Urban Vybe offers exercise, sense of community in Flower Mound

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Best friends Jo Stokes and Stacy Wise opened their fitness studio, Urban Vybe, at Lakeside DFW in Flower Mound in 2016.

Stokes and Wise decided to open their own fitness studio after coaching health and fitness together for 20 years at various gyms around the area. Stokes said they wanted to create a studio that incorporated the concepts that they believed in and the techniques that they saw worked best in their experience.

Stokes said Urban Vybe is named for its urban setting and the studio’s focus on spreading positive vibes.

“We are all about raising your vibrations and good energy,” Stokes said.

Urban Vybe offers a variety of fitness classes such as yin-yoga, aerial yoga, bungee yoga, cycling and barre for all experience levels. One of the studio’s most popular classes is the fusion class, which consists of different types of exercise in one class.

“You can’t just do one kind of workout over and over and over because your body will plateau; you’ll stop seeing results; and you’ll lose interest. So we offer many different classes—70-plus classes a week,” Stokes said.

Stokes said that the studio’s signature class, Urban Vybe 5, combines the five essential core elements of yoga—cardio, strength, stretching and meditation, which are all necessary to keep one’s body and mind the healthiest it can be.

“[Urban Vybe 5] is really fast intervals, which makes it easier to bite off those chunks,” Stokes said. “And its always changing, so it keeps the members guessing and their bodies guessing. It kind of embodies everything we believe in for your overall health and wellness.

Stokes said Urban Vybe also focuses on building a community for its students, and it does so by providing opportunities for people to meet and make connections by holding several community-inclusive events, such as free yoga during every full moon and Urban Vybe travel adventures.

“[Urban Vybe] is not a place where you go in, work out and leave; it’s a place where you come in and you meet people,” Stokes said. “We really want to connect and make people feel like they are a value to us and that we appreciate them.”

Aside from fitness-related classes, Urban Vybe also holds free essential oils classes, introduction to meditation and Women’s Life Circle meetings where women hear from a yoga therapist and life coach on how to lead a more meaningful life.

“We aren’t just one specific kind of studio, because we are much more than that,” Wise said. “It’s hard to call it one specific thing, because we are so unique.”

Stokes and Wise said that they have clients travel to the studio from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and they hope to open another location eventually.

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Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.
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