Late Summer Newsletter
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Suzanne Sterling - Blue Fire Soul

Blue Fire Soul is now available at iTunes and
Blue Fire Soul by Suzanne Sterling and Christoper K is electronic kirtan music for yoga, dance and 
celebrati on!
Suzanne has created a chant CD in English featuring songs she has written over her teaching at intensives and workshops. 

Available only through her website. 

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PLUS: New Music for YOGA

New yoga music CD with long time collaborator and producer Chris K. Chakra Flow is a companion CD to Seane Corn's newest DVD series. 
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To Build a Swing

You carry
All the ingredients
To turn your life into a nightmare-
Don't mix them!

You have all the genius
To build a swing in your back yard
For God.

That sounds
Like a hell of a lot more fun.
Let's start laughing, drawing blueprints,
Gathering our talented friends.

I will help you 
With my divine lyre and drum.

Hafiz

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Will sing a thousand words
You can take into your hands,
Like golden saws,
Silver hammers.

Polished teakwood,
Strong silk rope.

You carry all the ingredients
To turn your existence into joy, 

Mix them, mix
Them!!

Hafiz

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Love is the Funeral Pyre

Love is
The funeral pyre
Where I have laid my living body

All the false notions of myself
That once caused fear, pain,

Have turned to ash
As I neared God.

What has risen
From the tangled web of thought and sinew

Now shines with jubilation
Through the eyes of angels

And screams from the guts of
Infinite existence
Itself.

Love is the funeral pyre
Where the heart must lay 
Its body.

Hafiz

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Summer Greetings to you!

For over 20 years now my summer's have been filled with teaching and performing at festivals and generally being in the thick of the transformational/celebratory soup of our culture of radical self expression, awakening and non-denominational spiritual up-liftment.  I have asana-ed, sung, drummed, danced and prayed in deserts, on mountaintops, on large stages and in intimate yurts and domes from sunrise to deep in the night and it has been an extraordinary journey.  At conservative estimate I have had over 2500 performances and sometimes traveled as much as 48 weeks in the year.  But this summer has been a bit different...I have chosen to go within and lay my "living body on the funeral pyre" as Hafiz has said above.  I have (thorough the great portal of heart break and with the assistance of some incredible friends and teachers) faced some of my deepest fears, patterns and attachments and spent more time in stillness than ever before.  

It has been challenging and deeply rewarding...exquisite and torturous....but ultimately I believe that it has been crucial.  Crucial for me to live into some of my own teachings, crucial for my health, crucial for the next stages of my own work in the world.  In our culture the demand for productivity is a strong trance...one that is rewarded in all sorts of ways and I admit that it has been difficult for me to soften the taskmaster within and to honor my times of vulnerability, rest and non-productivity as equally, if not more important.  But I am...slowly, returning to a deeper listening and a welcoming of intimacy that has been trampled underfoot by the busyness.  I am bowing humbly to these lessons and invite you to breathe into your own silent spaces as well.  So now...the pace quickens and I am dedicated to maintaining the balance as it goes...


Up next... I will be at Omega Institute at end of August for an OTM Yoga. Purpose and Action Intensive with Seane Corn and Hala Khouri, then onto Berlin Germany for the Forever Now Festival and some workshops at Spirit Yoga and Yoga Tribe.  In mid-Sept I will be teaching a Voice of Change workshop as well as a Sacred Leadership workshop (with Ravyn Stanfield) at Symbiosis Festival (the musical line up for this one....fantastic!) in CA, then another OTM Intensive at YogaWorks in LA (celebrating my birthday) and then onto Estes Park CO for the OTM/Yoga Journal Gamechangers Conference.  In October I will be traveling to the land of my ancestors (Scotland!) to visit some sacred sites and to feel into the magic of the moors....then home for an evening of Bawdy Church (a celebration of the sacred profane) in SF and offerings of yoga classes and ritual at Bioneers Conference...also in the Bay Area!

Our next Voice of Change Online Course will be launching in January.  The last one was an incredible journey and a powerful community of changers has begun to speak out and up!!!  Stay tuned for all the info.  

Finally, we are still fundraising for Seva Kenya in support of organizations building safe houses for girls facing FGM and early childhood marriage.  Stay tuned for my latest blog on that and more info. Donate Today!    

May the wind be at your back and the sun shine upon you!  

Suzanne

PS...all of my albums - including the latest Chakra Flow (music for yoga) are available on my site and on iTunes!!!




 Off the Mat, Into the World 

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Suzanne continues the work of OTM in upcoming trainings: 

with Suzanne, Hala, Seane
Two upcoming 5-day trainings
Still room for you to join them.

Aug 24-28 ~ Omega Institute, NY 
Sept 21-25 ~ Santa Monica, CA




And for the very first-time, Off the Mat will be holding a one-of-a-kind conference on yoga, transformation, and social justice at Yoga Journal LIVE! 

 Sept 27-30

It's called   GameChangers: Yoga in Action
and Suzanne wants you to be a part of it! 

What makes this collective gathering so unique? Led by OTM founders Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling, this conference also features the 11 leaders interviewed by Seane in Yoga Journal's GameChangers series over the past year (many of which are also OTM faculty members). Each of these leaders has a unique voice, a powerful skill set, and a heart-fueled calling for one of the many branches that make up the practice, philosophy, and principles of yoga.

If you're looking for a deeper understanding of what yoga can be, to discover what's next for you, or to find enrichment around the work you're already doing, please join us and help spread the word.

 

 Upcoming events and trainings

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Forever NOW Festival
Sept 3-6



Berlin, Germany

Forever Now is the festival for transformation. For us, transformation is the art of potential to develop mindful. Discover the potential in you, get inspired by experts and artists and experience a new and genuine cooperation. Let's celebrate together the changes and proceed into a future as we wish from the heart. Suzanne is excited to be a part of the festival teaching team and traveling to Germany to offer a variety of workshops. 

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Sept 17-21


Oakdale, CA

What is the Symbiosis Gathering? It is many things to many people. Come see what it is for you. Suzanne will be teaching a Voice of Change workshop and co-facilitating with Gerri Ravyn Stanfield a Sacred Leadership offering from their Priestess Apprencticeship (next training begins in November. Click above for more information). There are many West Coast Festivals to choose from consider attending Symbiosis. How are YOU Symbiosis?

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Save these October dates: an exciting weekend

Bawdy ChurchFriday, Oct 16 
Bioneers: Saturday/Sunday, Oct 17-18


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Priestess Apprenticeship in Sacred Leadership
starts November 2015

Portland, OR

Details are on Facebook or sign up for more information. 

Each of us has super powers - abilities that come naturally to us, but in leadership roles, we are often relied upon to have skills above and beyond our own specialties.  Few opportunities exist for individuals to receive personalized spiritual mentorship or any opportunity to develop their innate magical gifts. This training is such a place. Are you ready to connect to your purpose?  Make the changes in your life that lead to greater fulfillment? 



 
 
Suzanne's 2015 Calendar
Sept-Dec
events subject to change
   
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Aug 24-28

OTM Intensive

Omega Institute

Rhinebeck, NY
 

Sept 3-6

Forever Now Festival

Berlin, Germany
 

Sept 17-20

Symbiosis Gathering

Oakdale, CA


Sept 21-25

OTM Intensive

Los Angeles, CA
 

Sept 27-30

Gamechangers: OTM and Yoga Journal Live

Estes Park, CO
 

Oct 16

Bawdy Church

San Francisco, CA

 

Oct 17-18

Bioneers

San Rafael, CA
 

Oct 24-25

Yoga Works Teacher Training

New York, NY
 

Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17

Globe Sound Healing 

San Francisco, CA 

 

Nov 7-8

Yoga Works Teacher Training

Orange County, CA


Nov 21-22

Yoga Works Teacher Training

Los Angeles, CA

 

Dec 1, 8, 15

Globe Sound Healing 

Online


Dec 3-4

OTM Advanced Leadership Training

Ojai, CA


Dec 5-6

Yoga Works Teacher Training

La Jolla, CA


Dec 11-13

Voice of Change Weekend

Esalen Institute

Big Sur, CA


Dec 19-20

Yoga Works Teacher Training

Los Angeles, CA

 

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