Never, in all of human history, have we been exposed to the kind of information-overload that’s accessible at the touch of a screen today. By committing to a basic level of digital detox, and through our unique, nature-based yoga inquiries, you will have the opportunity to investigate, at the slower earth-pace, your place in the natural system of things.
Throughout your time at Pavones Yoga Center, we’ll offer different ways for you to explore a fundamental question from the yoga tradition: who am I? This question is at the root of all contemplative traditions. It’s hard to dig deep into this inquiry question while receiving a steady stream of input from the digital world. Even the ancient yogis left their villages to head for the hills and forrest hermitages when they were ready for deep contemplation. As part of the PYC yoga teacher training program, we’ll review research that is currently underway about the effects of screen-time on the brain, on human emotions, on our relationships, and even on our way of perceiving the world. You’ll learn how computers and the “self” that we create through online social networking is changing the very way we perceive the self.
At the end of your digital detox, you’ll return to the online world with a wider perspective. You’ll be able to use technology mindfully, in a way that is consciously balanced, you’ll know how to watch for tell-tale signs that you need some offline time. Your pratyahara practice will help you transition from our retreat environment back into the modern world with a new skill set to maintain a healthy interplay between the online self and the offline self.
Because we understand that some people may need to occasionally check in with their loved ones, there is limited internet access at scheduled times and in specific locations. Other than that, your time at PYC will be shaped by real conversations at meal times, and your understanding of yoga will come partly from a direct exploration of the non-pixelated natural world.