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I’ve shared this one before: Lotus Pose on Two.

Six months later and the Seattle Seahawks win their first Super Bowl in franchise history! The same season the coach implements a mandatory yoga and meditation practice as part of their training program…

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Over the last six months, (as part of my home practice), I included Vrksasana. The benefits of this posture mainly focus energy to strengthen the lower body, but I started meditating on the asana as a representation of growth. This offered a powerful doorway inward. I’d imagine the roots of my hair getting stronger as I found my balance and strength in the grounding of the posture. I’d close my eyes and visualize beautiful redwoods, or a bodhi, banyan, magnolias or a specific oak tree I used to drive by everyday on my way to work. I’d focus on the vitality of those root structures and imagine my own roots strengthen with each breath. Six months ago, my autoimmune disease felt out of control, but with small changes, I’ve seen major growth in a short period of time. I truly believe in the power of moving meditation – yoga!

My journey of yoga teacher training ended today with a lovely graduation ceremony. I signed up for the program in the midst of my hair loss; seeking a little adventure and a way to take my mind off of it. My life has become so much richer in ways I could not have imagined. I am beyond grateful for my Yoga Tree teachers, new friendships, and sacred space created by this new community. I can’t express how much I’ve loved this experience… and I have alopecia to thank for it! Thank you all so very much for your love and support… from the bottom of my heart. XO

A few progress photos over the last few months and our Yoga Tree Graduation!

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First weekend of Yoga Tree Teacher Training: Friday night intro and Saturday/Sunday afternoons were spent learning about bones! Since I studied architecture and haven’t had any courses in anatomy, it was a bit of an eye opener for how little I actually know about the skeletal system.

I started this blog as a way to cope with alopecia and to document my journey of loss and growth. One small part of the physical body may have left temporarily, but as difficult as it can be at times, I know now that I haven’t lost anything. This whole experience is about growth; expanding the circle and building a new way of life. One weekend into yoga school and I’m so excited for the possibilities.

Beautiful and inspiring:

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