Join our vibrant Sacramento dance community for a transformative
moving meditation experience.
Practicing 5Rhythms is movement medicine, a profound, delightful meditation that celebrates the body temple, puts it in motion, stills the mind and frees our creative spirit. There are no steps to follow, no choreography to learn, no way to do it wrong. It is a no effort physical workout and transformative work without language. It is a path home to our rich interior world, a laboratory to explore relating to others, an opportunity to re-imagine community. It is a come-as-you-are party, a safe place to express our unique truth.
Dancing the 5Rhythms in sequence is called a wave:
We let the dance in, feel our feet on the earth, the weight of our bodies and the fluid, continuous glide of our own movements. We practice being receptive, tuning in, simply being.
We let the dance out and feel the life force moving through us in tune to the percussive pulse of the beat. We allow our passionate hips and fiery hearts to clearly express who we are in the world.
We let the dance go, release and surrender to the unpredictability of life, dissolve through our dance. We practice shaking our heads loose and letting go of everything we hold on to.
When we move through the portal of the first 3 rhythms, we feel the possibility of lightening up, letting go of all effort, integrated alignment of body, heart and mind. We practice making space for new expanded possibilities.
We let the dance be by allowing gentle movements to rise and fall with the breath in a unified field. We practice emptying enough that spirit can fill and move through us.
This practice was pioneered by Gabrielle Roth.
There are tribes around
the globe. In her own words:
Warm up: time to arrive, leave the busy day behind, slowly connect with our bodies in motion
Opening: set an intention, focus the guided meditation
Musical wave: a wide variety of DJ-ed music that starts slowly, steadily picks up to a peak and then gently glides down to stillness. Coaching connects us with our natural rhythms and helps us stay with a practice of presence with ourselves, relating with others, and feeling into our place in the collective.
Closing: anchoring and concluding our experience.
We move in silence. Thinking is inevitable; verbalizing often interferes with the message emerging from our interior world.
We are our own best authority. We participate in the manner that feels right for us and let others have the experience that is right for them.
Recognize and honor boundaries.
Some people choose to move with or
touch each other. Others choose to
dance alone. Both are O.K.
All of our expression is welcome. Sometimes
movement brings up emotion. We let it flow
and keep moving. We let others have their
own experience; no need to "fix" someone else.
Participation in the opening and closing help us
and then integrate our experience.
Start slowly with stretching and movement. Stay hydrated. Rest when needed and pace by staying in rhythm lying down, sitting or walking.
Be in relationship with aches and pains. Move in ways that feel healing; increased pain with motion is not healthy. Please let the facilitator know if you have sustained an injury during class.
Foot support may be needed; soft-soled shoes or dance shoes are the best choice. Dancing barefoot will help ground you, build your balance and reflexes and strengthen your feet. Many dancers build tolerance to barefoot by beginning
a session without shoes and then
on as soon as they feel any