iRest®/Yoga Nidra

Integrative Restoration (iRest) Yoga Nidra is a contemporary practice of meditative inquiry, a deeply transformative body-centered approach that leads to the integration of body, mind and spirit. This 10-step guided meditative practice uses positive affirmations, visualization, awareness of the body and breath, and self-inquiry (exploring sensations, thoughts, emotions, memories, beliefs). iRest teaches us how to move beyond our conditioned ways of thinking and behaving, and allows us to free up our attention for more creative, spontaneous ways of Being.

What does a private iRest session look like?

In a private session, the client and facilitator will enter into a dialogue. The client is encouraged to focus attention on all that is experienced internally, in terms of body sensations, feelings, emotions, images, memories, etc., and to share what is happening with the facilitator. The facilitator will respond to what the client is reporting, using the iRest tools and thereby simultaneously teaching the client how they might work with these tools on their own.

The session will unfold entirely spontaneously, as neither the client nor the facilitator will know beforehand what might arise in each moment. Each session is a shared journey of discovery wherein sensations are welcomed without judgment, and deeply rooted issues may be explored using opposites in order to encourage resolution. The 10 steps of the iRest protocol are used as they are needed during any given session, therefore private sessions are not structured in any specific way.

Sessions will usually take anywhere from 30-60 minutes, depending on how long the client is able to sustain a focused attention on inner sensations. I offer Reiki following the iRest session, to encourage integration and grounding.

I am curious about iRest but am uncomfortable talking about deeply personal issues with a stranger, so I am hesitant to come for a private session. Will this work for me at all?

iRest is safe, and effective, for anyone. iRest sessions are different from sessions with, for example, a psychotherapist or psychologist, where you are encouraged to talk about the issues you’re trying to deal with.

During a private iRest session, the facilitator will help to guide you inward, into the physical body and deeper, into the realm of feelings and emotions, belief systems and memories, when you are ready to do so. The iRest protocol is designed in such a way that there is no need to talk about the specifics of the issues you are trying to deal with. You will never have to talk about any particular experiences you have been through, if that doesn’t feel right to you, and the protocol will still be effective.

You will be invited and encouraged to do your work with those issues internally, while the facilitator offers suggestions and may ask some questions, to help you explore those issues, assisting you in the process of allowing space to open up within yourself for new insights to emerge, or a new way of being with everything so that change can occur spontaneously. The facilitator, without knowing any of the details of your story, can offer you tools that you will be able to use on your own.

How many sessions will I need?

In private sessions, we can tailor the process to meet your specific needs. A minimum of three sessions would probably be helpful, as it takes some time to familiarize yourself with the 10 steps of the iRest protocol and a single session may not give you a full understanding of the benefits it may offer you.

The protocol is designed in such a way that the client/student will learn how to use the iRest tools on their own, so that they can be applied in everyday life situations, outside of a formal one-on-one session with a facilitator. Each session unfolds in a very spontaneous and unpredictable way, and sometimes, when a certain issue/symptom has been resolved, another one that was buried a little deeper may come to the surface asking for your attention. Ultimately, it is up to the client to decide how many sessions they feel they can benefit from.

Who can benefit from iRest?

iRest has been beneficial to many groups of people, including those with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, homeless people, college students and veterans. iRest has also been used successfully with people from all age groups, from young children to the elderly. iRest offers us tools for use in our daily lives; it is safe and empowering and therefore can be beneficial for everyone.

iRest®/Yoga Nidra Fees: $75 for 1 hr, $112.50 for 1.5 hrs.

iRest®/Yoga Nidra Therapists at Healing Connections