Tips for practicing eurythmy

The gestures of eurythmy encompass the whole variety of inner movement possibilities. Eurythmy takes place in the body therefore the outer gestures correspond to inner movements.

We have animated the videos with moving illustrations to show you how to activate your inner powers and what you can experience. Take a look at them and try to repeat the exercises calmly and from memory. Can you understand and experience them independently with your body awareness? Be happy when you discover something new.

What should I pay attention to when practicing?

  • First arrive at yourself.
  • Don't get lost in the tasks and exercises.
  • Stay with yourself.
  • When you finish an exercise, first return to your center and only then let go.

  • When performing the exercise, do not imitate what is shown, but do what you have understood.
  • Know what you are trying.
  • Try to do this as honestly as you can, without being perfectionist.
  • Be satisfied with how you succeeded.
  • The effect comes from what you try, not how “well” you do it.
  • The body understands what you are trying to do.

  • If possible, perform all movements in such a way that the countercurrents can be felt and their effect unfolds.
  • First create the outer movement from the heart, stay with yourself and let the inner counter-movements arise through your self-perception.
  • A countercurrent can take place at the same time or afterwards, e.g. when you let go. The important thing is that it happens.
  • Eurythmy to some extent means also being “lazy”, doing nothing yourself if possible.
  • Cheating is allowed as long as you are aware that you are cheating.

  • Do you end up upright and straightened from an exercise? Wonderful, that is what eurythmy aims.
  • Does the body say thank you through a liberating breathing movement of the chest? Wonderful, then you know that you were really "in" the exercise.
  • Have you experienced moments when you felt like I didn't do that myself? So beautiful! Then you experienced how the etheric body works in you.

  • Move carefully on the way to then sit down and listen to the resonance.
  • It is not important that you have a particularly large number of deep perceptions while listening (that will come over time) but that your body experiences your interest and your calm gaze.
  • Your body is a human being too! Just like you, he is infinitely grateful when he really feels seen.

Practice time: how often and how long?

Exercising for a small amount of time every day is the best. Start off with a short amount of time, which you can later expand to 20 to 30 minutes. Try to arrange for an undisturbed practice time.

Eurythmy strengthens our body awareness and leads us into a dialogue with it. If you notice that the exercises do you good and you wish to do them often, we recommend that you do so with care and alternate them with other exercises and activities. As with all things in life, it is important to find the right balance in doing the exercises and not to overdo them.

You will notice that within the videos, there are moments when the screen goes blank and there is a pause. In such pauses between the exercises and at the end, you can learn to pay attention to the life forces by sitting or standing quietly. This gives the life body space, the life forces are strengthened, and you connect with your personal potential.

vlcsnap-2020-08-25-09h57m05s726.jpgImage from our Basic Eurythmy Exercises

Space and clothes

Support your practice by preparing the room a bit. The more calm it radiates and the less distraction there is, the better you will perceive yourself from within and be able to execute and experience your movements accordingly. Wear clothing that is comfortable to the touch and doesn't get in the way.

Eyes open or closed?

If you do not have a lot of experience with eurythmy, you may wish to close your eyes while doing the exercises. Then you feel - at least at the beginning - more easily what is going on inside you.

But eurythmy is based on the unity of your inner world with the world around you. That is why we keep our eyes open, the gaze is relaxed and not focused. We look inside ourselves, but also out into the world - at the same time!

Do not use mirrors to see if you are doing everything right ’- that doesn't matter! Work with your inner feeling and realign yourself from within. You have everything you need in you!

Have fun and enjoy discovering!