Recently me, founder of BuddhiBox Yoga Lifestyle Subscription Box was interviewed by Yoga by Candace. Candace is a full time international yoga instructor and healthy living blogger who is passionate about yoga, food and nutrition, and living a healthy lifestyle. She leads classes and retreats all over the globe and shares her energy through her yoga videos, newsletters, and blog posts. Below is the complete interview on BuddhiBox. To learn more about Candace you can visit her website at http://yogabycandace.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She also has an infomative yoga forum on her website which can be found here.
BuddhiBox interview with Yoga By Candace
What was your inspirational vision for BuddhiBox?
I founded BuddhiBox on the mantra – Discovery, Union, Compassion. My vision was to provide a service to my community of like-minded yogis. A community that is curious and cares about taking care of themselves and the world around them. I hope that when people receive their monthly subscription they are discovering new products that help them do this. Reminders and inspiration to spend time on their yoga mat, their meditation cushion, or restoring and healing themselves. We live in a society where we are always on the go. We can’t remember how we got to work or what we had for dinner two nights ago because we are so over-stimulated that it creates a disconnect. We stop being active participants in our lives because we are too busy making a living, caring for our families, putting our energy into everything, everyone else but ourselves. BuddhiBox is there to remind you that YOU matter. You need to spend time taking care of yourself. And you should care about what you put on and in your body. I care. BuddhiBox is like the best friend that holds you accountable. That says okay Yogi, time to slow down and spend some time nurturing yourself. So you can nurture everyone else and everything else. But it all starts with YOU.
I work hard at bringing the philosophy of yoga, the 8 limb path into every aspect of BuddhiBox. That is the foundation.
Who or what has impacted you most in your career?
My parents and family. We come from a long line of business owners. Both parents, my brother, my cousin, my aunts, my uncles all have been business owners. Some successful, some struggled, but all hard workers that inspired me.
Prior to my dad passing away he asked me why I did not own my own business. He believed that I had the potential and the drive to create something for myself. My husband is the same way. I would come up with ideas and he would encourage me to push on and research on how to make these ideas a reality. But nothing really stuck. Because I was thinking of ideas I thought could be successful, money making businesses instead of what interested me. There is that disconnect. I was off center, not living my truth. When I became committed to the things that nourished me, like yoga, connecting with my community, and giving back – that is when I found my calling. The ideas came flooding in. I stayed up all night putting it down on paper, I was really excited and suddenly everything just made sense.
Do you have any mantras or favorite quotes?
Rumi – ‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.’
Dalai Lama – ‘Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible’
What is your greatest achievement outside of work?
The rescue work I have done with animal organizations. Animal welfare has always been a passion of mine. I have fostered all types of dogs – special needs, seniors, litters of puppies. I have worked on training dogs with behavior issues so they had a chance of finding a good forever home. I have organized events that have raised up to $10 K in support of rescue organizations.
There is no better feeling that getting a thank you letter, a photo, or an update from a family that has adopted one of my foster dogs. To see where the dogs start and then see where they are now, it is simply amazing. And to know that I helped by taking them in and showing them love, is the best feeling in the world. I will never really understand how beings can be so cruel and hurtful to other living things. But because of the work I have done in support of animal welfare I know that love conquers all. All you need is love…and a rescue pet. Adopt not shop.
BuddhiBox picks a different charity to partner with each month. How did you get involved in charity work? Did it start with BuddhiBox?
I have always been involved in charity work. Since the time I was young, I have always devoted time to helping others.
When I was 5, my mom would have me round up the clothes and toys I had outgrown so we could ship to our cousins and friends in Mexico who did not have all the luxuries we had in the US.
Then it continued through high school with visiting orphanages in Tijuana, testing water levels for the Surfrider foundation, and wrapping gifts for Toys for Tots. Seva is at my core. My mom has always said that I inherited my Great Grandma’s compassionate and gentle spirit. So it was passed down to me from a beautiful line of luminous women.
When I was in the idea stage of BuddhiBox and piecing together my vision for the business, the giving back element was an integral piece. There was never a question. BuddhiBox had to be an extension of where I came from and the core principles of yoga. As BuddhiBox continues to grow I want to create new opportunities and unique ways to give back. I wanted to create a business with a purpose. Yes it is great to be your own boss and to build a successful company, but trust me and I speak from experience, you can make all the money in the world but if you don’t have a sense of purpose, a reason to show up every day, something greater than you to devote your attention to, then you will never be happy. And giving back makes me happy.
What’s next? What does the future of BuddhiBox look like through your eyes?
Oh I have so many ideas. The subscription box and eCommerce site is just the tip of the iceberg. But it is my main focus right now. But in the next three years, I hope to continue to evolve, support more businesses, yoga teachers, non-profits. I am open to follow the path the Universe has planned for me. Open to receive and keep moving forward. The Buddhist believe that there are no coincidences. Rather, these events we call ‘coincidences’ are really just signs that we are on the right path. And so far I really feel strongly that every moment of my past has lead me here, right where I need to be. So I continue to trust.
What’s been a BuddhiBox product that really stood out to you as an exceptional product?
Oh gosh, that is a tough one. I will say this. The products produced by small businesses are made with so much intent and good energy that I have found a bunch of new items that I love and use every day. Everything I place in a box or carry in the on-line store, I stand behind. Not just the products, but the individuals that create them.
And lastly, what’s in your yoga or gym bag? Any favorite products you can’t live without?
Okay in no specific order and many of these I use when I teach.
- Bear’s Beauty All Natural Deodorant
- Frisky Fish essential oil roll-ons – any scent, I have a few
- China Gel – I am an addict
- Essential oil spray – I make my own with essential oils and water
- Hair ties. Just your basic black elastics. I save the pretty Dye Ties versions for when I am out and about.
- A good playlist. Yoga, running, dancing, you name it. I am a bit of a music fanatic so I listen to music constantly. So grateful for Spotify. I am a big fan.
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