Since going gray, I have received many wonderful comments from my yoga students each week in class! I certainly have a supportive network around me. Going gray was and is a very personal decision. I certainly wasn’t ready for a long time, and I will not judge another person’s decision about their own health and beauty choices. But I will say that it should be socially acceptable for a woman to not dye her hair. It was 9 1/2 months ago that I decided enough was enough. I was tired of covering up my hair with toxic chemicals every two weeks. I couldn’t keep on top of those gray roots! I tried henna, “natural dyes, ” and more — you name it, I tried it. Being conscious of my health and the environment is so important to me, and I felt that I simply wasn’t walking my talk. I said to Josh “I am done dying my hair, and it doesn’t matter to me who doesn’t like it.” I meant it, but it was still difficult at times. Those first few months were rough. Also, I did this during our big move and transition, an emotionally challenging time — so that certainly did not make it easier! But my family was so supportive, especially Josh and my girls. I am so happy I made this decision. I feel like me, and I am not hiding anything anymore. Some might think I look older. I would say to them: This is what a healthy 41-year-old woman and mother of two looks like — get used to it. We need to rethink what age means and what aging looks like. As a culture, we are not used to seeing women under 80 years old with gray hair, never mind women under 50 with gray hair! I am willing to bet that a lot of women my age are gray. Now I can’t wait for long flowing silver locks!