I met Kayla way back in the day during our time at the LINES Ballet BFA program in San Francisco. I had also picked her to perform in my Senior choreography piece, so from working with her in this way, I always knew she had something special to offer.
Flash forward 10 years, I was right. She has become the embodiment of her ideas and experiences, from Dance to GYROKINESIS® and now healing. She also provides and offers tremendous support for the movement and wellbeing community with retreats, podcasts, and more.
Naturally, I wanted to know more about the work she’s doing now and catch up a bit from the last decade. I was also particularly curious about her experience as a mover and trainer of color. Here, we speak about the last few months in the U.S., what we’d like to see in the future, and what we can do about it now.
This is her story.
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Babsie is a dear, yet long distance, friend of mine. We first met in 2016 at the GYROTONIC® Applications for Dancers Course in Paris, France, but have kept in contact since then. In fact, she’s helped me a lot with my food intolerances and recurring Candida via Skype.
In her most recent accomplishments, Babsie has created her own natural product called, MAGIC BEAUTY OIL, which is a lovely organic blend of vegetable oils and essential oils of 100% absolute purity – no additives, preservatives or synthetic products. Read on to see how Babsie succeeded as a Dancer, Actress, and a Health Expert.
Babsie Steger was born in Austria. At the the age of 7, she passed the competitive entrance examination for the Ballet School at the Opera in Vienna. In addition, at 14 she was also ranked the best Austrian tennis player. Upon graduating from the Vienna State Opera, she moved on to working successfully as an actress in France.
At 19, Babsie arrived in Paris while earning her living as a dancer and model. Fashion shows, advertising shoots, etc., ensued. She then became a fully-fledged actress and performed in international films and series’ such as Highlander, as well as Largo Winch, filmed in Great Britain and Canada, and the international show of Borgia in Europe.
At the same time, her first trade as a dancer enabled her to learn how to know her body. Natural and healthy food was always her priority. Watching what you eat every day plays a vital role in developing a strong, healthy body; physically and mentally.
In 2011, she published her first cookbook on Austrian pastries, Stroudel, Koughlof et Cie (Marabout Editions) in which the recipes emphasised the use of organic products as well as its focus on people’s well-being.
Babsie knew as a young girl that combining and balancing very natural ingredients of food with careful attention to good nutrition was important for her. In the last 25 years, Babsie worked with her sister – a medical doctor specialist in homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, meditation – who formed the health expert she is today.
Thus in 2015, she made the discovery of a very effective method called natural face lifting. Now Babsie teaches lessons and organises workshops on how to practise natural face lift. Shortly after, Babsie developed her very own successful skin care product, MAGIC BEAUTY OIL, an exceptional oil for face and neck, 100% organic; only natural and rare ingredients.
This honest and natural beauty oil regulates impurities, fights strongly against free radicals, tightens pores, and reduces pigmentation spots.
The skin is an organ that absorbs all the products (cream, oil, etc.) that you apply to it and transports them into the blood. Therefore it is very important, that your treatment is nontoxic, and the purest, most natural as possible so that it brings the necessary nutrients to the epidermis.
– Babsie Steger
This treatment is all the more exceptional since it adapts to any type of skin. The essential oils treat, regulate and boost the skin in depth. Magic Beauty Oil’s treatment leaves your skin deeply moisturised, refreshed, smooth, and radiant.
Written by Babsie; Edited by Kindall
There are so many things we can learn from Babsie, her discoveries, and accomplishments as a mover, coach, and food and health expert. Browse through her website to discover natural products and methods useful for our entire wellbeing. Download Google Translate to your browser, if needed.
More About Babsie’s Natural Products & Work
Le soin Magic Beauty Oil, by Babsie Steger est l’aboutissement des années de recherches. Magic Beauty Oil est un mélange biologique d’huiles végétales et d’huiles essentielles d’une pureté absolue à 100%. Il ne renferme aucun additif, ni conservateur, ni produit de synthèse. Ce soin, hautement actif et nutritif, apporte à l’épiderme des nombreuses vitamines et omégas indispensables.
Il y a quelques années déjà… j’ai découvert une méthode de lifting naturel très intéressante. Pour moi qui ai toujours été du côté du ” naturel “, j’ai été, je dois bien le dire, intriguée par le procédé et, finalement, conquise.
Le Gyrotonic® Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga s’y sont mises et pour cause. Pratiqué sur machine, le Gyrotonic est une activité ultra complète qui tonifie et étire les muscles en douceur. Découvrez toutes les raisons de ce nouvel engouement.
Summertime is a time of transition, travel and rest.
Slow Dance is a collection of tunes in which I became familiar while travelling and exploring over the last few months to continue tapping into my wellbeing, such as rejuvenation and clarity.
Over the last few weeks I’ve taught two GYROKINESIS® Workshops and attended a GYROTONIC® course with Master Trainer Rita Rehna. There are some incredible benefits to delving into these methods more deeply; largely body awareness.
Here are 5 benefits in which I’ve seen within my clients and experienced personally coupled with supported outside sources.
1) Enhanced Body Awareness
Developing body awareness is quite important for understanding movement as it’s also key to healing the body. Within the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods, students are guided through movement sequences that carefully focuses on how to stimulate the body’s physiology in a calm state.
Psychology Today states that slow and deliberate movement practices “increases the parasympathetic relaxation response […] which promotes reduced stress and inflammation and stimulates healing.” Without this, we aren’t able to connect to our bodies properly to promote awareness.
2) Deepened Breathing
The importance of breathing properly within movement can often be forgotten or under practiced. However, the respiratory system plays a major role in body awareness, so without proper use of the breath we reduce our full movement potential.
In the Science of Breathing, Novotny and Kravitz, mentions that, “the practice of proper breathing techniques is aimed at eliminating misused accessory chest muscles, with more emphasis on diaphragmatic breathing.” This helps us to engage the body as a whole, increase oxygen intake, and appropriately stimulate of the neuromuscular system.
3) Understanding Core Connection
When we engage the body, we are able to strengthen the body as whole without unnecessary tension. Unnecessary tension often includes forward head posture, upward shoulders, an overworked lower back, and/or tight hamstrings for example.
“Think of your core the sturdy central link in a chain connecting your upper and lower body,” Harvard Health Publishing relays, “[…][Therefore] your core stabilizes your body, allowing you to move in any direction.” This is exactly the goal of the GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® methods, to create stabilization through contrast for optimal movement.
4) Tapping Into True Wellbeing
Sometimes physical habits and/or emotional habits tend to hold us back from being our optimal selves. Wellbeing should involve enhancing both the body and the mind simultaneously. I’ve often experience clarity and breakthrough within these movement methods because of the way the external and internal body has to work in harmony.
Human Kinetics wonderfully clarifies that, “the pursuit of health, personal growth, and improved quality of life relies on living a balanced life. To achieve balance, we need to care for our mind, body, and spirit […] If any of these three areas is consistently lacking or forgotten about, we will not be at our optimal level of health.”
5) Finding Efficient Movement
Efficient movement not only happens alongside body awareness but when we allow ourselves to enhance our learning and coordination skills. We want to “find effortless effort”, as Master Trainer Rita Rehna would reiterate when we started to work too hard in the course. We must invest enough time and practice to understand our own body.
Movement Therapist and Author, Todd Hargrove, mentions that, “neuroscience reveals that the quality of attention as [we] practice will affect how productive the practice will be […] try to make the movement as smooth and easy and effortless as possible […] this will almost always require slowing the movement down and reducing the force of the movement from time to time.” This is how efficient movement begins.
After every class or workshop the level of energy, satisfaction, and body awareness in the room becomes heightened – every time. The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods have been specifically configured for the benefits as mentioned above. Its emphasis on somatics, physiology, and anatomical importance to movement goes a long way.
Although only a snippet in what I’ve seen in my clients and have experienced, it goes without saying that there’s always more to explore!
Tara D’Arquian is a Belgium-born (part time London based) Dancer and Choreographer, who is very excited about about the premiere of her new piece, Bad Faith, part of the In Situ Trilogy, March 14th & 15th at Laban Theatre.
I’ve sent Tara a few questions about her premiere, her choreographic style, working between Brussels and London and how she keeps mental and physical wellbeing in check. You can follow my questions below as you listen to her fantastic responses.
Could you briefly describe the progression from In Situ, Quests, and now Bad Faith and its relationship to Nietzsche’s Three Metamorphoses?
How did the choreographic process vary within each work? How do you prefer develop work with your dancers?
When did you know you wanted to create a trilogy or did it seem like a natural progression artistically?
In terms of style, your work is brilliantly dynamic and group/partner oriented. What would you say has influenced your style over the years?
How often do you try to work in site specific spaces? Do you prefer unique spaces to stages encompassing a fourth wall?
How much time do you spend between Brussels and London? Are you also working with dancers in both places to perform your work?
What’s your dance background composed of … where did you train?
What do you love most about dancing and choreographing at the same time?
What are you doing to maintain (somewhat) of a balance between getting work done and having some time to yourself?
Lastly, what are you most excited about once Bad Faith finally premieres?
More About Tara and Her Works
Radiant Space Art Gallery is based in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, CA, and thrives from its founders: Daniel Elder, Sean Maurer, Golie Yazdy, Olivia Mia Orozco.
This gallery space hosts art shows, dance, music performances, sound baths, pop up fashion markets and donation based group classes. Mia, the main event coordinator, is a dancer, actress, and all round performing artist, making her a key element to Radiant Space’s network and success. This space has also a great emphasise on women, arts, and wellbeing (check).
When prompted to host a GYROKINESIS® Group class for the gallery, it was a definite “Yes” right away. As I’ve been based in London for the last 7 years and have just relocated to Lisbon, I haven’t had the pleasure to be apart of or even see the space.
The space is lovely and serves its purpose well. Being in the heart of West Hollywood, this gallery space has already had a lot of foot traffic and art buyers. With a few promotions and word of mouth, I was excited to teach my first class in Los Angeles in years, let alone Radiant Space’s first ever GYROKINESIS® Class.
5 movers were plenty in the space to allow full movement and the necessary student to teacher visibility that this method requires. In L.A.’s “winter” (80° F), we cultivated even more of a sweat and moved as a unit for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The energy was fantastic.
What I love about teaching and being involved with a place like Radiant Space is being able to transform the space and connect with a diverse realm of people. From Visual Art, Meditation, Music, Dance, and Fitness, these collaborations advocate what artists love doing the most: supporting and showcasing each other.
I look forward to see what other movement modalities Radiant Space will offer in the gallery in 2018. It’s apparent that this space has already become special to those who founded it and unique to those who’ve discovered it. Keep a look out, Angelenos! Stay tuned to this important space.
Current & Upcoming
Donation Sound Meditation with Allison Jones
Currently On Display
In this World / Out of this World: Group Photography Showcase
Radiant Space is thrilled to start 2018 with a floor-to-ceiling interactive psychedelic textile cave by Laurie Shapiro
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More about Radiant Space
Radiant Space is a multimedia gallery in the heart of West Hollywood, CA. At its core, we are a team of creatives who have bonded together to co-create a space for visual arts, film, dance, fashion, and multimedia installations. Our aim is to authentically present work that adds to the global conversation of what it means to have a human experience here and now. We offer our space to rent for creative projects, photo shoots, personal art shows, and special events. We’d love to collaborate with you. Feel free to reach out to us and come join our community.
More about Olivia Mia Orozco
Orozco’s work explores the relationship between the mind and body both as it concerns itself with the movement of dance and from a philosophical point of view. Her work questions and redefines perspective. She enjoys using the camera lens to aide the audience in seeing new facets of the atmosphere in which the dancer is living that may not otherwise be seen in a proscenium setting. It questions the notions of time and from how many viewpoints time can be measured.
As a female artist she explores the defining characteristics of women and is interested in archetypal figures while also questioning the shaping of the modern woman. Her work weaves tales from ancient myths to Hollywood thrillers to create work that both pays homage to classical dance while still maintaining a fresh look of the twenty first century in its interwoven form. Slicing and mingling the old and new, she creates work that aims at authentically presenting her story, thoughts, dreams and ambitions to audiences worldwide via the use of technology and live performance.
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.
“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.
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.
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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.
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.
Kindall & Rob
The Movement Blog(gers)
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Back, hip, and knee pain are quite common and could be caused by factors such as Scoliosis, improper rehabilitation, or poor postural alignment. Learn how the GYROTONIC® method can help you decompress the joints, lengthen, realign, and much more.
Certified GYROTONIC® trainers are qualified to deal with common and no-so-common aches and pains developed from genetics, muscular imbalance, post surgery/rehabilitation etc. 1 to 1 training allows the client to learn the necessary skills needed to improve both quickly and efficiently.
Participant Must Haves
Commit to 1 to 1 sessions at least once or twice a week for 1-2 months.
Have an existing back, hip, and/or knee issue.
Already allowed to participate in low to moderate exercise.
Have an open mind to a new way of moving, stretching, and strengthening.
1 to 1 training for £15
4, 6, or 8-week program tailored to your needs
Feedback after each session
Weekly progress follow ups via e-mail
Exercises to do at home, the office, gym, etc.
What is it for?
To collect information that can be used to continue to inform other trainers, therapists and clinics of how GYROTONIC® exercise can be a part of a client’s rehabilitation routine and, most importantly, how the method works. There is still a general need for more research of the GYROTONIC® method for the general public.
Where will sessions take place and for how long?
1 to 1 sessions will take in my home studio in Homerton, East London. We will have our own space to workout and chat about your needs and concerns.
Sessions run for 1 hour.
Closest station: Homerton
Closest bus stops: 26, 30, 388, 488