About the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®

The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is a cutting-edge movement system that addresses the entire body, incorporating principles of yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and tai-chi.

Exercises are circular and three-dimensional, unlike other movement systems which tend to be linear and isolated. Each movement flows into the next, allowing joints to move naturally without any jarring or compression.

The movement system is made up of two separate, but complementary methods: the Gyrotonic® method and the Gyrokinesis® method.

The Gyrotonic® Method

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. GYROTONIC® exercises are performed on machines, revolutionary in their design to function as an extension of your body.

The GYROTONIC® Equipment

The innovative line of GYROTONIC® equipment includes the Pulley Tower, the Jumping Stretching Board, the Archway, the Leg Extension Unit, and the GYROTONER®. Each unit of specialized equipment has its own unique features and functions, providing an extensive range of exercise options.

The Gyrokinesis® Method

GYROKINESIS® exercises utilize similar movements but are performed on a stool and mat. The movement method addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method, which coordinates movement, breath and mental focus.
Both methods are great ways to gain functional movement through private, semi-private, and group sessions. The sessions are led by experienced, licensed trainers and can meet the needs of any age group or ability, from the elite athlete to elderly clients.
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We are dedicated professionals providing solutions to a wide range of movement challenges.

Amy Pena | Director

Amy, co-founder of SPYRL Chicago, is a former professional dancer who studied with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company in New York. She discovered the Gyrotonic Expansion System® after a career ending injury and has been teaching Gyrotonic® classes since 2005. She has studied the Gyrotonic Expansion System® extensively and has been certified in the Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® methods by Juiliu Horvath, the creator of the Gyrotonic Expansion System®. Amy also has special certifications for working with dancers, elite athletes, and golfers.


Amy has taught in Brazil, and works with all age groups and abilities, helping to transform people’s bodies. Amy has a Master’s Degree in Linguistics and enjoys learning new languages.

Amy’s certifications and course list:

  • Certification / Class
  • GYROTONIC® Apprentice
  • GYROTONIC ® Trainer
  • GYROTONIC® Level 1 Foundation Course
  • GYROTONIC® Level 1 Final Certificate Course
  • GYROTONIC® Level 1 Update Course
  • GYROTONIC® Jumping-Stretching Board Course
  • GYROTONIC® Level 2 Pre-Training Course
  • GYROTONER® Course
  • GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer Update Course
  • GYROTONIC® Applications for Golf Level 1
  • GYROTONIC® Applications for High Level Athletes
  • GYROTONIC® Psoas Principles
  • GYROTONIC® Applications for the Pelvic Girdle
  • GYROTONIC® Leg Extension Unit Course
  • GYROTONIC® Applications for Golf Level 1
  • GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Pre-Training Course
  • GYROKINESIS® Breathing Course Intensive
  • GYROKINESIS® Essentials-Part 1

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Sharon Burack | Movement Specialist

Sharon Burack, co-founder of SPYRL™ Chicago, is excited to bring her wellness philosophy of alternative medicine to the public with the opening of the first SPYRL studio in Downtown Highland Park, the North Shore’s newest studio exclusively teaching the Gyrotonic Expansion System®.

After first hearing about the Gyrotonic® method from two close friends, Sharon decided to try it out and knew instantly that this form of exercise is what the world needs to increase the quality of life and mobility, especially within the aging population.

She found the circular motions of Gyrotonic® movement enhanced her flexibility, her regular physical activity, and helped her feel more grounded and connected. “I believe the movements one does effect the way people think and when we do movements that are spiral in nature it makes one more adaptable. I found that Gyrotonic® sessions puts me in a mindful state and I felt even more creative after doing this, almost on a Gyro-high.”

The Gyrotonic Method® ties together Sharon’s wellness philosophy and awareness of self-being. Now in her 60s, and after overcoming many health challenges including being a cancer survivor, suffering from arthritis and recovering from a hip injury, it’s even more important than ever for her to be in the best shape possible. The Gyrotonic Expansion System® allows her to enjoy other regular exercise activities even more. A black belt martial artist, she now has more range of motion, better balance, harder kicks and can do a lot more in kung fu.

As a senior living professional, Sharon is passionate about the benefits of Gyrotonic® exercises and sees first-hand how strength and mobility is a huge factor in injury prevention and fall prevention. An occupational therapist by training and owner of Freedom Home Care, one of the leading and most respected home care agencies in the Chicagoland area, Sharon started to put the wheels in motion to bring the Gyrotonic Method® to the Chicagoland area in hopes of helping anyone from senior citizens to professional athletes maximize their health and wellness potential.

Sharon and Amy plan to open more SPRYL studios over the next few years and will continue to spread awareness of the Gyrotonic Expansion System® throughout the Chicagoland area.

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Caitlin Foster | Instructor

Caitlin recently joined SPYRL as the newest member to the team. As an avid dancer with strong interests in health and wellness, Caitlin discovered the GYROTONIC Expansion System ® in high school while she was a student at The Chicago Academy for the Arts. It greatly enhanced her dance performance. She found the GYROTONIC Expansion System ® technique greatly expanded her range of movement, increased her flexibility and improved her dancing skills and dance career immensely.


Caitlin is from Chicago, Illinois, where she began her studies as a dancer attending The Chicago Academy for the Arts, a private arts high school located in downtown Chicago. She continued as a dance performance major at Northern Illinois University, where after graduation she was accepted into the scholarship/training program with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She later went on to attend Pratt Institute in New York City to pursue a Master’s Degree in Dance Movement Therapy.

Caitlin is excited to begin teaching at SPYRL and expand her knowledge of the movement system. She looks forward to having the opportunity to introduce the GYROTONIC expansion system ® to other people, and help others improve their skills as well.

Caitlin is excited to work with anyone interested in increasing their mobility and improving their sports performance. She has seen how much of an impact the GYROTONIC expansion system ® has had on her skills and wants to share that knowledge to make a significant difference in the lives of others.

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What Are Clients Saying?


“Amy is the best GYROTONIC® teacher I have ever worked with! She is so in tune with what my body needs.”
–Faith Glazer

“20 years of pain… I really feel different”– Jodie Pineless

“Amy is great at what she does! I am thankful to feel like I am getting mobility in my spine that I haven’t had in 2 years since my fracture. I feel like I just had a weeks vacation!”– Rebecca Kismohrs

“You’re the best thing that happened to me after rehab. My shoulders are almost 100% pain-free!”– Judy Haber

“ I love coming here”–Lisa Soni


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