Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Policy


An essential element of the Integrative Restoration iRest® practice is the development and
maintenance of caring and professional teacher-student and client-practitioner relationships.
Clear and appropriate guidelines regarding professional and social conduct and interpersonal
(including sexual) boundaries are necessary for creating safe and supportive environments that
foster appropriate and healthy relationships. Accordingly, iRest Institute is committed to
upholding the highest standards of ethical behavior with regards to personal and professional
conduct.


This policy serves to support the continued growth of individual iRest teachers, as well as our
community of iRest practitioners and students. The following ethical and professional standards
are intended to aid practitioners in evaluating appropriate behavior. However, the Code of Ethics
and Professional Conduct of the iRest Institute is not a voluntary standard of behavior. Anyone
who is teaching iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation, any teacher who advertises, identifies as, or calls
themselves an iRest Level 1 or Level 2 Teacher, or any Certified iRest Teacher, must adhere to
this Code of Conduct in order to maintain their privileges as outlined in the iRest Institute
Copyright, Trademark and Permission Guidelines document.


Each person who enters into an iRest Institute training, and each person who completes the
certification requirements and becomes a Certified iRest Teacher, agrees to observe and be held
to the standard of behavior set out in this policy.

Professional Ethics and Conduct

Commitment to Client/Student
1. I will respect the rights and dignity of my clients/students.
2. I will neither refuse nor discriminate against students on the basis of age, race, gender,
sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or national origin.
3. I will show sensitive regard for the moral, social, religious and other spiritual standards of
my students. I avoid imposing my beliefs on others, although I may express them when
appropriate during a class or session.
4. I will maintain professional boundaries in relationships with clients/students and avoid
any relationships that may exploit the trust of clients/students.
5. I will obtain informed consent to use ethical touch, as appropriate, in iRest Yoga Nidra
Meditation sessions and group classes, such as assisting a client to find a comfortable
position for the practice. In general, touch is not necessary in offering iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation and the necessity of the touch and the potential effect on the client/student
should first be considered before requesting consent for ethical touch.
6. I will refrain from: 1) Attempting to diagnose a student's physical or psychological
condition; 2) Prescribing a treatment; or 3) Suggesting or approving of a client/student
going against her/his physician's (or other licensed medical professionals) advice.
7. I will safeguard the confidentiality of all client information whether written or spoken.
8. I will keep or dispose of any records on a student in a manner that assures security and
confidentiality.
9. I will bill clients/students accurately and fairly.
10. I will obtain consent from students before photographing, audio or videotape recording or
permitting third party observation of iRest sessions.
11. I will ask students’ permission before adding their names to mailing lists and be clear
about the content of mailings, respecting also the students’ right to opt-out of the mailing
list.


Commitment to Profession
1. I will work to promote high standards within the field of yoga nidra meditation.
2. I commit to maintain and improve my teaching skills through personal practice, ongoing
study or mentorship, and to meet any recertification requirements.
3. I will ensure that all information relating to the benefits of iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation
and information used for promotional marketing purposes is accurate, clearly stated and
not misleading in any way.
4. I will not harass a student, employee or colleague, in person or through online activities,
such as trolling, stalking, using hate speech, threatening, intimidating, reporting of false
grievances, manipulating, or otherwise harassing in any form or manner.
5. I will not harass or dismiss an employee who has acted in a reasonable, responsible and
ethical manner to protect or intervene on behalf of a student.
6. I will abstain from the use of alcohol, illicit or illegal drugs, and non-prescribed
medications while actively engaged in teaching an iRest Institute sponsored event, or
while actively engaged in presenting an iRest event or class in general.
7. I will seek appropriate professional assistance for any personal issues that may impair my
ability to practice safely and effectively.
8. I will neither receive nor pay a commission for referral of a client/student.
9. I will make timely referrals to healthcare professionals as appropriate.
10. I will respect copyright and acknowledge sources when drawing from the work of others,
and will adhere to the iRest Institute Copyright, Trademark, and Permission Guidelines.

Commitment to Public
1. I will accurately represent my qualifications including education, training, experience and
professional affiliations.
2. I will provide only those services that I am qualified to perform, as outlined in the Scope
of Practice document.
3. I will conduct my business and professional activities with honesty and integrity.
4. I will commit to working toward diversity, equity and inclusive access to iRest offerings.
5. I will adhere to all local and national laws.
6. I will bring any concerns about the ethical behavior of another iRest teacher to the
attention of the Ethics Committee.
7. I will, as much as possible, commit to environmental sustainability in all business
practices, including, but not limited to, recycling, using energy-efficient products,
reducing waste, saving water and minimizing environmental impact via travel.

Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
All forms of sexual behavior with students are unethical, even when a student invites or consents
to such behavior. Sexual behavior is defined as, but not limited to, all forms of overt and covert
seductive speech, gestures and behavior as well as physical contact of a sexual nature.
1. I will not enter into a sexual relationship with a student or client with whom I am actively
engaged or working within either private sessions or group classes.
2. I will refrain from establishing a sexual relationship with any student for a minimum of
six months after that student has ceased working with me and I will seek consultation
regarding entering into such a relationship from the iRest Institute Ethics Committee or
other professionals who can advise me on ethical standards of behavior.
3. I will refrain from sexual harassment of students, employees or colleagues.

Acknowledgements
I acknowledge that these ethical guidelines are not exhaustive. I understand that the failure of
these guidelines to address any particular conduct does not mean that the conduct is necessarily
ethical or unethical.
If I am uncertain about how to ethically proceed in a particular situation I will contact the iRest
Institute Ethics Committee for guidance before acting.
Any reports of my breaching this code will be fairly investigated by the iRest Institute Ethics Committee and I agree to cooperate in an ethics investigation. I understand that unethical
behavior is a violation of this policy and may lead to a revocation of:
● my privilege to teach iRest
● my privilege to identify myself an iRest Level 1 or Level 2 trained teacher
● my iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation Certification
This policy is intended to assist iRest practitioners and does not create or imply any liability by
iRest Institute for a teacher’s behavior.

Questions?
Please direct questions regarding iRest Institute’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
Policy to the iRest Institute Ethics Committee, attention: ethics@irest.org.