The Five Rhythms Meditation Dance

Dance as a form of meditation is as old as civilization.

Just think about the native American dances you have seen in movies.

Or trance dances of the shamans in primitive societies in the Amazon.

Irish folk dancing and even classical ballet are a kind of meditation for those who dance.

Modern dance teachers such as Anna Halprin (who just turned 92!) and her student, Gabrielle Roth have been teaching dance as a form of meditation for years.

It was Gabrielle Roth who introduced the Five Rhythms Meditation Dance.

The five rhythms are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness.

I know from personal experience that she, like me, was inspired by Rajneesh.

There are many centers around the world that offer the five rhythms as a meditation and workout.

My experiences with Gabrielle Roth in the 70’s and Anna Halprin in the 90’s have been totally transformative.

Their teaching styles differ, and their commitment is overboard!

Share this with your friends and let me know if you want more information.

Note: This article originally appeared on Best Meditation Videos, exactly two years ago on July 14, 2012. It is reproduced here in conjunction with my new book, 7 Principles of Mindfulness in Healing. Shamanism is one of the topics covered in the book and I was writing about Gabrielle when I opened it for editing once again.

Since the publication of this article, I have become an intimate part of a small group that meets on the first Shabbos (Friday night) of the month. We come together to meditate, share intimately with deep listening and loving speech, and share a meal together. The shabaters have been exceptionally supportive of my healing experience since the beginning of the year.

Most of these people have met through the practice of the five rhythms meditation dance on a weekly basis at various places in Marin County, California. Please contact me if you want more information about the five rhythms.

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