5rhythms Moving Essence
Sunday 27 January 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
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Join us as Moving Essence makes our 2019 return to this beautiful and historic venue. Preston City Hall is a lovely large dance floor - located just near the Preston Market. So come dance and enjoy some delicious food varieties for lunch or do the weeks shopping afterwards.
5Rhythms is a moving meditation practice developed in the late 1970s by American artist, theatre director, musician and writer Gabrielle Roth (1941 – 2012). The practice is always growing and evolving – you will find classes or workshops you can attend in many countries around the world. Melbourne has one of the oldest and largest communities in the world. You can read more about the 5Rhythms below - or even better - come to a class!
The Sunday Sweat at Preston is in the style of a themed “Sweat Your Prayers” music-only session. This class is for those who have some familiarity with the 5Rhythms, as it is where we move through the rhythms with very little formal instruction. This class also suits those who prefer to dance in a more spacious group. The intention is for the dance journey to be deep and silent.
The class starts at 10.00am and runs for 2 hours. Dancers often move over to the Preston market to eat with community. Parking is available on the street or market.
If you have questions about coming to a 5Rhythms class – even if it is not your first time – please see our page: Coming for the First time on our website http://movingessence.com/about/guidelines-for-practice/
ABOUT THE 5RHYTHMS
The 5Rhythms are Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical & Stillness. Together they are called a Wave.
In FLOWING we listen to our body with an inward focus. We respect our energy and encourage movement with fluidity, continuity, and breath. We follow our feet.
As our energy builds, we have energy we need to express. In STACCATO we move outwards with clarity, definition, purpose. Percussive, directional, goal oriented movement.
In CHAOS we meet complexity and surrender to it. We soften and shake out. We let go of that which we can’t control and rest in the beat and the unpredictable release of our movement.
We begin to lighten up in LYRICAL. We re-discover an inner essence that was obscured by mental distress and distraction. We move with spaciousness, spontaneity and a fuller expression of our true creative self.
In STILLNESS we move with the empty space that we feel both inside and outside of us. We begin to distil and complete our dance with a heightened sense of awareness and presence. Often feeling wonder and deep gratitude.
Together, the 5Rhythms are a map for living a dynamic, fluid and creative life – the Medicine Mandala indicates the depth and different expressions of the work. For all students, it begins with dancing a Wave: a revelation where we fully embody our experience, harness raw energy and give expression to all of this. Dancing Wave after wave is a pathway towards greater personal exploration, expression and freedom.