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Published Saturday Mar 02, 2019 by Brittany Raine

I Did a Mass Meditation at SXSW With The Big Quiet (and Miguel) and Here’s What Happened


If you have ever been to (or heard of) SXSW, you know it’s a whirlwind of technology, inspiration, and innovation that brings people from around the world to Austin, Texas every March. Between all the awesome brand activations, powerful panels, popups, JUMP bikes, and Texas BBQ, finding peace and quiet amongst the madness can seem, well, totally unattainable. 

Enter The Big Quiet. 

SXSW The Big Quiet meditation

Imagine a mass meditation session—for all of us tech and culture junkies—during SXSW at the iconic Long Center for the Performing Arts overlooking downtown Austin. Now, picture 2,000 people with their eyes closed humming in perfect synchronicity as they clear their mind (and soul) to the sound of live music. That happened, all thanks to The Big Quiet and founder Jesse Israel at Pure Golden Hour, presented by Michelob Ultra

It was not only my first mass mediation, but it was also the first-ever mass mediation at SXSW—and it was pretty epic. I honestly didn’t know what to expect (or wear). While most people might have tuned in for Miguel (or the free drinks), it quickly became clear that this was *way* more than your typical musical meditation experience. With Jesse’s soothing voice and inspiring words—accompanied by a string ensemble—leading the audience through breathing and visualization exercises, I was totally amazed at how the massive crowd became instantly unplugged.

My desire to Instagram this transcendent experience with the trendiest people dissipated as we closed our eyes. I had no idea I could find my zen in a place with so much amazing stimuli. I lost all sense of time as I became one with myself—and with the strangers around me. We were all feeling (and sharing) in the self-love. Our breathing was in perfect harmony. Our humming in unison drowned out the traffic, the birds and the go-go-go bullshit.  No booze. No food. Just us. I finally felt like I could breathe since touching down in Austin on Thursday.

As Jesse slowly brought us out of our meditative state, I was soothed by the positive energy and calm vibes flowing throughout the seated crowd. Renewed and refreshed, we all found our center. Once the session was over, we listened to the curated performances by Cautious Clay,  Bishop Briggs, and Miguel (insert all the swoon) alongside the string ensemble. The singers (and the violin) never sounded so good. 

We were no longer a crowd of SXSW badge holders from around the globe—we were all connected by these memorable moments, thanks to The Big Quiet. I never knew I could find something deeper than myself in such a meaningful place. Let’s just say, the next time Jesse is leading a mass mediation, I am there—no Miguel needed.  

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?


4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, 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).