5 Rhythms with Gabrielle Roth
Answer: 5Rhythms is a popular movement meditation dance developed by Gabrielle Roth, a musician, dancer, and recording artist often referred to as an “urban shaman.” The 5Rhythms practice was borne out of many indigenous and world traditions based on shamanistic, ecstatic, mystical and eastern philosophy, as well as the Gestalt movement. The five phases of the dance embody the idea that everything is energy, and moves in waves, patterns and rhythms. By putting the body in motion, one can still the mind and connect to Spirit, in whatever form that takes for you.
The five rhythms are: 1) flowing; 2) staccato; 3) chaos; 4) lyrical; 5) stillness. When danced in this sequence, the 5 rhythms are known as a “wave.” Each wave, or sequence, can last 45 – 90 minutes, with 10-20 minutes spent on each rhythm. You can find weekly 5Rhythms classes in cities around the world, taught by certified instructors. Classes are often referred to as a way for people to “sweat their prayers.” Putting the body in motion through each of the rhythms can help to ground the mind by connecting back to the body.