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Mark your calendars and plan to join us October 1–3 as GYROKINESIS® master trainer, Alicia Head visits MOVE to present a continuing education course for instructors as well as classes open to the community.

GYROKINESIS® Essentials for Instructors

For instructors, we are pleased to offer Alicia’s continuing education course GYROKINESIS® Essentials Part 1: A Journey of Spinal Motions Toward Level 1

  • WHEN: October 1–3, 2021 at MOVE Wellness Studios
  • PREREQUISITE: Certified Level 1 GYROKINESIS® Instructor
  • COST: $175 Studio fee due upon registration, plus $350 course fee to be paid directly to Alicia.
    • Friday, October 1, 12:00–2:00 p.m. and 4:00–7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 2, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 2:00–5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday , October 3, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. and 12:00–3:00 p.m.

This 3-day course is a dynamic and systematic approach to preparing the spine and nervous system for the full formats featured in GYROKINESIS® Level 1. Each format was developed for a 60-to-90 minute class and they can be presented either as a progression or independently. This course satisfies continuing education and update requirements for certified GYROKINESIS® instructors as well as GYROTONIC® instructors who are also certified in GYROKINESIS®.

These GYROKINESIS® formats explore three different aspects of spinal motions — lumbar, thoracic, and cervical. The classes still follow the basic sequencing — Awakening of the Senses, Spinal Motions, and either standing or floor work — but the stimulation to the nervous system is more gentle and gradual. GYROKINESIS® Essentials of Spinal Motions Part 1 is perfect for beginner level students and also for experienced people who enjoy deepening the work. This approach allows us to discover more about the internal process of elongating the spine and how to best prepare our bodies for energetic awakenings. The formats also work beautifully as a warm-up for private sessions or group classes — either GYROTONIC® or GYROKINESIS® — and they shed some more light on the concepts of Narrowing the Pelvis and Supple-ing.

GYROKINESIS® Essentials for the Community

MOVE clients and the greater community are invited to join us as Alicia teaches her Essentials classes throughout her weekend training. Each class will explore a different aspects of spinal motions — lumbar, thoracic, and cervical. The classes still follow the basic sequencing — Awakening of the Senses, Spinal Motions, and either standing or floor work — but the stimulation to the nervous system is more gentle and gradual. GYROKINESIS® Essentials of Spinal Motions Part 1 is perfect for beginner level students and also for experienced people who enjoy deepening the work. Choose to attend one class or join us for all three.

  • WHEN: October 1–3, 2021 at MOVE Wellness Studios
  • WHO: MOVE clients and the greater community
  • COST: $45 per class.
    • Lumbar spine: Friday, October 1, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
    • Thoracic spine: Saturday, October 2, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    • Cervical spine: Sunday, October 3, 9:00–11:00 a.m.


About Alicia Head

Alicia Head Portrait

Alicia Head became a GYROKINESIS® master trainer in 2004. She studied exclusively with Juliu Horvath throughout the entire process and has also taken many continuing education courses with him including Happy Moves, Lotus Blossom #1 and #2, the GYROKINESIS® Breathing Course Intensive, GYROKINESIS® Level 2, the Archway, and the Jumping Stretching Board.  Ms. Head’s mind-body movement journey began as a Pilates student at St. Francis Memorial Hospital’s Dance Medicine division, where her main teachers were Elizabeth Larkam and Nora St. John. Alicia later studied closely with Marie-José Blom at her Long Beach Dance Conditioning studio in Long Beach, CA where the approach to movement was depth-oriented. Great attention was given to the concept of core stabilization involving a dynamic process free of bracing or rigidity. Alicia has taught GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Foundation Teacher Training courses for 14 years and has observed the need for material that explores the principles of the GYROTONIC® method that is accessible to all people. She was delighted to connect with Gina Muensterkoetter and become part of her project to offer new GYROKINESIS® formats to the international community. GYROKINESIS® Essentials — A Journey of Spinal Motions Part 1 was finalized in March 2017 and Alicia is honored to be on the teaching team.

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Please contact us with any questions. Online registration is available by clicking the buttons below. You may also register by calling us at 734-224-2560 or in-person at the studio.

This 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.


Trainer and Student doing Gyrokinesis

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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Wondering what exactly Gyrokinesis method is? Angela Sutcliffe is a dancer, instructor and movement scholar. She’s also one of our Senior Trainers at MOVE. Get a sneak peek of what you can expect in a Gyrokinesis class in the photo gallery below while Angela talks us through why she loves this particular movement system.

When were you first introduced to Gyrokinesis?

In my college dance classes. I took ballet three to four times a week in college. Occasionally, we would do a Gyrokinesis class instead of ballet class to give our bodies a break from the intensive training. My body craved the ease of movement I found in those classes. Not that it was easy. But it was more focused on finding maximum movement potential with less muscular energy expenditure. Applying the principles I was learning in that class changed how I responded to dance training. I found myself less physically exhausted.

What made you want to start teaching Gyrokinesis?

At first, I wasn’t sure what teaching the method would offer me that would be so drastically different from what I was able to do with my clients in the GYROTONIC® method. Initially, my thought was, “Well, isn’t it just the same thing but without the fancy equipment?” Becoming a certified instructor for Pilates or the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods requires a huge investment of time, energy and money. And it was important to me to understand the value of the method before investing in more training.

I took several classes myself and ultimately decided this additional method would help me develop a more nuanced understanding of my work with clients in Gyrotonic sessions. It helped further shape the lens through which I observe movement, and that alone made it worthwhile.

What do you love most about the Gyrokinesis method?

While Gyrokinesis is a structured class, there’s still opportunity to explore within the movement. The physical and verbal cues from the instructor are minimal. It’s an experiential class that allows you to gain more confidence and build a deeper integration the more you practice. It’s more about the movement truly becoming yours, rather than someone cuing you into different positions with their hands or voice.

Of course, that flexibility is also one of the most difficult aspects of the class for most people when they first start. You may feel like you’re flailing for the first couple of classes. When I first started, I found myself wishing the instructor would just break down the movement for me so that I could get it exactly right the first time. That’s just it though, there’s no “right.” There’s just your exploration of the movement.

Do you have a favorite pose?

My personal favorite is the hip-knee mobilization series. It’s a series of connected movements on the floor in which you’re working to find opposition through the legs and what we call “narrowing” to find space in the hip joints. We create more freedom of movement and less compression through these joints and allow the pelvis to roll or glide over the head of the femur bones with less restriction.

Can anyone take a Gyrokinesis class?

Yes. For example, any Gyrokinesis class, although structured, can be modified to allow for a seated or standing position if going to the floor is challenging. If you’re more comfortable seated or standing and can’t get to the floor comfortably, make sure to let your instructor know ahead of time so modifications can be given.

Is it easy to incorporate Gyrokinesis into daily practice at home?

It’s so easy. There is a series of seated and floor exercises that we give to clients so that they can practice the spinal motions and core connections we use in class to facilitate other movements.

Some days, I spend more time working at my computer than I originally planned to and my spine gets a little stiff. After spending just five to ten minutes doing the spinal motions “homework” for Gyrokinesis, the tightness from sitting at a desk disappears. I even gave my mom the information and when we’re on the phone I ask her if she’s “done her homework today.” She gets a kick out of that but also knows that its just because I love her and want her body to feel its best. 

If you could give someone one reason to try Gyrokinesis, what would it be?

It’s a chance to help your body feel its best by creating more space with a focus on decompression and lengthening throughout. You’ll forge new pathways for your body to move with ease and freedom, which in turn allows you to continue to do the things you love to do without restriction.

Tell us something about the poses you chose to highlight in the photos we’re seeing here.

The movements here were specifically chosen to showcase the accessibility and ease of this movement modality. But also the beauty and light that radiate from these movements by creating an open, accepting, sponge-like body to absorb all of the things life has to offer you.  

Livestream Gyrokinesis class at MOVE Wellness

Ready to feel it yourself? Enjoy a FREE 14 Day trial of MOVE Livestream and enjoy unlimited access to any of our 30+ livestream classes including twice weekly Gyrokinesis classes.

  • Gyrokinesis: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. with Suzanne
  • Gyrokinesis: Thursday, 12:30 p.m. with Angela