Level I iRest® Yoga Nidra Training
In Person

11th – 16th June, 2024

With Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota
at Prema Yoga Studio,
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

At this training, exclusive opportunity limited to just 10 attendees. 
“Discover in a small-group setting designed for personalised learning!

iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Trainings are designed to provide you with the basic principles, history, theory, practice, and delivery of iRest. This will allow you to incorporate the simple 10-step iRest protocol into your personal life, professional teaching, and/or clinical practices. Learn more about this training below.

What does an iRest Teacher Training entail?

This training is a multi-day practical and experiential program that teaches the research-backed 10-Step iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation protocol. It offers you all of the tools and experience required to deeply enrich your personal practice and teach the fundamentals of iRest to others.

This training is a dedicated time to embark on a journey to discover your unwavering inner  resource of wellbeing and unlock simple and profound tools that transform how you meet yourself, navigate life and learn to support others to do the same.

Is this training right for me?

Yes! If you’re looking for a transformative experience and in-depth exploration into the origin, evolution, and practical application of this secular meditation practice. It’s something that anyone can do and everyone can benefit from.

Our students usually fall into three categories:

The self-practitioners: People from all over the world who are seeking authentic connection, relief from inner turmoil, or are simply curious about meditation as a tool for self-inquiry.

The 1-on-1 practitioners: Yoga therapists, psychologists, clinicians, and practitioners of the healing arts looking to learn new skills and incorporate this complementary practice into their toolbox.

The group facilitators: Professionals looking to teach iRest to people in general settings like yoga classes and more specialized treatment facilities such as rehabilitation centers.

What will I learn?

  • How to better understand your thoughts, emotions, and difficult experiences so that you can use them as messengers toward inner freedom and renewed ease.
  • How to move beyond attachment and identification with your body, mind, and experiences to uncover feelings of peace, wholeness and authenticity.
  • How to apply the 10-step iRest protocol in your own life and deliver it as an offering to individuals and groups.

By the end of the training, you’ll be confident and competent in your personal practice and ability to guide and teach others.


Students have shared that this training has been one of the most transformative experiences of their lives.

“Once I felt the power of the practice for myself, all I wanted to do was share it with others.“ — Mary Steinberg

“I’ve seen over and over again how iRest has completely transformed people’s lives—mine included. It gave me an absolute perspective shift, a reset, and transformed the way I relate to myself, to life, and to everyone around me.” — Una Hubbard (New Zealand)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need prior experience?
No prior experience in meditation or yoga is necessary.

Is this religious or traditional?
No. iRest is intentionally designed as an inclusive secular protocol.

Can I take this training if I’m struggling with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, or depression?
Absolutely. iRest is beneficial for everyone and our teachers are trained to hold a safe and supportive environment for you.

What does the research say?
iRest is effective in reducing feelings of stress, worry, and depression. It brings calm and ease, improves sleep, and reduces trauma-related symptoms. You can read the specific research papers here.

Please note: In order to receive a certificate of attendance designating you as a iRest Level 1 Teacher you must arrive on time every day and attend all training sessions.

REQUIRED reading and listening:

Richard Miller, Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing (book with audio).

RECOMMENDED reading and listening:
iRest Program for Healing PTSD – Book

Read an article by Samantha Kinkaid about Level 1 and 2 iRest Yoga Nidra trainings here >>

Read an article by Gemma Adams about the iRest Yoga Nidra Certification Program here >>

ABOUT iRest Institute
To find out more about iRest Institute, please visit irest.org.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) /Continuing Education Credits (CEs)
Approximately 30 CPD hours will be available for Yoga Australia, Meditation Australia, International Association of Yoga Therapy

For attendees from the USA seeking Continuing Education Credits (CE Credits) accredited by the American Psychological Association and/or the California Board of Registered Nursing, please contact events@irest.org for details.


Training Fees

Early Bird Price: $1700 AUD + GST $170 = $1,870 AUD
(Available through May 11th, 2024)

Regular Price: $2000 AUD + GST $200 = $2,200 AUD

*All prices are in Australian dollars including GST.

Includes a comprehensive manual and a Level I Training audio download.

The fees do not include accommodation or food.


Training Schedule

11th (Tue) June
Registration at 2:00 pm
Programme 2:30 pm- 5:30 pm

12th (Wed)  to 15th (Sat)
Programme 8.30am – 6pm
Lunch Breaks 12:30pm – 2pm

16th (Sun)
Programme 8.30 am – 12.30 pm

Important Note: In order to receive a certificate of attendance designating you as a Level I Teacher-in-Training you must arrive on time every day and you must attend all training sessions.
Please arrange your schedule and travel to ensure your full attendance.

The Venue

Prema Yoga Studio
2 Butterfly Court,
Benowa QLD 4217,

Banking Information

ANZ Bank

BSB 014526
Account Number: 392625797
Account Name: Prema Yoga Studio

If transferring from overseas use

When depositing, state your name as the reference and advise your payment by an email to events@premayoga.com.au. Your place is not confirmed until we receive your full payment.

Retaking / Auditing (for further understanding and mastery of Level 1 Training)

Please contact Fuyuko Toyota (fuyuko@premayoga.com.au)

About iRest Institute :

To find out more about the iRest® Institute, please visit irest.org.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

About Fuyuko Toyota

Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota is a certified iRest® Senior Trainer, Retreat Leader and Supervisor/Mentor. For nearly 30 years she has been deeply committed on the path of Yoga and ancient Nondual wisdom. She is also a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher since 1996.

She incorporates iRest and Self-Inquiry in her teachings of Yoga, Somatic body awareness and meditation at her yoga studio “Prema Yoga” on the Gold Coast, Australia and internationally.

In 2007, Richard Miller, her spiritual mentor, brought to Fuyuko a deeper understanding of living life in a nondual way.  From a life of ever deepening joy, astonishment and Stillness, a heartfelt desire to share these precious teachings has sprung forth.

She teaches and hosts iRest trainings and retreats in Australia and New Zealand. She has been assisting iRest trainings in North America for Richard Miller and other senior trainers.

More about Fuyuko here >>

Fuyuko Endorsement from Richard Miller

Read Richard Miller’s Endorsement of Fuyuko Toyota

“I deeply respect Fuyuko for how she integrates her grounded presence and deep passion for truth, beauty, love and community when teaching yoga and iRest meditation practices …

Fuyuko Toyota

In all of my years of education and training in both school teaching and the yoga teaching/therapy space, only a small handful of trainings have had an impact like iRest. 

This has opened and awakened me in a way that has changed the course of my life, my relationships and my teaching. 

I compel you to seriously consider IRest Yoga Nidra teacher training.  Fuyuko taught with a generosity, heart and knowledge that is bone deep.  A heartfelt thank you. 


Katie Dutton | all souls yoga - 2022 Level 1 Participant, Gold Coast

A wonderful first training. Ingredients of Hakomi Psychotherapy and also going beyond that. A deep meditative approach, empowering, and stilling simultaneously. What amazed me was the immediate safety that was created – although participants didn’t know each other there just seemed to be a platform from which to go into deep places.

I experienced a holding of space and truthful being emanating from Fuyuko, the trainer, and the assistants. Modelling and signalling of what can be. I have been to many psychotherapy trainings and didn’t expect such deep work from a “yoga” training. Truly amazing and as I continue to puzzle, I also feel myself living into the answers to my puzzles.

My curiosity is awakened and I will take this journey to a next step.

Level 1 Participant, Sydney

“It is like an upgrading of the software of my life and has been instrumental in helping me to be more at home with myself at all levels of being.”

After 35+ years of yoga/meditation teaching it was a thrill to experience and learn more about this beautiful and effective approach to the traditional practice of Yoga Nidra. As a teacher and therapist I am always keen to further my knowledge and skills and undertaking both level 1 and level 2 training (and now currently undertaking level 3/certification) has provided a quantum leap in what I can offer students and clients. This leap however comes from more than just the ‘knowledge’ gained. It also comes from a most remarkable deepening and enriching of my own personal meditation, which the regular practice of iRest has unfolded and which informs my work with students and clients.

Leigh Blashki, Melbourne

President, Yoga Australia

The IRest Level 1 training with Fuyuko gave me all the ingredients needed to feel confident to teach the protocol to individuals and groups.

Level 1 Participant, Gold Coast, September

I found the course completely life changing in the sense that our issues can be addressed by diving straight in. No waiting for day 3 for example to build up some knowledge first.

I enjoyed everything that I learned and will be practicing and sharing this straight away.

Level 1 Participant, Gold Coast, September

Attending the iRest® Level 1 training has been transformational. An unlocking and entering into an inner world of peaceful curiosity I had only ever dreamed of. The team of expert teachers held the space of learning and opening, professionally and safely, with unconditional love and non-judgment of what was arising. A life-changing experience.

Lucie McIntosh, Level 1 New Zealand

 At the time, I had been on an endless quest and cycle of searching for direction and help with my symptoms of PTSD when Fuyuko introduced me to iRest.   

For the first time in my life, I experienced a deep state of calm, comfort and a sense of safety.    Practising iRest helped me to gain a sense of self and made me aware of my innate heartfelt desires and inner resources.  iRest taught me to self-regulate my emotions (self-soothe) self-validate and practice self-care/compassion.   I began to understand my feelings and welcome them as a guide to making better choices and learnt to recognise and face the inner critic holding me ransom.  

It hasn’t been lost on me that having the opportunity to discover the power of iRest with a highly dedicated, skilled and authentic master like Fuyuko was a gift that I will cherish forever.   I am also deeply grateful to have had Fuyuko as the facilitator for the iRest level 1 teacher training course.   The course was life-changing and provided an opportunity to help others in my counselling practice.      

Today, as a counsellor, wellness coach and level 1 iRest teacher, I am fulfilling my heartfelt desire by integrating and sharing iRest and the knowledge I have learnt from Fuyuko.  I often reflect on how significant iRest has been in providing a safe and practical holistic counselling approach.  It gives me great joy to see the positive outcomes iRest provide to my clients in supporting them on their life journey.

iRest changed my life…. I am forever grateful.

Caroline, 2023 Level 1 Participant, Gold Coast

This training surpassed my expectations and my expectations were high! I had read some of Richard Miller’s books and listened to his Irest practices. This training really helped me to understand this wonderful practice by ‘ diving in’.

Fuyuko – you are truly inspiring and to the wonderful assistants that were so supportive I thank you.

Level 1 Sydney Training Participant B

iRest is a profound tool which can enhance any therapy. My hope is that anyone struggling with his or her own life challenges, or searching for deeper meaning to life, will have the same opportunity to experience this life-giving practice as I have.

Michael, Cancer Survivor

I can highly recommend the iRest Level 1 training to anyone who wishes for deep personal growth as well as a professional development activity for clinical psychologists. I am deeply grateful for this course.

Level 1 Participant, Gold Coast, September

The teaching was very valuable, even more profound than expected. It was a delight to be trained by Fuyuko, who was very knowledgeable and likeable.

I would recommend this training to those with an interest in yoga, meditation and psychology. Thank you to the capable staff for a life changing 6 days!

Level 1 Participant, Gold Coast, September

What a wonderful experience filled with moments of awe. Coming home. Finally – that’s why moments. And the journey continues … Thank you.

Level 1 Participant, Gold Coast, September

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