How To Digitally Unplug During Your Next Yoga Retreat

As the new year approaches, you may have a few wellness retreats booked and ready for take off. We hope you've chosen ours, but if you haven't there's still time to sign up! 

During a yoga retreat, many retreat guides and leaders urge participants to step back from using their electronics and completely unplug. We often urge our retreat members to use their electronics sparingly and totally decompress into nature and each moment. There are retreats specifically tailored to detox. They're called digital detoxes and they've popped up around the country everywhere. They're meant to rewire your brain. Why? Because, "even after a few days without technology, people were more likely to remember obscure details about one another, such as the names of distant relatives mentioned in passing. The neuroscientists believe that this is because people were more present in conversation, so their brains were able to process and store new information more easily. With the many distractions of technology, our brains have been trained not to register seemingly insignificant details. These minor facts are actually very important in the process of bonding and learning about other people" [1] 

So here's what you can do to detox: 

1. Turn off your notifications

Make it easy on yourself. Instead of simply turning off your phone, or facing the screen away from view, turn off all your notifications so that you are not tempted to pick up your phone when a notification pops up. It's also a good practice to review which notifications are on and which ones are off. You may come to realize some notifications are simply overbearing or unnecessary. 

2. Find a quiet space

On a yoga retreat, you're likely to find a quiet space. But how likely are you able to find a quiet space where no one is using their phone? Challenge yourself to find a space all to your own where the digital sphere is nowhere in sight. 

3. Hand write or journal your emotions

Get a little creative with how you express your emotions. Bring a journal with you to your next retreat and when you feel the urge to get on your phone, try, instead, writing down your emotions and gathering your thoughts on one page. Practice this exercise with a friend or retreat leader to practice more expressive ways to put your emotions out into the universe. 

The key ingredient to a digital detox is to start small. Assure yourself that you aren't missing much by taking a few extra minutes of your day to breathe in the fresh air. Remind yourself that social media can wait. It will still be there in a day or two. 

 

Kristina Caputi