PlumbTalk is excited to include a blog by Karen Brody, Founder of Bold Tranquility. Karen teaches us the importance of sleep and how yoga nidra can help.

The New Sleep for Women

For the past decade an alarming number of women are either not getting enough sleep or they’re waking up in the middle of the night. Over 35 million women have sleep disorders and in 2011 there were over 60 million prescriptions written for sleep medication.

But this is not a blog post about sleep disorders or to lecture you to get enough sleep. I’m a mom and a busy working mother. I know only too well that some nights we can’t get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Yet of course we read all the time that lack of sleep can cause everything from brain damage to high blood pressure. The pressure to get good sleep feels immense and crazy-making.

After the birth of my first child I barely got more than 4 hours of sleep for 18 months. I laughed about it all the time.

“Ha! I’m so sleep deprived they’d probably call me legally drunk.”

Turns out today studies show that when you don’t consistently get enough sleep your decision-making skills and reflexes are like a person who is drunk.

Yoga Nidra Meditation

My sleep-deprivation eventually led to severe anxiety attacks, years on anti-anxiety medication, and a prayer each day to just get through the day. Caught in the loop of fatigue, very soon the whole concept of being good to myself dropped so low I didn’t know how to find the inspiration to get it back – until I walked into a yoga studio.

I had planned to sign up for a level 1-2 yoga class, to get my body back in shape and create some ‘me’ time, but instead when I walked into that yoga studio – or rather ‘sleep-walked’ into the studio – I saw 25 women lying down, under blankets, with eye pillows looking totally blissed out and this made me curious. What kind of “nap” was this?

Today this nap – yoga nidra meditation – is what I like to call “the new sleep for women.” Here’s why:

  • It helps you sleep better. Yoga nidra takes you into deep sleep delta and theta brainwaves that help restore the body. “Nidra” means sleep in Sanskrit.
  • You will experience supreme rest. Through a guided voice, yoga nidra releases tension and stress allowing the body to repair itself. Studies have shown that yoga nidra meditation provides a deeper and more conscious form of rest than the rest that comes from conventional sleep.
  • It’s effortless, you can lie down, and it’s energizing. In the practice of Yoga Nidra all you do is lie down (or sit if you’d like), listen to a guided voice, and do nothing. What woman doesn’t want permission to lie down? As a result of surrendering to relaxation you feel nourished on all levels: the mind is calm, emotions feel balanced, and one often feels fully energized and alive.
  • You’ll get your mojo back. If you’re in a creative rut, yoga nidra is a great tool to pull you out. If you’re unsure about whether to leave your job, yoga nidra can lead you to your soul where the answer resides. People who practice yoga nidra regularly feel a very profound sense of oneness – and as a result spontaneous insights and internal conflicts easily resolve.

A More Meaningful Life

After practicing yoga nidra meditation for five years I decided to get trained in it because I wanted other women to get what I got: better sleep and a more meaningful life. After practicing yoga nidra for a while I wondered: would this all-natural sleep “medicine” work for most women? Now that I’ve been coaching and leading programs for women using yoga nidra meditation for the past five years I can confidently say a resounding YES.

It turns out women have layers of exhaustion that are not easily shed by getting the right number of hours of sleep. For example, prolonged anger at work or in a relationship can be exhausting and doesn’t easily resolve with good sleep. Yoga nidra meditation addresses all the layers of exhaustion, helps you open your heart and mind, and in doing so it offers women the clearest path to a truly well-rested life that I know.

By Karen Brody

Please click HERE for Karen’s upcoming program starting October 28! The Art of the Well-Rested Woman, is a 9 month sleep based online meditation immersion program created to help you rest, relax, and align with your true purpose in life.

Karen Brody is the founder of Bold Tranquility, a yoga nidra meditation company for women. She is a writer, mother of two teenage boys, and mentor to women through her innovative programs and private coaching.

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