There is no way out but through the body, no way up unless we all go together, no way down unless we follow the beat, no way in unless we embrace the dark.

Gabrielle Roth

5Rhythms Movement Practice has transformed my life and I am thrilled and honored to share it with diverse communities, including patients in hospitals, caregivers, people with Alzheimer’s, artists’ collectives and musicians.

Practicing 5Rhythms, often described as a conscious dance meditation practice, catalyzes deeply personal explorations, moving us beyond what we already know into new realms of possibility of creativity and connection, where nothing is chronicled, tabulated or pinned down. The body-spirit-soul is a process, not only a structure and we are capable of deep healing and growth. 5Rhythms has taught me about getting out of my own way, so true creativity can flow.

Anyone of any physical ability can participate and there are no steps or choreography to follow, no technique to learn, other than listening to the guidance of our bodies. 5Rhyhms, both a practice and a philosophy, was developed by Gabrielle Roth, born from her observation and mapping of how energy moves around us and through us: in life cycles, nature, seasons and our relationships with others and ourselves.

Energy moves in waves. Waves move in patterns. Patterns move in rhythms. A human being is all of those: energy, waves, patterns, rhythms. We are the dance.

Gabrielle Roth

Bodywaves Series

Every Friday night in NYC

Spiraling In, Spiraling Out

June 7-July 12

Healing Loss

Over the course of the three days, we will use the tools of the 5Rhythms®Waves and Heartbeat Maps as well as offer a process often referred to as “Externalization.” This Externalization “deep-dive” Exploration can include simply witnessing, or possibly releasing feelings through verbal as well as physical expression, in presence of the group. The combination of dancing as well as Externalization, opens us to an even deeper embodiment and connection to ourselves and each other.

“Community is the New Buddha” Thich Nat Han

POSTPONED: Fire in the Belly

In this weekend Heartbeat workshop, we will re-ignite our desires and dreams while exploring and hopefully clearing all that may obscure or extinguish our passion. As we get older and experience the wear and tear and disappointments that life so often feeds us, we may have lost some of our own commitment to the truth found in our heart-belly. Over the three days, we will lovingly work with some of the ways that we are held apart and ways we may disconnect ourselves from our authentic center of power. We source our courage to feel deeply, and act as if our life depended on it, because we know it does!

Banner photos by Blair Hayes

My Journey with 5Rhythms®

I took my first workshop with Gabrielle in 1998, and I wanted to run away as quickly as I could! I spent the entire weekend in my head, evaluating and judging, in ecstatic terror, while at the same time deeply longing for the freedom and joy that I could feel around me on the floor. My early path with the 5Rhythms® was not the “I’ve finally found my home” feeling that so many others describe, but rather a slow process of learning to tolerate the truth and intimacy I was finding on the dance floor. Now, after my first ten years of “in-and-out” practice, and another ten of completely committed practice, I can share that I am overwhelmingly grateful to Gabrielle, Jonathan and the whole world tribe for my life itself! Finding my breath, and my feet in the beat, time and time again, has revealed possibilities that I never before believed could happen.

Because I had been trained as a classical violist, I was used to trying to get it right and was, in fact, a slave to my perfectionism in both my performing and the rest of my life. 5Rhythms® has opened up a field of true creativity, and it is delicious! Now my worlds of 5Rhythms® and music overlap and feed each other. I am grateful for my “teachers” in the Alzheimer’s Group at the Stein Center, who show me over and over again what true presence is. I teach my weekly class Rhythm Body and I also love the 5RRO work I get to do with the Grief Loss Workshops and cancer groups at Montefiore Hospital.

In 2014 I was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer (multiple myeloma) with amyloidosis. At that time I was told that it was unusual that I was still alive, since I had been having undiagnosed symptoms for three years, and I really should have died. My healing has been a very interesting process, and I can say that I am now on the other side of this illness. I truly believe that this dancing path has helped me heal. Learning to be fluid with what is, knowing my heart’s callings, and learning to surf the chaos of the diagnosis and this confusing world we live in have all grown out of my practice.

Near the beginning of my diagnosis, soon after Gabrielle had transitioned, she appeared to me in the dance and said, ”It’s not your time yet!”

So often I hear her voice saying, “the only way out is through!”

Here is the link to the 5Rhyhthms® official website.

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