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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.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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