rhythm

  • GALINA SANDERSON

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    Me, the Singer, is dancing barefoot in the churches of London. That is where the 5 Rhythms movement is happening–more and more people come to dance, but not to night clubs or discotheques. Those places where sweat is mixed with alcohol and tobacco smells are still in power; but they do not empower. These – have wooden floors, high ceilings, stained glass windows and so much white clean space.

    It is easy and fun to breathe, scream, hum and moan in these white clean spaces.

    5 Rhythms was the child of Gabrielle Roth, an American theatre director, dance teacher-explorer, an urban shaman woman from New York, who wanted bring people into Ecstasy state without substances and introduce them to freedom from the mind. To make it through the body and make the body an object of adoration.

       We are so different. Some dancers have been coming to 5 Rhythms for 8-       10 years; others are beginners - different sizes, ages, nationalities and            incomes, short legged and long legged.  Most of us are not professional          dancers. Some are; but we all love to move in a room where nobody                judges, evaluates or compete. We are all searching – some for inner              alignment, some for community, peaceful mind, some for freedom from            pain, losses and grief.


    Five rhythms – Flowing, Lyrical, Staccato, Chaos, Stillness form a wave, a cycle of a dance. We become that wave as the body is carried forward by sound, without the mind deciding where to go and what part to move in which direction. Music, very colourful in mood and rhythm, is heard by all the body, not only the ears. The sound fills your cells and takes you into another reality. This is pure meditation. Meditation in motion. Trance follows.

    We are reminded by the teacher to breathe consciously, to have a certain intensity and speed of exhalation.  Breath leads me and gives me an indication of how fast I can go. At some point, after approximately an hour of dancing, the intensity of the atmosphere reaches such a peak, the tension which accumulated in the body during the week in all of us, collapses. A firecracker Bang! And the sound of release escapes the bottomless bodies. Uuhs and Ahhhs and Humms and Mmms – all of us are in these sounds at that moment.  We laugh together when we dance with a partner, repeating each other’s movements and creating unusual new ones.  We cry too, knowing that even if someone notices, they won’t judge. Crying happens when the freedom of being yourself hits us. 

    Usually I quietly hum at the end of the class, when Lyrical section starts. My voice blends into the melody. I feel expanded, free, happy, and a little bit tired. At the same time there is this knowing that my voice lives in this body, in my bare feet kissing the wooden floor, in my flying arms and hands, in the movement of my neck.

    Music, voice, energy, body. Everything is a dance.

  • Do you use the power of sound to enhance your speaking voice?

    You can use it to manage nerves, release challenging thoughts and bring yourself into the full power of your presence.


    The first time I experienced Sound Healing I was in a voice class at drama school, repeating sounds, feeling the vibration through our bodies. I wanted to stop. I was feeling all sorts of things I didn’t want to feel.  Our teacher said it meant my voice was opening areas it hadn’t accessed for a long time; and I burst into a flood of tears.

    Eight years later, I discovered sound-healer Stewart Pearce (who taught my drama-school voice teacher!).  After taking Stewart’s course I began incorporating sound in my massage work. I went to Egypt on a spiritual holiday and was invited to lead my first group sound circles. 

    Then one day, a massage client asked if I knew anyone who could help her husband gain confidence in public speaking.  I did. Me! 

    This started what I do today, sound healer and vocal confidence and communication specialist.  I reconnect people to who they really are, and release the restrictions they hold around speaking and self-expression to find their confident voice.

    Why? When I was about 9 years old, a music teacher said to open our mouths when we sing.  I did, and three girls started making fun of me.  Suddenly the thing I loved was ‘dangerous’ and might ostracise me.  This stuck with me.  It got so bad when auditioning for musicals huge nerves would kick in, my body shake, and my voice would go. 

    These are the same kinds of challenges people face when they don’t like speaking in front of others or are afraid to have a challenging conversation.  You shut down, or shut off the parts of your voice that connect with the experiences your brain remembers as vulnerable - and your body responds.

    Your voice affects every part of your life.  Whether you are expressing yourself personally or professionally you need to let go of the barriers and blocks a younger you created mentally, physically and emotionally around self-expression.

    Next time you are nervous about speaking, I invite you to hum and ‘Haw’.  Let your voice vibration ground you, bring you back into your body and release those emotional charges too. It is the simplest way to change your state because it works in a moment. It is physical, emotional and spiritual.  It is accessible immediately and you need no special tools to create it. 

    This is how I connect my clients to their deepest truth, to the passion behind their purpose to speak with clarity, confidence and conviction.  Every one of them a pebble into the ocean of creating global vocal-liberation and sending “Sound Around The World.”


    I ask them … words make waves – so why not speak with the power of Your Whole Voice?!

    by Judith Quin

    www.yourwholevoice.com

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