Through my teaching journey, I have found a much bigger capacity for compassion than I had before I started on my yoga path. Before I found yoga, it wasn’t that I wasn’t compassionate, it was more that I didn’t understand why people didn’t see or feel things the way that I did. If I wanted to go out and do something and my friends didn’t feel like it, I would often time feel annoyed because I wanted to do something, so they should too. Or at work, if someone didn’t get what I was trying to show them, I just couldn’t understand what they weren’t getting and it was very frustrating. It was a self-centered way to be and I was miserable, I didn’t realize it was because of my lack of compassion. When I began my teacher training and even for the first little while as a certified teacher, I didn’t see that everyone has a different experience of a pose in their body. Then, over time I came to realize that I have a very different experience of some poses in my body than many of my students do. It dawned on me that everyone leads very different lives and has vastly different life experiences which translate into their bodies and I had to honour that. If I teach a class in the “after work hour(s)” than I have to make it a stress-free class because these students could have had a very stress-filled day. if someone tells me about an injury they have, it’s my job to ensure they practice safely. This has crept into my daily life as well. If someone is angry, upset, frustrated, etc. I always try to see things from their point of view and understand them, rather than react to them. I feel it is so important to have compassion for those you interact with often, not only is it a nicer experience for them, but it helps you to stay more at ease and at peace with situations. The thing is, everyone thinks they have compassion, and we all do to a certain degree, but trying to actively understand and be compassionate rather than react to situations is so much easier said than done. It is a journey that I think would benefit everyone to work a little more actively with. I love that through yoga and particularly teaching yoga, this has happened naturally for me, it’s one of the many reasons that I LOVE teaching!