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Gyrotonic Expansion System’s Role in “Embracing our Roots, Standing in our Strength”

Gyrotonic Expansion System’s Role in “Embracing our Roots, Standing in our Strength”
by Cathleen Murakami
IRLPsideshow_24 have the amazing job of living on the premises of Rancho La Puerta Resort and Spa, a 3,000 acre+ resort in Baja CA, Mexico (www.rancholapuerta.com) during the 4 days I work there each week as the Department Head of Pilates and the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.  
 
Provided with accommodation and meals as part of my employment package, I don’t drive, cook, clean, shop for food, or have to prepare (or clean up!) my meals.  I walk out of my house in the morning in the cool of the morning to RLPsideshow_6the beautiful surroundings of a sacred mountain where shamans are said to be buried.  Old oak groves surround the property, which is beautifully landscaped.  Our meals, which are primarily vegetarian mostly come from our organic garden.  Flowers, a vineyard, a labyrinth, and giant cacti are nestled into the meandering paths which lead to the various gyms, pools, and spa areas.  Beautiful Huichol Indian yarn murals are in many of the guests’ accommodations as well as our massive dining hall. Sculptures and glass embedded doors from James Hubbell and Jose Ignacio Castaneda are part of many of our buildings’ architecture.
Sometimes, I am overwhelmed with the beauty of this place, which has been in operation for 75 years!  I have been a fitness and movement professional for over 30 years and it has never been more clear to me how the body, mind, and spirit are intricately woven together within the common structure of the human body.  I can listen and watch how someone breathes and know more about them than what they tell me in words.  I observe how they hold themselves (bones) , the cadence and intonation of their speech (verbal expression), and listen with an inner radar to the content of their dialogue, and so much of who they really are comes into focus.  If a shift is to be navigated through the physical structure, a shift must also be made within the deeper layers of the psyche and the web that ties it to our lineage history – past, present, and future.
GYROKINESIS®which is the NON equipment branch of the work, is the amazing modality that is designed to awaken the senses (and not just the five!), open the third eye, and move energy up and out through the crown chakra all while staying anchored, in contrast to the outward expanding movement.  All this beautiful energetic flow, is fully supported by sound physical benefits, including joint lubrication, tissue hydration, internal organ massage, oxygenation of the entire body, spinal ease, muscular strength and flexibility and so much more! So perfect, that the name of this year’s conference is, “Embracing our Roots, Standing in our Strength”….a fantastic similarity to what I will be sharing in my workshop this year.
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The rhythmic pulsating movements, supported by specific breath patterns all come together in one continual interconnected mandala that can reach into the past, draw into our present, and expand into our future – just as family systemic constellation does! Facilitators and representatives both will benefit tremendously to “clear out” the vehicle, our physical bodies, through which the work channels through, thus becoming of greater and “cleaner” service to all those with whom you share your selves with.
As we move in patterns of spirals, circles, figure 8’s, and continual undulations – we feel our own connectedness with life ……breathing in (and receiving) and breathing out  (and letting go).
Just like nature itself.
(View a beautiful 2 minute video of the Ranch here: http://www.rancholapuerta.com/about-the-ranch/grounds/video-tour/)

Cathleen Murakami

Cathleen Murakami

Cathleen Murakami is the Department Head of Pilates and the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® at the world renowned Rancho La Puerta Resort and Spa, located in Tecate, Baja CA, Mexico. Having a fitness career that spans over 30 years, Cathleen apprenticed under in London at the Alan Herdman Studio in 1991. She is GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® certified and has completed teacher trainings with Tim Miller and Erich Schiffman in yoga. Author of Morning Pilates Workouts, and several educational DVDs, you can also find Cathleen on Pilates Anytime with several mat and apparatus classes. A veteran presenter at conventions for over 20 years, she has trained and launched the careers of hundreds of teachers currently instructing Pilates.