Dr. Carver is an experienced psychotherapist in Austin, TX and a Level 1 iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation teacher. She believes wholeheartedly in the life-changing powers of meditation, and she loves introducing her therapy clients to a specific brand of meditation called iRest Yoga Nidra (“iRest” is short for Integrative Restoration). The iRest meditation protocol brings ancient philosophical teachings to a modern, Western audience. It was created by a psychologist named Dr. Richard Miller and has been scientifically studied in settings all over the United States, including college campuses, VA medical centers, and military hospitals. The research findings are overwhelmingly positive and suggest this type of meditation can have profoundly healing effects! It is perfect for people seeking to overcome anxiety, depression, or self-esteem related issues. With continued practice, these techniques can foster a feeling of ease, freedom, and wholeness.
Benefits of iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation:
- Reduced mental, emotional, and physical suffering
- Reduced stress
- Greater sense of well-being
- Deep relaxation
- Better sleep
- Increased body awareness
- Increased mindfulness skills
iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation can also help you develop:
- Your life’s purpose, mission, or calling
- An inner resource to access when times are tough
- An ability to live with intention
- An ability to make changes in line with your highest self
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I’ve tried to meditate, but I’m really bad at it. I can’t stop my thoughts. Will this help me stop my thoughts?
A: I hear this all the time when I recommend meditation to my friends in Austin and my counseling clients. As it turns out, meditation is not about stopping your thoughts. It’s perfectly okay that you’re having lots of thoughts. That’s normal and just means your mind is doing what it’s supposed to do. In the practice of iRest Yoga Nidra, we learn to let go of the thinking mind and rest in our essential nature – the unchanging awareness that holds all of our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. You may even come to welcome your thoughts as messengers that help you on this path to greater ease and well-being.
Q: I’m not very flexible, and the word “yoga” scares me. Are you gonna twist me into a pretzel?
A: Nope, not at all. This type of yoga involves no physical movement. You don’t need to be flexible or wear yoga clothes. In fact, this type of yoga might even increase your (mental) flexibility!
Q: I went through some awful things in the past and because of that doctors have told me I have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Is this treatment right for me?
A: Yes! The iRest Yoga Nidra approach is trauma sensitive. It was carefully designed for people who have witnessed or experienced traumatic events. iRest is being taught all over the country to help people like you feel calm, safe, and in control. I describe it as medicine for your nervous system.
Researchers have looked at how iRest meditation can help many kinds of people with histories of trauma, including combat veterans, active duty service members, survivors of intimate partner violence, and homeless shelter residents. Research shows it helps trauma survivors sleep better, feel better, and cope effectively with intrusive thoughts, emotions, and memories. This meditation practice also promotes resiliency, self-regulation, and empowerment in trauma survivors.
If you are ready to calm the nervous system and experience a felt sense of inner harmony, you can schedule your first appointment with Dr. Tracy Carver using the appointment contact form.