About Lisa DeLand & Dancing Fire Lizards
5Rhythms is the name given to Gabrielle Roth’s lifetime body of healing movement work. It is a practice, a discipline, a language for moving through life’s layers. It is an awakening and welcoming of the body, heart, mind, soul and spirit to be fully present.
Curiosity fuels me and my creativity. I consider life to be an adventure and am fascinated by what it has to offer. I’m always questioning why things are a certain way and what would happen if they were different. I’m interested in the free flow of ideas between people rather than deciding that things have to be one way or another. My whole life is about moving away from constructs that limit me.
Motion and stillness — part of me is always in motion, even if my body is still. In my stillness, I’m aware of my life force, the energy of creation moving through me and of being connected to that which is greater.
Dancing, moving without a menu of thought, without stops brings me to an internal stillness. When there’s a free flow of energy moving through my body, there are no compartments, no separations.
I identify Spirit is the life force that flows through and around us. My own spirit is a gift and a responsibility. Spirituality is a practice of being present with whomever and whatever is in front of me.
My connection to spirit is personal, constant and permanent. It’s in everything I do: the way I treat others, make choices about how I live and invest my time.
I appreciate the gift of my life and live as open-heartedly as I’m able.
Feelings and emotions are integral parts of who we are. Sometimes they’re comfortable and feel supportive; other times, they’re uncomfortable and indicators of the need to look deeper, perhaps to examine old survival strategies that no longer bring us to our joy.
I’ve found that one of the many benefits of my movement practice is a greater sense of agency, to make choices that are in my best interests and highest good and that bring me back into my joy.
People have the right to emotional and spiritual health. We have the right to feel and be whole.
Many of us have been directly or indirectly taught that we don’t have value or that we have to earn our value in certain ways. I disagree. Everyone has inherent value. It’s our birthright.
When you come to class, you’re invited to hear, feel and move in ways that break old patterns and create new ones. You’ll form new neurological pathways that lead to deepening self-trust.
— Lisa DeLand
When we compartmentalize ourselves, it may serve as necessary protection; it can also limit our wholeness. When we welcome all of ourselves to show up in the dance, we’re actively healing.
The practice of being with what’s uncomfortable over time allows us to be with what really is — which in turn gives us the ability to make the changes we want.
Our bodies hold innate wisdom that this practice helps us cultivate.
When the body puts itself in motion, the psyche heals itself.
— Gabrielle Roth
Movement = Healing
Movement is healing. When I move what I’m feeling and I feel what I’m moving, my viewpoint and self-imposed limitations shift.
The very act of moving through and out of a stuck place is evidence that it’s possible.
To see and be seen in all of our imperfect humanity and for that to be the norm in the room without judgment — creates remarkable possibilities for healing and change.
The result is realizing we have the right to exist as healthy, happy human beings.
We call this a practice because every day is different; every dance is different. We keep showing up. Consistency over time builds trust.
When we feel trust in our deepest self, no one can convince us otherwise.
Together, we weave together a community that fosters healing as a solution.
My personal practice is the triumph of consistency over time. I’ve become lighter, simpler, more clear, more open, more loving, more kind, more compassionate. Joy is my home base.
Because I so fully believe in this practice, I offer weekly, monthly, private and individual classes and sessions. I also work with individuals in concert with their therapists. I love to co-create and collaborate with others, creating and supporting personal, conscious movement practices.
Do you have the discipline to be a free spirit?
— Gabrielle Roth