Created by Gabrielle Roth and practiced by tens of thousands worldwide, 5Rhythms® is a philosophy, perspective, performance art and a dynamic movement practice rooted in the principle that if you put the psyche in motion it will heal itself. New to this moving meditation practice? Unsure about what happens when you show up? We hope this bit of information will answer some questions.
As soon as you enter the space the music is playing and people are moving, practicing in silence. From time to time the facilitator offers cues for focus: breath, body parts, weight, pulse, release. There are no steps to learn. There is no way to do this “wrong”. With instruction or without, just allow your body to respond to the music in its own way. Feet are a good place to bring your attention; simply move them and tend to your breathing. Connecting with others is sometimes challenging at first. But remember that each invitation is in service to encouraging movement and exploration, medicine that reaches across all languages, cultures and age groups.
The five rhythms are: flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness. Each rhythm is a teacher and as you practice moving, your relationship to body, heart, mind, soul and spirit deepens. Some people feel right at home from the get-go and others feel a bit (or a lot) self-conscious. People in the room have a wide range of experience. Your own dance will be unique. It can be subtle, powerful, revealing and, over time, it can be transformative.
Where the 5Rhythms are practiced, a community is born to dance, to sweat, to change, to support, and to provide a safe place for each of us to shatter the ego’s hold and awaken the juicy, unpredictable, fascinating, edge-walking, rock star part of ourselves that yearns to be free.
Creativity. Connection. Community.