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Deep Rest: Yoga Nidra & Acupuncture Workshop

Learn how to recover and rest deeply with vagal toning, yoga nidra, and acupuncture 

With the Spring season at our doorstep, it's time to shake off the Winter! This is the perfect time to clean our bodies and minds, creating space for more clarity and inspiration. This change of Seasons often also triggers fatigue, which can feel even more intense if you didn't get to slow down and restore energy during the Winter. Maybe you feel exhausted when your alarm goes off in the morning. You experience dips in your energy during the day and rely on sugar or caffeine to keep going. Your brain might feel foggy and unclear. Low-grade inflammation can cause puffiness, poor digestion, and your skin might break out more than usual. Emotionally you can feel overwhelmed and unmotivated. All signs that your body needs a Spring cleaning and deep restorative rest!  


In this 4-hour workshop, Suze (somatic therapist) and Sandra (acupuncturist) join forces to offer you a combination of practices that bring you powerful therapeutic tools that activate your body's innate ability to recover, heal, and adapt. You will get to experience the practices but also learn the theory behind them and the tools to applythis knowledge in your daily life.  


To start the day Suze will teach about sleep, the activity of our brain during the different sleep cycles, and the effects of yoga nidra. She will also teach you the basics about the vagus nerve and its role in your health and well-being. This will be followed by a grounding practice that teaches you how to activate your vagus nerve, allowing you to feel grounded and present in your body. 


Sandra will teach you how to support your body as we move through  Spring into the Summer, from the perspective of Chinese medicine. This will offer you a holistic view of your body and mind and how it relates to nature and its Seasons. You will learn different pressure points and lifestyle practices to integrate into your daily life. 

In the final practice, all modalities will be combined. You get to enjoy a deeply relaxing yoga nidra combined with acupuncture. You will leave the workshop deeply rested and enriched with valuable knowledge and practices that you can use daily to enhance your health and well-being.


Ready to take on Spring with the energy and enthusiasm it deserves!  


Yoga Nidra is a form of deep meditation and relaxation. While you lay down in a comfortable position, you are guided into a state of deep relaxation that gives access to the subconscious, so that healing can take place on a deep level. Through Yoga Nidra, you reach a trance state between being awake and sleeping. In this state, your brain creates theta waves, allowing your rational brain to sleep while your subconscious remains active and thus maintains a trace of connection with your surroundings. In this state experiences and fragments of memories are processed, muscle tension and stress in the body decrease, and blood pressure and heart rate lower. This has a very healing effect on the body and mind.

Yoga Nidra

Suze Retera _ Yoga Nidra
Acupuncture Treatment


Acupuncture is a holistic treatment that adjusts and balances the body to improve circulation, organ function and general health.
It is used to treat a wide variety of conditions from stress, headaches and fatigue to digestive issues, stiff shoulders and torn muscles. To do this, tiny needles are inserted at specific points on the body. These acupuncture points lie on channels that were first mapped out in China over 2,000 years ago and whose relevance is being confirmed today through electromagnetic imaging. Acupuncture can be used to treat specific complaints, to boost energy and well-being, and to encourage relaxation and sleep.

Workshop Schedule:


14:30        Welcome & Intro
14:45 - 15:30 Theory Vagus Nerve, Sleep & Yoga Nidra  
15:30 - 16:15 Vagal toning practice
16:15 - 16:30 Tea break
16:30 - 17:15 Theory Acupuncture and Acupressure
17:15 - 18:15 Yoga Nidra & Acupuncture practice
18:15-18:30 Questions, sharing & wrap-up


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Sandra Guy is an acupuncturist with a private practice in Amsterdam,  who has been working with Chinese medicine for over 20 years. Sandra grew up in Hong Kong and studied Daoist Self-Cultivation and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Netherlands choosing to specialize in acupuncture. She graduated from Shenzhou Open University for Traditional Chinese Medicine, Cum Laude. Since then she has continued to study different specializations of Japanese acupuncture. She has witnessed extraordinary healing when the body is allowed to reset through the repeated states of deep relaxation and rebalancing that acupuncture can create. She is excited to bring the powerful restorative potential of Yoga Nidra and acupuncture together in this workshop. 


Date: 12 May

Time: 14:30 - 18:30 hrs

Location: Studio Iokai, Amsterdam

Price: €89  incl. VAT


Suze Retera is a psychologist, somatic trauma therapist, TRE® provider, orthomolecular therapist, and yoga and yoga nidra teacher. In her practice in Amsterdam, she combines these modalities into a holistic approach with the body as the focus point of healing. By releasing experiences through the body, insights, and sustainable healing can occur.


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