I woke up one day in 2012 to find myself mysteriously unable to walk in severe whole body pain that did not go away. At the time, I could have accepted the diagnosis of ‘fibromyalgia’, resigning myself to living a life with the limitations of what has been called ‘an incurable condition.’ (fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition accompanied by fatigue, insomnia, gastrointestinal, memory and mood symptoms). In fact, at the time, I could not even walk.
I learned how to walk again – one-step at a time. My home yoga and meditation practice helped me to reduce the flares of pain. I learned to listen to my body, to breathe and be with my inner self. For the first time, I allowed myself to receive support from loved ones – and that part of it was not easy! Nor was my whole healing journey, which was a roller coaster of emotions and uncertainties.
The pain was intolerable at times. However, my husband, friends and family and I celebrated each miraculous achievement I made together: my first solo walk down the hall and back; then my first solo walk down the block – and back! For some time I had needed a ride back after just a short walk. Also, my first ride in a car sitting up, without needing to lay down in the back seat. All these small yet amazing successes, led to big and extraordinary ones! Looking back now, I realize that I was slowly re-wiring my nervous system to be able to increase my physical and emotional strength.
The first time I practiced divine sleep, I knew instantly that it worked for me! I didn’t know all of its intricacies or exactly what it was, but I knew I had found the powerful practice that I wanted to lead. I realized I could help others with it. I was eager to find out more about this form of guided meditation traditionally practiced laying down. Shortly after graduating as a yoga teacher I was able to complete my Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Teacher Training with Jennifer!
Now I also know how to turn on the “relaxation response” to help significantly reduce my daily pain levels, increase my energy, and calm my mind. Today I find I sleep better and my overall health has improved! Yoga has been a constant gift that has spread into every area of my life and has helped me to face huge adversities with grace, courage and resiliency.