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Fort Wayne native to teach iRest meditation class Sunday

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 12:01 am

Fort Wayne native Ann Votaw will teach a session on iRest meditation from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Studio Seva, 3511 N. Anthony Blvd. Cost is $10 for regular students and $5 for students, seniors and military personnel.

Votaw is a North Side High School and Ball State University graduate who now is a recreational therapist in New York.

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.