What is GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise?
The Gyrotonic®and Gyrokinesis® methods are complementary movement methods that fall under one umbrella- the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. Both methods were developed by Juliu Horvath, an ethnic Hungarian, professional dancer from Romania. Horvath suffered a series of debilitating injuries during his dance career, and began developing what are now known as the Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® Methods as a way to heal himself and regain his strength and agility.
Gyrotonic® exercises are performed on custom-designed Gyrotonic® equipment, whereas Gyrokinesis® exercises are performed on a mat and chair. Both Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® exercise sequences are composed of spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breath. Each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility. Since the thirty plus years since Horvath began developing the Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® methods, the Gyrotonic® Expansion System has grown to include a global community of over 7,800 Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® Trainers teaching in 52 countries.