In my previous career I travelled the world extensively as a Purser for an international airline for many years. Often I would only be home for a few days each month and I never really felt grounded or peaceful.
In 2013 I became very ill, my immune system was compromised due to my work and the lifestyle it dictated. My world as I had known it just stopped. I went from flying around the world, running a training business, socialising and living my life fully, to not being able to function properly. I had to move into my mother’s home so that she could take care of me - as the simple activities of life such as eating, drinking, breathing, and walking started to present a huge challenge. This period lasted for an intense 7 to 8 months. I went from doctor to doctor to try and find the cause of my illness and they were all baffled. Each week was another trek to a new specialist and another diagnosis.
At the end of the seventh month, I decided to stop all the tests and take a holiday. Whilst on board the flight to India I found myself struggling to breathe, and upon reaching India it took me weeks to recover and function. It was at this time that it dawned on me that maybe this was the cause of my illness. I was finally diagnosed as suffering from Aero-Toxic Syndrome (ATS). My immune system had been contaminated with toxic levels of atomized engine oils and other chemicals. I was given the prognosis that it would take years for my health to begin to get better, if at all. I refused to settle for this.
I realised that I needed to start my own healing process by detoxing my body. I began to look for any alternative therapies that could help. As part of this journey I travelled to New York for treatment, and it was here that I was encouraged to try Yoga Nidra – for its deep nurturing benefits and ease of practice. This was perfect for me, as this form of slow yoga provided deep healing with minimum physical movement. Within 8 weeks of committing to this slow yogic practice I achieved extraordinary results. I found myself walking 20, sometimes more, blocks every day, I lost significant weight, my mind was clearer, and I felt a new lease of life.
In this moment I truly realised the power of Yoga Nidra. I was struck by how effective and capable it is at addressing a wide range of issues – emotional, mental, and physical – and its extraordinary benefits.
It was by introducing slow living to my life that I was able to truly begin my journey back to health. I now truly realise the necessity of slowing down - allowing my body and mind to live moment-by-moment, and taking pauses to allow myself to heal. Seeing the power of Yoga Nidra has inspired me to go deeper and learn how to teach this practice, so that I can empower others to recover, restore, and reset in this fast, fast world.