REVIEW: iRest® – Yoga Nidra for Kids At Bedtime and Quiet Time by Jeanne Dillion

Jeanne Dillion, is the diirector of a therapeutic yoga studio in Boise, Idaho, a Certified Yoga Therapist and a Certified iRest® Teacher, who has studied with psychologist and yogi Richard Miller.  Dillion offers yoga nidra (deep yoga relaxation) iRest practices on her website for adults. However unique to the iRest yoga nidra genre, are her practices for children. What parent or grandparent wouldn’t appreciate a gentle way to ease the active child into a calmer frame of mind or a good night’s sleep?  The 20 minute practice moves through the iRest protocol and includes awareness of sensation, breath, and a joyful dip into bliss– “a great big heart of love that’s inside and outside and all around you”–before sending the practicing child off to sleep–”My body and mind are sleeping now, all through the night.”  The practice prepares the child for sleep, and for waking up in the morning feeling rested, remembering the “special, happy, peaceful, true part of me that is always here.” Dillion guides the practice with the child comfortably tucked in, under the covers, with total permission to fall asleep.  Adults can certainly do this practice, too, but would need to modify the breath count, as Dillion appropriately leads the breath faster for children’s smaller lung capacity.

In the ten minute iRest called “Green Grassy Meadow,” Dillion uses guided imagery–the meadow, an eleven step golden staircase in which she leads the listener down, one step at a time on each exhalation.  At the bottom of the stairs is a scene of animals by a pond.  The variety of images, along with a specific question to the listening child, “Do you see other animals in or around the pond”? would likely keep the listening child alert through most of the practice.  Towards the end of the track, the sun is setting and all the animals are going to sleep.  Dillion cues the listening child to sense her own tired feeling and to settle in for a rest.  This CD is a gift for both parents and children. Try it together at the end of a busy day!  You can order the CD by mail from Dillion’s website or download the mp3.

cd-yoga-nidra-coverTo order a copy of the LifeForce Yoga Nidra CD for sleep and relaxation click here.

About the Author

Amy Weintraub

Amy Weintraub E-RYT 500, MFA, YACEP, C-IAYT, founded the LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute, which trains yoga and health professionals internationally, and is the author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists. The LifeForce Yoga protocol is used by health care providers worldwide. She is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood.

2 thoughts on “REVIEW: iRest® – Yoga Nidra for Kids At Bedtime and Quiet Time by Jeanne Dillion”

  1. kathir says:

    I live in Boston area. I have practised Yoga as a child and gave up. I am 47 and recently getting back to Yoga. I can do Padmasana,Child’s pose, Dog, Cobra, Cobbler, Sarvanga etc

    After years of anxiety and depression, I am taking up Yoga as a treatment. I am using all the knowledge of poses that I already knew… But develop better understanding….

    Do you come to the area for woekshops? Can I attend your classes, read your books and eventually get certified..


    1. Amy Weintraub says:

      Dear Kathir,

      There are yoga practices on this website that can help you. Please look at the practices within the articles tab under anxiety and depression. Also, if you go to the video page of the website there are links to samples on You Tube. Boston is not on my schedule this year, but I will be teaching in RI in October: and I teach often at Kripalu Center (there is good bus service from Boston) in Stockbridge, MA.

      I hope to meet you on the yoga path!
      a warm namaste,
      PS There are also many LifeForce Yoga Practitioners whom I’ve trained in the Boston area:

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