The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks
iRest is a simple and accessible form of meditation designed for modern day living. It is a form of yoga therapy that cultivates great results through short regular practices. It is offered in all of Kendra's classes but is particularly effective as a private Dyad practice.
You may have already practiced Yoga Nidra in regular Yoga classes by lying on your back and being guided through body sensations. iRest is a Yoga Nidra practice developed by Dr Richard Miller that combines traditional yogic practices with Western psychology and neuroscience. It is practiced and taught by thousands of people worldwide in a wide range of settings, including health centers, schools, community centers, yoga studios, correctional facilities and military hospitals.
It can help you navigate life's challenges and enhance a feeling of wellbeing.
iRest has been shown to be effective in scientific trials for conditions including;
depression and anxiety
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
What is present now?
During a dyad, or co-meditation, we meet one on one and welcome everything just as it is and mirror all that arises.
It is simple a process of being present with what presents without the need to fix anything.
In this simplicity you develop a capacity to meet yourself each day in your own meditation.
Quite often we can feel that meditation is a struggle and can feel quite lonely. This wonderful practice reawakens our longing for human connection, clarity and understanding.
I will hold a space of unconditional presence for you because I have spent many years doing this for myself. This creates intimacy and trust which helps you open up to express your truth, emotions, beliefs and whatever arises in unconditional love and acceptance.
We aim to move past the cognitive process and into the somatic experience of feeling, witnessing the changing experiences in real time, or what I like to call coming' online'.
This practice can be done in person one-on-one, or online via Zoom.
how is iRest different to Yoga Nidra?
Sunday morning in fetal position with the fear and pain of letting myself down and not loving me at all.
I eventually rolled over onto my back - Savasana 'corpse pose' - put my hands on my heart, closed my eyes and felt the 'love' crying tears, not sobbing, tears just flowing over my cheeks and down the side of my face.
In my mind I then chanted my sankalpas:
"I have the courage to recognise and release my fears"
"I move forward with love, understanding and compassion for me and the universe".
Kendra is the touchstone of my revelation - her calm spirit centres my being, supporting and guiding me spiritually and physically.
My time with Kendra each week has been a journey of discovery, acknowledgement and growth, mentally, physically and spiritually. Without any imposition she identifies my pain and fears and provides me with guidance for me to build better practices and rhythms to support me in finding the person I am mentally physically and spiritually.