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iRest Yoga Nidra Training at MUIH

Jan 30, 2017 10:42PM
iRest Yoga Nidra is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that is being utilized in Veterans Affairs hospitals, military bases, hospitals and clinics, hospice, homeless shelters, community programs and schools. A growing body of research shows that iRest effectively reduces PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain and chemical dependency, while increasing health, resiliency and well-being. iRest Yoga Nidra Level-1 Training will be offered by Karen Soltes from April 5 to 9 at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, in Laurel.

The 10-step protocol of iRest addresses anxiety in a variety of ways. As one is led through the practice, iRest provides the tools to proactively address feelings, emotions and beliefs that may contribute to one’s sense of tension and anxiety, and enables a person to feel into their underlying sense of wholeness and calm even in the face of difficult circumstances. iRest develops the capacity to welcome sensations in the body. In the simplicity of rotating attention around the body in a systematic way, relaxation naturally occurs without “trying” to relax.

Many practitioners have seen, firsthand, the benefits of iRest in both children and adults to overcome insomnia. When sleep improves, there is a natural cascade into benefits across a number of areas in one’s life, including decreasing anxiety, improving mood regulation and a developing general sense of well-being. Once learned, iRest is a cost-effective intervention can be practiced regularly at home with the use of recordings, and is a tool that can be used independent of the health care system.

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