Board of Directors
Founder, Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors
Integrative Restoration Institute
Richard Miller, PhD is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher. For over 40 years, Richard Miller has devoted his life and work to integrating the nondual wisdom teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism and Buddhism with Western psychology. Among his mentors were Jean Klein, T.K.V. Desikachar and Stephen Chang.
Richard is the founding president and CEO of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy and founding editor of the professional Journal of IAYT. He is also a founding member and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology and a senior advisor for the Baumann Foundation for the study of Awareness and its impact on well-being.
Author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, Richard serves as a research consultant studying the iRest Yoga Nidra protocol that he has developed (Integrative Restoration ~ iRest, a modern adaptation of the ancient nondual meditation practice of Yoga Nidra) researching its efficacy on health, healing and well-being with diverse populations including active-duty soldiers, veterans, college students, children, seniors, the homeless, the incarcerated, and people experiencing issues such as sleep disorders, PTSD, chemical dependency, chronic pain, and related disorders.
In addition to his research and writing projects, Richard lectures and leads trainings and retreats internationally.
"You are love itself." —Nisargadatta
Monica Hanson has a passion for supporting innovative movements in the art and science of meditation.
For the last 10 years Monica has focused on practicing, contemplating, studying, researching, writing and teaching mind body meditation. She is on the Board of Directors for the Integrative Restoration Institute and a founding member of the Integrative Wellness Team at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration dedicated to integrating iRest into the military. She is an instructor at Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism - Research and Education. Certified in the Therapeutic Application of Yoga through Duke University Integrative Medicine; and trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Her perspectives have been published in the International Association of Yoga Therapists annual peer reviewed journal.
Her mentors are Richard Miller, PhD, Jacquelyn Long, LCSW, a neuropsychologist from Princeton, and Kelly McGonigal, PhD, author, psychologist and mind body expert from Stanford University.
Monica is married and has a young son. She enjoys walking up hills, running down and the awe and mystery of expansive nature.
iRest Certified Teacher (Level V Supervisor)
Kimberley, BC, Canada
I am a husband, father, grandfather, retired lawyer now working as a yoga teacher and business consultant.
My interest is the day-to-day, practical applications of iRest and the non-dual understanding. Finding some way to take these teachings to our needy populations is a focus of mine.
As a Supervisor for IRI I enjoy working with certification students. The discussions and discoveries that come forth through the certification process are always exciting and refreshing.
Lastly, I am interested in finding ways to use the iRest protocol with populations that can afford to pay to support those who work with populations like the homeless.
My field of experience in offering iRest Yoga Nidra lies primarily in multi-session trainings, introductory weekends and retreats.
I have studied with Richard for over 13 years, attended at least 15 retreats with Richard. I am President and a founding director of the Canadian Center of Timeless Being Society.