This five-day yoga nidra course introduces you to a system of total mind and body relaxation.
In this course, we will move through the layers of the subtle body (physical, energetic, mental, intuitive, and bliss) as well as the states of consciousness (waking, dreaming and deep sleep). We create the foundation to bring you to the deepest level of peace and tranquility: a place of no-thought.
How to prepare your space and your body for a yoga nidra practice
How to transcend the chatter of the thinking "monkey mind"
How to tune into your subconscious and access the insight-rich, spirit-filled space between sleeping and waking
How to free-write to expound upon the insights, inspiration, and clarity you'll gain through the practice
Tracee shares teachings that are sourced from over 18 years of study in the tradition of the Himalayan Masters, Sri Vidya and Tantra. She was introduced to yoga by way of Kundalini, and practiced with Yogi Bhajan in Los Angeles before studying Hatha yoga. Then an executive in the film industry, Tracee noticed that the practice provided the balance, clarity and perspective she needed to stay calm in the midst of chaos.
She continued on to study in the lineage of the Himalayan Masters and Tantra, and was later initiated in the lineage of Sri Vidya by Yogarupa Rod Stryker.
Since 2004, Tracee’s focus has been on meditation, self-empowerment and self-inquiry, sankalpa (intention) and yoga nidra. It is Tracee’s passion and dharma to create sacred containers for transformation, self-remembrance and activation of inner radiance.
Founder of Sankalpa Shakti Yoga School and a faculty member at Esalen, Tracee leads events, workshops and trainings across the globe.
"Tracee Stanley is wonderful. She led the course in weight-loss retreats with me and I loved her work."
"Working with Tracee has been one of the most important experiences of my life. Creating my personal San Kalpa with her to practice over my 40 days of Yoga Nidra allowed me to shed the long held layers of creative resistance I have carried all these years. It also allowed me to sink into the truth of myself at my core - and find my true voice of service in this world.... If you haven’t worked or studied with Tracee yet - run, don’t walk, to do so."
While this practice is ancient, it is so needed in our modern times. Many of us spend countless hours in “fight or flight” mode – ever alert, available, and constantly reacting to a deluge of news and notifications. Our moments in a “rest and digest” state, the opposite of "fight or flight," are far fewer. And yet our minds and bodies truly need that deep rest to recover and restore.
Through yoga nidra, we find that deep rest. Yoga nidra offers us a precious 20-30 minutes of not doing, of transcending the chatter of our thoughts and in turn experiencing a sense of all-encompassing relaxation.
However, this practice is about much, much, more than a half-hour of tranquility. It’s about giving your body the time and space it needs to activate your parasympathetic nervous system and enter a state of healing. It’s about the clarity, insights, and inspiration you’ll gain from a commitment to this practice. It’s about getting intimate with your intuition and learning to find, feel and trust the lessons waiting for you in your own heart. It’s about being able to stay calm off the mat, even as life swirls around you.
Tracee teaches us how to set ourselves up for a Yoga Nidra practice, including posture variations and props to support the body.
This class focuses on becoming aware of all parts of the physical body. Known as “systematic relaxation,” this practice allows you to create a new relationship with your physical body and deepen your ability to move into “rest and digest.”
This yoga nidra session revolves around cultivating sensitivity towards the energetic body, with the aim of cleansing and rejuvenation.
In this session, Tracee teaches us to witness our impressions as an observer without attachment, judgment, or analysis, and to relax the mind.
Move beyond the mind and connect with the part of yourself that knows, and knows that it knows. Experiment and let go of expectations to create a new way of being in the world.
This final practice takes you deep into the cave where the altar of the brilliant heart exists, to connect with the divine and experience deep healing.
Drastically increase dopamine levels by up to 65%
Reduce stress by promoting a feeling of total relaxation
Help balance hormones
Resolve and release mental, physical, and emotional tensions
Support healthy sleep cycles
Strengthen the immune system
Amplify creativity and reveal insights ordinarily inaccessible in regular conscious states
Take Tracee's course whenever you need a powerful re-set.
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"I was first introduced to this practice in 2001 and it changed my life. The more I practiced deep relaxation techniques, the more I was able to remain calm in the midst of turmoil. I needed less sleep, my mind was sharper and my creativity was amplified."
~ Tracee Stanley