Rest Day Virtual Retreat: Exploring yoga nidra and deep rest meditations

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A day to be guided into deep rest and uncover that part of you that always remains steady, spacious and strong.

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Float into your innermost calm

Join world-leading yoga nidra teacher and author of the Book of Rest James Reeves for a day of guided deep rest and yoga nidra meditations, allowing you to effortlessly slip into a state of pure being.

Running quarterly, these events are tailored to meet the season/time held. They are suitable for everyone – no previous knowledge or experience required. July's will be like a virtual holiday, allowing you to slip into a beachy-daydream-sleep, welcoming in the good and drinking in micro-moments of pure being. Bliss.

Why 'rest'?

Rest is such a simple and vital aspect of our lives, and yet in today’s fast-paced world it’s not something very many of us take the time to do, or even take very seriously. We may be getting more done, and taking in more information than ever before, but as a result we’ve lost the natural pauses in our lives. We don’t ever stop. Inevitably, our nervous systems are frenzied, running on empty, and desperate for a break.

Meditation, yoga, and mindfulness practices can lead us down the pathway to rest, where we find our inner-most calm state of being. However, the danger is as we engage with various techniques we might get caught up in the processes, methods and our envisioned goals for learning them. Rather than falling into rest, we fire ourselves into rest-disguised recreation.

What's involved?

On these rest day-retreats, which James hosts every quarter, you will be asked to ‘do’ very little and instead allow yourself to be gently guided into a state of deep rest, and you’ll come to understand how you can do this for yourself at home.

We’ll experiment with gentle though powerful movement and breathing enquiries, and explore the subject of rest more fully in discussions, such as what exactly is rest, and why is it so important? How is it different to meditation? How is it different to sleep? Where does yoga nidra fit in with all this?

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Details about the day

This event will be hosted via Zoom and you'll be encouraged to create a 'rest nest' for yourself somewhere quiet and comfortable at home.


  • 10:00-10:30 Welcome talk
  • 10:30-11:30 Guided yoga nidra (deep rest meditation)
  • 11:45-12:45 Exploring rest through the body
  • 13:45-14:00 Break for lunch
  • 14:00-15:00 Questions, reflections, & meditation
  • 15:00-16:00 Talk: Applying rest to your life

All attendees will receive a recording of the day’s talks and practices.

About the teacher

James Reeves is a world-leading yoga nidra teacher trainer and author of the Book of Rest. He’s been teaching yoga and meditation for over 15 years, delivering classes globally, online and even helping to quell nerves at the Oscars.

What people say:

“It amazes me how even your energizing classes are calming and deeply grounding, how you can turn simple yoga poses into deep dives into our being, how you make the prana vayus and yoga philosophy so accessible and practical. You are truly an amazing teacher and your voice is so soothing that it truly seems like you were born to be a yoga nidra facilitator; even listening to your audio book felt like a relaxation.” – Sarah Maar

“I wanted to say a big thank you for the live Yoga Nidra sessions that you have been offering, they have provided a really wonderful space for just being, and nurturing the self, which is so very needed after the pandemic has left us reeling emotionally and facing many challenges, internal and external. The invitation to welcome and to be curious about difficult feelings within a spaciousness that you help facilitate is so very helpful, and just beautifully led in the sessions. It is helping me personally and enriching me professionally as a psychotherapist too.” – Femke Molekamp

“I reached ‘that place’. That place between the breath in meditation, that place that only you could try and describe, that wonderful, wonderful place. It only took me about 10 minutes to get there. It’s truly amazing to me that after the amount of time (and money) I have spent trying to stop the ‘mental chatter’ that I now have a method that I really enjoy. I can’t believe the simplicity and beauty of the method.” – Daniel Morris

Thank you for the session, it was just what I didn’t know I needed!” – Lawrie Minty

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We work with the extraordinary power of rest to help people uncover their innate sense of steady, spacious calm. Our teaching is rooted in the schools of meditation and yoga, but we remove any barriers to entry so that your experience is effortless and not dependent on you mastering any techniques or even learning anything at all. Our practices are focused on subtraction: taking away from the here and now to reveal your inherent, unconditioned awareness. This is not about getting better or making improvements, it's about giving yourself the chance to see that you are already complete, already at-one. Our principal teacher is James Reeves, one of Europe's leading trainers in yoga nidra (deep rest meditation) and co-author of The Book of Rest.

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