Michael Hosking, PhD
Dr. Michael Hosking holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Indiana University and was on the faculty at Davidson College. He has been a lifelong athlete in many different sports, but specialized in track and field in high school and college, and later took up competitive cycling. Dr. Hosking has been an avid cyclist for 30 years.
In 2010, after experiencing a debilitating depression/PTSD episode during which none of the many standard antidepressants and adjutants did not work, he found that reengaging in cycling (which he had dropped for 2 years) almost immediately began to reduce his depression. At the same time Dr. Hosking became very interested in mindfulness and meditation, and began to study it seriously. Within three months he was off of all the medications and cycling every day. Dr. Hosking became aware of the new work connecting mindfulness with neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, and the absolutely revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain. After spending a week at Esalen to study exercise and the brain with John Ratey, M.D. of Harvard University Medical School (author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain), he created Revocycle Mind and Body Cycling, a mindfulness-based, mental- and holistic-health oriented indoor cycling program and opened a studio in Portland, Oregon. Over the last 8 years he has been teaching, writing, and lecturing on the science of exercise and the brain and the mental health benefits of mindfulness and exercise, and has been interviewed on numerous podcasts.