Transformation literally means going beyond your form. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
To me, the spin class is an opportunity to surrender to one’s self. To me, the spin bike is a vehicle with infinite opportunities for profound transformation.
I want my classes to be raucous swirls of thrilling, playful, joyful, and intense. I often post an array of non-tradional workout images on my Facebook page, such as wild ponies, delinquent head bangers, and ‘hot cross buns’, as a means to motivate through imagination, feeling, and spirit. I don’t want to feed people an idea of the ideal body image. I cannot ask people to surrender themselves to my incredibly challenging spin class all in the name of a nice set of calves. Furthermore, who am I to tell everyone that their potential for brilliance is best portrayed through mundane portraits of chiseled body parts?
Don’t get me wrong, I know a gleaming set of abs and a rock hard booty is exciting, but to say that tighter flesh is the ultimate goal of a spin class is incredibly limiting. When one takes the plunge on the spin bike, they are forced out of the confines of their mind, their ego, their body image, and as Dr. Wayne Dyer termed, their ‘form’.
What a tremendous gift it is to have a space to return to each day to find this freedom from self. I know that the endorphins and oxygen rush are scientifically accredited for that calm and blissful feeling after the spin storm, but I like to believe it is also the feeling of a body reuniting with an electrified spirit, a spirit that has been let out to the fields of the universe to dance, stomp, snort, and run wild with freedom.
Photo by: Guy Bourdin