Today’s restorative yoga practice is like a dear friend, a practice you can turn to for comfort and care. This practice provides solace, healing, and relief – key components of today’s core value, compassion. Compassion is fundamental to self-realization, survival, and connection with others. Without compassion you live in a constant state of “fight or flight” and are unable to attend to your deepest needs or the needs of others. Without compassion, you become trapped in protecting yourself or defending against others and the result is disconnection. As you practice compassion toward yourself you are better able to care for the suffering of others. Today’s exercise guides you toward living with compassion both inwardly and outwardly for a thriving, whole, and joyful life.