Global Dance with Beth Rigby 



Global Dance is dance for non-dancers, lovers of yoga and everyone else. It involves moving through the yogic chakras energy systems and elements in the body. No knowledge of yoga is needed. Global Dance will excite your soul and open your heart. 

Music and movement have a magical way of easily accessing deep levels of emotion to free chronic stress and restore a sense of lightness and well-being. Global Dance facilitates a beautiful journey to a place of lightness and ease. The mind ceases its endless chatter as body and soul are easily swept away by exhilarating world beat rhythms, high-energy rock ‘n roll and sexy jazz. 

Beth Rigby, top-rated Program Director from the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and student of Soto Zen Meditation, has shared joy-filled dance throughout the country with mainstream and special populations including wheelchair patients and teenage trauma survivors the past six years, and most recently in San Diego and Orange County. 

“Beth’s class was one of the most refreshing and spiritually rewarding things I have done in a long time. It was nice to get out of my head and into my heart. Beth lovingly and gently conjoles our spirits to emerge and dance the dance of oneness,” says Jill Mangino from San Diego.

 Global Dance includes unique imagery of the elements that comprise our globe — fire, water, earth, air and ether, as they relate to our bodies and music. Class begins by relaxing with gentle yoga and simple breathing exercises to calm the mind. Musical rhythms slowly build into a wildly fun, high-energy cathartic experience. Old energies like grief and worry are easily released. Before you know it, you are effortlessly experiencing the sensual joy of movement, peeling away layers of stress, going at your own pace and following your own timing and rhythm. 

It’s outrageously fun, non-competitive, and loosely structured. Enter a zen state of mindlessness, laughter and sweat. Class ends with a meditative cool down, dancing into stillness sitting with profound clarity, centered in the heart enjoying visualizations for inner-peace and global healing. 

Global Dance has its roots in Kripalu Danskinetics, which was created at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the early 1980’s as a cathartic dance exercise for yoga practitioners. Beth has been teaching Kripalu Danskinetics and yoga nationwide the past 6 years. Global Dance includes fun-filled aspects of DansKinetics as well as meditation, prayer and imagery for world healing. “We send the magnificent stillness and love experienced at the end of class out of the dance room and around the globe with guided visualizations. We dance not just for our own healing, but for global healing as well,” says Beth. 

Some of Beth’s students have said: “I felt things moving and opening in me — great joy and connectedness,” says Cindy Brown from Boston, MA. “Dancing gets me in touch with my primal and intuitive energy, and I dance carefree like a mindless uninhibited wild animal of the jungle,” says Nicole Donson, a Somerville, MA artist. “I wept with joy,” says Gail Grollman of Newton, MA. “I felt peaceful and really alive all at the same time,” says Michelle Hennigan from Virginia. 

“Teaching yoga and movement has taken me to many places inside myself as well as around the world,” says Beth, who has taught on the Inner Voyage Cruise in the Caribbean, the Kripalu Center for Yoga Health in Lenox, MA, the Valleyhead School and John Dewey Academy in the Berkshire Mountains with teenage trauma survivors, the Beth-Abraham Hospital in the Bronx with wheelchair patients, in Sedona, AZ under a full moon, and at yoga centers in Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston and NYC. Beth also directs Healing Retreat Adventures, combining hiking, yoga, and dance in the spectacular natural beauty of Sedona, AZ and the Grand Canyon, where she lived in 1997. 

Beth will be directing a Global Dance Teacher Training for yoga teachers in September and March with classes throughout San Diego and Orange County. Beth has fun-filled retreats in Sedona, AZ in October and weekend retreats at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, Massachusetts July 27-29 and New Year’s Eve. 

Her retreat and class schedules can be found on her website at or call (858) 860-6400, ext. 9247. or call (858) 860-6400, ext. 9247.

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