Notes from the road – edition 15: Social Media detox

There isn’t really much to talk about this week. Our days follow a very steady rhythm here.

We rise at 5:00 am for our morning Pranayama class where we learn about the art of breathing. Then we eat breakfast and begin our theory lessons for the day. An hour of philosophy learning about the history and ideology of yoga. Followed by an hour of anatomy where we learn about the intricacies of the human body and how to move the body to prevent injury.

Then it’s time for Ashtanga Vinyasa, here we’re put through our paces, stretched and worked until sweating and grinning. After lunch we take Hatha class, where we’re again stretched and pulled to our limit. Following this is our teaching methodology class, where we learn the fine details of how to run a yoga class.

Finally, we have a choice between a mantra chanting class or a Vinyasa class. I’ve personalised prioritised the Vinyasa class, were our instructor pushes our bodies to limits I didn’t know existed.  

Social Media Detox

This month is an experience that is fairly left of field for me. Completing my Yoga Teacher Training in India was never something on my radar until about a month ago, and so I wanted to give it the attention it deserves. As part of that, I’ve completely removed myself from all social media, deleting the apps from my phone and avoiding the use of my laptop.

It’s an incredibly refreshing experience. Not having my phone as the default option when I’m bored, in-between tasks, or mid conversation has given me a headspace and sense of clarity that I’ve not felt for a very long time. Simply allowing the mind to wander and process instead of taking in more information has been extremely beneficial. I no longer find myself stressed about what I could be doing, what I’m going to post, how many likes or followers I have compared to others, or the need to keep up appearances.

I absolutely love this feeling of freedom. Of doing something for the sake of doing it, and not to post it on social media.

I got the idea from this video initially. If you’ve got the opportunity to take a break from social media, for a month, a week, even a single day, I highly recommend it.

It’s only been a week but I feel happier, lighter, and far less concerned with the opinions and judgements of others.

By no means am I claiming that social media is evil and must be cleansed from our lives. I have a number of people in my life who I consider good friends that I met via social media. However, I had fallen into the trap of letting it control far too much of my life. Social media is not the problem, our addiction to it is.

Having the space away from social media has allowed me to consider many things, particularly how I want my life to look going forward. I definitely don’t have it all figured out, in fact I have very little figured out, but I know that there will be far less prioritisation of social media going forward.

Until next week, happy voyaging!