The 5 Rhythms Ecstatic Dance

ecstatic-dance

While teaching in Greece in September I discovered the deep joy that is ecstatic dance. What is it?  In essence, a very powerful form of moving meditation, a kind of dancing Pilates if you will.

The 5 Rhythms, developed by Gabrielle Roth in the late 1970s, is the best known form of ecstatic dance.  It’s suitable for all ages, sizes and physical abilities. There are no steps to follow, no choreography to learn, no way to do it wrong, just fantastic music that keeps calling you to dance, and a teacher to guide you through the process.

Just like light, sound or ocean waves, a dancing body when moving freely passes through five distinct rhythmic patterns:

  • flowing,
  • staccato,
  • chaos,
  • lyrical,
  • stillness.

These patterns continuously repeat themselves in a wave of motion. The 5 Rhythms reflect how energy flows through the body and through our lives.

Here’s a taster of the 5 Rhythms form of ecstatic dance…

5 Rhythms classes take place all over the world.  Just Google 5 Rhythms and your location to find the nearest one.

For those living in and around Bristol, I can highly recommend Bernadette Ryder’s 5 Rhythms drop-in class which takes place every Friday evening all year round from 20.00-22.30.   The venue is Studio 2 of Hamilton House, Bristol, BS1 3QY. No need to book, no experience required.  All welcome. The cost is £12 or £10 for concessions.  At the end of the class there is usually an informal ‘after cafe’ for people to chill out together over healthy teas and nibbles.

Ecstatic dance is an amazing experience.  Like a very polite, drug-free rave!  Try it.  Trust me, your body will love it.

To close, one of my favourite tracks to dance to…usually clears the floor so I’ve got plenty of room to move!!  Keith Flint in this video though – disturbing!

 

 

 

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New Tuesday Evening Pilates Class

Ballerina Project

To meet the increasing demand for our classes, Embody Pilates now runs two group sessions on a Tuesday evening, from 18.15 to 19.15 and then straight afterwards from 19.15 to 20.15.

Like all the Pilates classes on our weekly schedule, they are suitable for all ages, sizes, abilities and fitness levels, and take place at The Wellbeing Studio in the heart of Clevedon.  Click the following links to find out where the studio is and to have a look inside the studio.

The cost of a block of six group Pilates sessions is £50. The classes can then be taken as and when you’re available. No booking required.  For those who’d prefer to pay for each class individually, the cost is £10.

Embody Pilates’ weekly schedule of classes now looks like this:

Monday lunchtimes, 12.30 to 13.30
Tuesday evenings, 18.15 to 19.15
Tuesday evenings, 19.15 to 20.15
Thursday lunchtimes, 12.30 to 13.30
Thursday evenings, 18.00 to 19.00
Saturday mornings, 10.00 to 11.00

Thank you to all our clients for supporting Embody Pilates by coming regularly to class and for recommending us to family and friends.  This is so valuable to us in attracting new people.

Ballerina Project

New Sweaty Betty SS15 Piloga Clothing Range

Sweaty Betty Yoga Retreat clothing range March 2015

Sweaty Betty has just launched a new range of work-out gear for Spring Summer 2015, aimed at those who enjoy yoga and Pilates.  The Yoga Retreat collection consists of vests, jumpsuits/all-in-ones, capris and harem pants, swimwear, shorts, hoodies and sweat tops in a black, white and coral pink colour palette.  It’s a nice addition to their Yoga Looks range, which is also worth checking out.

You can purchase online for delivery at home, or they have a shop in Bristol if you want to see the range in the flesh before you buy, or use their free click and collect service.

Sweaty Betty Yoga Pro range SS15

New Thursday Lunchtime Pilates Class

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We have an announcement.  To meet increasing demand, starting on the 12th February, Embody Pilates is introducing a new Thursday lunchtime Pilates class to its weekly schedule.  The hour-long session begins at 12.30 and, as always, is suitable for all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

Like the other four Pilates classes we run, it takes place at The Wellbeing Studio in the heart of Clevedon.  Click the following links to learn how to find the studio and to see what it looks like inside.

The cost of a block of six group Pilates sessions is £50. The classes can then be taken as and when you’re available. For those who’d prefer to pay for each class individually, the cost is £10.

So, from Thursday 12th February, Embody Pilates’ weekly schedule of classes will look like this:

Monday lunchtimes, 12.30 to 13.30
Tuesday evenings, 18.30 to 19.30
Thursday lunchtimes, 12.30 to 13.30
Thursday evenings, 18.00 to 19.00
Saturday mornings, 10.00 to 11.00

Thank you for choosing Embody Pilates.  We very much value all our clients.

To close, something to amuse.  Here’s a sign Melissa came across recently that suggests the slave trade has hit the high street in Bristol…

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