Denise Lyon - iRest Level 2 Teacher

Public Profile

I have been a seeker and have been drawn to explore a deeper meaning of everything since I was a little girl, when I used to spend hours reading from bookshelves full of esoterica at a family friend's house while the adults talked in the other room.

​I have been in the healing arts for most of my working life...over 25 years as a licensed massage and bodywork therapist trained in more modalities than I can count throughout the years. This work, combined with my meditation practice has taught me the importance of embodied presence and the healing and wisdom that can arise through daily meditation practice. I decided to embark on an intense study of meditation when I turned fifty and have since studied with some of the most celebrated meditation teachers in the world. I began my journey with Bhante Henepola Gunaratana and the other monastics at Bhavana Society in West Virginia. My time spent with Bhante G, one of the foremost teachers of mindfulness and Buddhist meditation in the world has been a priceless gem. I continue to read and re-read his writings and spend time on retreat when I can, and consider his guidance the cornerstone of my practice and of my own subsequent teaching. In 2016, I decided to follow the teacher's path with Sarah McLean and enrolled at the McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona, AZ for a year of intense study and self-transformation that culminated in becoming a McLean Meditation Institute certified meditation and mindfulness instructor. I have deepened my own practice and taken a deeper dive into the Mystery by becoming an iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation Level 2 Teacher with Richard Miller of the Integrative Restoration Institute. I am now following my heart's desire of introducing others to the richness and transformation that a meditation practice can bring to their lives.

Most importantly, I believe that we have the opportunity to evolve the consciousness of the human race. Deep down in our gut, we all know that there is something better for us...that it's lying there just beneath the surface. This is true on an individual, personal level and on the collective level. My heart's desire is to provide a path anchored in ancient wisdom and modern neuroscience to help guide us to that place of living together in peace and possibility. I look forward to introducing you to the why and how of meditation and to helping you develop a practice of your own that can change your life and change the world. Thank you for taking this step. We'll have fun!

​Together we can hasten the evolution.

​Denise lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with her partner, writer and film maker, Edwin Dennis and their furry menagerie .

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Additional Teacher Specialty

MMI Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher; Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist (NC#417)