I have spent 20 years exploring consciousness. In my search for balance in the face of dramatic changes (moving to Switzerland at the age of ten, for example), adversity (having my mother fall into a coma for a year), I tried all kinds of things: begining first and foremost with meditation as a twenty-five-year-old. I’ve worked with many, many practices. Over the years, I found those which seem to be THE most effective way to transform defeat into something that no longer triggers any response at all. If you are triggered by life, you are like a cork on a stormy ocean. True freedom, true free will and choice is about freedom from having circumstances make you reactive. iRest is a form of meditation that supersedes other ways of coping with reactivity. It allows everything to fall into place minus the opens the heart while you are busy doing other things.
I am a level II iRest instructor currently preparing a series of on-line resources for teaching iRest as a vehicle for letting go of life's most difficult challenges, with the addition of FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT lessons, which provide an embodied path for diminishing excessive hypervigilence patterns, and regaining a positive relationship with the physical body after a history of trauma.
I have taught iRest in California within the Sierra College Continuing Education Program for several years, at Wild Mt. Yoga Center in Nevada City for almost nine years, and in a variety of trainings for yogis and for Vietnam Veterans. I have worked with women in transition, and with abused women, teaching coping skills provided by iRest which are so powerful. Lately, I have gravitated towards the combination of iRest and Insight Journaling, to awaken a conscious practice for accessing inner wisdom. In the last few years, I have found that the best way to move away from trauma is to look into story and creativity and relaxation. I have moved out of focusing on the problem into focusing on myriad levels of the solution. Meditation, writing and accessing creativity through story allow the individual to mix levels of awareness at the intersection of mind, unconscious inspiration and embodied ease.
iRest Yoga Nidra has been developed over the past twenty-six years by Richard Miller, PhD, a clinical psychologist, and yogic scholar. Extensive research has shown that iRest effectively supports the healing process across a broad range of populations. Currently, there are iRest programs in military hospitals across the , as well as in correctional facilities, hospices, clinics, schools, and organizations supporting personal growth and well-being. In June of 2010, iRest was endorsed by the US Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Learn more about iRest Research at