Integrative Restoration (iRest®) Yoga Nidra Meditation
Integrative Restoration (iRest) is a 10-step trauma-sensitive protocol and meditative self-inquiry designed to promote resilience. It is a modern adaptation of the ancient Tantric practice of Yoga Nidra. The protocol was developed by Dr. Richard Miller and has been shown to be effective in scientific trials for conditions including chronic pain, sleep issues, anxiety and depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
This form of guided meditation helps us connect with a somatic sense of well-being no matter what is happening in our lives. By working with the practice, we cultivate inner resource and build capacity to navigate challenging circumstances. This empowers us to be responsibly and actively engaged in life.
iRest can be practiced by anyone - previous experience with mindfulness meditation is not required. You’ll just need to find a quiet space to rest – lying down or sitting comfortably.
One-to-one sessions, group classes and series are offered on a sliding scale (read: pay you choose). I am committed to making the practice of iRest accessible – if you are keen to explore and funds are limited, please contact me. If you have abundant resources, I invite you to consider supporting someone else to benefit from this powerful practice in the spirit of community care.
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I'm a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and iRest Level 1 Teacher with 8 years experience offering Yoga Nidra. Please touch base with any questions or to learn more about co-meditation dyads.
Interoception Practice for cultivating resilience
This practice is focused on building capacity and widening your nervous system window of tolerance. The video above combines mindful self-compassion from Dr. Kristin Neff and exercises from my teacher Hala Khouri. This practice can be helpful for addressing activation or shutdown, and cultivating present moment awareness without creating overwhelm. Healthy interoception means that you're subtly aware of our body and letting it guide you. In this recording, I offer the example of meeting exhaustion - the aim is to notice and allow whatever arises for you from a well-resourced place. A resource is anything that helps you settle and feel secure (i.e. grounding, centering, etc).