What is iRest

iRest Yoga Nidra, also known as iRest Mindfulness Meditation, is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry. iRest releases negative emotions and thought patterns, calms the nervous system, and develops a deep capacity to meet any and all circumstances you may encounter in life. Yoga Nidra is often referred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness. Research has shown that iRest Yoga Nidra effectively reduces PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and chemical dependency. Current research with the U.S. military has shown iRest Yoga Nidra to be as, or more, effective than any other intervention (including medication) for veterans returning from war zones with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Many other research studies are underway for children, the homeless, and those with chronic fatigue, sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression.

What Happens During iRest:

During iRest, we observe and welcome various aspects of our waking existence.  We start with the most gross form, the physical body, and then move through more subtle layers, such as the breath, feelings, emotions, beliefs, and joys.  As we welcome everything that is present in the body and mind, our emotions and thoughts begin to grow calmer.  In the process, we discover and connect to the aspect of ourselves that is always peaceful and at ease.

Our defects are the ways that glory gets manifested. Whosover sees clearly what’s diseased in himself begins to gallop on the way…….Don’t turn your head. Keep looking at the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you. And don’t believe for a moment that you’re healing yourself.
— -Rumi