This pandemic year has too often challenged us to find new and different ways of doing and being in this world.
You are being forced to embrace new experiences without time to process and let go of the old, the familiar, and the once was.
This constant change brings you to a place of resistance and uncomfortable feelings you want to avoid.
What if you don’t have to let go of the old, but alter your perception of unwelcomed change to create a space for interesting pathways and new experiences for you and your place in the world?
Some of you have ceased dancing or going to the gym because it doesn’t provide the same sensations and connection as in-person events. Maybe you originally started attending exercise classes because you wanted to get away from the computer.
But I invite you to look at online classes from a different perspective. Even though you’re facing a computer in a virtual 5Rhythm and Beyond class during lockdown, you ARE engaging differently with a computer.
You are standing up and moving your body around to music in your home space.
Of course, I get that you crave personal connection--even an introvert like me longs for in-person group energy. For a culture that highly values independence, COVID sure is teaching everyone about interdependence in a whole new way.
What stuck patterns are you trying to let go of in order to face the ongoing challenges thrust upon you? Can you alter them in ways that move with this new way of experiencing the world?
The lotus flower grows out of the mud. It doesn’t stop developing because the ground isn’t clean or the mud is obliging. It alters its interaction with its environment by channeling pressurized air from its leaves and taking in energy from sunlight to blossom into a sacred flower—a symbol of self-regeneration and rebirth.
This week, I invite you to practice moving with alterations and amendments to your old patterns and past ways of doing and being to pull yourself out beyond this pandemic weighing you down.
May you live like the lotus at ease with the mud.
Sylvie and the SDP Team
PS. No dance experience needed! Beginners are always welcome!
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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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