Thai Acupressure Massage & Yoga Nidra


Yoga Nidra:

Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously. True relaxation, as few have experienced in our modern world, is actually an experience far beyond our usual identification of resting, such as sitting down with a cup of coffee, reading a book, taking small naps or even our regular eight hours a night sleep. For absolute relaxation, you must remain aware. This is yoga nidra, the state of dynamic sleep. The ultimate state of relaxation is reached by turning inwards, away from our outer experiences. In this training, you will discover how to deliver a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.

Highlighted Topics

  • Daily guided Yoga Nidra practice
  • The theory of true relaxation
  • The origin of Yoga Nidra
  • Threefold tensions in our body
  • Process of sense withdrawal
  • Applying Yoga Nidra to our yoga teachings and practice
  • How Yoga Nidra restores health
  • Outline of long and short classes transcriptions
  • Practice teaching

Thai Acupressure Massage:

 Thai Massage is commonly known as Thai yoga massage and Thai yoga therapy. It is known in Thailand as nuat phaen boran(“traditional style massage”) or nuat Thai(“Thai massage”).  Based on a combination of influences from India, China, and Thai traditions, this healing art form has been handed down through the generations mostly via oral tradition. Thai massage is directly related to yogic principles originating in India. It is also in many ways similar to Chinese massage techniques such as tui naiand reflexology as it is based on the theory of the flow of energy lines that run through the body.  Thai massage can prevent bone degeneration, decrease stress, treat back pain, and contribute to psychological well-being. It can be varied to suit a wide range of physical needs, and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Chinese acupressure is based on the meridian system in traditional Chinese medicine. Meridians are energetic channels in the body in which our energy flows through. When energy stagnation occurs, we may feel fatigued, pain, and unease. There are numerous essential acupressure points in our body that can help relieve physical and emotional discomforts. Some of these discomforts may include anxiety, worries, headaches, insomnia, indigestion, sinus congestion, and more. In this workshop, you will learn the ways of traditional Thai massage in combination with Chinese meridians acupressure points.

Highlighted Topics

  • The five elements of traditional Chinese medicine
  • Essential acupressure points to eradicate physical and emotional imbalances
  • Thai massage Sen lines
  • Western medical foundations of Thai massage
  • Massage sequence for front, side and back positions
  • The art of Sankalpa: setting an intention for healing work
  • The subtle art of touch
  • Practical sequence applicable for savasana (corpse pose)


March 13th:

  • 8AM-9AM- Morning yin yang yoga & nidra practice
  • 9:15AM-10:15AM- Thai Massage History & Theory
  • 10:30AM-12:00 PM- Massage Demonstration Part I
  • 12:00-1:00PM- Massage Practice
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM- Lunch
  • 2:00-3:00PM- Massage Practice
  • 3:00-4:00- Yoga nidra theory & technique
  • 4:00-5:00- Practice teaching Nidra

March 14th

  • 8AM-9AM- Morning yin yang yoga & nidra practice
  • 9:15AM-10:15AM- Chinese meridians Acupressure theory
  • 10:30AM-12:00 PM- Massage Demonstration Part II
  • 12:00-1:00 PM- Massage practice
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM- Lunch
  • 2:00-3:00 PM- Massage practice
  • 3:00-4:00- Yoga nidra practice
  • 4:00-5:00- Ceremony & photos


Yes. Registered students must be comfortable with touch. Traditional Thai massage is fully-clothed and applied on a thin mattress (yoga mats in this workshop).

For many of us, we gather a lot of tension from our day to day life. Over time, the accumulated stress may cause physical  imbalances such as headaches, migraines, indigestion, and insomnia. As well, we may also notice some emotional disharmonies like overthinking, irritation, anxiety, and sadness. This two day workshop on Thai Acupressure and Yoga Nidra is designed for those who would like to experience true relaxation on the physical and energetic planes.

Yes, you can join this workshop without previous yoga experience. We do require you to have a receptive mind and are comfortable with touch.

Yes, this workshop is entirely based on Yoga Nidra, Thai massage and Chinese acupressure. Everyone is welcomed.

Yoga instructors will benefit from this workshop tremendously.  As yoga teachers, it is essential to learn how to touch and transmit comfort to a student appropriately. We will explore some essential acupressure points for true relaxation and energy balancing. In addition, we will learn the depths and benefits of Yoga Nidra. It is an effective technique to promote deep relaxation, and can be added to any style of yoga classes. Yoga instructors will find the material in this workshop extremely useful to their everyday teaching.

Upon completion, you will receive a 18hr Yoga Alliance US accredited certificate. This is a certificate for Continued Education Credits (CEU). You must attend all of the hours to receive the certificate.

No, students need to attend the full 2 days as they complement each other.

YES! Students that have enrolled for a 100hr training get a 20% discount on this workshop

Annie Au’s Bio

E-RYT 500, advanced yoga educator, writer

A professional nomad and advanced yoga educator, Annie travels and teaches yoga teacher training and workshops in Mexico, France, Canada, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Bali. Annie is trained in various style of yoga including Ashtanga, Rocket, Dharma, and Yin Yoga. With gratitude, she has attended the 500hr & 800hr Life of a Yogi Teacher Training (LOAY) with the legendary Yoga Master Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City. Annie has a deep interest in our intrinsic emotional and spiritual connections with the physical self. In pursuit of this passion, Annie studies in depth the link between Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has then designed a one-of-a-kind transformative teacher training that integrates the wisdom of Yin yoga and the Chinese meridians system. Annie holds a Bachelor Degree in Human Kinetics with a speciality in sport psychology from the University of British Columbia. Annie uses an approachable method when teaching yoga anatomy to help students gain a better understanding of the human body and practice more intelligently. Annie can lead a dynamic class filled with inversions with a duality of restorative and healing yin sequences.

I am a dreamer and realist born of Chinese descent. Often conflicted by my Scorpio Sun and Gemini Moon, I am the epitome of the Yin and Yang. Growing up I was a ballet dancer trained to become a starring role in classical productions like Swan Lake or Giselle, only to find myself later making ends meet as a starving contemporary dance artist in Vancouver BC. I found my way to yoga after an apocalyptic break up in 2010. And so my spiritual journey began…

As a yoga teacher, my goal is to show you the potential of spiritual fulfilment and happiness by offering you the tools to start practicing yoga authentically and ultimately teaching it to others.

Of course, I’m not the Dalai Lamai or a Buddha reincarnation. Like you, I am someone who experience the polarity of happiness and sadness that life gives. In the midst of life transitions, heartbreaks, and a health scare, I’ve found yoga.

Booking Details:

  • This workshop is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance.
  • Early Bird Rate AED 1,500
  • Regular rate: AED 1800
  • Location: The Studio, Abu Dhabi. For people living outside Abu Dhabi city, we will be happy to assist you with great hotel rates located 5 minutes away from the studio.
  • Contact: (00971) 50 3528640