My Flower Child Granny
“Granny, were you a hippie?” “No, I was a flower child!”
Many of you have heard my journey with yoga and that it began in my granny’s living room. I thought I’d take a post to introduce her to all of you.
Dolores Ancona is my “flower child,” yoga-practicing, jack-of-all-trades granny. Her office is peppered with trinkets and different shades of purple. Directly above her desk is a small sign that reads, “Lord, grant me patience, but please hurry.” Next to the graduation announcement of her favorite grandchild (yours truly!) is a statement from William James: the greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
With certifications from A to Z, her specialties include aromatherapy, herbalism, and reflexology which she has practiced for over 30 years. She became a founding distributor of Solle Naturals in September of 2012 after making the switch from Nature Sunshine. In 2013, she was trained as a biblical naturopathic doctor.
Granny began practicing yoga in the 1970s when she discovered a book of yoga poses from her aunt. She attended yoga classes between Abbeville and Lafayette practicing hatha, vinyasa, and occasionally power yoga.
She fell away from her Catholic faith for years and was unhappy with the priests’ scandals. Her husband, Paw Paw Frank, was the driving force for her reconciliation with the Church. Eventually, she knew they needed to be together, worshipping together. She prayed as many of us do as a last resort before stepping into something big. “If you want me back, I need your help,” she asked of God.
She slowly began volunteering at the church down the road. Before long many Catholic priests from around the diocese were coming through her door for a reflexology session. Today she has over ten priests’ phone numbers in her contact list!
Meditation, she believes, helps us to focus on yoga poses and prayers. Centering the mind on the mass and practicing the postures in a class take the same type of yoga. The more we practice these exercises, the more the mind is open up. She took this idea to heart while going through difficult times in her life. When going through a divorce, she often chose walking or exercising rather than mass. She found herself not being able to concentrate in church but could easily pray in movement.
Her favorite bible verse is 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 which reads “For do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? / For you have been bought for a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” This scripture emulates her philosophy. To honor God we must treat the temple with respect and taking care of our body through a healthy diet and exercise does just that. The body, mind, and spirit cannot be separated, so it’s important for us to practice holistic health, that is balancing exercise, prayer, and nourishment.
When asked what she wants her legacy to be, she responded: “I want people to think ‘she made me smile and helped me feel better physically and mentally.’”
Peace and Namaste,