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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!
This June marks 52 years since the 1969 Stonewall Riots took place—a historical event that put the severe lack of LGBTQIA+ rights into the spotlight. Thanks to the efforts of activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we now have the privilege of celebrating June as Pride Month where members of this community can celebrate everything that makes them beautiful and unique.
At Mindbody, we've created an inclusive, uplifting, and welcoming workspace where all our team members feel valued and inspired to bring their best every day. Here’s what some of our employees said when we asked them what Pride means to them:
“Pride means choosing to be my authentic self, even when it’s hard.” — KT Ellis, Business Relationship Manager
“Pride is about acceptance, community, freedom, and love.” — Josh Pierce, Content Designer
“Pride is about celebrating how far we’ve come, demonstrating how far we’ve got left to go, and focusing on our similarities rather than our differences.” — Bobby Jones, Payments Specialist
“Pride is about celebrating the visibility and accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ people. It’s also about celebrating the diversity among LBGTQIA+ people.” — Robert Arambel Senior Technical Program Manager
As we have discussed before, inclusivity remains an important topic in the wellness industry. We are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the LGBTQIA+ community that helps shape, grow, and provide access to wellness.
While Pride Month is a great time for fitness studios to show their support for the community, consistent support throughout the year is much more powerful. Being LGBTQIA+ inclusive is more than hanging up a rainbow flag—it's a consistent alignment with providing equal access for everyone. We’ve done some of the work for you and aggregated a number of awesome fitness studios you can find on the Mindbody app that are celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and creating inclusive spaces for all:
Kyle House Fitness is Chattanooga’s premier fitness program offering group fitness classes and personal training with the best-certified instructors and trainers in the area. Located on Chattanooga’s thriving Southside, Kyle House Fitness is more than a gym, they pride themselves on building a welcoming and inclusive community. The owners of this gym, The Kyles, may sound familiar to you since they recently wrote a blog post for us on how to be an LGBTQIA+ ally in the fitness space.
EVERYBODY is “creating a radically inclusive culture for all bodies to move, strengthen, and heal.” Not only is their $66/month membership affordable, but they also offer 100% subsidized memberships to folks who are in dire financial hardship, which helps remove barriers for those who are marginalized and/or low-income. Aside from their standard program classes, they also offer affordable $8 drop-in classes—some of which are bilingual (Spanish/English). And, they have gender-neutral locker rooms, which is a staple for LGBTQIA+ inclusive spaces.
At Pilates, Barre & Jams, owner Teresa Ellis’ mission is “to make movement available and accessible to the people who have never felt comfortable walking into a status quo studio...” and we are here for it. As a Black queer femme and a former sex worker, Ellis witnessed first-hand what it feels like to be othered, which is exactly why she opened her Pilates studio in 2017—to create a safe space for all. Knowing that financial restraints should never be the reason someone can’t attend one of her classes, she even has a “pay-what-you-can" membership option so everyone can have access to her amazing Pilates classes.
At Mark Fisher Fitness, “making health and hotness fun and inclusive” is their mission. As a member of their Enchanted Ninja Clubhouse of Glory and Dreams (yes, you read that right), they promise fast results with a money-back guarantee. It’s not just rainbows and unicorns at MFF—their bright and vibrant space is filled with friendly trainers who are fiercely committed to your results and growth.
This self-proclaimed “gym + safe space + house party” fosters a supportive community without the homophobia, transphobia, and body shaming. Since it’s important to them to reduce barriers for folks with body dysmorphia or gender dysphoria, you won’t find a single mirror in this gym. They take “gym buddies” to a whole new level by offering a monthly social calendar for members to connect online. With classes like “Oakland Booty” and “Tops ‘n Bottoms,” The Queer Gym promises lots of sweat, an encouraging environment, and a dang good time.
At 305 Fitness, their mission is to empower people to love themselves harder and express themselves louder. Their passion stems from their core values of inclusivity, empowerment, self-improvement community responsibility. 305 exists to make fitness more inclusive, empowering, and fun. Movement is more than calorie counting or being the "best" in the room. Movement is about radical self-love, self-expression, and self-pride!
Compass Fitness is a journey for the body, mind, and soul. They encourage their members to find the best version of themselves. With classes like “Hustle & Flow,” “Buns & Guns,” and “HIIT & Run,” you know you’re in for a fun and powerful sweat sesh. On top of being a gym that embraces inclusivity and diversity, they donate all proceeds from their Pride gear to The Center on Colfax, the largest LGBTQIA+ community center in Colorado.
Yoga Box’s mission is to create a space where yoga is available to all. Their community of instructors, staff, and students creates a radically inclusive community of support and a place for people to connect to like-minded individuals. Through consistent, safe, and inspired classes designed to challenge, transform, and empower their students—both physically and mentally—this fitness studio is a safe and supported space to elevate your state.
While this is a great list to get you familiar with some fitness studios that support the LGBTQIA+ community, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep this list growing. If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a business we should be highlighting as well!
Wanna sweat it out? Explore more inclusive and empowering studios through the Mindbody app, where you can book everything from HIIT to hot yoga. If you’re looking for other ways to help support the LGBTQIA+ community, you can also donate to your local organizations or support national organizations like The Trevor Project or the Human Rights Campaign.