What is iRest® Yoga Nidra
iRest® Yoga Nidra is a modern-day adaptation of an ancient practice of healing, relaxation, and well-being from the tradition of yoga. It is a form of mind-body training, with clinically demonstrable effects, which promotes deep healing, health, resiliency and well-being.
iRest® is the result of over forty years of observation, research and hands-on development by Dr. Richard Miller. Research trends indicate that iRest effectively alleviates PTSD, insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, depression and chemical dependency. IRI trained teachers have successfully delivered the iRest® Protocol to active duty military and combat veterans, chronic pain sufferers, the homeless, the incarcerated, health care providers, youth, and other special interest groups.
Research is showing that mindfulness-based practices, such as iRest® yoga nidra, are analogous to neural training regimens, targeting core body, mind, and brain skills and functionings that are important for success and well-being in daily life. These practices seem to be especially effective as they target brain plasticity in the areas of sensory, motor, and limbic and prefrontal cortical functioning. Thus, iRest® yoga nidra is an ideal intervention for re-shaping neural pathways critical to fostering emotional self-regulation, ethical decision-making, resiliency, enhancement of cognitive and emotional skills, development of empathy and well-being, as well as improving overall physical and mental health.
iRest® is a registered trademark of Richard C. Miller, PhD.
*Excerpted from IRI_GeneralBrochure_2014
Yoga Nidra is a profound experience combining deep relaxation with
physical, emotional and mental connection. While laying down, your breathing and awareness deepen and you are able to focus in the present moment.
Denise Karsen and Nanette Bowen guide you with soft, soothing and reassuring voices and have a remarkable sense of good timing to help you explore your body, mind, and spirit.
In my daily life, I find I have improved concentration,improved memory, and improved ability to make better decisions. Yoga Nidra
has also helped me in relieving anxiety and depression I experience at times. I feel revived and refreshed with an increase in peace of mind.