GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® is for Everyone!

GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® training is a weight- resistance workout system taught on unique weight and pulley based equipment. Founded by Juliu Horvath, in the principles of yoga, dance, tai chi, and swimming. GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® is not just for dancers and athletes, it is for everyone. With proper instruction anyone can use the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® are great for children and adults at any level of fitness. It works with your body to create a comfortable exercise experience that works towards your fitness and life goals. It is great for a wide range of people, from those recovering from an injury to those who are elite athletes and dancers. It has helped people with a variety of things from increasing range of motion, correcting posture, body sculpting, relief of arthritis, back pain, and neck stiffness, to conditioning dancers and athletes to excel at their craft.

Most exercise programs and equipment have isolated movement patterns. GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercises combine the flexibility of ballet, the body work of weight training, the patterns of martial arts, and the core strength and flexibility benefits of Yoga and Pilates. The difference is, Come and see for yourself.

MotionlabPDX Says Farewell to Two Portland Ballet Student

MotionlabPDX said farewell to two Portland ballet students this summer.

Jakob and Veronica (pictured above) have been cross conditioning their bodies using the GYROTONIC® Method for the past year. The GYROTONIC® Method allowed them to rehabilitate from their injuries and gain strength, increase range of motion and maintain flexibility. Conditioning the dancer as an athlete and as an artist is a mind-body exercise. Core strength, flexibility, balance, alignment and breathing need to come together in a balanced way. The GYROTONIC® Method, over time, provides us all with this.

Jakob (age 14) was a student of the Russian Ballet Academy, recently opened by Artur and Cynthia Sultanov. He has since been accepted to the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington, D.C.  Jakob needed to condition his body in order to perfect his dance positions. The GYROTONIC® Method helped to correct his alignment and show him how to approach ballet movements in a smart way. When asked how the GYROTONIC® Method was for him Jakob said, “It feels so natural for the body to do the GYROTONIC® Method, it teaches you how to breathe, move, and organically find your strength. It’s all about the movement.”

Veronica (age 15) was trained at Vaganova school of ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia and attended Portland Ballet last year. She has since been accepted to the San Francisco Ballet School. Due to her injuries she needed to strengthen her body to prepare for her placement with the prestigious San Francisco Ballet School.  She began the GYROTONIC® Method training with Yelena Foley in July of 2011.

Yelena Foley and everyone at Motionlab PDX wish Jakob and Veronica all the best.

Interested in trying GYROTONIC® or GYROKINESIS®

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Fascial Fitness

In the fitness world the emphasis has mostly been on the training of muscles, cardiovascular endurance and core stability.However, most of the training related injuries occur in muscular connective tissues – ligaments, tendons, joints. People need to go beyond talking about the transverses abdomens and individual muscle performance, they need to understand that it is a fascia – a connective tissue that essentially holds the entire body together needs to be optimally elastic and resilient. The Anatomy Trains website presents information about fascial lines, and Thomas Meyers, in his recent article ( gives an overview of Fascial Fitness . What is Fascial Fitness? Think about the body as web of rubber bands that have to spin, twist, flex, and extend, moving in 3-D. Kangaroos can hop so high by using spring like action, catapult mechanism,when the tendons and the fascia of the legs are used like elastic bands. As humans, we have the similar construction of springiness as kangaroo and can use it not only when we jump or run but also when we simple walk. Are there other animals we can learn to move from? Gazelles? Cats? No doubt. In short, if you want to jump like a kangaroo, run like a gazelle, be flexible and resilient like a cat, train your connective tissues.

Working with my arms

Being a person who is on my feet all day creating individualized hairstyles, I sometimes find my body in crazy positions without even realizing it.  In just one day I can build up some serious body tension!  Most is created through standing in an altered fashion arching to one side with a knee locked and rolling my shoulders forward.   Also my fingers and forearms can become very tight from repetitive action.   Needless to say, I needed to find a way to help rebalance my shoulders and relieve some tension in my arms and fingers.

Although I love yoga and working out at the gym, after trying GYROTONIC®, and GYROKINESIS®  I  found  the exercises to be specifically tailored for someone like me who works with her arms.   There are several movements designed to stretch out the tightened pectoral muscle, such as the eagle and others that relieve tension in my hands neck and forearms, like the inverted prayer.  The list goes on and on for detailed finger, arm and shoulder strengthening and stretching, I have felt a true release with this practice which has helped me continue to do what I love with a sense of ease.

As with any good system it helps to have a teacher that is knowledgeable and intuitive to your bodies needs.  Yelena at Motionlab PDX holds these qualities and trust me, she can zero in on your body in specific ways that will leave you free to fly.

By Summer Cranford
Stylist at Tiger Tiger Salon

The Seated Man

If you’re like a lot of people, you spend most days of the week sitting at your desk. You sit in your car to drive home, and by the time you finally make it there, you’re so exhausted from sitting that the only thing you feel like doing is…well, sitting down some more. And who can blame you? For the past 50 years, humans have become more and more sedentary as our jobs moved from factories and fields to behind a computer screen. We sit on tailbones which were not designed by nature to sit on, our bodies bent into a C-shaped slump that is extremely harmful to the back. It doesn’t come as that big of a surprise, then, to learn that back pain is one of the most common reason for medical visits in America, accounting for 139 million visits costing over $17.6 billion, according to an article in Medical News Today published in 2008. If you’re one of these people, you should know that relief from lower back pain comes from learning how you are supposed to function, day to day, utilizing a stable trunk. Your upper body and lower body need to learn how to stay together as you lift, work, and carry things- even as you sit. GYROTONIC® teaches you how to use your inner abdominal muscles to achieve a stable trunk. It utilizes force-expiration breathing to achieve a body stabilizing abdominal contraction, allowing instant access to a stable trunk. This is one of the most effective ways to protect the back during the damaging rigors of everyday life. All of the GYROTONIC® movements are based on seven basic ways to move the spine. The movements involve arching the torso backward and curl forward, bending your sides right and left, and twisting from side to side in a wave-like forward arch which rounds the back vertebra by vertebra. Taking care of your body is a necessity, not a luxury. Although there are practically an infinite amount of exercise regimes to choose from, GYROTONIC® has exclusive benefits to help you improve your spinal health, and it’s never too late for you to start. I am pleased to have Caitlin Loughran as a contributor for this blog

GYROKINISIS®, Breathing and the Immune System

While GYROKINESIS® looks and feels unlike any other exercise method you may have done before, there is one aspect of GYROKINESIS® that you’ve not only already done, but perform every moment – breathing.

For many of us, we go throughout the day inhaling and exhaling in a passive manner.  We don’t have to think twice about the way our body welcomes air in and out of our lungs.  However breathing does more than that.  Breathing is one of the few ways to encourage movement of lymphatic fluid, which aides in the elimination of toxins and strengthening the immune system.

If your muscles become too tight, your joints may lose their range of motion and block lymph flow in that area.  Your neck, armpits, chest, groin, and ribs are where we tend to get the tightest.  It is essential that you move all of your muscles in a wide range of motions in order to stimulate lymph flow.

The three-dimensional movements of GYROKINESIS®, including spirals and circles integrated with specific breathing techniques encourage lymph flow by gently twisting and stretching each muscle in your body.  For example, while doing wave exercise by undulating your spine from arch to curl we use the “ocean” breath. Inhaling while expanding the spine, exhaling by squeezing air from the lungs and chest, and contracting lower abdomen. As a result GYROKINESIS® helps enable our bodies to expel the toxins and poisons that we collect in our daily life.