iRest - meditation

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What is iRest?

iRest® (Integrative Restoration) is a deeply relaxing and transformational form of yoga nidra meditation developed by clinical psychologist and yogic scholar, Richard Miller, PhD. It’s a well researched, ten-step meditation protocol that walks us through what it is to be a human being in healthy relationship with our body, breath, emotions and thoughts. With it we learn to sense into the body and welcome what is just as it is. As a meditative inquiry it helps us reconnect with the underlying peace that is always here regardless of what life brings.

How it Works

iRest helps us work through unresolved issues by neutralising recursive negative emotions, beliefs, and memories, thereby increasing an overall sense of physical and psychological ease. It’s a mindfulness practice that helps us see emotions and thoughts as messengers (neither good nor bad) that are simply providing us with feedback about our lives. Energy and attention, once locked in recurring emotional patterns and ways of thinking, are then freed so we can live life with a renewed sense of control, purpose and connection with ourself and others. Consistent practice allows a greater resiliency and clarity that can then be brought to all of life’s challenges.

What to Expect

While most forms of meditation are done in group settings, iRest has also been developed to be used in dyad (one-on-one with a facilitator). Each meditation session is shaped by your needs, depending on what issue you would like to work with, or depending on what is most wanting to be spontaneously seen and heard on the day.

A one-on-one session can be done seated or lying down, whichever you find most comfortable. In dyad you will be asked if you'd like to share your meditation experience aloud, in co-meditation with the facilitator, or if you'd rather receive an individually tailored, guided, but silent (on your part) practice.

In an iRest session you can expect to move through a series of inquiries learning how to be fully and safely present with your body, breath, emotions, thoughts, and overall sense of self.  Emphasis is put on connecting with an inner resource so that you might safely and securely move through your practice. Emotions and thoughts are explored as sensations in the body, observing them while in a deep state of relaxation. It also allows you to connect to your deepest, authentic nature which is always whole and healthy.  From this place you might feel a sense of psychological and physical restoration, a release of self-judgement, empowered to live life to it’s fullest.

What Can iRest Help With?

Any issue you are finding challenging in life can be brought to a yoga nidra session for meditative exploration. You may also wish to book a session to learn how to meditate, or to inquire into the nature of the Self and Awareness.

People who practice iRest report help with:

  • Stress, anxiety and fear
  • Depression
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbances
  • Chronic and acute pain perception
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Body sensitivity training
  • Breath awareness
  • Greater sense of resiliency
  • Confidence, joy and clarity in life
  • Improved relationships
  • Peace and wellbeing
  • Exploration of Self/Being/Awareness

For more information, see www.findingcentre.co.nz and www.irest.us