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In 1996, she traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather, and became dedicated to the path of yoga. Based in Bali and San Francisco, she leads immersions, retreats, workshops, and more.
Nirlipta's particular interest lies in the therapeutic applications of yoga nidra, where he focusses on insomnia and sleep-related issues, lucid dreaming, dealing with stress, enhancing productivity for individuals and groups, and pain-related issues. Much of this has been informed by his own experience, using yoga nidra to manage a life lived with cardiomyopathy, autism, and insomnia. He offers mentoring and pastoral care to other yoga teachers and to students on all Total Yoga Nidra courses and events.
Before creating Yoga Nidra Network Nilripta worked as a registered clinical hypnotherapist. He trained at the London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy and has specialist training in perinatal hypnotherapy. He is a full member of the British Society for Clinical Hypnotherapy and also an associate member of the British Association of Clinical Psychotherapy. At the heart of his unique hypnotherapy practice was a specialized approach to perinatal hypnotherapy, including work with birth trauma resolution and the release of fears and anxieties around childbirth.
Nirlipta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and teaching since 1990. He has yoga teaching diplomas from three different yoga teacher training organisations: Bihar School of Yoga, British Wheel of Yoga and Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. He has also has undertaken further training in pregnancy yoga, yoga therapy and the health and safety aspects of yoga teaching. He has particular expertise in teaching yoga practices for positive mental health, stress relief and relaxation.
Nirlipta also holds an MA in Indian Religion and Philosophy from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Irina traveled the world to study with amazing teachers and completed several in-depth teacher trainings in Hatha, vinyasa, Anusara, restorative, and yin yoga. Very grateful for and inspired by all of her teachers, Irina created a unique style of teaching that is both intense and gentle.
Her love for yoga and life is tangible in every class she teaches. Besides being an inspiring yoga teacher, Irina is a gifted holistic coach. She incorporates her knowledge of Ayurveda, Tantra, myths, and philosophy in her classes and coaching sessions. By doing so, she always manages to inspire those around her to take better care of themselves.
Irina teaches on the hugely popular Ekhart Yoga platform and writes for several yoga magazines, such as the Dutch and French Yoga Magazine. She has written two well-received yogic cookbooks: Headstand in the Kitchen and With a Pinch of Yoga.