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Published Monday Jul 13, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What the Heck is VibeFlow Yoga? All Our Questions, Answered

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One of the best things about Mindbody, is it allows you to find some super cool and unique wellness experiences you otherwise might not have known about. In fact, it’s through Mindbody, that our San Diego employees found out about VibeFlow Yoga.  

Just a few miles up the road from the Mindbody SD office, this unique Del Mar studio is centrally located and easy to access (literally right off the 5 and close enough to the ocean you can smell it). And when we heard about their vibrating yoga plates, we just had to ask. 

So, what the heck is VibeFlow yoga? We synced up with VibeFlow’s Operations Manager, Lori Cavallo, to get some answers.


Let’s start at the front: What is VibeFlow Yoga for those that may not know? 

VibeFlow Yoga is a revolutionary yoga studio located in Del Mar, CA.  It incorporates whole-body vibration technology and an audio immersion experience into the traditional yoga practice.   


What is a VibeFlow yoga class, and why should someone consider taking this class? 

VibeFlow Yoga offers 3 different classes: VibeFlow Foundations, VibeFlow Vinyasa, and VibeFlow Power.  All of the classes are 55 minutes in length.  The vibration plate is turned on for 20-25 minutes of the class.  No matter what your level of yoga experience is, we have a class that is suitable for you.  Someone should consider taking a VibeFlow yoga class because not only will they experience the many benefits of practicing yoga, but they will also have the luxury of reaping the benefits of whole-body vibration technology.  Some of these benefits include increasing strength & balance, improving flexibility and circulation, improving bone mineral density, aids against osteoporosis, improving joint & back pain, reducing the stress hormone cortisol, and improving mental focus & clarity. 


What changes have you made since reopening after closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic? How are you keeping your clients safe and comfortable? 

We opened back up on June 17th, and our website’s FAQ page details all the new policies and procedures we’ve implemented. We’ve gone above and beyond with our in-studio cleaning protocols, including having the Microshield 360 process done.  

We are starting outdoor classes this coming Saturday 7/11 and our livestream classes will be back on the schedule starting 7/13. The students that have come back to the studio have been amazing—we all missed the benefits that the vibration plates provide. We have been very flexible with our members and understand that some are not yet ready to exercise indoors. We are looking forward to the outdoor and virtual options for them but can’t wait for the day when we can have full classes again in the studio. 


How would you describe wellness to someone who has no idea what “wellness” means?  

Wellness is not just the absence of illness. Wellness includes being whole and in your right mind. Being mentally alert and aware, physically active and able to perform daily tasks, and spiritually grounded. Wellness could also include having healthy, meaningful and impactful relationships. 


What is your wellness philosophy?  

Our wellness philosophy is to meet people where they’re at and help them on their own personal journey towards health and wellness, through the practice of VibeFlow Yoga. 


If someone were to be nervous about visiting VibeFlow Yoga for the first time, what would you say the studio does well to ease their nerves?  

We would first find out why they are nervous…is it the yoga or the vibration technology that has them feeling uncomfortable?  We would let them know in either case, that there is no need to be nervous about coming to VibeFlow Yoga.  We take great care in getting to know our students and understanding what their individual goals and needs are.  We spend time with them before their first class introducing them to the vibration plate, getting them set up with their headset, and also introducing them to their instructor.  Our instructors pay attention to any injuries or limitations they may have and offer options to provide the best experience possible.  We have an extremely welcoming and friendly staff who strive to make every guest comfortable and at ease.   


If someone were to be taking their first VibeFlow Yoga class, what are 5 things you would tell them to expect/prepare for before coming? 

• Get ready for an amazing experience! 

• Wear comfortable yoga clothing 

• Pre-register and arrive 15-20 minutes prior to class 

• Bring your yoga mat, water bottle, and small towel 

• Bring a friend! 


How should one recover from a VibeFlow Yoga class? What’s the ideal meal/drink/etc. for recovery?  

The main thing that we tell our students is to drink a lot of water or a hydration drink with electrolytes throughout the day/night after class.  The vibration has a detoxifying effect as it helps to drain the lymphatic system, so it is important to hydrate after.  An interesting side note is that the vibration technology also aids in recovery, so VibeFlow Yoga is a great place to come when you are doing other fitness activities that cause a lot of soreness. A VibeFlow Yoga class will assist in your recovery and alleviate that pain quicker. 


How do you personally practice wellness? (taking time for yourself, etc.)  

I begin every day by spending between 20-30 minutes doing a devotional and praying. I workout at Orangetheory Fitness or the gym four to five days a week, and I do VibeFlow Yoga four to five days a week, typically after my workouts. I like to surf and train martial arts (schedule permitting). I belong to a business peer group, journal, and read. 


How do you professionally practice wellness? (promoting VibeFlow values to your employees, work correspondences, etc.)  

I professionally practice wellness by living what I do. I take time to pour into my employees, especially my leadership teams. We’ll do group outings, and I spend one-on-one time with each member of our leadership team. Each year my team and I will go through a book together, and we will discuss takeaways from each chapter, and how to apply them to our lives/career.  


What is the most popular class VibeFlow Yoga offers? 

We always recommend that students start with VibeFlow Foundations.  No matter what their level of yoga experience is, this will be their first time incorporating it with whole-body vibration.  Because a majority of our members are new to yoga, and because we have been open just 6 months, the VibeFlow Foundations classes have been our most attended so far.  


What are some classes you offer that people may have questions about/wouldn’t try without a little coaxing? 

People have questions about all of our classes mainly because we are introducing something to them that they have never seen so there is always that curiosity and possible doubt.  The minute we turn the vibe plate on during the onboarding process, these questions turn into excitement and they can’t wait to experience it in class.  The feeling that the vibration gives to you is difficult to describe with words only, so we just encourage people to give it a try and the overwhelming majority love it! 


What is the goal for a person that visits the space? How do you ideally want them feeling when they arrive, during the class, and as they leave? 

Arrive – feeling welcomed, at ease, greeted with a smile, and impressed with the cleanliness and beauty of the studio  

During – leaving all distractions behind, immersed in the music and the beautiful space that the studio provides, feeling the vibrations go through their body and recognizing the differences in how they feel at that moment compared to when they came in, and how present they are during class. 

Leaving – knowing that they just had a great experience and that they want to implement VibeFlowYoga into their weekly routine. We want them to be excited to sign up for their next class. 


What trends and evolutions in the wellness space should we be aware of?  

At VibeFlow Yoga we know to be successful we must do three things very well:

1. Provide the best customer service

2. Provide the best member experience

3. Create a culture community that makes them want to come back


What’s next for VibeFlow Yoga?  

What’s next for VibeFlow Yoga is to bring it to the LA and OC markets, and open our second studio in San Diego.  


Anything else you’d like us to know about wellness, you, VibeFlow Yoga?  

Wellness – requires action, and intentionality, that’s driven by a purpose to live out the rest of your life so that it can be the best of your life.  

Myself – I’m committed to having a positive impact on the lives of as many people as I can, who are willing to try something new and innovative in pursuit of feeling, looking, and performing their best. 

VibeFlow Yoga – To open as many studios as I can to make VibeFlow Yoga available to as many people as possible to receive all of the life-changing benefits that VibeFlow Yoga has to offer. To become part of our amazing community, the VibeTribe! 

 

So, if you read all that and you’re still not ready to sign up for a class quite yet, don’t worry. We tried it first, and we’re here to tell you how it went. Already sold? Great. Book a class on Mindbody now!

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
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About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

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For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.