I was diagnosed with breast cancer over 20 years ago during my thirties. Having never been ill before, I felt the wind knocked out of life as I knew it. A good friend gave me books to read on mind-body medicine, and introduced me to meditation and yoga. These were a welcome source of comfort and strength as I navigated the uncharted waters of a scary illness and treatments. I am happy to say that chapter ended successfully and also helped shape the person I’ve become.
For one thing, it began my yoga journey! Over the years, I took a number of different yoga classes, but it wasn’t until I went to Kripalu Center for the first time in 2008 that I really fell in love with it. I took a 5-day class for women and met some incredible people – and learned lifelong lessons in taking better care of myself. It was also at that time that I discovered Jennifer Reis and her gentle wonderful yoga classes and workshops. I have been following her Radiant Being Newsletter since then, and happily nurtured by it over the years.
As I was recovering from a successful surgery this past March, the world suddenly fell apart with COVID 19. Open one day, closed the next. How could I stand up straight when the world is turned sideways and the doors are swinging backward? All I seem to see, feel, hear, taste and smell was unwelcome change, isolation, pain and loss in some way. I was slipping and sliding on the daily doses of bad news, feeling out of control.
I was furloughed from my job due to the pandemic and was looking for an anchor, something to ground and calm me on this unsteady terrain called life in 2020. But shining lights do exist in the darkness, I have found new light! One of them was in the form of an e-mail from Jennifer stating that she was offering daily Live Online yoga classes!
I began taking Jennifer’s online Yoga and Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra classes in May. They have become addictive! I especially love her Immune Boost class on Mondays! I find my days are not complete without her sessions.
I know that I have the grounding protective inner forces I need to help me become ever more resilient and kind. And I am able to find joy in the grief. This work, and these realizations, are so important to me at this time.
Jennifer’s passion for what she does is evident. Her soothing voice, her compassionate presence, her uplifting, vivid and powerful guided meditations in Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra help make me feel more positive – not only about what is happening outside in the world – but most especially what is going on inside of me. I never really knew before that I can dare to swim, and run and fly and soar if I want to, AND that I am always safe and nurtured.
I was able to finally acknowledge my heart’s truest longing, and put my intention out to the universe. That was a particularly emotional healing moment for me during Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra.