Episode 6: Rest is Revolutionary with Karen Brody
Karen Brody is the founder of Daring to Rest, a yoga nidra-based approach for women.
In this episode, we talked about:
Karen’s former experience of being a Type A personality and having panic attacks.
Finding yoga nidra at her yoga studio whilst looking for a stretchy class to tone up her body.
Lying down and taking a nap was outside of her paradigm
Realising that she put her boys down for a nap each day and it helped them to be less cranky, but why wasn’t she doing this for herself?
The danger of sleep-deprivation
How do you quiet the mind?
What is yoga nidra? Sleep meditation with a state of relaxed awareness
Feelings of freedom, hope and possibility arose from the experience of yoga nidra
The subconscious mind guiding you to your best self
The fourth state of consciousness that you can’t access from sleep
Rest-shaming in our culture
Letting go of what you don’t need
Being supported and safe when you lie down and surrender
Yoga nidra as a gift for your baby/ children
Even 5 minutes of yoga nidra in the car is worthwhile
Realising the transformational effect of yoga nidra after a traumatic robbery which left Karen with PTSD
Creating a rest cave
Sharing yoga nidra online to give more people access and create connections and community from women all over the world
Training women in the Daring to Rest Method
Yoga nidra taught an embodied understanding of choice and agency
This tool can be used alongside anti-anxiety medication and anti-depressants
Feeling less alone and more connected
Yoga nidra as non-negotiable rest before and during your period
Bookending in the morning and/or night
The Wild Woman archetype from Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Activating the intuitive part
Awakening creativity through rest
Lying down teaches us to tune in
The most radical act for women is to rest and reawaken
If you’d like to connect with Karen Brody, find her @karen_Brody or @daringtorest or visit her website:
You can read her book,