Juliu Horvath, a principal dancer in the world renowned Rumanian State Opera, developed his GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® in the late 1980s at the White Cloud Studio in New York City. He based his system upon yoga, ballet, swimming, dance, Thai chi and gymnastics. This fluid system of exercises – executed on the apparatus Horvath designed, the GYROTONIC® Tower/Handle Machines – uses hand- and foot-operated wheelbases and suspended pulleys to create resistance. There are 50 sets of exercises – with about 130 variations – to stretch, bend, twist and turn muscles with minimal effort. Increased range of motion, cardiovascular and aerobic stimulation, neuromuscular rejuvenation, improved balance and better coordination are among the benefits of Horvath’s unique GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® of exercise.
GYROTONIC® movements emphasize breath control, controlled resistance, and the development of flexibility and strength. The exercises encourage a complete range of circular motion and full articulation of stabilized joints. All major muscle groups are worked interdependently with corresponding breathing patterns.
The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is a method of movement incorporating Kundalini Yoga, dance, swimming and gymnastics. This complete system of movement originates from the spine and follows the natural energy lines in the body to build internal and external strength. The exercises are performed in undulating, spiral and circular movements that help to release stiffness and increase range of motion in the joints while strengthening musculature and ligament connections.
The GYROTONIC® methods use of flowing circular patterns, focused rhythmical breathing and proper body mechanics can awaken your whole nervous system, stimulate and massage internal organs and revitalize your energy.
The GYROTONIC® methodology utilizes specialized GYROTONIC® equipment and is instructed in private or semi-private sessions. GYROTONIC® ST. LOUIS Central is the only place in St. Louis equipped with every GYROTONIC® machine available. This equipment offers fluid feedback and complete freedom of movement. It utilizes mild resistance to strengthen joints where most injuries occur.
GYROKINESIS® exercises are performed on a 16- or 20-inch stool and a specially designed mat in a group class setting.
Journalists and reporters have written and continue to write many articles about the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methodologies, and these articles have appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, and Elle magazine to name a few. Click on the names of the publications below to read a sampling.