Trainers, Supervisors, and Mentors

Welcome to the Trainers, Supervisors, and Mentors Page.

Here you will find profiles for our iRest Trainers, Certification Supervisors, and IRI Mentors. If you wish to contact anyone, please click on the link in their profile which gives you a way to leave a message.

Leigh BlashkiLeigh Blashki
Leigh is an iRest ® Certified Teacher and Supervisor. His life has been dedicated to the practice and teaching of meditation and yoga and the establishment of credible standards for teachers and therapists in these fields. Leigh commenced meditation practice in 1968 and is a registered teacher with Meditation Australia, a senior teacher and registered yoga therapist with Yoga Australia, and is a C-IAYT. He has served on numerous committees across the globe helping to establish educational standards for the fields of yoga, yoga therapy, and meditation.

After attending an iRest workshop taught by Dr. Richard Miller in 2008 at the IAYT SYTAR conference he was ‘hooked’! Since then Leigh has dived deeply into the teachings and practices of iRest and describes iRest as the “new software of my life”. As the Associate Director for iRest in Australasia, he has assisted Australasian Director Fuyuko Toyota regularly at trainings and retreats. He has helped iRest to become a registered training by Meditation Australia, and continues to work toward the recognition of iRest training by the IAYT.

Molly BirkholmMolly Birkholm
Molly is a speaker, consultant, iRest Yoga Nidra teacher trainer, trauma educator, author, and international show host. Molly’s stress management programs, resilience training, and trauma treatment programs are used by leaders and top organizations around the world, including the US Department of Defense, JPChase, McKinsey & Company, and the Young Presidents' Organization. She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease, which has trained over 2000 teachers and brought yoga and meditation to 65 military bases and VA Centers. She helped pioneer evidence-based trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation programs for PTSD in the military and other communities affected by trauma, including human trafficking survivors and homeless communities. She is also an iRest Yoga Nidra teacher trainer. Molly teaches trainings and retreats around the world and also online.  She hs an ‘iRest Yoga Nidra’ and a ‘Building Resilience’ course on The Great Courses, which are both 24-class series lectures and practices. She is also a Featured Teacher & the host of the 54-episode Women’s Empowerment Initiative on Yoga International.

Jennifer CabaneroJennifer Cabanero
Jennifer is ​Supervisor of Trainers​ at IRI​ and ​w​as introduced to the teachings of Richard Miller​ in 2003. Jennifer has been assisting in iRest trainings since 2012 and has also stepped into the role of Senior iRest Trainer. ​She also has the pleasure and the honor of teaching iRest classes, trainings and immersions at The Yoga Tree ​in​ Seattle. ​ 

In her spare time she runs wild with her two nieces, enjoys cooking (she used to be a pastry chef!)​ and spending as much time out of doors as possible. 

Through iRest, Jennifer has become aware of a deep sense of wholeness that has always been present and with this wholeness, an ability to fully welcome life with all of its ups and downs. ​What a gift it is to be working for the Institute!

Robin CarnesRobin Carnes
Robin is an iRest® Certified Senior Teacher, Trainer, and Supervisor. She is also a leading pioneer in the efforts to bring evidence-based yoga and meditation practices into mainstream healthcare.

From 2006-2012 Robin was a yoga and iRest® meditation instructor for a Defense Department acute PTSD treatment program at Walter Reed Medical Center. Out of this work, she co-founded Warriors at Ease (WAE), which has trained over 700 yoga teachers to teach safely and effectively in military communities. Robin has a private practice focused on trauma, anxiety and other mental health concerns.

She has many best-selling recorded practices which are widely available. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, Huffington Post, and Army Magazine, as well as the award-winning documentary, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue America’s Healthcare.

Anne DouglasAnne Douglas
Anne had the privilege to be the first person to attain iRest® Certification and to facilitate the iRest Trainer Certification Program with Richard Miller in 2015, bringing 13 new iRest Level 1 trainers into the field.

It is Anne’s joy to supervise students through iRest Certification and she has developed an area of expertise in therapeutic settings which includes dyads, customizing a practice, and working with difficult emotions or beliefs. Anne is a certified, professional level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, and Holistic Lifestyle Coach. She draws upon these skills to facilitate: classes, private coaching, personal growth workshops, retreats and teacher trainings. Anne is also an IRI Senior Retreat Leader.

Anne’s work is continually inspired by the natural and wild beauty that surrounds her in the Canadian Rockies. Her own experience of the inner peace and deep joy that has arisen from the practices has inspired her to share them with the world.

Barbara EasthamBarbara Eastham
Barbara has been part of the collaborative development of the iRest training and certification and is a supervisor in the certification process. She has for many years been a teacher of teachers.

She is currently offering iRest to groups and individuals and working within a cancer wellness facility. She loves to offer the nondual practices of bodysensing, pranayama, meditation and personal inquiry in small group gatherings where participants share and learn from one another.

Barbara lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and has two, brightly shining, grown children.

Clearlight GeraldClearlight Gerald, MA, E-RYT500
Clearlight Gerald is an iRest Mentor, a certified iRest Meditation Teacher, an IAYT-certified Yoga Therapist, and a Perinatal Specialist. She brings over two decades of experience teaching and supporting students in group classes and trainings, and in individual mentoring.

Clearlight first met her teachers and mentors, Richard Miller and Joan Ruvinsky, in 2004. Since then, she has been deeply immersed in the study of the nondual wisdom teachings and practices that inform the transformative practice of iRest Yoga Nidra.

As a specialist in iRest Meditation and yoga for perinatal health and wellbeing, Clearlight has guided thousands of women through the journey of inviting and living parenthood. She teaches people from all walks of life, and specializes in the application of the principles and practices of iRest to the lived context of fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth.

Her individualized sessions consist of dyadic inquiry (iRest co-meditation), and/or therapeutic yoga practices that allow for the development of personalized strategies to help reduce stress, minimize suffering, and improve overall wellbeing. These sessions also provide an opportunity for meditative inquiry and perspective, clarity and insight.

Clearlight is an iRest Certification Supervisor, a role in which she has served with joy since the inception of the iRest teacher training program. Within the context of supervision, and within the context of professional mentoring, Clearlight brings warmth, insight, and the skillfulness to support new teachers in fully developing and living their wisdom and potential.

Clearlight lives with her husband and twin girls in a small community near Montreal, Canada. (And yes, she was named Clearlight at birth!) :)

Noel GiuliniNöle Giulini
Nöle is an iRest® Certified Senior Teacher, Trainer, and Supervisor. She teaches iRest® Yoga Nidra workshops and retreats in the USA, Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark, as well as the first Level 1 training in Germany. She is an artist with a degree in Art, Psychology, and Art Therapy. She has also been certified to teach yoga by both Erich Schiffmann and Kripalu, and has been teaching yoga for 27 years.

Inspired by her lifelong work as an artist, as well as her own practice, Nöle developed a unique style that animates complex ancient teachings in a playful, practical, and deeply life changing way. It is this gift -- to live the coming together of the creative and the spiritual -- that is the essence of her teaching.

Together with her life partner Gary Lemons she owns and runs Tender Paws Yoga Studio in Port Townsend, Washington State.

Kirsten Guest
Kirsten has been the Director of the iRest Teacher Certification for IRI since the inception of the Teacher Training program. She is a Supervisor and Mentor of iRest yoga nidra and delights in supporting teachers in building confidence in their teaching, while exploring their personal meditation practice.

Kirsten teaches yoga and meditation classes and works with her local physiotherapy clinic supporting individuals in their healing in her home town of Kimberley, B.C., and travels to lead iRest retreats and workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Kirsten loves to stay active in the outdoors in the Canadian mountain town where she lives, and can often be found on the bike and ski trails, or floating on local lakes and rivers.

Ross Guest
Ross Guest is a Supervisor, Certified iRest Teacher, and former Executive Director of the iRest Institute. He has been a student and teacher of iRest for 20 years. He lives in Kimberley BC where he teaches yoga for men. He also teaches meditation to groups and individuals. A passionate cyclist, Ross rides a few thousand kilometers each summer and competes in Grand Fondo events. Ross is devoted to taking the practice of mediation off the cushion and into real life situations to meet and be with whatever is arising in the present moment. Ross is thankful that his first and only yoga and meditation teacher is Richard Miller who is an employer, a teacher and a good friend. Previously, Ross was a Corporate Counsel for a number of Textron companies in Canada and was a director and business consultant to numerous large Canadian companies. Ross and his wife Kirsten enjoy an active lifestyle of weight training and outdoor activities in the Mountains of the Rocky Mountain trench.

Monica HansonMonica Hanson
Monica is an iRest® Certified Senior Trainer, Supervisor. She also teaches at Stanford University's School of Medicine and is a consultant with Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism - Research and Education.

She was certified in the Therapeutic Application of Yoga at Duke University, Integrative Medicine; and is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Monica is married and has a teenaged son. She likes Lake Shasta, bees, biking up hills, fast cars, friends, family, colleagues, art, science, writing and the awe and mystery of nature.

Kathleen KnippKathleen Knipp
Kathleen is an iRest® Certified Senior Teacher, Supervisor, and Mentor who assisted in the development of the iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher training curriculum. She blends iRest® with her background in developmental psychology to offer dyadic yoga nidra in a private practice.

Profoundly influenced by the non-dual teachings of Jean Klein - as offered through Joan Ruvinsky, Éric Baret and Richard Miller - Kathleen Knipp shares her love of Pathless Yoga body and breath sensing, the texts of Kashmir Shaivism, and iRest® Yoga Nidra at retreats, seminars and classes in Montreal and elsewhere in Canada, and in the US.

A former resident of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, an E-RYT500 yoga teacher and co-founder and former director of Global Yoga Journeys, Kathleen has been fully absorbed in the study and practice of yoga for more than 20 years. She pursues her bliss by chanting, hiking, and back-packing. She prefers wandering in the woods and exploring the meditations from the Vijñâna Bhairava over most sorts of formal practice.

Sam Loe
Sam was introduced to the healing and integrative power of iRest® Yoga Nidra many years ago through her teacher, Donna Farhi. In 2013 she attended both the first Australian levels 1 & 2 iRest trainings with Richard Miller inspiring her to complete her Certification under the guidance of Kirsten Guest in 2018.


Combining the welcoming aspect of iRest along with functional, therapeutic, and restorative yoga, Sam has found an incredible framework and ground of Wholeness upon which to meet both personal challenges as well as orient students and clients to their own resources. The non-secular approach of iRest has filtered into all of her yoga teaching as she has become more and more passionate about empowering people to find a sense of agency through providing safe learning environments, invitational, and choice based practices and ultimately supporting people to develop their own self-practice. Sam’s practice and teaching come from a somatic place of listening deeply within and she shares this understanding through classes, events, and retreats both in New Zealand and abroad.


For nearly 20 years, Sam has been orienting people to Wellbeing through yoga within many different environments and situations -- including schools and colleges, hospitals, mental health communities, those living with health challenges (including cancer, anxiety and depression), as well as specialising in working with prenatal women. She now brings all of this experience as a faculty member on the New Zealand Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training as well as offering mentoring as an iRest Certification Supervisor.


Sam resides in Nelson, NZ where she shares an adventurous life with her lively 2 boys and supportive husband.

Stephanie LopezStephanie Lopez, LISW-S 
Stephanie is a Senior iRest® Trainer, iRest Certification Supervisor, and IRI Retreat Leader. Her teachings are informed by over two decades of immersion in the non-dual teachings of yoga as well as her integration of western psychology and the wisdom traditions of eastern spirituality. Stephanie has studied with Richard Miller, PhD, since 2002 and co-taught with Richard at trainings and retreats. As a clinical social worker Stephanie weaves self-inquiry and iRest meditation into her clinical practice.

Stephanie’s compassionate presence, depth of knowledge, and ease of being create a welcoming space for insightful learning. She leads workshops, retreats, and trainings in the U.S. and internationally.

Stephanie finds joy in her marriage with her husband, Francisco, and their two cats, Juniper & Luna. She is also an avid traveler and hiker.

Beate Maaß

Beate Maaß
Beate is an iRest certified teacher and supervisor. She was introduced to the teachings of Richard Miller in Germany in 2013 by iRest trainer and supervisor Nöle Giulini, and has since then regularly assisted in Nöle's workshops.

Beate is offering iRest to groups and individuals alike. As a supervisor, she supports the German-speaking students through the certification process.

Beate's first groundbreaking contact with non-dual wisdom teachings was in 1997. Following that, she studied and practiced meditation in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Later, she completed her training as a yoga teacher BDY/EYU and GGF under Leopoldo Chariarse in the non-dual tradition of Kashmir Shaivism after Jean Klein.

With iRest Yoga Nidra, Beate has found the thread that unites all the essential ideas that she appreciates and loves from non-dualism, yoga, and Buddhism.

Beate lives with her husband in a small town in the Teutoburg Forest in North Rhine-Westphalia / Germany and has three wonderful grown up sons.

Ford Peck 
Ford is a Certified Senior iRest Trainer, Mentor, and Supervisor. He began to study and practice meditation while in high school. From 1988 to 1992 he lived and worked at a yoga and meditation center. He has been teaching yoga, pranayama, and meditation for 27 years.

Ford has practiced as a somatic healer for over 20 years. He is considered a master bodyworker and has been certified since 1999 in SHEN Therapy -- a modality of energy work that helps release and heal emotions directly in the body. Ford also completed graduate studies in Counseling and Depth Psychology and has a Masters Degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, providing both individual and couples counseling, and is supervised by Dr. Richard Miller.

Ford fell in love with non-dual teachings in the late 90's and subsequently spent a year and a half in India, studying and practicing intensively in the tradition of Advaita (per Ramana Maharshi) as well as the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Ford has managed, assisted, and taught at numerous iRest Teacher Trainings, as well as retreats with Richard Miller.

He currently resides with his partner and their beloved cat in beautiful Marin County, where he teaches regular iRest classes and workshops. He loves to drink in the natural beauty of the land through hiking and mountain biking.

Dr Jill C PetersonDr. Jill C. Peterson, Psy.D., RYT
Jill is an iRest® Certified Senior Trainer. She draws on traditional psychotherapy as well as the eastern philosophical teachings of yoga and mindfulness. She specializes in teaching people how to develop a relationship with their Self: with their physical body, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and, most importantly, their own inner guidance.

Whether through traditional talk therapy, yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, or all of the above, we can connect (or re-connect) to the wisdom that has been with us all our life. Let the journey begin!

Jill believes the most important part of being human is experiencing, sharing, cultivating and manifesting JOY in all its forms. She wasn’t always able to feel her Self as Joy, but now finds tremendous joy in snowboarding, being in the ocean, seeing a French Bulldog walk down the street, eating REALLY good cupcakes, and making fun of the absurdity of being Human -- we take it so seriously. It’s serious enough as it is, isn’t it? 

James ReevesJames Reeves
James is an iRest® Certified Senior Trainer, founder of Restful Being, and is one of the UK’s leading Yoga Nidra experts. He has studied extensively with the iRest protocol’s founder, Richard C. Miller, PhD.

James has been a practicing yoga teacher since 2005 and was qualified as a Structural Yoga Therapist after completing his training with Mukunda Stiles in 2006. From his clinic in Oxford James works with clients who are recovering from birth trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse and depression, as well as injury and other physical ailments.

He teaches Yoga Nidra at TriYoga London and regularly guest-teaches elsewhere -- such as at the Khiron House trauma centre. He also runs his own regular yoga classes, workshops, and retreats. His work is focused on helping us to live the essence of our true nature: welcoming, open, spacious and free from judgment and conditioning.

Karen SoltesKaren Soltes, LCSW, RYT, C-IAYT 
Karen is an iRest® Certified Teacher and Senior Trainer. She holds Masters degrees in both Clinical Social Work and Counseling. And she has worked in a variety of therapeutic and educational settings over the past 35 years.

Karen taught iRest at the Washington DC VA Hospital as part of the Integrated Health and Wellness Program for 8 years. There, she observed iRest alleviating the symptoms of PTSD, Substance Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Pain. She is also a founding partner of Warriors at Ease, whose mission is to train yoga and meditation teachers to work in military communities.

She currently resides in Durango, Colorado where she hikes, bikes, and savors the outdoors. One of her passions is taking the practices of yoga and meditation to populations that typically do not have access, including: the military, the homeless, and kids/adults with developmental challenges. Her hero is Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, who has the coolest pair of shoes around and discovers that what she was really seeking was there all along. 

Headshot of Fuyuko Toyota

Fuyuko Toyota 
Fuyuko is an iRest® Certified Senior Trainer, Retreat Leader, and Supervisor / Mentor. She is also a senior registered teacher with Yoga Australia, and a member of the Association of Meditation Australia.

For the past 20 years she has been deeply committed to Awakening. She discovered iRest in 2006, and upon meeting Richard Miller in 2007, she recognised him as her true teacher. Her Dharma of living in Stillness has since become a reality. She currently serves as Director of IRI Australasia, with the aim of spreading iRest in the wider community of South East Asia, Japan, and New Zealand.

Fuyuko lives in the spirit of Pronoia: the contagious joy and delight from Loving all and serving all. She is Japanese, lives with her Canadian husband Brian, three French Bichon Frises, and a cat named Tim Tam on the sunny Gold Coast of Australia.