After many years of chronic illness and self-reflection on health, Juliu Horvath was inspired to create movement principles that have the same benefits as gymnastics, yoga, swimming and tai chi. While these movements were not derived from those modalities, they are trademarked by the fluidity of movement and the ease with which they can be performed. Gyrokinesis® engages the entire body through seven elements of natural movement – forward, backward, left side, right side, left twist, right twist, and circular. Positions are not held for a long time, as fluidity is key. This makes the exercises feel more like swimming or dancing.
A Gyrokinesis® class is generally held in a group setting and encompass sitting, lying and standing. Participants start with some self-massage and simple breathing patterns, something Juliu Horvath has named, "Awakening of the Senses." Then, the participants sit on low stools and mobilize the spine through a series of arching, curling, bending, twisting and spiraling movements to engage the spine and pelvis. Next, the same movements are applied to release the hip, knee, hamstring, and quadriceps. The body is moved in all possible directions – front, back, twisting and turning. Breathing patterns are also practiced during every movement to activate the nervous system, enable the flow of energy and oxygenate the blood. Advanced level classes offer endurance training in addition to the flowing movements.
Gyrokinesis Training Centers throughout the country offer teacher training and certification. Apprentices must be able to demonstrate and teach all 90-minute class formats. They must also be able to verbally and physically guide a moving person.
Credentials and Regulation Bodies
Fitness instructors need the appropriate certification in the fitness classes they teach in order to lead classes. For Gyrokinesis®, it would be from Gyrotonic Health Network. Gyms and fitness facilities may require additional credentials.
Gyrokinesis is usually held in a group class format. Paid group classes are $30-$40 on average. Private sessions can average $70 to $90 per hour.
To learn more about Gyrokinesis®, visit www.gyrotonic.com.
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