In the early afternoon, while crowds were still arriving for day two of Austin City Limits Festival, a small crowd gathered in a shady patch of grass near the wine grove for a session hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow's high end wellness brand, Goop. Paltrow was not on site and no one was on hand to peddle hundred dollar skin care products or yoni eggs. Instead we were invited to welcome "clean energy" into our bodies with breathwork and easy movement.
We stretched and swayed and envisioned our breath carrying life force through our bodies.
Sometimes the inward focus our gentle leader encouraged was difficult to maintain with upbeat rap music from the Q brothers on the nearby Kiddie Limits stage and disinterested tweens staking their spots for the 2 p.m. Billie Eilish session on the Bonus scattered through the crowd, but for the most mindful of fest-goers it was a welcome escape from the frenetic energy of the festival at large.
We imagined our bodies as "vessels of light" ready to shine bright through the blazing heat of the afternoon sun.