I use musical, verbal, and physical (non-contact) facilitation to help participants cultivate a personal movement-based meditative practice in the 5Rhythms® tradition. Each class may have a loose theme, and most of the class will be spent moving.
As you enter the space, music will already be playing. You are invited to set your belongings on the periphery of the room and join us on the dance floor. Go ahead and warm up, move as the music inspires you. You don’t need to wait for anyone’s permission to begin!
We will move for a bit, then gather for a short teaching and demonstration of some aspect of the 5Rhythms practice. Then we will move again, with an invitation to explore aspects of the teaching and how they manifest in your own body.
5Rhythms is at the surface a simple and accessible practice, it is also a deep one. I recommend at least four classes to begin to get a sense of the map. The more regularly you attend, the deeper your practice will become. The more you dive in, the more you will discover!
My goal is create a collective space conducive to cultivating this deeper connection to ourselves, to each other, and to the greater whole. The guidelines below will help us all enter that space more readily—and help us all in the sometimes challenging practice of being present in a fully embodied way.
Before You Arrive
- Be clean. Please arrive with a clean body and clothes, as some are sensitive to any scented products (including essential oils) or strong body odors.
- Be clear minded. We dance free of alcohol and illegal drugs.
- Leave your shoes, socks, and cell phones off the dance floor. (Note: If you need shoes for foot health, soft-soled shoes that have not been worn out on the street are fine. Dance socks with sticky dots on the bottom are also okay.)
- Arrive in time to be on the dance floor at the posted start time and plan to stay for the full session. Doors close at 10 minutes after the start time to allow the crew to join us on the dance floor.
Holding a Safe and Mindful Space
- After we enter the studio, refrain from talking.
- Endeavor to remain engaged and moving through the entire session, even if those movements are small. Notice any urge to check out. See what happens if you keep moving, even just a bit, instead. To quote Banksy, “If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit.”
- Be mindful of others’ personal boundaries.
- No photography or video.
- Cultivate responsibility for your physical and mental well-being. Be aware of any limitations to your physical and mental health, and take care to move and explore in ways that are not hazardous to you.
- Please follow the instructions of the teacher as you might do with a yoga teacher.
- If you are new to this class it is natural to feel nervous. When we ask you to take a partner please do and know that we are here to develop boundary skills as much as freedom skills. Take your own authority as to what feels appropriate with each partner.
- Notice if judgements of yourself or others arise. Practice noticing your emotions, resistances, stories, and thoughts. Practice observing and moving with and through them rather than falling into them.
- This is a deep, transformational class. On leaving, please be sure to have fully re-grounded in the everyday world before driving.
I will play a range of music to help facilitate this exploration and practice. Not everyone will resonate with every song. That’s fine. Part of the practice we are cultivating is the ability to move into your responses. If you dislike something, if you feel the need to leave the floor when the music gets raucous or to fall asleep when the music becomes calm, that is information. And this practice invites you not to give in to that impulse, but to move into it. To explore it. If you feel anxiety or boredom or frustration or aversion, move into that sensation. Let your body express it and witness whether and how it changes.
I will offer light verbal guidance. This guidance is intended as invitations, as doorways toward a deeper practice. Again, not every suggestion may resonate with you. That’s okay. But I invite you to explore the suggestions nonetheless. To allow whatever sensations and emotions arise to find expression in your movements. To observe your internal experience without judgment or attachment to “doing it right.”
If you have questions, you are always welcome to contact me. In addition, if you pre-register for one of my Tucson Desert Waves classes, you will have the option to meet with me in person before class to ask questions, get an orientation, etc.
Thank you for joining me in this exploration!