Immersion & Training

May 19 – 21, 2023

Experience Deep Rest, Profound Healing, & Conscious Creation

Led by Meg McCraken & Lauri Glenn

Now Offered Virtually or In Person!

Experience a more restful you.  Join us for an impactful 3 days to consciously engage your life from a place of rest, alignment, and empowerment.  Yoga Nidra holds the power for deep rest, profound healing, and the conscious creation of a fulfilling and purposeful life.  This training is designed to be digestible, practical, and useful for all humans, curious inward travelers, and yoga teachers.


Yoga Nidra is a practice that helps you access a state of harmonious, deep rest.  From this place, you are able to calm the nervous system and access higher states of healing, restoration, and awakening.  Through this sublime craft, you will experience less stress, better sleep, and greater access to your intuitive self.

The practice of Yoga Nidra draws your attention inwards as you learn to move between the states of wakefulness and sleep.  It is here that your body and mind find their natural states of balance.  Both unconscious and conscious aspects of the mind reveal themselves, and we surrender into a state of deep, blissful awareness.  While resting, you will easily and effortlessly turn your attention to the very nature of awareness and consciousness.  You may become aware of your true nature – expansive, inclusive, and divinely peaceful – while also experiencing your interconnected wholeness to life.

It is a practice you can easily integrate into your daily routine to help balance your busy life, invigorate clarity, and develop a capacity for deep self-reflection.  


In Person or Virtual

Friday, May 19th: 9:30am – 6:30pm (2hr lunch break)

Saturday, May 20th: 9:30am – 6:30pm (2hr lunch break)

Sunday, May 21th: 9am – 5:30pm (90min lunch break)

*Yoga Teacher Tract: Schedule above plus 3 online forums held after the training is complete and a homework assignment

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Who is this training for?

General Public: All who are open and curious are welcome to attend this Yoga Nidra intensive.  No yoga experience is necessary! Each of the practices will be suitable for any level, ability, age, etc.  This workshop will be very useful for:

  • Yogis of any level or ability that would like to deepen their practice in a profound way
  • Those wo are affected by insomnia, anxiety, and/or trauma
  • Those who are seeking wellness from stress, injury, and/or disease
  • Psychologists, hospice workers, those who work with troubled youth, etc.
  • Yoga teachers who would like to learn more about the roots, practice, and goals of Yoga Nidra to share with private clients and/or in group classes

Alaya Yoga School Teacher Trainees: For those enrolled in the Alaya Yoga School Advanced Training Program, you have the option to register for the additional Yoga Nidra Teacher Training Tract to receive 25 hours towards your 300 hour certification.  In order to receive those 25 hours towards your certification you will need to:

  • Register for the teacher training tract which is an additional $150
  • Participate in and/or listen to the 3 online forums scheduled after the training is complete
  • Complete a short homework assignment
  • Have completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher training

Yoga Alliance Registered Teachers: If you are a yoga teacher registered through Yoga Alliance, successful completion of this course will give you 21 Yoga Alliance Approved CEUs, or 25 CEUs if you complete the Teacher Training Tract

What to Expect

What It Entails

In this 25hr Yoga Nidra intensive, we will cover:

  • Modern research/science supporting the practice
  • History and philosophy of the practice
  • Its benefits and practical applications
  • The fundamental steps of a yoga nidra session and the purpose behind each
  • Customizing sessions for yours or your clients’ individual needs and circumstances
  • A variety of variations in which to script a session
  • How to integrate yoga nidra therapeutically into a regular plan for well-being

If you also register for the add-on Teacher Training Tract, through additional on-line sessions you will learn the finer points of creating and leading authentic, potent Yoga Nidra Sessions.

What To Expect

Each day will include:

  • Dynamic engaging discussions on the practice of Yoga Nidra and its effects
  • Gentle, nourishing movement practices to prepare the body and mind optimally for the Yoga Nidra sessions.  Suitable for all levels and abilities
  • Guided Yoga Nidra sessions to experience deep rest
  • Break-out groups and exercises that will help you to customize and integrate the practices in a way that is relevant to your needs


(The following is information for Yoga Teachers, however ALL are welcome to attend this powerful immersion)

This training is part of The Alaya Yoga School 300-hr Advanced Teacher Training Program.  You may combine this module with other 100,50, and 25-hr trainings to acquire your 500hr Yoga Alliance Certification.  If you are not part of the Alaya Yoga School Advanced Training Program, no problem!  You will earn 25 Yoga Alliance Approved CEUs for registered teachers.


Palisades Yoga Teacher training internal practice

This Training Will Explore How To:

  • Rest deeply and relax completely
  • Discover a lasting sense of abiding peace
  • Cultivate the capacity to engage life with clarity, presence, vitality, and meaning
  • Create the optimal inner conditions to discover your purpose and fulfill your potential
  • Tap the wellspring of vitality to restore your energy reserves
  • Learn to successfully shift those hard-to-break habits
  • Digest pas experiences and traumas in a nourishing and effective way
  • Work passively to restore resilience and your ability to meet stress in a healthy way
  • Live well and thrive!

Your Guides

Meg McCraken

Lover of life, yogini, trail runner, climber, mommy, wife, teacher, speaker, spiritual guide, community builder, and loyal friend on the path. Sometimes together, sometimes falling apart, but always inspired and empowered by love!

Meg is passionate about sharing the full, rich teachings of yoga (asana, meditation, yoga nidra, chanting, philosophy, etc.) in a truly experiential way that helps us to positively transform and enrich our lives. Having worked as a yoga therapist for over a decade, she is continually inspired by the vitality of the human spirit and the power of yoga to help us tap into a source deep inner-peace and well-being.

She has been sharing the yoga life with all kinds of seekers for over 20 years and is the Co-Founder of the Alaya Yoga School, a Wanderlust Presenter and Teacher Trainer, and the original founder of Simple Yoga and Wellness Studio. She is a passionate community builder and give talks, lead teacher trainings, satsangs, workshops and retreats all over the world. You can also find her classes featured online at .

The 7 years she spent as a yoga studio owner in rural Montana fueled her passion for building diverse and strong communities that foster true human connection. Though she no longer runs the studio, she recognizes community building as the urgent work of our times and remains dedicated to that in all that she does. She is currently inspired to create safe and sacred spaces where these genuine connections can be established, flourish and endure. It is her intention to bring this work to the great divides that we face in our current society. Outside of the studio, she will be working with a tribe of inspiring souls to sprout these communities in our prisons and along the racial and political divides.

Visit Meg’s Site

Lauri Glenn

Lauri Glenn is a Mindfulness Coach & Teacher based in the Tahoe/Reno area.  With 25 years in the Wellness field, Lauri is also a Reiki Master, bodyworker, & served 8 years as a firefighter/medic.  She offers Mindfulness Programs & Yoga to individual clients, public groups and in the workplace/corporate setting.  She also offers Meditation & Yoga retreats and has taught at Wanderlust Festival Squaw Valley, Envision in Costa Rica & Restorative Arts & Yoga Festival in Lake Tahoe. Lauri honors her teachers deeply: Meg McCraken, Ashleigh Sergeant, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Josh Summers, and more. Her passion is empowering people on a path of exploration to discover their own wisdom and awaken their heart’s true nature; unconditional Love, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity.

Learn More about Lauri

About the Experience

Palisades Yoga

Join us at the beautiful Palisades Yoga Studio in Olympic Valley, CA (Or Virtually from home!) for 3 fulfilling days of nourishing practice, engaging teachings, and welcoming community.  The studio has all of the props you will need for the weekend, lodging and food is available right in the Village at Palisades where you are just steps away from the studio.  We are expecting both local and out-of-town students so there are lots of opportunities to share housing, rides, etc.  Once registered you will be invited to connect with other participants

Pricing & Policies


Payment of $375 for general public: Includes 3-days of immersion into the practice and theory of Yoga Nidra, and an in-depth Yoga Nidra Training Manual.

Payment of $550 for the additional Teacher Training Tract: Includes all items listed above plus 3 extra online teacher training sessions to be held once the Yoga Nidra Immersion is complete, to learn how to effectively share this powerful practice.  And personal feedback from Meg on a Yoga Nidra session that you create and sequence.


  • If canceled in writing 30 or more days prior to the training a full refund will be issued, less a $25 processing fee
  • If canceled in writing 9-30 days prior to the start of the training a 50% refund will be issued
  • If canceled in writing 7 days or less prior to the start of the training, no refund will be issued.

Alaya Yoga School reserves the right to cancel any program up to 14 days from the start of the program.  In the unlikely event that AYS must cancel, all monies paid will be fully refunded.

For any questions about programming or registration please email Jackie, our studio manager, at


The training is at Palisades Yoga in Olympic Valley CA in the Village at Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort.

If you are flying in from out-of-tow, you will fly either into Reno, NV or Sacramento, CA.  The studio is then a 45 minute drive from Reno or a 75 minute drive from Sacramento.

Not necessarily!  Once you get to the studio in Olympic Valley there are many lodging options within walking distance to the studio.  There are many ski and ride shuttles that operate each day from both airports to the resort.  There may also be ridesharing options with other students.

Bring whatever you need to be comfortable each day and be organized during class.  This may include:

  • a water bottle
  • a notebook
  • comfy and active clothes
  • warm clothes to layer
  • snow boots for walking outside

You will not need to bring your own yoga mat or other yoga supplies, but you are welcome to if you’d feel more at home.

Outside of the training, Olympic Valley, CA is an amazing place to explore!  Since we’ll be there in the wintertime, you can go skiing or snowbarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing or simply enjoy a stroll through the Village.  Beautiful Lake Tahoe is only a 15 minute drive from the studio.  In the surrounding areas, there are great restaurants, nightlife, art galleries, and cultural exhibitions nearby.

Not at all!  This training and immersion is for both the general public and yoga teachers.  Due to the subject matter, it is perfect for those looking for deep rest, profound healing, and aligned connection to self and inner wisdom.

We might be biased, but we believe everyone can truly benefit from learning and integrating Yoga Nidra.

If you’d like to speak with us personally to know if it’s right for you, email Jackie, our studio manager, at and we’re happy to chat!

From Our Students

Yoga Nidra

“Expanding my Yoga Nidra practice with the Alaya School was a profound experience.  Holding space for our group to connect and dive safely into the well of energetic healing.  Meg and Lauri provided a Yoga Nidra training that not only expanded on the applicable scientific knowledge of this practice, but the conscious intention and immense healing that comes with it.

~ Erica Z. (Yoga Nidra Student 2018)

“I had little experience with Yoga Nidra before attending the Alaya training last February.  What a profound experience it was for me!  I learned so much from Meg and Lauri, and not just about the various methods and techniques; but also the personal experiences I had that broadened my awareness of what is possible with a deep look within.  I came away inspired and have since enjoyed sharing the gift of Yoga Nidra with my students.

~Clair C (Yoga Nidra Student 2020)