Rich O’Connor

Studio Owner, Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis Specialized Master Trainer


I have taught many exercise systems and martial arts over the years to continue to explore and refine my personal practice.  My focus over the last few years has been based around the concepts of natural movement and sustainability. I have been practicing the GYROTONIC® since 2002, and teaching since 2003, eventually becoming a Master Trainer in 2013. “

“With a degree in Exercise Physiology, I began my GYROTONIC® journey in Boston, then to  Manhattan, and then Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2006. I opened my first GYROTONIC® studio, Laughing Buddha,  in 2009 which  grew into GYROTONIC® Albuquerque in 2014 and expanded again into The Movement Lab in 2019.  Now in Laguna Beach California, I am teaching and conducting courses at The Movement Lab/GYROTONIC® Laguna Beach, mountain biking, surfing and playing music.

ChiRunning & ChiWalking

What’s so great about ChiRunning? Well, I truly feel that if I can learn to enjoy running, remain pain free year after year, and love the process, then so can you!  I’ve worked with runners of all levels of experience and can help you become more efficient and run longer and faster in the process.

Not convinced that you can be a runner? No problem – let’s start with ChiWalking. You will learn so much about your body and the Chi technique that you may find yourself running before you know it!  

Is running the perfect exercise? While no exercise is truly perfect in every aspect, running with Chi Focuses is pretty darn complete. Also, it’s incredibly portable – you can run almost anywhere. And, it will enhance pretty much any other sport, and provide excellent cross training. 

MoveNat and GMB Trainer

Regain your natural vitality through natural movement and movement explorations that go beyond traditional fitness programs.  Private sessions and group classes that are accessible for all ages and abilities, so don’t be intimidated if you’re just starting out!  All exercises are scalable and there are many progressions and modifications available to help students advance at their own pace.

Our Philosophy

“I believe in the long term sustainability of good health, movement, and vitality – the ability to be active and mobile throughout our lives, and to not accept our current limitations as permanent road blocks but to constantly inspire ourselves.

I strive to inspire people to a healthier, more balanced and ultimately “better” way to live, function and exist through a lifetime – moving beyond injuries, age, frailties and disease – to constantly progress with ease and grace.”

Rich O'ConnorOwner
Rich O'Connor, Gyrotonic and Gyrokineses instructor