Yoga Nidra News
Transformation begins with Relaxation
Katherine Caldwell has been influenced by Yogic Teachings ever since she picked up the book "The Sivananda Companion to Yoga" in 1990, while working as a baker at a Natural Foods store. Yoga classes were scarce, and yoga accessories were not even invented. Even yoga mats and props were yet to evolve into the helpful practice aids they are today. Her practice began with the help of experienced friends and a few books. Even with these limited tools, health complaints diminished, mental and emotional distress eased.
Over the years her yogic practices grew to include meditation, diet changes, and incredible teachers from various yoga traditions. Like most people who have a regular practice, a purified and sacred space was created to acknowledge the divine, which has led her to greater strengths,compassion, awakenings and guidence. For Katherine, the most potent insights have come during times of complete stillness and solitude.
It was during her teacher training in 2003 at Asheville Yoga Center, that Katherine was introduced to Yoga Nidra. Instructor Mary Kay West offered a session to the class, along with a tape of her voice to practice at home. This seemed the most important part of the whole training for Katherine. But the tape she received was damaged. Mary Kay's voice was garbled, and the words weren't discernible. It spurred her to study the practice of Yoga Nidra further to create her own tape to practice with.
Over time, she developed a CD for herself and her students that followed the teachings of the Bihar School of Yoga. More study, more practice, and more insights led to Volume 2 in 2007. This CD came more directly from insights from her own practice, and a deeper study of the subconscious mind. Subsequent recordings are being planned as Katherine continues to teach, practice, and get feedback from others who practice. Katherine encourages those who practice Yoga Nidra to find recordings and live sessions that help them the most. The sound of the voice and where it takes you is just as important as being physically comfortable as you practice with the right eye pillow and props.