Before practicing yoga nidra, I struggled to find work life balance. I was commuting two hours a day to work, working a full-time job, as well as being a busy mom raising two daughters â€“ both of them training in dance – with a husband who traveled frequently for work. I felt I needed to be able to deeply relax and let go of the stress that I was under if I was to be able to continue the pace.
Feeling deep relaxation helped me to be in the frame of mind to be able to create the intention to both live a more peaceful life, and to be closer to my home and children.
My ‘clear intention’ took a while to manifest but I continued with my yoga nidra practice and itâ€™s been SO worth it! I was able to change my life so that I no longer have a two-hour commute. I am thrilled to have additional time with my daughters to get them ready for school, and drive them to their activities, and share quality time!
Originally I first experienced yoga nidra during my yoga teacher training. It was incredible, and unlike anything I had ever experienced! I couldnâ€™t believe that I had been practicing yoga for almost 17 years and had never come across yoga nidra. I was looking for a yoga nidra training and luckily came across Jennifer Reis at Kripalu! I jumped at the opportunity to enroll.
I was nervous about driving the eight hours by myself from Canada to Kripalu and didnâ€™t know anyone there. It was a huge step for me to take on this adventure by myself, but deep down, I knew it would be rewarding and strengthening! Everyone at Kripalu was extremely nice and the environment was breath taking! I also met fantastic friends.
I lost my sister Samantha when I was 13 years old. As much as I wished it over the years, I had never been able to feel her around me since her passing. During one of the Divine Sleep Yoga Nidras we were guided in, I felt her presence! It was a beautiful and life changing experience for me. Parts of the first couple of yoga nidra practices were challenging for me to imagine a place of peace, but when I let go and stopped trying so hard, or resisting so much, I saw my sister! And she led me to my special peaceful place.
Samantha became part of my â€˜peaceful placeâ€™, my inner sanctuary, and it is a feeling I will always cherish. I cried during that Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, and felt it through my whole being. Now I feel Samantha continues to be with me when I practice yoga nidra to this day.
Divine Sleep has helped my children as well. I got all of Jenniferâ€™s CDs and two daughters love the Childrenâ€™s CD and listen to the Butterfly Journey often (my eight year old listens almost every evening)! They find it so calming and relaxing and they love it!
Now I lead Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra in my own yoga classes for my students. I love to share this wonderful practice with everyone to let them know the healing and calming potential of the practice. Yoga isnâ€™t only a physical practice, but also through yoga nidra, we can relax the mind and body for deep healing.
For more inspiration I attended Jenniferâ€™s Advanced Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra training focusing on writing Journeys. It was a fantastic training and a reunion with the dear friends I made at Kripalu. Jennifer is an inspiration and her happy demeanor makes her trainings enjoyable. What I love about Jenniferâ€™s teaching is that you can take parts of yoga nidra into your daily life. For example, your heartâ€™s intention can be repeated throughout the day as a meditative mantra to keep you on track. When Iâ€™m upset or tense, I imagine myself in my peaceful inner sanctuary. These tools are special gifts that go far beyond just the 20 or so minutes of the yoga nidra practice time.