Many yoga teachers emphasize the importance of taking the yoga philosophy off the mat and into our daily lives. Yoga guru, fitness blogger, and author, Candace Moore, employs that same message — except Candace defines her unique philosophy as namaslay. It combines “namaste” with “slay” which encourages people to “lead your life with love, kindness, and compassion for yourself and others, while being driven by an undercurrent of determination and a belief in your own intrinsic strength.”
To spread the namaslay mantra, Candace not only wrote a book that goes into this philosophy, but also, took her teachings on the road. During her book tour, she held workshops while teaching yoga classes in cities like Austin, Los Angeles, and Chicago. She wanted to be able to connect with her students in person to share the namaslay spirit. Check out photos from the workshop and how you can employ this life philosophy into your daily life.
What does “Namaslay” mean to you?
Namaslay is a life philosophy that marries old world yogic principles of namaste which means “the light in me honors the light in you,” and the contemporary term “slay,” which means to go out there and give it all you’ve got. The namaslay life philosophy asks that you lead your life with love, kindness, and compassion for yourself and others, while being driven by an undercurrent of determination and a belief in your own intrinsic strength.
Can you tell us more about the book and what inspired you to write it?
This book is deeply personal. In it, I share my darkest struggles with depression and health after falling ill with a mystery disease that took nine doctors to figure out. By the time I was diagnosed, the disease had progressed so far that physically, I could barely walk, and cognitively, I began seeing major decline. The road to recovery was long and winding and that entire time was the lowest point in my life.
“And yet it is the time in my life I am most grateful for because when you go through the darkest period of your life, you’re forced to take a cold, hard look at who you are and see what you’re made of.”
What makes you who you are. You have to dig deep and make a decision: will you lay down and give in, or will you get back up, fueled by quiet determination, and march to the rhythm of a “Yes, I can” mantra?
Can you tell us more about the workshop in Chicago? What made you want to do a tour to promote your book?
It was a Namaslay themed yoga workshop. We had a packed house and such good energy! I incorporated lessons from the book throughout the workshop and read excerpts from my book throughout. We did partner exercises to develop strength for arm balances, and it was so much fun. It was so nice to match screen names from our online community to real, live, in-person faces.
What was your favorite part of the event?
I loved getting to talk with the people afterwards. It just makes the connection that much stronger. An online presence is great, but the in-person connections just make it that much more vibrant.
With writing your book, planning the book tour, and teaching yoga, how do you find time to take time for yourself?
I’m going to take a week off around the holidays to just focus on self-care.
I can’t leave my house without: My phone
My go-to breakfast includes: Spinach and egg scramble with sweet potato and fruit.
My favorite yoga post is: Dancer’s pose.
I stay balanced by: Lifting heavy weights, laughing lots, and making time to visit with family and friends.
Life motto: “Namaslay