We’re counting the days until Namaslay® YTT Tennessee! These trainees are preparing for 3 weeks of study, hard work, and a whole lotta growth. We asked them to answer a few questions, so you could get to know them before the training. They’ll be checking in as the date gets closer, hopping on the Namaslay® YTT Instagram account for social media assignments and will give you an update on their progress during and after training, so read on to learn their faces and fantastic personalities. If you’re thinking of taking the leap and signing up for your own 200 hour yoga teacher training, after Tennessee in August, we’ll be back in Santorini next April. We’d love to see you there! If you have any questions about Namaslay® YTT, feel free to drop them in the comments or send us an email.
What's one important skill you think everyone should have?
Curiosity. It is so important to continue to grow and learn and explore. When you re curious, you continue to seek things that make you grow as a person and things that make you learn so that you become the best version of yourself.
In three words, what advice would you give to your younger self?
What's one thing you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
I think everyone should travel alone at least once in their lives, be it a road trip or something more extensive. Experiencing a new place alone just gives a new, unique insight into yourself and the world around you. It is also an awesome way to encourage yourself to meet new people.
In three words, what advice would you give to your younger self?
Trust your gut
If you could have coffee or tea with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would have tea with Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine. Through the music she writes, she just seems like an incredibly authentic and genuine person and I would love to actually get to know the woman behind the music that I have been obsessed with for years.
What's one thing you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Travel. There is so much to be learned from the world we live in and the people in it. Traveling and experiencing how beautiful and extraordinary our world is and experiencing other cultures is such a gift.
In three words, what advice would you give to your younger self?
Just love yourself.
If you were a breakfast food, what would you be and why?
Avocado toast because who doesn't love avocado toast???
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Earlier this month, I traveled to Amsterdam and France for a work trip mixed with a mini-vacation. I recorded tons of new content, including an exclusive podcast series for the YBC® app, and enjoyed incredible food, scenery and a little tourist life. Here are a few of my looks from the trip!
I know everyone loves those thick white robes hotels let you borrow, but I find them so stiff and uncomfortable against my skin, so I wore my PJ set underneath in the breakfast picture above.
A day at the beach calls for nothing more than a straw hat and bikini top (tag is ripped off and I can’t remember the brand) and bikini bottom.
Quick bite to eat
En route to a quick bite to eat, I was so exhausted here. No make up, so run down, honestly just wanted to get back to the hotel and go to bed, but needed to eat, so I threw on a cropped tank, GRLFND jeans (similar) and Fendi slides (sold out in black but here they are in red). My bag is Proenza Schouler, and here it is in lime green.
Out and about during a hot day I wore Agolde cut offs, sandals I got from a shoemaker in Greece, a Privacy Please bodysuit (here it is in neon and white) and hat. The bag is a press bag Beauty Counter sent me, and the necklace is Joolz.
Share your summer looks with me! Drop your favorite summer styles in the comments below, or post them on Instagram with the hashtag #ybcstyle. If you haven’t already, download the YBC® app and opt-in to see more of our travel adventures and listen to the podcast series!
Disclaimer: This video is brought to you by Kimpton DeWitt in Amsterdam. Thank you for supporting the companies that support YBC®.
My recent trip to Amsterdam was a little bit of a nightmare. Weather came upon us right before we were about to take off for Europe, so I ended up missing my connecting flight, which shortened an already super short trip by a full day. I had about fifteen hours in Amsterdam, so I was a little tired filming this, but it was perfect - yoga in bed is gentle, nourishing, and feels so good.
This practice is ideal for when you’re jet-lagged, run down, just waking up or about to go to sleep. You can do the entire thing, obviously, right from the comfort of your bedroom. If you have a bolster, I’d use that, but if not, a few firm pillows will work perfectly.
As always, move in a pain-free range, take breaks as needed, and please let me know how it goes for you in the comments section below!
Hi everyone! Today I’ve invited Molly Franken to share about her work in finding new life in vulnerability and authenticity. I met Molly when I was early in my Lyme Disease journey, and her message in finding your voice and having the courage to speak your truths resonates with me. Part of Namaslay® YTT and the Personal Growth and Yoga Retreat we’re hosting in Italy this October focuses on the introspective work to overcome our limits and connect with what we need to be our best selves, so to bring these tools to more people, Molly and I are collaborating on next month’s exclusive program on the YBC® app. Stay tuned for details, and check out the great discounts Molly included for YBCers who could use some encouragement and guidance. xo- Candace
Hi, my name is Molly, and I am a Recovering Human. What am I recovering from? Life. Just like you, and you, and you. Oh, and you too, way in the back, trying to hide from your deepest truth. I see you. It's okay, we're going to talk about that.
Let's start here: We are all Recovering Humans.
Life has a way of knocking us about quite a bit. We don't get a say in the number of hits we take, their impact, or when they happen, but we do get a say in the way in which we handle each circumstance that comes hurdling towards us. Sometimes we handle it calmly and with grace, surprising even ourselves. Other times we stomp, scream and curse our way through it. Being human is hard because, well, life is hard.
Almost a decade ago, I fell ill with Lyme Disease. It sent me on a deep voyage of self exploration and personal development. When you're lying in bed, incapable of all the things you've ever previously known, forced to let go of all the truest things you thought you knew about yourself, it becomes painfully clear painfully fast that you don't know anything. You are at the ground zero of knowing. You know nothing. At all. Everything you thought you knew has been blown up, so you are sitting there attempting to pick up the blown to smithereens pieces of yourself, but they are dust, falling right through your fingers, over and over again. The harder you try, and the tighter you grasp onto this dust of your former self, the more painful the experience becomes. All that productivity you used to depend on to feel valuable? Gone. All that planning you used to do in order to be in control? Gone. All that armor that you wore and believed provided a perfect character in the narrative of your life? Gone. All that fierce independence that garnered great pride? Gone.
How many times does this happen to us in our lifetime? Illness. Death. Divorce. Loss. Breakups. Disconnections. Moves. Fill in the blank. We are constantly losing the identity of who we thought we were and re-discovering ourselves. I can tell you that it took a long time, even once my illness occurred, for me to realize that the tools and coping mechanisms I used throughout the entirety of my life were no longer going to fly. Believe me, I tried. I had fancied myself an intellectual. I could outsmart life. I could use these life hacks to feel less and do more. I could achieve success. I could be as close to perfect as possible. I could never let others see me sweat. I could be the strong friend. I could never ask for help. I could paint the picture. I could I could I could, and I did. But then, I could not.
In the past decade of being a Recovering Human, I learned that in order to truly live, I needed to recover my human. I needed to admit my vulnerability. I needed to ask for help. I needed to let people know I was flawed. I needed to drop the facade. I needed to, basically, admit defeat. I could not outsmart life. I had to live it. I was human.
The human condition is the one thing we all have in common. It is our universal unifier. The human condition is defined as 'part of being a person'. We are all living the human experience, and in that experience we get to decide if we are going to step towards and embrace our most human elements, or if we are going to flee them. How honest are we going to be with ourselves and with others? Are we going to allow our truest human selves to finally be seen?
All of these questions and all of this unearthing brought me to what is now my work. In stepping closer to my own human, I wanted to step closer to other humans. I am a coach. I don't love the word 'coach'. It feels masterful and all knowing. I am neither. I'm human, remember?
My practice focuses on three different areas that have all proven incredibly meaningful to me along the way. They may seem unrelated to some or they may feel incredibly related to others. They include the following:
Recovering Human, as you already know, is born from my own experience of having to let go of my identity armor in order to fully live again. It is about releasing all that has kept us from our human-ness in this life. No one will go through life without loss, grief or hardship. We are all touched by this, and we are all regularly recovering from what life has in store for us. As we are recovering from these transitions, many of us can step further away from our most core selves, in order to protect us from further pain or in an attempt to control the narrative of our story. It is when we step towards our human-ness, our fallibility and our vulnerability, the very things that make us human, that we are finally able to live freely. We are all Recovering Humans deserving of Recovering Human.
Conscious Boundary Work is a practice we are all learning every day. Where are my personal edges? How can I communicate my own needs and wants? How can I show up as my best self? Learning to stand in our own worth by setting healthy and conscious boundaries can provide a container of living in which we can thrive. I like to say that conscious boundaries ‘are not just about saying no, but about saying yes to all the things that matter most’. Boundaries enable us to show up as our best selves.
Chronic Illness Support is exactly as it sounds. I found it difficult to find support that resonated with me through conventional means of therapy when I first became ill. It didn’t feel like my therapists truly understood what I was feeling or experiencing, or even how to provide tangible coping mechanisms in the moment. Because this was lacking, I was left to my own devices, trying to maneuver through. That saying of ‘be the person you needed’ is exactly what brought me to this area of my practice. I want to provide those struggling with a chronic illness or long term health issue with a space of understanding and connection they can rely on.
My work is important to me. I offer multiple methods of connection, whether it's 1:1 support, groups and online programs, or DIY guides. My goal is to hold space for any person looking to step closer to themselves. I am your co-excavator, biggest cheerleader and human teammate.
If you are looking to recover your human, I want you to think about what you are most scared of people seeing. I want you to write it down. I want you to look at it, feel it, live with it for a little bit. We know you've been living with it on the inside for a long time now. Allow it to take up some space outside of you. Then, ask yourself if this fear is serving you. What would happen if you let it go? If you let it remain outside of you, no longer a part of who you are? What could life look like? Revel in that picture.
I hope my introduction today welcomes you to own the most beautifully flawed human pieces of yourself.
I am also hosting a group program that begins this coming Monday, July 22nd. It is called The Boundary Project and is an 8 week group program that dives into the Self and healthy & conscious boundaries. There is new curriculum weekly, live coaching calls, group support and accountability, healthy boundary building activities and more. I would love for you to join. You can read all about it here. As a thank you, I am providing the YBC community with a $100 discount code to join The Boundary Project.
That code is: CANDACE.
I would like to provide a 20% discount code for my offering, The Chronic Illness Care Kit, as well. It is a 15 day guide with daily affirmations, daily writing prompts, daily self care tips, book recommendations and guided meditations. You can learn more about it here.
That code is: CANDACE
Last, and certainly not least, I would love to provide a code for those interested in 1:1 work.
$25 off our initial consultation together.
That code is: CANDACE
I look forward to connecting more deeply with the YBC® community along the way and can’t wait to hear from all of you. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments.
Hey everyone! Allow me to officially introduce the newest addition to Namaslay® Studios, Kait Ferguson. Kait teaches our Namaslay® Groove class, a fun and playfully challenging vinyasa flow set to hip hop tunes, on Wednesday nights in our summer schedule. She’s a fantastic yoga teacher, and her energy is the perfect addition to our team. If you’re looking for a practice to shake up your yoga routine, book a class with her ASAP! Get to know her a little better in her responses below, and give her some love in the comments! xo- Candace
What made you become a yoga teacher?
My yoga journey began in NYC after graduating from college. The yoga studio served as a place of solace, a way back to myself, during a time when everything was unfamiliar and chaotic – the city, my career, my early 20s. A year later, I moved to Italy and while my surroundings – the language, culture, food, people – changed, my yoga practice remained a constant. Three years later, I moved back to the US, and once again found yoga to be my North Star, guiding me back to myself. I became a yoga teacher in hopes of helping others the way yoga has always helped me.
How has your practice changed since you started teaching?
Upon completion of my YTT, I was shocked at how little I knew before. My practice deepened in so many ways. My self practice was hardly existent prior to teaching, but that’s my main form of practice nowadays. I try to meditate most mornings - I had never meditated before YTT. I think the biggest surprise to me after becoming a teacher though, is that while anatomy was so intimidating to me in high school and college, so overwhelming during teacher training, I find it to be the most important aspect of my teaching now. My practice is stronger - physically, mentally, emotionally, figuratively - since becoming a teacher.
What can people expect from your classes?
My classes are powerful and fun, with a focus on building strength while finding space in the body and heart through movement and breathwork. I completed my YTT at a studio that focuses on ‘aligned vinyasa,’ and that’s very much how I still teach. There is flow and movement and intelligent sequencing, but we also spend time learning the proper form and alignment of the body in poses, so we can receive maximum benefit from each asana. If we understand the body’s alignment, and the anatomy behind the asana, we’re able to move better and create more space in both the body and breath.
What advice would you offer someone nervous about starting a yoga practice or stepping into a studio for the first time?
Just get started. Don’t worry about anyone else at the studio because they’re not paying attention to you. They’re there for their practice, and you are there for yours. As for how to start: keep it simple. A yoga practice doesn’t have to be anything crazy or intense or long. Start with simple movements and focus on your breath - the inhales as they come into the body, the exhales as they go out. Check out a basics class at a studio (Namslay® Chill would be a great place to start!) or find a beginner class on YouTube, so you can start to learn how to move and align the body mindfully. Your future self is going to feel so much better and be so grateful that you took the small steps to get started.
When you’re off the mat, what are you doing?
I start most mornings with exercise - HIIT, strength training, or running. Then head to work at Burt’s Bees Baby. Free time is spent with friends and family, eating good food, reading, and traveling.
If you were a breakfast food, what would you be and why?
Does coffee count? I usually have bulletproof coffee for breakfast, so I’m partial to it. 😊 Let’s see:
Coffee is cultivated in many different countries, and I’ve found that I’ve grown the most during my time spent in other countries.
It’s prepared and presented in a variety of ways as am I. I love yoga clothes, but I’m all for getting glammed up.
Coffee is brewed both hot and cold and as a native New Englander, I’m a lover of all seasons and temperatures (though fall is the best by far for sure).
Any favorite books, music or movies to recommend?
I have such a hard time choosing absolutes because I’ve read so many good books, but here are some of my faves from this past year:
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Little Fires Everywhere
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
I’ve also been re-reading Harry Potter, and I’m enjoying it just as much as I did when I was little.
What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned in your yoga practice?
Yoga has helped me to develop a greater sense of what it means to be grateful. If I’m having a bad day, I jot down a few things I’m grateful for in my gratitude journal, or I’ll even meditate on it, and I can feel an immediate lift in my mood. I know that sometimes when things are rough, it can be hard to feel grateful, and during those times, it can feel like we’re constantly barraged by society to ‘be grateful’. But I honestly believe that there is always something to be grateful for. And when you truly feel that sense of gratitude within your heart, the whole world feels lighter and more filled with magic, including your own being.
If you could put anything on a billboard, what would it be?
‘Don’t believe everything you think.
You are rare. You are amazing.
And you are more powerful than
you could possibly imagine.
Pass it on.’
- Cleo Wade
Any favorite learning resources for yoga and/or business related things?
I’ve learned so much from following Candace, whether it be through her Instagram or her podcast, Namaslay®. She is a constant source of entrepreneurial business tips, and I’m always quick to soak those up.
I also attended the Business & Marketing Intensive at Namaslay® Studios, which was amazing. I learned so much valuable information and would highly recommend to any yoga teachers looking to grow their business. I actually work in social media marketing for a retail brand for my full time job, and while I work with influencers from the brand perspective, the intensive had a completely different spin in that it focused on yoga and how to build your business as an influencer. Super interesting.
Another yoga podcast I enjoy sometimes is Yogaland by Andrea Ferretti and Jason Crandell. Jason Crandell is a teacher for teachers and has so much knowledge to share. As for a marketing podcast, I love listening to Jenna Kutcher’s Goaldigger podcast. Can you tell I love podcasts? So much to learn, so little time! Podcasts for everything!
How can people find you? (Instagram, website, etc.)
Hi all! Namaslay® YTT Graduate, Jenelle Bleiler, and I are hosting a Self Care Workshop with a Yoga Nidra Exploration and Sound Bath Experience at Namaslay® Studios in September to help people understand more about the benefits of a restorative yoga practice, meditation and sound vibration in managing stress and anxiety. I’m really looking forward to the sound healing portion of the workshop and asked Jenelle to share with us a little more about how it works and what people can expect if they’ve never experienced a sound bath before. If you haven’t already, listen to this episode of the Namaslay® podcast where we talked more about sound therapy. Drop any questions in the comments, and I hope to see you at the workshop! xo- Candace
Jenelle Bleiler is a board certified music therapist with her degree from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA. Following her clinical internship, in which she worked at a site using sound healing with multiple populations, Jenelle attended the Namaslay® YTT in Tennessee and received her 200 hour certification.
Sound and Vibration
While sound healing has only recently begun to experience mainstream popularity in popular culture, its use dates as far back as ancient Greece. Many of us have heard the terms “sound healing,” “sound bath,” and “vibrational healing,” but what it’s actually all about? I’ll go into detail in the workshop this September, diving deeper into the techniques and uses of sound healing, but I’ll answer some FAQ’s here!
What Is Sound Healing?
Sound healing is the use of vibrating instruments such as crystal or metal singing bowls, tuning forks, gongs, and even the voice to bring balance to vibrations throughout the body. This practice stems from the idea that the body has certain frequencies, sometimes referred to as chakras, and when the chaos and outside energies of the world interfere with these natural frequencies within the body, it can make us sick, moody, or unfocused. The idea of vibrational techniques originally was to restore the naturally occurring vibrations of the body’s energy centers.
How Does it Work?
I know what some of you are thinking right now. “Bring balance to vibrations throughout the body? Seriously?”
But hang in there with me for a second. If you were to play a vibrating instrument near a glass of water, the waves formed on the surface of the water would change with the different frequencies of vibration. Look up cymatics on YouTube if you want to see it in action. The human body is approximately 60% water, and just like the vibrations affect the water in the glass, the vibrations also act on the body. Not only do the vibrations affect the physical body, but exposure to deep vibrations can decrease heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate, which in turn causes a change in the release of hormones in the body.
This release of hormones has shown sound healing to be effective in reducing perceived levels of anxiety, anger, pain, and stress, and participants often report increased feelings of relaxation, awareness, and focus.
How is it Used?
Vibrations can be applied from a distance, with a practitioner standing at the front of the room and playing gongs or walking through a room holding a vibrating instrument. They can be applied directly, like holding a vibrating tuning fork to a painful, arthritic joint for example. The vibrational instruments are also used to promote a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere, deepen meditation, focus guided meditations, or enhance mantras and intentions.
If you have any other questions, leave a comment or shoot me a message on Instagram @jennybeeyogi, and come to our workshop to learn more!
Hey everyone! YBC®’s Food Writer, Allison, is bringing us another delicious creation today! The summer inspired ingredients in her last post on Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Cake (yeah, you read that right) were so light and decadent; I bet pairing it with this chilled soup recipe would impress anyone seated at your table. Give it a whirl, and let us know how it goes! Share your masterpiece on Instagram with the hashtag #ybceats and tag @yogabycandace and @seeksatiation, so we’re sure to see it. - xo - Candace
Chilled soups are wonderful on these hot, hazy, humid summer days that we're in the midst of, so I have to laugh a little: this recipe requires boiling beets for 30 minutes, which is not the coolest activity.
Should I mention that I tested this recipe on a humid 90ºF day without a working air conditioner?
Well, once this soup was blended and chilled, it made for quite a refreshing lunch for my sweaty self. Ha!
Aren't these golden beets just dreamy? I love how vibrant this soup is! I can imagine it'd be just as vibrant with regular beets, but golden beets were calling my name one Saturday morning at the Union Square Greenmarket. I could not resist their call.
This recipe is amazing because it uses only four or five ingredients! I love the extra depth a little bit of olive oil adds, which could be your fifth ingredient, but it can absolutely be omitted. Otherwise, you're using golden beets, buttermilk, fresh dill, and salt. Boil, blend, chill, eat. BOOM. Adorn as you please; I saved a few chunks of golden beet from being pulverized in the blender to top my soup with, as well as a few diced scallions. If you can not find golden beets, no worries! Good ol' red beets will work perfectly fine here. No matter what, you'll find this is a satisfying, creamy, earthy soup to eat all summer long.
Chilled Golden Beet Soup
Be sure to tag your creations with #ybceats because we LOVE seeing what's going on in your kitchen. 😊
Chilled Golden Beet Soup (Makes roughly 4 cups)
- 4 - 5 medium-sized golden beets, greens removed
- 1 & 1/4 cup buttermilk, full-fat or low-fat
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
- As mentioned in the post, feel free to use regular beets if you can not find golden beets! Or maybe blend some red beets with golden beets and make a cool orange-colored soup…jeez, why didn’t I think of that before? Ha!
1.) Fill a large pot with water, bring to a boil, and add beets. Turn heat down to medium-high, cover, and cook for 30 minutes or until beets can easily be pierced with a fork. Drain, allow beets to cool enough to handle, and remove skins; skins should easily slide off of the beets. Dice beets and set aside.
2.) Add beets, buttermilk, dill, salt, and (optional) olive oil to a blender and puree until smooth. Test for flavor and thickness; slowly add more buttermilk - one tablespoon at a time - and blend until desired consistency.
3.) Place soup in air-tight container, place in fridge, and chill for at least one hour. The soup will last for up to 4 days refrigerated.
If you’ve grown tired of your typical vinyasa practice, or have done enough sun salutations to last you through the year, try today’s Funky Vinyasa Flow class. You’ll need a little warm up before jumping in to this creative sequence, so move in a way that feels good to you. This 10 minute warm up is a great place to start before we work on glute strength, hamstrings and obliques in this flow. If you want to amp it up after this 15 minute session, I added a new workout to the exclusive section on the YBC® app this week. It’s perfect for anyone getting back into the gym after a little time off.
Let me know how you like this class! I hope it inspires some creativity and brings energy to your day. If you like the unpredictable transitions, you’ll love the new class schedule at Namaslay® Studios. Check out Namaslay® Groove or a Namaslay® Flow and Go for more powerful moves that challenge you in new ways.
The summer schedule at Namaslay® Studios kicks off today, and we’re thrilled to offer 10 classes a week to our growing community in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Each class offers a unique twist on feel good movement practices, from mobility and flexibility work in my Namaslay® Chill class, to strategic strength building with Namaslay® Strength and Conditioning Coach, Dan Tavino, and challenging flows to hip hop music in Namaslay® Groove with the newest addition to our tribe, Kait Ferguson, we’ve got a little something for everyone.
Building community is a central mission of YBC®, so each Sunday at Namaslay® Studios, we’ll have a donation based class. Students will have the option of making a cash donation to the Namaslay® Scholarship fund which helps others in our community attend yoga workshops at the studio, or students can bring an in-kind donation for the Daily Bread Food Pantry in Danbury, Connecticut. Their most needed items are listed on the class schedule page.
We have membership options for first timers, looking to get an introductory feel for each class, and unlimited or class pass packages for people who are ready to move with us regularly. The summer workshop schedule is full of continuing education opportunities in Y4A: Yoga for Amputees®, meditation, inclusive yoga for special populations, self care and strength building, perfect for registered yoga teachers who want to receive continuing education credit with the Yoga Alliance, or curious students and community members who’d like to know more about the practice.
Our mission is this: We believe in inclusivity - that yoga and fitness is for everyone. We believe in giving it your all, working hard, and listening to your body. We believe the beauty is in the journey, and we value practice over perfection.
Come by and join us for a class or a workshop. Get connected to a community of people who want you to feel empowered to receive whatever you choose. We’ll look forward to seeing you on the mat!