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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!
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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