With only a couple of days left before I get back home from being away, I’m really looking forward to giving the Intro to iRest Yoga Nidra workshop again at Luna Yoga. I studied this form of guided meditation technique because my ultimate goal with my life and my career is to help people heal from their wounds, and I wanted another tool to accomplish that to add to the yoga asana practice, but wanted something that was more accessible than a vinyasa practice, something that anyone could do. And iRest is that.

Yoga Nidra is an ancient Hindu and Buddhist guided meditation modality, a meditation format that allows the practitioner to simply follow along with the instructor’s guidance. iRest takes this format one step further by introducing psychotherapeutic elements to the structure similar to Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT), as well as the process of witnessing sensations, thoughts and emotions without personalizing them or identifying with them. These elements have roots in Hindu teachings as well, which makes them so perfectly appropriate for the meditation context.

iRest Yoga Nidra is basically a 30-35 minute guided meditation that helps with everything from simple relaxing and unwinding, to offering healing tools for those working with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, chemical dependency, infertility, insomnia, and so much more. By showing practitioners how to effectively work with their thoughts and attention, iRest gives them tools that they can use whenever and wherever, regardless of their circumstances or environment, to get past negative thought and behavioural patterns and live happier, more fulfilling lives.

Join me on Saturday, June 9 from 2-4pm for this transformational workshop where I’ll go into even greater detail on the lineage of iRest and how it’s making a difference in the lives of so many people, and how it can in yours as well! For more details, or to sign up, click here.

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Bram Levinson is an author (www.theexaminedlifebook.comwww.ayearinthelight.com), yoga & meditation teacher, blogger and mentor. Based in Montreal, he offers alternative approaches to physical, mental and emotional well-being, promoting healing and spiritual understanding of who we are, why we are here and what this life journey is really all about through group and private classes as well as mentoring sessions, workshops and yoga vacations. He has been on the faculties of multiple conferences, festivals and teacher trainings, and travels throughout the year to bring his teachings to students and teachers around the world.