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What are the 5 Rhythms?

The Five Rhythms comprise a simple movement practice designed to release the dancer that lives in every body, no matter what its shape, size, age, limitations and experience. To find your dance is to find yourself, at your most fluid and creative level. While the practice itself is the essence of simplicity, it has the power to catalyse deep healing and creative expression. The primary teaching of this work is: if you put the body in motion the psyche will heal itself.

The 5Rhythms are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness. They come together to create the Wave, a movement meditation practice. Rather than having steps to follow, each Rhythm is a different energy field in which you find your own expression and choreography, thereby stretching your imagination as well as your body. Each Rhythm is a teacher and you can expect to meet different and sometimes unknown aspects of yourself as your dance unfolds and your practice of the Rhythms deepens over time.

The Rhythms are the foundation of Gabrielle Roth’s body of work, a series of healing maps for the body, heart, mind, soul and spirit that provide a lifetime of self discovery and a path to awakening.

What happens on the dance floor?

In every class or workshop, there is always a wide range of experience in the 5 Rhythms work - from first timers to certified Wave addicts. The teacher will be following the energy in the room. So, while the essential map is Five Rhythms, the teacher might take the class through the entire Wave or focus on just one Rhythm or one facet of a Rhythm.

The Rhythms themselves are gateways to literally thousands of different movement landscapes. Like the body, they are alive and designed to catalyse the dancer's movement expression in the moment. You are different every time you walk into the room, so is the group and so is your teacher. Therefore, each class holds unique possibilities.

Some basic principles:

• Go at your own pace.

• Be responsible for your own body (stay aware of injuries and limitations).

•Keep your eyes open to stay aware of others.

•Dance barefoot or in dance shoes - no socks on the dance floor please.

•Move how you feel and be open to changing.

•Know that everything that is alive has a dance, and your only task is to find and express yours.

•Enjoy yourself! (Excessive seriousness may slow you down).

The group is made up of people who have danced a long time, some not so long and some who are newcomers to the work. You don't have to have danced before - what matters is to be willing to join in and be open to what is happening in you. This is an open group, you can come any time.

Please don't wear outdoor shoes, or socks on the dance floor - they are slippery and dangerous, for you and for others. It's best to dance barefoot or in soft-soled dance shoes. Also it's a good idea to remove jewellery and watches - they can easily catch someone as you move.

What to expect on the dance floor:

We begin with warm-up music when you are invited to move in any way that feels right for you. It’s your time to arrive, to stretch, to find out how you are, to see what you need right now. It’s really helpful if you begin dancing as soon as you are ready and don’t talk on the dance floor - it gets in the way of being present and can distract other people who want to get on and settle into their practice.

After the warm-up dance we usually gather briefly to say hello to each other and to welcome newcomers. Sometimes there may be time to share anything relevant for you, or the teacher may say something about the evening ahead. Sometimes though we will move straight into the practice from warm-ups.

We then move into body parts - a guided moving meditation. Then we dive into the practice in whatever way feels appropriate for the group that week. Sometimes we may go through a Wave with minimal input from the teacher and plenty of space to explore the Rhythms for yourself. Sometimes the evenings will be more structured, sometimes working in pairs or small groups. There is no set way. How the evening takes shape depends on the group and the energy present in the room.

It can seem daunting at first, you may be shy or feel anxious - or you may be excited. Remember everyone came for the first time once, and the best way to get over shyness or inhibition is to simply move - in any way you can. Try to drop your ideas of how it should be and how you should be - accept yourself however you are and trust your movement. Everybody is unique and while there is a form to the 5 Rhythms there are no set steps to learn and no right way to do it. There is only you and your dance in the moment.

Some people already know each other and you can introduce yourself by dancing with someone else. You don’t have to do this; respect your own boundaries and those of others. If someone comes to dance with you and it doesn’t feel right, find a gentle way to say no and move away. If you go to dance with someone else and they say no, don’t take it personally - it’s simply where they are in the moment. Please take responsibility for your own physical well being.

Try to see instructions given by the teacher as an invitation rather than a ‘must’ - be willing to experiment and see what happens. A good guideline is that if your body says no then respect it, if your mind says no then don’t listen to it!! It may not all make sense at first, the important thing is to move and be open to something moving in you.

We usually finish by gathering in a circle and there may be time to share anything that has come up during the evening. Even if you don’t share in the closing circle, make sure that if you are stirred, troubled, excited, happy, sad then you speak to someone else in the group, or the teacher, before you leave.

Above all enjoy the session - see it as an opportunity.

For more information please visit Tim's website, www.opentolife.co.uk (http://www.opentolife.co.uk/). Or emailtim@opentolife.co.uk

Upcoming events (4+)

St Albans 5Rhythms Ecstatic Dance!

Needs a location

Come and join the Dance! A relaxing releasing workout for mind, body and spirit. Let go of your mind and let your body take you into your wildness, your tenderness, your joy - with yourself, with others. Come home to the ground of your being. Somewhere in you the dancer is waiting, waiting to be recognised and given life in movement. All you need is to move and let the music touch you. Where earth and sky meet - that’s you - alive in your dance!

I have been teaching 5Rhythms Dance for very many years having studied and trained with Gabrielle Roth who developed this practice. I am delighted to now be offering this dance at Aboyne Lodge School once a month on Saturdays and look forward to meeting you on the dance floor.

Dates for 2022:
12th March
9th April
14th May
11th June
9th July
NO CLASS IN AUGUST
10th September
8th October
12th November
10th December

Time:
7:00 - 9:30pm
Please arrive in time to dance at 7:00pm

Fee:
Higher income £20. Standard fee £15. Lower income £12 . Universal Credit £7

Book through Eventbrite (Tim Broughton - Open to Life Events | Eventbrite) or pay in cash on the door.

Venue:
Aboyne Lodge School, Etna Rd, St Albans AL3 5NL

Enquiries:
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Tim -[masked]

www.opentolife.co.uk

St Albans 5Rhythms Ecstatic Dance!

Needs a location

Come and join the Dance! A relaxing releasing workout for mind, body and spirit. Let go of your mind and let your body take you into your wildness, your tenderness, your joy - with yourself, with others. Come home to the ground of your being. Somewhere in you the dancer is waiting, waiting to be recognised and given life in movement. All you need is to move and let the music touch you. Where earth and sky meet - that’s you - alive in your dance!

I have been teaching 5Rhythms Dance for very many years having studied and trained with Gabrielle Roth who developed this practice. I am delighted to now be offering this dance at Aboyne Lodge School once a month on Saturdays and look forward to meeting you on the dance floor.

Time:
7:00 - 9:30pm
Please arrive in time to dance at 7:00pm

Fee:
Higher income £20. Standard fee £15. Lower income £12 . Universal Credit £7

Book through Eventbrite (Tim Broughton - Open to Life Events | Eventbrite) or pay in cash on the door.

Venue:
Aboyne Lodge School, Etna Rd, St Albans AL3 5NL

Enquiries:
[masked]
Tim -[masked]

www.opentolife.co.uk

Opening to Intimacy - 2 day workshop

Needs a location

A weekend workshop led by Tim Broughton

An invitation to deepen the experience of intimacy in your life. Having a clear sense of our boundaries creates the freedom to open into our natural innocence of playful, joyful, loving relating.
This workshop provides a space to meet yourself, moment to moment and to meet with others from this place, with what is real, beyond the masks that we so often interact from and within.
In this experiential workshop there are opportunities to experience touching and being touched within the realms of sensuality. This is a clothes on workshop and we will not be entering the sexual realm. This creates a rare opportunity to discover depths of experiencing and connection that is possible with this clear boundary in place, that can lead to profound realisations and life changes.

The workshop creates the possibility to –

  • Notice what’s happening inside ourselves – what we are feeling – our wants, needs and desires
  • Become aware of our resistances – see how we can prevent intimacy by holding back and not allowing feelings to move in us
  • See how honouring and sharing honestly what is happening in us brings us closer to ourselves, to the core of our being, and closer to others
  • Develop sensitivity and openness to feeling, hearing and seeing the other
  • Allow our vulnerability as a creative choice which honours our being and opens our heart
  • Discover more intimacy with ourselves and how this supports intimacy in others
  • Experience the pleasure of letting go into trust, playfulness and tenderness
  • Be deeply touched by life as it unfolds moment to moment so that you can experience more aliveness in your life

I have been running workshops on the theme of intimacy for over 25 years.
This workshop is open to everyone who wishes for more intimacy in their lives whether you are single or in an ongoing relationship.

Dates and Times:
Saturday 16th July - 1pm to 6.30pm (followed by an evening meal in a local restaurant)
Sunday 17th July - 10:30am to 4.30pm (with a shared lunch - please bring some food to share)
Please commit to attending both days.
Please also note it is a non-residential workshop.

Cost:
Course fee £150
If finances are the only reason stopping you from attending please contact me about this.

Location:
The sessions are held at a centre in Twickenham
10-minute walk from Twickenham station
20-minute bus ride from Richmond station (R70, H22, 490)

Enquiries and bookings: To book a place, or to ask any questions before joining, please email your name and phone number to [masked]

Field of Love Summer 5Rhythms Camp

Needs a location

These transformational camps offer a creative and safe space for deep personal exploration as a process of healing our wounds and opening into our creativity as well as more loving responses to living our lives. We will meet together each day in a circle as well as dancing the 5Rhythms™. We will huddle together, speak from our hearts, cry to the winds, laugh, shout, dance, sing, and cook; being together as simply as we can, as real as we can.

We will be camping together, cooking communally around open fires in beautiful secluded Dorset countryside near Bridport and about 6 miles from the sea. Facilities include – a heated bell tent and marquee to meet and dance in, meadows to play in, hot and cold shower, toilets, firewood, water taps, a hot tub and other structures.

We will be creating together a rich variety of offerings designed to open us all, body heart and soul, to the gift of being, within ourselves and with each other. Come and experience the connection between Nature and Spirit. At previous camps there have been poetry readings, singing groups, cabaret nights, women’s and men’s groups, creative writing, sumo wrestling, water slides, trips to the sea, hat parades, fireworks and more. There is also time to simply hang out, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

For full details and booking please click here: https://opentolife.co.uk/portfolio-item/field-of-love-summer-camp/

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