A unique opportunity for women wellness and leadership professionals, yoga teachers, coaches, doulas, ligthworkers, and any woman* who wants to help others dare to rest.
*The Daring to Rest Academy is open to anyone who identifies as a woman.
Next enrollment: early 2019
What is the Daring to Rest Academy?
We are sparking a rest revolution.
The Daring to Rest Academy trains facilitators in the practices inside Karen Brody's book "Daring to Rest: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation." Through a 9-week online training in yoga nidra (known as the Sleep of the Yogi!) and ongoing support to teach yoga nidra, you'll be a part of comprehensive "yoga nidra playground" to uplevel your business and your life, start helping women lift layers of exhaustion, and create a new profitable stream of income doing something you love.
At the Academy, we support YOU to dare to rest and teach you how to share yoga nidra, and the multi-sensory healing practices inside the book Daring to Rest, with women. (and you can share them with men too!).
Women need help now more than ever to dare to rest.
We are fiercely dedicated to changing the worn out woman paradigm and helping women take back rest. Why? Consider this...
Eighty percent of people with autoimmune diseases are women. Over fifty percent of sleep disorders are experienced by women. And between 2003 and 2015 there was a 344% increase in women ages 15 to 44 taking ADHD medication (and a 560% increase in women 30-34).
Women are clearly tremendously exhausted. And what is the remedy for exhaustion? Rest. But today, it takes courage to lay down and rest, and we must re-teach women how to rest because our long to-do lists, and a "do more" culture, have caused us to loose this art of lying down. At the Academy, we teach you the skills to help women dare to rest, and back you up with curriculums, marketing support, and a tribe of women who love yoga nidra and believe passionately that this tool is both rest and empowerment - rest meditation - for our modern times. At it's root, yoga nidra is a peace practice.
Women don't want book clubs anymore - they want a nap. When you teach Daring to Rest YOGA NIDRA, you can give it to them.
Tired of telling exhausted women the usual advice to "get more sleep," and want to teach them how to sleep?
Yoga nidra meditation is the sleep-based meditation technique that we teach you, which provides women with the transformational deep sleep they need. It is translated as "yogic sleep." There are no bendy-stretchy yoga poses. You simply lie down, listen to a guided meditation, and do nothing as you're taken into deep sleep brainwaves and beyond to what feels like a deeply tranquil space of no stress. Your body is finally able to completely relax and recharge.
Imagine ALL women feeling this deeply well-rested. We call yoga nidra a "Super Nap" because it feels like the best nap of your life. Your entire body, mind and soul receive a huge reboot. Women tell us that "Daring to Rest yoga nidra changed my life."
Women are ready for change.
Women have a long history of being put down for being a woman. Too sensitive. Too moody. Too sexy. Too quiet. Too weak. This has caused many of us to feel sick and disembodied from our womanhood - to stop speaking our truths, and turn away from facts that feel unpleasant.
The good news is this: the tide is turning. More women than ever are eager to speak our truths, take healthy action in our lives, and re-define gender inequities.
Women are craving embodiment. The explosion of sick women has resulted in a collective scream for rest. Women's bodies are at the end of our threshold, and that is why WE need to be ready with a solution. WE need to help women dare to rest. Seed by seed. This is how we spark a revolution.
"Imagine a world where women make rest and rhythm a priority and operate more from their full power. That's the daring to rest world."
Karen Brody, from the introduction of Daring to Rest
The Book & Movement.
In case you've never heard of the book Daring to Rest, and our growing movement, let us introduce you to it, and to it's author and founder of the Daring to Rest Academy.
Daring to Rest is a soulful sleep program for women using yoga nidra meditation, It has been called a “masterpiece,” “simply brilliant,” and a 40-day program that “makes yoga nidra relevant and accessible to 21st-century women, who may need this practice more than any previous generation.”
Karen Brody is a mother, women’s wellness advocate, founder of the Daring to Rest Academy, and author of the book, “Daring to Rest: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation.” She has also written a critically acclaimed play, Birth, performed around the world, that's been called "the Vagina Monologues for childbirth." A former Peace Corp volunteer and community organizer for women's organizations, Karen is changing the educational paradigm through her inspiring way to teach rest through yoga nidra, create a community, and impact a global shift in our culture to slow down and "rest and digest" more.
"I fell in love with yoga nidra meditation nearly 15 years ago after it helped me overcome a history of panic attacks. My father had panic attacks, and I assumed this was my destiny until one day I walked into a yoga studio and discovered yoga nidra, - what I now call my "Super Nap."
Within a year, despite raising two active boys under the age of five, I was off anti-anxiety medication, felt more energy than I had in years, and wrote a critically-acclaimed play.
I couldn't believe every woman on the planet didn't know about yoga nidra meditation. I made it my mission to tell them. Got trained in iRest yoga nidra, certified in the Amrit Method, and began offering 40-day yoga nidra experiences for women. WOW. The results were phenomenal. Rested. Calm, Happier. These were just a few words women used to describe how they felt.
I worked with pregnant women for years, teaching them yoga nidra, and then trained midwives and doulas so they could teach pregnant women. The results? Women gave birth with more confidence and ease.
Today, I am a yoga nidra cheerleader and I support others who feel passionate about sharing this rest medicine with the world."
How does it work?
The brief version: You join the Academy from anywhere in the world. We give you an online yoga nidra facilitator training and lots of support to start using yoga nidra meditation and teaching yoga nidra. We also support YOU to dare to rest. You make money doing what you love and you feel well-rested.
Here are more details:
First, you’ll begin with a 9-week online yoga nidra training where you’ll be experiencing Daring to Rest while we teach you yoga nidra meditation and all the key feature of the Daring to Rest program. The training prepares you to teach Daring to Rest programs and incorporate yoga nidra into the work you do. After this, you'll be a Daring to Rest yoga nidra facilitator.
Next, after the training, you'll begin to receive monthly membership content as part of the Daring to Rest Academy. Your first year’s membership is free as part of your enrollment fee. You'll receive monthly yoga nidra meditations, scripts, and lesson plans to help you offer a variety of programs - a Daring to Rest 40-day yoga nidra program, workshop, retreat, one-on-one coaching, or virtual experiences. Also, as a member of the Academy, you'll receive group mentoring twice a month with Karen (like a mastermind!) to help you elevate yourself and your business. And finally, each month you'll also receive a masterclass with professional development content to help you teach yoga nidra and Daring to Rest.
When you’re ready, you start offering yoga nidra programs that help worn out women get the rest they need, and you receive a generous income from your yoga nidra program (and we don’t take any of it). If you’re a coach or support women one-on-one, the Daring to Rest programs, especially the 40-Day yoga nidra program, are excellent ways to find an abundance of dream clients for private coaching packages.
After the first year’s free membership, you can sign up for continued membership in the Daring to Rest Academy for an affordable annual fee.
Our mission is to help you dare to rest, to teach you yoga nidra and all the features of the Daring to Rest method, and then support you to rise up into a well-rested woman leader, help other women dare to rest, and make an income doing what you love.
What's Included in the Daring to Rest Academy?
Daring to Rest Facilitator Virtual Training.
On September 25th you'll start our online 9-week Daring to Rest yoga nidra facilitator training. The training includes how to teach yoga nidra meditation, how to confidently deliver it, and we train you in the Daring to Rest approach so you can take a done-for-you model and use it in your community. The training also includes emphasis on women's health and empowerment and stepping into YOUR health, power and leadership. You'll be given a new module every Tuesday, typically a 60-90 minute teaching audio with supporting materials, and you can move through the materials at your convenience.
Weekly Interactive Mentoring with Karen.
Throughout the 9-week training you'll meet with Karen each week for an approximately 90 minute session that includes Q&A, discussion, and spot coaching. It's your choice to attend live or listen to the recordings later.
Daring to Rest Academy 1-Year Membership.
After the training, our ongoing Daring to Rest Membership focuses on helping you become a well-rested woman leader. It provides tools to help you lead yoga nidra programs in your community and emotional support to share yoga nidra with confidence and continue your personal Daring to Rest practice. Your first year is free when you enroll. To keep your membership active, you'll pay an annual fee of $650 that can be paid over one year. Here's what you get as a member:
✔️ Use of all Daring to Rest lesson plans and marketing materials
✔️ New yoga nidra meditations, scripts and lesson plans monthly
✔️ Masterclasses with guest teachers on topics that include working with people who have trauma, the power of movement to heal, deeper explorations of teaching yoga nidra, and how to use essential oils in your yoga nidra programs
✔️ Two monthly Rest Sister Mentoring Sessions (just like masterminds, to elevate you and your business)
✔️ Option to certify
✔️ Private Facebook Community
✔️ Participation in unlimited Daring to Rest virtual trainings
✔️ Updates on all Daring to Rest materials
✔️ Bi-annual 40-Day Daring to Rest programs for you and to improve your teaching skills, supported by Karen
✔️ Listing on the facilitator page of our website.
✔️ Receive discounts on Daring to Rest books.
Daring to Rest Membership Area.
This is your online space where all the materials for the Daring to Rest Academy reside. All your training modules, transcripts for each module, guest teacher's talks, all PDFs, yoga nidra meditations, recorded sessions with Karen, and everything you need to create your own successful Daring to Rest program are here.
You'll Also Receive These Bonuses.
Daring to Rest Yoga Nidra Meditation Audio Program.
In the audio program, Karen presents her groundbreaking Daring to Rest 40-day program in audio form, complete with teachings, practices, and new guided meditations not found in the book Daring to Rest. The audio program is for you, and it's also a teaching tool you can play at your Daring to Rest program. You'll receive it during the 9-week Daring to Rest training.
The 21-Day Gift of Rest.
A beloved online program with twenty-one days of fifteen minute yoga nidra meditations that you can download and keep forever. You'll receive this bonus at the end of the 9-week online training.
Masterclass with Qoya founder Rochelle Schiek on Movement that Heals for Yoga Nidra Teachers.
Our September masterclass in the Academy is all yours to devour before Tribe 2 begins. Learn delicious movement techniques to add to your yoga nidra workshops, classes and retreat. Get ready to be inspired and blown away by the tools Rochelle offers you to take your teaching to the next level. You'll receive this bonus by mid-September.
Daring to Rest Facebook Live Video Coaching.
Before you lead a Daring to Rest 40-Day program, we know it would be super helpful to see how Karen does it. In this Facebook Live Video Coaching, you'll receive every Facebook Live video Karen made when she teaches her Daring to Rest 40-Day online programs. You'll learn what typical questions women ask about Daring to Rest, yoga nidra, and how to address these questions and support women to access the best version of themselves. This bonus helps you understand how an online Daring to Rest yoga nidra program can be done, and gives you the confidence to do it. You'll receive this bonus during the 9-week Daring to Rest training.
The Daring to Rest Academy is for...
Health and Wellness Practitioners, Yoga & Yoga Nidra Teachers, Coaches, Entrepreneurs, Healers, Doulas, Therapists, Moms, and anyone who is (or wants to be) an agent for change.
✔️ You're someone who wants to end the paradigm of women feeling guilty if they take a pause to rest. You have a desire to help women take their power back, and you think the deep rest practice of yoga nidra meditation is a remedy desperately needed as an antidote to today's modern world,
✔️ You're a soulful entrepreneur who wants to elevate her work, expand her reach. and transform women's lives. It's also sweet if you're someone who's retired or staying at home with the kids and wants to do something you love, feels a YES to sharing the magic of Daring to Rest and yoga nidra with others, and is looking to make a healthy side income.
✔️ If you're already trained in yoga nidra, you'll fit right in and gain a new women-centered approach to your work, be able to offer Daring to Rest to your community, and also be part of a movement actively sparking a rest revolution. Plus you'll learn more about yoga nidra and be supported to keep YOU Daring to Rest.
✔️You don't need a yoga background to join the academy. We teach you everything you need to know to offer yoga nidra meditation. It's not rocket science. If you're passionate about making a difference in women's lives, we know you can learn Daring to Rest and offer it in your community. We are teaching you a tool for your business to help improve women's lives - and a tool for YOU.
What Women IN THE ACADEMY Are Saying
What are your biggest takeaways from the Academy?
What Women Leaders Are Saying About Daring to Rest
ALSO...Click here to read detailed testimonials from women in the Daring to Rest Academy
Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Wellbeing, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, and The Wisdom of Menopause
“Daring to Rest is simply brilliant. I thought I knew a thing or two about health, rest, and yoga. But in this wonderful book, Karen Brody breathes new life into the need for rest — and it’s not just “get more sleep.” After reading Daring to Rest, I cannot WAIT to lie down, listen to a yoga nidra meditation, and start listening to my soul. Women everywhere need to take rest seriously if they are to enjoy vibrant health. This book is the most practical place to start.”
Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love
"Karen Brody has put together a program that makes yoga nidra relevant and accessible to 21st-century women, who may need the practice more than any previous generation. If you feel overwhelmed by living, the techniques in Daring to Rest are a good place to start your journey back to well-being."
Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer
“As someone who has found yoga nidra to be utterly life changing, I am over-the-moon delighted that Karen wrote a guide for every woman to get the rest she needs using this ancient tool. You’ll love the science and the excellent case she makes for why you need rest but the way she gives you to actually get that rest? It’s going to create such magic in your life. Please read this and DO the practices. Then prepare to become a raving fan!”
Tanya Lynn, founder of Sistershipcircle.com
Daring to Rest arrived in my life at the absolute most perfect time. I was completely worn out, exhausted and frustrated from a lack of sleep with my second baby. I was at the end of my rope and afraid I would have to give up my business. Reading the intro to the book felt like I had met my soul sister. Doing the first Rest meditation for just 15 minutes felt like a huge exhale and a 3-hour nap. After the 40 days, I feel like a new woman. To be completely transparent, I didn’t do it every day and most days I fell asleep during the meditations. But it worked. My intention: “I am peaceful, present and patient” has shockingly become true. I haven’t yelled in a month and I have so much more capacity for my toddler’s whining, although she has felt more peaceful as a reflection of my own internal state. I realized that the answer is not in giving up my business, but simply incorporating Rest into my life. This is the perfect meditation practice for mamaprenuers like myself. Now I feel confident and excited to put on my big annual event!
Karena Virginia, Healer, Speaker, TV Personality, and author of Essential Kundalini Yoga.
"Daring to Rest is a book that every woman can benefit from. As a mother with a strong calling to live life to its fullest, while helping other women reach their own empowerment, I certainly vouch for this book. Karen shares a journey to rest and rise, which to me is the garden of life many of us women are searching for. We are living in a powerful new paradigm where rest and allowing with grace is so much more powerful than pushing. Karen takes us on a magic carpet ride of manifesting through ease. The power we women embody is magnified when we accept our graciousness and radiance as our greatest gift. I highly recommend this beautiful piece of art.
Kate Northrup, bestselling author of Money: A Love Story
"In this world that tells us that in order to be more we must keep doing more and more, Daring to Rest is a beautiful, true antidote. The truth is that the only way to have what we really want is to stop, rest, and make space. Daring to Rest is the perfect guide to do just that. Read this book, follow this wisdom, and enjoy the experience of truthful living that can only come from a well-rested place."
Sara Avant Stover, author & founder of The Way of the Happy Woman and The Book of SHE"
"I'm so grateful that Karen Brody wrote this book! In Daring to Rest, she's giving voice to a shadow epidemic from which every woman suffers-- the demand to override our bodies and disconnect from our inner wisdom. Yes, rest is an essential part of life's rhythm, and every woman who lives by this is able to reclaim an essential part of her forgotten, instinctual nature. Please read this book-- and live by it."
A final note...
I hope you've now got a good sense of the Daring to Rest Academy and whether it's right for you. If you join now, you will be Tribe #2.
Years ago, when I was a Peace Corps volunteer, I remember meeting people who were in that first group of Peace Corps volunteers. These people said YES way before it was fashionable to go help underserved communities. They knew something. They knew that people needed our help. So they took a leap of faith, said yes, and did it. Today every single person I meet from that first group tells me "YES it was absolutely worth it to take the risk, and it changed my life."
For a while, I've felt yoga nidra needed a bit of a facelift to make it accessible for western lives - and women's lives. This is what the Daring to Rest Academy teaches you: ancient yogic sleep wisdom for modern women (and brave men).
The academy is different than other online yoga nidra trainings. To be honest, I don't want to just train you. There are great places you can go to get a yoga nidra training. I want to help you grow as a yoga nidra teacher, to think deeply together about the themes that rise when we practice yoga nidra, to help you speak your truth, stand in your womanhood, help other women do the same, and to intentionally use yoga nidra as an agent of change in the world.
To really learn yoga nidra, you've got to let it marinate. That's what we do in the Academy. We geek out over yoga nidra, practice it ourselves, and then teach it to others as it seeps even deeper into our pores. The best teachers feel the practice in their wholes selves.
If you believe we desperately needs a well-rested world and that women in particular make great leaders and need the "honey" of rest, then the academy is where we plant these seeds.
The time is now - women are exhausted and craving the scent of rest. And I suspect probably so do you. (I do - we teach what we need).
If it feels right, sign up below. Let's dare to rest together.
With love and yoga nidra pompom shakes,
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the Academy start and how much time will it take?
The academy starts September 25th.
During the 9 weeks, expect to dedicate a total of approximately 30 hours to the professional content and live discussion time. (about 3-4 hours per week). Also expect about the same amount of time on your personal practice. Often what this looks like is two study sessions of 1 hour, our weekly live call (90 minutes), and daily yoga nidra. (YES - your part of your homework is to sleep!).
What day will I receive the modules?
Each week on Tuesday you’ll receive a teaching audio that’s approximately 1 hour - 90 minutes to listen to at your convenience plus supporting documents.
When are the weekly Q&As with Karen?
Every Wednesday at 3pm ET you’ll be invited to a live Q&A with Karen to ask questions, dive deeper into the curriculum, and discuss what’s rising for you in your personal practice. This will be recorded and available to download. The gathering will include practicing a new breathwork technique from the yoga nidra meditations. These Q&A sessions are 90 minutes depending on the number of live students.
I really want to join the academy, but I don't think I can afford it.
We get it - all professional trainings are an investment. There is a payment plan option. Here's what we suggest. If you feel a YES in your heart to join the Daring to Rest Academy, then ask yourself: will the financial commitment provide too much stress on my family.? Or can I find a way? We encourage being bold and taking a leap of faith, but we don't encourage not being able to pay your monthly expenses.
Are there scholarships?
Yes. We offer limited scholarships to women who will be primarily using Daring to Rest for social justice and the empowerment of low-income women anywhere in the world. If this is you, you can fill out an application here.
Can I get continuing education units for this?
Yoga Alliance allows you to log in continuing education units for the training portion of the academy by simply attesting to the education you received and Karen's professional experience. There are no other continuing education units available.
Will I be certified after completion of the training?
No. After completing the training you are given a certificate, you are officially called a Daring to Rest yoga nidra facilitator, and can be listed on our website. Certification is an optional. Right now, it includes being mentored by Karen for up to 6 months while you teach 3 classes. This is an opportunity to go deeper with Karen on a one-on-one basis. Certified facilitators also get perks like Karen promoting their courses to the Daring to Rest mailing list, assisting any live retreats, and the opportunity to be paid to mentor new facilitators who are certifying. Also, while business support is provided in a group setting with the whole Academy, certification is very focused personal support to uplevel your business and how you want to share yoga nidra and make income from it. Cost is $997. (Again, optional).
What's your refund policy?
If within the first 7 days of the program you find the program isn’t right for you, and you have completed the first module and attended the live Q&A, your tuition will be refunded. You must notify us within the first 7 days.
I'm nervous about delivering a yoga nidra script. is it possible to just use karen's Daring to rest audios?
Absolutely - you can use Karen's Daring to Rest yoga nidra audios in all your programs as long as you continue your membership in the Daring to Rest Academy,
Do I have to only want to teach women?
No. While our training does emphasize the empowerment of women, lots of the women in the Academy also work with men, Every Daring to Rest program can be tailored to men too.
I work one-on-one with clients. Will this be beneficial?
Yes. You'll be able to offer individual yoga nidra sessions, record them for your clients, and you'll be taught our 40-day program that's a great way to feed your private coaching or mentoring business.
I'm already trained in yoga nidra. How will the academy benefit me?
We strongly encourage women already trained in yoga nidra to join us. All yoga nidra trainings give a different perspective, and we expects ours will for you too. Also, you'll benefit from teaching a method that's based on a book, with curriculums, scripts and audios that you can use immediately to diversify your offerings and expand your reach. Finally, if you're passionate about using yoga nidra to help women reclaim their power, this training will add a spark to what you already teach. Plus, when you join us you'll be a part of a life-long tribe of women who love yoga nidra and you'll receive continual professional development to support your evolution as a yoga nidra teacher and woman.
Membership makes me nervous. What if I don't want to continue?
The first year of your membership is free. After that, you do not have to renew. You will still be able to access all your training materials and teach yoga nidra meditation. You will be able to call yourself a Daring to Rest yoga nidra facilitator, but you will not be able to be a part of our monthly mentoring calls or access new Daring to Rest content.
Do I need to purchase any supplies?
There are no supplies needed for this online program other than a blanket, pillow and Karen's book, Daring to Rest: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation. Essential oils are optional. We do provide a reading list and highly recommend a few of these books.
Will Daring to Rest be published in any language other than English?
Right now, it's only available in english. It will also be published in Dutch in March 2019 and there is also a confirmed Polish translation.
What yoga nidra meditations will we be using During the training?
You'll be using the three yoga nidra meditations from the book, Daring to Rest and the eight yoga nidra meditations from the Daring to Rest audio program. You'll receive scripts for all of these yoga nidra meditations. There are also several bonus meditations Karen leads you through.
HOW QUICKLY CAN I START TEACHING YOGA NIDRA?
If you have no background at all in yoga nidra then we ask that you wait until you finish the 9-week training.
I'd like to wait until the next enrollment period. When will that be?
February 2019. Be aware that the enrollment fee and annual membership fee may rise for the next enrollment.
I have more questions. How do I contact you?
Fill out this contact form here and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.