Yoga Nidra Teacher Training
The Power of Quiet Practice

A 35-hour Foundational yoga Nidra Certification
with Sheila Cullen- Canada’s Most Senior Yoga Nidra Teacher

please note deadline for sign-up is November 8,2019
Pre-requisite training work is being released October 18th

November, 2019
Toronto, Ontario

A Three-Day Intensive
November 15, 16, 17


Deepen your own practice and gain the skills to guide others through empowering, embodied journeys of discovery, nourishment and clarity.

Join Sheila Cullen, Canada’s most senior Yoga Nidra Teacher, for an inspiring training into the beautiful, healing power of Yoga Nidra. This course will provide you with a clear and comprehensive understanding of the practice. Explore this unique opportunity to learn the foundations for teaching Yoga Nidra, skilfully and with compassion. 

Transformation through Yoga Nidra

The ancient practice of Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation based on both the ancient tantric yogic model of the Koshas (the 5 subtle bodies) and modern neuroscience. It is a unique combination of deep relaxation and alert awareness, an experience that rejuvenates and renews both the physical body and the mind. Yoga Nidra is a quiet practice that heals and transforms.

Yoga Nidra means the Yogi’s sleep. It is a state of relaxed consciousness, which is the result of a guided sequential journey inward to stillness. This deeply healing practice offers an opportunity to release long held perceptions and beliefs that we as humans rely on to make sense of our world.

We are all conditioned in the way we experience our reality by memories and narratives of the past. Within the deep state of Yoga Nidra, we can learn to re-pattern and regulate the nervous system and release and heal subconscious issues related to health, work, stress and relationships resulting in a more conscious
and powerful existence.

In this intensive you will learn:

  • The history and development of Yoga Nidra

  • Intentions and Visualization and how this shapes the practice

  • The science of Yoga Nidra- neuroplasticity & nervous system regulation- including the basic tenets of Polyvagal theory

  • The stages of Yoga Nidra

  • Understanding the Kosha'a (5 subtle bodies)

  • Creating Sankalpa (heart felt intention- the juice of the practice!)

  • Yoga Nidra as a meditative practice

  • Growing your own practice

  • Developing scripts and finding your voice

  • Working with specific groups

Therapeutic Applications of Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra combines the power of biofeedback, visualization, meditation and energetic healing. The extensive healing and therapeutic impact of Yoga Nidra has been widely accepted by health professionals and has been adopted in many hospital
settings and integrative medical services across North America.

Some of the therapeutic benefits can include:

  • Boosts to serotonin levels

  • Decreased anxiety

  • Improved sleep

  • Enhanced immune system function

  • Blood sugar level stabilization

  • Increased alpha/theta brainwaves (rest and digest, creativity and memory )

  • Muscle tension and pain relief

  • Neutralizing PTSD triggers

At the end of this course you will have a deeper understanding of the skills needed to teach groups and individuals (including children) and the confidence to offer others the gift of Yoga Nidra.

This course is appropriate for yoga teachers, health professionals, dedicated yoga practitioners, parents & partners. CEU’s have been approved by the Yoga Alliance and Ontario Nurses Association. If you are a professional requiring CEU’s for your college please inquire and I will make contact to try to arrange this if possible. 

Course Format:

  • 24 hrs In Studio instruction

  • 6 hrs pre-requisite online content

  • 2-4 hours offsite requirements post weekend including completed worksheet evaluation, audio recording and teaching requirements


Course requirements for Certification:

  • Attendees must be present for all weekend sessions

  • Attendees must watch and complete all on-line content.

  • Late sign-ups (i.e. the week of the start ) will be required to complete the pre-studio work to participate in the weekend training.

  • Following the training weekend, Attendees will complete an (open book) exam and submit a voice recording of the practice as well as teaching 2 sessions ( to your person/group of choice)

Please note that this training is limited to 24 participants to maintain an intimate atmosphere for learning and has filled quickly in the past. Please register early to avoid disappointment.


Yoga Nidra Teacher Training:
The Power of Quiet Practice

November 15,16,17

*Due to pre-requisite online training, please note deadline for sign-up is November 8,2019*

Spiritloft Movement & Yoga Center 
290 Carlaw Avenue#201,
Toronto, ON M4M 3L1

Friday November 15, 1 :30- 9:30 pm
Saturday November 16, 1:30 - 9:30 pm
Sunday November 17 ,  1:30 - 7:30 pm

(+ Offsite hours mentioned above)

Your investment:$975 +HST
(includes full colour manual)

Registration Terms: A non-refundable deposit of the $300 is due at registration to reserve your spot in this intensive. The non-refundable balance payment is due September 15, 2019. Registration to this event is very limited in order to promote a conducive teacher to studio ratio for intensive learning. As such the no-refund cancellation policy is enforced.

If you are financially challenged at this time, yet drawn to investing the time and commitment to learning this practice and bringing it to the world community please contact me at for an application for scholarship. (2 partial scholarships will be awarded. )
The deadline for application is July 1st, 2019.

ALL scholarships for this training have been awarded


What Folks are are saying about
Seven SeedsYoga Nidra Training :

“Spending the weekend immersed in Sheila's Yoga Nidra YTT is amazing. Sheila is a fountain of knowledge in her area of expertise, and she shares it with great skill and clarity. I felt deeply rested, totally prepared to teach, and beautifully connected to my sankalpa and to my nidra community. The dance breaks were a blast too!

If you are considering exploring and understanding the very special practice of Yoga Nidra, I highly recommend Sheila and her training. “ Heather E (Yoga Teacher, Hamilton ON)

Sheila has created a wonderful program,  thorough info & inspiration packed training course with her Seven Seeds YNTT

Her website videos and preparation work were very informative and great background prep as well as reference as you start out teaching YN or simply to ground your own practice solidly.  Her passion and research over the years is apparent and she creates such a loving, safe group learning environment suitable for anyone with an interest in learning more about this incredible practice.

This was one of my favourite continuing education courses ever and as an RMT I've done many!

I highly recommend taking this course with Sheila/Seven Seeds Yoga Nidra . Doris J  BA, RMT Toronto 

“I have recently completed the Seven Seeds Yoga Nidra Training with Sheila Cullen. As a Clinical Social Worker, I was able to begin offering and facilitating Yoga Nidra to individuals and small groups immediately following the training. The training totally exceeded my expectations and provided a deep and rich understanding of Yoga Nidra not only from a yogic perspective, but also from a current and well researched Neurobiological standpoint. The learning opportunities in the training were a combination of academic and experiential in nature. Resulting in an amazing and well rounded learning experience. Sheila is a warm, well versed, creative and articulate instructor, I would highly recommend this training to other professionals in my field. “
Jane EW M.S.W. RSW

“The Seven Seeds Yoga Nidra training was a true game changer for me. It gave me the opportunity to move beyond the experience of a juicy restful nap (Which it is by the way!) and dive in the rich depths and layers that lie underneath the perceived simplicity. Sheila’s background knowledge in science and trauma from a western medicine point of view and her longtime experience as a Yoga /Meditation teacher are the perfect balance for creating a well developed and accessible learning environment. I am an artist and writer so the Yoga Nidra stages that allowed me to use my creative skills were my favourite. I live outside of Toronto where there is no Yoga Nidra so I have been able to offer classes to small groups and we have built a nice little community spreading the message of (as Sheila says) “Radical Rest”. I can’t recommend this training enough. It has changed me and given me great opportunities to connect with my community”. Elizabeth R, Artist, Seven Seeds YN teacher