By Karen Billing
Fitness studio Bonaventour opened in December in Carmel Valley, offering San Diego’s first combination indoor cycling and yoga classes.
Its signature class, “Pedal to Nirvana,” is a 40-minute high-intensity cardio ride followed by a 30-minute yoga session designed to balance out the body and calm the mind.
The studio is located in Torrey Del Mar Plaza on Carmel Valley Road.
Founders Esteban Rodriguez and Eduardo Padilla have been friends since they were children, and cycling and outdoor enthusiasts for just about as long. They grew up in Tijuana and San Diego and are very proud of their bicultural roots.
They have always loved nature, sports and competition, but Padilla also got very into yoga and fell in love with the benefits of what it does for the body. Pairing cycling with yoga seemed to them a unique and winning combination.
“It started with a crazy idea. We love REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) and the idea was to make an REI gym with indoor cycling and yoga and mountain climbing,” Rodriguez said. “We decided to start with 10 bikes and yoga.”
The bikes used in the studio are “Real Ryders,” which tilt and lean like a real cycle, creating the experience of being out on the road and engaging muscles unlike any other indoor cycle. Bonaventour is only the second studio in San Diego to offer them.
“As a cyclist, I can’t be on a regular indoor cycle because it just doesn’t feel real,” Rodriguez said. “Nothing beats being outside but this at least mimics that and gives you the feeling of freedom of movement.”
The studio’s look is classic and clean, with a separate cycling area and yoga studio stocked with mats, blocks and straps. A small retail area has workout attire and healthy nibbles.
Rodriguez likes the boutique-gym feel, a place that is unintimidating to come to and a place small enough where they can accommodate their customers’ varying fitness goals.
Rodriguez and Padilla don’t teach any of the classes, instead they opted to hire “the best of the best” cycling and yoga instructors. Their schedule so far includes Pedal to Nirvana combination classes, as well as a 60-minute cycling class and a 60-minute yoga class.
Rodriguez aims to build the class offerings around what the community wants as far as times and ability levels so they encourage input from their riders and yogis.
The first class is free and all pricing information and class sign-ups are available on bonaventour.com. The studio is located on 13857 Carmel Valley Road, San Diego, 92130, and can be contacted at (858) 365-7416.