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 read me poetry. I thought I was having a heart attack, only to be told by healthcare professionals that it was panic.
I shouldn't have been too surprised. As a child, I remember my father calling emergency medical tech's to his apartment because he thought he was having a heart attack, and then the long drive to the hospital, only for my father to be sent home and never any mention of a heart attack.
When I realized that these trips to the hospital must be my father having panic attacks, 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 - what I now call my "Super Nap."
Within a year, 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 felt a deep calling to tell other women about this Super Nap that was changing my life. I couldn't believe so many people didn't not know about yoga nidra. Every woman around me was exhausted and needed a nap. And here was yoga nidra - the ultimate super nap - and no one knew about it. It even had an odd name that included "yoga" so everyone thought it must be the bendy-stretchy kind of yoga.
I knew the mission to spread yoga nidra to the masses was, well, massive, but thankfully I'm an naive idealist - I always believe the impossible can happen, and don't think too far ahead to scare myself out of doing something big. I had been a community organizer for a decade with women's groups and that organizer spirit lead me to take a leap of faith.
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.
I'm on a mission to help women (and brave men) to dare to rest. I've seen it change - and save - women's lives. We're all exhausted. Nobody's getting a good night's sleep. Everyone thinks they have ADHD. How could daring to rest hurt you?
If you are interested in feeling more well-rested and in a well-rested world, here are a few ways you can join the Daring to Rest movement:
Read the book, Daring to Rest and practice the 40-day program. (There's also a beautiful audio program).
Become a Daring to Rest Yoga Nidra Facilitator in the online Daring to Rest Academy. This is for you to live rest and share rest.
Attend a live Daring to Rest class, retreat or workshop. We have Daring to Rest facilitators all around the world offering live and online experiences.
Practice yoga nidra. Check out our Rest Shop.
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.