Gabrielle Roth's 5 Rhythms Ecstatic Dance
I remember the day I fell in love with 5 Rhythms®.
Beginning to recover from years of ill health, I walked one October afternoon into a room full of dancing bodies, each moving in myriad, magical ways that I could never hope to emulate.
I was awe-struck…. I was hooked.
Not by the wonderful teacher (she was and is); not by the amazing music (it was and is). But by a vision of freedom.
I’d found the Rhythms. A deceptively simple physical practice, open to all, no matter their age, size, or level of fitness.
A deceptively simple physical practice, that engaged every part of me: not just my whole, aching body, but my angry, broken heart, my confused and rigid mind, my yearning soul, and the wild places of my spirit.
A deceptively simple physical practice, that invited me to explore, enticed me to experiment, encouraged me to experience... and gently, gently, brought me to my edge...again... and again.... and again.
What excited me then excites me still.
Free to move, free to dance, free to love, free to hate, free to rage, free to laugh, free to touch, free to cry, free to create, free to destroy...
Free to feel unsafe, to feel like a fool, to feel scared, to feel scary... to BE unsafe, a fool, scared, and scary....
Free to feel....
Free to dream...
Free to be - fully - human.
This is the practice I have been called to teach.
This is the invitation.....