The 5Rhythms is an awareness practice, a cathartic form of dance for all the bodies, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Gabrielle Roth, a modern day shaman, created this body of work over her lifetime. She said,
“Dance is my Medicine”.
The beauty of this practice is that it is accessible to anyone who has a body! There are no moves to perform or level of ability needed. You can move from the floor, a chair or on two feet. Wherever and however you show up, the practice takes place. When you commit to moving you get the endorphins from exercise that are uplifting and you also catalyze your muscle memory. Like a stirred pot, anything unexpressed that has stayed inside you is brought to the surface and released.
Like any practice, the more you do it, the better it gets. To enter a room filled with people practicing presence and connection takes a special kind of courage in this day and age!
It has been the biggest blessing to find the tribe of people who have a willingness to play in the deep beauty of authentic expression! The bonds of friendship made in the exploration of the dance have been so nurturing.
The Rhythms are:
Flowing Continuous grounded movement, rolling with inspiration, practicing receptivity, fluidity and inner connection
Staccato The fire and passion, the edges and angles, practicing clarity, precision, direction and connection to other
Chaos Letting go, allowing the movement to happen with out knowing what’s next, practicing wild freedom and connection to the larger groupLyrical Lightening up, opening to the spaces inside you created by the letting go. Softening to the trance states of bliss and integrating connection to self, other and group. Practicing the ability to shape shift perspectives.
Stillness The space holder of all the rhythms, slowly exploring the depths of the teeny tiny movements and moving out into the expansive reaches. Divinely connected to breath and body, practicing the pauses between doing and the sensations of wholeness.
The 5Rhythms is an awareness practice rooted in the principle that if you put the body in motion it will heal itself. Movement is both the medicine and the metaphor, reaching across all languages, cultures and age groups to transform suffering into art, art into awareness and awareness into action. The 5Rhythms come together to create a Wave. Each rhythm offers a gateway into seeing how you connect to certain energies. Aspects of yourself that have been undercover will surface as your practice becomes consistent over time, enriching your connection to living a dynamic existence!
Gabrielle created the 5Rhythms practice over a 40 year span. She travelled the world, inviting people to participate in a living sacred art experience. With no chemical substances to shift awareness, she offered this non-linear practice to help people who seek embodiment.
“Energy moves in waves.
Waves move in patterns.
Patterns move in rhythms.
A human being is just that
energy, waves, patterns, rhythms.
Nothing more. Nothing less.
A dance.” -G.Roth
Next Steps… Dance!
Find a class and show up ready to explore . There is no experience necessary, all ages welcome, and no talking on the dance floor. Sobriety is a must, as well as an openness to connect with your self and others.
Books by Gabrielle Roth:
Maps To Ecstasy (New World Library, 1989)
Sweat Your Prayers (Tarcher/Putnam, 1997)
Connections (Tarcher/Penguin, 2004)
Gabrielle by Robert Ansell (Raven Recording Inc 2015)
For more information about The 5Rhythms teachings, books, music and worldwide teachers go to www.5rhythms.com