GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS: Two Paths...One Destination


GYROKINESIS at Blossoming Lotus Pilates and Gyrotonic Riverside CA

Imagine an experience that is the evolution of dance, swimming, chi kung and yoga that causes your mind, body and breath to ripple with energy.  Envision your body undulating like an ocean wave and swaying like a palm tree.  By activating your imagination, you just took your first step into the world of Juliu Horvath, the founder of the GYROKINESIS® exercise program and the GYROTONIC Expansion System®. After suffering a ballet injury, Horvath developed the GYROKINESIS® program as a way to rehabilitate his body and spirit. In the process, he developed a movement method for strengthening and realigning the body. Through spiraling movements, breathing exercises and a pattern of motion that engages the body from head to toe, the GYROKINESIS® experience fully invigorates your being as it oxygenates and strengthens your body. In a time where the average person spends most of his or her day collapsed in front of a computer screen, the GYROKINESIS® system has never been more important; By developing a regular practice, one can counteract the impact of the technological revolution on our minds and bodies. Get ready for a physical and spiritual awakening, one twist at a time.

The Heart and Soul of the Expansion System

The GYROKINESIS Method is the heart and soul of the GYROTONIC Expansion system. GYROKINESIS® classes can be adapted to fit anyone's ability. People from all walks of life including accomplished athletes, fitness enthusiasts, senior citizens, and people recovering from an injury or dealing with a disability take GYROKINESIS classes. By the end of a GYROKINESIS session, one's entire system is awakened and brought into greater balance. Focus on the breath stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in a sense of calm, wellbeing and mental clarity.

​The GYROKINESIS Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method, which coordinates movement, breath and mental focus.

The GYROKINESIS Method is practiced in small group classes or private sessions under the instruction of a certified GYROKINESIS Trainer. 


The GYROTONIC Method at Blossoming Lotus Pilates and Gyrotonic Riverside CA

In line with more traditional types of yoga and martial arts techniques, creator Juliu Horvath's goal with The GYROTONIC Expansion System is to bring the mind, body and soul in to union. This ancient spiritual approach towards overall health has been focused into the emergence of an exercise system that has been created to answer the growing needs of a fast paced, dynamic culture. It is modern day yoga for the modern day individual.

Unlike anything you have experienced, The GYROTONIC Method will spiral your spine and limbs, open your energy centers, safely and effortlessly increase the range of motion in your joints, all while building strength, stamina, flexibility, power and endurance. For those seeking an alternative in place of traditional linear modes of exercise The GYROTONIC® Expansion System (made up of The GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS Methods) is a low-impact expansion system that can be practiced by everyone regardless of age or fitness capability. A 60 minute GYROTONIC® session can be a relaxing and rejuvenating movement experience, or an invigorating and aerobic workout, depending upon the goals and needs of the client that particular day. Whether you are an advanced athlete, a golfer looking to improve his or her game, a beginner student, or perhaps recovering from an injury, GYROTONIC® sessions increase flexibility and range of motion dramatically, while at the same time toning and strengthening the entire body.

   Is GYROTONIC exercise new?

While the system has been around for a few decades, many have not heard of The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. Juliu Horvath, a modern visionary in the world of mind-body development, created GYROTONIC® equipment and exercise after years of intense study and self-exploration seeking to heal his own body. It is a sophisticated mind-body fitness system that ingeniously combines exercise with the energetic awakening and transformation of Chi Kung (and other forms of internal martial arts), the flexibility and balance of yoga, the strength and body toning of weight training, the grace and elegance of dance, the internal focus and calm mind of Tai Chi, along with improved core strength, coordination and aerobic conditioning. 

The system has therapeutic applications for people recovering from life's ailments - shoulder injuries, hip replacements, strokes, breast cancer, and surgeries, as well as applications for special times in life - pregnancy, menopause, and aging. The system is applicable to athletes, dancers, golfers, tennis players, martial artists, and us "regular folks" who may be living with chronic back pain, neck and shoulder tension, and more.

The GYROTONIC Equipment 

GYROTONIC exercise is performed on unique and beautiful hand-crafted wooden equipment which offers both support and the resistance of water. Exercising on the equipment provides similar benefits as yoga and swimming (producing long lean strong muscles and increased flexibility). Exercises include unique arching, spiraling, curling, and undulating movements (combined with breath, rhythm and flow) with counter balanced weights (yet without any strain to the body). The levers, pulleys and handles provide continuous resistance, developing muscles that are generally ignored in standard exercise approaches, while allowing your body to move in ways no other exercise system does. It is really one of the most ingenious systems available for the human form. In some circles, it is considered the couture of exercise. 

Circular rather than linear in nature, GYROTONIC exercise incorporates spiraling and undulating motions on multiple movement planes, moving smoothly back and forth from contraction to expansion with the feel and support as though moving through water. Working on the equipment, allows a release of chronic tension in joints and ligaments while at the same time strengthening the surrounding muscles and connective tissues increasing the functional capacity of the spine and keep the body's energy continuously flowing. Fully adjustable to the needs of every body type and strength level, GYROTONIC movement is used worldwide in therapeutic, dance, sport-specific and general conditioning facilities by people of all ages. It is a system that bridges the gap between Eastern and Western disciplines resulting in total equilibrium and complete freedom of movement.

The main piece of GYROTONIC equipment is the Pulley Tower; however the very first piece of equipment that Juliu created was the GYROTONIC Ladder.  

​The GYROTONIC Method = Infinite Possibilities

The GYROTONIC Method is practiced in Private or Semi-Private lessons, and in small group specialty classes (Elements of Motion and Gyrotonic Ladder & Barrels) under the instruction of a certified GYROTONIC Trainer. 

“When you are thankful for life, thankful for everything that surrounds you, it manifests in a certain kind of feeling in the body. An expression toward life. A prayer without words. A prayer of the body.”

~ Juliu Horvath , Creator of the GYROTONIC® EXPANSION SYSTEM®

Benefits of the GYROTONIC Expansion System


  • GYROTONIC exercise (on the Pulley Tower) is taught in private or duet lesson formats to ensure personal attention and focus
  • GYROKINESIS exercise (without equipment) is taught in small group classes along with private and duet lessons.
  • GYROTONIC Inner Dancer Classes are kept small to ensure personal attention and require GYROKINESIS experience
  • GYROTONIC exercise requires the use of specially designed equipment
  • GYROKINESIS exercise requires only a willingness to move and space for a small stool/chair and a yoga mat (and can be practiced anywhere)

Both systems...

  • Promote long, strong, lean muscles
  • Build profound core strength
  • Increase flexibility, coordination, and balance​
  • Free the body of pain and restrictions
  • ​Enhance joint mobility and articulation
  • Restore proper body function and integration of all systems: muscular, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, nervous
  • Increase circulation of blood, lymphatic fluids, and energy
  • Strengthen the nervous system
  • Alleviate poor posture and restore structural integrity through the application of specialized alignment principles
  • Compliment/supplement physical therapy and other rehabilitative body work
  • Help prevent osteoporosis (helps you build bone)
  • Sharpen mental focus
  • Help to slow the aging process through mental and physical stimulation and regeneration
  • Enhance any form of exercise, sport, or performing art
  • Have unique 3 dimensional movements that help us tap into aspects of our brains that linear 2 dimensional systems cannot access (dance, martial arts, swimming, and The GYROTONIC Method are unique in this regard) 

“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 

The Gyrotonic system is uniquel with it's circular and fluid movement patterns, enhanced by visionary equipment that provides the body with support, traction, feedback and resistance. 

In line with more traditional types of yoga and martial arts techniques, creator Juliu Horvath's goal with the Gyrotonic method is to bring the mind, body and soul in to union. 

This ancient spiritual approach towards overall health has been focused into the emergence of an exercise system that has been created to answer the growing needs of a fast paced, dynamic culture. It is modern day yoga for the modern day individual.

GYROTONIC & GYROKINESIS ~ modern day yoga for the modern day individual

Meet our teacher and system founder Juliu Horvath

Listen as Juliu explains about the amazing system he has created.

A journey towards the expression of life!

See Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis in Action!

Check out The GYROTONIC Method in action.

Check out The GYROKINESIS Method in action!

GYROTONIC or Pilates

GYROTONIC & GYROKINESIS are a great compliment to a Pilates or Yoga practice

Yoga, Pilates and GYROTONIC exercise are all amazing systems in their own right. 

These systems have unique benefits and focus on different aspects of movement and fitness. 

We believe that everyone can benefit from all of these amazing systems (just as we have). 

Our Specialty: The Hawaiian Mixed Plate

What is a "Hawaiian Mixed Plate"?

In Hawaii, where we are from, the plate lunch is a quintessentially Hawaiian meal.  A plate lunch with more than one entrée is often called a mixed plate

Our mixed plate sessions give YOU two (or more) "entrée" of GYROTONIC, Yoga and/or Pilates (as well as any of the other movement arts we specialize in).

Why pick one when you can have them all?


I was a long-time student of Laura's here in Kona. With her broad cross-technique experience coupled with her acute biomechanics knowledge, she has the skill set to directly address a student's needs. Depending on how my body was doing a given day, we'd do some Gyrotonic to loosen up the stiff computer-desk joints, then Pilates for strengthening the core, then stretches from Pilates and Yoga to prepare for my next day at work. Or, if feeling strong go right into Pilates but finish with some Gyrotonic to keep things limber. Kona's loss is California's gain. Ask Laura about Hawaiian Mixed-Plate. She can cook you up a personal exercise regiment for your specific needs using all of the ingredients at her disposal. 

~ Ken Key, Kailua Kona, HI

Allow us to cook up the perfect session for you!

We pride ourselves on being able to meet you where you are (on each day) and help you get to where you want to go.

Bodies are always changing. Our energy levels vary, as do our stress levels and mental focus. We work with you to create a personalized session every time we see you. We don't follow a cookie-cutter recipe.

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We ask that every new client begin their GYROTONIC equipment practice with a series of private lessons in order to learn the fundamentals and core principles of this amazing system.  

Once a certain level of skill has been developed, we are happy to create duet sessions for our GYROTONIC clients utilizing both the Pulley Tower and the Ladder.

We look forward to arching, curling, spiraling, and undulating with you soon.



To join a Gyrokinesis group class all you need to do is sign up and bring a body willing to move and a mind willing to learn.

Do plan on attending a minimum of 3 classes to really feel the benefits of this amazing system.

Attending our Introduction to The GYROTONIC Expansion System workshop or booking Private lessons in Gyrokinesis are another way to begin this journey by starting with a strong foundation in this movement style prior to heading to the flow of a group class.

Stay in touch for our next workshop date set for the beginning of March 2018 at Equilibrium Fitness.

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We'll do our very best to accommodate your request.

Blossoming Lotus Pilates and Gyrotonic La Verne CA

La Verne, California, United States

(909) 833-7320

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