Y R O R I
D E R S
If you happen to feel stuck in your upward standing position,
hopelessly grounded in your rubber slippers from morning to night,
and somehow dream that you could fly, spin or somersault through
thin air, stop by at Auroville's Youth Centre one of these days
and take a ride in the gyroscope.
Designed and built by one of Auroville's youth, Himal (originally
from Nepal), with funds from various Aurovilians, the gyroscope
is an amazing yet simple structure made of three big steel rings
which are pivoting within each other with ball bearings. The entire
structure is placed on a sturdy stand a couple of feet above ground
level. The rider's feet are strapped in boots fixed on the inner
and he holds himself with handles above the head or at the waist.
Rolling, rocking, spinning, twirling
Now, once you are left hanging in the gyroscope, the slightest
shift in your body's centre of gravity will send you rolling,
rocking, spinning, twirling head-over-tail and all over again.
Unless you keep quiet and still in one position this crazy machine
will fling you all over space, sending your brain straight to
cosmic consciousness and the perception of infinite dimensions..
fun in bodybuilding
you can also ride the gyroscope carefully and methodically, slowly
moving your body to enjoy yoga-like postures and stretching, trying
to consciously control your spins and invent new rocking patterns,
or you can throw yourself
wildly in any direction you can possibly manage with your body's
This toy is the ultimate fun in bodybuilding that will develop
muscles you didn't even know you had. A 15-minute ride will leave
you sore from head to toes if you are not trained, and your subtle
body will keep spinning for days, giving you that pleasant feeling
of 'out of the body' experiences each time you lay down..
(an enthusiast Gyrorider)