iRest Yoga Nidra


Jacqui Neurauter, C-iRest

About Jacqui Neurauter, C-iRest practitioner and her independently owned and operated private practice:


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As a BodyMind Therapy Coach and Certified iRest® Practitioner, I utilize iRest® Yoga Nidra to help people navigate transitions, manage stress and trauma, find meaning, purpose and passion.

 I listen, encourage and ask questions you might not ask yourself. I help you see possibilities and options, overcome obstacles, and help you restore resilience. I provide space for restoration to unfold and the heartfelt desire of your life to be revealed. You’ll rediscover an inner strength to help you meet each life circumstance with the perfect response.

How does the body enter into all of this? Compared to other cultures, we tend to be less in our body. Our bodies have become hijacked by our thinking minds. I work with therapies that welcome the body as an equal partner with the mind.

 What is iRest® Yoga Nidra?

Short for Integrative Restoration, iRest is rooted in an ancient meditation practice incorporating somatic processes that produce deep relaxation and allow for deep inquiry. Adapted by clinical psychologist and yogic scholar, Richard Miller, iRest increases your ability to cope with life and enriches your sense of well-being. Research has shown that iRest alleviates the effects of chronic pain, post-traumatic stress (PTS), anxiety, insomnia, depression and addictions. 

 This profound guided meditation is ideally practiced in a relaxed position either lying down or sitting comfortably. It can be experienced in a group setting, as well as individually as a co-meditation with a facilitator. The practice enables emotions and beliefs to surface and be explored. As a stand-alone therapeutic and coaching process, iRest is also a complimentary adjunct program that partners well with traditional and psychological therapies.

Experience an introduction to iRest:

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 Stress & Anxiety Relief with Jacqui’s iRest Yoga Nidra-youtube video





My Experience and Training

As a Renaissance Soul it took many years for my interests, talents and passions to come together. Following a long career as an independent professional recruiter for major corporations, I went on to train and graduate from the Coaches Training Institute to begin my coaching career. Continuing my journey, I became iRest Yoga Nidra Certified. As an adjunct faculty for Harper College in Palatine, IL since 1997, I currently teach iRest courses. I am president and co-founder of the Veterans Restorative Project, a 501(c)(3), offering iRest programs to veterans and their families. Since 2001 I have been a staff writer for Yoga Chicago writing the Living in Sync column.

Maria's story


Maria, mother of two veterans, one fallen, shares how iRest has helped with healing:




In addition to practicing hatha yoga for over 40 years, I was a principle dancer with the Near East Heritage Dance Theatre for 20 years founded by a Dance Movement and Internal Family Systems therapist. I co-facilitated Natural Chi Movement workshops with Tienko Ting for several years, and presented many movement focused programs for personal growth, health and well-being.

 iRest Level 1 Teacher Training: In conjunction with Veterans Restorative Project, I host, organize and assist at 6-day trainings held in Woodstock, IL each September. These trainings are  designed for anyone who wishes to deepen the practice in their personal life, professional teaching or clinical practice. 

Course | Training 

  • Harper College Course: Resilience to Stress with iRest Meditation
  • Free iRest Yoga Nidra Programs for qualified veterans and family
  • iRest Level 1 Teacher Training

 For more information about my services, contact me at: 847-359-6391, or visit, or visit