his content was originally published January 2018 and has been updated September 2021.
What is GYROKINESIS® Exercise?
GYROKINESIS® class falls under the larger umbrella of GYROTONIC® Expansion System. Both the Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic methods derived and evolved in part from yoga, Tai Chi, dance, gymnastics, and swimming, although it is different from any of these. In this technique, great emphasis is placed on increasing the mobility of the spine through a specific “yawning” quality of movement. Movements are continuous and fluid often with circular or figure eight patterns. Gyrokinesis work helps mobilize and create space in all the joints of the body while increasing strength and stamina. The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods share the same technique and philosophy of movement. The difference is that while the Gyrotonic method uses larger pieces of equipment such as the Gyrotonic Tower, Jump Stretch Board, or Archway, Gyrokinesis work is done with minimal equipment, either on a stool, mat, or standing.
Who should take a GYROKINESIS® Class?
Gyrokinesis classes can be done by people of any age or fitness level. The approach can be made appropriate for those who need a slower and gentler approach, as well as high level movers looking for an intense and challenging workout. The method has many fans from celebrities and athletes to our very own MOVE Trainers—read why Angela Sutcliffe loves Gyrokinesis.
MOVE Livestream is pleased to offer two weekly GYROKINESIS® classes. This class will primarily be done sitting on a stool with some standing balance work and mat work. Livestream classes offer you the convenience and comfort of working out in your home. Our expert instructors will be there real time to support you through class every step of the way.
Why take GYROKINESIS® Classes?
It’s fun. It feels good. And of course it is good for your body in so many ways!
In the Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic methods we move with the quality of “supple” or “yawn. ” What does this mean? Pretend you just woke up in the morning and are sitting or standing at the edge of your bed. Now reach for the ceiling and create a big yawning stretch, letting the feeling of yawn travel through your whole body. This is how we move in the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis work. This quality of movement can be done slowly or with increasing speed. After taking a Gyrokinesis class, students often say they feel as though they have just had a massage. The creator of the Gyrotonic method, Juliu Horvath, has said that all movements in this technique should feel “nice and profound.” As many trainers and students at MOVE will attest, becoming a student of the Gyrokinesis method is truly a gift to yourself.
Do you need special equipment for GYROKINESIS® classes?
Gyrokinesis can be done on a stool or mat, and does not require specialized equipment. Although you can purchase a Gyrokinesis stool online from GYROTONIC®, any stool that is comfortable and stable will work.
Where can I take GYROKINESIS® classes?
You can take a private session at a local fitness studio or do a group Gyrokinesis class online through an interactive livestream class.
At MOVE Wellness, Gyrokinesis classes are available online as part of our livestream class schedule. We also offer both Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic classes in-person at our Ann Arbor, Michigan studio.
Like Gyrokinesis training, Gyrotonic classes work on the entire body through six natural elements of spinal movement: extension, flexion, side bend, rotation (spiral), lateral glide and circumduction as well as all other joint articulation. Gyrotonic exercises are performed on beautifully crafted weight and pulley-based machines, and involve a series of circular and fluid movements.
Online GYROKINESIS® classes
We know that when you move more, you feel better. Enjoy a FREE 14 Day trial of MOVE Livestream and enjoy unlimited access to any of our 30+ livestream classes, including yoga, Pilates, and Gyrokinesis classes. Be sure to give one of our Gyrokinesis classes a try!
- Gyrokinesis: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. with Suzanne
- Gyrokinesis: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. with Angela
GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® classes in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Live in Southeast Michigan? Our Ann Arbor studio offers both Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic classes as either private sessions or small group classes.
- Private sessions give you instruction in a one-on-one setting with a session that is completely customized to your unique body, needs, and experience level.
- Our small group classes give you the camaraderie of a group class setting with the benefits of a private session. These classes are limited in size, allowing you to progress with a group of similarly leveled clients.
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