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Yoga Journal - - Editor’s Letter - Carin Gorrell Ed­i­tor in Chief

This month, I’m in­tro­duc­ing a new for­mat in my Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter, in which I in­ter­view one of the teach­ers fea­tured in each is­sue. The more in­spi­ra­tion we can glean from th­ese wise souls, the bet­ter! And be­cause De­cem­ber is our Best-Of Is­sue, fea­tur­ing some of read­ers’ fa­vorite ar­ti­cles from the past 10 years, our cover model, Seane Corn, co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World and or­ches­tra­tor of our year­long Game Chang­ers col­umn ( page 24)— seemed like the per­fect per­son to kick things off. Enjoy!

CG: What was your goal, your in­ten­tion, with the Game Chang­ers col­umn and work­shop?

SC: There are some ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple do­ing in­cred­i­ble work bridg­ing the gap be­tween yoga trans­for­ma­tion and so­cial jus­tice. I wanted to be in com­mu­nity, and I wanted to sup­port th­ese peo­ple who are do­ing great work who don’t have the same ac­cess or plat­form that I do.

CG: What was your fa­vorite mo­ment in the Game Chang­ers work­shop at YJ LIVE! in Estes Park, Colorado, this Oc­to­ber?

SC: What im­pressed me the most was how all of us teach­ers were or­gan­i­cally serv­ing some­thing big­ger than our­selves and work­ing off of each other. We were all very much con­nected to the end re­sult, and worked hard to serve that—and to serve each other in serv­ing that.

CG: What’s next on your hori­zon? SC: In­ter­est­ingly, I’m tak­ing a 4-month sab­bat­i­cal start­ing De­cem­ber 6, for 2 rea­sons. One is be­cause I’m writ­ing a book. The other is be­cause I’m 49 years old: Next year I’ll be 50, and I’m go­ing to be very in­ten­tional about step­ping into my next role as a fe­male leader in the com­mu­nity. I need to ex­hale, to take a look at what I’ve cre­ated, what worked and what didn’t spir­i­tu­ally, what I still be­lieve in. And I need to grieve, in some ways, my youth, my beauty, so I can open to an­other level of beauty, an­other level of self-ex­pres­sion.

CG: That’s in­cred­i­bly in­spir­ing. So tak­ing a quick mo­ment to look back, this is our Best-Of Is­sue; do you have a best-of Yoga Jour­nal mo­ment?

SC: I’ve al­ways loved the cover of David Life and Sharon Gannon, where she’s in Lo­tus Pose on his shoul­ders. That was just clas­sic, and so un­usual for Yoga Jour­nal at that time. On a per­sonal level, and I don’t want to make it about me, but my first Yoga Jour­nal cover was a “best-of”—it was a life-chang­ing mo­ment.

Here’s Seane show­ing me up with her one-armed Hand­stand. I kid! We were ly­ing on the floor. But if any­one could mas­ter it, it’s Seane.

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