Mighty Yogi of the Month: December 2015

Hi, I’m Denise and This Is How I Kick Asana!

Name: Denise DuCharme

Occupation: I am an attorney by profession and training. I am currently a Contract Officer, Dartmouth Clinical Trials Office at DHMC. I negotiate the industry sponsored clinical research agreements for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Favorite yoga pose: I have two: child’s pose and happy baby pose. I guess I like to stay in touch with my “little girl”/”child” side. 

Yoga is… a lifesaver for me.

What do you love most about yoga? That I can be who I am during yoga; there is no judgment.

My NON-guilty pleasure is… a long walk along the water, either at the ocean or on the rail trail along the Mascoma River.

What makes you Mighty? My inner strength, coupled with my desire for truth and justice.

What’s your yoga story? How did you start practicing?  I found myself as the primary caregiver for my sister and a secondary caregiver for my dad. My life revolved around doctors appointments, visits to the infusion suite and lengthy stays in 1 West at DHMC. In order to take care of my loved ones I had to take care of me. I had never practiced yoga before but I heard about YogaPiphany so tried it out. I enjoyed my first class (even when I fell over, and in true domino fashion, ended up toppling over a few other students). I became hooked. I found Nicole’s approach to yoga totally different than what I had heard and read about and really liked her style. Yoga was a release, not only physically but emotionally. I dedicated my practices to my sister. I dedicated my practices to all those suffering from cancer. I dedicated my practices to those I had met along the way in yoga classes for providing me with the love and support I so needed. I started yoga as a way to be healthy; to be grounded; to surround myself with love and support. My yoga practice is different now than it was almost four years ago, but I am blessed to still have Nicole and Tamara in my life, and I am blessed to still enjoy my yoga practices.

If you had a super power what would it be and why? To see into the future. Why? When we finally realized my sister was dying and I would be the only one left of our family of origin, Nanette would always say “God has a plan for you.” I’d love to know what that plan is, hence my desire to see into the future as a superpower. As a person of faith, I know it is not in God’s plan to lay it all out for me (or anyone) easy peasy. God gives us only that which we can handle. And, and this is a big “AND” He gives us people, places and events that help us handle whatever it is He gives us. He gave me a loving family growing up. He gave me yoga and kind and loving yogis to help me in the journey I would have to face alone because I would be the only one left of my loving family. So see, I guess I really don’t need a superpower. I have one: my faith.

When I wake up in the morning, I always do these two things… 1) Take a big stretch and thank God for the new day before me, and 2) Feed the cat, Chloe Yoga Kitty.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? My late mother used to say no matter how negative, find the positive. I try to live that. So no matter how negative my day has been I stop and find at least one positive out of any negative experience I had that day.