Gyrokinesis exercise was devised by Hungarian, Juliu Horvath a professional dancer who suffered a sever injuries and developed chronic back pain whilst dancing for Houston Ballet Theatre. On a mission to recover he spent six years living in St Thomas in the Virgin Islands where he drew on influences from dance, yoga, swimming, gymnastics, tai chi and meditation in order to create this unique methodology.
Originally known as “yoga for dancers” Juliu soon adapted it into a class format which can be taken by everyone regardless of age or physical ability. The only tools required for Gyrokinesis exercise are a low stool and a specially designed mat, although Pilates or yoga mats can easily be substituted.
A typical Gyrokinesis class invigorates and re-educates the body to move with fluidity, relaxation and power. Indeed, fluidity is essential and postures are not held for long periods of time. Instead, postures are smoothly and harmoniously connected though the use of the breath, making exercises appear and feel more like a dance than traditional yoga. Strong imagery is applied and used to name some exercises for instance bird flight.
As with the Gyrotonic methodology, Gyrokinesis exercise works the entire body utilising the seven natural elements of spinal motion as well as the articulation of all other joints . Gyrokinesis exercises gently work the joints and muscles through rhythmic and undulating exercises. Movement stimulates the body’s internal organs and different corresponding breathing patterns are integrated.
The beginner classes start with a self-massage and simple breathing patterns to awaken the body. The next focus is on the spine and pelvis. Seated on low stools, the class mobilises the spine through a series of arching, curling, bending, twisting and spiralling movements. These same movement patterns are expanded to release the hip, knee, hamstring, quadriceps and so on, in all possible directions: front, back, twisting and turning. The corresponding breathing patterns in every movement stimulate the nervous system, open up the energy pathways and oxygenate the blood. The more advanced classes add endurance training to bodies prepared for more strenuous activities. The classes encompass not only sitting but also laying and standing positions. In short, Gyrokinesis exercise invigorates and re-educates the body to move with fluidity, relaxation and power.
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