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How Gyrokinesis Can Help You Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Gyrokinesis is based on a philosophy that the body has its own energy pathway and through circular movements and breathing we can open those pathways.
02/29/2016 01:57pm ET | Updated March 1, 2017
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Woman practicing a gentle form of Yoga at waters edge.

Gyrokinesis: not a meat-filled wrap, but a unique lifestyle that promotes healthy living.

The University of Texas at Austin is among the first universities to have a class dedicated to Gyrokinesis - a movement method that exercises the mind and body while creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing sequences.

Each class begins on chair with gentle movement to open up the senses and fluid spinal motions to prepare the body to explore more complex movements with agility, and ease. We attempt to gain "soft focus" with the eyes to take in all our surroundings and soak in nutrients from the environment. Inhaling deeply while sinking our sit bones into the edge of the chair and lifting the skull off the spine, we lengthen the back and allow space between each joint. Imagine the spine as a hollow shaft of bamboo. Throughout the various Arch and Curl series, the goal is to keep lengthening the spine.

This method was developed by Juliu Horvath, a Romanian-born Hungarian dancer. After injuring his Achilles during his time with the Houston Ballet, Horvath began practicing meditation and yoga. He explored profound energetic experiences for six years on island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands in 1977 and developed "Yoga for Dancers." This system includes the exploration of energetic pathways in the body.

He returned to New York and began teaching the system to professional dancers. As the demand for his classes increased, Horvath refined his system to fit people at all walks of life and called it the Gyrotonic Method. Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis quickly became internationally renowned to encompass over 7800 trainers in 52 countries.

Gyrokinesis is based on a philosophy that the body has its own energy pathway and through circular movements and breathing we can open those pathways. Rigorous stretching complement therapeutic mobility to encourage muscle relaxation. Joints release tension on their own time. Through circular motions, Gyrokinesis increases core strength and creates flexibility in muscle fibers.

Just one month in, I leave each session with an ethereal vitality that lasts throughout the day.
Not only do I remain exhilarated throughout the day, the incessant fatigue in my body diminished. Gradually flowing from one move to the other, the choreography is beautiful and pleasurable to perform. Here are the benefits of Gyrokinesis:

You develop an agile mind and body.

You can cure that 40-year-old shoulder or prevent it from happening.

Even Regis and Kelly gave it a shot!

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