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Rising Stars: Meet Candice Carbonell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Candice Carbonell.

Hi Candice, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
As with many stories of growth and transformation, min begins with a big challenge. In 2017 I went through some major health issues. I was trying to get pregnant with my second child and was having difficulty conceiving. This sent me into both a physical and emotional tailspin. I became obsessed with tracking my fertility and figuring out why I wasn’t conceiving and in that obsession I lost about 20lbs and began have really bad stomach pains- to the point that I would end up in the ER only to receive morphine to relieve my pain and zero answers to what was going on. On top of that, I contracted a rare form of mastitis (even though I was no longer nursing) and was set to be on antibiotics for eight months! I became weary of putting all my trust in doctors and realized how disconnected from myself and my body I had become. I decided to put a pause on trying to conceive and spend my time re-learning how to nourish myself. This led me to obtain certifications as a Nutrition Coach, a Life Coach, a Yoga Instructor, and a Meditation Instructor in the following three years.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Not at all! I have definitely experienced many storms and obstacles, but, as hindsight always show us, I would not be the person that I am today without those struggles. I went through a divorce, which was incredibly challenging to move through. Learned many hard truths about myself. Lost a handful of public classes and students through the pandemic. And I know that I struggle, still, with insecurities around living a life so different from many of my friends and peers as a single mom trying to make it in the world as a yoga instructor.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
For the past four years, I’ve been teaching yoga. I’ve taught in gym settings, yoga studios, online throughout the pandemic, and offered free outdoor classes here and there. As with many instructors, my practice and offerings have changed, shifted, and transformed over the (little) time I’ve been teaching. In the middle of the pandemic, I began offering mentorship guidance to newly certified Yoga Teacher training grads. Inviting new instructors to uncover and use their authentic voice, connect to their why, and gain confidence in offering their teachings, experiences, and gifts. This passion grew into a project I am really proud of and has connected me with some truly wonderful humans. This December, I’m offering a half-day retreat mini version of the mentorship at Soul Strong Yoga in Round Rock.

Earlier this month, I started a Yoga Therapy certification and have decided to take a small step back from teaching public classes. I hope to work more 1:1 or in small group settings guiding students through their challenging phases and growth.

My students know that I am passionate about movement. That I am deeply connected to the healing and freedom movement can bring us when we fine-tune it to our wants and needs.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Stay open and curious. There is something you can learn from everyone you meet. Often times you’ll find incredibly valuable knowledge from people who aren’t in your field. Along that same line, take time to drop the label or task of “networking” and just be open to meeting people. Ask lots of questions – people have really incredible stories and experiences that can inspire you in ways you never knew.

As far as finding a mentor, I feel that we’ll have many in our lifetime. And a lot of times your mentor will find you. My mentors have lead by example. Have held me accountable and been radically honest with me when I couldn’t do that for myself. And they prepped me to fly the nest.

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