(sometimes spelled Gyrotronics) is one of the newer exercise systems
to enter the mind/body fitness arena. Developed by Julio Horvath,
the method combines elements of Kundalini yoga, gymnastics, swimming,
ballet, tai chi and resistance training - and is a perfect complement
to Pilates workouts.
Focusing on three dimensional, circular, energizing movements,
Gyrotonics has been referred to as "yoga in motion", "yoga with
resistance" and "the next big thing". Central to Gyrotonics is
a unique piece of exercise equipment known as the Gyrontonic Expansion
System", a specially designed wooden machine with rotational discs
and weighted pulleys for variable controlled resistance. Whereas
most exercise machines work in an unnatural linear manner, this
piece of equipment works the muscles, ligaments and joints in
a circular, fluid manner, simultaneously stretching and strengthening
the body without significant exertion.
Each exercise flows smoothly through flexion and extension, contraction
and expansion, working from the spine out to the extremities to
build internal and external strength. These subtle spiralling
and twisting motions are combined with rhythmic breathing and
conscious body awareness for a revitalizing mind/body workout.
Gyrotronics can be approached as a slow, gentle, restorative experience
or sped up for a cardiovascular challenge. All this improves flexibility,
muscle tone, joint articulation, range of motion, stamina, balance,
blood circulation and core strength