Sweetness for the Soul
Annie's Musings on Vata Season

I just have to picture my two dogs Ponder and Willow.. for whom the studio was named almost thirty years ago… and I can feel an inner smile and warm waves of relaxation come over my body. And then I linger a little longer and remember the way Willow wagged her whole body like she was going to lift off the ground whenever her favorite people came to visit. Or how Ponder would dig his head into my armpit for comfort and connection. These moments are sweet and completely my choice to conjure up.

At a recent weekend workshop at Two Dog: Gentle Yoga and the Nervous system, Charlotte Neussel  invited us to spend 10 second 6 times a day “steeping” in a pleasant image or thought.  She said this practice can help build resilience in our nervous system so as to orient toward relaxing and releasing into a more parasympathic (rest and digest) state of being.  Another woman reflected on her new red raincoat and filled out the picture. She loves the warm color, it feels so good to wear and it was a bargain at the store! Another student reflected on the pleasure of raindrops on her face…  and within a few seconds of lingering felt gratitude for water being plentiful in the NW, for the the sensation of gentle circle plops on her face and the childlike play of getting wet! 

This sweet reflective practice is right in line with the seasonal suggestions of Ayurveda, Sister science to yoga.

In Ayurveda, to maintain optimal health, we are invited to respond to our natural environment by balancing the natural tendencies of a season in our choices of foods, activities and practices.

With the late October windy, erratic, dry and  cool nature of the weather we are now deep in the midst of Vata Season. Trees and plants are pulling in their resources, we are turning the heat on in our house becoming more isolated. It is time to eat warm soft foods, linger a little longer in the sweetness of a Yoga Nidra practice or take a meandering walk with a trusted friend….in your favorite raincoat!
Or one of my favorites I learned from my 90 year old father.. eat a date stuffed with a pecan instead of halloween candy, not only do I enjoy the taste but I think of my beloved father when I eat it! Check out the best in
Seattle dates at Goodies on Lake City Way!

So many ways to practice sweetness each day… send me an email and tell me what is yours? 

More info on VATA season


Annie Stocker, November 2019



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Two Dog Tales

Enjoy these highlights from the Two Dog e-newsletter and other writings contributed by and about Two Doggers over the years. It's a story archive that tells the tale of the Two Dog community: its teachers, students, neighbors and friends.

Through Seva, Two Dog Connects with Neighbors
by Annie Stocker
Seva-Selfless Service, Chair Yoga
Yelapa 2019
by Annie Stocker
Benefits of attending the Yelapa retreat, held February 2019
Aging with Wisdom and Grace
by Wendy Groesbeck
How we greet life's obstacles with wisdom and grace.
Seva at Two Dog
by Annie Stocker
The volunteer, giving back to community, that Two Dog supports

Therapeutic Yoga: Annie's Journey
by Annie Stocker

Annie's journey to discover the benefits of yoga and the Therapeutic offerings at Two Dog
Three villages: Beloved Communities
by Annie Stocker
Yelapa in Mexico, Vaidyagrama in India, and Lake City in Seattle

Gratitude Flows Over at Two Dog
by Annie Stocker

Unexpected sources of Gratitude

Generosity of Two Dog Community
by Annie Stocker
Two Dog Generous community
Annie's Om From Home
by Annie Stocker
How Annie found her voice
Mothers and Daughters at Two Dog
by Valerie Sasson

Sharing the experience of sore muscles on Sunday mornings

A Dog A Day?
by Roxi Smith
A home-practice story shared by a long-time Two Dogger
Turning the Kaleidoscope: Bringing Things to Light
by Sarahjoy Marsh
Bringing awareness to the ever-shifting materials of our inner kaleidoscope
A Year's Journey
by Shannon McCall
The story of a milestone year in the life of one Two Dog teacher
The Two Dogger Next Door
by Jan Mikus
Read about the life and healing experience of a studio regular

To Plan or Not To Plan
by Sarahjoy Marsh

A reflection on how much our habits press on our thoughts, actions, reactions
The Space in Between
by Wendy Groesbeck
What are we really asking for when we want more time in our lives?
Why "Two Dog"
by Annie Stocker

Musing on the name of the studio

Favorite Poses
by Two Dog Teachers

Wendy, Annie and Shannon reflect on their favorite poses

Teen Kumbha
by Annie Stocker

A mother/son yoga experience

About Gentle Yoga and Me
by Bob Scheu

Coming into yoga in the best possible way

Yoga- Another Universe?
by Jack Davis

How Yoga made me a better person

Curve Balls and Fowl Balls
by Annie Stocker

Sometimes things happen

by Shannon McCall


What Yoga Means to Me
by Two Dog Students

Coming Home
by Annie Stocker
Returning from Sri Lanka
Healing in Kerala
by Annie Stocker
A story of healing
Loving Lake City
by Annie Stocker
Reflection of a spring evening in Lake City


Lovin' Lake City

Annie Stocker, Two Dog studio owner, has lived in Lake City since 1986 and feels a warm kinship with the ever-emerging neighborhood. Two Dog students bump into each other at local restaurants, the Lake City Farmers Market, the local hardware store, post office, parks and restaurants. More and more people now make Lake City their permanent home in which to grow their families and friendships. Two Dog is proud to be a part of the growth of this healthy, thriving community. Come explore!


Douglas Park Cooperative Families for Lake City
KaffeeKlatsch Cafe Lake City Branch Public Library
North Seattle Chamber of Commerce Lake City Community Center
Lake City Farmers Market Lake City Greenways
Lake City Live: Blog Lake City Traffic Safety Project
North Helpline Pinehurst Community Blog
Hunger Intervention Program Jamtown Drum School










Two qualities of life that we sometimes give low priority to are surrounding ourselves with beauty and developing community. These are being practiced at Two Dog Yoga studio. The gorgeous unfolding lotus mural secures the room where yoga, singing, dancing, eating, talking and more are offered with open arms to the Lake City neighborhood.
— Cynthia Lair, author of Feeding the Whole Family 



Two Dog Yoga is a compassionate, supportive and nonjudgmental community of teachers and students which has benefitted me in ways I did not expect. I have been able to apply these experiences when I am off the mat to enhance my life as well as help me cope with everything from day-to-day stresses to more difficult times of loss and grief.
—Jodi McClain, Educational Audiologist
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