Unless you’ve been living high up in the Himalayas without wifi, you’ve likely had moments of feeling despair, fear, perhaps even helpless about the current state of violence and discord in the world. I woke up a few months ago, after the Orlando shooting, and felt the weight of grief on my chest. I immediately thought to myself, “I want to talk to Seane Corn. I NEED TO TALK SEANE CORN.” And so this episode came to be.
Seane is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism and inspirational style of teaching. She utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to humanitarian issues—in 2005, she was named “National Yoga Ambassador” for YouthAIDS, and in 2013 was given the Global Green International Environmental Leadership Award. Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®.
Seane is not a person to sit idly by wincing and worrying about things — she takes action. And she’s a complete salt-of-the-earth, damn good person through and through. I’ve seen that firsthand.
I talked to Seane about how she came to be an activist and how she mentors others to do the same. Along the way we covered so many other things including:
- Her childhood experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how yoga helped her (as a young adult)
- Why she uses the word God in her teaching
- The understanding that we are all connected, but we’re not all the same (not given the same opportunities, privileges, etc.)
- The six daily nonnegotiables for Seane that allow her to do her work and stay steady
- How we are often magnetized to causes that reflect our own trauma — and how to work with that
- Ideas for how the yoga community can have a powerful impact and create positive change
“To not be of service feels like I’m only recognizing a fraction of the power of this practice.” — Seane Corn
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