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Whether you’re an experienced yogi wanting to shake things up or a newbie seeking some good vibrations, meet VibeFlow Yoga—a San Diego studio offering a completely new way to practice. With the use of vibration technology, VibeFlow takes your typical yoga practice to a whole ‘nother level (20 hertz to be exact). To see what the hype's all about, a few members of our San Diego Mindbody team booked a class (the first one’s free!), grabbed our mats, and headed to Del Mar.
Here’s what went down.
VibeFlow is located in the One Paseo shopping center in Del Mar, a suburb just north of San Diego (you might know it from the world-famous racetracks). It’s surrounded by high end retail and delicious, healthy eateries, so if you’re looking to take home a yummy bite after class, you’re in the right place.
We decided to preregister for the VibeFlow Foundations class, an all-level Power Hatha class that teaches the fundamentals and gets people ready for more difficult forms of yoga. The night before we attended the class, we received a phone call or text from the staff at VibeFlow, explaining everything we needed to know before we went. We were told to bring our own yoga mats, towels, and water bottles and arrive 15 minutes early to get situated and fill out some first-timer paperwork, including a COVID-19 Liability Waiver. We were also told that we’d need to wear a mask while entering and exiting the studio and throughout our practice (which honestly, wasn’t bad at all—I used a lightweight disposable one). So, when we arrived at the studio at 6:45 am, we were ready.
When we arrived, we had our temperatures taken and were asked some health screening questions by a staff member. They told us that anyone with a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit would not be allowed in the studio. Then, we received a pump of hand sanitizer and a spritz of sanitizing spray on the bottom of our shoes before entering the studio.
Once we entered the room (one person at a time), we saw rows of vibrating plates on the floor shaped like yoga mats, AKA VibePlates. There were 21 of them in the room, but the class was capped at 7, so we each had lots of space surrounding us. We found our designated spots and laid our mats on top of them. Then, the friendly staff handed us each our own fancy looking, noise-canceling, pre-sanitized, headset and explained how to adjust the volume. They let us know that we’d be able to hear our instructor’s voice through the headset, along with background music, to guide us through our journey and help us stay focused on our practice. And let me tell you, it worked. Julia Medwid, Project Manager at Mindbody, said, “I was pleasantly surprised at how the headphones didn’t interrupt the yoga class, but rather enhanced it—they allowed me to block out all noises and just focus on the movements.” The headsets were not only super cool and futuristic looking, but they made us feel like we were the only ones in the room.
As class began, our wonderful instructor Beatrice told us that during our 55-minute session, the vibrating plates would be turned on for around 20-25 minutes—the ideal amount of time to get all the benefits. So, after we completed our warm-up, we could expect to start shaking. After a few rounds of cat-cow and some sun salutations, we heard the click of the machine and started to feel the good vibrations from the tips of our fingers to our toes. It was crazy.
According to their website, “VibeFlow Yoga uses whole-body vibration to increase mental clarity and awareness, improve balance and coordination, help to reduce joint and back pain, and, strengthen and tone your body.” And we felt that. While it was slightly more challenging to hold poses with vibration turned on, we could tell it was improving our overall focus and balance, which is essential in a fundamentals class and every practice after that.
Led by Beatrice, we finished out our 55-minute sequence with the vibration turned off for the last 10 minutes or so (so we could enjoy Savasana without jumbling our brains). But, as soon as those plates were turned off, we missed them. Those things made our bodies feel amazing. "The vibrating plates help reduce muscle tension and pain while also building and strengthening all the tiny muscles in your body. My arms were sore in places they have never been the day after, and my lower back felt a sense of relief I have never felt from a yoga class before,” said Nicole Hoadley, Event Planner at Mindbody.
When we stood up after class, we felt like we were walking on a cloud. We immediately told Billy Borja, creator and owner of VibeFlow Yoga, that we’d be back for more. We all left feeling refreshed and restored and headed over to Philz Coffee across the way for a quick fix before work. Talk about getting our vibes right at the start of the day!
If you're looking for a new way to practice, we definitely recommend VibeFlow. Plus, your first class is free, so what have you got to lose? Book now on Mindbody!
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.