What Yoga Really Is

photo of Craft grad and Seattle yoga instructor Lily Meyers

photo of Craft grad and Seattle yoga instructor Lily Meyers

it’s not asana, but asana is one way to practice it.

From The Craft, I’ve learned that everything I do is yoga if it’s a practice of presence-- from sipping coffee to having difficult conversations. There is opportunity for yoga practice in every moment. There is an opportunity to get present through the breath in every moment. There is an opportunity to observe what arises, without reacting, in every moment.

Learning all this has deepened my commitment to yoga, and has deepened my commitment to a personal meditation practice, and to finding these opportunities for breath and neutral awareness in everyday life. I want to keep practicing these things, and deepening these practices, for the rest of my life. I want to keep challenging myself to practice yoga even in difficult moments, so that I can expand what I’m capable of, and help show others that a more peaceful way of being is possible. If I sustain these practices within myself, and then bring them to interactions with others, maybe the practice of yoga will spread and we will cause each other less harm.

That is my hope.

— Lily, Craft Class of 2018

Adrienne Kimberley