"The fastest way to still the mind is to move the body." Gabrielle Roth
The 5Rhythms® is about embodiment. Getting out of your head, and into your body. My passion is helping people connect with their bodies so they can release tension, experience authentic movement, and find increased joy through this deeply transformative practice. My desire is to create a place for planting seeds of intention to awaken and deepen our connection to ourselves and others, in the fertile soil of the 5Rhythms®. Founded by Gabrielle Roth, the 5Rhythms® is a simple yet profound movement practice that catalyzes the body, mind and spirit to deeply transform and heal. This practice is based on the belief that: “When we put the body into motion, the psyche heals itself.” (G.Roth). My classes provide a safe and sacred space for people to explore their desire for movement and healing through dance. I am skilled at allowing dancers the freedom to push themselves past their comfort zones and explore what lies beneath the surface, while holding a calm, grounded space, regardless of where each individual is at in her/his personal process and experience. This is not about right and wrong or 'follow the leader' ~ this is about embodiment, and gently encouraging growth and exploration in the individual as well as the collective field.
About Julie: Julie’s love and passion for this practice comes from her many years of being on the dance floor herself, experiencing and witnessing transformation first hand. She has personally experienced the shedding and transformation of layers of herself into joy, and creative self-expression. It is the power of this practice to transform and heal that has inspired her to become certified as a 5Rhythms® Teacher, offering classes and workshops on the Sunshine Coast, and throughout British Columbia. Julie began practicing the 5Rhythms in 2001. She immediately knew she was ‘home’ as she experienced more joyful expression and freedom in her mind and body on the dance floor than anywhere else. She says: “I dance to remember who I am, and to fall in love with myself over and over and over again.” Julie holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Queens University, as well as a B.Ed from Simon Fraser University. In addition to her formal education, Julie has obtained certification as a Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure practitioner and holds an Esalen Massage® certificate. She maintained a private bodywork practice for several years before introducing the art of teaching to her repertoire ~ both in elementary schools and on dance floors. "I love doing 5Rhythms dance with Julie Plotkin. She leads by encouragement and example and I feel I can do no wrong. My body and my soul both come intensely alive and there is no more "both" because I am totally at one with myself. Thanks, Julie!" - David Roche, Motivational Speaker