The iRest Institute
The iRest Institute is an educational non-profit that provides events, teacher trainings, and educational content based on the ancient teachings of Yoga Nidra but presented in a form made accessible for modern day living. iRest is designed to bring the healing benefits of yogic and meditative practices to a wide variety of people.
iRest is practiced and taught by thousands of people worldwide in a number of different organizations that support well-being. We offer programs in yoga studios, community centers, clinics, schools, hospices, correctional facilities, and U.S. military hospitals. Based on current studies with iRest in the military, the Defense Centers of Excellence has approved iRest as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine warranting continuing research for its use in the treatment of PTSD. In addition, the U.S. Army Surgeon General has listed Yoga Nidra (based on research with iRest) as a Tier 1 approach for addressing Pain Management in Military Care.
Our MISSION is to help people resolve their pain and suffering, and experience deep healing and peace.
Our VISION is to nurture an engaged community dedicated to health, well-being and authentic participation with the world.
iRest Institute has earned Gold Seal of Transparency on GuideStar USA. By adding information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, achievements, and progress indicators, we are highlighting the difference we help make in the world and our commitment to transparency. Please feel free to check out our Guidestar profile here.
Dr. Richard Miller
iRest was developed by Richard Miller, PhD. Richard is a world-renowned spiritual teacher, author, yogic scholar, researcher and clinical psychologist, who has combined traditional yogic practice with Western psychology and neuroscience. He is committed to bringing the healing benefits of iRest to all segments of our population. In addition to founding the iRest Institute (originally named The Integrative Restoration Institute), Richard was also the co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy and founding editor of the professional Journal of IAYT.
Richard has authored books and developed a variety of iRest related products that can be viewed and purchased here.
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A Message from Dr. Richard Miller:
I first became involved with Yoga Nidra in 1970, when I moved to San Francisco. I decided to meet people by taking a 12 week yoga course. When I showed up for my first class, I found out that the instructor had decided to teach the class in total silence. So, during the 12 weeks of my course, I didn’t meet a single person - but I ended up meeting myself - and this became a major turning point in my life.
At the end of the first class, the instructor taught us a basic Yoga Nidra meditation. That night, I walked home feeling totally at ease and radiantly joyful within myself. Instead of having my usual feelings of separation and loneliness, I felt connected, both to myself and everything around me.
This experience left a deep longing in me to understand the practice of Yoga Nidra and to realize this feeling of peace and connectedness.
In the following decades, my yearning would lead me to study with some of the most renowned meditation teachers in the world and to become a skilled practitioner - both by continuing my own practice and by sharing this practice with others.
I later adapted these ancient practices in an effort to make them more accessible - so more people could experience deep healing and well-being. I wanted to make the practice of meditation easier to do and more applicable to our modern, western world so I developed iRest. iRest is based on ancient Yoga Nidra teachings, but designed for modern day living. I’m happy to report, iRest meditation is now taught and practiced world wide.
I call the various practices that make up the iRest program “tools for life”. They comprise a tool belt of essential practices that can help you experience true health, resiliency, and well-being throughout your life. These tools empower you to skillfully meet each moment with unshakable peace and wellbeing - no matter how challenging or difficult your situation.
Regular practice - a little and often - enables you to experience the power of iRest and helps you feel connected to yourself, others, and the world around you.
We can’t know what an apple tastes like, unless we taste it. You can’t know the power of iRest unless you practice it. Whether you are looking for a way to better deal with the everyday stresses of life, or whether you are dealing with serious trauma or pain, I invite you to explore the practice of iRest and experience what it can bring to you.
With joy and gratitude,
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.
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.