I am currently the Clinical Director for an Intensive Outpatient Program that treats Wounded Warriors with the invisible wounds of traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder after multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade and more. The Warriors are able to regain their grounding and move forward in their recovery and reintegration into continued active duty service or return to the community.
I have been doing this Yoga Nidra now for about 3 years and I have gotten to a point that I don’t have to take any medication for my blood pressure. And I don’t take anything for sleeping, so it has made a big improvement.
Instead of feeling like there is something wrong with us, iRest makes us feel like there is something right with us.
I truly believe that iRest helps to save my life every day. It has given me the hope and strength I needed to reconnect myself to the world again.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient form of meditative inquiry used to reduce physical, emotional and mental suffering. The approach fosters deep relaxation, and is hypothesized to arouse the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response) through body sensing, deep breathing and other techniques.
Study has not yet been written up.
As a result of the increased demand for acute care for Service Members who have sustained injuries in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, the level of perceived stress and other associated variables among military healthcare providers is even more pronounced.
This eight-week study examined the feasibility of offering weekly classes in Integrative Restoration (iRest), a form of mindfulness meditation, to military combat veterans at a community mental health agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants were 16 male combat veterans (15 Vietnam War and 1 Iraq War) of mixed ethnicity, aged 41 to 66 years, suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
This pilot study examines iRest, a form of guided mindfulness meditation, and its ability to reduce symptoms associated with sexual trauma, including military sexual trauma (MST), in a sample of women seeking psychotherapy services at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center.
The main purpose of this study was to investigate the experiences of women who had complex histories of trauma, with an 8-week Integrative Restoration (iRest) intervention. The secondary objective of this study was to evaluate relationships between lifelong trauma exposure and perceived therapeutic gain using a phenomenological approach.