The last few weeks have been tough for me personally but there is a lot professionally going on, and in recent days I've been reflecting on this YBC journey and thought I'd share some memories here in the hopes that it inspires you to reflect on how far you've come on your journey.
Earlier today I was at this tiny beachfront restaurant here in Greece. There, I had a little meeting to discuss future yoga projects in Europe. There was barely anyone there, not a cloud in the sky and just the slightest breeze to keep the warm temps feeling perfect. At one point, I had to stop, look around and take it all in. Deep breath. So grateful. A year ago, a Greek island retreat was just a dream. Today I'll welcome my third group. You truly can do anything you put your mind to. And if you can dream it, you can do it. #dowhatyoulove #girlboss #instagood #instatravel
The above pic was taken in May, 2015, just as I was about to welcome my third group to Greece for a yoga retreat. We just announced our next Greek island yoga retreat yesterday and we've already go a bunch of people signed up! Going to Greece was once just a dream of mine and I am so grateful that I've been fortunate enough to go a number of times, and get to actually bring people there to share in the beauty of the country.
Way back in 2014 I lead a corporate yoga event in Berlin, Germany. It was so much fun and so different from my usual teachings.
I loved doing these cut outs for the blog and I can't believe that now we have an entire book filled with cut out poses.
My first European retreat was in Ibiza, Spain at this incredible villa. The property had a yurt where we practiced every morning and evening. It was gorgeous, but got incredible hot because the covering was plastic - it was like practicing in a greenhouse!
In my personal practice, I've come a long way as well - here is the beginning stage of scorpion pose in 2013.
If you've been following for a while you know I've been working on this pose for years. Today? Touched mah hair! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 Ok it's not my head but still- it's progress. And it's reinforced this: Some days you feel like your practice is just meh. Not really going anywhere. And then a little breakthrough happens to make you realize that yes, practice makes progress. 😀 whatever you're working on - both on and off the mat - keep working on it. You will get where you want to go, promise. #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogabycandace || @shopprivateparty
And I made quite a bit of progress by 2015 above!
And it is ca-razy to see how much my body has changed over the years. In 2013, I had just finished antibiotics for Lyme disease and my gut was destroyed. I was underweight, had pretty much zero muscle, and was still struggling with joint issues.
My sprained ankle is healing up, there isn't a cloud in the sky & soon I'm crossing Africa off the bucket list. Just. So. Happy. 💜 wishing you the best day! and if you're local - I'm holding a beginner arm balance workshop in Hartford, CT on June 2. Link in profile. #yoga #greece #ybcgreece #ybcretreat
Two years later, you can see I've put on a good amount of weight, and looking (but most importantly, feeling) so much better.
If you ever find yourself being particularly tough on yourself, take a moment to reflect on how far you have come and how much you have accomplished. Be gentle on yourself, you're doing the best you can. xo