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How to Sweat Yourself Clean | 5Rhythms Moving Meditation

How to Sweat Yourself Clean | 5Rhythms Moving Meditation

5Rhythms dynamic dance is a practice of moving meditation, encouraging well rounded mind-body connection. In spirit a structured version of ecstatic dance, it is said to put the body in motion in order to still the mind. Fundamental to it's approach is the idea that everything is energy which moves in waves, patterns and rhythms.  It draws from indigenous and world traditions, and Gestalt therapy.

The 5Rhythms, when danced in sequence, are known as a "Wave." A typical Wave takes about an hour to complete.  Practitioners are encourage to find a deeper personal connection and freer spirit by finding their own style or flow of dance, rather than following a set sequence of steps. Breath and beat guide the pace of movement and are the meditative focus of the Wave.

The order of the 5Rhythms & the Wave is as follows:

  1. Flowing - continuous motion is thought to channel one’s own energy toward inner truth. This physical practice is said to hone practitioners’ ability to listen to personal needs, be conscious of their inner and outer worlds, and to recognize physical cues as a meaningful guide.
  2. Staccato - this phase of the ecstatic dance is made up of short, sharp, percussive starts.  It is said to be the embodiment of Masculine energy and a fierce teacher of boundaries. It is thought to be the protector and ambassador of ones fluid being.
  3. Chaos - this wild, abandoned, free flowing practice emulates letting go of control, diving into the unknown and not fearing what’s on the other side.
  4. Lyrical - While this phase of the Wave is more a state of being than a rhythm, it’s airy light tempo can be a clear expression of the integrity and dignity that we often forget is within us.
  5. Stillness - being still in motion fuses the accumulation of our bodies’ life experiences into our true wisdom. 

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