Certified iRest Teacher
San Francisco Bay Area
I’m honored to be part of a team that is bringing forth the life changing practice of iRest Yoga Nidra. Whether I’m publishing the monthly newsletter, helping organize an event or answering emails, as Project Manager for the Integrative Restoration Institute, my responsibilities keep me engaged in the day-to-day activities of work for a non-profit organization.
This work is deeply important to me. When I came to this practice in 2007, I had spent my entire adult life battling chronic depression and a debilitating anxiety disorder. After years of struggle, I found in Richard Miller’s teachings, a way to stop, turn around, and face life in a way I had never done before. This simple act of welcoming was the beginning of a radical transformation that fundamentally changed my life.
Now, as a Certified iRest Teacher, I’m so grateful to be able to share what I’ve learned with others. I have taught iRest Yoga Nidra to populations including veterans and the homeless and I work with individuals suffering from anxiety & depression and substance abuse issues.
I have found that we all have a capacity to meet life as it is and in every moment to recognize our inherent freedom. iRest offers us a direct pointer to that freedom as well as a path. Through my work at IRI, it is my deepest intention to serve others in support of their own recognition of freedom and to continue to contribute to IRI’s mission of helping people resolve their pain and suffering by rediscovering their essential wholeness and their interconnectedness with all of life.
iRest Certified Teacher (Level V Supervisor)
Kimberley, BC, Canada
IRI Director of Certification
YA500 Yoga Teacher
Kirsten has been a student of Richard Miller's since 1998 when she attended her first Retreat into Stillness. After this retreat, she began to find a sense of peace and self acceptance that kept her returning to retreat after retreat, digging deeper for the source of this new-found ease in her life.
The first iRest Level I training in 2006 put a context and a framework to the work that had been changing her life and informing her yoga teaching since she began working with Richard nearly nine years prior. It all began to fall into place.
Kirsten has since become an active member of the iRest team, helping to develop the iRest Trainings, refining the training format and material, and, along with a supportive team, create the iRest Teacher Certification program.
Kirsten’s particular interest in iRest is in effectively spreading these teachings to as many people as possible. There is nothing more delightful to her than watching the incredible transformation that occurs as a student of iRest begins to get a taste of the ease, acceptance, and peace that she began to find for herself so many years ago. In her local community, she offers multi-week iRest courses to yoga students as well as the general public. She travels to offer introductory weekends, retreats, as well as assist at iRest Trainings.
Director of Marketing, Research & Development
Certified iRest Teacher & Supervisor
Los Angeles, CA
It is a joy to work with such a dedicated group of professionals and teachers. Being in collaborative, authentic and transparent relationships is at the core of how I approach life and work. I feel very blessed to serve IRI and support the rich meditation teachings we offer.
My professional background is in consulting, with an emphasis in branding, marketing, and program development. In my current role at IRI, I am focused on supporting this growing non-profit and the community of teachers and students, while building thriving relationships with like-minded professionals.
As a teacher and studio owner, I am a dedicated student always seeking ways in which I can better serve my clients. Currently, I have two main concentrations. The first is children with social learning challenges, autism, ADHD, sensory processing delays, and anxiety. The second is anyone living with trauma and its effects. I am passionate about positively influencing the education and healthcare communities with accessible and comprehensive mindfulness practices, such as iRest.
Should you have any inquires about our work or want to find out how we may serve you or your organization, please consider this an invitation to do so. You can reach me at Samantha@irest.us.
On a personal note, my family and I live in Southern California, just north of LA. We enjoy hiking, swimming and playing in the park. My therapeutic yoga and meditation studio, Yoga Everyone, is located in Agoura Hills, CA. Please stop by if you're in the area!
"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation."
Events Planning and Management
BA in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, Sonoma State University
with special training in Child Development, Gestalt Therapy, Art Therapy, EcoPsychology, Rites of Passage, Community Based Research, Counseling Psychology, Nutrition (food and mood, Celiac Disease).
Integrative Restoration - iRest Yoga Nidra:
Level I, Level II, Level III Certification Program
Yoga Therapy (Ananda Seva)
Pachamama Facilitator: Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream
Psi-Chi: National Honors Society in Psychology
Association of Contextual Behavioral Science
International Association of Yoga Therapists
Research (presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference, May 2003):
Positive and Negative Qualities in Relationships: Perspectives From an Inmate Population
Experience with the following populations/settings:
Homeless women and children
Women and men in recovery from chemical dependency
Severely handicapped children and adults
Children with developmental disabilities
Juvenile hall and probation camp for adjudicated youth
Acute psychiatric unit
Death and Dying
Celiac Disease and nutrition
Soul Motion (authentic movement)
Nondual Wisdom Traditions
Integral Psychology and Spirituality