The practice is so healing and inspiring for me. I enjoy these special moments during these difficult times – with much gratitude. ~ Diana, USA
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a meditation practice where you are guided from wakefulness into dreamtime, through deep restorative rest and beyond.
The practice of yogic sleep is referred to as “mindfulness on steroids” as you are led into a state of supreme relaxation, where deep healing and realignment occurs. Yoga Nidra is a radical form of rest and somatic release.
With stress as the root cause of disease, anxiety and depression at epidemic levels, and with 1 in 3 of us chronically sleep-deprived; rest is a radical act of self-care in contemporary times.
One practice of Yoga Nidra is said to be equivalent to 3 hours of sleep.
Benefits of Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra has been validated in its healing potential by cutting edge science and research in neurology. Studies have shown the practice combats exhaustion, stress, disease and trauma.
- Reduces burn out
- Alleviates depression, anxiety, PMS
- Reduces insomnia, improves sleep
- Decreases thoughts, stress and tension
- Soothes the nervous system
- Calms brain waves through improved relaxation response in the brain
- Helps to heal trauma and emotional problems resulting from PTSD
- Allows gentle processing of difficult emotions
- Improves ability to focus and think clearly for work and creativity
- Accelerates healing and greater awareness of body-mind-spirit
Yoga Nidra Online Series
Weekly Live Online Series with Simone
Journey into the therapeutic benefits and spontaneous healing of dreamtime states of consciousness.
Join us live each week (or receive a recording of the session) and explore the healing techniques of Yoga Nidra across traditions from an embodied and trauma-informed perspective. This is an invitation to take your practice and understanding of Yoga Nidra and meditative states deeper. From the comfort of your own home you will establish a regular meditation practice in your life with an international, leading Yoga Nidra facilitator guiding you and answering any questions that might arise.
Each series works with the technology of Yoga Nidra with a particular and progressive theme:
- Series 1. Root: Intention setting & grounding
- Series 2. Release: Physical, emotional, mental healing
- Series 3 Rise: Rooted, restored and ready to live out your soul’s full potential
Within each 4-week series through embodied practice you will explore themes of intention setting (sankalpa), felt-sense awareness (interoception), emotional healing, mindful awareness as well connecting to inner wisdom and spiritual development.
This program is suitable for all levels of experience. It is accessible for those new to meditation as well as holding rich insights for seasoned practitioners and teachers. Whether you are looking to enjoy the many benefits of Yoga Nidra in supporting your mental, physical and emotional health or you desire more energy or creative power in your life, are ready to rest into the truth of who you really are, or have an embodied experience of Yoga and Tantra’s spiritual teachings, this online Yoga Nidra series is for you.
Series 1: Rooting & Restoration
Emphasising somatic release, nature themes and deep rest, this 4-week Yoga Nidra series is a soothing balm for bodies, nervous systems, hearts and minds everywhere. Sometimes the best action we can take is to make space for ourselves to rest. We cannot thrive or serve others from an empty cup, this is your invitation to begin that journey.
Series 2: Release & Remedy
A 4-week journey into the therapeutic benefits and spontaneous healing of dreamtime states of consciousness. Exploring the healing techniques of Yoga Nidra across traditions from an experiential, embodied and trauma informed perspective.
Series 3: Soul & Psychic Connection
This series will focus on the heart, soul and psychic advancement of the profound and ancient tantric practice of Yoga Nidra.
This 4-week journey is designed for you to drop into the deeper layers of Soul connection and spiritual expansion.
Full 3 month Yoga Nidra series investment:
3 Month package: Join us for all 3 Yoga Nidra Online series. This includes 12 live weekly sessions of talks, practices and Q&A time with Simone, 7-day playback for review (or if you aren’t able to join live) and downloadable Yoga Nidra audio recordings to keep forever: $222 USD (£160)
Join for a series:
Sign up for 1 of our Yoga Nidra Online series individually. This includes 4 live weekly sessions of talks, practices and Q&A time with Simone, 7-day playback for review (or if you aren’t able to join live) and downloadable Yoga Nidra audio recordings to keep forever: $88USD (£65)
Drop-in for any session and receive 7-day playback only: $20USD (£15)
(Yoga Nidra audios can be purchased separately)
Hi. I'm Simone MacKay...
I’m the founder of Somah Journeys & the School of Sacred Arts. For the last 25+ years I have dedicated my life to nourishing the soul of our times.
My unique method of Yoga Nidra honours the indigenous roots of dreamtime and shamanic practices, the technology of ancient tantra validated by science and rooted in nature.
I have been guiding Yoga Nidra internationally on teacher trainings, retreats, at festivals and online for the last 10 years and I use the practice therapeutically with clients 1-2-1.
I have trained thousands of yoga teachers around the world as well as working as a social worker for numerous years, serving as a crisis counsellor. Anchored within a fundamental road map to wholeness, I utilise Yoga Nidra as a holistic tool to help combat stress and trauma. I bring this experience and approach into how I train teachers, how I guide Yoga Nidra and all my offerings so they are trauma-informed and compassion-centered providing students and clients deep release and peace.
With my experience as a practitioner, senior educator and mentor, I deeply know Yoga Nidra on it’s most basic level is medicine to soothe minds, hearts, nervous systems and tense bodies and that is desperately needed in today’s world. However, know now that Yoga Nidra at its best and deepest recognition is actually a powerful awakening and a complete system reboot back into natural rhythms, creative expression and soul embodiment. Let me show you the way home.
What People Are Saying
Simone Mackay’s Yoga Nidra has become a home for me, an anchor through times of transition as a way to calm my nervous system and as a reminder of my true nature, my shining light. I worked with Simone to create a personalised Nidra that gave the practice of connecting to my intention, my sankalpas, and to finding spaciousness in my inner sanctuary. The seeds that I’ve planted through my intention and practice are blossoming in ways I never would have thought imaginable.
— Margo, USA
I was probably the last person to ever try out Yoga Nidra. Classic no pain no gain mentality. Thankfully, Simone was sent to my Yoga teacher training and I had the chance to experience the effects of Yoga Nidra. I loved it so much that I would be the first one to complain if we skipped the Nidra. As a professional athlete I know how important it is to work hard, but that only gets you so far. If you truly want to internalize whatever you’re doing, you need to give your body and mind space to process. And if laying around doing nothing sounds boring to you, like it did to me at first, you’re the kind of person who can really benefit from Yoga Nidra.
— Freya, Poland
Simone MacKay’s and Emma Lowe’s Yoga and Yoga Nidra practices were exactly what my entire being needed.
— Ashton, UK
Absolutely LOVED the Nidra!!!! Wowwwww!! I felt so connected and one with Earth, so grounding and yet flying high simultaneously. All the descriptions of the Earth and water in the body was luscious!! Thank you Simone. I look forward to the next series.
— Leila, UK
Thank you so much for the recordings. Due to the time difference I am unable to attend to the live zoom but I am so happy for the recordings option. The practice is so healing and inspiring for me and I enjoy these special moments during these difficult times – with much gratitude. THANK YOU VERY MUCH <3
— Diana, USA
WOW. Doing Yoga Nidra online has blow my mind at the possibilities of connection and DEEP practice through these platforms. I’m so inspired and so very grateful for you. As a teacher myself, I don’t think many people actually understand the technology of the practice of yoga nidra in the same way that you do and the difference that deep study and embodiment makes in terms of transmission and level of recognition. I can’t wait for the next series and the next. So powerful and needed.
— Emma, UK
Your tiredness has dignity to it! Do not rush to pathologise it, or push it away, for it may contain great intelligence, even medicine.
You have been on a long journey from the stars, friend. Bow before your tiredness now; do not fight it any longer. There is no shame in admitting that you cannot go on. Even the courageous need to rest. For a great journey lies ahead. And you will need all of your resources.
Come, sit by the fire of Presence. Let the body unwind; drop into the silence here. Forget about tomorrow, let go of the journey to come, and sink into this evening’s warmth. Every great adventure is fuelled by rest at its heart. Your tiredness is noble, friend, and contains healing power – if you would only listen. – Jeff Foster
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