What are the 5Rhythms?

The 5Rhythms® of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, and Stillness form ‘The Wave’, a simple movement meditation practice that encourages us to find our own dance of embodied feeling and to discover ourselves at our most fluid and creative level. The Rhythms are different ways of moving that are related to different ways of being in the world. As we practice them, we dance into life: we bring more of ourselves –body, heart, mind & soul- into movement, on the dance floor & out in the world. There are no steps to learn and it can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of age, fitness, ability, or experience.

FLOWING –the fluid, continuous, grounded glide of our own movements, the letting in -the drinking in- of our own experience.

STACCATO –the percussive, pulsing beat that shapes us a thousand different ways and allows us to let out our true expression.

CHAOS –the rhythm of letting go, releasing into the catalytic wildness of our dance that can never be planned or repeated.

LYRICAL –the rhythm of trance, of letting go of letting-go, where the weight of self-consciousness dissolves, and we lighten up and disappear into our own uniqueness.

STILLNESS –the quiet emptiness, where gentle movements rise and fall, start and end, in a field of silence: the Rhythm of Letting Be.

For more on why we dance, see Why Practice?

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