5Rhythms® is a dynamic movement practice ~ a workout for the body and soul. Practiced by tens of thousands worldwide, 5Rhythms is a simple and catalytic map for freeing our bodies, and opening our hearts. All we need to do is show up, tune in and move what is alive in us. There is no right or wrong way to move in this practice. It is an improvisational movement methodology that supports unique expression, release, expansion and integration.
"The fastest, cleanest, most joyful way to break out of your own box is by dancing. I'm not talking about doing the stand-and-sway. I'm talking about dancing so deep, so hard, so full of the beat that you are nothing but the dance and the beat and the sweat and the heat."
~ Gabrielle Roth
Created by Gabrielle Roth in the late '70's, 5Rhythms draws from Gestalt therapy, the human potential movement, and transpersonal psychology, as well as indigenous and world traditions using tenets of shamanistic, ecstatic, mystical and Eastern philosophy. The practice is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and is suitable for anyone who wants to rediscover the joy and freedom of dance that is within us all.
The 5Rhythms ~ Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness ~ dance us through a Wave that mirrors the way energy moves and changes in the world. Each of the Rhythms brings an energetic quality, and particular teachings. Rather than having steps to follow, in each Rhythm, we find our own individual expression and spontaneous choreography. Dancing Wave after Wave, we connect to the spectrum of aliveness that is available to us - beyond the mind, personality and ego - awakening and expressing our creative, multi-facted, vibrant and full selves.