The word GYROTONIC comes from the words “GYRO”, meaning spiral or circle and “TONIC”, meaning to tone or invigorate. The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM, created by Juliu Horvarth, is a unique system of equipment and exercise that incorporates movement principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and tai-chi. Where most other exercise is performed as linear, static, strengthening, or flexibility, GYROTONIC exercise is a balance of all this and more. The movements emphasize multiple joint articulations without compression in fluid, circular motions. The exercises simultaneously stretch and strengthen muscles and connective tissues in and around the joints of the body. Exercises, synchronized with corresponding breathing patterns, enhance aerobic and cardiovascular stimulation, increase blood circulation. Special attention is paid to increased mobility and stability of the spine. The goal is to use exercise as a way to regenerate the body and inspire it to reverse the ageing process. You are only as old as your spine’s mobility.
GYROTONIC exercises encourage creativity; playfulness and feeling at home in one’s own body. In Juliu’s own words…..”I want music and poetry in my body. I want to be skillful without struggle.”
We welcomed Yogalife Middle East Magazine to give it a try with our certified Gyrotonic teacher, Sara Simmons at The Hundred Pilates Studio. Pick up the last July/August issue to read further or simply dive into their review below:
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.