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Yogadancilates? Gym-chi? If you like the idea of yoga, pilates and other bendy and stretchy activities, then how about combining all of those into the one technique?

That’s where Gyrokinesis (we made the other names up, sorry) comes in, as it incorporates many of the key principles from dance, yoga, gymnastics and tai-chi. It challenges your use of movement and your body’s ability to create a system of support and resistance.

How does it work?

The key to mastering gyrokinesis is through grasping the seven natural elements of spinal movement; forward, backwards, left side, right side, left twist, right twist and circular. In combination, these movements gently work the joints and muscles when rhythmic exercises are performed.

These exercises result in different breathing patterns, as movement provides stimulation to the body’s internal organs, and you are left ready to take on the world with the ultimate feeling of relaxation and power.

Throughout a gyrokinesis class, you will only hold postures for short amounts of time, but the technique ensures that they are smoothly connected through the use of breath. This makes the exercise feel more like dance than traditional yoga. Make sure you’re wearing some comfy clobber too and perhaps have a quick pedi, as classes usually take place barefoot or in socks!

To ease you in, beginner classes start with simple breathing patterns and self-massage to awaken the body, before progressing onto the spine and pelvis. Whilst seated on low stools, the spine is mobilized by a series of arching, curling, bending, twisting and spiralling exercises. These also release the hips, knees, hamstrings and quadriceps muscles in all directions.

If you’re a bit of a pro, the advanced classes throw endurance training into the mix to prepare you for life’s more demanding activities.

Is it for me?

This super flexible exercise is suited to those with a healthy spine and no injuries, and so pregnant woman and those with substantial movement restrictions may want to give it a miss.

Good to know

Gyrokinesis exercises were developed by professional dancer Juliu Horvath in the 1970’s and were created to be performed without the use of any equipment.

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