It is time for a Digital Detox. Yes, you digitally read this correctly. After months and years without stopping, constantly attached to my iPhone, iPad and Air, I have decided to unplug for a bit, and want you to as well.
We all need to disconnect to reconnect, as I like to call it, and hope that at least once in the next couple of weeks you do the same. I promise you, it is possible, and you will not die. Trust me.
Here are 6 STEPS to DIGITAL DETOX and ensure you are always the best you you can be:
1. Turn the phone off or into Airplane mode before you go to bed.
2. Shower and get dressed before you check your email.
3. Resist the urge to check social media during a meeting or dinner, especially dinner.
4. Buy a real newspaper or magazine and get your fingers dirty from the ink.
5. Leave your phone at home or at the office on at least one walk or errand a day.
6. Stare into space and let your mind wander for at least 3 minutes.
Technology is amazing, but it can get in the way of our true self nature, from moods to creativity, productivity, sex drive, sleep patterns, metabolism and more. Sometimes we need to just put down the phone and be ourselves. Give it a try for a day, moment, week or hour and get ready to truly live epicly.
I’ll be honest, I am not into this yoga posing trend of late. I find it, well, a bit tacky, and as constant cheapening agent to what is actually a very powerful tool for mind, body and life betterment. Does that make me a bad yoga teacher or yoga business owner? I hope not.
Unlike most people in my space, I was never a model or dancer, gymnast or actor. I was horrid in both drama and chorus classes, but loved, and excelled in athletics, sciences, maths, and liberal arts. I try to apply all these to my yoga business, I.AM.YOU., and the way I teach and lead yoga, so that you can always walk away with something useful and something real, something more than a dropped jaw and perhaps increased libido.
Yoga poses out of context are nothing more than modeling and artistry, one that is often quite seductive and borderline playboy material. This is not yoga, although, yes, I have struck them for various events, business shots, photoshooyts, and branding, but it is not the core of what I.AM.YOU. or yoga truly are.
Yoga is a process, one that combines movement with breath, anatomy with thoughts. The rest is modeling, or an audition for Cirque du Soleil. Neither of which are wrong - they just are not yoga.
The I.AM.YOU. yoga and wellness approach as a whole is about reality. It is a toolkit for the modern life you really lead, not a portfolio of things I can do that look cool, slutty, or sexy. I focus on down and dirty anatomical and philosophical tools rooted in science and tradition that can make you stronger, happier, successful, and more you. That’s it, plain and simple.
So next time you are thinking about snapping a picture of that pose, think about why, and the entire package, the one that will truly transform yourself and your life from the inside out. Maybe like me, sometimes you take the pic in the pose, but you understand the true purpose and true goal. Maybe other times like me you keep it quietly to yourself, as a secret tool for you.
No matter what, instead of focusing on posing, focus on doing. That’s where the change happens. In every aspect of life.