I am a licensed clinical social worker, chemical dependency counselor II, and retired Navy SEAL. Contempt prior to investigation is the best way I can describe my thoughts about yoga until I tried yoga to see if it would help my lower back. I found the postures of Hot 26 to be very rehabilitating for the back I live with. The yoga practice was also very beneficial in calming my heart/mind.
I completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 and heard about Yoga Nidra, a 4500 year old meditation practice. After the teacher training was over, I found a book on iRest® Yoga Nidra guided meditation. iRest® is a meditation of self-inquiry that is used at Walter Reed Medical Center and many VA facilities to treat veterans with PTSD. iRest® is a meditation of self-inquiry; we explore the body sensations, breathe and energy, feelings and emotions, thoughts and beliefs, sense of joy and well-being, and awareness of all of these. We learn to experience all our sensations, emotions, thoughts as messengers and work with them to promote harmony in our life. We learn to respond to life instead of reacting to life. I completed the two year iRest® certification process July 2018 and am a Certified iRest® Teacher.