Author: Lisa Grauaug

Feb 5th, 2021: iRest® Level 2 Training, Online

Friday 5th February (evening only) – Tuesday 9th February, 2021


Friday evening, February 5th, 2021:     

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Orientation to Live Stream Level 2
3:00– 6.00pm: Teaching

Saturday -Monday, Feb 6 – 8th 2021:
Morning session : 8:30am-12:00pm                                                                          Afternoon session: 1:30pm-6:00pm

Tuesday, February 9, 2021:
Morning session: 8:30am-12:30pm                                                                              Afternoon session: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Learning delivery: ONLINE 

Course Fees: 

FULL Course Fees: AUD$1755 (GST incl)

*  includes a soft copy of the L2 manual and a Level 2 manual reference guide

iRest® Level 2 Yoga Nidra Teacher Training

The iRest Level 2 Training is designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of the principles underlying the theory, practice and delivery of iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation.

You will develop and refine your personal practice and delivery of iRest to groups and individuals both in public and professional settings.Level 2 Trainings offer CE** hours for YA, PSY, MFT, LCSW, RN. Please see event details for specific CE hours and offerings.

Click here to learn more about the iRest Level 2 Training.

Level 2 Learning Objectives

Receive advanced training in teaching iRest Meditation to groups and individuals.

  • Deepen your personal practice of iRest.
  • Participate in advanced group lectures and peer discussion groups.
  • Learn how to become script independent for both group and dyad practices.
  • Understand the teacher-student relationship, teaching issues and ethical considerations.
  • Receive advanced iRest experiential group and one-on-one practice sessions.
  • Enhance your understanding of the historical context and the path of meditation in which iRest is embedded.
  • Learn Eastern and Western psycho-spiritual views and neuroscience that inform iRest and the path of meditation.
  • Learn about evidence-based research showing the efficacy of iRest with different populations.

Following the Level 2 Training, you will:

  • Join a global community of teachers teaching iRest in yoga studios, sleep clinics, rehabilitation and healthcare facilities, hospitals, hospice, prisons, universities, schools, as well as in private practice.
  • Be able to list yourself on the IRI website as an iRest Level 2 Teacher.
  • Be able to access our “Teacher Resources” and our “Teachers Community Network” (TCN) for further personal and professional support.
  • Be recommended by IRI to people seeking iRest teachers in their local area.
  • Understand how to engage in iRest research where you live.
  • Audit Level 2 Trainings at reduced rates.
  • Ability to be an assistant at Introductory, Level 1 and Level 2 workshops, trainings and retreats, depending on openings.

Attendance Certificates

In order to receive a certificate of attendance designating you as an iRest Level 2 Teacher you must arrive on time every day and attend all training sessions.

Required Reading and Listening:

Recommended Reading & Listening:


If you have previously completed an iRest Level 2 teacher training you may audit this event at a cost of $600 (manual not included, $100 manual fee paid to IRI if needed) Please contact The Yoga Institute to register as an auditing participant.

About iRest Institute

To find out more about the Integrative Restoration Institute, please visit

About our Senior iRest Trainer

Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota is a certified iRest® Senior Trainer, Retreat Leader and Supervisor/Mentor. For the past 20 years she has been deeply committed on the path of Yoga and ancient Non-dual wisdom. She is also a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher since 1996.

She incorporates iRest and Self-Inquiry in her teachings of Yoga, Somatic body awareness and meditation at her yoga studio “Prema Yoga” on the Gold Coast, Australia and internationally.

In 2007, Richard Miller, her spiritual mentor, brought to Fuyuko a deeper understanding of living life in a non dual way. From a life of ever deepening joy, astonishment and Stillness, a heartfelt desire to share these precious teachings has sprung forth. She teaches and hosts iRest trainings and retreats in Australia. She has been assisting iRest trainings in North America for Richard Miller and other senior trainers.

“Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota brings her rich, varied, and decades of experience as both a student and teacher immersed in the various paths of yoga (karma, bhakti, hatha, raja, Jñâna), to the offerings she shares with students, including group and private classes, workshops, retreats, and trainings. She has dedicated her life to service, and to offering in-depth teachings that are informed by the eastern and western nondual wisdom traditions of self-inquiry and meditation.

I deeply respect Fuyuko for how she integrates her grounded presence and deep passion for truth, beauty, love and community when teaching yoga and iRest meditation practices. I thoroughly enjoy working with Fuyuko in the various responsibilities she’s involved in at the iRest Institute (IRI) including her role as 1) an iRest Trainer, 2) Certified iRest Teacher, and 3) iRest Supervisor for students fulfilling their iRest Certification.

I am deeply grateful for Fuyuko’s ability to bring these precious nondual teachings forward into the world. I hope you take advantage of sharing time with Fuyuko in her upcoming offerings.”

Richard Miller
President, iRest Institute & Developer of iRest Yoga Nidra

About iRest’s founder

iRest Yoga Nidra has been developed over the past thirty years by Richard Miller, PhD, a clinical psychologist, author, researcher and yogic scholar, and is uniquely suitable for modern lives. Yoga Journal has named Richard Miller in the top 25 most influential yoga teachers worldwide. 

Recommended and Required Reading

REQUIRED reading and listening: Richard Miller, Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing (book with audio CD).

RECOMMENDED reading and listening: iRest Program for Healing PTSD – Book
iRest Program for Healing Meditations with Richard Miller (audio recordings)
Integrative Restoration—iRest: The Principles and Practice of Yoga Nidra (6-volume audio recording)
iRest at Ease with Richard Miller (audio recording) or iRest at Ease with Kelly Boys (audio recording)
Resting in Stillness (audio recording)

Read an article by Samantha Kinkaid about Level I and II iRest Yoga Nidra trainings here

Read an article by Gemma Adams about the iRest Yoga Nidra Certification Program here


To find out more about the iRest Institute, please visit

Course Recognition – Continuing Professional Development

Approximately 30 CPD hours
These points are recognised by Yoga Australia, IAYT, PSY, MFT, LCSW, RN. 

Australian Psychological Society (APS) CPD Points

For those of you who attended iRest trainings and who are psychologists, the APS provides the following information regarding CPD points:

“Registered psychologists are required to complete a set number of continuing professional development (CPD) hours as a requirement of ongoing registration. There is no accreditation or approval process for CPD for psychologists, but rather individual psychologists must be able to justify selection of particular CPD according to their individual learning needs.”

Therefore, if you can justify the counting of iRest training towards your continuing professional development as a psychologist (which doesn’t seem difficult given the research about its application and effectiveness for mental health and well being), then you may claim the hours!”

 – Dr Emma Spiel: the Victorian Coordinator and Deputy Convener of the National Committee for the APS Psychology and Yoga Interest Group (dated 3 July 2015) 

Further CE credit information: 

 CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. 

 LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. 

Attendees requesting Professional CE who live outside of California are responsible for contacting their home state or province licensing organizations to see if there is reciprocity. iRest Institute is not responsible for the decision of licensing boards that lie outside the state of California.
For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact the iRest Institute at For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

Experience iRest with this 8-minute Practice

Free iRest Meditation

Enjoy this 8 minute meditation which is part of the audio series that accompanies Richard Miller’s latest book, iRest Program for Healing PTSD (clicking/tapping the image opens audio link in new window)

CLICK HERE  for further iRest practices


For people who registered for this training when it was planned to be an in-person learning delivery mode, there is the option for a full refund (less bank processing fees). However, we hope you will join us online for this amazing training.  

Cancelling your registration:

The cancellation policy for students is as follows: Cancellation fee before December 5, 2020 full fee less $350 AUD admin fee; no refund from December 5 onwards. Such a policy is required due to the commitments to make this event possible, if we are able to fill your space from a waitlist, your fees less cancellation fee will be refunded to you.

Cancellation of course: In case of cancellation by The Yoga Institute, you will receive a full refund of all registration fees paid to The Yoga Institute. Appropriate Travel Insurance is highly recommended where applicable.

Confirmation of registrations: your registration is not final until full payment is received.

Notifying us of cancellation: Please email as soon as possible to notify us of your cancellation.

March 7th & 8th, 2020: Leslie Kaminoff Workshop Sydney

Leslie Kaminoff Down Under 2020

Reimagining Alignment – Fundamental Practices and Foundational Principles

A 2-day Interactive Yoga Workshop that will inform, inspire and transform both your personal practice and teaching

T.K.V. Desikachar’s teachings respect the individual nature of yoga practice, and his father, T. Krishnamacharya, emphasized the importance of breath integration along the central axis of the body.  Inspired by these sources, Leslie Kaminoff has developed an anatomically-inspired set of yoga principles. He uses these to guide teachers and practitioners as they embody their own, personal understanding of what works for them, both in personal practice and teaching. During these practice-heavy sessions, Leslie will model these principles by teaching a variety of sequences, techniques and inquiries.

Dates: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March, 2020
Venue: Mosman Art Gallery: Grand Hall, Sydney
Time: 9:00am – 4:30 pm


Doors will be open from  8:30 am to settle into your space and be ready for 9:00 start.

Session times: 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:30-4:30pm

Re-imagining Alignment

This highly interactive workshop relies on students to bring questions about their own asana practice and teaching language. Leslie will promote an experimental, experiential atmosphere of inquiry regarding the teaching of alignment, safety and effective cueing of asana.

The session begins with an historical and anatomical perspective on the subject and functional definition of alignment. Then, an exploration of the uniqueness of human structure will lead to the understanding that “asanas don’t have alignment – people have alignment.”

Starting with clear, simple principles that govern musculoskeletal function, Leslie will help you put your asana on a solid foundation literally from the ground up (and from your head down). Topics include:

  • The fundamental importance of proprioception and interoception
  • Functional principles of alignment
  • Breath-centered, anatomically-based cueing
  • The relationship of bandha to support and movement
  • Why instructions like “tuck your tail,” “lengthen your spine,” “square your hips” may be doing more harm than good, and what kind of language to use instead
  • The use of gazing (drishti) and imagery to foster increased neuromuscular integration


Morning session: 9:00am-12:00pm

Less Talking, More Doing – The Theory of Mostly Practice

This is a full-length practice session (2+ hours) with a minimum of lecture. Simple body and breath warmups will be followed by a session of seated breath/bandha practice.

A standing vinyasa series will flow into floor work, modified inversions, twists, backbends and forward bends, concluding with a full savasana, followed by quiet sitting.Brief introductory and concluding remarks will frame the session.

Afternoon session: 1:30-4:30pm

Shushumna Nadi in Theory and Practice – The Central Pillar of Krishnamacharya’s Yoga

An organizing principle of Krishnamacharya’s breath-centered approach to yoga theory and practice involves the opening of the central channel of the energetic body – the Shushumna Nadi. Leslie’s uniquely anatomical and experiential perspective on this topic refers to this as “vertical axis integration.” This session will explore this idea in a practice sequence that integrates asana, kriya, bandha, mudra, pranayama. The session will conclude with a dhyana on the imagery derived from Krishnamacharya’s unique perspective on Prana/Apana, Kundalini and Agni

Dates: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March, 2020
Venue: Mosman Art Gallery: Grand Hall, 1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman (Sydney)
Time: 9:00am – 4:30 pm

PRICE for the Full Weekend Program: $649 regular price

Previous years have been a sell out event, book in early to avoid disappointment

* no pre-requisites or prior learning required *

Terms & Conditions:
Full payment for this event is required to secure your registration. Cancelations prior to the 17th February 2020 are eligible for a refund minus $250. Cancellations received after the 17th February are not eligible for a refund. You may transfer your registration to another person at no cost, however, please notify the program host in writing prior to commencement.

Event cancelation: The Yoga Institute Pty Ltd reserves the right to cancel any event, workshop or retreat due to extenuating circumstances. In the unlikely event that this occurs, a full refund of registration fees paid will be returned to the participant. However, no responsibility will be accepted for any consequential loss in any circumstances. Where applicable, adequate travel insurance is highly recommended.

Please email us in writing for cancellation notifications.

About the facilitator: Leslie Kaminoff 

Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is recognized internationally as a specialist in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. For over four decades he has led workshops and developed specialized education for many leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in America and throughout the world. His approach to teaching combines intellectual rigor, spontaneity and humor, and is always evolving.
Leslie is the founder of The Breathing Project, a New York City based educational non-profit dedicated to advancing educational standards for yoga teachers and other movement professionals. His unique year-long course is available online at
He is the co-author, with Amy Matthews, of the best-selling book “Yoga Anatomy.”
You can follow him on Instagram (@leslie.kaminoff), Twitter (@lkaminoff) and on Facebook (LeslieKaminoffYogaAnatomy), on YouTube (YogaAnatomy) and learn more at

Bonus Material 

A Post-Iyengar Reimagining of Alignment in Asana

Negative Feedback Can Be Positive (except when it’s just negative)

Son vs Father’s Yoga Teachings

A simple breathing question with a complex answer

Honesty in Yoga Credentialing

A Day of iRest® Meditation and Self-Inquiry with Richard Miller – April 19th

Richard Miller in Australia

Navigating the Landscape of Spiritual Awakening

Date: Sunday April 19, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Price: $195.00 (inc GST)
Place: Yoga Institute, 498 Miller Street, Cammeray, NSW, Australia

Online Bookings click here
Inquiry: contact us at Yoga Institute – Phone: 0477 021 219

Richard Miller won’t be coming back in 2015, so don’t miss this precious opportunity to learn directly from the founder of iRest!

Navigating the Landscape of Spiritual Awakening involves two essential movements, one that is evolutionary, that restores us to the realisation of our essential nature, and one that is involutionary, during which we learn to integrate our realisation into everyday life.

During the evolutionary phase of meditation, we recognise and experience our essential nature as nondual awareness, the ground of being from which the entire cosmos is born. Here we learn to abide as awareness, where all boundaries of separation, self, and other dissolve and we experience our birthright of peace, joy, well-being, and freedom from suffering.

During the involutionary phase of meditation, we learn how to embody our essential nature as awareness, equanimity and well-being amidst the ever-changing circumstances of our ordinary everyday life, in all our relationships with friends, lovers, children and co-workers, while we are at work, at play and at rest.

Dr Richard MillerAbout Dr Richard Miller

Richard C. Miller, PhD, is a spiritual teacher, author, yogic scholar, clinical psychologist and researcher. For the past 45 years, Richard has devoted his life to awakening to andd integrating the ancient nondual wisdom teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism, Judeo-Christian traditions and Buddhism with modern Western psychology.

Richard is the founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and founding editor of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Yoga Therapy. Author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga (Sounds True), iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Resiliency and Well-Being (Sounds True) and The iRest Program for Healing PTSD (New Harbinger), Richard leads meditation retreats and trainings internationally, and serves as a consultant studying the impact of meditation with diverse populations experiencing issues such as PTSD, sleep disorders, chronic pain, and chemical dependency. Richard’s interest is on spiritual awakening and the effectiveness of meditation for enhancing healing, resiliency, well-being, and compassion in everyday life.

Please visit

Copyright The Yoga Institute 2021

Built by IRONIC3D in Sydney