What is irest?

iRest Yoga Nidra has been developed over the past twenty-six years by Richard Miller, PhD, a clinical psychologist, author, researcher and yogic scholar, and is uniquely suitable for a Western audience. Extensive research has shown that iRest effectively supports the healing process across a broad range of populations. Currently, there are iRest programs in military hospitals across the U.S., as well as in correctional facilities, hospices, clinics, schools, and organizations supporting personal growth and well-being. In June of 2010, iRest was endorsed by the US Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).  Learn more about iRest Research.

How It Works

iRest is integrative, in that it heals the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind. It is restorative in that it aids its practitioners in recognizing their underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances of life.

People using iRest report:

  • Decreased stress, anxiety, fear and depression
  • Decreased insomnia and sleep disturbances
  • Decreased perception of chronic and acute pain
  • Improved interpersonal relations
  • Increased energy levels
  • Increased sense of control in their lives
  • More confidence and joy in their lives
  • Greater sense of peace and well-being

iRest programs are typically taught as a guided meditation. Students can expect to lie down or sit comfortably during the practice. 

  • Explore and develop intention
  • Experience Body Sensitivity training
  • Experience breath and energy awareness
  • Develop systematic neutralization of:
    • Negative body sensations and stress
    • Negative feelings & emotions
    • Negative beliefs, images and memories
  • Experience joy and well-being
  • Develop freedom from the sense of separation generated by the senses and mind
  • Learn to experience peace amidst the changing circumstances of life


1:1 PRIVATE sessions

With this program, I work directly with the client to determine their needs and goals. I will implement yoga movement, breath work, meditation and iRest to address the specific needs of the client. 


corporate sessions

The Harvard Business School has concluded from their research that the two most effective business tools for the twenty-first century are meditation and intuition. The benefits of meditation + mindfulness in the workplace are cumulative. Meditation provides the individual with the tools to heighten their awareness, remove creative blocks and digest stress effectively. When these methods of mindfulness are applied in the workplace you will notice how nimble your team can become. I have developed a curriculum that supports both the individual and the business through guided meditation, workshops and 1:1 sessions. 

presentations and workshops

Presentations and Workshops are a great way to share interactive information with your group. I can develop a presentation specifically for your needs- below are some topics that I have presented in the past. 

  • Why Meditate: Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness in the Workplace
  • Neuroplasticity: How the Brain Changes with Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Beginners Guide to Meditation
  • Meditation for Anxiety
  • Ritual of Nourishment and Cleansing
  • Eating to Support Hormone Balance
  • Eating for Immunity
  • Adaptogenic Herbs for Beauty
  • Yoga Postures for Digestion
  • Breath Work for Relaxation
  • The Doshas: Understanding Ayurveda

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