This week we welcomed a special guest and sports editor, Kara Martin of Sport 360, to try out a private Gyrotonic Pilates session with one of our teaching experts, Sara Simmons at The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai. We are absolutely delighted to share with you what Kara had to say about this multi-dimensional, muscle-opening machine using principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and tai-chi.
Sara Simmons introduces us to the world of Gyrotonic® And Gyrokinesis® here at The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai | www.thehundred.ae.
GYROTONIC is very popular in the USA as well as across Europe and Asia. Unfortunately, it is not very well known into in the Middle East (yet!). As far as I know, I am currently the only certified teacher in the UAE.
Just a little bit about myself: I was a collegiate gymnast, doubled majored in Physical Education and Sport Science and Psychology, I am pilates certified through PhysicalMind (2000) as well as ACE certified personal trainer, GYROKINESIS certified (2003), GYROTONIC certified (2005), GYROTONIC level 2 certified (2011). I owned and operated a studio in Raleigh, NC before relocating to Dubai with my husband and sweet puppy July 2009. I have a 14 month old very active little boy.
Exercise has always been a part of my life ever since I started gymnastics at age four. After teaching pilates and personal training for several years, I felt the need to add something a little different. GYROTONIC was definitely different and unlike any other type of exercise I have done, yet so familiar. The fluid, spiraling, undulating movements were exactly what my runner/triathlete body needed. Not to mention the mind, body, spiritual connection it provided. GYROTONIC exercises are organic and natural in their movement. Sessions are generally 55min for GYROTONIC and a bit longer for GYROKINESIS.
How great is it to know that exercise and physical fitness are finally becoming an important part of people’s daily routine which influences them to take better care of themselves. It is a pleasure to share this desire for healthier life while teaching Pilates, which was created by the very insightful, Joseph Hubertus Pilates (commonly known and titled as Joseph Pilates) who understood the power of having great muscles