I love worms.
By age four, I was setting up worm infirmaries beside the entrance to our home, feeding them mashed up cereal. At six, life changed, I moved, was raised in New York City, and my whole childhood was about getting back to those worms.
There is something deeply peaceful about worm. They aren't in a rush. Each is an unapologetic unique, funky color. And when you sit with them for a while, as I did in my youth, it seems as if they are whispering in your ear, Relax, Slow Down and Be You.
We forget this voice as we get older. I don't think it is a coincidence that rest is hard to find in today's modern fast-paced, plugged in world - we don't have time to even notice the worms, or don't live by any.
The moment I discovered yoga nidra meditation, at a local yoga studio, by accident, never imagining there was "yogic sleep', I was instantly transported back to my worms.
Relax. Slow Down. Be You.
This is the well-rested woman. She is inside all of us (men too), but our busy lives cause her to go into hiding. We become lost on the concrete jungle, whether that's literally in a big city or metaphorically in a small town or rural place. We want out of this worn out jungle living, but don't know how to get there.
We crave to do nothing...because doing nothing bring us back to her. It's one of the foundations our well-rested woman must have if she is to thrive.
I'm on a mission to bring this "do nothing" yoga nidra rest meditation to women because it's transformed my life and the lives of so many women I support.
I wrote a book for you on the life-changing magic of yoga nidra to help free your well-rested woman, break the deep fatigue. and start rising up - and leading - from a more well-rested place.
I did lots of rising and no rest for a long time. I had years of crippling, can't-get-out-of -my-house panic attacks. Now, with yoga nidra, I know I don't have to live like the worn out woman. And you don't either. I'm inviting you into my Daring to Rest yoga nidra world to learn more about this super power nap so you can stop living like the worn out woman.
Whether you join me weekly for Well-Rested Woman Mondays, train with me to learn and share my Daring to Rest method, or lie down with a yoga nidra meditation I created, I hope you start freeing your well-rested woman. She's there, and especially in today's modern world, she's urgently needed.
Here's my official bio.
Karen Brody is a women’s well-being and leadership expert who helps women journey from worn out to well rested and then dream big in their work and lives. A certified yoga nidra instructor, she is the founder of Daring to Rest™, a yoga nidra-based self-empowerment program for women. She has an M.A. in Women and International Development from the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands, and a B.A. in sociology from Vassar. Karen is also a playwright, and Birth, her theater-for-social-change play 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 boys and met her husband in the Peace Corps. She resides in Washington, DC, but considers the world home.