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What is the difference between Pilates, Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis?

Pilates and Gyrotonic exercises help elongate muscles and create strength. At Studio Anicca, we use specialized resistance training equipment for both methods. They are complementary to one another, and some students enjoy taking a mix of both Gyrotonic and Pilates classes to optimize benefits. They go together and supplement each other; some students like to do both classes. 

Here are a few differences: 

  • Gyrotonic exercise works on releasing (pandiculation) and exploring the limits within a controlled range of motion. Pilates works on being controlled and aligned.  
  • Pilates machines use spring resistance while  Gyrotonic exercises use a pulley and weight system.
  • Gyrotonic exercise is more circular or 3 dimensional.   Pilates is more linear or 2 dimensional. 
  • Gyrotonic exercise requires control through a larger range of motion.  Pilates requires more focused control.

Both are mind-body training, helping you to move with connection, fluidity and awareness. 

What does Anicca mean? How does this apply to Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis/Pilates exercise at Studio Anicca?

Anicca  means “ impermanence ; the belief that all things, including the self are impermanent and constantly changing.

Too often people start a gym program and get bored or stagnate by following the same routine. They end up losing their motivation.

At Studio Anicca, we want to make each training session a new experience for you! Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis exercises and Pilates offer so much variety and endless movement patterns that will keep you challenged and motivated to train and reeducate your body. You change from one day to another and so does your body. Accept where your body is in the moment and you will be surprised at how far you can go!

What is Gyrokinesis training?

Gyrokinesis training, originally called “yoga for dancers”, includes postures that are not held but connected through rhythmic, fluid movements, feeling more like a dance.

It is a method based on the movement of the entire body, designed to open energy channels and oxygenate the blood. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system through breathwork, creating a more calm and focused mind body connection.

At Studio Anicca, Gyrokinesis classes focus on the natural elements of spinal movement including forward and backwards, side movements, twist, circular and undulating.

What is the Gyrotonic method?

The Gyrotonic method is a training method and system to exercise the musculature while mobilizing and articulating the joints.

Gyrotonic exercises are unique in the way that it stretches and strengthens at the same time, thus increasing the range of motion and developing coordination. The circular, spiraling movement patterns that incorporate the body as a whole are unique to this method.

The rotating movement patterns of the joints create a balanced support system for the skeleton. The motion patterns are natural, with no interruption.

What are the benefits of Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis training?

1. Increases Circulation

Increases the circulation through aerobic and cardiovascular stimulation, as well as circulation of lymphatic liquids.

2. Stimulates Nervous System

Stimulates the nervous system through increased muscular contraction and extension.

3. Prevents Injury

Accelerates active muscle recovery and helps prevent injury during intensive training periods.

4. Increases Mobility

Increases the mobility of the joints and allows their use in all directions to their full capacity.

5. Releases Rigidity

Mobilizes the spine, releases rigidity and creates more space between the joints.

Plus: increased energy & increased mood!

Who invented Gyrokinesis & Gyrotonic?
The Gyrotonic method was created by Romanian-born Hungarian Juliu Horvath. A principle dancer of the Houston Ballet, in the 1980’s he developed “Yoga for Dancers”. He continued to develop this practice and, in 1984, opened the first Gyrotonic studio in New York. He still teaches today, focusing on breathing courses.
Who is Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis training for?

People of all ages can benefit!

High level athletes and sports enthusiasts can improve their technique, skill and efficiency.

Those looking to regain mobility in their joints to help with daily routines or those who gave up sports and activities because of pain and rigidity will also greatly benefit.


Can I do Gyrotonic training in a regular gym?

No. This method requires specialized machines that are not found in regular gyms. Certified trainers are qualified to instruct and guide students to receive the full benefits of this method while using these machines.

At Studio Anicca, we offer a variety of Gyrotonic machines to work with. 

What are the machines used for Gyrotonic training like?
Gyrotonic equipment is designed with the whole body movement in mind. The specialized machines used for Gyrotonic training, that are usually not available at regular gyms, are built to allow unlimited and unrestricted range of movement and support. Curious? Come and experience it yourself.
How often do I have to come/do Gyrotonic?

You can benefit from Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis with as little as one training per week. However, if your schedule allows it, it is suggested to attend at least 2 sessions (private or group) per week for the best results.

As your training progresses you may feel twice a month is sufficient, as you can incorporate your practice into your daily routines and other exercise programs such as running, cycling, playing golf or tennis.  

What results can I achieve with Gyrotonic training?

The patented Gyrotonic Expansion System® emphasizes multiple joint articulation, strengthening the surrounding ligaments. The Gyrotonic Method is an exercise system that increases the functional capacity of the entire organism.
It also increases the mobility of the joints and allows their use in all directions to their full capacity. It accelerates active muscle recovery and helps prevent injury during intensive training periods.
Finally, it mobilizes the spine and releases rigidity of the spine of its functions in relation to the organs that are attached to it.


How is Gyrokinesis training different from Gyrotonic training?

Gyrokinesis exercise is very similar to Gyrotonic exercise in that it incorporates the same principles. The main difference is that no machines are used. Gyrokinesis exercise is practiced with stools and mats. 

Without the feedback of machines, students have more room to explore movement patterns and awareness in their own body.

What results should I expect from Gyrokinesis training?

People of all ages can benefit from Gyrokinesis exercise!

From athletes to people looking for additional pain management and relief. There is no impact on the joints; to the contrary, the fluid, uninterrupted movements help create strength and greater mobility.

If you are not comfortable doing floor work you can simply remain seated and practice on the stool and still gain all the benefits. Studio Anicca also offers advanced options for students looking for more of a challenge.

What can I expect from a Gyrokinesis class?

At Studio Anicca, our Gyrokinesis class usually begins with students practicing self-massage and simple breathing patterns designed to awaken the senses and help you reconnect to your body.

Our teachers then guide students through patterns of moving the spine and pelvis through a series of arching, curling, twisting, spiraling and undulating movements.  

Studio Anicca’s Gyrokinesis trainings start seated on low stools and progress to floor work and sometimes can also continue to standing work.  

Is Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis exercise safe?

Yes, and at Studio Anicca, your safety is a  priority.

Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis exercises are low impact training methods. 

Under the guidance of a  Certified Gyrotonic Instructor, students will learn to create more space in their joints as they train, avoiding the tension and strain that can come with traditional training methods.  

How do you measure progress with Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis exercises?

At Studio Anicca, we measure Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis training progress using multiple indicators. 

  • For example, overall or specific flexibility can be compared from month to month.

  • Subjective assessment of the freedom of movement can also be used.

  • The overall reduction in perceived back or neck pain/stiffness is also an element that can be evaluated.

  • Increase in energy, overall mood improvement and reduction of stress can also experienced with the trainings. 

Is Gyrokinesis exercise practiced in group or private sessions?


At Studio Anicca we offer both group and private classes. Some students that enjoy the group classes find it beneficial to incorporate a few private classes to help deepen their practice.     


What is Pilates?

Pilates is a training method that rebalances the body’s muscles, with an emphasis on the abdominals and core muscles. It also helps to lengthen and tone the muscles while improving posture, flexibility, mobility and abdominal strength. In addition, it promotes a better consciousness while in motion. You eventually become aware of how your body feels, where it is in space and have better control over your movements.

Who is Pilates for?

Pilates is for everyone, beginner or confirmed athlete, and its benefits can be appreciated by all. By varying the pace, intensity and complexity of the exercises, Pilates adapts to the specific needs and objectives of each person.

You can expect multiple benefits such as:

  • Increase back muscles strength evenly
  • Align the spine and experience better stability
  • Expand breathing
  • Overall increase in flexibility, strength, and balance
  • Faster recovery from sports injuries
I have a busy schedule and I can only attend once a week. Will I still get benefits?

Yes. Although we recommend at minimum of 2 to 3 sessions of 45-50 minutes per week for the best results, attending a Pilates training session with a Certified Instructor at Studio Anicca is all it takes to transform the way you look and feel.

Do you offer group or private Pilates classes?
At Studio Anicca we offer group and private lessons. Some students find it beneficial to incorporate some private lessons in addition to group classes to help them deepen their practice.
What equipment is used for Pilates? Do I need to buy anything special?

Studio Anicca has all the equipment that you need to practice Pilates safely and efficiently, from exercise balls to mats as well as specialized Pilates machines like the Reformer.  

Pilates can be practiced on floor mats or with specialized equipment. Using the machines is not a requirement, and many exercises can be done on the floor, but they can help you with correct form or to push your limits.

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