Karoliina ValontaivalDancing From Within
5Rhythms® • 5Rytmiä®
At home in the body. Fully alive. Centered and courageous. The lightness and freedom of being. Roots and wings.
FIND YOUR WAY INTO THE DANCE:
All classes have been moved online for the duration of the corona virus epidemic. Discover the joy and pleasure of movement in your own living room!
NOTE: Currently classes only for students in Finland. Guidance only in Finnish, English classes coming soon.
Classes are suitable for all levels of experience, beginners to advanced students. You can begin the practice with any class! Guidance available in English also. Classes in Helsinki, Tampere, and Turku.
Workshops are transformative experiences that take you deeper into your dance and expand your self-awareness. Day and weekend workshops in Helsinki, Tampere, and Turku, some taught by visiting international teachers!
Movement is medicine
5Rhythms® is a dynamic movement meditation and embodied practice for mind, body and soul, that’s open and accessible for everyone regardless of age, experience, gender, or physical abilities or disabilities. 5Rhythms® opens and awakens a direct, living connection with your body and the deep wisdom within us; with profound presence and peace of mind; with our raw power. It ignites rich and vibrant creativity, community, and connection.
No steps to follow, only your own intuitive choreography. The five rhythms or movement qualities form a framework for movement exploration, mapping the landscape of our body, heart, and psyche. 5Rhythms® is a gateway into a satisfying and meaningful connection with ourselves, our bodies, our movement, and with the dancers and life around us.
Accredited 5Rhythms® teacher
(The first and currently only 5Rhythms® teacher in Finland)
I create and hold a safe, playful, and heartful space. I welcome and honour everyone to come as they are and to move at their own pace within the container of the 5Rhythms practice. My role as the facilitator is to guide, encourage, and journey beside you; to open doors and help you to seek new paths; to awaken inspiration; to offer impulses for exploration. I will surf the edge between giving space and providing sufficient challenges, so that we can have the courage to step outside of the ordinary, habitual, and conventional; out of our comfort zones into a wider expanse, a more open space of possibility. This is where we can discover something new. This is fertile ground for change and growth. This is where the dance transforms into a metaphor for all that we are, for the full expression of our lives. This is where we can release and dance as if nobody’s watching, both on the dance floor and in our daily lives.
Why do I dance? In the dance I receive the gift of remembering who I am. In the dance I renew and restore my connection to myself. It’s like a deep cleanse of the body through movement. Afterwards, I feel fresh and refreshed, spacious, open, and empty and full simultaneously. I dance into the best version of myself.
I have been dancing 5Rhythms® since 2006; organized 5Rhythms® workshops in Finland since 2012; and facilitated 5Rhythms® Sweats weekly classes in Helsinki as a 5Rhythms® Spaceholder since January 2016. I began the incredible, year-long 5Rhythms® teacher training in April 2017, and when I graduate in 2018, I will be the first certified 5Rhythms® teacher in Finland.
At the moment I am based and teaching mainly in Helsinki, Finland. I am also teaching workshops in Turku, Tampere, and Kuopio.
A video says a thousand words:
(Video is in Finnish)
Why do I dance?
For me the dance is an opportunity to pause and reflect in my busy daily life. On the dance floor, I realise how deeply my body yearns to be heard and met. I can allow my body to speak to me through movement. The dance is also a space for play, creativity, and meaningful encounters with myself and others. I always go home feeling refreshed, in touch and in tune with myself, and closer to the source of my vitality.
What keeps you coming back to the dance floor, again and again? What inspiration, integration, intuition, information, and instincts can you discover on the dance floor? There’s only one way to find out.