iRest® Yoga Nidra

Rebecca teaches both group series and 1-to-1 sessions of iRest® Yoga Nidra, a practice enables you to lead a contented life, free of conflict and fear, by opening your mind and body to its inherent ground of health and well-being. It is the vision of Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI) to help people resolve their pain and suffering by rediscovering their essential wholeness and their interconnectedness with all of life. From this place of discovery, trauma and difficult life situations are then met with a deeply wise and compassionate response.

iRest® Yoga Nidra is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that:

  • releases negative emotions and thought patterns
  • calms the nervous system
  • develops a deep capacity to meet any and all circumstances you may encounter in life

Research has shown that iRest Yoga Nidra effectively reduces:

  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • Chemical dependency

The Integrative Restoration Institute is committed to excellence in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), collaborating with research partners, and providing advanced training for health care professionals, yoga teachers and individuals looking to facilitate their own personal growth.

Founded in 2006, IRI is a non profit 501(c)(3) under the direction of Richard C. Miller, PhD. iRest Yoga Nidra  is utilized in VA hospitals, military bases, hospitals and clinics, hospice, homeless shelters, community programs, corporations, and schools.


Dynamic Vinyasa Flow

The mind-body connection is a two way street, but we have often stumped ourselves trying to think our way through life or out of predicaments. When we dive into the somatic sense of life's experiences through our practice on the mat, we discover that we have miraculously alchemized our relationship to various circumstances, habits, and so forth. The kicker is that this self-transformation happens without a linear, problem-solving thought process! We infuse the breath into the body not only for the physiological benefits, but, also, to quiet the mind. We become quiet enough to hear the essential feedback directing us in the wise direction. We feel and connect to our spirits (Brahman), our true nature of consciousness and bliss (sat-chit-ananda). And you leave with deep reverence for the practice, wet with sweat from a safe, anatomically sound cross-training fitness challenge.

 

Restorative Yoga

While more physically rigorous styles of yoga asana (postures) are popularized, a restorative yoga practice is equally if not more potent for healing and development. Restorative yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing the body and its healing systems to rest and recuperate.  Here are some causes and effects of giving the mind and body space and time to rest and digest with a systematic yoga practice:

  • reduce stress hormones like cortisol and reduce brain arousal, yet cultivate mental acuity and sensory vividness
  • lower blood pressure and slow heart rate, while increasing “good” cholesterol and blood flow to heart
  • reduce muscle tension, chronic or severe pain, insomnia, and generalized fatigue
  • boost immunity, stimulate the flow of the lymphatic system
  • balance, ground, and learn greater patience with yourself and others
  • reduce serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels, and improve capacity to regulate blood glucose levels
  • enhance fertility
  • oxygenate blood
  • increase flexibility
  • balance and ground
  • learn patience with self and others
  • heal body, heart, and mind

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YogaED™

YogaEd™ envisions a future where schools are seedbeds of health and happiness. Where educators coach and embody lifelong wellbeing through dynamic teaching.

YogaEd™ envisions a education system where students learn life skills to cultivate mind-body fitness in tandem with academic success. Yoga Ed™. is dedicated to making this vision a reality.

We believe in the power educators have to change the world. We empower the change.

Invite Rebecca to teach at your child's or teenager's school.  YogaEd™ is FUN, educational, mindful, safe, secular, non-competitive, and supportive.  The YogaEd™ program is health, happiness and awareness enhancing for all the kiddos involved, from Kindergardeners to Seniors in high school.  Rebecca is prepared to teach them all, and is an approachable, relatable teacher.


Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga

Welcome to your new life, welcome a new life.  This is a sacred and powerful time full of changes in every way imaginable.  Pregnancy is one umbrella with a million varying experiences and the fact that no two people are women are the same is particularly highlighted here.  Wether your pregnancy is smooth-sailing or particularly challenging, you need someone who understands your needs and cares during this time.  You are already a mother, needing to balance the dance of giving and receiving, and the better you take care of yourself, the better you take care of your little one.  Set yourself up in strength and grace in your pregnancy, and for your birthing time and beyond.

My Prenatal Yoga training was holistic, scientifically based, and through the Stress Management Center of Marin, fulfilling Yoga Alliance requirements.  

Studies done the Mayo Clinic and other researchers show that prenatal yoga can:

  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
  • Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath
  • Decrease the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction — a condition that slows a baby's growth

Additionally, prenatal yoga, if you choose a class setting, can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women, which is a valuable community for understanding and support. 

Join Rebecca for a Private Prenatal Yoga Session or for her weekly class at The Pad Studios, located at 1690Union Street in San Francisco, Sundays at 12:30 p.m.


Principle-Based Partner Yoga™

Partner yoga utilizes the forms and principles of individual posture while incorporating the presence of another to deepen the impact of the experience. This particular style of partner yoga awakens our human potential through the integration of universal principles such as compassion, trust, balance and creativity. 

Partner Yoga is not a substitute for individual Yoga practice, it is an accelerated path to experience directly the root principle of Yoga – union. To experience union, we relax into the present moment and our individual presence. From this primary connection with ourselves, we realize our essential sameness and unity with others.

During partner yoga practice challenges arise and we often experience emotions and internal conflicts. As partners work together, supporting one another, a context is created for examining larger principles of our human nature in relationship.

The excitement, mistrust, anger, and love we feel reflect our interpersonal patterns outside of Yoga practice. Through seeing how we are in the practice, we are empowered with more choices in our lives. Principle-Based Partner Yoga™ integrates the body-heart-mind-spirit connection through the use of universal principals such as trust, compassion, creativity.

Because Partner Yoga is nurturing and playful as well as instructive, it is accessible to a wide range of students. Partner Yoga provides a pathway into Yoga that may have previously seemed intimidating or inaccessible.

While suitable for intimate partners, this practice allows everyone to explore interpersonal dynamics in ways that nurture all of our relationships — making it a powerful tool for teachers and counselors, corporate groups, parents and children, and all individuals seeking personal growth.

Schedule a Partner Yoga class with Rebecca with your friends, co-workers, or your partner!


photo courtesy of Robert Sturnam

photo courtesy of Robert Sturnam

Warriors At Ease

Warriors At Ease brings the healing power of yoga and meditation to military communities around the world, especially those affected by combat-stress, PTSD, and trauma. 

Rebecca, as a mind-body professional, can help enhance the health and well-being of service members, veterans, families, and healthcare staff.  Rebecca has completed the Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga and Meditation in Military Communities which addressed the following imperatives of teaching in the Military setting:

  • The key distinctions between "yogic culture" and "military culture" and why they matter
  • Key facts about military culture, history, structure, values, norms, and attitudes 
  • Cultural sensitivity skills critical to a teacher's success and effectiveness 
  • Ways to introduce yoga/meditation that enhances student receptivity and focus on the relevance to their concerns
  • How to create a safe learning container and why this is crucial for working with those suffering from trauma
  • A basic understanding of war-related traumatic stress, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury
  • Practical guidelines for working with student's emotional reactions in class
  • Strategies and tips for initiating a class or workshop series in military facilities and communities