the gospel of sweat
posted: August 27, 2012
Are sweat sessions the new church? Read on as Erin from our Union Square store in New York talks about the growing movement we’re calling the Gospel of Sweat. And if you’re in NYC, join us at the Riverside Church September 7th to explore this topic more.
a connection to something bigger
It was six months into living in New York City during a Daft Punk themed spin class that my sweat turned spiritual. The instructor was an angel by the name of Clare Veronica Walsh, and it was at that moment that I tapped into a strength that I had never experienced. As athletes, yogis, and dancers we all have a moment when we realize that our practice is our connection to something bigger than ourselves. This greater idea of community also provides a connection to something that lives within us, and a new responsibility to honour it.
In today’s culture, more and more people are building metaphorical sanctuaries on their spin bikes, temples on their mats, and churches within the walls of their dance studio. Times that were once reserved for religious service attendance, are now reserved with equal dedication for yoga and fitness classes. This kind of spiritual practice is highly individual in that the power is not in the search for answers, but in the recognition that we already have them. Whether through chaturangas or sprints, grande jetes or push-ups, we are peeling something very physical and mental away to tap into the core of our spiritual being. We pray through our pores, period.
On September 7th at the Riverside Church in NYC, we will host the first “>Gospel of Sweat, which is a night of inspiration and intellectual discussion around how what many view as a healthy lifestyle or fitness activity contributes to the spiritual wealth of our community and culture. Led by some of the most influential leaders in the yoga, dance, and fitness worlds, they will “preach to the choir” in a TED-style panel talk. Leave your mats and spin shoes at home and join us for a night of discovery, learning and fun next Friday night!
Jeff Krasno, founder of the Wanderlust Festival
Schuyler Grant, yoga teacher, founder of Kula Yoga
Alan Finger, yoga teacher, founder of ISHTA Yoga
Elena Brower, yoga teacher, founder of VIRA Yoga and the Art of Attention
Kerri Kelly, yoga teacher, Executive Director of Off the Mat Into the World
Melanie Griffith, spin instructor, SoulCycle
Kay Kay Clivio, yoga teacher, Pure Yoga
Suzanne Sterling, musician and yoga teacher, Off the Mat Into the World
Gabrielle Bernstein, author of Spirit Junkie
If you’re in New York, come join the conversation on September 7th. You can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and receive any updates on the Facebook event page. If you can’t make it in person, we’ll be sharing a recap here on the blog.