iRest Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra is an evidence-based transformative practice that has been shown to be effective in scientific trials for conditions including chronic pain, sleep problems, depression and anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Classes are suitable for everyone!regardless of physical ability or experience with meditation.
Private, in-office sessions are available by appointment. Please email for more information.
Upcoming Group Classes:
In compliance with CDC nationwide guidelines, onsite group classes are temporarily suspended until October, 2020.
No experience needed to participate. Multi-class passes are available.
Discounts for First Responders, Veterans, and Municipal Staff.
iRest Yoga by La Alza Health and Wellness
What iRest is:
iRest is a meditation practice based on the ancient tradition of Yoga Nidra and adapted to suit the conditions of modern life.
And we're trained to help you learn this amazing healing technique.
How it was Developed
iRest was developed by Dr. Richard Miller, a spiritual teacher, yogic scholar, researcher and clinical psychologist, who combined traditional yogic practice with Western psychology and neuroscience. He's been developing the iRest practice over the course of 30 years.
iRest is practiced by thousands of people worldwide in a wide range of settings--from schools, community centers and yoga studios to correctional facilities and military hospitals.
How it Heals
The practice of iRest enables you to deeply calm your nervous system, integrate difficult thoughts and emotions, and offers a portal for awakening to your essential nature.
Based on current studies with iRest in the
military, the Defense Centers of Excellence has approved iRest as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine warranting continuing research for its use in the treatment of PTSD.
In addition, the U.S. Army Surgeon General has listed Yoga Nidra (based on research with iRest) as a Tier 1 approach for addressing Pain Management in Military Care.
iRest has likewise been shown to be effective in scientific trials for conditions including chronic pain, sleep problems, depression and anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
We combine this wonderful practice with our Heart-Centered philosophy at La Alza Health and Wellness. And we are Certified by iRest as instructors.
iRest is simple to learn and can be practiced by anyone, regardless of physical ability or experience with meditation.
And once you have learned this technique, iRest becomes part of your toolbox for healing.
Classes and Workshops are held in several locations in the Tampa Bay area from November through May each year. Ongoing, open-to-everyone classes are generally held twice each week and private sessions are available by appointment only in our Sarasota office location.
We are also available for One on One Trainings, Corporate Informational Workshops, and specialized small group classes such as trauma-specific, grief, addictions and pain management, from October through April each year in the Tampa Bay and Sarasota areas.