares wellness professionals to provide yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations - regardless of any injuries or limitations present.  (

She continues to teach internationally, contributes to countless teacher trainings, and has presented at the Telluride Yoga Festival, Wanderlust in the City, and several times at the Yoga Journal Conference. She has been honored to consult on research projects and wellness programs for clinics, doctor's offices, condominiums, and corporations. Dana is a member of IAYT and currently practices in New York City. (


Marc earned his degree in dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy (Codarts) in the Netherlands, and had a career as a dancer and dance instructor in Europe and the US for more than 10 years.

Today, Marc is an IAYT-certified Ayurvedic yoga therapist as a graduate from our own Prema Yoga Institute, and a certified Reiki Master in the lineage of Master Usui. He holds an advanced RYT500 Yoga Alliance credential, specializing in therapeutic vinyasa inspired by the Krishnamacharya tradition, and tantric meditation, Yoga Nidra, and Pranayama in the Saraswati tradition of the Bihar School of Yoga in India.

He currently teaches yoga and meditation to medical personnel and staff at the Institute of Advanced Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, New York City, and is on faculty at the UNSRC Yoga Club at United Nations Headquarters, teaching Yoga Nidra to staff and delegates.

He has also been a guest teacher in the Prema Yoga Therapeutics teacher training, presenting research on yoga and HIV and other immune/autoimmune conditions.

Marc is the founder of Mankind Yoga NYC, his own business venture that provides yoga and healing to his private clients.
Yoga and meditation facilitated Marc's transformative spiritual journey, and he is looking forward to continuing to learn and inspire, while teaching and sharing the wisdom of his lifelong journey. 

For more information, visit



  • The PYI Yoga Nidra Short Form Manual

  • Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati 


  • Yoga Nidra by Richard Miller



PYI’s Continuing Education Courses are:

  • Taught by PYI's esteemed yoga therapist faculty and world-renowned guest teachers

  • Eligible for Continuing Education credit with Yoga Alliance

  • Integrated into our larger programming where possible, honoring our lowest PYI Grad Rate for students enrolled in the 300 Advanced Yoga Teacher or 850-hour Yoga Therapy Program

  • Eligible for our BIPOC Leadership Scholarship discount for applicants (limited)

  • Unlike other schools, select CE Course are eligible for partial applied credit towards our  300 Advanced Yoga Teacher or 850-hour Yoga Therapy Program - saving you time and money

  • Take only one course, and you are eligible for our lowest PYI grade rate for all PYI programming going forward - a $500+ savings



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