Tales of Three Mother Blankets

Last night I returned home from leading a yoga retreat in the coastal Pueblo of Yelapa, Mexico, a 45 minute boat ride from Puerto Vallarta. Before catching an evening flight north to Seattle, I spent the day walking around Puert0 Vallarta. The city was bustling with excitement in anticipation of the big day.

Mother blanket in Mexico
Today, December 12th in Puerto Vallarta, it is the last and culminating day of the festive celebration of Nuestra Senora De Guadalupe/our Lady of Guadalupe. Over 500 years ago she appeared in a vision as the mother of God with the message of love and inclusion for all. Some say she is a
re-emerged manifestation of the Aztec ‘mother goddess’ Tonantzin. This vision and subsequent embrace of Mary within the Catholic Church came at a time of great violence against the indigenous peoples. Nuestra senora Guadalupes message was welcomed and received as sanctuary and her presence in millions of Catholics is celebrated with parades, reverence and reflection all over the world . No matter our current day view of the Catholic Church, the message of our Lady of Guadalupe, the great mother, is a universal one of Peace, unity, and love.

Mother blanket in Missouri
In the late 1800’s my great great grandmother came to the USA from Ireland as an orphan to live in a church in Saint Joseph Missouri where her uncle was bishop. Her father had died while trying to craft a new life preparing for the arrival of his family from Ireland. Her mother had passed while waiting. The women of the church made three crazy quilts to gift, Mary Katherine Hennessy  as a young bride. One of those quilts hangs in ‘Little Dog’ and reminds me of the love and embrace of these women of the church, surrogate mothers to my ancestor. .In the staid Victorian era woman sewed beauty and love into these ‘crazy quilts’  out of ‘scraps’. I believe they were making a conscious or unconscious statement that: all are welcome.

Mother blanket in me and my sister
For twenty years my sister and I have been ‘estranged’ which is odd and sad because we are in so many ways similar and even live within a mile of each other in Seattle. This last Spring, through thick and thin, we essentially without intention created a scenario by which we HAD to learn to get along. The two of us were going to be accompanying our adventurous elderly parents on an summer journey up north in Canada. Through the spring and early summer i our neighborhood of Lake City, We walked and talked and talked and walked, so as to weave our connection with care. To mitigate some of the shock of having to be in such close proximity for 10 days we planned to sleep in separate tents. But fate would have it that the float plane ‘tiny‘ per person weight limit caused us to have leave behind MOST of our stuff behind, including one tent. Sharing one tent brought warmth and connection and a fair bit of crazy laughter! We are still walking into the fall...watching how Mother Nature weaves her beauty in our hearts and in our neighborhood.

May you find the blankets that embrace you!

Annie Stocker, December 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.

Sweetness for the Soul
by Annie Stocker, November 2019
Annie's Musings on Vata Season
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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