The Study of Yoga: Getting Close to the Source

Most of us that practice yoga here in the west  have stumbled upon a Vinyasa Yoga class. For me, this practice is what got me hooked on yoga. The intricate sequences, those moments that your body and breath truly become one… the intelligent way of linking postures together to create a flow that is just right for every body in the room…

The Vinyasa Yoga lineage was largely influenced or perhaps founded by Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. His way of teaching changed yoga. He was innovative and taught asana to suit each student’s needs.

My path of a student started with Randelle Lusk in the small northern BC town of Fort St. John. When I had registered for my first 200 hour Vinyasa training I had never heard of Krishnamacharya. The deeper I grew in the  practice, the more intrigued I became with the history and philosophy. After my first training I began teaching full time, and my hunger to learn more continued to grow.

Through workshops, and festivals such as the Victoria Yoga Conference, I was introduced to Ryan Leier. His knowledge of the philosophy, and traditional teachings called to me. The more I studied, the more I wanted to learn.

I was fortunate to be able to study with Ryan in 2017, and this past summer he encouraged me to study with one of his teachers, Srivatsa Ramaswami, a direct student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Ramaswami studied with Krishnamacharya for over 30 years.

We started each morning with a 2.5 hour Vinyasa Krama asana practice, followed by pranayama and meditation. Each afternoon we had a 2.5 hour lecture on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and ended our day with more asana, pranayama, and meditation.  He told us stories of his Guru (Krishnamacharya) and chanted in Sanskrit. So much knowledge and wisdom. I have never felt more alive.

To be able to study and learn from someone so close to the source, was truly an honour.  To have that opportunity is something I will forever be grateful for.

My journey as a teacher continues to grow, but my path as a student grows deeper. Each of my teachers has come when I was ready… each one carefully placed on my path. Just as we create a Vinyasa sequence. Carefully placing, and linking each posture, each moment. Preparing us for the next sequence.

I don’t know what comes next in my journey, but I do know whatever comes, I am ready.. and in the words of Ramaswami, “everything will be hunkey dory”.

Are you ready?

Hi, I’m Candace Soderberg. ​I have been a student of yoga for about fourteen years, and a teacher for five. I have been fortunate to have trained with Randelle Lusk, Ryan Leier, and Srivatsa Ramaswami. I am a mom of two girls, and live in Fort St. John, BC. I own a yoga studio, Cornerstone Yoga Collective where I teach full time. The path of yoga has been a path back to self. Unpacking, and unlearning to realign back to truth. This path has shown me my greatest strength and grace. I teach 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 you, and me.