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When you think of SXSW, all the music and film festival hype might come to mind. But, we found out it’s so much more. From educational panels to the wellness expo and super cool brand experiences, SXSW is not just about the celebs and barbecue; it’s about embracing Austin and getting your knowledge on in fresh (and innovative) ways.
Whether it was dancing to a DJ and taking headshots at the LinkedIn Lounge or getting our mass mediation on with Miguel, here are our top five *favorite* things we experienced at SXSW this past weekend.
Getting our #girlpower on with Suzy Batiz.
When someone asks you if you want to attend a panel called “Alive as Sh*t” featuring the female founder of Poo-Pourri, Suzy Batiz, on International Women’s Day, you say “hell ya!”. The insight and inspiration that Suzy brought to the stage during her conversation with emotional healing coach, JP Spears, rocked our world. From losing everything at 38 to running a $300M+ business, Suzy talked about inertly trusting (and honoring) your intuition with every choice in your life and that as women we are natural creators and we need to own that. Her bravery, conviction, vulnerability, and honesty was awe-inspiring. Suzy said that she would “...rather honor myself and the energy inside” as a woman then live in questionable doubt. Talk about some serious motivation!
Meeting The Big Quiet founder, Jesse Israel.
We told you how epic The Big Quiet’s historic SXSW mass mediation was with artists Cautious Clay, Bishop Briggs, and Miguel. Meeting the motivating man behind the scenes was even cooler! Jesse Israel, founder of The Big Quiet, is a rockstar in his own right—and has some serious stage presence. Not only does he lead some of the world’s largest mediations at legendary spots, but he’s also totally in tune with music. Jesse’s specialty? Connecting humanity with popular culture. He is making meditation mainstream in the best way possible.
Making all of downtown Austin dance, including a police officer!
On Sunday morning, MINDBODY hosted Sunday Moves—a one-of-a-kind outdoor yoga + dance workout party in Republic Square. We joined forces with Wanderlust and Dance House Fitness for this free event, but little did we know that somewhere between the super fun flow and booty bumping dance moves, we’d wake up the whole city! From local residents to kids, dogs, well-dressed SXSW attendees—and even an Austin Police Officer—we got everyone grooving on their Sunday morning with a smile on their face. Seeing the police officer live her best life was our favorite part! We were all about the community as people of all walks of life stopped by and got into the groove with us.
Tapping into a little *extra* self-care with Amazon.
Stumbling upon Amazon Prime’s new original series Good Omens brand experience takeover was one of the best decisions we made at SXSW. As we entered their “Garden of Earthly Delights” we were welcomed with everything good (and evil), from puppies to dueling pianos. But it’s the self-care offerings that really wowed us! With manicure stations and a hair styling team to get your locks looking lovely, Amazon stepped up the self-love by letting us indulge in a little something special. And who doesn’t love petting puppies after a busy day? It’s like an instant SXSW stress reliever. If it is the end of the world as we know it, we’re okay with this fun, interactive place.
Watching our panel with awesome partners.
We were ready to “Tech In On Your Wellness Routine”—and so was everyone else that wandered into the SXSW Wellness Expo during the MINDBODY panel. Moderating a compelling conversation with thought leaders from Strava, Garmin, and Google, our very own Mariah McFarland discussed how the future of technology will influence our wellbeing. Not only did we get some insider info on what these brands (and their products) have to offer, it was like looking into a crystal ball when it comes to personalizing—and prioritizing—our wellness.
It’s safe to say, the way we conquer our daily routines has changed drastically over the last few months. The way we perform our jobs, how we socialize—even the way we workout—have flipped from in-person, group settings to virtual platforms to keep us safe and healthy. There's no denying that navigating this new normal has certainly come with its ups and downs, to say the least. In fact, a recent survey revealed one-third of Americans said this pandemic has caused more stress and anxiety in their lives, which isn’t surprising given the circumstances.
With anxiety levels at a high, people need relaxation, self-care, and movement more than ever. Enter yoga.
Yoga has long been touted for its amazing ability to calm the mind and help folks stay in-tune with their body—which is probably why more and more people are embracing an at-home practice.
Whether you’re looking for a powerful Vinyasa class to help kickstart your morning or yearning for a gentle, evening flow to wind down after a busy workday, taking a yoga class is now more accessible than ever. With 91% of group fitness studios offering or planning to offer live stream and/or on-demand classes, those who are ready to get their asana on have plenty of yoga classes to try all over the country.
While there’s no place like om, most of us could go for a little virtual vacation right now. I know I could! Ready to get a taste of what yoga classes are like all over the country? Here are the U.S. cities with the most virtual yoga classes available.
It seems poetic that Chicago hits our number one spot on this list because it was the first city in America that was introduced to yoga back in 1893. Swami Vivekananda presented yoga at the World Parliament of Religions and made a speech on the concept of body, spirit, and mind. It seems the presentation made a lasting impression on the city.
Try getting your Zen on with one of these studios:
• The Lab Yoga
• Bottom Line Yoga
• Bare Feet Power Yoga
Everyone knows that Washington DC is where you can visit some of the world’s most famous monuments, memorials, and museums. But you may be surprised to learn that it also offers one of the most robust libraries of virtual classes to help yogis sample some classes at the nation’s capital.
Houston is one of the most culturally diverse cities in America—in fact, you can folks speaking 145 different languages and thousands of restaurants serving up food from more than 70 countries. If those facts have you working up quite an appetite, feel free to indulge. They also have plenty of virtual yoga classes available to help you torch some calories.
Did you know one of the first businesses to open in the City of Brotherly Love was a brewery in 1683? If you’re familiar with the ever-evolving trends of yoga, then you have most likely heard of or participated in beer yoga sesh. Get ready to try yoga the Philly way by cracking a cold one and doing some downward dogs in the comfort of your own home at the end of the day.
New York City is home to 8.4 million people, making it the most densely populated city in the entire nation. With that many people, you know there must be a ton of yogis looking to relax from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Start spreading the news and flowing with some of the most dedicated yogis in the U.S.—there are a ton of virtual yoga classes to choose from in the Big Apple.
Get ready to make some virtual yoga neighbors. Did you know that Columbus, Ohio is considered the heart of the country? The reason for that is because nearly half of the America’s residents live within a 600-mile radius of the city. Ready to put your heart and soul into your at-home yoga practice? Then check out what this city has to offer virtually.
San Diego is known as one of the happiest cities in America—mainly because of the beautiful weather, picturesque beaches, and the abundance of yoga classes available. While a vacation to this area may not be in the books for this year, you can certainly flow with the best of them by booking a virtual class at a San Diego studio.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the yoga studios offering virtual classes to help you stay fit, healthy, and calm during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope these offerings inspire you to either start a new at-home practice or are helping you seasoned yogis continue your path to wellness. Interested in seeing what other cities are hosting a bevy of online yoga classes? The options on Mindbody are endless—literally!