Yoga and cycling may seem like an odd pair (one blasts heavy beats while the other promotes relaxation, after all) but studios offering both have been springing up in cities around the country over the past few years. And it makes sense: Cyclists often have super tight hips, shoulders and hamstrings, says Ashley Lively, co-owner of SYNCstudio in Brooklyn. A yoga practice can open spinners back up and correct those muscle imbalances.
These four new cycling and yoga studios let you sprint up hills and lay in savasana, all under one roof.
Location: Portland, ME
Rêve offers hour-long yoga classes in a peaceful, sun-filled space with large windows overlooking a wooded yard. And when it’s time to amp things up, the studio’s 50-minute classic cycling classes combine hills and out of saddle movement set to inspirational music. The studio also offers a toning cycling class that incorporates hand weights. The hilly monthly Happy Hour Ride ends with a trip to the Great Lost Bear, a neighborhood bar. New students’ first two rides are free, and drop-ins are $15 after that. Take a look at the schedule and sign up for class here.
Location: Washington, DC
Since opening its doors in September 2012, Sculpt DC has been the capital city’s only yoga and cycling studio. Each class tones the upper body while you spin, incorporating weights and core exercises to improve strength, stability, coordination and endurance. Yoga options range from restorative to a Vinyasa flow class that incorporates hand weights, so you can unwind post-cycle session or get a more intense workout in. The choice is yours! Drop-in cycling classes are $25, while yoga sessions are priced at $20. Multi-class packs are available and can be used for spin or yoga.
Check out the schedule and sign up here.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
“Yoga focuses heavily on lower and upper body flexibility as well as core strength, all of which can increase a rider’s overall flexibility, help prevent injury and improve his or her ride,” says Lively.
New York City’s first cycle and yoga combo studio opened its doors in Williamsburg six months ago, though the studio’s original location in Durham, NC has been around since 2008. SYNC’s cycling sessions are a little different than the average class, as you’re out of your seat for the entire ride and the whole class is beat-driven by music, ensuring everyone in the room is moving in sync. Yoga classes range from restorative to physically rigorous and are designed to complement an active lifestyle. The studio also offers personal training and circuit training classes. New students can take unlimited classes for their first two weeks for $45. A single day pass is $25, which means you can sneak in a cycling and yoga class in the same day for the price of one class. Reserve a spot here.
4. Studio 14
Location: Port Chester, NY
Studio 14, located in a new 5,000-square-foot space in Westchester County, NY, held its grand opening on October 5. The studio’s signature class, S14 Cycle, features 40 minutes of high energy cycling set to music, followed by a 14-minute yoga set. They also offer a Cycle Yoga class that begins with 30 minutes of hills and sprints on the bike, and concludes with 30 minutes of yoga flow and stretching. For those individuals looking to practice only one discipline for the day, there are a variety of classes that are solely cycling or yoga as well. A single class is $30, and multi-class packs are available. Find the class for you and sign up for it here.
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