About Level 1

The iRest Level 1 Training is the first step toward mastering iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation. During this training you will learn the basic principles, history, theory, practice, and delivery of iRest. Most importantly, you will learn the simple 10 Step iRest Protocol and how to incorporate it into your personal life, professional teaching, or clinical practice.

The 10 Step iRest Protocol is a series of techniques based in Yoga Nidra that is simple to learn and easy to do. It is designed to help you meet and greet each moment of your life with a sense of equanimity and balance. This special protocol has use in various settings, including yoga environments, physical therapy, massage therapy, social work, clinical and medical establishments, alternative or integrative medical practices, as well as in-job training and job resiliency programs. The iRest Level 1 Training is your foothold to mastering The 10 Step iRest Protocol in any setting - both personal and professional.


What iRest Level 1 Offers

The iRest Level 1 Training gives you the tools you need to incorporate iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation into your life. It suits those looking to enhance their personal meditation practice and those looking to include a new offering into their professional work. You begin the training with an in-depth understanding of the history and theory of iRest, specifically the evidence-based research showing the efficacy of iRest and its use for different psycho-physical issues and populations, iRest within the context of meditation, the teacher-student relationship, and the Eastern and Western psycho-spiritual perspectives that form the path of meditation and iRest.

This training prioritizes a hands-on and experiential approach to learning. During this training, you will learn to deliver  iRest to both groups and individuals. You will have the opportunity to participate in group lectures and peer-to-peer discussions and participate in multiple iRest experiential group and one-on-one practice sessions. Equally, you will learn how to use iRest in your daily life and personal meditation practice. The iRest Level 1 Training offers you the ability to fully integrate the iRest 10 Step Protocol into all areas of your life.  

What else do I need to know?

We are committed to giving iRest Teachers the tools they need to nurture their personal and professional growth. Upon graduation, you can begin delivering iRest in public and professional settings and use the title "iRest Level 1 Teacher" in advertising, promotional materials, and official channels. You will also be listed on the iRest website as an iRest Level 1 Teacher and can post your personal profile allowing people who are seeking iRest group or individual sessions to find you as a qualified provider.

Upon completion of the iRest Level 1 Training, to support your continued education and personal growth, you may audit any future iRest Level 1 Training at a reduced cost and utilize private mentoring from iRest Institute Certified Mentors. You will also have access to the iRest Teachers Resource Page and have the ability to join the iRest Teachers Community Network (TCN) - a membership program designed to support the development and professional success of iRest teachers while nurturing and connecting our rich and growing community. Membership includes free webinars with Dr. Richard Miller and other Senior iRest Trainers, PDF downloads of the most recent training manuals, a 20% discount on all products in the iRest Institute store, access to the TCN Facebook page, and personal practice audio downloads - Including BodySensing, pranayama, chanting, recordings of select retreats, and other meditation practices.

For those looking for professional Continuing Education credits, most Level 1 Trainings offer approximately 30 hours* for PSY, MFT, LCSW, and RN, and 20-30 CE credits for IAYT and Yoga Alliance. Please see event details for specific CE offerings.


Required Reading and Listening:

Yoga Nidra - A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing

Recommended Reading and Listening:

The iRest Program for Healing PTSD

Integrative Restoration - iRest: The Principles and Practice of Yoga Nidra

iRest at Ease with Richard Miller

Resting in Stillness


"Richard has created a program that delivers the profound experience of our fundamental wholeness to not only spiritual seekers, but other people as well such as vets, homeless, and children. I highly recommend this training for anyone interested in learning how to help people heal with an easily accessible method to access profound truth of their true nature." -Lama Palden Drolma, Founder of the Sukhasiddhi Foundation


*CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.

For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact iRest Institute at support@irest.org. For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at info@spiritualcompetencyacademy.com.