What are the 5Rhythms®?
The 5Rhythms® are a simple, dynamic moving meditation practice that anyone – of any age, size, or physical ability – can do.
There are no steps to follow, no choreography to learn, no way to do it wrong. The only requirement is a body that is still breathing, a heart that is still beating, and mind that is still curious!
Akin to light, sound or ocean waves, a dancing body when moving freely passes through five distinct rhythmic patterns. These patterns continuously repeat themselves in a wave of motion.
The 5Rhythms comprise a simple movement practice designed to release the dancer that lives in everybody, no matter what its shape, size, age, limitations and experience. To find your dance is to find yourself, at your most fluid and creative level. While the practice itself is the essence of simplicity, it has the power to catalyze deep healing and creative expression. The primary teaching of this work is: If you put the psyche in motion, it will heal itself.The five rhythms are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness. They come together to create the Wave, a movement meditation practice. Rather than having steps to follow, each rhythms is a different energy field in which you find your own expression and choreography, thereby stretching your imagination as well as your body. Each rhythm is a teacher, and you can expect to meet different and sometimes unknown aspects of yourself as your dance unfolds and your practice of the rhythms deepens over timeThe rhythms are the foundation of Gabrielle Roth’s body of work, a series of healing maps for the body, heart, mind, soul and spirit that provide a lifetime of self-discovery and a path to awakening. The 5Rhythms practice starts you on that journey and is the place to which you will always return.
In every class or workshop, there is always a wide range of experience in the 5Rhythms work—from first-timers to certified Wave addicts. In any given class, the teacher will be following the energy in the room. So, while the essential map is one of five rhythms, the teacher might take the class through the entire Wave or focus on just one rhythm or one facet of a rhythm.The rhythms themselves are gateways to literally thousands of different movement landscapes. Like the body, they are alive and designed to catalyze the dancer’s unique movement expression in the moment. You are different every time you walk into the room, so is the group and so is your teacher. Therefore, each class holds completely varied possibilities.In many of the classes, we explore themes that apply to our everyday lives, and work through the energies of the 5Rhythms. How you are on the dance floor is how you are in life. This practice brings awareness to those places where we are stuck in our bodies and in our lives. Moving through these stuck places brings profound changes.