My life before yoga nidra looked like the following: stressed, impatient, overachieving in all areas of life, grasping, controlling, the start of physical ailments such as high blood pressure and ulcers, always thinking of the future rather than the present, self-doubt, and way too busy!
When I had finally had enough of that – I walked into my first yoga class as a graduate student â€“ while at the same time holding down three jobs. In yoga practice, I immediately found â€˜homeâ€™! I asked the teacher if I could stay for the second class that eveningâ€¦ and finding that my â€˜homeâ€™ was inside of me, I feel as though Iâ€™ve never left my home again.
In 2006 I left my stressful corporate life and actually moved to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires as a volunteer! I wanted to steep myself in the practice of seva yoga, which is selfless service. Thatâ€™s when I experienced my first full yoga nidra with Jennifer Reis on one of my free afternoons and delighted in the magic of Divine SleepÂ® Yoga Nidra.
Never in my life I had I ever felt so grounded, balanced, and relaxed! I felt expanded and empty for the first time. I continued to practice regularly and it had tremendous effects on me. I began to â€˜walkâ€™ differently in the world. My life took on a clearer magnificence, deepened intimate connections with friends and family, with a greater openness to change and flow. I now have the ability to let go of unnecessary disturbances such as worries and anxiety.Â I am free!
After volunteering at Kripalu, I moved to Austin, Texas to lead teacher training programs at Yoga Yoga. A lovely teacher led yoga nidra each week at our studios, and I attended three times a week. That was back in 2007 and still to this day, yoga nidra and meditation are the core of my daily practice. I have been teaching yoga nidra and leading workshops in Texas and Louisiana since 2008.