Lucija Ana Glagolic Hora
5Rhythms Teacher since 2007
Tribe Member since 1998
When I started doing this practice about 20 years ago, we would often talk about letting go of the mind, of thinking, so that we can dance and truly be. As if the mind were a villan keeping us from being real, and all that was valid was the physical, the forgotten wisdom of the body. These days, on the other hand, there is a lot of talk about mindfulness. Like the mind is the only key to being present. I understand now what we were actually speaking of back then was the need to quiet the chattering mind, the stories we spin 24/7, which in turn creates a possibility to awaken the creative, open, present mind that we speak of now. The consciousness that is grounded in the body, connected to the present moment, yet open and fluid and creative.
I remember something Gabrielle used to say, that we were all trizophrenic most of the time: thinking one thing, feeling the other and doing the third. The split in our psyche dividing us into at least three different tracks of the body, heart and mind. There's even a saying we can hear so often that roots for each of those tracks: "trust your gut", "follow your heart", "do what you think is right"... And instead of picking one of them, this practice allows us to explore how to weave them back together. Bringing our mind to how we feel and letting it move through the body. Allowing the dance to shift our experience and our heart to expand into it. Letting the creativity of inspiration be born out of that interconnection. Coming into a state where one part our psyche fuels and supports the other, where one perspective - physical, emotional or mental, just gives deeper and more wholesome experience and understanding.
So that is what we will do in this weekend exploration - tracks practice weaving back together bits of ourselves into an inner alignment that gives birth to a more wholesome intelligence.
with Lucija Ana Glagolic Hora
22 March 2019 - 24 March 2019
5Rhythms Teacher since 2010
Tribe Member since 2003
I was 29 years old in an African dance class when I felt joy and grief, my past, my future, my present all at once moving in my body. The power of that night in Port Townsend Washington lead me to San Francisco, within a year I was in my first 5Rhythms class - I fell in love that night, like holy crap this is it, I'm never leaving kind of love. This practice gave me a way to feel and a place to move those feelings - my body - and what a relief to find home in my skin.
When I was a little, I wanted to be a dancer when I grew up, naturally I went to a ballet class, but I never went in - I was painfully shy with a serious self-conscious streak that took over when I saw all the other girls had fluffy pink tutus, I was not wearing one, I froze and cried and went home to keep dancing like a little maniac in the safety of my parents living room and then as a teen in my bedroom with my own music - INXS on repeat!
In college my modern dance teacher would play the same music for every warmup - it really moved me, it was Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors Initiation. Eleven years later Gabrielle would come back around and change my life forever.
I have so much gratitude for my 5Rhythms teachers and the lessons:
Jonathan ~ "Rollercoasters, ride them and stay completely calm."
Sara ~ "Trust this dance."
Joanne ~ Your presence on the dance floor.
Peter ~ Thank you for seeing me and your generosity.
Gabrielle ~ Showing me, it is mandatory to ride the waves of discomfort to live in my Original Skin.
I love teaching the basics and embodiment is my strength - going deeper into this amazing practice from that foundation, where we go depends on what is moving in the group, I listen, see and trust. Ritual theater is a love of mine as are the elements of nature.
I live in the Columbia River Gorge on the border of Oregon and Washington. I moved here without knowing a soul, or having a job - the one thing I knew is that I would teach 5Rhythms. My first classes were attended by a handful of people, sometimes just me and one other. It was a time I had to draw deeply on my practice of keeping my feet on the ground while moving forward into the unknown, trusting the Wave. After 6 years this is home- roots have grown and so has the 5Rhythms community where I lead weekly classes and workshops and host visiting teachers. Now I dream big, of manifesting a physical home for 5Rhythms here in the Gorge.
Original Skin is where we are most alive with the powerful innocence of instinct and the vulnerable action of putting our hearts out in the world. . This is the dance into the deep well of being human, the practice of trusting the feet and finding the dance that only you can do because that is the dance that is so needed, this is my next offering and my invitation.
with Sara Mains
16 March 2019 - 17 March 2019
Rockford Grange, Hood River