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Flexibility in Rhythm: a TaKeTiNa workshop in Palo Alto, CA

Flexibility in Rhythm: a TaKeTiNa workshop in Palo Alto, CA

with Zorina Wolf and Susan Sullivan

In a TaKeTiNa circle we build a structure in rhythm-- first vocalizing a repetitive vocal mantra. These rhythmic syllables guides us into simple step patterns. Gradually we add complexity by hand claps, some which are not on footsteps. Over time we begin to sing call-and-response melodies that ground us. Moving and singing rhythms, we begin to feel connected to a groove.

At a certain point in the journey, the leader intentionally introduces a new way of sensing this rhythm. Suddenly, we are no longer singing in a place that we recognize. This shift wakes us up, disarms us and brings us into a direct experience with life as it is.

As the momentary confusion passes, we find our way back to “home base” in the music. We learn to accept the unexpected. Surprises become an opportunity to relax and laugh in the midst of uncertainty. Being flexible in rhythm encourages us to have greater creativity with our changing lives.

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