I knew that I was going to love Seane Corn’s long-anticipated Revolution of the Soul as soon as I opened it and saw Allen Ginsburg’s “Footnote to Howl”. This includes some of my all-time favorite words ever written in a poem: “The world is holy! The soul is holy! The skin is holy! The nose is holy! The tongue and cock and hand and asshole holy!”
Revolution of the Soul took me on a holy ride of understanding and application of what it means to truly learn, live, and be yoga…for real. Within these pages, Seane Corn shares her raw and relevant life stories examining the hard lessons through the lens of teachings from the Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, trauma healing, and Western psychology.
This book had me sometimes laughing, many times nodding in agreement, sometimes crying, and even at times pissed off and making hissing sounds. One of the most moving chapters, for me, is “Answering the Call.” In it, Seane writes about lessons learned from teaching yoga in a LA-area adolescent shelter. She reveals the introspection it takes to recognize how easy it is to fall into the binary ‘us and them’ even as what comes out of the mouth is ‘we are one.’ In each chapter, Seane includes commentary on relating yoga philosophy to daily life. In “Answering the Call,” it’s about prayer, dharma, and service.
Revolution of the Soul is for anyone who wants to find the wholly holy. As Allen Ginsburg says “The holy supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the Soul.” This is the soul that Seane shares here, with lessons shared from a life of introspection, yoga, and action.
R. Nikki Myers is the founder of Y12SR: The Yoga of 12 Step Recovery