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The Daring to Rest Podcast: Talks on Women Rising Up Rested
86 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Healing the Nervous System - with Kimberly Ann Johnson
In this episode of the Daring to Rest Podcast, Daring to Rest facilitators talk with Kimberly Ann Johnson about her new book, Call of the Wild, on healing the nervous system, trauma, and how women can gain resilience and heal. Many of the themes are ones we explore in our Daring to Rest community, and exactly why we embrace rest. Enjoy.
43 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
Raising the Next Generation On Rest
In this episode of the Daring to Rest Podcast, Karen Brody talks with her twenty-two year old son, Jacob. She asks him every rest question she can think of to help moms craft a well-rested family life. You'll also hear an update from Jacob on navigating his learning differences in college while trying to stay rested. It's certainly not easy to raise our next generation on rest, but there are tweaks we can do to help children feel more rested. Resources for this episode can be found here: http://daringtorest.com/podcast/55
16 minutes | May 23, 2021
Rest Boundaries: The key to more energy and a good night's sleep?
In this short episode, Karen Brody talks about some of the rest boundaries that have made a huge difference in her life, she reads a recent note to the Daring to Rest community on rest boundaries, and she shares a simple way you can start creating rest boundaries. If you're not sleeping and you've tried all the sleep science and supplements out there, there's often a rest boundary you're not tending to. Resources for this episode can be found here: http://daringtorest.com/podcast/54
55 minutes | May 8, 2021
Moms and Rest
In this episode of the Daring to Rest Podcast, Karen Brody speaks about rest and motherhood with Matilda Leyser, Jendayi Gantt and Lisa Black . They speak to the shame moms feel to rest, the struggle to get good sleep, and how to become less apologetic about practicing rest. They also discuss the importance of their yoga nidra meditation practice in their lives, what times work best for them to rest, and the legacy of rest they want to model for their children and future generations. Resources for this episode can be found at http://daringtorest.com/podcast/53
6 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
The Triple Cloak of Exhaustion Women Carry
On this short episode, Karen talks about the inner child-loving parent-adult dance, a common triple cloak of exhaustion many women carry. And she mentions her IN-body solution and an opportunity to join her for a professional training in 2021. To get on the waitlist for the Daring to Rest IN-Body professional training, go to this link.
4 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Why You're Still So Tired
On this short episode, Karen answers one of the most common questions she gets asked from women who have been resting for a while: "Why Am I still So Tired?" Listen in.
63 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
The Power of Yoga Nidra and Radiant Rest - with Tracee Stanley
Tracee Stanley is a teacher of yoga nidra, meditation and self-inquiry practices and the author of the book, Radiant Rest: Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation and Awakened Clarity. In this episode, we dive into the practice of yoga nidra, how the messages we receive about rest present obstacles to lying down, and how to get rest when you don't have time to rest. Tracee also shares a delightful story about the Goddess Yoga Nidra that makes this magical transformative sleep practice feel even more well-suited for women's health and empowerment. Resources for this podcast can be found here: http://daringtorest.com/podcast/50
113 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
Daring to Dream - with Sil Reynolds
In this episode, learn about renowned Jungian analyst Marion Woodman's dream work and experience a dream circle. Karen talks with Sil Reynolds, senior student of Marion Woodman. Sil shares about the 5 stages of a dream, archetypes in dreams, why dreams are important, how to explore your dreams and why Marion Woodman’s work is particularly accessible to women on a quest for wholeness. She also works with three women to help them explore their dreams. This episode is the audio version of Daring to Dream, a special event hosted by Daring to Rest on International Women’s Day 2021. This event also celebrates a new dream circle inside Rested, Daring to Rest’s community supporting women to dare to rest and dream. Key Topics Marion Woodman Dream work 5 stages of a dream Archetypes in dreams Tools to work with dreams Conscious feminine Dreams and Yoga Nidra Resources for Episode 49 can be found here: http://daringtorest.com/podcast/49
66 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
What If Women Were the Storytellers? - with Elizabeth Lesser
In this episode, Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of Omega Institute, speaks with Karen about how women have been defined in a certain, often subjugated, way because of many well-known origin stories, like Adam and Eve. Elizabeth passionately presents a plea for women to dig deep to tell new stories about the human experience. We talk about how these storylines written by men influence our values today, how women often unconsciously collude with these stories, the exhausting one-sided view of power, and how new brave stories must come from a place Elizabeth calls "innervism." Resources for this episode can be found at: http://daringtorest.com/podcast/48
71 minutes | Jan 16, 2021
Daring to Rest founder, Karen Brody, answers your questions! Listen to her thoughts on liminal dreaming, insomnia, chronic pain, aging, how to get teenagers, and younger kids, to sleep better, what to do to settle into yoga nidra meditation if you’re super stressed, self guided yoga nidra versus facilitator-led, and techniques to shield negative energy coming from negative people and negative situations. Listen in! Key Topics Yoga nidra meditation Insomnia Liminal Dreaming Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs Getting kids to sleep Pain Aging Daring to Rest Method Soul Whispers Resources/ Show Notes You'll find them here: http://daringtorest.com/podcast/47
53 minutes | Dec 27, 2020
You're Free - A Conversation about Resting in Unrest Towards Liberation - with Dr. Kamilah Majied
Karen talks with Dr. Kamilah Majied about meditation as a journey to freedom, the practice of discomfort resilience, and how rest resources activism. Dr. Majied highlights how meditation conflated with stoicism separates us from the joy of meditation. Dr. Majied shares her thoughts on never ceasing to advocate for human lives, and how unrest can increase our capacity to be with our feelings and set powerful intentions for personal and planetary growth. Key Topics Meditation Unrest/Rest Justice/Activism Freedom Equanimity Power of Crying Cultural Appropriation All resources for this episode can be found here: http://daringtorest.com/podcast/46
56 minutes | Dec 5, 2020
Inside the Daring to Rest Academy facilitator training: Meet Sisterhood 4
A rest garden, permission to pause, soul rattle and play, paint and rest; these are some of the creative ways women in the Daring to Rest Academy Sisterhood 4, who I believe are the rest doulas we need in the world, are sharing yoga nidra since they completed the Daring to Rest yoga nidra facilitator training. In this episode, I talk with four women from Sisterhood 4 about what it’s like to take our online Daring to Rest facilitator immersion. We dig deep into the importance of rest, the power of yoga nidra “sleep” meditation, and how taking our facilitator training has impacted their lives personally and professionally. Listen in if you’re curious about joining our next online facilitator training, or listen in if you want to get rest-inspired and hear multiple perspectives on deep rest and yoga nidra. To view the resources for this episode visit: daringtorest.com/podcast/45
9 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Is Rest the New Mindfulness?
Daring to Rest founder, Karen Brody, goes on another rest rant answering the question: "Is rest the new mindfulness?" To view the resources for this episode visit: daringtorest.com/podcast/44
76 minutes | Oct 3, 2020
Menopause as an Initiatory Rite of Passage
In our society, menopausal women are pathologized. There is little dignity around the process, and there are no instructions for how to navigate the sometimes volatile transition. But in truth, menopause is an extraordinary rite of passage. An opportunity to reevaluate who we are and awaken to our true nature. Alexandra Pope is the cofounder of Red School and the coauthor of Wild Power: Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Path to Feminine Power. On this episode of Daring to Rest, Alexandra joins me to explain how menopause serves as a rite of passage, connecting us to our calling and uncovering who we really are. She describes the physical and emotional suffering many women experience in menopause and challenges us to carve out a little time and space to do the inner work of waking up. Alexandra shares her personal experience with menopause, discussing what we can do to prepare for the ego death and subsequent rebirth that happens through the transition. Listen in for insight on the language of menopause and learn how to honor the process with rest and recognize menopause as an opportunity to step into your authentic self. To view the resources for this episode visit: daringtorest.com/podcast/43
6 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Does Resting for Productivity Make Sense?
Daring to Rest founder Karen Brody reads her recent rest rant on rest and productivity. "If we are resting to be more productive then we are feeding into the same paradigm that's making us all sick and tired."
68 minutes | Sep 5, 2020
Self-Guided Yoga Nidra - with Jaimee Roncone and Beth Dorman
Yoga nidra is a powerful healing practice, and many practice nidras to navigate challenging situations. But what if we don’t have access to the audio for a guided meditation when we need it most? What can we do to guide ourselves through the practice (or specific parts of it) while we’re on a hike, at the acupuncturist, or in the MRI scanner? Beth Dorman is training to become a Daring to Rest facilitator and a member of the Rested, Daring to Rest's community for women who want to dare to rest and Jaimee Roncone serves as a certified Daring to Rest facilitator, teaching yoga nidra to ‘cancer thrivers and other worn out people.’ On this episode of the podcast, Jaimee and Beth join me to share their experiences with self-guided yoga nidra, describing how they were each introduced to the practice of yoga nidra and how they made the transition from guided to self-guided meditation. Jaimee and Beth explain when they do a full self-guided practice and when they call on individual pieces of a yoga nidra meditation they need in a given moment, sharing the power of yoga nidra to help us heal from trauma and reconnect with our true nature. Listen in for insight around how to imprint the nidras ‘in your bones’ and learn to find your voice, feel into your body, and experience deep, transformational healing—through self-guided rest. This is rest empowerment! To access the resources for this episode go here: http://daringtorest.com/podcast/41 Key Takeaways How Beth used yoga nidra to recover from a series of surgeries Why immersing yourself in guided meditation first is key to successful self-guided yoga nidra How Jaimee was introduced to yoga nidra during her cancer journey How the repetition of auditory and visual cues helps us feel the nidras ‘in our bones’ The importance of guiding yourself from the outer world to the inner world When Jaimee & Beth do a full self-guided meditation vs. calling on pieces they need in a given moment Beth’s practice of ending self-guided yoga nidra with soul whispers to connect with her true nature How Jaimee realized that yoga nidra was a form of prayer How those of us with a history of trauma can use yoga nidra to get out of our heads and into our bodies How to guide yourself into the strength of holding opposites Jaimee’s insight on the power of finding your own voice through self-guided yoga nidra The beauty in finding deep, transformational healing through rest How we can use yoga nidra to heal relationships from a strong, grounded place
87 minutes | Jun 20, 2020
Social Justice, Inclusion, and Yoga Nidra - with Yoli Maya Yeh
Today’s conversation with Yoli Maya Yeh, an educator and healer working at the intersection of Indigenous Way, Healing Arts & Social Justice, is a conversation we had as part of the Daring to Rest Academy masterclass series. It felt too important a conversation to keep just for our Daring to Rest facilitators. Yoli shares with us her thoughts on the sacred destruction happening in our world today, particularly how it relates to racism and White privilege in the yoga world, classroom inclusion, and yoga nidra. She provides a perspective on yoga nidra that you may have never heard before, and is adamant that this practice is the secret sauce to transformation and deep healing. She’s also a proponent of knowing the historical context and structure of yoga practices and then breaking that structure, especially as it relates to making these Euro-centric homogenous practices more inclusive for BIPOC folks. If you are White and work in wellness, or invest in wellness, Yoli provides you with an understanding of the landscape of this billion dollar industry, why BIPOC folks do not feel welcome, and invites White people to stop thinking your way to transformation, stop the spiritual bypassing, and be willing to go into the suffering so we can all live as one. Exhaustion comes in many forms. As Yoli says, the typical curriculums have encouraged color blindness at best and tolerance at least. This is not good enough. Today’s episode helps you begin to understand why. Key Takeaways Why is yoga nidra a healing practice? Because 100% of the healing lives in yoga nidra. Once we arrive with enough mastery of the grammar (of yoga nidra) then it’s important that we break the grammar. Right now we’re in a period of sacred destruction – repurposing, remodeling dismantling. The euro-centric approach to yoga is an incredibly generic homogenous model…whose goal was to create docile followers. People of color have never been tracked for leadership, as knowledge holders and innovators. What white people did was they destroyed their indigenous traditions. BIPOC folks don’t subscribe to scarcity as an economic model and the heart of capitalism is scarcity. When Black folks don’t want to come to White people’s yoga workshops, it’s because they don’t want to be racially attacked. Liberal White people are the most trouble because partial knowledge is dangerous. Every time you practice yoga nidra you open up the portal to spontaneous healing. You can’t think your way through transformation – you actually have to do the practices. The whisper of the moment is that we all are one, but that’s such a dangerous statement. Resources Can be found at www.daringtorest.com/podcast/40
86 minutes | May 23, 2020
The Colonization of Sleep and Yoga - Uma Dinsmore Tuli and Yoli Maya Yeh
When I heard that Uma Dinsmore Tuli had created a campaign to eradicate the abuse of women in the yoga world I knew I wanted to talk about this topic, and the related theme of the decolonization of sleep and yoga. This is a dark truth that has existed for a long time. I’m a firm believer that whenever we meet the shadow the potential for change grows, and this opens a gateway for shadow exhaustion to start lifting from our personal and collective experiences. And, as Uma shares today, if we don’t call it out then “nobody’s daughters are safe in these places.” I also invited Yoli Maya Yeh, an educator and healer, and a yoga and yoga nidra teacher, working at the intersection of Indigenous Way, Healing Arts and Social Justice, to give us her perspective on the colonization of sleep and yoga for black, brown, Indigenous People of Color. Between these two powerful women, we had an important discussion that I think you’ll enjoy and I hope you’ll share with others. Anyone who practices yoga nidra knows it can feel like being in a sanctuary and today we talked a lot about this sanctuary – that yoga nidra is a space that often feels soft, and even playful. But we also delved deeper, into the shadow side of sleep and yoga. Both Yoli and Uma asked us to consider whether you are choosing to practice from a place of freedom, where you’re at the center, or are you, often unknowingly, allowing a system to take your power? On today’s episode, we discuss sleep and the yoga world, acknowledging the colonization of these practices, and explore how to reclaim their essential teachings on healing, justice and freedom. Key Takeaways How Yoli used sleep and yoga nidra as a big part of her healing from Graves Disease The body is equip with it’s own ICU – Intensive Care Unit - and how nidra helps us tap into that power The playfulness and freedom of yoga nidra The origins of nidra are not merely in the South Asian practice Studies in the UK are showing that people are sleeping 40 minutes longer since COVID-19. Why? Because their alarm clocks are not going off How sleep has been colonized and why decolonized sleep leads to a decolonization of yoga nidra The moment Yoli discovered she was participating in a colonized version of yoga and what she did to put black, brown, indigenous people of color in the center space and teach from there The abuse of women in the yoga world and Uma’s Yoni Shakti campaign to call out the harm and call in the help to improve an oppressive system Why it’s crucial for yoga nidra teachers to practice yoga nidra, receive ongoing mentorship and not teach people sleep they have not seen The resources for this podcast can be found here: http://daringtorest.com/podcast/39
60 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
Tap Into Your Feminine Power Through Rest—with Barbara Dopfer
Women have our own inner calendar based on the menstrual cycle, and when we honor that cycle, we access our feminine power. But we simply can’t unlock that power if we don’t stop to rest when our body needs it. So, how might we use yoga nidra to hone our menstrual cycle awareness – and post menopause - and tap into our power as women? Barbara Dopfer is a Certified Daring to Rest Facilitator and the Founder of Yogarten, a studio in Bavaria, Germany. She is also trained in the Red School tradition of using the menstrual cycle to awaken our feminine power. On this episode of the podcast, Barbara joins me to discuss the connections between menstrual cycle awareness and the practice of yoga nidra, explaining how she is applying the three maps of the menstrual cycle in her work as certified Daring to Rest facilitator. Barbara describes why it’s challenging to access our power as women in a via positiva-driven society and walks us through the map of the inner seasons, sharing how the rest-release-rise cycle of the Daring to Rest method echoes our monthly cycle. She also offers an in-depth look at the five chambers of inner winter, discussing why rest is crucial in capitalizing on the opportunity for renewal in each menstruation. Listen in for insight on using the Daring to Rest concepts of intention-setting and soul whispers as part of your menstrual cycle awareness and learn what YOU can do to tap into your own inner calendar and develop the feeling of being right in your body—just the way you are! Key Takeaways How learning to rest during menstruation changed Barbara’s life How postmenopausal women can follow the cycles of the moon Why it’s difficult to access our power in a via positiva-driven society An overview of the map of inner seasons Inner winter Day 27—Day 5 (Day 1 = first bleed) Inner spring Day 6—Day 11 Inner summer Day 12—Day 19 (ovulation) Inner autumn Day 20—Day 26 (pre-menstruation) The heightened spiritual awareness women experience during menstruation The parallels between inner spring and listening for our soul whisper Why inner summer is the time women are called to express themselves The connection between holding tension and holding opposites How menstrual cycle awareness can help women with fertility issues An in-depth look at the five chambers of inner winter Separation Surrender Renewal Visioning Clarity/direction How Barbara is applying menstrual cycle awareness in her work What we can do to start tapping into our own menstrual cycle awareness Connect with Barbara Yogarten Barbara at Daring to Rest Barbara on Instagram Resources Red School Wild Power: Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power by Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer Yoni Shakti: A Woman’s Guide to Power and Freedom Through Yoga and Tantra by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli The Daring to Rest Academy Daring to Rest: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation by Karen Brody
56 minutes | Apr 25, 2020
Honoring Your Cycle in a Non-Cyclical World (Part 1): Exploring The Path to Feminine Power with the Red School Founders
In the menstrual cycle, we experience currents of expansion and contraction, activity and rest. Yet we’ve been living in a cultural paradigm built exclusively around expansion and activity (the via positiva). A cultural paradigm that has avoided the via negativa entirely—until now. Now that we have pushed ourselves into a global health crisis, many of us are being forced to stay at home, and whether you're busier now or not, the call to rest and reflect is massive. To foster a deeper connection with our feelings. To ask more difficult questions. To come back home to ourselves. Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer are the cofounders of Red School and co-authors of Wild Power: Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Path to Feminine Power. On this episode of Daring to Rest, Alexandra and Sjanie join me to share what called them to this work around menstrual cycle awareness and introduce us to their definition of power as the capacity to be vulnerable and surrender to the unknown. Alexandra and Sjanie discuss the concept of menstruality, reflecting on the consciousness that evolves from menstrual cycle awareness and wakes us up to our true meaning and purpose in the world. We also explore menopause as a journey of expanding consciousness and reflect on how postmenopausal women can continue to be held in cyclical life. Listen in for insight on honoring your cycle in a non-cyclical world and learn how Red School’s three inner maps of the menstrual cycle can help us understand the current moment in history. Key Takeaways How healing herself from endometriosis led Alexandra to her current work Sjanie’s experience of feeling life flood back when her menstrual cycle returned How our menstrual cycle connects us to our meaning and purpose How Alexandra & Sjanie define power as the capacity to be vulnerable + surrender to the unknown The concept of menstruality as the consciousness that evolves from menstrual cycle awareness Alexandra & Sjanie’s three inner maps of the menstrual cycle Map of two vias (activity vs. rest) Map of four seasons Five chambers of menstruation Our collective avoidance of via negativa leading up to the Coronavirus health crisis The parallels between the current moment in history and the void just before we bleed Alexandra’s insight around menopause as a journey of expanding consciousness How women in postmenopause can continue to be held in cyclical life Sjanie’s explanation of the 1% shift strategy for honoring our cycle in a non-cyclical world Connect with Alexandra & Sjanie Red School Wild Power: Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power by Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer Resources Jane Catherine Severn Holding the Tension of Opposites by Marion Woodman Daring to Rest Honoring Fear Yoga Nidra Series Daring to Rest Nap Community for Women Daring to Rest: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation by Karen Brody
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