Dear Michelle, iRest Yoga Nidra is making a real difference in the quality of my life experience. I welcome the opportunity to practice everyday and look forward to tomorrow with renewed hope and optimism. I find it much easier to develop,maintain, and sustain relationships both personally and professionally. iRest Yoga Nidra is truly a path of fulfillment. -Sincerely, Ken H. USAF Veteran
I have had the chance to work with Michelle on my own meditation practice, as well as, her work with the iRest. Michelle is an expert in her field and she has a great way of connecting with her students. Her expertise and compassion for others makes her a great teacher and person.
-Lee Wagner, Veterans Outreach Specialist at White Oak/McKeesport Vet Center
"I came here wanting to change something about myself and it didn't change. Seeing that it didn't have to change, something changed." -Bob, US ARMY Veteran
iRest works, it really helps me with my PTSD and all issues regarding ego-drugs-alcohol. It needs to be implemented immediately across the VA rehabs especially if they want to end homelessness like they say. -Jason H. Thigpen U.S.M.C Veteran
Great training for stress relief and accepting the positive and the negative. It helps me relax. -Mike Lumberger US ARMY Veteran
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Overview of iRest in the Military (www.iri.org/projects/veterans)
The origins of IRI and iRest are deeply tied to the service and support of the US Military. In 2006, the Department of Defense conducted research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) on the efficacy of Yoga Nidra (an ancient meditative practice dating back to 2500 B.C.E.). Renamed Integrative Restoration, or iRest for short, the protocol was developed and led by Richard Miller, PhD. The study was conducted with soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In June of 2010, iRest was endorsed by the US Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Following the 2006 study, the Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) at WRAMC integrated the iRest protocol into its weekly treatment program for soldiers. iRest programs were subsequently set up at VA facilities in Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, Washington, DC, Illinois and Tennessee. iRest is currently supporting active duty, veterans and families of service members in over 50 veterans administration hospitals and military bases/hospitals across the United States. Please view iRest in Current VA or Military Settings list (last updated January 2018). ( excerpt from iri.org)
iRest Yoga Nidra has been developed over the past twenty-six years by Richard Miller, PhD, a clinical psychologist, author, researcher and yogic scholar, and is uniquely suitable for a Western audience.
Extensive research has shown that iRest effectively supports the healing process across a broad range of populations. Currently, there are iRest programs in military hospitals across the U.S.
In June of 2010, iRest was endorsed by the US Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).