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Kelly Prentice on the beauty of imperfection
Need a Nap?

Doula_11A 30-day Nap Challenge? Now, that’s my kind of challenge! Nevermind the Tough Mudder and Iron Woman. Believe me, those 30 days were divine. Yet, after my  challenge, I knew my work had only begun… there was some sort of transformation around the bend.

These audio yoga naps with Karen Brody connected me with part of myself I had not heard from in a while.  In this part, the fire of dreams and creativity still burned brightly.  I wanted to learn more. I decided it was worth it to pay for a training with this master napper, Karen Brody of the BOLD Method for Birth.  

I signed up to benefit of the pregnant moms I was working with. Or so I thought. I came out of the BOLD training with a deep knowing of my OWN inner truth, my deepest heartfelt desire… not just for my birth, but for my life.

What came up, though, was a little bit unexpected. In fact, I didn’t really know what to do with it. After years of writing and editing, yoga teacher trainings, the work of becoming a mother, and doula work, all of these “important” pursuits… what came up was the word “Dance.” Some days in the middle of my yoga nap I’d get the feeling of flying through the air dancing, or a surge of the joy that ballet has brought to my life.  But most days it was the repetition of that one word, “DANCE.” It seemed frivolous. It simply could not be ignored.

Yoga nidra came to me at just the right moment. This form, as it was taught to Karen in the iRest tradition*, gave my body permission to rest fully.  There was emphasis on feeling fully supported and safe, and a focus on welcoming all feelings that arose with compassion. By fully welcoming all feelings in this way, I found it got rid of the negative “peanut gallery” commentary in my head. Once those naysayers were at rest, it gave my heart permission to tell me what it really wanted. Now the question of what to do with my deepest heartfelt desire was another story… but I do believe that once your body/mind opens up to possibility, doors will open in ways you’d never expect!

This particular type of yoga nidra, developed by Richard Miller, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, author, researcher and yogic scholar, has been shown to help veterans suffering from PTSD, people suffering from anxiety and depression, those with chronic pain and chemical dependency. It provides a safe space to release negative emotions and embrace what lies in our hearts. I believe it can help us all (and you never know how it might transform your life!).

I can envision myself now, lying down and relaxing into my nap. Resting in my True Nature. Then, asking myself, “What is your deepest heartfelt desire?”  Feeling my heart rise and grow…

I hope you will join me at the first Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival where I’ll share this practice with you and then we’ll do a bit of freewriting and/or drawing together.

Purchase your tickets here! 


*From the iRest website: iRest Yoga Nidra, one of the principal programs offered by Integrative Restoration Institute, is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that:

  • releases negative emotions and thought patterns
  • calms the nervous system
  • develops a deep capacity to meet any and all circumstances you may encounter in life




1 Comment to “Need a Nap?”

  1. Carrie says:

    Ah, wish I could do this on Saturday! Yoga nidra is awesome.

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