I LOVE my phone. There I said it. It keeps my life organized. I wake to my phone alarm (technically the snooze mode), check the calendar, the emails, and the alerts from a dozen apps before my toes touch the morning floor. I stay in touch with my daughter (OK I actually track her every move). It’s not stalking if I bought the phone, pay the bill and she’s my dependent. I checked the Florida laws.
I’m able to run my business and stay in touch with friends and students. And it lets me know what level of Candy Crush I’m on. If it wasn’t for my phone, I wouldn’t be able to play awesome playlists for our classes.
So how can there be any negatives? Well it’s also an energy, present moment and relationship drainer. Regardless of the style of yoga you practice, one of our tasks at hand is to “leave” the outside world behind if only for one of Carole’s awesome noon classes or Shay’s kick ass flows. Why?
It’s your time to focus on as little as possible so that your mind and body can recalibrate itself from all the PERCEIVED multitasking you do. We are not like Chrome. We cannot have 100 tabs open all the time and be efficient. Now that I think about it neither can Chrome. It crashes, lags, catches viruses and eventually needs a reboot from all the effort it is putting out. Eventually it and YOU need to reboot. For a computer it’s the on/off switch. For a yogi, yes you, it’s the off switch on your phone when you step onto your mat. Better yet, leave it outside the practice room.
What’s really happening when we reach for our phones while we’re on our mat?
So what DO you do if your phone goes off? Turn it off immediately and resume your practice. Please don’t ignore it. We can all hear it. No long public apologies needed. We’ve all been there. It happens.
I teach the most wonderful people. They actually come up to me and say, I have a call or text that I cannot miss. I don’t want to be rude but at “X” time I need to look at my phone. Hey, we all have lives and responsibilities. Again, if it’s a one-off that’s life. If it’s more often than that, be introspective and find the real reason for the pull.