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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    June 3, 2013

    As an adopted person, this really resonated with me. I actually feel sorry for the person who was apparently jealous of the love you had found with your family. I’m happy that yoga helped you understand and respond in a healthy way.

    As a side note, my husband was recently found by a son that he didn’t know that he had, who was given up for adoption by his mother over 40 years ago. We have become a true family, and even added two twin grandsons to our extended family. Joy to you and your biological family.
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    • Martha
      June 3, 2013

      Amazing story about your husband Debbie! Glad the piece resonated. I, too feel sorry for the person who was so filled with angst and jealousy. It is sad… for her especially.
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  2. Maureen@ScoopsofJoy
    June 3, 2013

    This post is so beautifully written and it shows how far along you’ve come on this journey called life and how yoga helps you. This also make me yearn to do Yoga.
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    • Martha
      June 3, 2013

      I think everyone should do yoga. It’s such a wonderful form of self-exploration. Many people think it’s purely athletic…and it can be. But overall, it is what the practitioner decides for it to be.
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  3. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    June 3, 2013

    Martha is great! I, too, have followed her blog for the past year or so. I love when stories of how yoga teaches so much more than to be “bendy.” It’s bigger than that. It flows through every part of your life. Great response Martha. May that person who sent that horrible message find the same peace that you have in your heart.
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    • Martha
      June 3, 2013

      Angela… Thank you!!! One day we’ll be real life blogging buddies, too. Portsmouth is so close to Kennebunk!
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  4. Linz @ Itz Linz
    June 3, 2013

    wow that story gave me chills! i’m such an on again off again yoga practicer… i need to make it a regular thing!!!
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    • Martha
      June 3, 2013

      I need to practice more regularly as well. I read a story recently about a woman who dedicated herself to an hour and a half of practice a day. It completely changed her life and her body!
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  5. Coco
    June 3, 2013

    It’s so sad that someone felt threatened by the love you were being shown. It’s great that you were able to respond with peace! My faith has been calling me to respond with kindness and love when my first reaction is not so admirable!
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  6. Meredith @ DareYouTo
    June 3, 2013

    Wow, beautiful writing! And excellent lesson – I couldn’t agree more. Yoga is about so much more than physical benefits.
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  7. misszippy
    June 3, 2013

    I’m an adoptee who has never met my birth family. I was holding my breath reading it. I absolutely love that yoga taught you that amazing response to the situation. What a powerful testimony to the practice. I’ve fallen out of the yoga habit, but you just gave me incentive to find it again.
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  8. Miz
    June 3, 2013

    um wow?
    as a mom who is now SO INTO YOGA with her child I loved this
    as a mom who adopted her child it makes me wanna pick up the phone and call you.
    rightnow.
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  9. Leah Davidson
    June 3, 2013

    I just found your blog and all I can say is, wow. What an inspiring post. I don’t practice yoga – I have always been intimidated by it. Perhaps I’ll have the courage to try it out…thanks for sharing the powerful benefits.
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  10. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    June 3, 2013

    Martha, thank you for sharing your story with us. What an inspiring way to start the week! Can’t wait to check out more on your blog!
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  11. lindsay
    June 3, 2013

    wow Martha, i am blown away, like so many others. Yoga helps us find out center in the midst of chaos, commotion, etc. YOu did just that. But with such grace.
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  12. Kat
    June 3, 2013

    What an amazing post and story. Crazy how a mat can alleviate more stress than most other methods
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  13. Fancy Nancy
    June 3, 2013

    What a beautiful story!!! Thank you for sharing it!
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  14. Heather (Where’s the Beach)
    June 3, 2013

    Wow, this is such a touching, moving post. I love the response, “Peace.” Simply perfect.
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  15. Maureen
    June 3, 2013

    “They’re just not ready.” <—-Serious chills. What a powerful story. THANK YOU for sharing!
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  16. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    June 3, 2013

    Beautiful piece… and of course, the adoption aspect caught my attention, too. There is so many twists and turns in life- it is necessary to find something to keep us grounded, calm, and centered… as yoga can.
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    • Martha
      June 3, 2013

      So many twists and turns. It’s learning to let go and treat every turn as a lesson. Not always easy to do.
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  17. Michelle
    June 3, 2013

    I will never understand why certain people feel the need to bring a dark cloud down to someone celebrating something wonderful. I loved that you were able to respond the way you did!
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    • Martha
      June 3, 2013

      I know! People with dark clouds! I’m always taken aback by the negativity… but that’s my naivete. Thanks for the comment Michelle!
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  18. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance
    June 3, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your story. I do believe yoga can help you let go of things that anger or upset you. To me, it teaches you an ability to both control your mind and let it go at the same time. Control your anger and focus it on positive and let go of the negativity. Congrats on being able to invoke your yoga in such a difficult situation.
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  19. Kim@Co-Pilot Mom
    June 3, 2013

    What a beautiful message about responding to negativity with peace. I have never practiced yoga regularly, but the benefits – both physical and otherwise – sound amazing.
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  20. Kim
    June 3, 2013

    I loved reading your story!! And, I love the way you dealt with a potentially awful response!!
    This makes me think I really should do yoga because my response would have been quick, hateful and would not have helped anything!!
    Thank you for sharing not only your life story but your yoga story!!
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    • Martha
      June 3, 2013

      I’ve always been a quick to respond type of girl. Yoga has definitely softened that edge. Thanks for commenting kim!
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  21. Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl
    June 3, 2013

    Martha – absolutely AWESOME post. And exactly why I took yoga back up – for the valuable lessons taught about life.
    You returned the negative with LOVE in your heart. Perfect. Because it really isn’t a reflection towards you but one they are still dealing with. AWESOMENESS.
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    • Martha
      June 3, 2013

      It was definitely eye opening that I was able to see that…. surprised me more than anyone. Awesome comments Christine! Thanks!
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  22. Ilene
    June 3, 2013

    My oh my oh my is this lovely. You are My yoga teacher today, my friend. This is EXACTLY why I practice – and what a great reminder to me and to everyone what yoga does for us OFF THE MAT. LOVE. Just LOVE.
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  23. E @ adventure of E
    June 3, 2013

    Such an amazing story of how yoga is more than just an ‘exercise.’
    Like I’ve told you before, I found such peace and calm when I practiced yoga. I’m looking seriously of how to add it back to my schedule, because of that.
    (And yes, I’d love to get some yoga in with you when you’re on Oahu! And I’ll continue to sit in awe of your awesome yogi talents.)
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  24. Taylor @ Liftingrevolution
    June 3, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing your story Martha. It is such an emotional and beautiful piece. I am glad you have found peace, and I truly believe that yoga has a power unlike any other fitness. Thank you.
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  25. Lea
    June 3, 2013

    beautifully written. Thanks for sharing.
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  26. Jess
    June 3, 2013

    Wow amazing story and your response even more amazing!
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  27. Marcia
    June 4, 2013

    This was powerful. Yoga IS so much more. I often refer to my yoga in tough/uncomfortable situations. Thanks for sharing this Martha!
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  28. Ja @Ja on the RUN
    June 4, 2013

    That story is very touching. Thanks for sharing, This post is just beautiful and you said it well. :)
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  29. Sarah @runfargirl
    June 4, 2013

    What a beautiful place yoga holds in your life. Running is my “moving meditation,” but I can completely identify with what you have described here. And what a wonderful thing to bring peace into a potentially hostile situation Thank you for sharing!
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  30. Marcia @ findingfelicity
    June 5, 2013

    Ive been reading Martha’s blog for a while now. What a beautiful and inspiring post. This must have been difficult to share. I am so glad you were able to find a natural way to help with that upsetting experience.
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