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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“This (iRest yoga nidra) will never work for me. I have been on guard duty for the last 3 years, and for the last 18 months I’ve been home from Iraq.” After his 5th class he was softly snoring. When the practice was over, he got up and triumphantly said “I went off guard duty!” “I feel great!” Joe, 3 Iraq deployments