In Native American culture, December begins a season of storytelling and ceremony.
I recently came across a series of Native American Winter stories.
One story by Tom Porter, a Mohawk elder, tells of the first person who came to this Earth was "Sky Woman," the first Mother of us all.
We connect with her through the beat of the drum.
"We must listen to our heartbeat for the sound of the heartbeat is the first drum and which drum do we hear first, we hear the heartbeat of our Mother, even before we are born. We're listening to the music of life and dancing in that water within our Mother's body. So when we are born, we're listening for the sound of the drum. We're actually listening to the sound of our Mother's heartbeat. The Earth itself when we play the drum, we say the drumbeat is the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and that we as human beings must always remember it when we hear the drum to respect our mothers and respect our Mother Earth."
I was moved by this passage. As we start to travel the journey into Winter in the Northern Hemisphere, I am reminded of the heartbeat of the Earth--her soft cocooning.
Let ourselves rest in the beat of the drum, the rhythm of life. Shelter inside her womb, so we may rise anew in the Spring. Take this time to let go and settle.
Join us this week as we dance with the beat of the Earth.
Sylvie and the SDP Team
PS. No dance experience needed. Beginners are always welcome. You will be join this virtual class with either audio only or video on your device or you can call in with the phone numbers provided after registration.
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ABOUT SYLVIE MINOT'S 5RHYTHMS CLASS
5Rhythms is a simple movement practice designed to release the dancer that lives in every body regardless of shape, size, age, or experience. While the dance itself is simple, it has the power to catalyze deep healing and creative expression.
The primary teaching of this work is: If you put your psyche in motion, it will heal itself.
The five rhythms are Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, and Stillness. They come together to create a wave.
There are no dance steps to follow. Each rhythm has a different energy and tempo in which you tap into the wisdom of your body, bring awareness to the patterns in yourself and your life, and find your individual expression.
In Sylvie Minot’s weekly online 5Rhythms class, you will be led on a journey of self-discovery as we come together in community. The class is made up of two waves. The first wave is your time to arrive, let go of your day and settle into your body. During the second wave, we dance more deeply and explore a specific theme.
Any level of fitness, agility and ages are invited to participate. All are welcome and no prior dance training or ability is required.
About Sylvie Minot
Sylvie Minot received her BA in Dance from San Jose State University and is a certified 5Rhythms® Teacher who was also trained in the Heartbeat (emotional) map by Gabrielle Roth.
Sylvie has studied psychology, indigenous healing rituals, energy medicine, and sound healing and is inspired by the teachings of Angeles Arrien, Carolyn Myss, and Tito La Rosa.
Since 2000, Sylvie has taught weekly dance classes and workshops for a variety of populations.
Sylvie is often described as a catalytic shape-shifter because of her ability to meet people right where they are and move with them into new possibilities
Syzygy Dance Project (SDP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that transforms lives through dance movement. We offer regular dance classes to the public and outreach dance classes for inmates, veterans, recovering addicts, chronically ill patients, and the elderly.
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