“5Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice—a practice of being in your body—that ignites creativity, connection, and community.
While a seemingly simple process, the 5Rhythms practice facilitates deep and unending explorations, moving the dancer beyond self-imposed limitations and isolation into new depths of creativity and connection.
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Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. It is, in essence, “exercise for the right brain.”
When we practice 5Rhythms, we learn to creatively express aggressiveness and vulnerability, emotions and anxieties, edges and ecstasies. It reconnects us to cycles of birth & death and hooks us into humanity and the spirit of all living things. Within the group context we create connection and community and hone our instincts and our intuitions. We are made up of all walks of life – every culture, religion, race, gender, age and sexual preference are welcome.
5Rhythms transcends dance. The movement is the medicine, the meditation and the metaphor. Together we peel back layers, lay masks down, and dance till we disappear…Only to rediscover ourselves through it all.”
Gabriella Roth began teaching this method of mediation, healing, that can not be explained but if you agree with Albert Einstein that everything is energy , you will understand why this works to balance the unbalanced.
Last night i was not feeling well, i carried a ginger tea with me, but i had promised a friend of mine from senghi to come with her for her first experience in 5 rhythm dance, and she felt right at home, unlike my first time in a 5 rhythm dance group some years ago when i felt overwhelmed by emotions that i now recognise as an expression to the rhythms and energies surrounding me, that allowed me to open up the wounds and let the healing begin.
The first time i ever joined a 5 rhythm group , i found myself crying uncontrollably , the emotions just kept spilling out of me, and i had to leave the room and find a quiet place but i kept attending, noticing when it got too much, and when i attended a workshop about heart opening , i found a teacher i could follow also called Gabriella, who embodies what i consider a teacher i needed, a smile, a warm embrace for everyone in need and comforting words and gentle guidance as we move to different rhythms.
Last night Gabriella led a thanksgiving session , giving each one a small candle to light in a circle around the words of the Dali lama “Do not let the actions of others disturb your inner peace”, we all moved around those words feeling them effecting us.
I like the individuality of this dance, there is no right or wrong way, only a way to feel your self in your unique place in time and space.
Yoga helps feel the inner world, and so my friend too had said she found it relatively easy to feel the rhythms and move in her own unique pace thanks to her yoga practice.
Yoga is internal work, and so are the 5 rhythms but they are practiced in a group setting which brings up group energies and issues for me , healing me of the wounds that social interactions of all sorts have brought about. There is no correction, there is no way you can do anything not right , you are invited to feel and find your rhythm as you move to the music and the various rhythms.
At the end of the session that lasted two hours, we stood in a circle and held hands; thin and heavy, tall and short, female and male, of every color and shape , united in a quest for find the rhythm of inner joy . I think we found it.
Later we sat together with Gabriella sipping tea and talking but we were already moving to a place beyond words, a place of healing, which will be revisited again and again because i feel, we are never the same, like life , we flow, or die. Move or stand still and wither, in order to grow, we must feel the energy and let it live.
There are no mobile phones, no laptops, no yesterdays or tomorrows, only living the NOW, which is so difficult to do, especially nowadays when there are so many escape routes to take us away from experiencing the moment and knowing our inner self.
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Peace, light , love and dance!