iRest Training Level 1 2016 – Sydney FULLY BOOKED

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Dates:   Tuesday 12th January (evening only) – Sunday 17th January 2016

Tuesday: 7:00-9:00pm (Registration 6-7pm)
Wednesday – Saturday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am-12:30pm

 The Crows Nest Centre
2 Ernest Pl, Crows Nest, SYDNEY

Experience iRest with this 8-minute PracticeAbout iRest

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

Enjoy the above 8 minute meditation which is part of the audio series that accompanies Richard Miller’s latest book, iRest Program for Healing 

What Students Say About iRest Level 1 Training


iRest is an accessible meditation protocol that is integrative, as it heals unresolved issues and traumas, and restorative, as it aids practitioners in recognizing the underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances in life.

Due to its effectiveness and ease of use, iRest has proven to effectively support the healing process across a broad range of populations, including those with PTSD, chronic pain, sleep issues, high stress, depression, and anxiety.

In this Level 1 Training, you will learn:

  • The core principles and practice of iRest meditation.
  • How to use iRest for your personal practice.
  • How to teach and deliver iRest simply yet effectively in group and individual settings.

Following the Level 1 Training, you will:

  • Join a global community of teachers teaching iRest in yoga studios, sleep clinics, rehabilitation and healthcare facilities, hospice, prisons, universities, schools, as well as in private practice.
  • Be able to list yourself on the IRI website as a Level 1 Teacher in Training.
  • Be able to access our “Teacher Resources” and our “Teachers Community Network” for further personal and professional support.
  • Be recommended by IRI to people seeking iRest teachers in their local area.

Fees: $1755 GST Incl
Includes a comprehensive manual and a Level I Training audio download.

Call Phoebe at reception on (02) 9929 2774 to ask any questions or find out more.



Stephanie Lopez imgreshas been studying yoga for 21 years and teaching yoga and meditation for over a decade. She holds a masters degree in Clinical Social Work and is a Gestalt therapist who interweaves iRest® yoga nidra and self inquiry into her clinical practice. She also has a private practice devoted solely to iRest® work, specializing in difficult emotions, beliefs, and developing an individual practice.

Stephanie is the Director of Operations at the Integrative Restoration Institute, along with serving as a Senior iRest Trainer, Retreat Leader and Supervisor. Her compassionate presence, depth of knowledge, and love of this work create a welcoming space for insightful learning. Stephanie offers workshops, retreats and iRest Teacher Trainings internationally.

“Stephanie Lopez’ teachings are informed by her longtime immersion in the nondual teachings of Yoga, as well as her rich and varied background and integration of the wisdom traditions of both Eastern spirituality and Western Psychology. Stephanie brings her warm and loving heart, intellectual fortitude, her longtime interest in self-inquiry, her deep ease of being, as well as her grounded presence to her teachings of iRest, and her group and individual work with people. 

I wholeheartedly support and enjoy working with Stephanie in the various roles she engages through the Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI) included her work as 1)Director of IRI Operations, 2) IRI iRest Senior Trainer, 3) Supervisor for our students partaking in IRI’s Level III Certification process, 4) an IRI Retreat Leader, and 5) Certified iRest Teacher.

I feel deep gratitude for Stephanie’s love of, and her easeful ability to bring theseprecious nondual teachings forward into the world. I hope you take advantage of sharing time with Stephanie in her upcoming iRest Training, Retreat, and/or workshop offerings.”

Richard Miller
President, Integrative Restoration Institute
Developer of iRest Yoga Nidra

Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota Bio picture Fuyukois 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 Integrative Restoration 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, Integrative Restoration Institute
Developer of iRest Yoga Nidra


Accommodation Options: (2o minute walk) and click here for other local suggestions.

Getting there & Parking Options: Click here for suggestions. Please note Hume Street (Crows Nest) Parking station offers an early bird all day discount and is a 3min walk to venue.


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 Integrative Restoration Institute, please visit


Approximately 32 CPD hours
These points are recognised by Yoga Australia.

Australian Psychological Society (APS) CPD Points

For those of you who attended iRest Level 1 training 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) 

Book Your Place


Cancellation policy: Cancellations before December 12th 2015 will receive a refund less a AUD$150 cancellation fee.
There are NO refunds after December 12th, 2015 due to our commitments, unless we are able to fill your space from a wait-list, in such case your fees less cancellation fee will be refunded to you.
In case of cancellation by The Yoga Institute, you will receive a full refund of all funds received by The Yoga Institute.
Please note: Your registration is not final until full payment is received.  

Please email in writing for cancellation notifications.

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