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A Conversation with SEANE CORN


Part I


Whether in the yoga studio or in the streets of India, Cambodia, Africa—and most recently New York City while occupying Wall Street— Seane Corn urges people to wake up and to heal separation. On a mission to shift indifference into connection, and to transform apathy into empathy, she lends her voice to numerous causes, encouraging yogis to step off the mat and into the world. She is on a mission.


Considered by many to be the yoga community’s leading activist, Seane prefers to think of herself as a humanist. Recognized as one of the most sought-after teachers in Los Angeles, she facilitates inner and outer journeys toward healing and empowerment. Seane speaks to Origin editor, Maranda Pleasant about harnessing the power of rage, risk-taking, and the importance of recognizing both the light and the darkness within—especially for our leaders.


–forward by Bernadette Birney


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MP: You have this energy that gets people fired up, excited and engaged. How does it feel now that you’ve become the face of activism and the voice of humanitarianism for the yoga community?


SC: Well, I appreciate that, and quite frankly, it makes me really happy. You know, when I started getting successful in the yoga world, there was a lot of attention on me personally, and that did not feel right for me, it never did. I felt very uncomfortable. I was grateful for it, I appreciated it, but something didn’t feel right. It wasn’t until I took the attention off of myself and was able to put it on to things that were actually really, really significant and important, like these different social causes, that I felt like I was totally in my purpose. That felt right, and like, “Oh, this is why I get so much attention. This is why I’m well-known in the yoga community.” I could have easily just kept it about myself and thrived in that kind of personal attention, but I don’t think that’s who I am. It’s certainly not how I was raised. But it suddenly made sense to me, why I got successful, and someone else didn’t. There are so many yoga teachers who are amazing teachers who have just as strong a voice as I do and have just as good a practice, so, why me? That’s where I feel like I’m completely in my purpose. I’m doing exactly what I think I’m here on the earth to do at this time. When I’m in an environment where I can rally people to act, or if I can support an action in some capacity, whether it’s overseas or in the


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