“The ultimate aim is to be at home in one’s body, experience greater freedom of movement, to feel unrestricted and uninhibited, to be free from pain, to be at one with the nature of oneself, and to experience exercise as a creative and delightful experience.”
~ Juliu Horvath
(creator of the GYROTONIC Expansion System)
We are experts in both the GYROTONIC Method and Contemporary Mindful STOTT Pilates. And we LOVE blending these systems together to create a unique exercise and wellness experience you'll thrive in.
Sessions with Laura are playful, educational, inspiring, and transformational. She believes that health comes from harmony of mind, body and spirit, and that exercise is a vehicle for self exploration, healing, wholeness, and joy. Ask anyone who knows Laura what she is passionate about, and they'll answer: Pilates Gyrotonic Yoga and Dance. For Laura, teaching the joy of mindful movement is her life’s path and she looks forward to sharing this gift with you.
Sessions with Steve focus on rehabilitation along with a combination of hands on work. Great for those with injuries including stroke, TBI, and more.
The heart and soul of our offerings at Blossoming Lotus Pilates and Gyrotonic is The GYROTONIC Expansion System comprised of
Both methods were developed by Juliu Horvath, an ethnic Hungarian, and professional dancer from Romania. Horvath suffered a series of debilitating injuries during his dance career and began developing the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis (aka Yoga for Dancers) Methods as a way to heal himself and regain his strength and agility.
After working on building my own company and raising twins on my own, the stress I was under had taken it's toll on my physical and mental state. I'd tried everything (yoga, pilates, massage, meditation) and nothing helped.
Then I heard about Laura and Gyrotonic. I was skeptical, as I'd never heard of it before. By the end of the first session I was hooked. Not only did the movement feel SO good in my body, I felt as though I had gained a part of myself back that had been missing.
I've been practicing Gyrotonic (on the equipment) and Gyrokinesis (in group class) now for 4 years and cannot imagine my life without them.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing this amazing system into my life.
~ Marta Barerras
Feng Shui Consultant
What makes working with Laura and Steve so special?
Laura and Steve are the only combined GYROTONIC Trainer / Contemporary Pilates Master Teacher/ Yoga Instructor / Massage Therapist in the entire Inland Empire. As movement educators, Steve and Laura combine their advanced training in western anatomical, biomechanical and rehabilitation science with their vast knowledge of Eastern Contemplative and Energetic Systems into a unique experience accessible to everyone. In addition, Laura is a Dance Movement Therapist, Licensed [Hawaii] Medical Massage Therapist, and has advanced degrees in Transpersonal Psychology and Mind-Body Medicine.
How does this benefit me?
We focus on combining Pilates and GYROTONIC exercise into THE most transformational Mind-Body fitness program available.
You probably already know that Pilates and GYROTONIC exercise strengthen your core, improve your posture, increase flexibility, and make your whole body lean and stronger. But did you know that THE most important benefit is that when the combined power of Contemporary Pilates AND GYROTONIC exercise are taught with the focus on the Mind Body Connection that Laura specializes in, these systems strengthen the connection between your mind and your body, even when you feel your abs shaking and your legs feel like jello. In other words, training with us helps makes your exercise more efficient and smarter! Plus, it's the most feel good FUN workout you'll experience!
"Suffering from back pain for most of my life, I'm always looking for alternative methods to minimize my discomfort. Laura and Steve have made a major contribution to achieving that goal. Their knowledge of anatomy, sense of compassion, level of enthusiasm and personalized approach make every session rewarding. Doesn't matter if it's a class or a private, they seriously yet cheerfully provide you with the opportunity to learn how to re-educate your body to make it work the way it's supposed to. Pilates and GYROTONIC have been the only workout programs whose hourly routine I look forward to and whose end comes too quickly. My doctors have watched my strength grow and my pain scale decline and fully credit my working with Steve and Laura on a regular basis for these accomplishments. I can't thank them enough for all they've done and continue to do to help me feel healthier, both physically and mentally. Thanks guys!" -- Mary Lou S.
Laura and Steve offer individualized private and duet sessions utilizing Pilates AND Gyrotonic / Gyrokiinesis (along with Yoga and Chi Kung for Healing) to unite your mind, body, and soul in a way that eases tension, reduces inflammation, and promotes health and well being.
Blossoming Lotus Pilates and Gyrotonic (formerly Kona Pilates of Kailua Kona Hawaii) is the creation of Master Teacher Laura Crittendon (and her husband Steve Von Hargett), whose passion for mindful movement spans 30 years.
The blossoming lotus flower represents the ability of ones body, mind and spirit to grow and blossom bringing beauty into the world, while remaining grounded. Lotus Blossoms float effortlessly upon muddy waters while rain, mud, and debris all slide easily off of their petals.
I love this analogy when dealing with the storms of life that may blow in, reminding us to remain grounded while we allow the storm to roll effortlessly off of us (like mud off the lotus flowers' petals).
Today there are more reasons (and ways) than ever to get fit and healthy. We believe for a fitness program to be the most effective, your body AND your mind need to be engaged. ALL sessions at Blossoming Lotus Pilates and Gyrotonic focus on your mind-body connection. Our sessions provide equal portions of fun, learning, stress relief, and physical challenge. When you engage your whole being, your mind and your body respond with greater ease and with increased energy levels, better function and improved stamina, allowing you to live your life more fully!
We want to get to know you. Your goals, your learning style, your personal needs. And we do this by building relationships with our clients in our private and duet lessons. We continue this into our small boutique-size classes where ALL students receive friendly and personalized instruction.
No matter where you are starting your journey or where you'd like it to take you, we'll meet you where you are and be there with you (cheering you on) each step of the way.
We are passionate about our work and we love what we do. And it shows. Give yourself the gift of a Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yoga or Pilates session with us and experience our work first hand. (Your mind and body are already thanking you!)
A message from Laura...
I love transforming my client's lives through GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® sessions mixed with a healthy dose of Contemporary Pilates, while weaving in my vast and deep well of knowledge (both Eastern and Western) of Yoga, Breathwork and Chi Kung allowing me to offer my client's a depth of study and experience rarely found. My sessions are playful, educational, inspiring, and transformational. I believe that health comes from harmony of mind, body and spirit, and that exercise is a vehicle for self exploration, healing, wholeness, and joy. Ask anyone who knows me what I am passionate about, and they'll answer: Pilates Gyrotonic Yoga and Dance. For me, teaching the joy of mindful movement is my life’s path and I look forward to sharing this gift with you.
Steve Von Hargett has over 18 years experience teaching movement and 7,000+ hours of training in therapeutic exercise and massage/manual therapy. He is Hawaii state licensed and board certified as an Integrative Medical and Manual Massage Therapist and is the Studio co-owner.