Movement maven Gabrielle Roth is not your typical new age icon. This lanky free spirit with the wild raven hair is more Manhattan loft dweller than meadow muffin, so those wary of sugary new age platitudes in this book will have nothing to fear here. So, what's Roth got to offer? In her years as a movement and theater artist -- and as musical director of Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors -- Roth discovered a relationship among five universal rhythms, movement styles, emotions, cultural expressions, and spiritual realization. According to Roth, the rhythms are flowing (graceful yet wary movements), staccato (anger and karatelike movements), chaotic (weeping with tumbling movement), lyrical (joyful and sprightly), and stillness (emptiness). Dancing though "the wave" of these rhythms is not like learning dance routines; moving through the five rhythmic patterns is more like, as Roth puts it, dancing with "your head in your feet." The logic here is that dancing can catalyze and release the emotions, leading to a state of blissful, sweaty peace. As she says: "Until you land in the sweet moment of surrender when you, as dancer, disappear in the dance." However structured the rhythms might sound, Roth's writing is not stilted. Every page bursts with colorful, wry, or gritty observations of the ways in which the rhythms reveal themselves in life. In the "chaos" section, Roth tell of leading a Tibetan Buddhist monk on a sightseeing expedition in Bloomingdale's. The book is breezy yet deep, hip yet ancient, real yet trippy. And you don't have to rely just on her words for inspiration and motivation. This urban shaman offers a wealth of musical rhythm work on CD that may help as you sweat your prayers.