The fastest way to still the mind is to move the body.
Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice—a practice of being in your body—that ignites creativity, connection, and community. Individuals interpret each rhythm —Flowing Staccato Chaos Lyrical Stillness™ — in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that can be both surprising and healing. By remaining committed to movement regardless of the chatter of the mind, dancers deepen their state of presence to this moment, to this body, to this community, to this land, to this possibility, to this spirit, and to this soul.
In this practice, we quiet the intellectual center of the mind and we awaken the creative and intuitive center of the body. We discover and uncover the body’s intelligence and wisdom through movement. In this workshop, we will start with a gentle wade through a 5Rhythms Wave providing an experiential introduction to the practice. In the morning session, we will explore the foundational rhythms of Flowing and Staccato – using movement and attention to breath as gateways to quiet the mind. In the afternoon session, we will cozy up to (or leap into) the rhythms of Chaos, launching us to the lessons of Lyrical and washing us up on the shores of Stillness.
Each session will include an opportunity to move through a full Wave of the 5Rhythms. We will move in connection with ourselves, in partnerships, and in community. Dancers are encouraged to stay on the “dance floor” and/or in motion —especially when the mind may entice you to go elsewhere. Staying in usually yields the more powerful result. It is not necessary to attend both sessions but is recommended.
Bring water. Be prepared to sweat. And be prepared to drop all expectations.
Jilsarah Moscowitz has been practicing the 5Rhythms® since 2001 and has a been a certified 5Rhythms teacher since 2011. She’s led classes for people of all ages and abilities. Currently, she teaches a class in NYC for people in bodies that may have been injured or are healing. She also leads classes for seniors, people with Alzheimer’s and NYC hipsters. Based in NYC, the hub of the 5Rhythms practice, she enjoys her own personal dance practice which she considers her “movement medicine”. She dances to shape-shift, to transform suffering into art, to explore distant edges, to experience ecstasy— and she teaches to offer her students the same opportunities. Her students describe her teaching style as “permissive”; she holds a space with safety for her students to express themselves without judgment. Jilsarah had the opportunity to study directly with Gabrielle Roth, the founder of the 5Rthythms practice, who passed away in October 2012. Before discovering the 5Rhythms, she was an active volunteer and leader in the Dance New England community. For more information, go to www.Jilsarah.com