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GYROKINESIS® Method

What is it?

Gyrokinesis exercises were developed in the 1970’s by Juliu Horvath and are the core of Horvath’s methodology. It incorporates many key principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics and tai-chi.

How does it work?

The Gyrokinesis methodology works the entire body through seven natural elements of spinal movement: forward, backwards, left side, right side, left twist, right twist, and circular.

This methodology systematically and gently works the joints and muscles through rhythmic and undulating exercises. Movement stimulates the body’s internal organs and different corresponding breathing patterns are integrated. The Horvath methodology invigorates and re-educates the body to move with fluidity, relaxation and power.

What can I expect?

The beginner Gyrokinesis classes start with 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 mobilizes the spine through a series of arching, curling, bending, twisting and spiraling 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 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.

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