Breathe, listen to the beat. Feel it in your flesh. Move to the rhythms. Surrender to the sound. Get out of your head and into your body. Gabrielle Roth has been teaching ecstatic dance for 35 years. She is the author of Maps to Ecstasy and Sweat Your Prayers.
Roth has given ecstatic dance workshops all over the globe. Now you can experience the physical and spiritual exhilarations of movement in your own home or place of exercise. Join Roth and her dancers (all unprofessionals) in "The Wave," the first tape that features an introduction to the five core rhythms of flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness. These movements are designed to draw out your innate creativity, intuition, and spontaneity. In "Flowing" you can "move with the space around you as if it were your lover." The percussive and dynamic beat of "Staccato" is one to draw out the herky-jerky in you. Dance wild to the rhythms of "Chaos" or glide to the playful sounds in "Lyrical."
For those seeking an intense physical workout, the second tape, "The Power Wave," is made for you. There is an introduction to the high velocity movements of trance dance. The third tape "The Inner Wave" demonstrates that moving the body can provide access to the inner world of stillness. Each tape is 30 minutes. Whether you use Ecstatic Dance as a spiritual practice, as a close encounter with your body, or as a ritual sweating of your prayers, there are abundant pleasures to be discovered here.