iRest Yoga Nidra Research, Programs & Papers

Current, Upcoming and Planned iRest Yoga Nidra Research

Please check back here on a regular basis as we will post published research articles and posters regarding iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation as they come available to the public. It takes time for each completed research project to be collated and written up, and accepted for publication, so if you don't see a particular study that you know has been completed, we're waiting its publication.

iRest Yoga Nidra Research Completed


Comparative Effectiveness of Three Occupational Therapy Sleep Interventions: A Randomized Controlled Study.
2016. Sharon A. Gutman, Kristin A. Gregory, Megan M. Sadlier-Brown, Marcy A. Schlissel, Allison M. Schubert, Lee Ann Westover, and Richard C. Miller.
View Published Paper on the Effectiveness of Three Sleep Interventions Here


Using Mindfulness Meditation to Improve Pain Management in Combat Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury.
2015. Nassif, T., Norris, D., Soltes, K., Sandbrink, F., Blackman, M., and Chapman, J.
SBM Poster Final Nassif.pdf (0 bytes)

Utilizing Integrative Restoration (iRest®) to Enhance the Resiliency of Military Couples.
2015. Inman, A., Vriend, C., Young-McCaughan, S., Rose, M. E., Miller, R. Brooke Army Medical Center. Austin, TX.
Currently being written up for publication.


iRest Integrative Restoration, A Meditative Approach to Healing: Bringing Calm and Ease to Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and/or Stalking. 2014. Jennifer R. Shearin, University of Missouri, Kim Anderson, PhD, MSW, LCSW –Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Social Work, Terry Wilson, M.Ed., R.N., C.H.E.S –Director, Health Promotion, University of Missouri Student Health Center. Columbia, MO.
View poster here.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mindfulness Meditation (iRest) for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in U.S. Veterans Using the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale. 2014. Thomas H. Nassif, PhD, Deborah O. Norris, PhD, Karen L. Soltes, LCSW, Marc R. Blackman, MD, Julie C. Chapman, PsyD and Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD. WA DC VA.
View abstract here.

iRest Yoga-Nidra on the College Campus: Changes in Stress, Depression, Worry, and Mindfulness.
2014. Heather Eastman-Mueller, PhD, CSE, CHES; Terry Wilson, M.Ed, RN, CHES; Ae-Kyung Jung, MA; Andrea Kimura, M.Ed; Jeff Tarrant, PhD, BCN. University of Missouri. Columbia, MO.
View article here. Posted with permission.

Exploring the Experiences of Women with Complex Trauma with the Practice of iRest Yoga Nidra.
2014. Hartman, Courtney. California Institute of Integral Studies. San Francisco, CA.
View paper here.

Delivering Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra Meditation (iRest®) to Women with Sexual Trauma at a Veteran’s Medical Center: A Pilot Study. 2014. Pamela G. Pence; Lori S. Katz, Cristi Huffman, Geta Cojucar, MA. Long Beach VA.
View article here.  View poster here.


Impact of Brief Meditation Training on Stress, Distress, and Quality of Life for Homeless Adults.
2013. Bhogaonker, Priya.San Francisco, CA: California Institute of Integral Studies.
View results here.


Meditation (Integrative Restoration – iRest) and Relapse Prevention in Chemical Dependency.
2012. Leslie Temme, PhD. Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.
View abstract here.

The Effect of Meditation on Cortisol: A Comparison of Meditation Techniques to a Control Group.
2012. Ohio University: Department of Experimental Health Psychology.
View poster here.


Integrative Restoration (iRest) Meditation and Perceived Stress Levels and Negative Moods in School Counselors
2011. Birdsall, B., Pritchard, M., Elison-Bowers, P., & Spann, J. Boise State University, Idaho.
View research article here.

Effectiveness of a Mindfulness Based Group Therapy (MBGT) Using iRest in Improving the Quality of Life in People Who Have Had a Brain Injury: A Pilot Study.
2011. Ovitt, L. John Hopkins Bayview Brain Injury Clinic. Baltimore, MD.
View results here.

Transforming Trauma: A Qualitative Feasibility Study of Integrative Restoration (iRest) Yoga Nidra on Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
2011. Stankovic, L., MA, RYT. John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA.
View results here.

The Effects of Integrative Restoration (iRest®) on Sleep and Perceived Stress in Military Medical Center Healthcare Providers: A Pilot Study for Developing Staff Resilience.
2011. Bingham, M. Brooke Army Medical Center. San Antonio, TX.
View poster here.


Impact of Integrative Restoration (iRest) Meditation on Perceived Stress Levels in Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer Outpatients.
2009. Pritchard, M., Elison-Bowers, P. And Birdsall, B. Boise State University. Idaho.
View results here.


The Impact of Meditation on Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
2008. Malphurs, J., Birkholm, M., and Miller, R. Miami FL VA.
Study has not yet been written up.

Integrative Restoration – iRest Yoga Nidra to Reduce Stress in Homeless Shelter Residents with a History of Trauma.
2008. Vieten, C., Miller, R.Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS). Petaluma, CA.
View summary here.  View poster hereView results here.

Effect of Integrative Restoration – iRest Yoga Nidra on a College Student Population.
2008. Gray, K., Lundstrom, J., Murphy, S. and Blackman, K. Evergreen College.
View results here.


Yoga Nidra as an Adjunctive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Feasibility Study.
2007. Engel, C., Goertz, C., Cockfield, D., Armstrong, D., Jonas, W., Walter, J., Fritts, M., Greene, R., Carnes, R., Gore, K., and Miller, R. Samueli Institute and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
View results here. View Poster Here.

Impact of Integrative Restoration (iRest) on College Students.
2007 Wilson, T., Eastman-Mueller, H. University of Missouri. Columbia, MO.
View results here.

iRest Yoga Nidra Research Underway

The efficacy of combined auricular acupuncture and iRest® Yoga Nidra (CAM) compared to Gulf War Health Education (GWHE) for improving health-related functioning among Veterans with GWVI. Acupuncture and iRest® Yoga Nidra for Military Veterans: Patient Satisfaction and Self-Reported Symptom Reduction. WA DC VA, Washington, DC.
View results here.

iRest as a Non-Pharmacological Intervention for Sleep-Related Disorders. Sehatu Sleep Clinic. Sacramento, CA
iRest Meditation for Older Adults with Depression Symptoms. Institute of Noetic Sciences. Novato, CA
iRest for Sleep. University of Missouri.
Effectiveness of iRest in an outpatient setting with active duty patients with mild TBI. Camp Lejeune. North Carolina.
iRest for self-esteem with high school students. Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL.

Research funding applied for:
iRest as a non-pharmacological intervention for the treatment of MS. WA DC VA.
iRest 42-Meditation Online App as an adjunctive resource for the treatment of PTSD. IONS. Novato, CA

Papers on iRest

Contemplation in the Classroom: A New Direction for Improving Self-Regulation in Early Childhood. (2014) Shauna L. Shapiro & Kristen E. Lyons & Richard C. Miller & Britta Butler & Cassandra Vieten & Philip David Zelazo. Educational Psychological Review.
View Abstract here.

General Yoga Nidra Research Articles

Please check back on a regular basis as we will post new articles of published research regarding Yoga Nidra.

Jason Birch and Jacqueline Hargreaves examine the term yoganidrā in its historical context so that those practicing and teaching can appreciated Yoga Nidra within a broader understanding of South Asian history. Yoganidra is a term that has a diverse and ancient history in Sanskrit literature. It has been used with various meanings and can be found in Epic and Purāṇic literature, Śaiva and Buddhist Tantras, medieval Haṭha and Rājayoga texts (including the widely known Haṭhapradīpikā) and it even became the name of a yoga posture (āsana) in the 17th century. This article draws upon research of various Sanskrit texts, in particular, medieval works on yoga written between the 11-18th centuries.
Yoganidra Birch and Hargreaves.pdf (392.04 KB)

Teaching to Specific Populations: Bringing Yoga to the Veterans Administration Health Care System: Wisdom from the Journey
Pence, Pamela G. Journal of Yoga Service. Winter 2013/14 Vol. 1, No. 2. pg. 49-58.
Yoga in the VA.pdf (105.23 KB)

Meditation: What you Need to Know; National Center of Complementary & Integrative Health (NCCIH).
Get_The_Facts_Meditation_12-18-2014.pdf (203.07 KB)

Meditation-Induced Bliss Viewed as Release from Conditioned Neural Thought Patterns, which Block Reward Signals in the Brain Pleasure Center. Religion, Brain & Behavior.
Published online: 24 Sep 2013. 
View abstract here.

Effect of yoga-nidra on blood glucose Level 1n diabetic patients.
Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2012 Apr-Jun;56(2):161-7. PMID: 19810584 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Effect of Yoga Nidra on physiological variables in patients of menstrual disturbances of reproductive age group.
View abstract here.

Yoga Nidra as a complementary treatment of anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients with menstrual disorder.
Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2009 Jan-Mar;53(1):97-101. PMID: 23387245 [PubMed - in process] 
View results here.

Yoga Nidra and its impact on student’s well being.
Int J Yoga. 2012 Jan-Jun; 5(1): 52–56. doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.91715 PMCID: PMC3276934 Copyright : © International Journal of Yoga 
View summary here.

A study of the improvement of Physical and Mental Health through Yoga nidra.
By Dr. Kamakhya Kumar. Published in Yoga Mimansa Journal Vol. 36 No. 1  Published in Dev Sanskriti Journal Vol. 4 Year 4
View summary here.

Effect of Yoga nidra on hypertension & other psychological co-relates.
Dr. Kamakhya Kumar. Published in Yoga the Science Journal Vol. 3 Issue 7
View summary here.

Increased dopamine tone during meditation-induced change of consciousness.
Brain Research Cognitive Brain Research, 13(2), 255-259 Kjaer, T. W., Bertelsen, C., Piccini, P., Brooks, D., Alving, J., & Lou, H. C. (2002).
See Abstract here.