For four decades I studied the public-broadcasting-and-ink-on-wood-pulp forms of yoga and meditation. Started in 1972 at age 19 with Lilias Folan on KQED in San Francisco. Later there were the odd paperbacks of varying quality and rare snippets from other TV broadcasts, podcasts and unplanned face-to-face encounters with formally trained people.
Sean Corns broadcast was another wholly accidental catch, and a strangely irritating one for its brevity. Never ever have I heard the benefits of yoga so efficiently,powerfully and humbly explained. Almost the first words out of her mouth were "I am not an educated woman."
I fell in love with her humility and was a total gonner after that.
As a classic born-again Christian, I always kept a vigilant eye cocked for signs of the satanic during these questionable explorations into mysticism. This focused attention produced (and continues to produce) its own unexpected rewards in the yoga/meditation realms. I am wholly confident that there is zero conflict between the two practices.
This Christian-Yoga issue is one of vocabulary only. The only dissonent note I heard from Sean was that her attempts to speak in the language of the Bible Belt ,when she works there, was viewed as controversial by some of her narrower(?) non-Christian peers.
I had a near-fatal motorcycle accident 5 years ago. My goals thereafater were to be able to walk, run, kayak and do my yoga poses again. Recovery came, with compound interest, through the gentle discipline of yoga; and especially through those soft, decades-old admonishments from Lilias to persist, but not to over-do.
The rewards of yoga and meditation are great and thoroughgoing. They are also far more that restorative.
Sean Corn has it right. She is clear. She does not over-state the case for yoga and meditation. Her bona fides are the hard knocks she so honestly revealled about her life & limitations during the braodcast. Her humbling experiences of trying to teach before she reached some troubled youth resonates strongly with my own experiences in that field.
This woman is remarkable and balanced. I hope to accidentally encounter her again.
Thanks to Speaking of Faith for this interview.
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