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Conference: First International Yoga Nidra Conference

June 2–7, 2019

Stockbridge, MA


Gather to celebrate and explore yoga nidra with teachers from Satyananda Yoga Nidra, I AM Yoga NidraTM, Total Yoga Nidra, and iRest® Yoga Nidra. Together, we recognize and honor the roots of these teachings and establish a yoga nidra “family tree” that strengthens our community and reveals our united purpose.

Through experiential teachings and deep understanding, this first-of-its-kind conference offers an opportunity to

  • Interact with a global community of yoga nidra practitioners
  • Experience deep restoration, integration, intention, and creativity as you explore your essential nature and truth
  • Learn more about the science behind the profound power of yoga nidra
  • Discover new ways to carry these ancient teachings into everyday life.

Take time to connect, collaborate, and deepen your understanding of yoga nidra to realize your true nature and transform our world.




Richard C. Miller

Founder, Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors Integrative Restoration Institute Richard Miller, PhD, C-IAYT, ERYT-500 is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher. For over 40 years, Richard Miller has devoted his life and work to integrating the nondual wisdom teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism and Buddhism with Western psychology. Among his mentors were Jean Klein, T.K.V. Desikachar and Stephen Chang. Richard is the founding president and CEO of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy and founding editor of the professional Journal of IAYT.

He is also a founding member and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology and a senior advisor for the Baumann Foundation for the study of Awareness and its impact on well-being. Author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, Richard serves as a research consultant studying the iRest Yoga Nidra protocol that he has developed (Integrative Restoration ~ iRest, a modern adaptation of the ancient nondual meditation practice of Yoga Nidra) researching its efficacy on health, healing and well-being with diverse populations including active-duty soldiers, veterans, college students, children, seniors, the homeless, the incarcerated, and people experiencing issues such as sleep disorders, PTSD, chemical dependency, chronic pain, and related disorders. In addition to his research and writing projects, Richard lectures and leads trainings and retreats internationally.

Please read the interview with Richard:

"You are love itself." —Nisargadatta

Teacher Specialty

Active Duty Military
Chronic Pain
Chemical Dependency
At Risk Youth
High School



Stephanie Lopez

Stephanie Lopez, L.I.S.W.-S., C-IAYT
IRI Director of Operations
Senior iRest Trainer, Retreat Leader, Supervisor, and Certified iRest Teacher
San Rafael, CA

Stephanie Lopez is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, Gestalt therapist, Yoga Therapist, Senior iRest Trainer, Retreat Leader and Supervisor. She is also a Certified iRest Teacher and serves as the Director of Operations for the iRest Institute.

Stephanie's work is informed by her longtime immersion in the non-dual teachings of yoga and an integration of the wisdom traditions of both Eastern spirituality and Western Psychology. Stephanie interweaves principles of iRest and self-inquiry into her clinical psychotherapy practice. In addition, she maintains a specialized practice devoted to iRest, helping people uncover their essential well-being, deal with difficult emotions & beliefs, and develop a meditation practice. Stephanie’s compassionate presence, depth of knowledge, and love of this work create a welcoming space for insightful learning. She shares her insights in retreats, workshops, classes, and trainings throughout the US and internationally.

Since first meeting and studying with Richard Miller in 2002 Stephanie has been committed to authenticity and truth. In learning to welcome life as it is, life now reveals beauty and wonder in the most ordinary of experiences. She considers it a great privilege to support IRI, its students, and community to bring these teachings out into the world.

Teacher Specialty

Chronic Pain
Chemical Dependency

Additional Teacher Specialty



Stockbridge, MA
57 Interlaken Road
Stockbridge , MA 01262
United States
Massachusetts US


Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health




This event is residential.
Tuition options do not include food and lodging expense.
This event satisfies the Certification short retreat requirement.

Presentation Descriptions

Swami Atmarupa and Swami Shankardev
An Overview of Satyananda Yoga Nidra®
Monday, June 3, 8:30-11:30 am
This session discusses the history and evolution of Satyananda Yoga Nidra® since its inception to the present, for improving health and increasing spiritual awareness, including the application of Yoga Nidra in medical and psychotherapeutic settings.
Afternoon Sessions:
Delving into the Practice of Satyananda Yoga Nidra®
Monday-Thursday, 1:30-4:30 pm
We will explore the yoga philosophy and psychology that underpins each of the stages of Satyananda Yoga Nidra, as well as recent scientific evidence that validates the technique. Each afternoon will also include Yoga Nidra practices, and time for questions and answers.

Kamini Desai, PhD and John Vosler
What is the Ultimate Purpose of Yoga Nidra?
The Single Truth that If Known Would Solve Everything
Tuesday, June 4, 8:30-11:30 am
Yoga Nidra is a tool. If we don’t know what a tool is built for, chances are that we will use it in a way that under-utilizes its full potential. Though Yoga Nidra is as old as Yoga, its full potential has not been widely understood in the West. Explore the ultimate purpose for which Yoga Nidra was built, and understand the problem Yoga Nidra was designed to solve.  Such understanding reveals the true potential and power of this ancient practice, and allows the practitioner to harness its greatest benefits. 

Afternoon Sessions:
Healing from the Inside Out
Monday-Thursday, 1:30-4:30 pm
What if disease wasn’t just disease?  What if so many of the problems we experience physically, mentally, and emotionally were just the visible manifestation of a variety of deeper causes? Learn how science is discovering the importance of addressing the role of mind and emotions in healing, and how the practice of Yoga Nidra can play a major role in reversing, and positively re-directing the effects of our thoughts and emotions on our health.

  • Discover the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, and the 5 tools of Yoga Nidra than can change your health from the inside out.
  • Learn how Yoga Nidra frees your body’s healing potential and helps you heal from the core, rather than surface symptoms.
  • Understand the power of intention, and how its power is magnified many-fold when used in conjunction with Yoga Nidra.
  • Review the science that is verifying what yogis have known for thousands of years.
  • Leave with powerful tools to take charge of your wellbeing, and manage your health and peace of mind.
  • Learn how yoga nidra allows you to gently resolve and release emotional integration of unresolved experiences.

Uma Dinsmore-Tulli
Wednesday, June 5, 8:30-11:30 am

Afternoon Presentations: 
Monday-Thursday, 1:30-4:30 pm

Richard Miller and Stephanie Lopez
The Healing and Awakening Power of iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation
Thursday, June 6, 8:30-11:30 am
Integrative Restoration iRest Yoga Nidra is a 10-step, 6-kosha program of meditation,  that’s derived from the ancient 38-Stage map of nondual yogic meditation, as found in the unqualified nondual approach of Śaivism Tantra. iRest is an empirically based, research-proven, and trauma sensitive contemporary adaptation of the ancient practice of yogic meditation. Designed for health, healing, and awakening, Richard will describe the history that gave rise to the iRest Program, the neuroscience of meditation, and how to use the iRest world-embracing form of yoga nidra meditation to navigate all states of consciousness, including waking, dreaming, and dreamless sleep. 

iRest is a dynamic form of meditation that is being used to restore vibrant health and resilience, heal psychological and physical issues, and serves as a portal for awakening to our full human potential, that takes us beyond all sense of separation, where we experience our interconnectedness with the ineffable Mystery that has given birth to the entire cosmos.

  • Health redefined
  • History of iRest
  • Neuroscience of Meditation
  • Ten components of iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation
  • Power of ‘Welcoming’ and 'Opposites'  for healing and awakening
  • Essential Nature as the ultimate resource of our indestructible health and well-being

iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation Practice Sessions
Monday-Thursday, 1:30-4:30 pm
These afternoon practice-based sessions with Richard Miller and Stephanie Lopez focus on the healing and revealing power of the 10-step program of iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation. You will be guided into experiencing iRest Yoga Nidra for health, healing, and awakening. You will learn foundational principles that underlie iRest, and experience practices that support your awakening beyond all sense of separation, realizing yourself as the ineffable Mystery that has given birth to the entire cosmos and that underlies your true sense of value, meaning, and purpose in life.


Sunday, June 2, 2019 to Friday, June 7, 2019


Sunday, June 2

  • 7:30–9:30 PM: Opening presentation

Monday, June 3–Thursday, June 6  

  • 8:30–11:30 AM: Each morning, one of the yoga nidra traditions will give a presentation
  • 1:30–4:30 PM: Attendees will be divided into four groups and will enjoy an experiential teaching from one of the four traditions each day
  • 7:00–9:30 PM: Each evening, all attendees will reconvene to enjoy a presentation by additional special guests from the various traditions of yoga nidra

Friday, June 7  

  • 8:30–11:30 AM: All presenters from the four traditions with gather for a final presentation with Q&A



Required Reading


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