I'm a mom, entrepreneur, public speaker 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. Why didn't every woman on the planet 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 got trained in 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.
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 feel a yes (and even better, a Hell and Holy Yes!) 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.
Become a Daring to Rest licensed facilitator in the Daring to Rest Academy so you can be a naive idealist like me and share rest with others in an attempt to shift the entire cultural paradigm away from doing more and back to a sane rhythm that include space to rest and digest.
Come hear me speak about Daring to Rest. This year I'll be at the Freedom for Family Wellness Summit March 4th in the Washington, DC area and the Theological Society outside of Chicago in May 17 & 19th.
Attend a live Daring to Rest retreat. The next one's May 20-25 at 1440 Multiversity near Santa Cruz, California.
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 writer and women’s well-being and leadership advocate. Her book, DARING TO REST: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation, 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.”
She is the founder of DaringtoRest.com, a website focused on training visionaries interested in sharing the message of Daring to Rest™ with women.
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.