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FIND IT! With Karyn

This is not about a class. It's not about a bike. It's about YOU. Senior instructor KARYN shares what FIND IT! means to her.

What brought you to SoulCycle for the first time?

I had been teaching at another studio in LA (where I met Angela Davis). She had left to go open SoulCycle LA and I took her class to see what it was all about... immediately realized that's where I was supposed to be. I remember the first class I taught. It was an 8:30 AM ride in Union Square. I went into it and had a blast. And I haven’t stopped having fun.

What’s your intention with every class you teach? What do you want your riders to get out of your class experience?

Straight up, it’s just to make sure people feel better walking out than they did when they walked in. I'll give you a great work out, but for me, it’s so much more than that. It’s therapeutic if you allow it to be. It’s a community if you allow it to be. I encourage people to let go. I encourage basic human interaction. I start every class by having riders introduce themselves to each other and finish class with high fives. I'm a big fan of a high five. I have all different types of people ride with me regularly, but I'd like to think the common thread is that they're all pretty cool, open, positive people. I've seen tons of friendships develop in the past four years and it's one of the main reasons why I love this job so much.

There’s this breakthrough moment that is so unique to every rider and instructor. It’s such an important element of class that is uniquely your own. How do you define this moment?

It happens when people are able to stop thinking so much. When they realize that they are no longer worrying about what it was that they had going on at work or what they had at home or the sandwich they're going to eat later. When they realize they haven’t thought about any of that, that’s when people find their release and let it all out. Something comes over you. This moment of total…. freedom. When a song comes on and they’re like, “I don’t even know why that happened to me.” But it’s because they’re so in it, so in the experience. And if the instructor does their job well, creating a unique journey, it becomes an authentic experience. Once you clip in, you’re there.

People can come to SoulCycle to find whatever it is they’re looking for. What can you find within the studio walls?

People can come for a release. People can come for an escape from whatever else is going on in their lives. A lot of people come for therapy. If I’m being completely honest, I come for the therapy too. Creating a safe space is very important to me allowing myself and others to be vulnerable in the room.

What have you learned from your riders?

I’ve learned that they appreciate it most when I’m truly myself. That being perfect and teaching the most well-choreographed class, that’s not what it’s about at all. That’s why I love my job more and more every day. I just go into the room and I’m truly speaking from what I’m feeling in that moment, on that day. Nothing is scripted and I make my playlists day-of based on my mood.

You mentioned that SoulCycle is a form of therapy for you, too… how so?

If I hadn’t had SoulCycle my life would be very different right now. It would have taken me a lot longer to get through what I was going through. Now, I'm the happiest I have ever been. We’re always growing and changing and learning things about ourselves. I’ve learned so much in the past four years. I’m more aware of the growth and change that I want in my life than I ever was before. This job definitely helps because you have to show up for other people. It’s nice to be able to go into that room and play music I need to hear, but also walk in and just make it about them. Personal connections with people, making them laugh, smile, whatever. I’m such a believer that if you’re down, making someone else feel better is going to make you feel better. I think it’s more beneficial to be a giver than a receiver. You know, for everyone. So, I try to live that way.

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