Seane Corn: Yogis for an Enlightened Planet Colorado
Do you use yoga as a stabilizing practice to find emotional balance? Often times, all we need is a trip to our mats to rid our physical and mental spaces of toxins. Since it is now a commonly held belief amongst many of today's leading health care practitioners (like Dr. Mark Hyman) that stress causes illness, yoga's stress reducing benefits make it a lowcost and low impact method of therapeutic healing during difficult times. In this Speakeasy lecture from Wanderlust Colorado 2012, Seane Corn describes how she uses yoga as emotional therapy and how it saved her life.
"The reason that I focus on my practice is because I operate on a very high level of stress. I'm not an easy going person, I very quickly react to injustice, whether it's appropriate or not. The physical practice helps me release the tension so I know how to respond from a place of love," Seane explains.
Seane then delves deeper into describing her innate tendencies towards tension, stress and injustice, "I don't know what my karma is, but my mom said I was born angry but didn't have the language to communicate what was upsetting me and that I would get hysterical. I would hit things, I'd do anything to purge the feeling, I developed an obsessive compulsive disorder because the big feelings would come up and they'd cause anxiety and I'd need patterns [of expression]."
"Yoga became my way to cleanse myself of the tension and take care of myself. Yoga saved my life, without it, who knows? I could be dead from drugs somewhere."
To learn more Seane's struggle with tension, stress and anger towards injustice and how she found freedom and therapy through her yoga practice, watch the complete speakeasy video.
"I began to see that if I really want to heal an injustice, the first place I need to start is right in here," explains Seane, "Every day I have to ask myself, where am I in my relationships?"
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism and inspirational style of teaching. A strong and articulate voice for social change, she started her activism work by creating the yoga program for L.A. shelter “Children of the Night”. Since 2006, her work has been focused on training leaders of activism through her cofounded organization Off the Mat, Into the World® and bringing awareness to the HIV/AIDS crisis. To learn more about Off the Mat, check out their website here.
Wanderlust Festival is indebted to Hay House who helped us realize the entire 2012 Speakeasy Lecture Series across all four festivals (Stratton, VT in June 2012; Copper Mountain, CO in July; Squaw Valley, CA in late July; and Whistler, BC, Canada in August). With Hay House's amazing roster of speakers (which you can witness in person at their incredible "I Can Do It" events), it's no wonder that they helped elevate the conversation at Wanderlust's Speakeasy this past summer. We encourage you to stay tuned to the Hay House FB feed to make sure you know the next time one of their authors is speaking near you.
Stay tuned to our Wanderlust networks (Youtube | Facebook | Twitter) to catch our weekly Speakeasy Video releases from the likes of Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Irshad Manji, and Waylon Lewis (from Elephant Journal) and so many more.