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Yoga Nidra & Hypnosis: Yogic Trance or Trance Logic?

May 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Yoga Nidra & Hypnosis: Yogic Trance or Trance Logic? 

Presented by Scott Hoye, Psy.D.


Friday, May 12, 2023

9:00AM-10:30AM PST / 11:00AM-12:30PM CST / 12:00PM-1:30PM EST


Event held online via Zoom. Link to access provided upon registration.


This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 1.5 CEs for Psychologists or 1.5 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs.


Workshop Description:

Eastern mind/body techniques have been integrated into psychotherapy for several decades.  The most prevalent of these is mindfulness meditation. Similarities between hypnosis and mindfulness have been noted. In recent years, there has also been an integration of the use of yoga nidra, the “yoga of sleep.” What are the similarities between yoga nidra and hypnosis?  How can an understanding of hypnosis help to better understanding yoga nidra? Can aspects of both be integrated?

This 90-minute presentation provides an overview of yoga nidra, including its background in Indian spirituality, and the scientific literature about yoga nidra as a behavioral health intervention. It will look at the similarities and differences between it and hypnosis, and suggestions for integrating the two modalities. It was also critical look at the use of spiritual practices into western medicine for practical purposes.


Learning Objectives:

After attending this introductory-level presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic concepts and scientific literature of yoga nidra and its application to clinical practice.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the basic concepts and scientific literature of hypnosis, and its application and to clinical practice.
  3. Name the similarities between hypnosis and yoga nidra and other mind-body practices integrated within clinical practice
  4. Identify three uses of hypnosis and yoga nidra for clinical practice


Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.


Workshop Schedule (shown in CST):

11:00 am – Event Begins

12:30 pm – Event Ends


Registration & Fees:

Community members: $65.00

SCEH Members/Faculty: $55.00

Students: $15.00

Refund Policy: 100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.



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Eastman-Mueller, H., Wilson, T., Jung, A., Kimura, & A, Tarrant, J. (2013). iRest Yoga-Nidra on the college campus: Changes in stress, depression, worry, and mindfulness. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 23 (2), 15–24.

Hoye, S. & Reddy, S. (2016).  Yoga-nidra and hypnosis.  The International Journal of Health Education and Promotion, 53 (4), 117-125.

Moszeik, E. N., von Oertzen, T., & Renner, K. H. (2020). Effectiveness of a short Yoga Nidra meditation on stress, sleep, and well-being in a large and diverse sample. Current Psychology, 1-15.

Parker, S., Bharati, S. V., & Fernandez, M. (2013). Defining yoga nidra: Traditional accounts, physiological research, and future directions.  International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 23, (1), 11-16.

Rani, K, Tiwari, S., Kumar, S, Singh, S., Prakash, J., & Srivastava, N. (2016).  Psychobiological changes with add on yoga nidra in patients with menstrual disorders: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Caring Sciences, 5 (1), 1–9.

Schoenberg, P. L., Ruf, A., Churchill, J., Brown, D. P., & Brewer, J. A. (2018). Mapping complex mind states: EEG neural substrates of meditative unified compassionate awareness. Consciousness and Cognition57, 41-53..



Target Audience: Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCPCs, all mental health disciplines, graduate students welcome. Hypnosis practitioners. Members of SCEH and the TCSPP community.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to OfficeofCE@thechicagoschool.edu. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.