5Rhythms in Manchester 2024
Beginning again.. after 15 years teaching the weekly class in Manchester, Clare Backwell has stepped back from holding space. The community is very grateful for her commitment, presence and skill in holding the space all that time.
We are continuing for now on Thursday evenings with the teaching shared between Mark Austin, me (Alex Mackay) and great guest teachers. It's great to be back where it all began for me in the early 90s, teaching every month in Manchester
5Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice that allows you to work out and meditate in the same breath. You can do it whatever shape you are in. It is a practice for life which teaches us how to experience ourselves in a visceral, vibrant, authentic way. Repeatedly moving through the ‘Wave’ of the 5 different rhythms gives us the opportunity to liberate ourselves from fixed ideas, rigid behaviours and stuck feelings, to realise and remember that life is in constant flux and that we are free to be more than we believe we are.
January 4th: Alex Mackay
January 11th: Mark Austin
January 18th: Sarah Blagg
January 25th: Mark Austin
February 1st: Liz Collier
February 8th: Mark Austin
February 15th: Alex Mackay
February 22nd: Ruth Hirst
February 29th: Mark Austin
March 7th: Alex Mackay
March 14th: Mark Austin
March 21st: Andrew Holmes
March 28th: Mark Austin
Venue: Whalley Range Methodist Church, 51 Withington Road, Manchester M16 7EX
You can arrive from 7.10pm and the doors will be locked at 7.40 so the class can begin undisturbed. There is parking at the back of the venue via Catesby Road.
Prices are on a sliding scale according to income - £12/£10/£8
£12 is the standard price. If you earn anywhere near or above the average wage of £26k this is the price for you.
£10 is for people who are on a low income. This might include part-time work or running a small business.
£8 is for people who don’t have any earned income coming in. This might include people on benefits, single mums, undergraduate students, carers or people living off a pension.
I know that these days financial situations can be complex, shifting and not always clear cut. They are also open to personal interpretation. We choose not to ask you to prove your financial status on the door and in return, we ask that you are honest and integral in what you pay.
If you have any questions, queries or concerns about the class or the practice, in general, please email us on
Please arrive in time to be on the dance floor by 7.30pm - the warm-up is important - Time for you to settle in and arrive in your body before we start the group process together. If you are new, come and introduce yourself to the the teacher. Wear comfortable clothing you can move freely in. Bring your own bottle of water. We generally dance barefoot or in non-outdoor shoes.