Why are you excited/happy/committed to sharing your wisdom at the 2020 Victoria Yoga Conference?
I look forward to the Victoria Yoga Conference every year. I love the more intimate setting, and that this conference is built on community. You truly feel a part of something when you attend. There are so many fantastic workshops and classes to choose from with great teachers. As a teacher myself, I leave each year feeling inspired.
The theme of the 2020 conference is ‘love is medicine‘. What does this mean to you?
If we all met life with love, in every moment, what would our world look like? If we all looked at each other, and everything around us through the lens of love, it would allow us to truly see. To see that we are all not different from one another. We have all felt grief, joy, fear, and hope. Love has the power to dissolve the imaginary lines that make us feel separate from one another.
What is your morning ritual?
Establishing a morning ritual has been one of the most potent, yet challenging practices. I begin each morning with some Ayurvedic practices – tongue scraping, oil pulling, warm lemon water, and abhyanga massage. I make a french press, and enjoy my morning coffee. After showering, I roll my yoga mat out to do 9 sun salutations, followed by mantra, pranayama, and then ending with meditation. Some days are hard, and I often want to skip it all, but committing to a morning ritual has helped me feel more grounded and at peace in the never ending “busy”.
Tell us about the book you would recommend over and over again.
A book that I always come back to is “Perfectly Imperfect” by Baron Baptiste. He shares his experience with the practice and teachings of Yoga, in a very raw and beautiful way. Plus, it’s a super easy read! It often comes with me to the studio for a little reading before I teach.
How do you build community?
In 2017, in Fort St. John, BC I opened a yoga studio, Cornerstone Yoga Collective with the intent to create a space that felt inviting for everyone – to arrive as you are, and feel you are in a safe space to just simply be. Just six months later, Alchemy Dance Collective opened. The drive behind opening a second business in such a short time was my two daughters. They both have danced since they were 3 years old (now 13 and 15), and their studio was not going to be reopening that fall. Dance is to them, what yoga is to me. It gives them nourishment, not just physically, but it allows them to be creative, and express themselves through movement and connection. Having these two studios has also given me the opportunity to partner with other local businesses, supporting one another as we continue to grow and build a larger community together. Both studios have also been an amazing platform to give back to those in need in the community.
Do you have a favourite quote you’d like to share?
This quote was shared to me by one of my teachers, Janet Stone.
“Enter deeply into your neurosis, your anxiety, your panic, your confusion, your suffering, and your fear – get to know it’s textures, qualities and fragrances, and allow it to take you into the secret chamber buried inside your own body. For within the mandala of tender, ripe aliveness there are jewels beyond the mind.”
– Matt Licata
Candace has been a student of yoga for about fifteen years, and a teacher for six. She has been fortunate to have trained with Randelle Lusk, Ryan Leier, and Srivatsa Ramaswami. She is a mom of two girls, and lives in Fort St. John, BC. Candace owns a yoga studio, Cornerstone Yoga Collective where she teaches full time.
The path of yoga has been a path back to self for Candace. Unpacking, and unlearning to realign back to truth. This path has shown her her greatest strength and grace.
She teaches to hold space for people to explore themselves in a safe place. To get to know themselves on a more intimate level. To move closer to the deep wisdom within yourself.
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