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Chandler studio will blend cycling, yoga

November 20th, 2017 | by SanTan Sun News
Chandler studio will blend cycling, yoga
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By COLLEEN SPARKS
Staff Stretching into serene poses in yoga might seem like a different type of workout from pedaling quickly to heart-pounding music in an indoor cycling class. But a Valley couple is out to prove the two popular forms of exercise feed off each other as they open a business, FLO Yoga & Cycle, on East Frye Road in Chandler this winter. Eddie and Debbie Davis, Canadian transplants with a passion for fitness and fun, will offer gentle to strenuous yoga, cycling and classes that combine yoga and cycling together into one session. The parents of two children say they want to provide a friendly, comfortable setting where people of all ages and exercise levels will not be intimidated. “About seven years ago, I started doing yoga,” Debbie, a former business consultant, said. “Five years ago, I tried cycling. I thought they played off of each other very well. Cycling is kind of a moving meditation. We want to bring some social elements into the yoga classes, make them a little more fun. It’s about moving and being alive and present.” Rap music might be played during yoga classes in the 7,200-square-foot building, with its concrete floors and brick walls, being constructed just east of Arizona Avenue in a bustling part of the city. Instructors will be able to choose music to fit their styles and students can provide input on what type of music they want to hear in classes. Hip-hop, pop, 80s music and reggae music could be among the many choices. In the yoga and cycling classes, students will get their heart rates up, Eddie said. The new business will offer fusion classes, where members will ride the stationary cycles for 30 minutes, then hit mats to stretch and bend in yoga for a half-hour. In the FLO Fusion Core classes, students will take a high-intensity ride and then stretch into poses in warm yoga focused on core strength and stability. The FLO Fusion Restore class will offer 30 minutes of a high-energy ride, then 30 minutes of deep stretching to nourish joints and relax muscles in yin yoga. “I do like the fusion aspect,” Eddie said. “Your heart rate’s up and then you can kinda wind down. You can get really good workouts doing cycling. If you want to get stronger, come do yoga — it’ll help. Yoga’s really, really helped me.” In the indoor cycling classes, students will pedal in “rhythm rides,” which Eddie and Debbie say is about moving to the music. Eventually they plan to start offering performance rides, where participants focus more on heart rates, distance and speed. The studio is going to offer indoor cycling classes with 30-minute rides and classes with 50-minute rides. Eddie and Debbie say riders in the cycling classes will enjoy the Stages S3 bikes because they are easy to adjust, stay in place and provide a smooth and stable ride. The couple said students will be able to lift weights in curls, shoulder raises and other types of movements to work their arm muscles while they pedal on the stationary bikes. FLO Yoga & Cycle will provide various types of yoga classes to ease beginners into the practice and challenge more experienced yogis. In FLOGI 101, a flow yoga class, members will do an hour of foundational yoga, where they learn breathing techniques and focus on overall mindfulness in an area set at room temperature. More experienced students can work more on precision and alignment and take poses to a deeper level. “We want to make it where you feel fantastic the moment you walk through our doors,” Debbie said. “We want to bring men into cycling and yoga more.” Eddie, a St. Louis native, played football for the Canadian Football League from 1995 to 2009 and said yoga helped him recover from injuries. After retiring from professional football in 2010, he worked as an account manager for Halliburton, selling oil and gas services to companies. Debbie, who was born and raised in Canada, worked as a business consultant for her own company for 11 years in Calgary, Alberta, where she and Eddie lived before moving to the Valley. After their daughter, Imani, now 13, and Eddie III, now 8, were born, Debbie realized she was juggling many roles as a wife, mother and working professional/business owner, and needed to find her own identity as a person. “This whole kind of transformation was driven by not knowing who Debbie was at a point,” she said. “I had to do something that was fulfilling for me. For me, it was sort of a rebirth.” That’s when she started taking yoga classes, followed by indoor cycling. Besides enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship and focusing on a field they love, Eddie and Debbie also believe in giving back. With FLO It Forward, every quarter the studio will offer two classes (a yoga one and a cycling one) at half-price with the proceeds going to charity. The charity will be picked by members who vote on it. The owners also hope to offer happy hours, corporate team-building and other community events at the studio. Yoga and indoor cycling are getting more popular, said Garrett Brolsma, district executive director for the Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA and Tempe Family YMCA. “Yoga has been gaining popularity in the Western world, and here in Chandler, there will always be a good place for all things healthy exercise related,” Brolsma said. “Both activities deliver low-impact, high benefits to both mind and body. “It was a key factor on our recent launch of a new, state-of-the-art cycle studio featuring next-generation indoor cycles at the Chandler/Gilbert YMCA. This allows our members and community another health option that can challenge users of all fitness levels.” FLO Yoga & Cycle will be located at 71 E. Frye Road. Information: www.floyogacycle.com.

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