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 has been offering iRest classes/workshops in Wellington for over five years. She completed her iRest trainings directly with Dr. Richard Miller (founder of iRest) and, in 2015, became the first certified iRest Teacher in NZ. She regularly assists at iRest teacher trainings in Australia and NZ, is a Registered Meditation teacher with the Meditation Association of Australia, and co-hosts iRest events with Neal Ghoshal under YogaNidraNZ (www.yoganidra.nz). She is also a long-time yoga teacher and offers one-on-one iRest sessions for depression, anxiety and trauma recovery from the Ngaio Natural Health Centre. Una serves in a voluntary capacity on the management team for iRest Australasia.
For more information on iRest in NZ and worldwide, please visit the websites below: