5Rhythms Dance

Clara 1425 24th Street Wednesday 6:30-8:30 Sunday 10:00-noon

Centered 700 Alhambra Tuesday 10:00-11:30

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Created by Gabrielle Roth and practiced by tens of thousands worldwide, 5Rhythms® is a philosophy, perspective, performance art and a dynamic movement practice rooted in the principle that if you put the psyche in motion it will heal itself. New to this moving meditation practice? Unsure about what happens when you show up? We hope this bit of information will answer some questions.

Enter the space.  Music is playing, people are moving, practicing in silence. A facilitator offers cues: breath, body parts, weight, pulse, release.  No steps to learn.  No way to do it “wrong”.   Just allow your body to respond to the music. Feet are a good place to bring your attention; move them and attend to your breathing.  Each invitation is to encourage movement and exploration, medicine that reaches across all languages, cultures and age groups.

Flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness: each rhythm a teacher.  As you practice moving, your relationship to body, heart, mind, soul and spirit deepens. Some people feel right at home from the get-go and others feel a bit (or a lot) self-conscious. People in the room have a wide range of experience. Your own dance will be unique. It can be subtle, powerful, revealing and, over time, it can be transformative.  And since a picture can be worth 1000 words…..

Where the 5Rhythms are practiced, a community is born to dance, to sweat, to change, to support, and to provide a safe place 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.

Creativity. Connection. Community.

flowingFlowing: We let the dance in, feet upon earth, body weight fluid and gliding, receptive, tuning in, simply being.

staccatoStaccato: We let the dance out, feel the life force pulsing through, percussive hips & fiery hearts, clear passionate expression.

staccatoChaos: We let the dance go, release to the unknown, surrender to the unpredictable, heads loose, letting go of our tight hold.

staccatoLyrical: We let the dance happen, lighten up, aligned body, heart, mind, expanding into the big whatever.

staccatoStillness: We let the dance be, rise and fall with the breath in a unified field, empty so that spirit is welcome to move through us.

And here is a word from the shamama herself:

What happens in Wednesday 5Rhythms Waves?

Facilitators change weekly: Bella, Juliette, Majica
Two hours dedicated to learning the elements of 5Rhythms practice.  Facilitation guides us into embodied exploration of presence, sometimes gently, sometimes directly. Body parts, walking meditation, coaching the physical practice of the rhythms, exploration of relationship to self, other and group. Our receptivity (as well as our resistance!) to coaching expands us into a broader movement vocabulary. A wide variety of music starts slowly, picks up to peak then glides down to stillness. 

What happens in Sunday Sweat Your Prayers?

Facilitators change weekly: Bella & a variety of 5Rhythms teachers, see Calendar
Sunday Sweat Your Prayers provides the opportunity to move independently with all you learn Wednesday night, an opportunity for practitioners to deepen without verbal guidance. It is also open to those not familiar with 5Rhythms practice. If Sunday mystifies you, Wednesday night’s coaching will help!  Two hours of awesome music, usually structured in two waves. Mid-stream, facilitator sets an intention & focus for the guided meditation.

What happens in Tuesday morning Body Joy?

Facilitator is Bella
This is a class that fuses the rhythms, self care and yoga.  Move in ways that fully support your health and well-being in this dream-come-true session. The musical wave opens softly with guided ball & roller massage. Iron out kinks, sink into gravity, melt into flow. Feel how the music warms your body from inside out. Let the rhythm activate your life force and gently shake out whatever needs release. Dive into lyrical space moving with whatever emerges. Finally? Settle the nervous system: luxurious stretching, surrender to shivasana. Yum.

New to any of these three classes?

We hope these nitty gritty details answer some of your questions.

  • Practice in silence. Cell phones off.  We do not talk in the room.
  • Start slowly, pace yourself, rest as needed, stay hydrated.
  • Be responsible for your self care. Honor any limitations or injuries you have.
  • We usually dance barefoot; socks are too slippery. Soft-soled shoes if you need foot support.
  • Keep your eyes open and remain aware of those around you.
  • Be aware of your own boundaries; touch with consent only.
  • Don’t miss a moment! Coming on time and staying for the full practice is the best way to receive benefit.

Wednesday night creates possibility to try on something new, transform habitual patterns into new ways of being. Sunday Sweat Your Prayers provides the opportunity to move independently with all you are learning. Tuesday morning fuses the rhythms with body self care.

5Rhythms® has good people and awesome music in a great space, so dance and have fun!

Please feel free to talk to the teacher after class, or later by contacting Bella:

bella@bodyjoy.net      (916) 267-5478         www.bodyjoy.net

More information about 5Rhythms?     www.5Rhythms.com

Clara 1425 24th Street   Wednesday 6:30-8:30  Sunday 10:00-noon

Centered 700 Alhambra Tuesday 10:00-11:30

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