HistoryJuliu Horvath
Gyrotonic Expansion System creator, Juliu Horvath, an ethnic Hungarian born in Timisoara, Romania in 1942, developed the Gyrotonic Expansion System after his personal struggle with chronic pain and injury. Horvath was a swimmer and gymnast before becoming a ballet dancer with the Romanian State Opera (currently known as the Timisoara Romanian National Opera) in his early 20’s. He defected from Romania in 1970 while touring with the Romanian State Opera in Italy. After spending 6 months in a refugee camp in Italy, Horvath was granted asylum in the United States, subsequently dancing professionally with the New York City Opera and the Houston Ballet.
Horvath tore his Achilles tendon, and herniated a vertebral disc while dancing with the Houston Ballet, injuries that ended his dance career. After these injuries, he moved back to New York City for a short time, where he began a regular yoga practice. Horvath moved to the island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands in 1977. There he built a small, one-room hut in the mountains and, in an effort to rehabilitate his injuries, devoted the next six years to intensive yoga and meditation practices. During this period of intense self-study, Horvath began to develop what was once called “Yoga for Dancers” and has since evolved into the Gyrokinesis Method.
When Horvath left St. Thomas, he returned to New York City where he began to teach Yoga for Dancers at Steps on Broadway. He established the first Gyrotonic studio-White Cloud Studio, in 1984.In the beginning, most of Horvath’s students were professional dancers. As demand for his classes grew, and the diversity of his clientele increased, he refined Yoga for Dancers, creating a class format that almost any person could perform, regardless of age or state of health. He named this refined version of Yoga for Dancers, the Gyrokinesis Method.
At White Cloud Studio, Horvath continued to develop and refine the method he created in St. Thomas. It was here where he began to develop the Gyrotonic Method, and made the first pieces of Gyrotonic equipment. As of 2013, Horvath continues to create new programming for the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Methods. He also conducts teacher training courses internationally, continues to develop new Gyrotonic equipment, and continues to refine existing equipment designs. In 2013, the Gyrotonic Expansion System encompassed over 2500 Gyrotonic studios, with 7800 Gyrotonic, and Gyrokinesis Trainers practicing in 52 countries.


The Gyrotonic method is an orginal, and unique movement practice which has roots in Yoga, Tai Chi, and dance. Gyrotonic exercise sequences are composed of spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breath. WIth Gyrotonic exercises, 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.

The body is designed to work as one harmonious system,to follow arching and spiraling paths of motion, and to transition from one movement to the next smoothly, and efficiently. Gyrotonic method creator, Juliu Horvath , designed a specialized line of equipment around these natural movement patterns of the human body.

Because Gyrotonic equipment is highly adjustable, it can be customized to fit each persons unique physique, and ability, adapting for things such as height, arm and leg length and physical ability.

Gyrotonic classes can be adapted to fit anyone’s ability. The Gyrotonic method is practiced by people from all walks of life, including ccomplished athletes and dancers, college students, baby boomers, senior citizens, and people with disabilities.

Sign up online for a Duet or Private session or a Gyrotonic Pulley Tower class online scheduler or
call to book your session Shirley Wallitsch Owner/Director 908 288-7551

Private session on Archway

Private session on Archway


GYROTONIC® Pre-training 4/17/15

Gyrotonic Pre-Training starting April 17, 2015
This course is open to all students that have a desire to enhance there own practice, deepen there understanding of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and energize,and rejuvenate there mind,Body and spirit.
And for those moving on to take the level 1 foundation course.
Prerequisite is having taken min 10-20 private or group Gyrotonic pulley tower classes and is familiar with the Gyrotonic level 1 exercises.

The Gyrotonic Pre-training course is a Six day Course, taught in two parts in three day segments Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Gyrotonic Pre-training course fee is $850 studio Fee is $100 dates 4/17, 4/18, 4/19 and 4/24, 4/25, 4/26
6 day course total 30hr trainings- 5hr per day, two class segments with a break in between each class.

The Gyrotonic Level 1 Training Programs begins with the Gyrotonic level 1 Pre-Training Course which is designed to give you an understanding of the level 1 exercises, and prepare you physically for the Gyrotonic Level 1 Foundation Courses.
You can sign up for this course online under workshops Sign up in advance.
for more information please contact shirley Wallitsch owner/director Raritan Valley Gyrotonic

Your Invited Open House 3/21 6-8pm

Your invited to join the celebration of our new name Raritan Valley Gyrotonic, with food live music and more… Bring your friends and family
and lets celebrate our new name and making history in New Jesery, the first and only Gyrotonic studio in Nj to use the Gyrotonic logo in a trade name.
That is saturday 3/21 6-8pm
here at 228 south ave Fanwood, Nj 070604-cobra-elite-towers-filtered