Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms® is a map of how energy flows – through the body, through our lives. 5 Rhythms is a movement meditation practice, an ecstatic dance, with no steps to learn, no one right way, just fantastic music that keeps calling you to dance, and guidance to take you beyond inhibition into expansion.
Flowing is the state of being receptive and flexible. Teaching us to free the body, connect with the earth and experience the power of being. When this energy becomes stuck we experience inertia, an inability to get going and resistance to change.
Staccato is the rhythm of action. It brings clarity and direction and establishes boundaries. This central teaching of staccato is the expression of the heart, how to free the emotions to experience the power of loving. When stuck this energy becomes rigid and we become inflexible and controlling.
Chaos is the dance of surrender. The practice of riding life’s unpredictable and ever changing waves, whilst holding a deep sense of purpose, presence, clarity and balance. It enables us to release from the clutter of our thoughts, teaching how to empty the mind, open to intuition and the power of knowing the self. The shadow of chaos is a loss of clarity and balance. The stuck energy leaves us ungrounded, confused and unable to cope with life.
The dance of Lyrical holds a lightness of being. It is an intertwining of the maturity and responsibility of the adult with the creativity, playfulness and fascination with life of the child. It is the energy of the soul which manifests as we learn to bring body, heart and mind into alignment, enabling us to experience the power of insight. Its shadows disconnect us from reality, leaving us spaced-out, with big dreams but no capacity of manifestation.
From lyrical, we drop down into the deep meditation of Stillness. When this energy becomes stuck, we feel deadened and numb. But when moving fully it takes us to the stillpoint at the centre of our being, revealing our unity with the infinite and offering the experience of the power of healing.