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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!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, 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 Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!