GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methodology: Does Breath Create Movement or Does Movement Create Breath?


By Columnist Dana Rader  – Exercise Physiologist, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer:


Photo credit: Dana Rader GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods 

I have enjoyed writing these posts over the past year, and for my last instalment I would like to touch on an element that is as essential for life as it is for movement breath. Breath is ever present every moment of our lives, but do we experience breathing and how do we utilise it in movement?

Our Breathing

When we exercise, most people notice that their breath changes usually increasing and becoming faster with physical activity. On the other hand, when meditating, we work with slowing our breath and this helps to quiet the mind. Yes, we have the capacity to consciously control our breathing patterns to an extent, because of this unique quality, breath becomes the link between mind and body.

Does Breath Create Movement?

In movement, we tend to cue inhalation (inspiration) and exhalation (expiration). Why bother to do this? When executing a spiralling movement that I discussed in last month’s article, we can exhale, or we can inhale in the spiral motion. When I cue exhale in the movement, I find that the client spirals further. However, when I cue inhale, I find the client obtains more length and height in their movement. These are the same movement, but with different outcomes and textures depending on the breath. So, yes, breath creates movement.

Does Movement Create Breath?

When I am teaching abdominal series, I cue what we refer to as a squeezing breath, which is like coughing (exhaling). However, even if do not cue the breath, I find that clients in most cases will use their exhale breath as they contract the muscles in the abdominal region. The founder of the methods I teach, Juliu Horvath is fond of using the comparison to “yawning”. We use this yawning effect in many movements in the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods especially to access the upper body.

A yawn requires a large intake of breath and this, in turn, stretches the fascia in our upper body region. Thus, opening the breathing passages, allowing breath in and as a consequence, and expanding the chest area. You can see when someone yawns how the chest area is open allowing the breath to flow in and extend the spine and upper body. You can even see the expansion in the cat picture (below) of yawning! So, yes, the movement itself can also create breath allowing us to create space in the body to move.

Mind-Body Connection

That brings us to the mind-body connection, is this important in movement as well? This undoubtedly is a subject to be explored for the next series. Until then, best wishes for a very Happy, Healthy Movement filled festive season.


Photo credit: Dana Rader GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods

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