Please watch the 2-minute iRest Introduction video first, for a cursory understanding of iRest.
10 Very Good Reasons an iRest Practice Will Benefit Your Employees and Your Company. (Details follow)
1. iRest is effective; the U.S. Army Surgeon General Endorses iRest as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder and the management of Chronic Pain. iRest is a remedy for major problems that increase insurance claims, absenteeism and lost productivity. Several are; stress, anxiety, sleep disorders and the effects of chronic pain.
2. The effectiveness of iRest is supported by clinical research.
3. iRest has outstanding credentials and a long verifiable history.
4. Wellness programs with yoga and meditation produce a good return on investment.
5. iRest is practiced in a resting position, no special clothes required and can be done almost anywhere.
6. NO STIGMA!!! Employees can get real help for stress and anxiety through yogic meditation without the stigma of seeking help through a therapist or a stress relief program.
7. There are no religious or spiritual overtones in iRest; iRest is presented in clear and understandable terms to the “regular Joe” employee.
8. iRest is scalable and can be offered to multiple nationwide locations at once.
9. iRest is an affordable benefit for large and small businesses.
10. The great health and wellness results from an iRest practice can be tracked, reported and measured.
The results of an iRest practice are supported by clinical evidence and the endorsement of the U.S. Army Surgeon General
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 has outstanding credentials and a long verifiable history
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. https://www.irest.us/about/board
Richard Miller is one of the leading figures in American yoga. iRest has been used with great success in the military, with the homeless, with children and victims of sex trafficking. iRest is emerging as an obvious wellness benefit choice at American corporations.
Wellness programs with yoga and meditation produce a good return on investment
Health insurance giant Aetna showed a huge return on investment for their yoga and meditation wellness program. They realized savings of $3000 per employee per year regarding increased productivity and reduction in healthcare expenses.
A quote from this New York Times article, an interview with Aetna CEO……”Mr. Bertolini eagerly shared the most recent data from Aetna’s meditation and yoga programs. More than one-quarter of the company’s work force of 50,000 has participated in at least one class, and those who have report, on average, a 28 percent reduction in their stress levels, a 20 percent improvement in sleep quality and a 19 percent reduction in pain. They also become more effective on the job, gaining an average of 62 minutes per week of productivity each, which Aetna estimates is worth $3,000 per employee per year. Demand for the programs continues to rise; every class is overbooked.” “We have this groundswell inside the company of people wanting to take the classes,” Mr. Bertolini said. “It’s been pretty magical.” The article quotes Aetna’s savings in medical costs in a year at $9,000,000.
In a separate CBS News interview, Aetna CEO, “Bertolini said. “We’ve saved people’s marriages; they’ve lost weight. We had people come back and say, ‘You know what? You saved my life.’ And it cost us $197,000 to do the first program. If that saved one life, I think that’s like a huge return on investment.”
Evidence strongly suggests a positive ROI on worksite health promotion. A 2012 meta-analysis of 42 corporate wellness studies found a 25% reduction in absenteeism and sick leave, a 25% reduction in health costs, and a 32% reduction in workers compensation and disability costs. Meta-Evaluation of Worksite Health Promotion Economic Return Studies: 2012 Update.
The Havard Business Review (What’s the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Programs) and the Rand Corporation (Do Workplace Wellness Programs Save Employers Money?) also present positive ROI evidence regarding corporate wellness programs.
iRest is practiced in a resting position, no special clothes required and can be done almost anywhere
People learn iRest while lying or sitting in a resting position and listening to an iRest instructor. Sessions average 20-40 minutes. iRest is a deeply relaxing and an enjoyable experience. About half of the students in a group iRest class will fall asleep for a portion of the class. There is often a noticeable feeling of well-being after an initial session.
No special clothes are required to practice iRest and practice can be done any place where a person can relax and listen. iRest teaching includes audio sessions to practice at home, on the train, standing in line or sitting at a desk.
Anyone can practice iRest; all body types are welcome. No previous experience or preparation is required. Just show up, get comfortable and listen.
NO STIGMA!!! Employees can get real help for stress and anxiety through yogic mediation without the stigma of seeking help through a therapist or stress relief program
There is a genuine interest in yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation are moving mainstream as a force to keep employees happy, healthy and productive.
Stigma and Shame. Too often, mental and behavioral health issues are seen as personal failures or bad choices rather than treatable conditions or diseases.
Offering iRest to your employees removes this obstacle. There is no shame or stigma attached to learning and participating in iRest meditation.
There are no religious or spiritual overtones in iRest; iRest is presented in clear and understandable terms to the “regular Joe” employee
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.
iRest is not presented with flashy and glamorous images that often dissuade people from trying yoga.
iRest is scalable and can be offered to multiple nationwide locations at once
iRest can be delivered via webinar and Skype presentations with a good audio connection. Students are given practice audios to practice iRest at home.
A Draft Outline of the implementation and execution of an iRest companywide program
Step One: Describe iRest and communicate the benefit to employees: 2-5 minute iRest video Introduction, posters, flyers, and email communication. All communications and recordings are formatted for easy access on mobile devises.
Step Two: Email survey for sign-up. Set a date and time for a live webinar kick-off event.
- Schedule and class outline delivered. Email reminders for each class.
- Directions to access iRest home study audios and class recordings.
- Class workbook delivered.
Step Three: Live webinar kick-off event; one of six live webinars to teach employees iRest and also do a practice session. Webinars can be done in the office if there is a time when employees may be able to relax together at work. Or, webinar sessions can be held after hours when everyone can relax and listen via computer or telephone.
- Downloads of the weekly iRest audio practice sessions are distributed.
- All webinar sessions are recorded with easy access for those who cannot attend. All iRest class webinars have a live Q&A.
- 24-hour response email Q&A is available for one week after each class.
Step Four: Employee attendance is recorded as they participate in each class session and surveyed for feedback and satisfaction.
iRest is affordable to large and small businesses
iRest can be taught to an employee group in six, one-hour long webinar sessions. After attending six classes, employees will be prepared and equipped to practice iRest independently. After six weeks employees will have a tool set to deal with stress, anxiety, chronic pain, sleep problems and many other problems people experience.
The cost of offering iRest to your employees is very low compared to other behavioral health wellness options. iRest is less expensive than therapy or gym memberships.
Please call Yogapilots at 347-723-4533, or submit the short form below for a quick estimate of the cost to bring the benefit of an iRest program to your employees.
The great health and wellness results from an iRest practice can be tracked, reported and measured
Employee attendance is recorded as they participate in each iRest class and employees are surveyed for feedback, satisfaction and testimonials. Participating employee groups can be analyzed as a subset of all employees to determine the value of the iRest benefit in fewer insurance claims and reduced absenteeism.
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