iRest® is a deeply relaxing and restorative form of yoga nidra developed by psychologist and yogic scholar, Richard Miller, PhD that is used widely by yoga teachers and psychotherapists alike. In 2010 it was endorsed as a CAM (Complementary and Alternative Therapy) by the US Military Surgeon General and is used in schools, hospitals, military environments, clinics, correctional facilities and yoga studios around the world.
In an iRest meditation class we move through a series of ten steps, learning how to be fully present with our bodies, breath, emotions, thoughts, and overall sense of self. This transformative practice allows us to explore what it is to be a human being in healthy relationship with both ourselves and others, whether family, friends, co-workers or strangers. The resiliency we grow during consistent practice can then be brought to all of life's challenges.
iRest is a well researched form of meditative inquiry that helps heal unresolved issues and traumas, neutralise negative emotions, beliefs and memories, and increase overall wellbeing. It has been scientifically shown to help reduce issues with:
This type of mindful meditation practice can be explored in either a group setting, or in a dyad (in co-meditation with a facilitator).
Una became the first certified iRest teacher in NZ and is actively involved in bringing this transformative form of yoga nidra to the country. She also assists at iRest teacher trainings both in Australia and New Zealand. You can book appointments for individually tailored meditation sessions with her at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Associates offices in ThorndonQuay and the Ngaio Natural Health Centre.
For more information on iRest, please visit the Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI) website by clicking the link below: