AN EXCERPT FROM OPRAH.COM/SPIRIT | ORIGIN COLUMNIST I Seane Corn
"Yoga means to unite. Its translation is "to come together and make whole."
It asserts that everything and everyone is connected and that there is no separation between heaven and earth, matter and consciousness, mind and body, male and female or you and I. Yoga recognizes that we are all one, all divine. If it is understood that there is no separation between the mind and body, then everything you think, feel or experience will have an affect on your cellular tissue. Your body remembers everything, and your health is often a reflection of your attitudes and perspectives negative or shadow emotions like rage, fear, unresolved grief and jealousy manifest as tension when repressed. Tension, stress and anxiety -feet the immune, hormonal and neurological systems and can leave u vulnerable to disease, illness and even depression. When you don't feel well, body or mind, you can more easily withdraw, get reactive and judgmental; all qualities that separate you from yourself and from each other. It is through yoga, spiritual practice and emotional processing skills that you are provided tools to help you understand and embrace your circumstances, emotions and life in a more holistic way.
Understanding your life's journey, its spiritual significance, and shifting your perceptions can move the physical and emotional tension and allowing , insight and transcendence to occur. Every time you practice yoga, moving your body and synchronizing those movements With your health, tension releases. Releasing the tension begins the process that ows you to feel and connect to your vulnerability. Vulnerability is what opens you to surrender, and it is only through this level of availability that you can truly know one other and God. Twenty-four years of practicing yoga has taught me that God is truth and love and exists in every moment, both dark and light. T his essence is in each experience and in all beings equally. Yoga has taught me that you are in a conscious body to learn what love is, not romantic love, although that may be part of your learning, but God-love, which is inclusive and infinite. In order to truly understand what this "love" is, part of the challenge of being human is that you will also have to experience and explore its opposite; what love is not. This process could take lifetimes. To truly understand the light, you must also understand the power and mystery of the shadow. It has taught me to embrace the shadow parts of myself- the ugly, shameful, scary and often repressed aspects-because without the wisdom the shadow provides, I cannot truly understand the power of your light, the depths of your beauty, nor your capacity for empathy. I cannot know, love or honor all parts of you unless I know, love and honor all parts of me.
Seane Corn is an internationally renowned Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher and spiritual activist. Seane utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to the HIV!AIDS crisis and impoverished and socially disempowered people across the globe. Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her cofounded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®. Seane is also cofounder of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, which has raised approximtely 2 million dollars for organizations in Cambodia, Africa and Haiti. More info at www.seanecorn. com and www. offthematintotheworld.org. July/August 20 11 Origin nMagazine.com 69