Honestly, I cannot imagine my life without Yelena and gyrotonic. Over the past six years, it has become essential to my well-being. Old leg and foot injuries from a car accident prevent me from enjoying the usual activities of walking and gym-type exercises. In GYROTONIC®, the unique equipment allows me a feeling of freedom.
Yelena gives all her clients the best attention they have ever received in their whole lives (I’m sure). She focuses 100% on each person as an individual, analyzes your strengths and limitations, and always asks you to put forth greater effort.
As with any “practice” it requires making a commitment, and over time I have become stronger and my balance has improved … even recovering fully after a scary and painful bout of sciatica a few years back.
Yelena has a “hands on” teaching style that is really special. I love her Russian accent, and feel so fortunate to have an on-going relationship with her.
Plus, it’s FUN (well, usually)
I can feel my body changing and getting both stronger and more spacious. Movement feels more natural to me. I like the involvement of my whole body and self, even the need for mental concentration. I have never before felt such physical improvement over such a short period of time.
You(Yelina) are the teacher and inspiration for the changes I’ve made. I wanted to do this kind of training partly because I needed to do something to get into shape despite my bad arthritic knees and partly because I had done a little GYROTONIC® a few years ago and liked it. But you keep me coming because of your knowledge, encouragement and persistence in insisting that I can really do the work; there is no reason that I have to stay so disabled anymore. I feel I am in good hands because of your breadth of experience in dance and GYROTONIC®. You read my body and know exactly what is needed. I really trust your knowledge and your intuition. Besides you make it fun. It is strenuous but also a joy to come to MotionLab and work with you.
You seem to believe that I will do the best I can and if I don’t, you help me by showing me with a band, or explaining something to me to clarify, or moving my arm or leg into position, so I get the feedback I need to improve.
I take sessions with you specifically because you have an extensive understanding of the system and how it applies to the body, and also because you can demonstrate everything so clearly. I have gotten results from my sessions with you that I don’t really get with other trainers I’ve worked with.
I always had back and neck pain in the past. Ever since doing GYROTONIC®, I use my body in a much more coordinated way and I do not hurt my self at work or at play.
I am stronger, more flexible and see a difference in my body because of my training with you. I feel proud of myself that I can be in a class with a principal ballet teacher and two GYROTONIC®/Pilates instructors.
I thought that I was coming to GYROTONIC® because I could not ﬁnd an answer as why my back hurts, so I wanted to give it a try. Once I started to try… What I noticed ﬁrst was how stiff and tight I was not only in my low back, everywhere. As our sessions progressed, I learned that there is a proper way to move, there is certain way to engage a proper muscle to do certain thing; Like walking, standing, sitting, how to raise your arms.