This content was originally published January 2018 and has been updated May 2020.
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.
During the month of June, MOVE is pleased to offer the GYROKINESIS® Essentials format as a weekly class with Elaine Economou. This livestream class is an excellent introduction to Gyrokinesis for beginners and will deepen the work for experienced students. We are currently offering livestream Gentle Gyrokinesis, which will primarily be done sitting on a stool, as well as some standing balance work in addition to our faster paced, more challenging Gyrokinesis classes where more of the work is done in a variety of positions on the mat as well as stool.
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.
We’re making June GYROKINESIS® Month
We can’t predict the future, but we can move forward into June and enhance the online studio we’ve built to keep it fresh and fun. Now is a perfect time to try Gyrokinesis if you haven’t before. With the comfort of your own home on your side and anonymity as an option (your video camera — your choice), our livestream classes make it easy and no risk to see what Gyrokinesis has to offer.
The GYROKINESIS® Essentials Format
Highlighting our livestream class lineup for the month of June is the family of movement known as the GYROKINESIS® Essentials. Grab a stool or chair and join MOVE Co-Founder Elaine Economou Tuesdays, June 2–23 at 12:30 p.m. These classes will guide you through spinal motions connected to the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of the spine. This gentle, systematic approach is perfect for those new to Gyrokinesis and provides a solid foundation to move toward level 1 work in the future. All programs are done mainly on a stool with some standing work and are accessible to all ages and levels.
Livestream GYROKINESIS® Classes for June
In addition to our featured GYROKINESIS® Essentials classes with Elaine, we hope you will enjoy any of these livestream classes on our regular schedule and help us celebrate Gyrokinesis this June.
- Gyrokinesis: Monday, 1:30 p.m. with Lauren
- Gyrokinesis: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. with Suzanne
- Gentle Gyrokinesis: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. with Silvia
- Gyrokinesis: Thursday, 12:30 p.m. with Angela
- Gentle Gyrokinesis: Friday, 2:30 p.m. with Silvia
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