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Gyrotonic: Training the Unseen

Gyrotonic is a form of yoga that takes the body beyond the current limits to achieve a more flexible and agile body. Juliu Horvath began thinking of the system back in 1942 in the midst of World War II. He was a Romanian that defected to Italy in 1970. He left with the Romanian State Opera which is now known as the Timisoara Romanian National Opera. The height of his career was when he was allowed to live in the United States and began performing with the New York City Opera as well as the Houston Ballet.

Evolving the form
Horvath would go on to tear his Achilles heel and suffer many other injuries including problems with the disks in the back. He spent years in solitude in St. Thomas going through meditation and extreme yoga techniques to heal his body. When he was satisfied with the system he created, he returned to New York to offer his healing methods to his dancing colleagues. Gyrotonic evolved from similarities to a system called the Gyrokinesis Method and the techniques Horvath found in St. Thomas. Horvath tweaked and tuned his method until he found ways to add exercise equipment that helped his clients feel better and heal faster.

What Gyrotonic exercise does for the body
Horvath’s method is based on four principles. These rules cover coordination, stabilization, decompression, and intention. Horvath uses animal movement to compare the ways that Gyrotonic machinery and exercises do for the human body like how people could move more like an octopus.

Intention
The will to move the body in a particular direction.

Stabilization
Reaching and pulling versus staying static for a period.

Decompression
Relaxing the joints by moving in curvy, back and forth movements.

Breathing techniques
People are encouraged to breathe out when reaching and breathe in when pulling inward.

Gyrotonic now
This exercise method was originally intended for dancers, but is now being offered to everyone. This population includes injured people, those who have not achieved 100 percent healing after an injury, and athletes. By 2013, Horvath had expanded his business to reach 2500 studios with trainers in more than 50 countries. Now, cities are picking up this method because of the positive information found on the subject.

Benefits of Gyrotonic
More flexibility
Expanded reach
Better range of motion
Higher chance of complete injury recovery
Stronger overall
Increased athletic performance in competition and practice
Faster recovery after injury

The Gyrotonic method has shown vast rejuvenation capabilities. This healing property is what makes the yoga form so popular in various countries and cultures. The results more often speak for themselves with athletes getting back to full capacity faster than using simple aerobics and physical therapy. Injured patients from all backgrounds show a higher chance of completely healing.

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