Rhythm surrounds us. It is everywhere, and in everything we do.
Rhythm was the first form of musical engagement. Early humans used sticks, hollowed out tree trunks with animal skins, and their bodies to create rhythm. It was and still is everywhere. It's in all that we do. And it's the most natural way for us to connect with ourselves and others.
With the use of Darbukas (Egyptian drums), Djun Djuns, Djembe, and/or frame drums, our drumming workshops are for everyone. Each time we lead a drumming session, there is always someone who pipes in "I've got no rhythm!". Well – guess what? Everyone has rhythm! 100% guaranteed. And it is one of the quickest ways to let go of our mind chatter and sink into deep feelings of wellbeing.
There are so many benefits to drumming - where to begin?
In a nutshell, according to Michael Drake, drumming and other rhythmic activities have demonstrated, through extensive research, to synchronize the two cerebral hemispheres of the brain. This creates balance and harmony not only in the brain, but the rest of the physical and mental organism as well.
Drumming also synchronizes the frontal and lower areas of the brain. Through doing so, nonverbal information from the lower brain structure integrates with the frontal cortex producing feelings of insight, understanding, and integration.
This explains why drumming creates such an intense feeling of well being - especially when we create a group drumming dynamic. Somehow the intensity of the group rhythm accentuates the experience, accelerating those deep feelings of connectedness to self and community. This enhances positive vibes, as endorphins are released, and the brain creates a thoroughfare of clear thinking.
When we drum, we can't help but smile and feel good. And when we mix drumming with simple breath work – wow! What a feeling.