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  • Writer's pictureClaire Harrison

Time for more thoughtful exercise

Updated: Feb 22, 2019

The humble cauliflower has become one of the top wellness trends in 2018, according to Harper Bazaar's #TheLIST: The Year in Wellness. Exercise and vitamins are of course all listed; from streaming celebrity trainers straight into your phone, laptop or TV to a £1,146 high-tech workout system which looks just like a full length mirror, but is actually an interactive screen that broadcasts live or pre-recorded exercise routines into your home.

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Taking time out to meditate was at number two on the list and with popular apps like Headspace you can, as it says on the Headspace website, learn how to live a healthier, happier, more well-rested life with hundreds of themed sessions on everything from stress and sleep to bite-sized guided meditations for busy schedules and SOS exercises in case of sudden meltdowns.


Whilst breathing wasn't mentioned in 2018, it does appear in Harper Bazaar's biggest wellness trends list for 2019, somewhere behind social media tracking and corporate wellness provision. Surprisingly this essential function which keeps us alive hasn't been positioned a little higher up the scale. Apart from being essential to our survival, breathing in the 'right way' can work wonders when it comes to tackling stress and anxiety.

There's one approach to exercise which isn't mentioned in the trend lists for 2018/19 but which incorporates both external and internal fitness. The GYROTONIC Expansion System® takes a holistic approach to wellness that focuses on the inner and outer body and in which breathing plays a key part.


The GYROTONIC Expansion System® is an approach to exercise that unlike the fast, intense, time-efficient work outs that promise instant results for people with busy lives, offers a more considered, thoughtful approach. An article in The Guardian considers how people are moving away from the quick fix back to more measured, conscious forms of fitness and becoming more aware of the physical and internal mechanisms that are at work during exercise. Ultimately, it's about being more aware of your total self. Not looking at just the external body, but taking into account your spiritual and emotional needs too.

This sums up the ethos behind Gyrotonic® exercise. The Gyrotonic®Method is an original and unique movement method that addresses the entire person, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and improving strength and movement efficiency. Juliu Horvath, the founder of the GYROTONIC Expansion System® explains how breathing is integral to this form of exercise.

GYROTONIC® classes can be adapted to fit anyone’s ability from those recovering from injury or living with a disability to elite athletes.

If you've decided on a more thoughtful approach to exercise that pays attention to the whole you, why not find out more. To source classes near you go to and if you live in Brighton, give me a call.

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