The practice of regarding all living creatures with compassion and respect elevates spirituality beyond one's own self-interest. However, many of us forget the importance of being compassionate with ourselves. Without self-love, it is difficult to truly love those around us. Additionally, a lack of self-love can sabotage our ability to take care of ourselves, which will hamper our ability to truly uplift those we love.
Yoga is often a great way to concentrate on things happening now instead of the future. This is important because the future is something that doesn't always go according to plan. Issues need to be dealt with one day at a time. Thinking about the future can put pressure on a relationship, which can lead to a problem that could have been avoided.