This class began in February of 1995 and has been ongoing weekly since.
So much of the is work is about what comes up,
and i’d like to offer you a few insights that may be helpful as you begin.
Please honor our guidelines: Barefeet or dance shoes only,
turn off cell phone and refrain from taking pictures.
You are entering Sacred Space as you come into this room,
and your observance of this is important to everyone present.
If you feel called to talk with someone please take any verbal conversation out of the room, or convert it to movement.
We set up an “alter”, often reflecting the natural world, sometimes with humor,
at times you may feel called to contribute something to this space;
people have brought a picture of someone going through a healing crisis,
a loved one missed, an object of inspiration,
or sometimes fruit to share.
The class is a Sweat Your Prayers™; where music is the primary teacher
encompassing a 5Rhythms® wave:
flowing: inhale....earth based, curving receptive feminine energy
staccato: exhale.. creating boundaries masculine with punctuated movement
chaos: a grounded surrender into expansive free dance the integration of polarities
lyrical; the ecstatic embodied lightness of being danced
stillness: the spaciousness of inner listening as movement breath, space meeting and becoming form
Your dance is unique and you can’t get it ‘wrong,'
There may be people in the space who seem more practiced; let them inspire you…
maybe they’ve been dancing for years, maybe it’s their first time.
This is a cauldron of infinite possibilities and you may transform yourself here.
We will go on a guided journey together,
becoming fascinated with our bodies, our movements,
our dance, our relationships to self, others, and the tribe.
Each class is unique, so much of it comes from who shows up.
Everyone's space is respected, if you feel your boundaries are not respected, simply indicate that through a simple gesture: a bow, or hands on heart or turn away. Always let the teacher know if you are feeling in any way challenged by another in the space. Your wellbeing is primary.
This is movement as a spiritual practice. It can be the most fun you have ever had,
and it can bring up a flood of other emotions equally easily.
A major tenet of the work is to keep moving. Even if the movement is tiny to the outer eye.
The impulse may be to let old feelings that get triggered engulf you.
We suggest that you let the dance continue its process, follow it and acknowledge it but don’t let emotions stop you from going on to your next level.
We invite you to meet others, exchange numbers, have friendships blossom.
If things come up for you from dancing, either in the class, or afterwards, tell us!
We most especially want to hear from you if something is challenging to you ––
physically, emotionally, spiritually.
Your feedback is welcomed, not only the positive.
Many times people have come in and danced, had extraordinary experiences, and later at home had a flood of old feelings
and memories that were uncomfortable. Call or email me; this is where community comes in.
Amazing people are dancing around you , people who do bodywork, counseling,
we are doctors, chiropractors, artists, teachers, writers, actors, computer experts,
business owners, athletes, as well as dancers and dreamers and drummers…..
Let us know your chosen profession, and let us post it on our community referral page
Refer to one another for services, guidance, expertise.
We are constantly amazed by the magic in our lives,
and hope that you may find some of it here as well.
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Ride the Waves
Sunday mornings 11:15 – 2
9635 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles 90232
I love moving and find this organic process of exploration the most satisfying of all portals into wonder.
This is a meditation form that allows for the release of emotions, ideas, thoughts,
held patterns and concepts, as well as old trauma and pain.
as that releases space opens for welcoming a balancing of energies, a connection to vitality, breath and presence.
this is where poetry lives in my body,
where my creativity is accessed and expressed,
where i meet and honor myself through an ever changing array of mirrors.
where i feel witnessed, held and received on a soul satisfying level.
this honoring oF self extends into the field of dancers around me, helping me to foster my sense of self in all relationships.
this is an opportunity for you to develop and express boundaries,
to support others in transformation and feel supported in your own shifts.
for many it kindles a spiritual awareness of deeper resonance,
and is a portable accessible vehicle for sanctuary.
this is a sanctuary for movement; a restoration of the dancing path to source,
and essence that has been a birthright for the tens of thousands
of years we have been on this earth.
for humans have always danced, always communed with the vast unfathomable realms in this way.
the experience is uniquely yours and yet it is held and supported through a common space.
sharing the journey amplifies the accessibility of higher attunement and can act as a lever might
moving you more profoundly through blocks and impasses in your patterns of behavior than you might on your own.
in this safe haven we encourage surrender.
as a facilitator i am catalyzing the field with music and spoken word
offerings and guidance to enhance a process of self revelation.
as a participant, please realize that we co-create the field.
we seek to expand our awareness; our respect for self and all around us.
if you feel at any time that the room moves faster than you are comfortable moving,
it is always the rhythm in your skin that is best followed.
in giving yourself permission to stay true to what is within you,
others are inspired to be within their authentic presence.
if you feel that someone crosses you personal comfort level, please let them know,
with a look, a bow, or a simple gesture.
being honest in that expression helps everyone to grow.
as freedom of movement releases your body, it may release different qualities within;
not all of them may be socially ‘correct’ and while your full
opportunity to show up is invited, respect for others is as well.
unstructured felt movement opens the permeability of the heart;
feelings can flow more freely. at times memories can engulf us and yet,
if we continue to dance, continue to follow breath and sensation,
continue to track our inner space and not become overwhelmed by what is
around us, we develop resources that will guide us everywhere in life.
this may help us to be more honest in relationship and more realized in the world
the ripple effect of your dance is limitless.
There are teachers in many places:
visit 5Rhythms.com for other classes in the world...
or ask me about teaching a workshop in your area.
It is my intention to create a healing movement center in Los Angeles.
If you are interested in helping me to achieve this goal, please contact me.
Jo 424 258 5105 texts or talk to me: 310.821.1144 home (no texts)