"Dance is the most immediate way of expressing the body's essential rhythms"-Gabrielle Roth
The 5Rhythms is a simple, powerful movement practice. There are no specific steps to follow but your own authentic, organic movement. The practice has the power to catalyze creative expression and deep healing. Dancing the 5Rhythms is a map to finding yourself.
Human beings are rhythms. Breath is rhythm. Heartbeat is rhythm. Cells are rhythm. All of life is rhythms and cycles. Day and night, light and dark, birth and death, seasons, and the ocean are examples of life's organic, rhythmic, wave-like ebb and flow. Rhythms are the essence of life and who we are. Over time, we may lose our connection with our rhythms. Disconnect, disharmony, and dismemberment can result. Dancing the 5Rhythms helps people return to a more embodied presence.
Fundamental to the 5Rhythms, everything alive is energy moving in waves, patterns, and rhythms. Each rhythm is a different energy field that human beings move through in a wave. Part of our essential makeup, the 5Rhythms form a series of healing maps created by Gabrielle Roth for the body, heart, mind, soul, and spirit.
Flowing—fluidity through continuous, grounded expression in sensual spirals of your body's movements with your feet connected to the Earth united with the flow of your own energy to cultivate restorative input to your being
Staccato—focused percussive, pulsing inner beat released as output into physical shapes with tense edges revealing boundaries that provide insights into your feelings and allow expression of your heart through your body
Chaos—freedom of the mind through unifying opposites, dissolving patterns, and letting go into the unknown by releasing in your organic catalytic wild, unpredictable movements
Lyrical—essence of the soul where the weight of self-consciousness dissolves and expansion occurs into lightness of being revealing your uniqueness and connection with the bigger picture of existence
Stillness—unified emptiness of inner peace and inspiration connected to love and compassion where you let go into gentle movements that rise and fall, start and end, in a field of silence comprised of nothing and everything
What are the potential benefits to the body, mind, and spirit through the 5Rhythms?
Moving through the waves of the 5Rhythms is a spiritual practice of self-discovery illuminating the essence of life on and off the dance floor. Organic movement through a dancing body reveals endless inner reflections. The body expresses through movement what it may not communicate or reveal in other ways. Releasing through a body in motion invites rhythmic balance between right and left, feminine and masculine, input and output, parasympathetic and sympathetic, harmony and disharmony. Developing strong roots through your feet on the ground and letting go to the beat supports this process.
As the physical body releases through rhythmic movement, the mental constructs relax. Chatter ceases. Dancing through the 5Rhythms helps people get out of their heads. The mind becomes liberated. "If you put the psyche in motion, it will heal itself," says Gabrielle Roth.
Integration within the mind-body opens a gateway for the spirit to expand. The 5Rhythms is a catalyst into an embodied presence where spiritual awakening occurs. Deep experiences in soulful states provide insights into identity and purpose. Dancing the 5Rhythms helps people experience the bigger picture by returning to and connecting with their truest essence. This remembering contains profound healing.
What do people experience and learn from the 5Rhythms?
"The five rhythms are the essence of the body in motion, the body alive. The 5Rhythms are states of being. They are maps to everywhere we want to go, on all planes of consciousness—inner and outer, forward and back, physical, emotional and intellectual.
In dancing them you can track perceptions and memories; seek out gestures and shapes; tune into instincts and intuitions. They reveal ways to creatively express aggressiveness and vulnerability, emotions and anxieties, edges and ecstasies. They reconnect us to cycles of birth, death and renewal and hook us up to the spirit in all living things. They initiate us back into the wisdom of our bodies and unleash movement's dynamic healing power. Dancing the 5Rhythms is a practice, a dynamic way to both workout and to meditate in the same breath. They teach us that life is energy in motion, freeing us from any fixed notions about people, places, objects or ideas. In dancing them the body becomes our spiritual path."
What is the history of the 5Rhythms?
Gabrielle Roth founded the 5Rhythms in the 1960s teaching movement at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Hundreds of certified 5Rhythms teachers are now around the world. Gabrielle and her husband Robert Ansell also record and produce music by Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors through their label Raven Recording.
For More Information5Rhythms
Maps to Ecstasy by Gabrielle Roth
Sweat Your Prayers by Gabrielle Roth
Connections by Gabrielle Roth
Music of the 5 Rhythms
fluid, continuous, grounded glide of our own movements
click here to listen to a sample of Flow
percussive, pulsing beat that shapes us a thousand different ways
click here to listen to a sample of Staccato
rhythm of letting go, releasing into a catalytic wildness that can never be planned or repeated
click here to listen to a sample of Chaos
rhythm of trance, where the weight of self-consciousness dissolves as we lighten up and disappear into our own uniqueness
click here to listen to a sample of Lyrical
quiet emptiness, where gentle movements rise and fall, start and end, in a field of silence
click here to listen to a sample of Stillness