The 5 Rhythms is a moving meditation created by Gabrielle Roth in the 1960’s. It follows in the tradition of various forms of trance and ecstatic dance modalities, and is a modality within itself. The practice explores the concept that “life is energy in motion”; everything moves in and out of waves of motion throughout its lifespan. The 5 Rhythms in sequence make up a wave. They are: flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness. Each rhythm pertains to a different way in which we move, express, and understand ourselves. By dancing these rhythms we allow our bodies to be danced, step out of our heads/ego, and enter into a meditative state of being. The dance is a physical, emotional and spiritual curriculum that systematically leads us to retrieve the instinctive movements of body, heart and mind. Like most spiritual meditative practices, the 5 Rhythms ultimately is a journey toward our souls and spirits, and letting go of the ego.