Jane Lanza: Hi. Welcome to another episode of Yoga Now CNOW.tv. I’m your host Jane Lanza. Our guests today are Todd Otten and Candace Taylor. Welcome to the show.
Todd Otten: Thank you, Jane.
Candice Taylor: Thank you. I’m happy to be here.
Jane Lanza: Today our show is about ordinary people living extraordinary lives. These two individuals have been transformed by the power of yoga as have many of us who walked yogic path.
Candice Taylor: In 2007, when I moved to Vermont, after probably one of the most difficult experiences in my life, I had been in an incredibly violent marriage for about 5 or 6 years, and it took quite some time and courage to leave that relationship. So once I did, I relocated to Burlington, Vermont. I fell into a yoga class, and it really helped me in that process in my life, where I was deeply emotionally just devastated and lost. I was a dancer. That was my background. I had been a dancer all my life, since I was a little girl. Took professional ballet, tap, jazz, and in college I was working very closely with the head of dance and was doing Afro-Cuban dance, West African dance and dancing. Whenever I could know or experience the word “freedom,” it was through dance and body movement. So I decided that yoga would be a good opportunity for me to maybe reconnect with myself in an empowering way at a time when I didn’t feel so powerful.
Todd Otten: I started off in this practice a few years ago. I was depressed and recovering from injury and multiple surgeries that didn’t work out. It was suggested to me to try yoga. My doctor referred me to some yoga therapy, and I got involved in that. The next thing you know my yoga therapist was encouraging me to get out into the community and take regular yoga classes in yoga studios. I started doing that, and that basically opened up a whole new world for me.
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