Laura Banks is inspired by and seeks to strengthen the capacity to thrive and find meaning throughout life, especially through the cultivation of compassion. Life has been her greatest teacher as she raised her family around the world in a multitude of circumstances. In 2018, Laura completed teacher training to become a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT) Instructor, dual-certified by Compassion Institute and Stanford University. Long before this, however, time at Willow Street Yoga as a student and graduate of the yoga teacher training program (2011) informed her exploration of embodied compassion. For this, she is forever grateful. Laura is honored to return and come full circle in sharing lessons learned and evidence-based practices to cultivate compassion. Joyful things in Laura’s life include her family, their dog Harold, running and yoga, poetry, time with friends, and tasty food prepared and shared with others.