Lori Saltzman

Lori Saltzman

My first job as a sex educator for the public schools taught me everything I needed to know about teaching and sweating. I spent years creating radical health programs for the AIDS Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and others.

Never one to consider myself a dancer, at 26 I stumbled into my first movement workshop. With the first beat of the drum my body said "home" -- I've never looked back. The same vital force that wed me to movement led me to study in meditation, writing and creativity. As a teacher, I've spent decades investigating the potent blend of movement practice with meditation, the arts, and the natural human hungers to move and connect.  It is a vast territory, infinitely deep and endlessly creative.  

For many years Gabrielle Roth and I were friends, co-writers and collaborators as we trained hundreds of teachers and grew the 5Rhythms mission from a seed to a global phenomenon. It was a magic carpet ride for which I am forever grateful.

My passion now lives on the Open Floor, an amazing collaboration of seasoned movement teachers, artists, therapists, and educators who are translating their wisdom to the dance floor. It is the living embodiment of what I have come to trust from dancing with thousands of students all over the world: that the magical blend of movement, music, sweaty abandon, meditation, judgment-free company, inquiry, deep compassion for our human frailties, skillful guidance, and a sense of humor can heal just about anything.