What is 5Rhythms®?
Created by Gabrielle Roth and practiced by tens of thousands worldwide, 5Rhythms® is a philosophy, perspective and a dynamic movement practice rooted in the principle that if you put the psyche 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. Wherever the 5Rhythms are practiced, a community is born to dance, to sweat, to change, to support, and to provide a safe space 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.
The 5Rhythms® are also called a Wave. A Wave of energy and vitality that is different every time, because we are constantly changing. While the Rhythms are universal they mover through us via our unique ways of experiencing and expressing ourselves. It's a simple practice, and yet its effects can be powerful and profound.
The rhythms are made up of:
Flowing - calls us through our body, to honour the feminine and arrive in this home called body.
Staccato - calls us through our heart to honour the masculine and the beat of life.
Chaos - calls us through our big mind to let our small mind rest, to let go of what doesn't matter.
Lyrical - calls us through our imagination and helps us lighten up.
Stillness - calls us to compassion.
Sometimes the teacher might lead one Wave in a class, sometimes two or three. Sometimes the Waves are really obvious, sometimes more subtle. As you practice they will start to become a part of your own map of aliveness and you may notice them not just in the dance but in every area of your life. It's a wild and wonderful ride, and beginners are welcome!