Sweat Your Prayers

by | Oct 17, 2009 | Columns, Daily Dose

5 Rhythms with Gabrielle Roth

5Rhythms Dance ClassQuestion: What is “5Rhythms”?

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.

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  • Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.


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