Yoga is an important part of our digital detox retreats. Moving the body mindfully is a direct antidote to the mindless scrolling (mostly seated and immobile) that glues many of us to their smartphones. Combining a yoga retreat with digital detox gives an opportunity for everyone attending to reconnect with themselves physically. It’s a great habit to help reinforce boundaries around technology back in your ‘real life’ too – you can’t do a yoga class holding a phone.
Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, with its origins being as a physical practice to prepare for meditation. Today yoga has become one of the most popular activities in the world, with many undertaking yoga retreats and yoga holidays every year. Research continues to show the effectiveness of yoga in boosting both physical and mental wellbeing.
Yoga lengthens and strengthens muscles as well as stretching joints so it is especially helpful at relieving the physical effects of aging such as arthritis, stiff joints and general aches and pains.
However, although many think about yoga as a purely physical practice, yoga can also be used for relaxation and stress relief. Stress can be ‘held’ in the body as both muscle tension and constricted breathing – and yoga helps with both of those.
Yoga specifically reduces stress by encouraging deep, rhythmic breathing and promoting relaxation through the increase of blood and oxygen to each part of the body.
Yoga is an important part of our digital detoc retreats wherever we are in the world.
We have two yoga sessions a day, an energetic dynamic morning practice and a restorative evening practice, to help participants get out of their ‘head’ and get more touch with their body – and stretch out and relax their spines.
We focus on exercises that improve breathing and conscious movement, as well as increasing balance and liberating both the spine and the mind. Restorative yoga poses help bring attention to the areas of the body that carry the tension of everyday life, whether it’s carried in the shoulders, the hips or the stomach. Restorative poses allow us to identify where the tension is and help to relieve it.
Within yoga there are many styles and techniques, some more vigorous than others, it’s important when you return after a digital detox retreat that includes yoga that you find a style that both fulfills your needs and is appropriate for your fitness level. Our digital detox yoga retreat teachers are experienced in several styles and are there to help you find a style that best works for you.