gospel of sweat recap



The very first Gospel of Sweat happened last Friday in New York City at the Riverside Church. Over 800 yogis, dancers, riders, and runners, came together to dig deeper into the inspiration behind our perspiration - a testament to the cultural shift that is taking place across the globe. We celebrated spirituality, community, and the personal journey that is our practice.

Watch a video recap of the event here:

sweat seekers united

There were many elements that went into creating the Gospel of Sweat. The space was magical; built in 1927, the architecture of this church in Harlem looks like it was plucked out of a European city. The crowd’s energy was contagious, and you could tell this diverse mixture of sweat-seeking New Yorkers bring their practices into all aspects of their lives. The ingredient that converted the Gospel from an event into a transformational experience was the incredible line-up of influential leaders: Suzanne Sterling, Schuyler Grant, Kay Kay Clivio, Melanie Griffith, Alan Finger, Gabrielle Bernstein, Kerri Kelly, Elena Brower, and MC Jeff Krasno. It was like being in the best yoga-spin-meditation class that you could ever imagine.

a recap of the night

Suzanne gave us all goose bumps as she sang songs of freedom in her powerfully angelic voice.

In reflecting upon her “calling” to be a yoga teacher, Schuyler told us of how she discovered that one’s calling is not something decided for you, but rather your choice to honor who you are.

Kay Kay shared the turning point where “getting a good workout” turns into something more.

With the same passion she inspires us with during a hard climb, Melanie brought us on a timeline of her life from lawyer, to mom, to teacher, to cancer survivor, to “mind-body-cardio” warrior.

Alan, a literal lifetime-yogi, guided us through the meditation that has allowed him to find calm inside, no matter what is occurring in the outside world.

Gabby enrolled a whole new troop of “spirit junkies” as she described how the moment that life brings us to our knees - the moment we know we have to change - is the greatest gift we can experience.

Kerri Kelly engaged us in her dedication to yoga-activism via Off the Mat Into the World and challenged us to empower ourselves as a community through voting.

Elena Brower shared how her biggest life lesson through yoga thus far is that we are the one’s responsible for the environment of our minds.

there is only one teacher

The common theme that kept re-emerging as each speaker took the podium was that though they are all teachers who have the ability to impact many, there is only one teacher that ultimately will change your life: you.

What is your Gospel of Sweat?

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What a well written reflection on this event. I studied the world religions in university and am now working in employee health management as a career. This essential element, intrinsically valuing our health, is somethig we define and are in control of, although the environment in which we live creates opportunities or challenges we must consider.

So… What’s my gospel of sweat? Honoring the needs of the self- giving ourselves permission to be important, taken Care of, and challenged grows us in unimaginably positive ways. Also, in the spirit of lulu: GOALS! Super critical speaking light and life into our minds, hearts, bodies. Thanks for the recap and he ability to reflect on this thought. Amazing collective spirit & strength at the gospel of sweat!

Comment by Stephanie alaine — September 16, 2012 @ 10:02 am


Wow. Just wow.

My Gospel of Sweat is in the shift I choose in a moment of time. That moment where the sweat bead just starts to appear in yoga, on a run, in the gym, and I am in it, thick. It is up to me to make the choice to continue to move from one space in my mind to the next – and in that move, make it a powerful one, and rock it. #awarenessmeetschoice

This event is amazing. I vote for next Gospel of Sweat to rock LA!

Comment by Jacki Carr — September 16, 2012 @ 10:04 am


My gospel of sweat is respecting that my mind isn’t the only connection I have with God. I can honor Him with every move of my body. Every drop of sweat is something God is helping me with. Every savasana is a time He is holding me.

Thank you for sharing a recap of the event! I second Jacki- come to the West Coast!

Comment by Elle — September 17, 2012 @ 2:01 pm


A Gospel Tracts for Kids is very essential for their inner building; hence you need a proper tract to enhance the soul of the kid.

Comment by Gospel for Children — September 18, 2012 @ 6:37 am


I want to learn more!!! Please send info when you can!

Comment by Leslie — September 18, 2012 @ 3:07 pm


Sounds like a great event. Will any full length video be available? Would love to see it if so.

Comment by steve — October 13, 2012 @ 9:56 am


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