When I was a kid, my Mom was crossing the street downtown in a city nearby where we lived and was hit by a car, was severely injured, and she almost died. At that time I was only twelve years old myself and had two younger siblings.
Needless to say, our world was turned upside down, especially my Mom’s. She was told by the doctors that she would never walk again! And although her pelvis was crushed, and her leg and shoulder were both broken in several places, she did not believe it and knew recovery was possible.
With immense hard work and determination, after a year and a half, she did walk again! And although she has lived with pain in her body on and off, she has found ways that she can move her body, feel joy, and thrive in life and share her interests with her family and friends.
The reason I bring up the story of my Mom’s accident, injury, and recovery here is because I wanted to share about the powerful experience that I had during Jennifer’s yoga nidra. My Mom and I together were led very deeply within the levels and stages of yoga nidra.
Because of the levels that are guided, I felt a variety of parts of myself were able to awaken during Divine Sleep, and with Jennifer’s focused and insightful attention, that I could see through our physical bodies to the deepest layers to meet all of the experiences that were inside. This left me feeling very integrated and whole.
During the retreat we were skillfully guided in Five Element Yoga. Jennifer and her assistants were very sensitive to my Mom’s needs, taking time and care to show her modifications so that she could participate in everything we did. She felt the benefits of this beautiful practice, and she also felt affirmed that ‘Yes! I CAN do yoga too!’ Because of this level of care, it left me free to fully practice yoga myself without needing to worry about my Mom’s needs and experience.
We both look forward to reconnecting within ourselves, with each other and with nature in Jennifer’s retreats in the future. Thank you to Jennifer and her wonderful assistants in making this retreat an unforgettable experience for my mom and I!