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Spread your Wings: 5Rhythms with Alex Svoboda

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Whenever we dance the 5Rhythms as a dynamic movement practice, we not only learn to listen to our body and what is happening inside, we also harness our natural gift to sense what is going on around us while adapting to the ever changing physical and social environment. 

Again and again, we move through a "Wave"; a dance cycle consisting of five stages or ‘rhythms’. Within each wave we learn how and when to be receptive (Flowing), when to be clear about who we are and the boundaries we hold (Staccato), when it’s time to let go of control and trust the unpredictability of creativity (Chaos)…and finally...there comes a moment when we can release any effort and simply enjoy the dance. This happens in Lyrical, the rhythm of maturity, lightness, freedom from inner judgement… the rhythm of flying!

It is important to notice and appreciate such moments in life as we grow our wings through study, work and a myriad of life experiences. We don’t want to miss the chance to open our wings and let their strength carry us in the direction of our hopes, wishes and dreams. 

Join us in this dance experience as we remind each other of this wonderful energy, get to know it better, and allow ourselves to be carried away by our dance. Let’s spread our wings and fly! 

About Alex:
The liberating power of dance seems to flow naturally out of Alex and spread to those who come to his classes. 

In addition to being a world traveling conscious dance facilitator, Alex is a University instructor and an experienced corporate training facilitator. He has trained as a 5Rhythms teacher directly with Gabrielle Roth, is a certified Open Floor teacher and has been studying with Anna Halprin. 

Alex offers a method of dance meditation that is highly accessible, simple and at the same time amazingly deep and potentially transformational. He teaches regularly in London, Cambridge, Dubai, Moscow, St Petersburg, and Kiev. He founded freedomDANCE, a school of dance meditation and conscious movement with 23 teachers and trainees working in over 30 different cities. 

Alex considers dance to be his way to freedom: "Each of our classes is an opportunity to have a taste of freedom. What kind of freedom? Freedom to breathe and move. Freedom to notice and accept what is happening inside ourselves and around us. Freedom to open up to something bigger, something that transcends our everyday ideas and calculations. Freedom to be yourself and share yourself with others…" 

Learn more about Alex and his work here

What others are saying:
"You have real, soft, palpable presence. Not pushing, not holding back, sometimes waiting, sometimes offering.  When you speak, I listen.  It's always, always worth it." - Sue Rickards, London

"I felt stretched in a really beautiful way- it got me dancing outside of my easy routine ways of dancing." - Julian Russell, London

"Alex… is magical - catch him if you can!" - Louise de Caux, Cambridge

Schedule: July 28 & 29, 2017
Friday 6:30-9:30pm
Saturday 11-6pm


Friday only - $35
Friday and Saturday - $135 by July 1; $170 thereafter

Rooted and Rising strives to bring the dance to as many bodies as possible! Therefore, one scholarship will be offered to those whom are sincerely dedicated to learning and contributing to the community but unable to pay in full. Preference will be given to those who are committed to the Friday + Saturday experience. If you would like to be considered please send your name, a brief summary of your situation and your interest in the event no later than July 14, 2017 to Participant(s) will be drawn (at random) one week before the event begins. 

Cancellation Policy:
30 days in advance = $25 cancellation fee
14 days in advance = $50 cancellation fee
No refunds can be issued less than 14 days from the start of a workshop. Any fees paid (minus $50) can be applied to a future program.

Tula Yoga & Wellness
99 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN