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Published Sunday Feb 10, 2019 by Devin Dilday

10 MINDBODY Events You Can’t Miss at SXSW

Yoga
Pilates
Kickboxing
Meditation
Bootcamp
Barre

Calling all creative professionals! Are you ready to descend on Austin for the annual SXSW Conference? From film to music, comedy and more, we are packing our bags— and our yoga mats—for the *best* interactive experience Texas has to offer. 

If you’re headed to SXSW, here’s our hit list of can’t miss MINDBODY events that can elevate your wellness game at the ultimate educational + experiential extravaganza. See y’all soon! 

 

Win some pretty cool stuff!

MINDBODY Austin Checklist 
FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH - MONDAY, MARCH 18TH
Here’s our checklist! 

Are you ready to win the ultimate MINDBODY SXSW giveaway while exploring #Austin? Follow @mindbody on Instagram and share a picture at one of our checklist spots to be entered to win a $200 gift card to any MINDBODY studio, $200 gift card to Outdoor Voices and two tickets to any Wanderlust event. Check out all the details here
INSTAGRAM: @mindbody | @outdoorvoices | @wanderlust 

 

Meet us at the barre. 

barre3 Austin

MINDBODY SXSW - Private Class @ Barre3 Austin 
SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH
Start Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Barre3 Austin
Price: FREE! 
Reserve your spot
Inspired by barre, yoga, and Pilates, balance your body (and mind) at this private 60-minute class. All levels are welcome, space is limited, and class participants will receive MINDBODY swag. 
INSTAGRAM: @barre3austin

 

Reimagine your Sunday Funday.

wanderlust yoga event

MINDBODY + Wanderlust Sunday Moves
SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH

Start Time: 10:30-11:30 am
Location: Republic Square 
Price: FREE! 
Reserve your spot or just come and get your flow on! 
Grab your crew because we’ve teamed up with Wanderlust and Dance House Fitness to bring you an exclusive one-of-a-kind outdoor mindful movement workout experience in the heart of downtown Austin. Start your day with off strong with a 30-minute vinyasa flow led by @salty.zozo, followed by a fierce 45-minute dance/fitness workout with @thefitista. First 100 attendees will receive a zen-worthy swag package! After your workout, enjoy local vendors, MINDBODY treats, photo ops and more. 
INSTAGRAM: @mindbody | @wanderlustyogaatx | @dancehousefitness

 

Score solid gold. 

Golden Hour meditation event

Pure Golden Hour - A Sunset Mass Meditation with the Big Quiet
SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Long Center for the Performing Arts 
Price: FREE! (21+ event)
Join us for an ahh-mazing SXSW mindful meditation event with performances by Miguel, Bishop Briggs, and Cautious Clay. Say what?! After your practice, sip on Michelob Ultra Pure Gold, socialize and groove to sounds by DJ Captain Planet.  
INSTAGRAM: @michelobultra | @thebigquiet 

 

Attend our SXSW panel! 

wellness tech panel sxsw

Tech In Your Wellness Routine 
SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH
Time: 2:00 pm 
Location: Palmer Events Center Wellness Expo Stage 
Price: Included with Music, Platinum, Film, Interactive Badge | Free with SXSW Guest Pass
How will the constant innovation of technology truly influence and impact our wellness? Our very own Mariah McFarland will lead this compelling conversation with thought leaders from Strava, Garmin, and Google
INSTAGRAM: @mindbody | @strava | @garmin | @google


Get hooked on a feeling. 

align austin kickboxing

MINDBODY SXSW - Boxing 
MONDAY, MARCH 11TH
Time: 9:00 am
Location: ALIGN
Price: FREE!
Reserve your spot
Be ready to learn some seriously impressive skills in the ring while getting a killer workout at this boutique fitness collective. All levels are welcome, space is limited, and class participants will receive MINDBODY swag.
INSTAGRAM: @align

 

Make new moves. 

dancer's shape

MINDBODY SXSW - Shape 
MONDAY, MARCH 11TH
Time:
10:45 am
Location: Dancer’s Shape 
Price: FREE!
Reserve your spot 
Discover this go-to Austin studio for a low-impact workout that utilizes the ballet barre while working everything from your core to major muscle groups. All levels are welcome, space is limited, and class participants will receive MINDBODY swag. 

 

Power up your Pilates. 

pure pilates

MINDBODY SXSW - Sculpt Megaformer 
TUESDAY, MARCH 12TH 
Time: 12:00 pm 
Location: Pure Pilates Austin 
Price: FREE! 
Reserve your spot
Get that feel good burn and tone your muscles during Pure Pilates Austin’s signature 45-minute full-body fitness class. All levels are welcome, space is limited, and class participants will receive MINDBODY swag. 
INSTAGRAM: @purepilatesaustin 

 

Show everyone you’re hardcore.

solidcore austin

SXSW x [solidcore] by MINDBODY
TUESDAY, MARCH 12TH 
Time: 2:00 pm 
Location: [solidcore] Austin 
Price: FREE! 
Reserve your spot
A 50-minute full-body workout, learn to control your movements while getting leaner and longer at this intimate Austin studio. All levels are welcome, space is limited, and class participants will receive MINDBODY swag. 
INSTAGRAM: @solidcore 

 

Hustle for that muscle!

outdoor voices austin

Outdoor Voices Hustle with MINDBODY + Dance House Fitness
SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH

Time: 9:30 am
Location: Outdoor Voices Flagship 
Price: FREE but space is limited!
Reserve your spot
Kick off your Saturday by sweating in style! Featuring a killer 60-minute dance/fitness workout led by Dance House Fitness on the lawn, make the most of your Austin morning at OV’s flagship shop. Don’t forget to BYOMat. 
INSTAGRAM: @ovaustin | @dancehousefitness


Want the *official* MINDBODY SXSW scoop? Check out @mindbody on Instagram or visit mindbody.io/engage/austin for all the details! 
 

Devin Dilday MINDBODY
Written by
Devin Dilday
Social Media Manager
About the author
Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.
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The Latest
Published Tuesday May 19, 2020 by Shanila Sattar

Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Meditation
Renewal
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

Inhale. 
 
 
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last few weeks 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. 
 
 
Exhale. 
 
 
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.  


Long-term anxiety and stress can harm our bodies 

During times of high stress, our bodies experience a physiological strain, where essentially everything from our heart, muscles, blood, and energy have to work harder than needed in order to keep functioning at a minimum. Our body’s natural processes, like breathing, can get compromised, lessening the healing functions of the nervous system, and overworking our adrenal system. Stress management is almost non-existent. This overtaxing of the body disrupts the natural flow of energy and resources, and puts us in something known as the “fight or flight” mode. In this mode, we are constantly deciding if there is some kind of real danger and how to survive it. We feel these signals when our heart rate and blood pressure rise, our stress responses like sweating and either constricted or super fast breathing occur, and our feel-good hormones become compromised. 
  
As we process anxiety, not only do we mentally and emotionally feel the repercussions, we also physically confuse our systems that are doing their best to naturally heal us. Staying in a state of continued anxiety with an overactive sympathetic nervous system can be incredibly damaging to your health, even if it is a small amount of stress that collects over time. Stress suppresses our immunity, digestion, deep breathing, disrupts sleep, and eating patterns, impacts mood, energy levels, and much more.  


We are holding our breath

Studies show that over 50% of adults are essentially holding their breaths. They do a shallow type of breathing known as thoracic breathing, where you breathe lightly into your chest instead of into your diaphragm. For example, notice how you’re breathing right now. You’re likely holding your breath to some extent and you’re probably not breathing much at all. If you’re asked to partake in a deep breathing exercise now, you’ll puff up your chest and shoulders, and empty out your stomach. Guilty? 
  
If you’ve ever seen a baby breathe or the breathing technique of someone in deep sleep, you’ll notice that their bellies rise and fall; the oxygen goes directly into a natural deep belly breath. Adults, however, have become acclimated to holding our breaths without meaning to. When we can slow down and practice deep breathing, we send physical and neurological signals through our entire body that asks us to rest.  


Breathing exercises can reduce stress and anxiety

The great news is that there are easy breathing exercises we can do at home that do not take a lot of time or effort. An incredible tool that anyone can use in times of high stress is remembering to inhale and exhale. Yes, breathing. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also recommended breathwork not simply as an immunity building tool, but as a way to balance emotional and mental wellbeing. Deep breathing and other breathwork improves the body’s overall functions; improves the respiratory system, builds protective mucus in the nose, oxygenates and blood and brain, improves digestion, alkalizes the full body, and much more. Each style of breathwork sends special physiological signals—some ask us our bodies to slow down and chill, to get out of fight mode, and bring us back to equilibrium where our body’s natural healing systems can be activated; some styles of breathwork ask to pump up and energize


Top breathing exercises to reduce anxiety and stress 

It’s common to find yourself rushing through breathing practices or feel like you need to set aside special time for it. But that’s the point. We get to slow down, and we get to implement these practices even if there are distractions, business, and no perfect zen meditation corners in our homes. We can do these anytime, anywhere. 
  
If you’ve been feeling any small symptoms of anxiousness or stress, now is the perfect time to incorporate some incredibly easy and effective breathwork techniques into your day-to-day. 


Belly breathing 

This breathing technique can be done at any time of the day, for as long as you want. It’s recommended to practice this for at least 30 seconds to start and several times throughout the day. It’s a breath technique to practice before going to sleep as well. As you’re doing this breath, imagine your stomach like a big pump. As you breathe in, you’re expanding; as you breathe out, you’re emptying out. 

1. Put your hands on your belly/abdomen area. 
 
 

2. Take a big breath through the nose and PUSH your hands away from the belly as you breathe in. Expand your stomach as much as possible and try not to puff up your chest. 
 
 

3. Slowly exhale through the mouth and constrict your belly inwards. Feel free to make a sound with the mouth when you do this.  
 
 

4. Repeat for a minimum of 30 seconds. 
 
 
  
  

6-7-8 Breath 

The 6-7-8 breath can be done at any time of the day to calm anxiousness and stress, especially before doing to sleep. It’s a self-soothing technique that helps relax and calm the nervous system. You can do this practice sitting up or laying down.  
  
1. Close down your eyes. 
 
 

2. Relax your mouth. 
 
 

3. Take a deep breath in through your nose for 6 full seconds. Count in your head and maintain an even pace. 
 
 

4. Hold this breath for 7 seconds. 
 
 

5. Pucker your mouth and exhale out through the mouth with a “whoooooossh” sound for 8 seconds. 
 
 

6. Repeat this 6-7-8 breath for at least 5 rounds, or as long as you wish. 
 
 


You can adjust the 6-7-8 counts to accommodate your pace. You can try a 4-5-6 sequence, or an 8-9-10 sequence. Play around with the length of time that feels good for your body. Some people love to sit by an analog clock for the ticking sound to help keep pace; some love to incorporate music. 


The Box Breath 

This is another easy technique that can be done at any time of the day. 

1. Breathe in for 4 seconds through the nose. 
 
 

2. Hold for 4 seconds. 
 
 

3. Exhale for 4 seconds through the nose. 
 
 

4. Hold for 4 seconds. 
 
 

5. Repeat at least 5 times. 
 
 

You can play around with the timing for 6 seconds, 8 seconds, and so on to see what works best for your body.

These are the top three breathwork techniques to manage anxiety and stress. Plenty of other techniques work on sleep, inner healing, subconscious programming, altered states of consciousness, and more. Play with the three techniques above and see what feels great for you. It’s common to find a sense of calm almost immediately, some gentle tingling, and relaxation! As we’re adjusting to the new normal, let’s all contribute to creating peace both inside and out. 

If you'd like to try a guided breathwork class with me, click here to find one that works with your schedule! For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody

Shanila Sattar
Written by
Shanila Sattar
Founder, AlwaysPlay Studios
About the author
Shanila is a sound healer, breathwork coach, women’s researcher, and speaker. She trains sound healers and breathwork facilitators through her mobile studio, AlwaysPlay Studios, and is the founder of the Integrative Wellness Leaders based in Los Angeles. She practices integrative wellness - considering a person's emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout Los Angeles. Shanila mentors women who are wellness entrepreneurs and on their confidence journey.