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Student Stories
From Addiction To Equanimity
Five years ago today… I was admitted to an inpatient rehab for heroin/opiate addiction. Some of you know my story, most of you probably don’t. I’m sharing this here because I think it’s important to start the conversation and keep it going. Although I’m sharing parts of my story, I want to be clear that this post is actually intended to help support those who are just starting to walk the path of sobriety or who have been thinking about taking the first step. Everyone’s journey is different. I respect and honor all ways to sobriety. Do what works for
Finding Self-Acceptance and Self-Love
Before I discovered yoga asana and yoga nidra with Jennifer, I experienced regular body pain, fatigue, anxiety, and high levels of disassociation. I arrived at Jennifer’s Kripalu yoga classes in 2011 as a twenty-something. Undiagnosed at that time, I was struggling with both post traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia. I didn’t know how to ‘be’ in my body. I felt pain everywhere, all the time. I couldn’t comfortably rest while conscious, and I was very high strung.  I can honestly say that without Jennifer’s yoga and yoga nidra instruction I would not be the person or the teacher I am
Creating My Inner World of Love and Peace
Grappling with the many setbacks and disappointments that arose for me during the pandemic, I enrolled in Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra Teacher Training live online with Jennifer to give myself the gift of rest and self-care. I am a yoga studio owner, and mother of three children. The challenges and responsibilities of 2020 (a year I will never forget!) left me feeling emotionally drained and exhausted. The two weekends with Jennifer proved to be an effective at-home meditation retreat! I felt profoundly restored in my soul, my emotions, my body and mind. One of my favorite parts of the training was the opportunity
I Found the Depth I Longed For With Yoga Nidra
When I moved to Los Angeles from Ireland, I found that I was missing friends, floundering in my life and having no real direction, and in short, I was depressed. They say you find your teacher at just the right time, and I stumbled upon a donation studio and started going to the 7:00 am yoga class three times a week, with the most wonderful teacher. I realized I was not alone, I had community, and that my ‘thoughts’ were not to be taken so seriously. Overall yoga helped me become more awake to myself. Eventually I did my 200-hr
Yoga Nidra is My Refuge and Anchor
As I reflect back over this past year of changes that Covid has brought into our lives, the one thing I attribute to making the most difference in my life is Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra with Jennifer. I’m prone to stress and worry, and have tried many ways to cope over the years. I started meditating when I was 23 years old, and have practiced various forms, as well as trained in two styles of meditation. After dabbling with yoga for many years, it’s now become a regular practice for me: focusing on breath helps me to slow down. I
Five Element Yoga® Changed Me!
In 2020 I experienced deep fear, anger and grief - along with renewed appreciation for human connection, and the little things that added sweetness to life. My physical ailments intensified, like allergies, eczema and an infection that required three months of antibiotic treatment. During the antibiotic treatment, I found myself feeling weak, foggy headed, tense and anxious, with pre-existing chronic digestive issues getting worse. I had just moved into a new home with my partner, and was out of work, only teaching a few yoga classes a month on zoom. Feeling unfulfilled and ‘not good enough’, I fell hard into
Beyond Grateful for Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra!!
I had suffered with daily physical pain for 26 years. And as for many, 2020 has been physically, financially and emotionally challenging for me. My business was closed for almost five months, and I am now only slowly regaining clients. My stress levels were on the rise with health issues. On top of it all, my daughter was in a serious moped accident that required her to be air-lifted to Boston for treatment. While she was recovering, and also when she slept, I would play Jennifer’s Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra recordings to help her to heal and to be peaceful.
Five Element Yoga®: I've Found Something Magical
My husband was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. In the face of this terrible tragedy, my step-daughter Tamara was always serene while I felt frazzled and fragmented, uncertain of how to deal with my emotions. Watching her practice daily yoga on the porch or in the yard was calming as well and inspirational to me, and obviously was keeping her calm and balanced. She spent as much time as she could with us, helping me to take care of him for seven years. Many people have a special teacher or mentor who has had a positive effect on their lives.
Refreshed By Five Element Yoga®
My family has a history of mental health issues, and I was first introduced to yoga by a sibling, who uses yoga as a way to alleviate anxiety. I myself struggle with clinical depression, generalized anxiety, excessive worry, a heightened sense of responsibility, and perfectionism. I've spent a lifetime worrying about a future I can't control and torturing myself over a past I can't change. I get very tired and feel like often I'm often running on empty! I found Five Element Yoga® and Jennifer Reis through Kripalu which offered information about her. I began taking classes with her and
Great Medicine For Me
I discovered Jennifer Reis a few years ago through a Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra session led by one of her students, who was visiting my home of Key West. Something deep opened up within me during that yoga nidra – I released a well of emotion - and later that day something quite wonderful and serendipitous occurred: I consciously reached out to my late father in my meditation. I acknowledged an apology he’d offered while still living, which at the time I had awkwardly brushed off, minimizing the cause behind the apology, and saying it was ‘unnecessary’. And now, in