by Juan Villegas, E-RYT® 500

When I Travel I Feel More Connected

In 2015 I began traveling to teach Yoga Teacher Trainings around the world. Every so often I used to leave my home for a few months to teach yoga students who wanted to become teachers, that gig lasted about 5 years, until COVID-19 happened. I love to travel and when I travel I feel that all my worries disappear, I feel at home! Throughout my life I have lived in different cities in Colombia, Denmark and Canada and I feel that the more one travels and sees the world the more one feels part of a collective, the collective that lives on earth. I grew up in Medellin, Colombia and I consider that city my first home, then I lived in Kolding (Denmark) and several places throughout Canada like Vancouver, the Okanagan, Vancouver Island and Toronto. 

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by Juan Villegas, E-RYT® 500

How to Be a More Compassionate Human

There is great importance in creating compassion for yourself so you can spread that care to others. I find it interesting on flights when during the emergency protocol announcement the flight attendants stress that you need to put your own mask on first before helping anyone with theirs.

This used to be difficult for me to understand. I thought that if I were a parent I would put the mask on my child first. Now I understand the reason, how can you help others put on a mask if you are struggling for oxygen yourself? If you are a compassionate person who wants to help others, as we are as yoga teachers, it’s possible to do too much for others before we consider applying that compassion to ourselves.

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