Welcome to 'Nervous System Reset' — an 8-week online learning experience that encourages your mind-body-connection. Join us as we explore relaxation processes and share with you tools to regulate your own nervous system, all while building emotional and mental resilience. In this course we focus strongly on Yoga Nidra as it promotes better sleep, reduces feelings of stress and concentrates the  release of trauma. 

This online classroom will delve into the structure, science and philosophy behind Yoga Nidra, exploring conscious breathing techniques, practicing Restorative Yoga, learning about sleep hygiene and more, in a way that is accessible to everyone. 

Every week from January 7th until March 3rd, 2024, students have exclusive access to educational content in a range of engaging formats including 6x, 1.5hr live zoom lectures and discussions, written, audio, video and guided home study. Come away with 40hrs Continuing Education with Yoga Alliance & Yoga NZ!

'Nervous System Reset' is led by Swami Karma Karuna, founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand. She is a dedicated, accessible and intuitive yoga teacher, certified Yoga Therapist and an Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapist with more than 30 years of experience working with a wide range of people.


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  • 10 Inspiring Videos

    • Yoga Nidra Overview & History • Stress & the Nervous System • Underpinning Principles • Sankalpa • The Body Rotation • Yoga Nidra & the Breath • Yoga Nidra & Opposites • Visualisation • Yoga Nidra & Your Daily Life • Sleep Hygiene

  • 9 Guided Practices - video and audio

    • Yoga for the Joints (Pawanmuktasana Series) • Restorative Yoga Class • Natural breathing practices • 4, 6, 7 & 8 stage yoga nidra practices

  • Downloadable Resources

    • Downloadable Self-Reflection Journal • 6 Live Q&As with Swami Karma Karuna • Informative Resources • Course Guide & Notes • Academic Peer Reviewed Papers

Yoga Nidra and Restorative practices are profound, yet simple techniques to encourage the mind to let go of the external world, turn inwards and bring calm to the whole system. Yoga Nidra is a fully guided accessible meditation practice that plays with the state between waking and sleeping, allowing us to explore ‘being’ in a world of ‘doing’. 

Over 8 beautiful weeks, students will have the opportunity to learn about the origins of Yoga Nidra, experience the many benefits and applications and explore a variety of tools such as visualisations, Sankalpa, breath awareness and relaxation techniques. 

We cover each of the 4 stages of Yoga Nidra in-depth and delve into the science that has grown to support this powerful tool of ‘yogic sleep’. The Yoga Nidra content is supplemented with Restorative Yoga, Breathing Practices, sharing tools to build resilience and strengthening the nervous system and hormone regulation. We encourage you to follow the weekly structure which progresses you through the course in a way that supports the full understanding of your nervous system. However, the course is self-paced and can be completed in a time frame that suits you. Each week we invite you to reflect in the self-reflection journal that will be provided.

This is an inclusive course. All bodies and levels of experience are welcome, including absolute beginners. Throughout the course you are welcome to contact Swami Karma Karuna, who will be available to help answer questions and offer support. Our live Zoom sessions are recorded and uploaded to this Thinkific platform, available to you for six months following completion of the course. 

When you have finished the ‘Nervous System Reset’ online course, you are eligible to receive a 15% discount, which can be used in conjunction with the Early-Bird price, on our upcoming 2024 Yoga Nidra & Restorative Practices Teacher Training taking place from 16-31st January. 


Please send any questions to education@anahata-retreat.org.nz 

Course curriculum

    1. Nervous System Reset Course Guide

    2. Introduction

    3. Goal Setting Exercise

    4. Yoga and Resilience

    5. Natural Breathing Practice

    6. Nervous System Reset Course Notes

    7. Reflection Journal

    8. Building Resilience with Yoga & Meditation

    9. Discussion

    1. Yoga Nidra Overview & History

    2. 4 Stage Yoga Nidra Practice

    3. Yoga Nidra: Its Advantages & Applications

    4. Zoom session recording

    1. Stress & the Nervous System

    2. Sleep Hygiene

    3. Abdominal Breathing

    4. Evening Routine - Bed Time Relaxation

    5. The Power of Yoga Nidra in Crisis

    6. A Study on the Impact on Stress & Anxiety Through Yoga Nidra

    1. Yoga Nidra & the Underpinning Principles

    2. Pawanmuktasana Joint Exercise Class

    3. Pratyahara

    4. Week Three Zoom Session Recording

    1. Yoga Nidra & Sankalpa

    2. 6 Stage Yoga Nidra Practice

    3. Sankalpa & Creating Change - Finding & Manifesting Your Purpose

    4. SWAN Sadhana

    1. Yoga Nidra & the Body Rotation

    2. Yoga Nidra & the Breath

    3. Restorative Yoga Class

    4. Restorative Yoga Notes

    5. Zoom session recording Week 5

About this course

  • $450.00
  • 43 lessons
  • 12 hours of video content

Discover your potential, starting today

The Benefits of Yoga Nidra

  • Develops a sense of deep rest outside the busy activities of contemporary society

  • Trains the mind to connect into tranquility effortlessly

  • Releases impressions from the past and anxieties about the future

  • Provides an effective toolkit for the management of stress, anxiety, insomnia & depression

Swami Karma Karuna

Swami Karma Karuna

Swami Karma Karuna Saraswati is an engaging, intuitive yoga and meditation teacher, inspirational speaker, writer and IAYT certified Yoga Therapist with 30 years of experience in the yoga field including significant training in India with ongoing visits and guidance with her teachers from the Bihar School of Yoga. She is also certified by Yoga Alliance as an Education Provider and is a senior teacher of Yoga Australia and Yoga New Zealand. A Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications with a minor in Psychology determined an early interest in working with groups and individuals. Swami Karma Karuna specializes in a range of areas including stress and emotion management, Yoga Nidra and Restorative Teacher Training, Yoga Psychology and Women's Health. She is also a co-founder and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand and travels throughout the world, leading workshops on yoga therapy topics, training yoga teachers, presenting at international events, guiding retreats and offering therapeutic one-to-one yoga sessions. Swami Karma Karuna is passionate about sharing an authentic and down-to-earth approach, weaving together the ancient practices with a touch of psychology and brain science aimed at motivating people to live their yoga here and now. Several guided practice MP3 tracks including Hatha Yoga classes, Yoga Nidra and Meditation techniques are available through the Anahata Yoga Retreat website and articles on a variety of subjects can be read in the Australian Yoga Life Magazine. More info is available www.anahata-retreat.org.nz