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Richard Miller, Sexual Harassment, and the iRest Institute

by Nina

Speak Up by Mimmo RotellaI wanted to let those of you who don’t previously know that Richard C. Miller, founding president of the iRest Institute, has resigned from the iRest Board of Directors and stepped away from teaching at iRest Institute happens for “an undetermined amount of time” after sexual harassment accusations offset in 2012 against him by an employee of “the organizations activities” were recently made public. He has also commitment to immediately begin taking ethics and sensitivity training.

Richard has admitted his actions toward the employee in a public word about the incident, which you can find at IRI Community Statement.( In addition to being a psychologist who specializes in trauma and a long-time yoga teacher, Richard was the President of the iRest Institute where the employee was the Director of Functioning .) In 2012, when the employee reported the sexual harassment to the Human Assets department, iRest made a corporate approach to the incident, using conciliation and a non-disclosure agreement. But in 2020, the onetime employee questioned the legality of the non-disclosure agreement. After being exhausted from it, she hared her legend on her Facebook page last week. Simply then did the iRest institute decide that other actions are needed besides the one they originally made. They are now pledging to: Overhaul our Board of DirectorsReform our Ethics Committee and strengthen our moralities proceduresRedesign our programmingEnable and prioritize a diversity of speculation, perspective, and influenceRe-evaluate and update Human Resource( HR) proceduresStrengthen and maintain an ethically informed and mission-driven managerial cultureTo see their ended announcement, go to A Statement from the iRest Institute Board of Directors.Most of this information came to me, unsolicited, through my email, including both the note from Richard Miller and the statement from the iRest Institute. I likewise ensure a lot of concern being expressed about this on Facebook by members of the yoga community.In 2018, after hearing Karen Rain on the J. Brown’s podcast discuss the importance of continuing to glow a light on sexual abuse in the yoga community( encounter Speaking Truth to Power About Sexual Abuse ), I wrote down on a piece of paper “We have to keep this topic alive.” That’s why I’m sharing this information with you and why I will continue to report on this troubling topic. Subscribe to Yoga for Healthy Aging by Email deg Follow Yoga for Healthy Aging on Facebook deg To guild Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being, go to Amazon, Shambhala, Indie Bound or your local bookstore.

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