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5 Ways the GYROKINESIS® Method Can Enhance Your Yoga Practice

October 6, 2017
How the GYROKINESIS® Method & Yoga Can Go Hand in Hand

Common questions I hear, “What’s the GYROKINESIS® Method?” “Is it like yoga or Pilates?” Sometimes it seems to difficult to explain, but perhaps it shouldn’t. The ultimate aim is to understand the body, move and enjoy.

This method was originally created as an injury prevention method for dancers, however it became widely used for general alignment and movement enhancement for many walks of life.

How the GYROKINESIS® Method & Yoga Can Go Hand in Hand

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“There are numerous benefits to mixing up your workout routine. It’s the key to stimulating different muscle groups and preventing boredom (Arnold Lee, MD).

5 Ways the GYROKINESIS® Method Can Enhance Your Yoga Practice:

1) It can give you a different sense of awareness to the body’s makeup.

  • Our body isn’t linear and is hardly symmetrical. The Gyrokinesis method emphasizes on a whole body connection and, in particular, the spiral lines.  This way the mover can understand that the whole body needs to be involved in both movements small and large as our muscles, ligaments, and bones are connected in many ways – mostly in diagonals and spirals.
  • Also, the self-massage component of this method gives the mover an opportunity to draw attention to areas we tend to avoid or didn’t even know existed. We tend to forget our organs, what effect our muscular body can have on them, and the places in between. By turning our attention to these areas, the mover is able to awaken ‘dormant’ areas.

 

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2) It can help you understand the painful/injured parts of your body.

  • Instead of working through the pain or avoiding movement altogether, this method helps the mover to avoid unhealthy habitual patterns in the body, which may have caused the pain/injury in the first place. Therefore, this method focuses on creating space in the joints before movement occurs to give the body a chance to find pain-free movement and appropriate range.

3) It can give you insight to the ‘internal body’.

  • The internal body (like in Tai Chi modalities) can refer to the micro-movements that can occur before movements become come into fruition. Gyrokinesis principles like ‘narrowing the pelvis’, ‘suppling’, and the ‘fifth line’ are queues for the internal body to ignite and guide the rest of the body for fuller, more expressive movements.
How the GYROKINESIS® Method & Yoga Can Go Hand in Hand

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4) It can help you reach a fuller movement potential.

  • Optimal range of movement is crucial to maintain healthy muscles and joints. The Gyrokinesis Method explores all ranges of movement so that over time the body is strong, supple. Therefore, within a Gyrokinesis class the mover is challenged to work on weak, or ‘blind spots’ to enhance overall movement. Without this the mover could have the tendency to only move a certain way, leaving portions of the body behind on movement development.

5) It gently opens areas usually avoided.

  • You will honestly open areas of the body like never before that don’t get enough attention. As previously mentioned, Gyrokinesis’ unique movement method involving circular and spiralling movements tap into the areas in between our normal range of motion. Therefore, the mover will be able to find an even better, longer-lasting muscular and neuromuscular connection within their movements.

Namaste


Want to try a GYROKINESIS® class?

Find me at Little Yoga Space Lisboa

or

Try the Gyrotonic.com’s Studio Finder

Enjoy!

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The Movement Blog is Back! Here’s What We’ve Been Up To + What’s Coming Up Next

September 13, 2017
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Hi Movers!

We are back from our hiatus and are winding down in Lisbon, Portugal for a different change of pace. I’m excited to announce that I will begin teaching the GYROKINESIS® method at the ever-so charming Little Yoga Space in Baixa-Chiado from October 2017. Stay tuned for more details. However, if you’re looking for GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® classes in London feel free to contact me, look at our recommended studios, or check out gyrotonic.com.
Rob and I have missed you all dearly! In the last 6 months, we’ve explored Southeast Asia, got married, and trekked through South America. Therefore to really enjoy our experience, we wanted to take a break from technology. We then spent a lot of our time on buses and trains discussing what 2017/2018 will look like for The Movement Blog. We’ve even experimented with Podcast audio to use for interviewing trainers, dancers, etc. Stay tuned for the launch of The Movement Pod.
Moreover, we have the following lined up:
  • An interview with Yolanda Corrales, a Gyrotonic Trainer, dancer and actress from Madrid, Spain who is now based in California
  • A second interview with Nonie Yung, a Specialized Master GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Trainer, Pilates Instructor, and dancer from and based in Hong Kong
  • Surveys for Dancers – an International Dance census by Rob Jackson
  • Why the GYROKINESIS® Method and Yoga Can Go Hand in Hand
  • Spotlight on our recommended studio: Kings Cross Studios, London
  • Inside: My GYROKINESIS® Certification in Münstertal, Germany

Don’t forget to subscribe to The Movement Blog for updates!

We look forward to catching up,

Kindall & Rob

XO

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The Movement Blog Turns 2 Years Old!

April 4, 2017
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Happy Birthday to The Movement Blog 🎈

Our blog baby is officially 2 years old! In the beginning of April in 2015, I wrote my first post on what this blog would be about and some basic points on the GYROTONIC® Method. Come April 15th, The Movement Blog received over 4,000 + visits in one day after my post called, ‘5 Reasons Dancers Should Take the GYROTONIC® Method.’
2 years later, we are taking the blog around the world. Here’s what we’re up to now.
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First of all, thank you EVERYONE for your interest and increasing The Movement Blog’s popularity day by day, country by country. This is why we’ve said, ‘The Movement Blog is Officially Global‘! I’m ecstatic about the various topics we will write about and what we will see, record, and research over the months.
Secondly, I also want to thank you those who has shared and referred The Movement Blog to someone else or through their blog/website, especially the Dance and Gyrotonic community. It is truly my passion to continue to give back and create a platform for both the up-and-coming and the seasoned professional.

What’s next? Well, my fiancé, Rob, and I will be travelling for the next 6 months in Southeast Asia, Africa, the States, Europe, and South America. Our intentions are to draw inspiration from the places we visit and relate to our favorite topics: health, fitness, wellbeing, the Gyrotonic method, the Gyrokinesis method, dance, and data.

The green dots are the places we’ve already visited in 2017 and the blue dots are the places in our itinerary for the rest of the year. We just left Hong Kong and are currently travelling in Vietnam from the South (Ho Chi Minh) all the way to the North (Sapa). And let me tell you, I already feel healthier and more fit just from the lifestyle and the food alone (not to mention sweating everyday in smoldering hot weather).
That’s it for now! Feel free to email us with any questions, comments, or even just to say ‘Hello’. Looking forward to writing about our journey and the people, places, and activities we encounter.
Big hugs,
Kindall & Rob
The Movement Blog(gers)
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5 Reasons Dancers Should Take the GYROKINESIS® Method

March 26, 2017

I’ve only been teaching the GYROKINESIS® Method for the past year, however I’ve been using this method in conjunction with my dance training for nearly 10 years now. Here are my top 5 reasons why you should take the Gyrokinesis Method too.

The Gyrokinesis Method has been one of the only methods (along with the Gyrotonic Method) to truly address my tightness and weaknesses, which has helped me to move efficiently over the years.

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  1. No equipment needed!

    Dancers can use this method as a vital part of their warmup and preparation before class and/or performance. All you’ll need is floor space and a place to sit comfortably with the feet on the ground. Movements in this method range from spinal motions to a killer abdominal series. There’s also a self-massage protocol called Awakening of the Senses, which revitalizes the body from the head to the toes.
    Its specific breathing patterns, can help calm not only the mind but release tense, stubborn muscles and, of course, can be practiced anywhere in combination with the exercises. These breathing patterns allow the body to engage properly in movement without overworking and create more energy with strength and release simultaneously.
  2. Not your typical group class.

    Gyrokinesis sessions are often taught in group classes, and you won’t have to break the bank. Usually classes aren’t too big (up to 6-10 people) but it can depend on the studio. These classes are often taught in a circle or semi-circle so there’s more space to move and have the opportunity to see the movements and instructions from the trainer.
    This is unique and beneficial because the class can actually move as a group, an entity, without that completive feeling. In addition, you’re getting all the principles you would get in a private Gyrotonic equipment class – win/win.
  3. Get to the root of the problem.

    Imagine a place where you’re able to achieve those things that allow you to lengthen tense muscles and strengthen weak areas simultaneously with more ease and awareness while being able to see and feel improvements within minutes.
    How? Well, methods like Gyrokinesis use the body’s anatomy in the most natural and organic way for it to be moved (i.e. the spiralling concept). We want to create space in the joints as much as possible before we move, continuously. With that comes muscular length, strength, alignment, and suppleness – some of the methods’ main principles.
  4. Increases pelvic mobility.

    Pelvic mobility and range is highly significant for movement (along with core stability). In dance, the pelvis is constantly being challenged and fully utlized, which could develop into fatigue and ‘overworking’. Maintaining this kind of strength is difficult and so the hips will need some sort of recharge.
    Furthermore, the Gyrokinesis Method focuses heavily on range of the pelvis (like in the Arch and Curl) and how to release its attachments to improve posture, alignment, and reduce back pain. Exercises are based sitting on a chair so you can safely mobilize the pelvis and spine. Great for those who spend a lot of time building websites and networking online.
  5. Move without pain.

    Dancers must learn how to maximize their movement potential without compromising the body or creating unnecessary pain.  Pain often comes from poor alignment, overuse, fatigue, or worst, ignoring the root of the problem. Fortunately, there are ways around working without too much pain.
    The Gyrokinesis method was originally designed for dancers who needed to be educated about ‘how to move without pain’ and to create awareness of self. Once we become more aware of our body in movement, we can adhere to this principle. This method also helps dancers to find true rotation and balance without impact.

Like the Gyrokinesis Method but want to know more about the Gyrotonic Method?

Check out my 5 Reasons Why Dancers Should Take the Gyrotonic Method


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The Movement Blog is Officially Global

February 11, 2017

Hi movers!

My name is Rob; I’m Kindall’s partner and I’ve recently joined The Movement Blog team to help with the blog. I’m a bit of a geek who likes dance (watching and partaking) and I enjoy taking GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® classes in London as well as cooking and travelling as much as I can.

I’ve spent the last 11 years working in data analytics so will be blogging insights about dance, fitness, gyrotonic and well being. As you may know, Kindall studied Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatorie in London. The application of scientific methods to help with injury prevention and performance optimisation has led me to become fascinated by the potential for data to change the way we look at dance and fitness much in the same way that sports science has changed elite performance.

I’m really keen to connect to with the dance community and explore topics which are important to movers all around the world. As such if you have any thoughts or suggestions on areas you’d like us to cover or if you would like to collaborate then you can contact me on rob@themovementblog.co.uk.

The GYROTONIC® Method is a global phenomenon 

One of the first things I did upon joining The Movement Blog officially was to take a look in the Google Analytics account which monitors traffic on the site. To my amazement I saw that since Kindall started the blog, she’s had visitors from 98 different countries. That’s exactly 50% of the world’s countries!

I exported some geographic data in to Tableau Public where I was able to produce some data visualisations which tell us about the global audience of The Movement Blog.

Using the Tableau Public explorer at the bottom of the post you can interact with the analysis I performed and let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Where in the world do people visit The Movement Blog from?

Looking at the map view you really get a sense of how far and wide the blog reaches. For me it shows that The Gyrotonic Method and Dance in general are a truly global phenomenon. We’re active in every continent apart from Antarctica and get visits from new countries all the time. You may notice that that UK and US are greyed out on the viz. I’ve done this because that is where lion’s share (75%+) which you’d expect from US citizen blogging from London ☺️

Visualisation of where people visit The Movement Blog from

Top countries that visit The Movement Blog

By filtering results to countries who have had 100+ visits since the blog started we can get a view on where Kindall’s posts are most popular. After again excluding the UK and US we can see Russia tops the pile followed by Italy, Germany then China. This is unsurprising given all of these countries have a proud tradition of dance as well as excellent schools and dance companies.

Which countries visit The Movement Blog the most

Which continents do people visit from

Without the US & UK data included Europe clearly leads the way from a continental perspective. Asia is a clear second place with strong showings from Japan (where the blog has been translated) and Hong Kong where Kindall tells me there is a big Gyrotonic scene.

Which continents do most visits come from

Top cities which read The Movement Blog

Breaking the data down further to look at the top cities (excluding London) we can see a strong showing from Russia and the US with 4 of the top 7 cities being based there. Dublin leads the way in Europe with Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and France all being represented.

What next?

We have a saying in the analytics industry which states that data without action is useless! So over the coming months we’d like to expand the focus of The Movement Blog to discuss the Gyrotonic Method and dance in the locations mentioned above. If you’re practicing Gyrotonic or Gyrokinesis in any of the countries or cities in this post and would like to talk to us about your experiences then please get in touch.

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A Mini Dance & Fitness Guide: the Pacific Northwest

February 8, 2017
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Being in the States for Christmas and New Years for the first time in a while meant being able to visit family, friends, teachers and studios I know and love along the Pacific Northwest.

After a very relaxing time in Los Angeles, it was time for an adventure to discover something new. This meant travelling (and dancing) for at least one week along the Pacific Northwest coastline from San Francisco all the way to Vancouver by train or bus. Consider this to be your Mini Dance and Fitness Guide to these prominent and inspiring cities. Enjoy!


San Francisco Bay Area, CA

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Home to San Francisco Ballet, LINES Ballet, Smuin BalletODC Theater, AXIS Dance Company, Tiny Pistol, and many other beautiful dance companies. The Bay Area also contributes heavily to the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® scene.
As my former stomping ground, this visit included a class at Alonzo King LINES Dance Center with ever evolving Erik Wagner and a catch up with my former Gyrotonic Master Trainer, Debra Rose from SF GYROTONIC®.
Before leaving the Bay Area, I was able to squeeze in a Gyrotonic group class with Trainer Mike Luque from The Working Body in Oakland (whom I wrote an article for his blog but never met). Luque’s new space offers a lot of other types of classes too such as boxing, pilates, yoga and personal training.
What Else to Check Out
Dance Companies
Inside Out Contemporary
Dawson Dance
Liss Fain Dance
LEVY Dance
Robert Moses’ Kin
Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis Studios
The Seed Center
Marin Gyrotonic


 Portland, OR

dancing up the pacific northwest

Home to the infinitely cool Northwest Dance Project and BodyVox studios. Unfortunately during my January visit, this city was literally iced over, which made it difficult to get around in a short amount of time.
However the beauty of the Coast Starlight sleeper train from Jack London Square, Oakland satisfied my travel appetite with its stunning views and spacious cabins.
I did, however, briefly speak to Emma Kingston, the Gyrotonic Master Trainer and owner of Center Gyrotonic, to discuss the happenings of a future interview with her about the Gyrotonic Method, dance, fitness, and all of that good stuff.
What Else to Check Out
Dance Teacher and Choreographer
Katie Scherman
Gyrotonic / Gyrokinesis / Reformer Pilates
Kinespirit Circle

Seattle, WA

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Velocity Dance Center on 12 Ave. Seattle, WA. January 18th, 2017.

This is the quaint (and very rainy) hometown of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Velocity Dance Center, and Cornish College of the Arts. Here, I took a Masterclass with Lavinia Vago from Montreal’s renowned RUBBERBANDance Group.
We moved, danced, and increased our heartbeats continuously for nearly 1.5 hours (in the style of Gaga‘s movement language), then learned some the company’s repertoire. IT WAS AMAZING. Keep an eye on Velocity Dance Centre for future workshops and masterclasses.
What Else to Check Out
Open Dance Class Program at PNB
 Sessions with Magali Messac at Gyrotonic Seattle
Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis and Yoga at Seattle Changing Rooms

Vancouver, B.C.

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English Bay Beach. Beginning of the waterfront bicycle path around the Seawall at Stanley Park. January 20th, 2017.

Crossed the border for the last stop and lucked out with a sunny day. However, I had an even shorter time to explore the city, so spend the only full day to explore Vancouver by biking the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path, the Seawall at Stanley Park.
28km later, this waterfront-only pathway was very fulfilling. I also got to practice photographing this city’s stunning scenery with my new camera. For skiing enthusiasts, this is your city. Vancouver’s known for their local ski resorts, just 20 mins away, also includes night skiing.
What Else to Check Out
Organic Eats
Cafe Medina
Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe and Pie Shop
Dance Companies
Kidd Pivot
Ballet BC
Exercise & Nature
Grouse MountainCypress Mountain, Mount Seymour
Local Day and Nighttime Ski Slopes
Whistler Blackcomb
Larger Ski Resort with Hiking Trails

This jam packed trip opened my eyes to the Dance, Fitness and Gyrotonic world. Taking class and understanding the style and vibe of the city was definitely the highlight of the trip. Looking forward to the next adventure.
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Mendocino Bay, Northern California.

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Health & Fitness Goals: How the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Methods Can Support You in the New Year

December 31, 2016
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As we move on towards another new year, here we go again with our resolutions and goals. According to sites like Statistic Brain and The Guardian, in 2015, people’s top ten resolutions included: losing weight, staying fit and healthy, and wanting to learn something new.

In fact, 38%-47% of people set fitness and self-improvement related resolutions for the new year. The good news is that we don’t have to wait for start of a new year for us to reset our goals. It’s OK to have ever-evolving goals, so change it up and be very specific.

how the gyrotonic and gyrokinesis methods can support your fitness goals

I personally believe that everyone is a mover, a dancer, a groover and, yes, we should want more health and fitness goals for ourselves. When it comes to resetting goals it might be best to take a different approach. If I want to incorporate more exercise into my new year goals but know I’m not a big fan of running, then my goal should be to ‘find a new exercise that I enjoy’ instead.
From teaching the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods, Dance and even Barre classes – a lot of people are aware that they are ‘not a dancer’ and become timid with three-dimensional movements. Anything from walking, running to the train, standing up to get a cup of coffee, to sitting for long hours requires proper alignment and a certain level fitness. Posture, alignment,and fitness awareness can help maintain a healthy body for the long term, which I’m sure will compliment any other fitness goals you may have for the new year!

Here are a few important ways the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods can help you with your fitness goals.

how the gyrotonic and gyrokinesis methods can support your fitness goals

GYROKINESIS® Floor Exercises contribute in stretching the hamstrings, adductors, abductors, shoulder, pectorals & strengthening the abdomen, biceps, deltoids, back extensors, and arches – just to name a few.

Awareness of Posture

Posture is such a big deal. We’ve heard it from our elders and our mothers and now you’re hearing it again. There are even posture apps that exist to support this importance. Posture isn’t just the spine. There are a lot of muscles involved in both sitting, standing, and walking. In order for us to adhere to those muscles we must focus on how the body should be moving as a whole. Clients have told me that they’ve felt improvement within their alignment the minute they’re finished their session.

Improved Alignment Overtime

Realigning the body, both muscularly and skeletally, from years and years of bad habits take time and over that time it’s important to realign correctly and efficiently. Alignment is especially important for balance and appropriate range of motion in the joints. Without this, the joints become impacted and no longer have room to move causing unwanted pain. Therefore, these methods (and its equipment) focus on the prevention and reduction of joint impact. Therefore, when this kind of alignment is maintained, usual areas of pain and stiffness are less present.

Strengthens While You Stretch

Functional flexibility supports strength and strength supports flexibility. Without one or the other your body could be in danger or prone to injury/pain. Both methods allow the body to move in its natural three-dimensional makeup. Without this type of movement the body can become rigid and resistant. In other words, we want our body to be able to respond to movement and impact like a rubber band: with elasticity (longevity) and strength (sustainability).

Improves Other Workouts

I always see more  improvement in my dancing, yoga practice, standing, walking, and even running when I’m taking Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis classes regularly. This also goes for all sports enthusiasts and professional performers (i.e. Andy Murray as pictured in the cover photo). Many of my clients who play football, swim, row, etc. said that they’ve never have felt or performed better. It’s completely necessary that the body is challenged in all ranges, so when you need to focus on a specific area or exercise the entire body is all set up to support you and these methods do just that.

how the gyrotonic and gyrokinesis methods can support your fitness goals

No matter what your fitness goals are this year, next year, and beyond, be sure to try something new. In addition, you’ll never know what kind of positive reaction your body may have with experiencing full bodied movements that the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Methods have to offer. It might be just the thing you’ll need for you aches and pains to be relieved once and for all.

Happy New Year and Beyond!

Love,

Kindall & Rob

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Why I Chose to Train in the GYROKINESIS® Method

May 17, 2016
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In 2010, I became a certified GYROTONIC® Trainer. I was also taking GYROKINESIS® classes during that time frame as it was a part of my dance curriculum at the LINES Ballet/ BFA program, however I chose the GYROTONIC® Method as my career backup. Over the years, while still practicing a bit at home and as a warmup before dance class, I began taking less and less GYROKINESIS® classes.

Only about a year ago, when I started working at Tranquility Pilates Centre, I began taking Gyrokinesis class with Trainer Allison which was held at the studio 11AM on Saturdays right after I was done teaching. Then I remembered that I really did miss it! Sparking my interest in the original stool and mat work version, I decided to go back to Gyrokinesis training.

I then began my pre-training and foundation course at Kings Cross Studios with Dylan Elmore. Now that I’m a Gyrotonic Apprentice, I love holding super cheap and accessible group classes for everyone. I’m definitely looking forward to teaching classes outdoors and just about anywhere!

Here are a few key reasons why I returned to GYROKINESIS® Method after teaching the GYROTONIC® Method for 6 years.

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  1. It’s the foundation of the GYROTONIC® method.

    Before the Gyrotonic machine was even dreamed of, creator, Juliu Horvath investigated his own injury prevention technique that was originally called ‘Yoga for Dancers’, which quickly developed into what we know today as the GYROKINESIS® method. Classes are normally conducted without stopping and with continuous movement.

  2. No machine required!

    Beach, park, and home visits here we come. This means less exclusivity and more affordability.
    As there aren’t a lot of Gyrotonic studios in London that offer Gyrotonic group equipment classes, I can finally get a taste of working with many different people and abilities at once with Gyrokinesis group classes. Not only is alignment important but so is the rhythm of the class.

  3. The diversity of a group class challenges my teaching style.

    Teaching 1 to 1 is quite different from teaching a group class. Therefore I am challenged to slightly change my teaching style to adapt to many abilities at once. By doing so, I have learned to let the client continue move and find their own corrections as I have to guide them verbally.

  4. I get to be more physical as a teacher.

    Teaching a group class means that I can actually move and take class with my clients. As a student myself, I always admire watching the teacher explore the movements so I could get more of an idea and where I needed to improve. Being more physical also means I’m constantly practicing.

  5. There’s a lot of fun, interesting sequences.

    I also love floor work. It’s a place where you can not only test your strength and balance, but use gravity to prohibit using unnecessary muscles to get through movement. There’s also a lot of hip opening sequences, for example, that that are unlike any other exercise method. The abdominal work is also a beautiful killer.

  6. Your body is the machine.

    When you’ve trained on equipment for a while , the biggest challenge is how to give yourself the same feedback as what the machine gives. Gyrokinesis allows one to create push and pull within the body throughout. It’s wonderfully tough and gives the person a chance for a real breakthrough, physical and mentally.

Come and join me for my GYROKINESIS class from £5 at Tranquility Pilates Centre. Check out the schedule here.

My Favorite GYROKINESIS® Trainers in London:

Allison James

Tranquility Pilates Centre

Saturdays, 11AM

Dylan Elmore

Kings Cross Studios

Wednesdays, 1:15PM & 6PM

Saturdays, 1PM

Elina Patrou

Little Venice Pilates

Wednesdays, 8PM

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How the Gyrotonic Method Enhances Dance Performance

January 13, 2016
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Gyrotonic [Exercise] has been the perfect addition in my training and performance as a dancer after battling with injuries for years and trying different kinds of crosstraining. Gyrotonic[Exercise] helped me understand where my movement starts and what parts of my body should be working less (with less tension) and which ones I was ignoring. Every Gyrotonic session gives me valuable information about my body, but also makes me trust it more. The body knows how to work efficiently if we listen to it and follow the nature of the movement, Gyrotonic[Exercise] is the perfect way to reconnect and strengthen your body.

– Maria, Ballet/ Contemporary Dancer, Pilates Instructor

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What’s generally needed to enhance dance performance?

Technical ability/understanding

Healthy psychological levels

Neuromuscular coordination

Imagery skills

Musicality/Rhythm

Artistry/Expression

Athleticism

A sense of playfulness

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What does the GYROTONIC® Method focus on?

  • Neuromuscular coordination
  • Breathing patterns for optimal expansion and contraction
  • Maintaining less effort for more power and increased flexibility
  • Postural and movement alignment
  • Movement intention
  • Relating movement to everyday things, places, and objects
  • Whole body awareness
  • Mind-body connection
  • Rhythm and playfulness

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How does the GYROTONIC® Method enhance dance performance?

  • Firstly, the method’s movement intention and philosophy is parallel, if not the same, to dance training and most movement.
  • The body is viewed as a functional instrument that is beyond aesthetics.
  • You have to accept and be honest with your own anatomical make up and eliminate the need to imitate someone else’s (e.g. flexibility, turnout).
  • It improves both postural alignment and alignment during movement by increasing awareness.
  • It emphasizes using necessary effort to avoid working ‘too hard’, mentally and physically.
  • Thus, it helps the body to exert an effective amount of energy for longer lasting power.
  • It helps to overcome old habits that previously increased injuries, aches and pains, even mental barriers.
  • It helps one to take risks safely, explore movements fully, oh, and HAVE FUN!
A dancers’ performance skills could be broken down even further to elements such as self-esteem, cognitive learning, goal setting, fitness, and dieting. While performance enhancement needs further research within the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis community, let alone the dance community, this barrier could be broken by reporting more experiences, more case studies, and relate findings to existing movement and sports research.

Read up:

Beyond Physical Practice

Dancers as Athletes

Dance Fitness

Dance Science and the Dance Technique Class

Gyrokinesis

Gyrotonic

General Fitness and Well–Being Travel

Travel-Sized Fitness and Well–Being Items

December 11, 2015

As it’s holiday season, here’s a compiled list of some essential ‘travel-sized’ fitness and well–being items.

After hours of getting to the airport, standing around, and flying you’re bound to be exhausted, dehydrated, and pretty sore. Travelling requires being (somewhat) prepared before, during, and after. This could also mean remembering to adhere to your fitness and well-being needs. Here are a few essential fitness and well–being items that could be beneficial for pre, during, and post airplane travel, although these items could be used for any other mode of transport as well. Here’s to Zen, Rock and Roll, and feeling refreshed.

travel-sized fitness and well-being items

Snoozing Must-Haves

Ear Plugs 

Protect your ears, drown out chatter and outside noise, and get a good snooze.

Eye Mask

Continue said snooze by drowning out that awful cabin light while refreshing the skin around the eyes (win/win).

Neck Cushion

Maintain proper sitting alignment by providing support for your neck to avoid awkward spinal positions.

Essential Oils

Try soothing scents, such as Chamomile, to help you relax and rest.
Poignant scents, like Grapefruit, can also help with jet lag and staying alert.

Comfy Gear

Gone are those days of high heels and your best threads. Embrace your favorite workout gear or oversized sweater.

Headspace/Mediation

Very helpful for nervous travellers or needing to fall asleep quickly to help adapt to a new time zone.

La Musica

Nearly all international flights now provide a variety of free music (and audiobooks).
Consider making your own off-line playlists.

Water, Water Everywhere

In a previous post, I mentioned the daily importance of staying hydrated. There’s no better time to practice good hydration than on a plane as flights are extremely dehydrating. You can easily give yourself a hydration boost with plenty of water, face mist, lip balm and moisturisers for the face, body, and hair. Vogue has even suggested using a hydrating face mask the night before and steaming your face from the bathroom sink once you’ve reached your destination (ooh la, la).

In addition, most airlines now allow free refills via their drinks cart or water fountain whenever you like during the flight. However, airplane tap water hasn’t received the best reviews due its potential health hazards. So, if you prefer, bring your own (empty) water bottle and help reduce plastic waste. Seize your filtered water journey by researching and comparing these top 10 water bottle filters, for instance. Filtering water helps to kill bacteria, absorb chlorine, and remove heavy metal ions (just to name a few).

Stretch It Out, Work It Out

travel-sized fitness and well-being items

Walking around and onboard stretching is a must, especially for long haul flights. For those who want more full-bodied approach can turn to yoga and GYROKINESIS®, which are especially useful in these situations as they can be done sitting or standing. Both exercise methods involve spinal motions, a core workout, and stretching of the entire body. Moving the spine and stretching the legs are generally beneficial to maintaining good health, so why stop on a plane?

Travelling for work or pleasure usually involves a considerable amount of walking, standing, and/or sitting more than your normal day to day routine. Take care of the body by exercising and stretching a little bit each day. Therabands/Resistabands are travel friendly and can provide a mini workout for the entire the body. Using resistance is useful for maintaining fitness and can be used as an aid for stretching.

Another favorite: tennis balls and spikey massage balls. Both tennis and spikey massage balls can be used to eliminate muscle knots and/or release myofascial trigger points. There are a series of simple exercises that can help relieve major points of the body such as the calves, hamstrings, back, hips, and gluteus, which can be done anywhere standing, sitting, or lying down. Excellent as a quick (and cheap) post-flight ritual.

Injured? Try Air Activated Ice/Hot Packs

If you’re injured or suffer back and joint pain, you’ll may need ice or heat to reduce inflammation or pain. Using air activated ice or heat packs are great way to continue your healing process. They are usually inexpensive, compact and, most importantly, are allowed in cabin luggage. Ask your doctor or therapist whether you should treat your pain/ injury with ice, heat, or both during your travels.

Bring ‘Airplane Food’

travel-sized fitness and well-being items

Another important aspect to consider, in turns of well–being, is the food we eat on the plane. Bringing healthy snacks can help us avoid overeating carbs and sugar. It can also help us feel better, improve potential jet lag, and have less swollen hands and feet. What we drink the plane is also an important factor, of course. Some sources say avoid non-water beverages due to dehydration (as mentioned before), however minimal intake of alcohol, tea and coffee can be all right when followed by plenty of water.

Check out these sources below for recipes and more information about eating and flying:

Deliciously Ella: How to Stay Healthy on the Plane

Packing Healthily

Meals You Can Carry On

Airplane Food and Cabin Pressure

Safe travels & Happy Holidays! xo