About iRest

iRest is a meditation practice based on the ancient tradition of Yoga Nidra and adapted to suit the conditions of modern life. When practiced regularly - little and often - iRest enables you to meet each moment of your life with unshakable peace and wellbeing, no matter how challenging or difficult your situation.

iRest was developed by Dr. Richard Miller, a spiritual teacher, author, yogic scholar, researcher and clinical psychologist, who combined traditional yogic practice with Western psychology and neuroscience. It is practiced and taught by thousands of people worldwide in a wide range of settings, including health centers, schools, community centers, yoga studios, correctional facilities and within military and veteran communities.

iRest has historically been endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and recognized by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury as a form of complementary and alternative medicine, thus warranting continuing research on its efficacy in the treatment of post- traumatic stress. iRest has been shown to be effective in scientific trials for conditions including chronic pain, sleep problems, depression and anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

iRest is simple to learn and easy to practice. It can be practiced by anyone, regardless of physical ability or experience with meditation. Once learned, iRest becomes a set of tools for life.

  • The iRest 10-Step Protocol

    iRest has been adapted from the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra into a 10-step protocol (or framework) which is simple to learn and easy to practice.

  • Yoga Nidra and iRest

    iRest is a contemporary adaptation of Yoga Nidra that shares many basic principles and techniques.

  • Nondualism and iRest

    The teachings of nonduality underlie the practice of iRest. Click below below about the origins and principles of nondual living.


iRest Trainings and Events

We offer a broad range of iRest meditation events and trainings for people at all experience levels and at locations around the globe: