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5 Rhythms

Here are a few samples of workshops I have taught, some of them internationally. I’d be happy to offer any one of these or a unique creation in your area. Please contact me directly if you’d like to produce a 5 Rhythms workshop. logo copyright5 Rhythms® – flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, stillness – are an ecstatic dance meditation, founded by Gabrielle Roth. They are a map of consciousness towards stillness of mind and heart. By dancing them, each rhythm will get you in touch with different parts of yourself, upcoming emotions, resistances, belief patterns, your likes and dislikes.

Practicing the 5 Rhythms® is a pathway towards authenticity, being in touch with what’s going on inside of you, exploring all parts of your being in a fun and creative way. It is expressing yourself in your unique dance, celebrating each discovery, piece by piece letting go of your ego, experiencing joy, deep peace and silence within.

In the meditation practice of 5 Rhythms, we speak of the continuous flow of movement as the feminine energy, the focus as masculine energy and aim for total absorption of the self into the dance, being devoid of any further identification of “I”. It, therefore, includes the understanding of dancing oneself into the state of samādhi. Ultimately though 5 Rhythms is a practice towards being a free spirit in the understanding of Liberation (Kaivalya). We practice 5 Rhythms until any consciousness of the self has resolved and shakti is fully flowing through our system into the experience of being moved (danced) by the Consciousness Force itself. This practice on the dance floor is meant to ultimately embody this state of consciousness at all times, being moved, being spoken, being an instrument of the Divine Consciousness Force, therefore being in union with everyone and everything and with all that is.

“There is only one of us here.”

“Do you have the discipline to be a free spirit.”

“After you fall and before you land is God, and God is the dance, the Beloved we so desperately seek.” Gabrielle Roth (founder of 5 Rhythms®)

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This practice does in no way substitute psychotherapy or medical treatments. In fact, it is better to have completed such treatments before entering into the depth of any meditative practice.

“When you asked me if I’d ever found “joy in Staccato” it changed my dance completely.  My dance softened.  Staccato became more conscious and reflective. Thank you for your insight.” Kay Frallic, Olympia, WA


5 Rhythms One-on-One Sessions

Integration of your 5 Rhythms® workshop experience

One-on-one sessions are a wonderful way to integrate the workshop experience and to go deeper into changing long-held patterns in the body. This will subsequently shift behavioral habits in daily life.

Establishing a Daily 5 Rhythms® Home Practice

Difficulties to bring the energy up to keep dancing at home? Devi will offer you ways to establish a daily home practice.

Contact Devi for an extraordinary movement experience! 

Video call sessions available. A session lasts 60 minutes. If you prefer longer sessions please inquire with Devi.

24-hour cancellation policy. Full payment is required if a session is missed or canceled within less than 24 hours before the appointment.

With special gratitude to Gabrielle Roth, her love, amazing teachings, and her music and the permission to use it. Song “Snake” album “Bones”.


5 RHYTHMS® Explained in Depth as Described on

Flowing Staccato Chaos Lyrical Stillness™

We dance barefoot and in silence. Any impulse of communication is expressed through the body into the dance.

The 5Rhythms – Flowing Staccato Chaos Lyrical Stillness ™ – are states of Being. They are a map to everywhere we want to go, on all planes of consciousness – inner and outer, forward and back, physical, emotional and intellectual. 

They are markers on the way back to a real self, a vulnerable, wild passionate, instinctive self.

Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. It is, in essence, “exercise for the right brain.”

When we practice 5Rhythms, we learn to creatively express aggressiveness and vulnerability, emotions and anxieties, edges and ecstasies. It reconnects us to cycles of birth & death and hooks us into humanity and the spirit of all living things. Within the group context, we create connection and community and hone our instincts and our intuitions. We are made up of all walks of life – every culture, religion, race, gender, age and sexual preference are welcome.

5Rhythms transcends dance. The movement is the medicine, the meditation, and the metaphor. Together we peel back layers, lay masks down, and dance till we disappear…Only to rediscover ourselves through it all.


In Flowing, we physically practice the art of being fluid in our bodies. Flowing is the pipeline to our inner truth, the impulse to follow the flow of one’s own energy, to be true to oneself—listening and attending to our needs, receptive to our inner and outer worlds. When we open up to the flow of our physical beings, all other pathways open. It is one of the most beautiful and fascinating ways of dancing—to be in, to be around, and to watch. 

Men and women that embody the Rhythm of Flowing are supple, flexible, surrendered and trust their feet to lead them where they are meant to go.


In Staccato we physically practice the power of masculine energy. It is percussive and strong and promotes connection with the rest of the world. Staccato is the gateway to the heart. It shows us how to step out into the world connected to our feet and our feelings. This rhythm is the ruler of our linear world, the ruler of the warrior part of us, the part of us that shows up as truth and clarity. It is the part of us that stands up for what we care about, who we love, and what we love. 

Staccato is the fierce teacher of boundaries. And it is the protector and ambassador of our fluid being. Visually, a man or woman fully embodied in the Rhythm of Staccato is defined, clear, connected and not fearful of the transparent expression of their heart. Whether dancing Staccato alone, in partnership, or in groups—it is always a powerful experience. 


In Chaos we physically practice the art of fully releasing our bodies – we let go of the head, spine, hips, and feet and move faster than we can think. Chaos breaks us free of our illusions and throws us headfirst into the beat. It takes us on the journey from “I can’t” to “I will”. The simple practices of Chaos immediately bring us back to our bodies, to the moment. This rhythm liberates us from all ideas about who we are and gives us a real experience of being total, free, intuitive and creative. 

Chaos is the gateway to the big mind. Dancing Chaos is the practice of going into the unknown, not fearing what’s on the other side. Visually we look like a big, hot, giant, sweaty mess overflowing with cathartic energy. This is our big dance, our break out dance, our break through dance.


In Lyrical we practice the art of coming out of Chaos. It is the physical, energetic, emotional and spiritual dancing rebirth. The practice of Lyrical teaches us how to break out of destructive patterns and surrender into the depths of the fluid, creative repetitions of our soulful self, bubbling up from the deepest parts of ourselves to the integrity and dignity that we often forget is within us. 

Lyrical is expansive and connects us to our humanity, timeless rhythms, repetitions, patterns, and cycles. Lyrical is more of a state of being than a Rhythm, as it can be a crystal clear expression of any of the Rhythms in their lightness. We become light in our feet, like birds flying in the air—but make no mistake, in Lyrical we are grounded and fully empowered.


Being Still and doing Nothing are totally different. Stillness moves, both within and all around us. The dance is our vehicle, our destination is the Rhythm of Stillness; our challenge is to be a vessel that keeps moving and changing. Physically, in the dance of Stillness, we move in slow motion—like highly unpredictable meditative Tai Chi masters. Shapes from the past, the present, and the future come through us—shapes of the Feminine and the Masculine and the magic dance they do together. Moving in Stillness and being still in motion fuses the accumulation of our bodies’ life experiences into our true wisdom. Eventually, we dissolve into sitting meditation, where all the other Rhythms of our journey converge in the vital resonance of Stillness. 

Each time we dance into Stillness, we practice the art of making humble and mindful endings interpreted by our higher connected self. This carries through to all of our endings in life—the end of this dance, this day, this relationship, or this life cycle. Good endings mean taking responsibility for the whole journey, distilling wisdom from our experience so that we may begin the next wave or cycle clean and not carrying the past with us.

Enjoy the Journey into Your Essence…