Worth Knowing About the 5Rhythms

How do I find a 5Rhythms class or workshop? 

Find classes and workshops, or search for a teacher

Do I need experience or a minimum level of fitness? 

Neither experience nor a high level of fitness is required to start with the 5Rhythms practice.

What do I need to bring to a 5Rhythms class? 

It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing in layers that allow you the full range of movement. You may also want to bring a blanket to keep you warm and/or a small towel to dry off. We dance barefoot or in lightly soled dance shoes (or other sports shoes that don’t leave marks on the floor). Bring a bottle of water (no glass bottles, please) and curiosity. That‘s all you need.

Are there any rules I have to follow?

Yes, there are! In order to create a protected space for all of us and to allow a deep immersion, there are some rules to be followed:

  • We move without alcohol or other drugs—please appear sober.
  • We move in silence, as usual in meditation. If you wish to have conversations, please do so outside the room.
  • We move with our eyes open in order to perceive the others in the room and remain present. 
  • If you come to dance, stay until the end (if you have an appointment halfway through, then better join us another time). 
  • Please be punctual. We start together. Everyone coming late causes friction within the group energy. 

I have/had an injury. Can I still dance the 5Rhythms? 

The 5Rhythms are a simple and flexible practice that can be performed by anyone, regardless of their physical limitations. Since there is no specific “routine”, you can participate at your own pace and within the limits of your own movement ability, unless your doctor advises otherwise.

What happens in a 5Rhythm class? 

Although all classes are different, each class offers basic instructions on the 5Rhythms, whether it is the complete “Wave” (the 5Rhythms in sequence) or the focus on one or the other rhythm and its energies. Usually there is music and uncommented time to arrive in the beginning—you can use this time to expand, stretch or just to move. Then, there’s often a warm-up phase (usually with input from the teachers), topics and exercises. Teachers can use a variety of different types of music, or even no music at all, to support the journey into the 5Rhythms. It can be a combination of individual, partner and/or group work. Some classes are more structured than others, but all of them offer the opportunity to move with the 5Rhythms.

What if I am REALLY afraid of the first time?

On the other side of the terror within lies a healthy excitement that can be a motor for your first movements. The 5Rhythms practice provides the space in which you can move, however you feel. There is nothing for you to do but to move the way it feels right in this very moment. You wouldn’t be the first person to be so scared you can barely make it over the doorstep. But don’t worry! Once you are in the room, the teachers will encourage you to start from where you are. Another way to help yourself might be to contact the teachers in advance and talk to them about your concerns.

Do you have further questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us.