I'm a mom, founder of Daringtorest.com, and author of the book, “Daring to Rest: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation."
My first panic attack came in my college boyfriend's dorm room while he was reading me poetry. I thought I was having a heart attack only to be told by healthcare professionals that it was panic.
Maybe I shouldn't have been too surprised. As a child, I remember my father calling emergency medical technicians to his apartment because he thought he was having a heart attack and the long drive to the hospital in an ambulance, only for my father to be sent home, never any mention of a heart attack.
When I realized that my father had panic attacks too, I prepared for a life of anxiety until one day I walked into a yoga studio and discovered yoga nidra, a sleep-based meditation technique and very ancient yogic sleep and awareness practice.
Within a year of practicing yoga nidra, despite raising two active boys under the age of five, I went off anti-anxiety medication, felt more energy than I had in years, and also wrote a critically-acclaimed play called BIRTH after a long period of writer's block.
I also felt a deep calling to tell other women about this transformational nap that changed my life. It is now my mission to create a world of well-rested women because I believe women desperately need this yoga nidra “rest medicine” and I’m confident that men and boys will receive it too because women naturally share “medicine” we love.
I first got trained in iRest yoga nidra meditation, and began offering 40-day experiences for women. The results were phenomenal. Women in my programs reported getting the best sleep of their lives, feeling calmer than they had ever been, an increase in sexual desire, and bursts of energy and creativity at home and work.
Then I added to my yoga nidra training and became certified in the Amrit Yoga Method of yoga nidra. Both iRest, the Amrit Method, and my long-time passion for women’s health and empowerment have influenced how I offer yoga nidra meditation today. Daring to Rest is a fusion of yoga nidra and women’s empowerment.
I created this Daring to Rest community to help you dare to rest and to train professionals in this life-changing simple, restful, transformational nap.
Let’s dare to rest,
and start rising rooted.
Want to know more? Check out this audio.
(You'll hear me talk about "Bold Tranquility" in the audio - this was the first name of my yoga nidra community).
Here's my official bio.
Karen Brody is a mother, women’s health advocate and founder of Daring to Rest.com, an online community helping women (and brave men) take back rest. She is the author of the book, DARING TO REST: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation. Karen has written for many publications including Yoga Journal, MindBodyGreen, Best Self Magazine, and hosts the Daring to Rest podcast to help women of the world sleep, dream and awaken.
Her book, DARING TO REST, 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.”
At DaringtoRest.com, Karen has created an online Academy for women to live and share rest around the world, training women on virtually every continent in yoga nidra "sleep" meditation and her beloved Daring to Rest self discovery sleep program.
A community organizer for a decade, Karen is also the founder of BOLD, and playwright of Birth, a theater-for-social-change movement that has been seen in over seventy-five cities around the world, and raised over one million dollars to improve maternity care.
She is the mother of two teenage boys, 19 and 17 years old, one who has had significant learning challenges since the age of three. She met her husband in the Peace Corps in her twenties and resides in Washington, DC, but considers the world home.