iRest® is a modern adaptation of Yoga Nidra developed by psychologist, Richard Miller.
Historically, Yoga Nidra arose out of the teachings of yoga, Buddhism, Vedanta and Advaita, eventually flowering in the teachings of unqualified non-dualism. Nevertheless, iRest is a non-religious relaxation and meditation practice for health, healing and Awakening; many people find that it complements and enhances their religious practice and spiritual experience. iRest eschews second hand information in favour of inquiring directly into the truth of the moment. It’s primary practice is radical welcoming. The discovery of your own timeless Being brings a sense of innate personal meaning, value and purpose.
You are in the right place if:
- you are doubting everything you’ve been taught because it doesn’t seem to be working and want to know the truth.
- you want live a contented life, free of conflict and fear by being open to your innate health and well-being.
- you want to resolve your pain and suffering by rediscovering your essential wholeness.
- you want to meet trauma and difficult life situations with a deeply wise and compassionate response.
- you want to rediscover your essential health, happiness and wholeness through body-centred inquiry, curiosity and compassion.
iRest has been shown to:
Reduce depression, fear and anxiety
Reduce chronic and acute pain
Reduce symptoms of PTSD
Release negative emotions and thought patterns
Reduce depression, fear and anxiety
iRest has been shown to:
Nurture a greater ability to relax and enjoy life
Nurture Improved interpersonal relations
Nurture Increased inner peace and well-being Calm the nervous system
Develop a deep capacity to meet any and all circumstances you may encounter in life
This sounds like a big promise. It is. iRest is not a magic bullet (if you’re here reading this, you know that there are none). It requires patience and practice, but it works. I know this from personal experience.
Philip Beck’s teachings are informed by his longtime immersion in the non-dual teachings of Yoga, as well as his rich and varied background and integration of the wisdom approaches of both Eastern spirituality and Western Psychology. Philip brings his warm and loving heart, compassionate understanding, innate curiosity, longtime interest in self-inquiry, deep ease of being, and grounded presence to his teachings of meditation, iRest Yoga Nidra, Yoga, and group and individual work with people.
I wholeheartedly support Philip in his ability to bring these precious teachings of meditation forward into the world to help people discover their deepest potential. I hope you take advantage of sharing time with Philip in his upcoming offerings.Richard Miller, ?President, Integrative Restoration Institute, ?Developer of iRest Yoga Nidra
I would say [that I learned] its another way into the Source and more fuel for my journey. I am impressed by your openness to others and letting me and others know you are there, or not if someone does not want the attention at that time.Susan
Yes, [I got what I wanted]. I have read “A New Earth” and this was a great practice. [This course] taught me awareness; we are not our shell, but much more, that “this too shall pass.” Here and now – seeing life differently – energy changing forms. [I learned] Awareness, calm, “Being”, feeling. The teacher was excellent; he was great at putting words to the practice.Astrid
I felt calm for days! Philip rocks!Krista
Taking this yoga nidra course has been one of the best things I have done in my life! I have had the opportunity to learn so many things about myself and different aspects of my life. Since taking this course I can say definitely say I have a greater awareness of my inner self as well as the environment & other people around me. It is hard to find words to describe my experience; it was and continues to be a personal journey for me and and I am looking forward to more. Philip, you are an amazing instructor. It is obvious that this is your passion and thank you for sharing your knowledge with me.Joanie
Philip’s Yoga Nidra class stands out as the most relaxing, helpful & restorative thing I’ve ever done for myself. That class was like a soothing warm bath that we all looked forward to each week. Philip is a skilled & patient teacher, with beginners, experienced yogis, and the rest of us. If you’re curious about quieting a busy brain, improving sleep & boosting overall wellness, try this class!Carol Dunn
I temporarily forgot that I am the single parent of a teenage daughter!JJ
I have learned things from this that my personal meditation practice had not. I am very happy to have the CDs so I can continue to practice. I also enjoyed the discussion, hearing you speak. You affirmed a lot of my own convictions and views.Anon
Research on iRest
iRest has been formulated as a 10-step process to differentiate it from the usual yoga nidra / shavasana practiced at the end of many yoga and restorative classes, as well as a structure for research. By following this protocol, it can be studied to determine its effectiveness for various people and places. This section of the Web site will host documents and links of relevant research about iRest research. To date iRest has been studied in diverse populations and a variety of settings. iRest has been delivered to: the homeless, people with addictions, university students, and more. iRest has been delivered in: hospitals, palliative care clinics, shelters for abused women, and others.You can click here for more information on iRest research,
Meditation vs. iRest
Mindfulness meditation and iRest share a common foundation. In many circumstances, meditation involves concentrating on an object, such as a candle, the breath, noting thoughts, images, emotions, or in cases of “open meditation” on the environment. This is an excellent starting place. iRest uses mindfulness then goes beyond by feeling into the question “what is Aware?” The persistent feeling into the witness / observer leads to knowing one’s self as a witnessing /observing. In turn, this yields to a sense of Presence, then Being-ness and finally Awareness, ultimately revealing our True Nature as unitive consciousness.
“when we […] rest in the wisdom heart of our True Nature, the true equanimity of Being, sorrow and suffering cease.”
Bhagavad Gita, 2:65-66