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I find that especially with activists, they move so much physical and mental energy through their bodies and they’re so passionate. There’s so much fire. It’s really interesting and inspiring to hear how you handle that as a physical process.


In any kind of great leadership, very often we just get so used to taking care of everybody else, doing what needs to be done, going on overdrive, and burning out.


I like going to this place with you and I like how I don’t have to dig. It’s right there, there’s no mask. You’re transparent. You get meaty... This is why we started this magazine, so women would have a voice. People that don’t usually have a voice will have a way to transform their lives with topics that aren’t usually addressed. Real issues. I feel like it’s important for people who have never had a voice, people who have been abused, minimized and marginalized. They're saying,"We’re not going to be ignored anymore. We’re not saying that we’re right, but we are saying that we’re here.” That’s what I’m seeing. Conscious people are rising up. There’s a huge shift happening.


Yesterday in my speech at Occupy Wall Street, it just came out of my mouth and even as it came out it rang so true to my heart, I said, “This is not a movement, this is an awakening.” I didn’t just mean in terms of what was happening with Occupy New York, or in all the other cities where people are occupying, I meant in general. This is an awakening. People are waking up and realizing that the real change that has to happen has to happen from within, and that transformation cannot happen without action. And action is going to be reliant on the individual. What’s happening is that people are waking up and they’re realizing that they have to speak and they have to insist on being heard and that we have to work together in communities to make that happen. I agree 100% that this awakening is happening. I have never felt more proud to be alive, even though there’s so much conflict in the world, I’m so excited by the possibility! It can go in either direction. It could go downhill so fast, or it can shift and we can have the life that we always dreamed.


What I can’t stand is the middle path of indifference, inertia, and stagnation.


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Because as light as I can go is as dark as I can be, and I don’t want that darkness to override anything that’s coming from my heart.


We need our leaders not to be burned out. That’s why for me, self-care is so important, especially emotional self-care. Other kinds of self-care, like: “I could really use a manicure, my roots are like six inches long right now.” That kind of self-care I kind of bypass here and there, but my emotional work, never. Because as light as I can go, is as dark as I can be, and I don’t want that darkness to override anything that’s coming from my heart. And so I’ve got to make sure I’m doing my own self-care, my own emotional work, if I’m going to be the kind of leader I want to be.


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Even though right now it’s a little uncomfortable, growth is uncomfortable. I’m proud of all the people who are out there choosing to speak, and even more importantly, those who are choosing to be the voice for the voiceless. This is what we get to do. It’s what we get to do! For me personally, it’s a right that I refuse to take for granted and refuse to apologize for, and if I come across as a loudmouth, New Jersey broad, I don’t care! Life’s way too short. What’s happened in the world has happened because the people with the power are the ones that acted, they’re the ones that spoke up, the ones that took charge, and the other ninety-nine percent kept their mouths shut. It’s not okay. What we stand for in the yoga community is 100 percent truth, 100 percent justice, 100 percent unity, 100


percent of the time.


It’s not about the 99 percent or the one percent, it’s about the 100 percent coming together and remembering that we’re one.


This is a stand that, I think, any soul can take, regardless of your political affiliation— to take the stand for unity.


[Pause] Just taking you in, Seane Corn... [Laughter].


That’s a little scary. That’s a lot. [Laughter] Not everyone would want to do that!


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