Have you ever been working around the house or yard on a Saturday and then sat down, taken a moments rest between tasks? Just relaxing at peace, not thinking about anything in particular. Does a place in nature spur a moment of peace and tranquility; like the vast expanse of the ocean and beaches, or a powerful river flowing and tumbling over boulders, or a mountain vista, a grassy plain or a distant majestic waterfall? And there are times we feel a deep sense of peace and ease with a special loved one, friend or a pet. An iRest meditation cultivates these feelings of peace, ease and well-being.
Do you remember a time when a thought or emotion had a physical effect on you? Did a concern about a loved one or a call from the office create a knot in your stomach? Has a relationship caused you heartache? Has the thought of romance made you excited? iRest uses the physical effect of thoughts and emotions as a point of discovery, understanding and resolution. iRest carefully and systematically investigates the nature of your beliefs and cultivates your own ability to reduce the effects of unwanted thoughts and destructive emotions. iRest meditation helps to clear your mind, create more peace and well-being and more ability to respond rather than react what is happening in life.
When life is clouded by unwanted thoughts and destructive emotions we live life from second-hand information because we do not see reality clearly. Seeing and accepting life, for what it is, helps create an inner gyroscope of unshakeable stability and enables discriminate wisdom, insight to right action and better decisions. iRest can put life into a natural flow, and some students have experienced this to the point of astonishment. Students learn and experience the positive effects of iRest through direct first-hand experience.
iRest is validated by clinical evidence and endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General! iRest has an established history and the credentials as a clear and reliable meditation technique.
So what is iRest? Do I have to put on tight pants, twist my body into a pretzel, listen to yoga music and salute a mystic relic?
No, iRest is practiced in a resting position while listening to a trained instructor. iRest is short for “Integrative Restoration,” and has its roots in a 4000-year-old type of yoga called “Nidra.”
iRest respects your age, culture, religion and philosophical orientation. iRest has been completely secularized (separated from the religious or spiritual connection), cleansed of its ancient cultural valence to make it more understandable to U.S. populations.
Practicing iRest is a deeply relaxing, enjoyable and restorative experience.
iRest is a guided meditation with a specifically structured protocol. A student rests in a comfortable position, and an iRest instructor speaks a structured script. Guided sessions can range from 8 to 60 minutes. iRest students learn to practice independently and make the practice their own unique valuable resource, using elements of iRest in moments of daily life. There are ten steps to learning iRest and it is often learned in a six-week class of one-hour sessions with accompanying home audio practices.
Ever tried to meditate and couldn’t get it going? Maybe it felt like waiting or you were relaxed but way off on some tangent thought.
iRest Yoga is different. Although practiced in a relaxed position; iRest meditation is a physical experience. An instructor leads a student through body sensing and breathing. You will also feel emotions and thoughts as part of a process to clear your mind. You may fall asleep, about half a group class usually does. As you learn iRest, you may hear yourself snore and still be alert and listening to your instructor.
iRest Meditation Fosters a Greater Sense of Peace, Well-Being and Ease
An iRest practice starts with purposefully creating, an inner resource of peace, well-being and ease. A student cultivates this place using images, feelings, sounds, tastes and smells, and practices recalling this self-created inner resource several times during the meditation practice. The student is encouraged to cultivate their inner resource to become part of daily life, to be relied on as a thought pattern to feel peace, ease and well-being.
Additionally, an iRest practice cultivates an Awareness. We say “my body” and “my mind” as entities we identify with. Your body has aches and pains, and your mind has emotions and thoughts. Another part of your being is your Awareness. A place of observation and witnessing everything in the present moment without judgment, attachment or need to change anything. Awareness is a place of deep peace, ease and well-being. Awareness is free of aches and pains and free of disruptive thoughts. Cultivating your Awareness through iRest meditation solidifies a consistent place of deep peace, ease and well-being.
An iRest student is guided carefully and systematically to investigate the nature of our beliefs. iRest guided meditation is a series of experiments and self-inquiries to come to your own first-hand understanding of deep peace, ease and well-being.
The Evidence that iRest Works
iRest is endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and the Defense Centers of Excellence as an alternative and complementary medicine for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the treatment of chronic pain.
iRest is validated through clinical evidence and by many testimonials that can be found at www.irest.us.
iRest was developed by Richard Miller. Richard Miller is the Founder, Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors Integrative Restoration Institute Richard Miller; Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher. For over 40 years, Richard Miller has devoted his life and work to integrating the nondual wisdom teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism and Buddhism with Western psychology.
I was personally motivated to get involved with iRest after I interviewed Richard Miller for a podcast and was impressed with his knowledge, his commitment and his work. Practicing iRest has brought more peace, ease and well-being into my life.
iRest May Work for You or Someone You Care About.
Do you know anyone who would like more peace, ease and well-being in their life?
People using iRest report:
- Decreased stress, anxiety, fear and depression
- Decreased insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Decreased perception of chronic and acute pain
- Improved interpersonal relations
- Increased energy levels
- Increased sense of control in their lives
- More confidence and joy in their lives
- Greater sense of peace and well-being
Please contact us for a FREE iRest Introduction audio MP3
iRest can be effectively delivered in person or via Skype sessions. I will be offering free introductory group sessions in the Huntington, NY area in October and November. Please call or email with your interest.