John Golden, Captain, US Public Health Service (USPHS) Military Treatment Facility

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.

Vietnam Veteran

Tom Rusneck, Vietnam Veteran

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.


U.S. Marine, Iraq War Veteran

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.

The Effects of Integrative Restoration (iRest®) on Sleep and Perceived Stress in Military Medical Center Healthcare Providers: A Pilot Study for Developing Staff Resilience.

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.

Transforming Trauma: A Qualitative Feasibility Study of Integrative Restoration (iRest) Yoga Nidra on Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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).

Delivering Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra Meditation (iRest®) to Women with Sexual Trauma at a Veteran’s Medical Center: A Pilot Study.

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.

Exploring the Experiences of Women with Complex Trauma with the Practice of iRest Yoga Nidra.

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.


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