Sydney Harris Gyrotonic Trainer, Pilates Instructor

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Operating as usual

Photos from Gadar Pilates's post 09/23/2022

So sweet!

How the GYROTONIC® Method Can Improve Training For High Level Athletes - GYROTONIC® 07/19/2022

How the GYROTONIC® Method Can Improve Training For High Level Athletes - GYROTONIC®

How the GYROTONIC® Method Can Improve Training For High Level Athletes - GYROTONIC® GYROTONIC Communications Director and Educational Assistant to Juliu Horvath, Sarah Simpson and I sat down for an interview with GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS Master Trainer, Angela Crowley, to talk about working with elite athletes and using these methods to help them enhance training and performance...


Joseph Pilates Demonstration

What In the Name Of Health Is a GYROTONIC© Workout? - Gurus 06/10/2022

What In the Name Of Health Is a GYROTONIC© Workout? - Gurus

What In the Name Of Health Is a GYROTONIC© Workout? - Gurus HIIT, Reformer Pilates, Hot Yoga and Spinning are all exercise classes you’re probably familiar with…but what is the Gyrotonic Method© and how does it work? The GYROTONIC® method is a unique movement modality, inspired by yoga and holistic in nature, to improve strength and flexibility. All mo...

The Jewel of the Pelvic Floor - GYROTONIC® 06/05/2022

The Jewel of the Pelvic Floor - GYROTONIC®

The Jewel of the Pelvic Floor - GYROTONIC® "Narrowing" is the practice of decompression at the spine, pelvis, and joints — and is a fundamental and unique principle of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® Method.


Open your spine 🌀

Mobile uploads 05/26/2022

Mobile uploads

Spinal Fusion and the Road to Recovery With the GYROTONIC® Method - GYROTONIC® 05/25/2022

Spinal Fusion and the Road to Recovery With the GYROTONIC® Method - GYROTONIC®

Spinal Fusion and the Road to Recovery With the GYROTONIC® Method - GYROTONIC® By Robert John Weber, Jr. My movement background is in gymnastics, figure skating and ballet. I’m also a trained teacher in the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Methods. In 1985, when I was in Germany dancing for the National Ballet, I was diagnosed with HIV. At that time, that diagnosis was generally re...

The GYROTONIC®Interview Series - Regaining Balance - GYROTONIC® 04/13/2022

The GYROTONIC®Interview Series - Regaining Balance - GYROTONIC®

The GYROTONIC®Interview Series - Regaining Balance - GYROTONIC® In 2003 Gloria had just retired from a long career of teaching and coaching university athletics when she fell from her roof, resulting in a spinal cord injury that left her partially paralyzed. It was almost ten years after her injury when Gloria started weekly Gyrotonic classes. A natural athlete....


The GYROTONIC® Archway - Test your relationship with gravity


În 1918, când gripa spaniolă facea victime, Joseph Pilates a observat că niciunul dintre cei care s-au antrenat în formațiunea sa fizică nu a fost infectat.
Astăzi, nu am văzut nicio reclamă la tv sau în media despre mâncare sănătoasă, hrană și apă vie, schimbarea stilului de viață, gândire pozitivă, meditatie, mișcare(orice tip de activitate fizică) și stare de bine în general.

Se închid sălile de sport, suntem forțați să respirăm într-o mască, ne închid în case în media se vorbește doar despre boală și moarte...exact opusul a ceea ce un corp sănătos are nevoie ca să rămână sănătos și să trăiască în armonie.
Într-o eră a ipohondriei și a panicii absolute, soluția este autoeducarea minții pentru prevenirea bolilor și a bunăstării psiho-fizică.

(Anna Devi)


Dance legend Ruth St. Denis with Joe Pilates.
Love this photojournalistic snippet of Pilates history. (Those smiles,too) Can you name other dancers/choreographers that Joe worked with?

Repost by Such a lovely photo of Joe. Smiling. 😃 Wearing pants.👖(Also lovely of Ruth St Denis at 84 years young!) Thanks to NYPL Digital Collection, this photo can be download here 📷


It’s hard to resist a humerus joke🕸🕷☠️🖤😂🦴


Photos from Sydney Harris Gyrotonic Trainer, Pilates Instructor's post 10/17/2021

Love all around. Great CPE by Juanita López yesterday. Hosted by Trish Garland.

Photos from Gadar Pilates's post 02/22/2021

Love these Gadar Pilates!!!



Gratz Found in Translation.. here is Tampa Bay Rays pitcher, Evan Mc Kendry. He is trained by Jackie Bachor and feels that work on the Wunda Chair and other Gratz apparatus, help him be a better player.



What's your favorite way to use the beloved archway?


Pilates Nerd

The bones from the ground up - for you anatomy nerds 🦴 ♥️ So good!


Pilates and Sports CR

Love this!

from a year or so. After a typical Saekson’s Muay Thai class,
Champion fighter and teammate wanted to see what it is that I do. So I gave him a basic Pilates lesson for the first time. Notice I kept the directions very clear and simple. I made sure not to over teach and most importantly I kept him moving!!!



When we look at this image, we see strength with flexibility and full body strength and coordination. In other words, truly functional movement. How about you, what do you see?


Pilates Nerd

Peace. Love. Pilates 🕊☮️♥️



GoneGratz...please meet Palermo Pilates. This is there GoneGratz story... My pilates journey began with the best of intentions in a “contemporary” way. The deeper I delve, the more questions arose. At a certain point I asked myself, “shouldn’t I know the origins of the work, before I try to modify?”

As it was for the method, so was it for the equipment! Once I began to learn the original method, the only equipment that made sense was the original equipment-Gratz!



Have you ever wondered about the history behind the equipment used in the GYROTONIC® method? We sat down with Juliu Horvath, founder and creator of the GYROTONIC® method, to hear the story from him. It's one filled with resourcefulness, inspiration, and ingenuity.
Enjoy episode 1 and stay tuned as we'll be releasing several videos over the next week that tell all the pieces and parts of the story.



Last year....I was there and I can’t wait to go day.

Day 7, last day of Juliu Horvath's 2018 GYROKINESIS® Rejuvenation Course. It's been a wonderful time of sharing and moving together with trainers from around the world. May the joy and inspiration continue to shine through you all in your teaching and your living!


Gadar Pilates

🦇 This truly isn’t a Pilates exercise named after an animal (it’s part of the Candlestick exercise), but it sure does make me think of a hanging bat! 🕯🧛‍♀️


Gyrotonic Seacoast

THE HAMSTRING SERIES!🦵 Why is it so great? You know, besides feeling wonderful: in addition to the benefits to the lower extremities that will be discussed below, the "tractioning" lengthens your back and hip flexors, wonderfully decompressing the lumbar vertebrae.

What we practice in this series is eccentrically contracting the hamstrings and connecting our movements to our core via our breath.🌬️ Why is this so important?🤔

Eccentric muscle contraction occurs when the muscle is controlling the weight and motion of a limb while moving into a lengthened state. The hamstrings are required to work eccentrically during walking and

Additionally, the speed of the contraction matters in that fast eccentric contractions produce more force than slow eccentrics. Dysfunction of the hamstrings limits the ability to work eccentrically and is thought to contribute to overuse injuries to this area.

Due to eccentric demands on the hamstrings, eccentric training is a crucial part of rehabilitation in a hamstring injury, especially for athletes. Training eccentrically has been shown to enhance muscle hypertrophy, strength, normalize tendon tructure
and improve ability to return to sport after injury. This explanation is taken from Kirsten Heath's article, "Hamstring Pain? Try Some Eccentric Training!" at


GYROTONIC Coral Gables, Angela Crowley & Yannis Brunet

Angela Crowley is honored to be published in the beautiful and inspiring Bare Essentials Journal from Australia!

Angela writes about how the GYROTONIC® Method began, how it can benefit those who participate in Extreme Sports, and what the future of exercise looks like! Click below to read this insightful article.


Gyrotonic Münstertal at Münstertäler Hof

Why don't you come and join us at our beautiful studio in the heart of the Black Forest to start your GYROTONIC® Journey?

Robert Meggle’s:
GYROTONIC® Foundation Teacher Training Course August 3 - 15

GYROTONER® Course (6 days) with the newest 2018 material. August 24 - 29

GYROTONIC® Update Course for Level 1 Trainers (3 days) November 20-22 (if necessary 1 or 2 weeks later)

GYROTONIC® Jumping-Stretching Board Course (7 days) 2021, January 4 – 10


Brooke Siler Pilates


NOTE: This is a MODIFIED series of the Airplane Board exercises (filmed at the request of a fellow Pilates teacher) shown with my arms down due to a scapular issue preventing me from having my hands back against the poles.

❌ This video is not instructional and these exercises should not be practiced unless you know they are safe for your body.
Many of these are adaptations of exercises found elsewhere in the system. Always know the WHY before giving an exercise.

❌ Because the feet are not able to pronate & supinate (roll in/roll out) when they are in the Airplane Board straps, the majority of these (in particular the lateral movements) should NOT be practiced if you have any knee issues whatsoever!

➡️Airplane Board is mostly used with the Leg Springs and hands on upright poles with arms at 90 degrees or straight.

➡️To compensate for not having the uprights to press into, I have my springs attached to the lower Caddy hooks to lessen the resistance.

➡️Along with Short Spine Massage, Long Spine Massage and the eponymous Airplane ✈️ exercise and its variations, much of this series Im showing can also be done in the air at an approximate 45 degree angle off the Caddy bed. (You’ll see me make a go at lifting but the arm position and injury made it awkward.)

👆As I am hypermobile in my knees you’ll notice I keep them unlocked throughout to drive the work into my hamstrings and glutes.

👉Airplane Board differs from regular Leg Springs by connecting the legs and kinetic chain so side to side imbalances can be easily detected.

💪 The Airplane Board fantastic for working the body’s back line and strengthening hamstrings and glutes in parallel. (Great for those - like me - who overly externally rotate their thighs from their glutes.)



We love a good throwback and wanted to share these images of Juliu and a bit of history with you. Prior to creating The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods, Juliu Horvath had an impressive dance career filling principle roles in the Romanian State Opera, New York City Opera, at Radio City Music Hall, and the Houston Ballet. When he ruptured his achilles tendon, it brought his dance career to a sudden halt.
In the late 1970's, Juliu moved to St. Thomas and built a small hut by hand. He started meditating more intensively and began his own movement exploration based on intuition, observations of nature, and his personal experiences. It was during this time over the course of several years that he developed a system he called 'Yoga for Dancers', which later evolved into The GYROKINESIS® Method. These images show a young Juliu in St. Thomas, practicing Yoga for Dancers.


WorldWide Ballet

Beautiful back work and strength 😍





Sydney Harris Gyrotonic Trainer, Pilates Instructor


Sydney Harris Gyrotonic Trainer, Pilates Instructor's cover photo 06/30/2020

Romana Kryzanowska June 30, 1923-Aug 30, 2013 Early this morning, August 30, 2013, Romana Kryzanowska passed away. She was Joe Pilates' chosen protege and his method would not exist as it does today without her profound influence. A shining light who showed legions how to live through her spirited, loving and beyond all, enthusiastic joy for l...




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