In March, husband and wife duo Aaron and Kate Unruh set out to create a new culture in Turlock — one that would get the community outdoors and give them a chance to heal both mentally and physically. Their idea manifested itself through Valley Vibes, which offers fitness with frequency through noise-cancelling headphones, some stellar beats and guided workouts.
Kate Unruh and her husband moved to Turlock from San Francisco about two years ago, she said, which is where they were first introduced to silent disco activities. From dance parties to yoga sessions, silent discos allow the participant to immerse themselves in a world all their own thanks to noise cancelling headphones which play the same music for everyone taking part.
To someone walking by, these events look completely silent. To those dancing or exercising, however, it’s a private party that only they understand.
“I absolutely loved the vibe and the whole scene of the silent disco,” Kate said. “When you arrived, you felt so welcome…Once we moved out here and the pandemic hit, it was so difficult to get that interaction with other people.
“It just seemed like the perfect business for us to start because the headsets allow for social distancing, and it really gives people a chance to connect and create friendships.”
Valley Vibes offers silent disco yoga classes every Friday and Saturday, and silent disco full body workouts on Sundays. They also host events periodically, like their upcoming Strawberry Moon Flow silent disco which will feature a yoga session, refreshments, a virtual photo booth and a dance floor under the moon on June 24. A majority of events are held in Turlock parks, Kate said, and the community can register for classes and events on the Valley Vibes website.
It is Kate and Aaron’s hope that Valley Vibes will continue to grow; they frequently participate in pop-up events and hope to be present at more, and as time passes, they plan on offering more classes and hosting more events. It’s also their goal to give back to the community; the business recently hosted a clean-up day which saw them pick up trash in downtown Turlock.
Though they’ve only been operating for a couple of months, Valley Vibes is already making an impression on Turlock.
“I think the reaction has been really wonderful and so exciting for us. We’ve created a little community, and one of our biggest goals is making connections with as many people as we can,” Kate said. “Hopefully we can help people discover something new and help them get excited about taking care of their physical health and mental health in a fun and exciting way.”
For more information visit www.valley-vibes.com.