26 Apr

Revolution Yoga Combines Yoga and Cycling into one Unholy Mix

You know how yoga is great but doesn’t provide a lot of cardio? Or are you one of those cyclist types who can ride up and down mountains without breaking a sweat but snaps in two if you try to touch your toes? Yeah, I’ve got no idea what I’m talking about, but Gabriella Boston does.

Gabriella is a reformed journalist who indulges her lifelong passion for mind-body fitness work by teaching the rest of us and recently started a new class at Results Capitol Hill called Revolution Yoga.

Personally, I’ve put all my eggs in the “human cloning will provide me a replacement body when I turn 60” basket, but many of you are sticking with this fitness fad. I can’t help but noticing the many yoga mats about town while others keep going on these ridiculously long bike rides just to end up at the same spot. So if one of these two describes you, and you want to diversify your workout a bit, Revolution Yoga might be for you.

Revolution Yoga is a hybrid class of 45 minutes of calorie burning indoor cycling followed by 45 minutes of complimentary yoga focusing on upper body strength and full body stretching. While the cycling is targeted to burning off 500 calories, Gabriella burns 600 or so and even has a regular who routinely tops 800 in the first session. Plus, the use of breath and meditation allows participants to calm their mind, so they’ll have that going for them. Which is good.

This combination of cycling and yoga has been spotted in New York and Los Angeles, but is comparatively new for Washington, DC. You know, like cupcakes five years ago.

As, quite obviously, I would have next to no credibility evaluating such a program, I turned to my good friend Jenni Lancaster, who struggles valiantly against the natural human state of gradual decay and, as such, takes Revolution Yoga. As she puts it, “I love Gabriella’s class because I am able to get really warmed up doing super intense cycle class before going to get a great stretch with yoga. Gabriella’s energy is fantastic and she really motivates me to work as hard as I can.”

Revolution Yoga is taught at Results on Friday at 9:45 am and Saturday Sunday at 8:30 am and lasts 90 minutes.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Lancaster/691177161 Aaron Lancaster

    I can’t believe you said my wife is decaying you SOB!

    • http://www.dclikealocal.com Tim Krepp

      Take it up with Nature.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kate-McFadden/659074032 Kate McFadden

    Does Gabriella still teach an occasional free class in Lincoln Park? I’ve been meaning to get to one of those for months! But this is a great option, maybe the push I need to finally try a spin class.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darejw Dare Johnson Wenzler

    Kate, she does teach a free class on Fridays in Lincoln Park … I believe it’s at 12:30 but you can check her website.

    I take the Friday AM Revolution spinning/yoga class when I can and it is an awesome combination. It’s long (1.5 hours) but, if you’re going to do a cardio session and a yoga session, it kills 2 birds with one stone . I think everyone should try it, even Tim ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/darejw Dare Johnson Wenzler

    Kate, she does teach a free class on Fridays in Lincoln Park … I believe it’s at 12:30 but you can check her website.

    I take the Friday AM Revolution spinning/yoga class when I can and it is an awesome combination. It’s long (1.5 hours) but, if you’re going to do a cardio session and a yoga session, it kills 2 birds with one stone . I think everyone should try it, even Tim ;)

  • Gabriella Boston

    Yes, I do still offer Open-Sky Yoga at Lincoln Park: Noon to 12:45 p.m. the first Friday of every month. So please come and join me – at the east end of the park – this coming Friday. Looks like the weather will be gorgeous; 70s, blue sky.
    See you on the mat!
    -g
    http://www.gabriellaboston.com

  • jendemayo

    I still can’t quite believe that Tim wrote about yoga.

    • http://www.dclikealocal.com Tim Krepp

      Jen, I’m looking forward to your 101 ways to cook pork on the grill article.

    • http://www.dclikealocal.com Tim Krepp

      Jen, I’m looking forward to your 101 ways to cook pork on the grill article.

  • jendemayo

    You are on! But the accompanying image will be one of a sweet, innocent piglet…

    • http://www.dclikealocal.com Tim Krepp

      Of course! I believe they call them “suckling pig” and sell them at Eastern Market.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kate-McFadden/659074032 Kate McFadden

    But a suckling pig would have an apple in it’s mouth. That’s your daily fruit requirement Tim.

  • Jessica_Woodburn

    Gabby – lovely photo, though it leaves not much to the imagination on the tree-hugger spectrum. For all you who have yet to try Revolution Yoga – I was trying to figure out what about it was sooooooooo amazing. I have been practicing yoga for ~20 years and my first spinning class was the first Revolution Yoga class I took with Gabby a couple of months ago. The great after-feeling is like the one I got after trying Bikram (Hot Yoga) for the first time. It felt like I was high on drugs (in all the good ways that I can imagine, having no personal experience with such substances (for real, not kidding). Then I came to the realization that the after-glow feels almost like that after really good sex. Total relaxation, release – hopefully you know about what I am speaking :-) Give it a try!