iRest Yoga Nidra is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditation. This guided meditation is generally practiced lying down or sitting comfortably in group or individual sessions. iRest is a modern adaptation of the ancient meditation practice of Yoga Nidra. In 2006 Richard Miller, PhD, of the Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI), developed the protocol and led the initial iRest research at Walter Reed Army Hospital. iRest is currently supporting active duty, veterans and families of service members in over 30 VA or Military settings across the United States. Please click here for a current list. (last updated April 2013) It is also used in hospice, homeless shelters, community programs, and many schools throughout the US. In June of 2010, Yoga Nidra was endorsed by the US Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
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“I’d like to express my sincere appreciation to you and your staff for allowing me to participate in these classes you’re offering of iRest Yoga Nidra for our returning combat veterans. Please know that as a 100% service-connected disabled Vietnam War veteran who has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that I can now reassure my fellow Vietnam compatriots of what is being done to aid today’s traumatized combat veterans. I extend my warm “Thank You” to you, as I am convinced that the work that you are doing today with iRest Yoga Nidra will go a long way to restoring to our veterans their sense of wholeness and wellness in the years to come.” Vietnam Vet