iRest is a meditation practice based on the ancient tradition of Yoga Nidra and adapted to suit the conditions of modern life. When practiced regularly - little and often - iRest enables you to meet each moment of your life with unshakable peace and wellbeing, no matter how challenging or difficult your situation.
iRest was developed by Dr. Richard Miller, a spiritual teacher, author, yogic scholar, researcher and clinical psychologist, who combined traditional yogic practice with Western psychology and neuroscience. It is practiced and taught by thousands of people worldwide in a wide range of settings, including health centers, schools, community centers, yoga studios, correctional facilities and within military and veteran communities.
iRest has historically been endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and recognized by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury as a form of complementary and alternative medicine, thus warranting continuing research on its efficacy in the treatment of post- traumatic stress. iRest has been shown to be effective in scientific trials for conditions including chronic pain, sleep problems, depression and anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
iRest is simple to learn and easy to practice. It can be practiced by anyone, regardless of physical ability or experience with meditation. Once learned, iRest becomes a set of tools for life.
Dive deeper into iRest:
The iRest 10 Step Protocol
iRest has been adapted from the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra into a 10-step protocol (or framework) which is simple to learn and easy to practice. Learn More.
Yoga Nidra and iRest
iRest is a contemporary adaptation of Yoga Nidra that shares many basic principles and techniques. Learn More.
Nondualism and iRest
The teachings of nonduality underlie the practice of iRest. Learn more about the origins and principles of nondual living.
iRest Trainings and Events
We offer a broad range of iRest meditation events and trainings for people at all experience levels and at locations around the globe:
Bring the healing benefits of iRest to your students or patients through our teaching trainings.
Workshops and Immersions
For beginners or more advanced meditators, deepen your learning or simply enjoy iRest with others.
iRest meditation retreats are available for all levels and at beautiful locations across the world.
Experience and learn iRest from the convenience of your own home at your own time.
We are an educational non-profit that depends on donations to keep our programs viable.
Donations help train and certify new iRest teachers, fund scholarships, and support clinical research of iRest.