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The Courage to Unplug

note from our founder...

On the courage to unplug.

After a few years of settling in running yApparel, I knew it was now or never - it was time to do my yoga teacher training. I had been practicing yoga on and off since I was 15, and then quite seriously pursuing my yoga and spiritual journey over the last four years in different styles. I wanted to get a place where I was strong in my own practice, and after stumbling across Jivamukti Yoga – an integrated, spiritually-activated method - I knew this was the school I wanted to be a part of. 

 

So there I was, five weeks, off the grid. 

At first it was completely terrifying. Having my own business on the side, I was worried that if I didn’t stay on top of everything the whole thing would crumble. However, because my training was in beautiful Costa Rica, not to mention super full on, I was quickly immersed in a new routine away from my screens.

 

The challenge was to curb the urge to 'stay ahead.' 

When I started my business in 2014, my social media interaction was constant – it was likely that I only left about 30% of my time not plugged into to the world of insta-frenzies. I’ve now made a much more concerted effort to log off between certain hours – particularly in the evening and first thing in the morning.

The cyber world is well.... virtual, it’s not actual reality. And I think that’s where we can get lost sometimes when we are too connected to a life manufactured through perfect pictures. The more I unplug, the more I realize I’m not too fussed about what’s going on in cyber world, and much more interested in the real one.

Lessening my time on social media has a direct correlation to how I feel and operate. I find that when I’m on it too much I get drained quickly, and sometimes demotivated. Spending more time away from it has helped reduce my anxiety and stress, not to mention more fun when I’m out with friends and loves ones!

Sometimes I wonder, that perhaps we - as well as new generations to come - may struggle to have deep, thoughtful interactions with other people, than we will feel safer, and more competent behind screens, less responsible for actions and words said over typing. I think patience and self esteem are also issues we may struggle with as the virtual world is much more immediate gratification centric.

 

And so what's to come?

I'm still not where I want to be, but I'm getting there. By acknowledging where I am in this process I can at least work towards my own goals.

My teacher training was a major life changer. I remembered how much I love learning, and how wonderful it felt to be equipped with a set of skills that I could use to help people feel better, mentally, physically and spiritually. For that and for my teachers I’ll be forever grateful.

 

From an interview with Stylist Arabia magazine.