Gyrokinesis Basics

Holly
2014-03-27

"Gather your seed center and curl over." "Now arch and spiral." "Narrow your pelvis and lengthen your spine."

These are just some of the key cues you will hear during a GYROKINESIS® class. What do these phrases mean and why are they good for you?

GYROKINESIS® was originally called Yoga for Dancers by Julio Horvath, the creator of GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. He developed his system while rehabilitating serious injuries sustained during his dance career. Horvath found that gentle flowing movement combined with breath and a stable strong center is the key to a healthy body and mind.

GYROKINESIS® works by combining rhythmic fluid movements that utilize and increase the entire body’s range of motion, stimulating the nervous system and providing functional stability. A typical class is 60-90 minutes and starts seated on a stool and then moves to the floor. The class follows a structure that works the entire body.

I personally love GYROKINESIS® because the flowing movements seamlessly move into one another, creating dance-like string of movement. Each section of exercises blends into the next, warming you up for more and gradually increasing the challenge. It opens the body in different ways than other exercise forms and is a great complement to every exercise regime or training plan.

A few common terms:
  • The seed center is a concept that refers to the body’s center of gravity (roughly inside the bowl of the pelvis, but not necessarily so anatomically anchored) where all movement springs from. I love this concept in part because it so closely aligns with Pilates principles that promote deep core stability to support movement.
  • Narrowing the pelvis is similar to activating the pelvic floor. The image of narrowing activates pelvic floor muscles that draw the bones of the pelvis closer to each other, which will naturally promote a lengthening of the spine up and away from the pelvis.
  • Arching and spiraling are familiar concepts to people who do Pilates and other kinds of organized movement, but of course GYROKINESIS® has a slightly different take on them. You’ll have to feel the work to understand the difference, because it’s subtle and has to do with the flow of GYROKINESIS® in general, but if you want to read more about the spiral, you can check out a recent post of my blog for fitness professionals: Fit for Real (insert link to Gyro article)
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