The 5Rhythms is an ecstatic dance and movement meditation practice created by Gabrielle Roth over a lifetime of radical explorations in dance, trance, healing, theatre and spiritual practice.
The 5 Rhythms are not sonic rhythms in the sense of drum patterns, but experiential rhythms that describe landscapes of physical movement. Each of the Five Rhythms is a dynamic field of energy which the dancer moves into, with and through. The Rhythms are called Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness, and together in sequence form a Wave. Simple, archetypal, creative and vast in potential, the 5Rhythms are a potent map to body presence and soul realisation.
This physical Waves practice is the foundation of Gabrielle's 'maps to ecstasy', which also include work with the emotions (Heartbeat); personal history and the mind (Cycles); the dance of Ego and Soul (Mirrors) and mystical realisation (Silver Desert) The 5Rhythms is not a belief system but a structured 'formless form' designed to liberate the dancer living inside all human beings. The practice is open to anyone who wants to move.
To get more of a sense of what dancing the 5Rhythms might be like, explore the links to each Rhythm on the left, and visit the Community page. You can also visit Gabrielle's 5Rhythms website
To find out about 5Rhythms classes, workshops and other events, visit the Journeys page