iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation

Level 1 Teacher Training with Richard Miller and Stephanie Lopez

30 Hours
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Become a Level 1
iRest Teacher

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Learn How to Integrate iRest Yoga Nidra into Your Teaching

Resilience is our basic human capacity to meet, greet, welcome, and be transformed by all of the adversities we encounter throughout our life. I think of iRest as a world-embracing path of meditation that’s designed to promote vibrant health, deep healing, tremendous resilience, and awakening at all levels—psychological, physical, and spiritual.
—Richard Miller, Developer of the iRest® (Integrative Restoration) approach to meditation

iRest is a simple and accessible form of meditation designed for modern day living. The iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation Level 1 Teacher Training is designed to provide you with the basic principles, history, theory, practice, and delivery of iRest. It teaches you how to incorporate the simple yet profound 10-step iRest protocol into your life, your yoga teaching, and/or your clinical practice.

The 10 Step iRest Protocol is derived from ancient practices and principles of Yoga Nidra and the yogic nondual wisdom teachings of meditation. It is simple to learn, easy to practice, and is designed to help you meet, greet, and respond to each moment of your life with a sense of equanimity and well-being. This special protocol can be used in a variety of settings, including yoga environments; physical therapy, massage therapy, social work, clinical, and medical establishments; alternative or integrative medical practices; and in-job training and job resiliency programs.

This training introduces you to the principles, practices, and historical background that underlie iRest Yoga Nidra as a comprehensive path of meditation. You’ll learn:

  • Eastern and Western psycho-spiritual perspectives that form the foundation of iRest Yoga Nidra.
  • Background information on how the 38 steps of the map of meditation integrate the philosophies of Samkhya, Patanjali, Advaita Nondualism, and Unqualified Nondual Realization.
  • About the evidence-based research showing the efficacy of iRest and its use with various psycho-physical issues and populations.
  • How to understand iRest as a comprehensive approach to meditation.
  • Guidelines regarding the teacher-student relationship and ethical considerations.
  • How to work one-on-one with people in what we call “iRest Co-Meditation Dyads.”
  • An introduction to the common language that is used in iRest meditation.

And you’ll get:

  • Scripts and checklists to help you start teaching right away.
  • Homework assignments and quizzes to keep you on track.
  • Access to a Facebook group where you’ll be able to interact with others who are taking the training.
  • Access to live call-in webinars with Richard Miller and Stephanie Lopez where you can ask questions about your personal practice and/or teaching of iRest.

The goal of this training is to help you take the teachings of iRest beyond your on-the-mat practice and into your daily life, relationships, teaching, and every challenging circumstance you may find yourself in over the course of your life.

As a Level 1 iRest Teacher you will be eligible to:

  • Use the designation “iRest L1 Teacher” in advertising and promotional materials, and when delivering iRest in public and professional settings.
  • Be listed on the IRI website as a having completed the iRest Institute's iRest Level 1 Training.
  • Post your personal profile on the iRest website, listing yourself as a “Level 1 iRest Teacher.” This posting will allow people who are seeking iRest group or individual sessions in their local area to find your name and view your qualifications as an iRest provider.
  • Attend in-person Level 1 Trainings at a reduced rate.
  • Utilize private mentoring with IRI Certified Mentors (additional fees apply).
  • Access the valuable “iRest Teacher Resource Webpage” to download iRest teaching materials and professionally designed promotional brochures, flyers, and more!
  • Join the iRest “Teachers Community Network” (TCN) (additional fees apply).

Meet the Presenters

Dr. Richard Miller

iRest was developed by Richard Miller, PhD. Richard is a world-renowned spiritual teacher, author, yogic scholar, researcher, and clinical psychologist who has combined traditional yogic practice with Western psychology and neuroscience. He is committed to bringing the healing benefits of iRest to all segments of the population. In addition to founding the iRest Institute (originally named the Integrative Restoration Institute), Richard is also the co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapy and founding editor of the professional Journal of IAYT.

Stephanie Lopez, LISW-S, C-IAYT

Stephanie is Director of Operations, Senior iRest® Trainer, and Retreat Leader for the iRest Institute. She also serves as a research consultant, studying the benefits of iRest meditation on such issues as PTSD, insomnia, chronic pain, and resilience. In addition she serves on the Certification Committee for IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists), helping to promote standards and credentialing for the yoga therapy field.

Stephanie’s offerings are informed by 25 years of immersion in nondual teachings. As a psychotherapist, yoga therapist, and meditation teacher she bridges Eastern wisdom with Western psychology and neuroscience to support healing and transformation.

Course Previews


Please note: These are audio only previews.

What Teachers Are Saying


“For me, iRest Level 1 Training set in motion an exquisite new way to approach myself and the world. From my first class to the ongoing trainings, the gentle, embracing teachings provided me with the tools to embark on my own fulfilling meditation practice. Once I felt the power of the practice for myself, all I wanted to do was share it with others. I’ve chosen to work with U.S. veterans, which has been one of my most rewarding life experiences. I cannot say enough about the benefits of the iRest Training and the doors it will open to you and those around you. Dive into iRest! It is a journey like no other.”

Mary Steinberg, Certified iRest Meditation Teacher, Veterans Restorative Project, Treasures

“To say the iRest Level 1 Training is a meditation teacher training, for me, simply doesn’t do it justice. I’ve seen over and over again how iRest has completely transformed people’s lives—mine included. It gave me an absolute perspective shift, a reset, and transformed the way I relate to myself, to life, and to everyone around me. For me, iRest is ultimately a way of being that filters down into everything I do. It’s part of the yoga I teach. It’s trauma-informed tools for life. It’s confidently and compassionately helping others navigate the difficulties they encounter—just as I navigate my own—from an indestructible place of embodied wholeness. It’s also clarity of purpose. And it's simply the real deal.”

Una Hubbard, BA, Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified iRest Teacher, Meditation Australia Registered Teacher

Frequently Asked Questions

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, iRest can enable you to meet each moment of your life with a feeling of unshakable peace and well-being, no matter how challenging or difficult your situation.

iRest offers practices for everyone, whether you are a lifelong meditator or have never tried meditation before. The practice of iRest starts as a guided meditation but over time iRest teaches you how to skillfully use tools that help you meet each moment of your life with unshakable peace of mind—on and off your meditation cushion. To try iRest you don't need to do anything complicated. Just take a moment to find a comfortable position—either seated or lying down. You can listen to the meditation with your eyes open or gently closed.

There are no prerequisites for this training. It is designed for all levels, whether you have experience with iRest, yoga, and meditation or not.

No! This training was designed for everyone. It’s suited for those looking to start or enhance their personal meditation practice and those looking to include a new offering in their professional work. Beyond yoga environments, iRest is used in physical therapy, massage therapy, social work, clinical, and medical establishments; alternative or integrative medical practices; and in-job training and job resiliency programs.

Completion of this Level 1 Training does not make you a Certified iRest Teacher. Becoming fully certified is a separate, comprehensive process which includes attending an in-person Level 2 Training. More information about the next steps will be included with your course material content. iRest Level 1 teachers can begin delivering iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation in public and professional settings and use the title “iRest Level 1 Teacher” in advertising, promotional materials, and official channels. You’ll also be listed on the iRest website as an iRest Level 1 Teacher and can post your personal profile there, allowing people who are seeking iRest group or individual sessions to find you as a qualified provider.

Yes! iRest strongly encourages that all current iRest Level 1 Teachers retake the training online to get a refresher on the teachings, practice, and delivery of iRest. Plus, with the online training, you’ll have lifetime access to course content.

Yes! If you have already taken an iRest Level 1 Training through the iRest Institute, please click here to request a coupon code which will enable you to pay a reduced fee of $600 for this training.

Yoga Therapists: Get 30 Continuing Education Credits

This course is 30 hours of approved professional development for the continuing education of Certified Yoga Therapists via the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Teachers: Get 20 Continuing Education Credits

Yoga Alliance requires all yoga teachers to accumulate at least 30 hours of continuing education every three years. 20 online hours are allowed to count toward this requirement.

Fulfilling 20 of these study hours is as easy as logging into the Yoga Alliance website and entering your hours after you’ve completed iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation Level 1 Teacher Training. Continue your yoga education with this course and more from the Yoga International library!

iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation

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