About the Designer
I'm Candace, the founder and creator of My little Mantra. I've spent the last 15 years exploring the world of the healing arts, including Herbalism, Energy healing, Crystal healing, Nutrition, Yoga, Meditation, and reconnecting to the sacredness of life. I deeply connect with and appreciate the natural world and attribute my most inspired moments to this relationship.
In 2008, I decided to make a drastic change in my life. I quit my three bartending jobs in Toronto with utmost gratitude for paying my way through school and fueling my crystal obsession (OOPS! I mean collection;). I sold almost everything I owned and went to India to explore the world of Yoga.
This was the beginning of a new adventure that led me to Tulum in 2009, where I called home for the next eight years. During that time, I began the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. I felt a profound sense of discipline, dedication, and clarity that no other yoga style evoked. And so, I decided to go back to India, this time to Mysore, the source of the Ashtanga Yoga practice.
"What I can dream, I can manifest."
India is where I made my first mala. What started as a desire to create and personalize something that I could wear as a reminder of my mantra, 'what I can dream, I can manifest,' quickly grew into something much more powerful. I found a state of stillness in mind and body with every bead strung, and every knot in between. This became a sort of creative meditation.
The seed was planted.
My interest in this meditative process evolved, and I began to rediscover and reconnect with parts of myself that had been dormant for so long. My daily meditation practice gave me a renewed sense of wonder, creativity, purpose, and confidence in my connection with all of existence. I saw the power in this, and I knew it was something I wanted to share with the world.
My Little Mantra was born out of an inner drive to share my experience and encourage others to cultivate a practice that helps us heal so that we may show up in the world with more integrity, authenticity, and alignment with the natural world.
Here and Now.
I now live in the breathtaking, mystical mountains of Sintra, Portugal, surrounded by wild beaches and serene eucalyptus-scented forests. I still love, value, and cherish the process of making malas. As the business grows, I intend to keep it at a level where I can continue to make them myself, with as much love, intention, and attention to detail as that very first mala.