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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!
Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.