Seane Corn and Deepak Chopra Talk God, Yoga and Service

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This week The Chopra Well features part two of Deepak Chopra’s interview with Seane Corn, the eminent yoga instructor and activist. Last week we discussed some of Seane’s key efforts to translate yoga into a path of activism. She addresses humanitarian issues around the world through her organizations Off the Mat Into The World and YogaVotes. This week we dive into Seane’s inner world through her “soul profile,” and a more complete picture of the yogini emerges.

Everyone, meet Seane — a self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl,” a spiritual being searching for a glimpse of the ineffable, striving to make the most of the time she has in this body.

Seane’s intent has been to use her talents and opportunities to help change the world, and it’s taken her around the globe — to Cambodia, India, Haiti, and the streets of Los Angeles. In addition to teaching yoga, she has devoted herself in particular to serving women, children, and prostitutes in impoverished areas of the world.

The work has been humbling, she tells Deepak. There have been times she lost sight of God in the face of such desolation. But always, always, something emerges from the darkness to illuminate her work once more. A smile, a kind word, a selfless act of kindness. It’s little wonder Seane identifies Jesus Christ as her greatest inspiration (despite being Jewish, she laughs). She admires his courage and compassion, his devotion to the causes of the weak. This is the path Seane pursues, the path of devotion and service. Because, as she says, how could she not?

What about you? How do you “give back” and serve your community? Tell us about your service path in the comments below.

Don’t miss part 3 of Seane’s interview next Monday on The Chopra Well

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  1. I love how she states that “The yoga practice, at first, was about MY body, MY health, MY life, MY own experience. Then, a little shift happened and the practice became not so much about MY health and happiness, but “How can I, through the practice of yoga, begin to impact or change the world?” What an incredible shift in perspective!