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Robin Carnes - Yoga Nidra, iRest and PTSD

By Rane Bowen, Jo Stewart

Robin Carnes is a yoga teacher and certified iRest® Yoga Nidra instructor who hails from the United States. She is well recognized as a pioneer and innovator in the field of mind-body therapies for trauma and related conditions. Her work has been featured in media outlets such as The Washington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine and Yoga Journal just to name a few! In her impressive career, she served as the lead instructor of the first Defense Department-funded feasibility study of Yoga Nidra meditation for PTSD symptoms, and also went on to co-found Warriors at Ease an organisation, which has trained over 800 certified yoga and meditation teachers to work safely and effectively in military communities affected by combat-related stress. Robin was also the author of "Sacred Circles: A Guide To Creating Your Own Women's Spirituality Group" and we learn about how this book came to be. We were lucky to catch up with her while she was in Melbourne for the Meditation Australia Conference, and we got to ask her our most burning questions on Yoga Nidra and iRest, how it works, and why it can help so many people with PTSD. Please note that there is mention of some imagery used in traditional Yoga Nidra that may be triggering for some listeners. Links: Robin's website: iRest Australasia FB page: All iRest events : Warriors at Ease website: Picks of The Week: Rane - Rachel and Nic on Youtube - Jo's pick: Straw vocal techniques Robin's Pick: A beginning resource to explain what White Privilege is and why White people should care The Invisible Backpack -

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