She learned the iRest meditation technique, which is based on yoga, during training with military veterans and others in Austin, Texas.
The iRest meditation is based on the ancient practice of yoga nidra, or yogic sleep, Votaw said in an email. Use of iRest reportedly has helped people suffering from chronic pain and symptoms related to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Votaw said iRest also helps remind practitioners of their life's purpose.
During her training, “I compared iRest to the first part of a nap, when thoughts were malleable but rooted in the present,” she said.