In Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms® we practice this meditation as a dance; a dance with ourselves, with another, and with the group. Through the practice we develop a deeper, easier and more fluid relationship with ourselves, with others and with the world. We become more spontaneous and alive. We learn to trust ourselves more. We open up to new ways of being in the world.
The 5Rhythms® movement meditation practice has been my primary self-development practice for fifteen years and I trained with Gabrielle Roth to become a teacher in 2005. The practice is a path of liberation from our fictitious self. Through consistent practice we come to identify our self with the Dance as opposed to the dancer. In shifting our awareness from our thinking mind to our moving body we come to see that we are not just the body but something far greater. We become less dependent upon temporary outside sources to sustain us and instead come to witness the emergence of an understanding that we are already free and have nothing to attain that is not satisfied by the present moment, whatever the circumstances. Awareness, the true ‘I’ is by nature free and indivisible. 5Rhythms® is an experiential practice. There are no steps to learn and the practice is open to anyone who has the willingness and courage to enter into the ‘now’ that the moving body offers us. We dance mindfully and in the spirit of compassion for our unique breathing selves as we arrive into a progressively easier, more satisfying and more gratifying relationship with our own selves, and with the world around us.
“During Francis’ session I danced blissfully, and in the beautiful space that opened up within me I had a realisation that has brought great richness to my life. He created a wonderful thing for the group – a great space to let yourself go, express, be, energise, meditate, dream, discover, expand. It was a great step along my journey.”
“I found the sessions you led to be a wonderful blend of earthy and ethereal, and you held the space with a tenderness and presence which I have rarely experienced. The result was an ecstatic and transformative experience. I do hope we will have the chance to meet again!”
“It is already a few weeks back but I just wanted to thank you for the sessions you lead at the Valentine’s weekend in Croydon Hall. It had been ages (like years and years) that I had done any 5 Rhythms and your music and guided meditation certainly took me through my body, allowing myself ‘to be danced’ – a bit of a trance – wonderful. If you had a class in London, I’d be a regular!”
“Our introduction to 5 Rhythms through your superb session could not have been better. We were a bit unsure before it started and were hoping it wasn’t going to be too ‘new age’. As it turned out, the approach you took was fabulous. The musical choices were varied and many, ranging from 70’s soul and R&B through to more electronic stuff and a few very mellow songs from beautiful singers. They all worked exactly with the moods you were trying to create and the energy you were tapping into. We also enjoyed the guidance you gave as we danced….not too intrusive and nicely timed to steer us in the right direction… …We’d recommend 5R’s to anyone of any age who wants to just dance and express themselves. It clearly doesn’t matter how fit you are nor whether you have any traditional dancing ability (we are in our 50’s and were able to do 2 hours without a real break, but could relax our pace when we felt like it). It’s a shame you aren’t local to us, but we have started looking for other sessions and will be attending one on Saturday (hope it’s as good as yours).”