Our NYC teachers service the dynamic, diverse and dedicated tribe you could expect to make their way onto our dancefloors here. It provides a refuge of rhythm for those who are hungry to maintain a real self within the creative pulse, urban edge, and tribal soul of Manhattan. There is no more exciting place on earth, as it perfectly mirrors the complexity and challenges we face when we look within. Our NYC offerings of daily classes, short and long form workshops are available to dance you through all levels of the 5Rhythms every year.
“Trance is a tricky place, a place not many understand. It’s a mindful state that only happens when you get out of your way and fall into your true self so deeply that something inside clicks and you are simultaneously being and witnessing yourself.“
-- Gabrielle Roth
We all long for a place to call home, a place where we feel totally connected and at peace. But there is no home unless we find it in ourselves. The way home is a journey into trance. Trance is soul food, an injection of spirit that can carry us for days and weeks through subways and supermarkets, head-trips and heartaches.
In trance we move into the bigger picture. And from this vantage point we can see into the dark of our own hearts and let go of all the things that haunt us, relinquish them, turn them over to the Great Spirit. Sometimes, we are moved by the spirit of wolf, sometimes we are moved by the spirit of river or the spirit of fear or father. If we let go it takes us past our ordinary self into our luminous self. Any energy fully embodied can be a gateway.
Every time we hold our breath, we are holding back the Great Spirit and all its awesome power. But it is the very presence of that power we all deeply crave. We crave it because it is a catalyst; it shakes us up, keeps us real. It takes a lot of preparation to let go of being the mover and allow the self to be moved. In a million unspoken ways, we will be tested and rewarded.
This weekend is devoted to unwinding the mind, moving through specific maps and meditations that teach us how to more deeply traverse the world of trance. It is also an opportunity to deepen our 5Rhythms practice and connect with its roots.
“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude,humility, understanding.” – Alice Walker
Gratitude is a practice. Thanks may happen fast and furious,or few and far between, with or without our awareness that we are indeed practicing gratitude. Embodied gratitude is a practice we can follow with every step, every rhythm, every dance, everyday-to-day motion.
In this one-day workshop, we’ll follow the 5Rhythms® Waves map, allowing the time to investigate, communicate, innovate, elevate, and appreciate our relationship to gratitude. We’ll dance with how it moves freely,when it holds back, the ways in which it is received or refused, how we can create, reflect, and rest in thanksgiving, setting a grateful foundation as we enter into the holiday season, into the end of another year, into the new with love.