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Seane Corn Seane Corn yoga teacher. humanitarian. voice for social change.

Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and humanitarian, the National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS, and cofounder of Off The Mat, Into the World, a leadership-training program. [www.seanecorn.com]

My father passed a couple of months ago. His was a long dying, so there was a lot of preparation and a lot of presence in that experience. It taught me more about life than any other experience I’ve had. Standing in the presence of a passing made me recognize what’s really important and what my attachments are. It made me recognize my own mortality.

Right now, what’s most important to me are the relationships I treasure and life in general. I have more awareness of the fleetingness of life, that we embody these spirits for too short a time to take a single moment for granted, especially in our relationships, because they’re so impactful. They form our views, our joys, and our transitions.

My father died of cancer. He was a yoga teacher, as I am, so we had a lot of conversations about yoga and healing and forgiveness and transcendence. Yoga gave me the stability I needed to move through the grief process with an open heart.

If I didn’t have yoga, I think I would’ve been overwhelmed by the trauma of grief’s conflicting nature. On one hand, I was a 44-year-old woman losing her father who was very sick with cancer – so my reasonable side was happy he was going to be dead. But the ten-year-old girl that still exists within my cells was devastated to be losing her father. I realized that grief means holding both spaces sacred – the reasonable and the emotional, the 44-year-old woman and the ten-year-old girl – and that neither is right or wrong.

When I needed yoga was not when I was feeling emotional, but when I wasn’t, when the grief was so overwhelming that I had to shut down and disassociate. That’s when I knew I was no longer in my body. If I didn’t feel, if I didn’t respond to the loss, I’d make myself sick and depressed. So I’d get on the mat and move the tension so I could connect to the emotion and let it out.

Before my father died, he said to me, “I taught you how to live, and now I’m going to teach you how to die. One of them sucks, but I’m not going to tell you which one.” Then he said, “Just live.” That’s what I keep in my mind now. Who cares if it’s life that sucks or death that sucks, or if it’s otherwise – just live and be present to that living.

– Seane Corn

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