About Juliu Horvath

Juliu Horvath, 1942, Hungarian, was born and raised in Romania, but he considers himself a "universal being". The Juliu Horvath Method®, as it was formerly called, was developed after his personal struggle with chronic pain and injury. After dancing leading roles with the Romanian State Ballet and spending 6 months in a refugee camp, he was granted political asylum by the United States. He moved to New York City. He became a dancer with the prestigious New York City Opera and toured with ballet icons Margot Fonteyn and Jacques d'Amboise. Eventually, his journey took him to Texas, where he became a soloist with the Houston Ballet. His dance career ended when he tore his Achilles tendon and damaged several discs in his back.

Attracted to yoga since childhood, Juliu Horvath began developing his own form of yoga to recover from his injuries. During this period of intense self-study he developed his method, originally called Yoga for Dancers, which has since evolved into gyrokinesis® exercises. He then returned to NYC and began teaching his system to the dance community. He opened his first studio, called White Cloud, for this purpose in 1982.

Juliu dreamed of a machine that would help dancers develop a better dance technique. His creative energy led him to develop thegyrotonic expansion system®. The basic device, the Pulley Tower combination, is an elegant, fluidly shaped unit made of wood and various pulleys and weights. It improves the articulation of spine and joints, helps develop strength and suppleness, and contributes to spherical and three-dimensional awareness of the body.

Gyrotonic principes

"Intention is the guiding force that moves the body". The way you direct your gaze guides the movement in the desired direction.

Stabilisation through contrast
Instead of creating stabilisation by 'holding' your body in a certain position, Gyrotonic exercises stimulate you to find a balance between reaching out and pulling in from the centre of your body. This balance is not static; there is a continuous wave motion of reaching out and drawing back.

Decompression of the joints
Joints that are too compressed cannot move freely. Decompression of the joints is promoted by stabilisation through contrast. To achieve this, your joints make a 'scooping', circular movement. This creates more space and an efficient quality of movement.

Coordination of movement and breath
Each movement has a corresponding breathing pattern. In general, you breathe in during the stretching or opening phase of the movement and you breathe out during the contraction, or closing.

Juliu Horvath

Creator of the Gyrotonic expansion® system

Work within the comfort zone of your body, move without effort and with a smile in your heart. Be kind to yourself and don’t compare to others.
Watch what happens – you will grow and your body will evolve.

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