Total Yoga Nidra for Children: a one-day workshop | LONDON

Friday 15 September 2017 | 1000 – 17:30 

with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, PhD and Lucy Arnsby-Wilson, DClinPsych

at Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Centre, 15 Spa Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 3SA

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

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.

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.


Proposed schedule

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)
1300-1400 LUNCH
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
1730 Close


Pre-course listening

Total yoga nidra tracks by the tutors freely downloadable from
Learning resources provided for participants after the course Audio recordings of the yoga nidra practices delivered on the course downloadable after the course from: – you will receive an email from after the course with details of how to access this.


Cost and Booking

The cost for the day is £85

To book go to: 

All props, mats and blankets provided




A genuine welcome and appropriate support for women considering attending any of our courses from Uma:

“Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops. 
There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment. 

Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs. 

I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed feed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches ,and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.

I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life.  
I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome.”


Friday, September 15, 2017


Are you pregnant? Breastfeeding? Do you have young children? Or perhaps you want to know more about your eligibility – Please see our Statement of Inclusion page which is a genuine welcome from Uma and details the appropriate support for women considering attending any of her courses.

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