5Rhythms Dallas with Mati Vargas-Gibson


5Rhythms Movement meditation

Though the soul is not a thing, it is our beingness, that which gives us being. Its presence manifests in being awake, attentive, energetic, alive. It is the spark of life. - Gabrielle Roth. Maps to Ecstasy

5Rhythms Movement is a practice of Soul. We dance every Wave anew; each dance builds over time and moving with awareness begins to transform our embodiment, our awareness, and our presence. Through the years, it has been a privilege to witness the clear and subtle ways with which these changes happen. When I look out across the dance floor I am often filled with awe and joy as I witness the physical changes in embodiment and the freedom of being and relating that I can see in dancers who keep showing up week after week.  Do you remember the first time I asked you to take a partner? Now we dance together spontaneously and creatively!  Do you remember the first time you felt grounded enough to traverse the whole floor with fluidity and grace, stepping out and trusting your feet?

...our challenge is to become conscious of these Rhythms, to truly experience them, to enter into them. We have to learn to know what rhythm we are in, how to ride with it, how to shift; to sense what rhythms others are in and how the different rhythms are complementary or discordant. We need to discover what rhythm predominates in us -are we a flowing type, a chaotic type? What rhythms characterize the main people in our lives? We need to tune into the undulating rhythms of our days, our weeks, our months, our years." Gabrielle Roth, Maps to Ecstasy

Gabrielle Roth's main mantra was, "Are you disciplined enough to be a free spirit?" and  I completely believe this to be true. Do you have the curiosity to show up to your dance with full attention and to start noticing the amazing changes and openings that come about from moving mindfully and consciously with each and every one of the Rhythms and through a whole Wave?  Do you know how you ground yourself and relax, and flow? Are you able to open hips to heart and direct your movements towards action, creating shapes and angles and change? Are you willing to thoroughly release control in chaos and surrender everything to the beat until you lighten up and taste the freedom of Lyrical, with all its possibility and promise of fully present creativity? Is your dance of Stillness full, empty, alive, a refuge? Can you dance with yourself, meet others fully in the beat, connect with the larger field of us? And, of course, as on the dance floor so in life.... Do these energies and ways of moving translate into your life, your work, your relationships, your creativity and your relationship with the Divine?

Soul's Callings... Are we ready to surrender to our body intelligence and practice letting go and listening to the creative urges and life-giving spark of our Soul's longing?

I hope you join me on the dance floor.... 
In love, in the dance,


Sunday 5Rhythms Movement Practice 

"Within my body, inside this field of awareness, there is a moving center, a part of me that shifts my focus-my attention. When it isn't detained elsewhere, it resides in my gut between my instincts and intuition, waiting for a signal to move. Attention is as specific as awareness is general. It takes discipline to develop attention and awareness. For me, this discipline is part of my dance. One of the biggest challenges is to keep my awareness in my body, not in my head where it can distract me in a million ways. In the dance I practice putting my awareness in my feet and shifting my attention to specific body parts. Ideally, attention should be a point of consciousness moving around inside a field of awareness." Gabrielle Roth -Sweat your prayers. Movement as Spiritual Practice 

Our Sunday Morning Drop-in classes is where we take on different aspects of the 5Rhythms Moving Meditation. These sessions often emerge from who is in the room and the themes or spirits that are moving with us on a given day. Our movement practice becomes spontaneous and full of synchronicity and healing. Whatever is moving in our life is reflected in the dance, and the dance feeds back medicine for us to move with, be with, and transform our suffering and our joy into art. And, the best part is that we do it in community, held by each other's witnessing and support.

Sessions are $20 and the dates and times for Fall 2018 are below. 

9:30 -11:45 AM

Please arrive on time and plan to stay for the whole session to fully benefit from your Moving Meditation.

All dances happen at the Sammons Center for the Arts unless noted otherwise.  
Sammons Center for the Arts
Historic Turtle Creek Pump Station
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75219

See you on the dance floor!

This Fall in St Louis Early Bird until Sep 15

Entry Point: Finding Freedom at the Threshold.
a 5Rhythms® Waves Workshop
with Mati Vargas-Gibson

St Louis Missouri
October 19-21 Location TBA

Contact Erin Duffy-Burke [email protected] for Registration

Early Bird $210 until Sep 1, $245 after.

“The first thing that has to happen is we have to free the body from all its conditioning in a very literal way. We need to physically free the body, wake it up and get it back into motion and fluidity. Gabrielle Roth
"Nothing happens until the signal passes the threshold." Oxford Living Dictionary

We are in times of global chaos and transition, constantly on the edge of many thresholds. With continuous motion and change we are relentlessly called into transformation, to staying aware of the eternal now, present to our essential Self and one another. How are we to move gracefully between these transitions? How to embrace beginnings and intimately know about endings? When at the threshold of a great turning, how do we resource ourselves and empower one another to step in, begin, sustain, and follow-through with our personal and collective passages and initiations?

We free the body first! Physical movement is our point of entry for grounding and feeling what is true under the surface of the mind, for listening deeply to the soul, and for finding freedom in every step.

5Rhythms® is a movement practice that gets all your creative juices flowing. It doesn't just release your body; it opens up your heart and empties out your mind. Dancing with awareness puts you in touch with a deeper, wiser, you that senses the unity underlying everything. And, when we dance together, we support this freedom in each other and expand our ability to cultivate deep love and compassion for the whole as we move towards new states, new experiences, and creative strength.

Thresholds are also moments when we meet the magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a certain reaction, result, or condition to occur or be manifested. Often, it is the very point where we reach the edge of our perceived limitations and freeze, back off, resist, or prevent change. Let’s practice fully meeting and surrendering to this very edge, dancing joyfully through it, and stepping boldly into trust and freedom no matter what gateways we face.

This workshop is for you if you are on the brink, cusp, or inception of great things and would like to feel grounded and ready, physically, mentally, and spiritually, to step into life’s mysteries fully embodied, resourced by your intuition, and supported by your dancing community. Perhaps you are at the threshold of a new era, or a new state of being, or a new relationship. At our essence, we are always at the threshold of the next moment, hoping to meet it fully with aliveness, breath, presence, and love.

Mati brings decades of inquiry on what it´s like to be a fully embodied, heart-full, spirited, dancing human being. She has danced 5Rhythms® since 1998, and trained under the tutelage of Gabrielle Roth and Moving Center Teachers to become a Certified and Accredited 5Rhythms® Teacher in 2008. Mati creates dancing and ceremonial spaces where everyone can dive into freedom of movement to still the mind, enter sacred time, and awaken joy, spontaneity, and moving prayer. In movement we gather beyond our usual social frameworks and experience meeting ourselves and others intimately, movement to movement, dance to dance, soul to soul, becoming witness to the essential being in everyone. Under the umbrella of BodySpirit Dance Mati creates containers and experiences for moving with the sacred in all aspects of life through movement, ritual, ceremony, and art. She currently offers 5Rhythms® classes, workshops and one-on-one sessions, as well as women’s ritual groups, and seasonal dance ceremonies in Dallas, Mexico, and internationally.

5Rhythms® weaves non-choreographed dance, meditation, conscious movement, full presence, and love. It’s a rhythmic, ecstatic journey through body, mind, emotions, creativity, soul and spirit. There are no steps to follow, no choreography to learn, no way to do it wrong. Everyone is welcome, no matter what shape, size, age, limitation or experience. All you need is an open curiosity and a willingness to experience the joy of moving deeply and freely.
Through the weekend we will invite and support each other to show up fully, playfully, responsibly and truthfully, so that our dance becomes a healing practice, a medicine practice, a creative practice, and a delightful practice.

This workshop counts as Waves Hours towards 5Rhythms® Teacher Training.

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