Research Articles

iRest Yoga Nidra Research Completed

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in U.S. Veterans Using the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS).
Thomas H. Nassif, PhD, Deborah O. Norris, PhD, Karen L. Soltes, LCSW, Marc R. Blackman, MD, Julie C. Chapman, PsyD and Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD. WA DC VA. 2013.


iRest Yoga-Nidra on the College Campus: Changes in Stress, Depression, Worry, and Mindfulness
Heather Eastman-Mueller, PhD, CSE, CHES; Terry Wilson, M.Ed, RN, CHES; Ae-Kyung Jung, MA; Andrea Kimura, M.Ed; Jeff Tarrant, PhD, BCN. University of Missouri.


Evaluation of Meditation in the Treatment of Chemical Dependency.
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, Volume 12, Issue 3, 2012


iRest Yoga Nidra: A Pilot Study to Treat Women Veterans.
Long Beach VA. 


The Effect of Meditation on Cortisol: A Comparison of Meditation Techniques to a Control Group.
Ohio University: Department of Experimental Health Psychology.


Mindfulness Based Group Therapy using iRest.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Brain Injury Clinic.


Feasibility Study of Integrative Restoration (iRest) Yoga Nidra on Combat-Related PTSD.
Veterans. John F. Kennedy University.


Active duty service members: PTSD.
Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 


Miami FL VA (PTSD in veterans)


Compassion Fatigue and Insomnia with Health Care Workers .
Brooke Army Medical Center. 


Homelessness: Anxiety, Well-being.
COTS Petaluma Homeless Shelter.


Chemical Dependency: Relapse Prevention. New York.
Results not yet published.


College Students: Well-Being.
Evergreen College. Results not yet published.


Stress, Multiple Sclerosis, and Cancer.
Boise State University. 


Decreased Stress and Negative Mood in School Counselors.
Boise State University. 


iRest Yoga Nidra Research Underway:

Couples & Resiliency. Brooke Army Medical Center.
North Chicago VA (Veterans: PTSD)


Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain, PTSD). Washington, DC VA.
University of Missouri (College Students: Well-Being) 


iRest Yoga Nidra Research in Discussion:
Chronic Pain
Insomnia/Sleep Issues



General Yoga Nidra Research Articles


Meditation-Induced Bliss Viewed as Release from Conditioned Neural Thought Patterns, which Block Reward Signals in the Brain Pleasure Center. Religion, Brain & Behavior. Published online: 24 Sep 2013.

Effect of yoga-nidra on blood glucose level in diabetic patients.
Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2012 Apr-Jun;56(2):161-7.
PMID: 19810584 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Effect of Yoga Nidra on physiological variables in patients of menstrual disturbances of reproductive age group.
Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2009 Jan-Mar;53(1):97-101.
PMID: 23387245 [PubMed - in process]


Yoga Nidra as a complementary treatment of anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients with menstrual disorder.
Int J Yoga. 2012 Jan-Jun; 5(1): 52–56.
doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.91715
PMCID: PMC3276934
Copyright : © International Journal of Yoga

Yoga nidra and its impact on student’s well being.
By Dr. Kamakhya Kumar. Published in Yoga Mimansa Journal Vol. 36 No. 1


A study of the improvement of Physical and Mental Health through Yoga Nidra.
By Dr. Kamakhya Kumar. Published in Dev Sanskriti Journal Vol. 4 Year 4


Effect of Yoga nidra on hypertension & other psychological co-relates.
By Dr. Kamakhya Kumar. Published in Yoga the Science Journal Vol. 3 Issue 7

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Increased dopamine tone during meditation-induced change of consciousness. Brain Research Cognitive Brain Research, 13(2), 255-259
Kjaer, T. W., Bertelsen, C., Piccini, P., Brooks, D., Alving, J., & Lou, H. C. (2002). See Abstract here.





Scan of Monks' Brains Show Meditation Alters Structure, Functioning

Wall Street Journal: Meditation Alters Structure/Functioning of Brain


Harvard Yoga Scientists Find Proof of Meditation Benefit