*namaslay by Candace Moore is a yoga book, yes…but it is so much more.
There was a time in my life when I thought yoga was a joke. I’ve never been super flexible, never been good at sitting still or being quiet while sitting still, and I never wanted to do it. Then life happened I guess. Or maybe I had to grow up and actually start adulting so I could raise healthy tiny humans. I don’t know. All I know is in February of this year I stumbled across Candace’s blog and it probably saved my life.
The stress of life was eating me alive. I was losing weight and rarely working out and when I did, I certainly didn’t give it my all. Instead of focusing on my workouts, I was constantly in my head, worried about life, my kids, my husband…all of it. And I’ve always been that person that tries to take on everything so if my kids were unhappy or sad or anything, I would take away their pain or sadness. If something was wrong with my husband, I did whatever it took to make him happy, even if I was running in 10 different directions. My friends, my family…I’d do anything for and I do…because I love them. But trying to make everyone happy…being there for everyone…it was causing me more stress and anxiety than I had ever known.
And it was probably killing me. I never felt good, I was always tired and being stressed out was my new normal. There I was, sitting at my computer one day…crying…and for some strange reason I typed in yoga videos, thinking that yoga might help clear my mind, or at least help me get back into working out and doing the things I loved. Candace’s videos on youtube were the first thing that popped up and instead of being intimidated by it all, I watched her practice. I watched the entire video without actually doing the video and I remember saying to myself, wow….I could totally do that. So I did. I tried it. And from the first video I did of hers, I was hooked.
It’s funny how we can make fun of something our entire life and tell ourselves that we could never do it only to actually try it one day and LOVE it. I adore yoga and practice daily. Candace is an inspiration to me. She inspires me daily to love myself…to be authentically me…and to do the things I love. When I saw she was writing a book I was beyond thrilled. And when I read the book, I was blown away. So much so, I read it in two days.
The book is absolutely beautiful. Cover to cover it is filled with advice, inspiration, and yoga poses. Not just pictures of her doing yoga poses but an actual breakdown of the pose, what it’s good for, and how to do it correctly without causing injuries. She adds in yoga sequences you can do at home and even throws in some 30 day yoga programs.
My favorite section is actually entitled “WTF is meditation.” Personally, meditation always freaked me out. There was no way I was just going to sit there for however long to think about nothing. But meditation has helped me learn about myself and my body. I now know what it means to listen to my body…to eat when I’m hungry, to sleep when I’m tired, and to take a break from working out if I need to. I’ve learned that I can’t be everything to everyone and I’ve become a much stronger individual mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Bottom line…If I didn’t do yoga I would still buy the book just for the story that Candace tells. Her life philosophy is epic and her story of battling Lyme disease is truly empowering. One of my favorite quotes comes almost at the very beginning of the book:
My wish for you is that you live your one precious life with fearless authenticity. That you avoid editing yourself to fit someone else’s idea of what you should be. My wish is that you know, from all your days of living in your own body year after year and from all your hard work-all your learning and doing the little things and getting out of your own way-is that you know exactly who you are and honor your greatness.
And that’s beyond true. We listen to what society tells us to be instead of becoming the person we were meant to be. namaslay tells us to be authentically you, to love yourself as you are, and take no shit. Learn, grow, be thankful, and defy all the limits you have set for yourself…not because you feel you have to in order to prove something to someone but to prove something to yourself…to prove you are enough.
*Note: This is not a sponsored post. I bought the book, read it, loved it, and thought my reader’s would too. There is an affiliate link for the book where I get a percentage of the sales but the review is my own.