6 benefits of a digital detox

In today’s high-tech world, we are spending more time than ever on our technological devices (around 1-2 hours per day!), which have become an infinite stream of texts, calls, emails, and push notifications. Despite the fact technology has greatly improved our lives in terms of communication and navigation, research suggests that our addiction to it is real. Getting likes on a Facebook post or retweets on Twitter releases dopamine in our brains, a neurotransmitter responsible for seeking rewards, and this keeps us hooked and explains why some people check their social media every couple of seconds. Unfortunately, this vicious cycle can wreak havoc on physical and mental wellbeing as recent studies have found a strong link between the frequent use of technology and incidences of depression, anxiety and stress.

Temporarily relinquishing all digital devices may seem like a daunting task, but it can be incredibly beneficial to your overall health and here are just some of the benefits of what unplugging from technology and reconnecting with reality can do for you:
 

Reconnect with family and friends

When you are not staring at a screen, you automatically become more present, allowing you to strike up new conversions, strengthen relationships and fully connect with your surroundings.

Sleep better

Research has shown that technology use, especially before bed, can disrupt our sleep cycle and so turning off devices can lead to a better night’s sleep, which in turn improves our brain and mental state.  

Recharge batteries

It’s true that the light up of phone screens can actually make you less productive since it detracts your attention from current tasks and so taking time away from technology can actually help to increase energy, creativity and work levels.

Improved sense of wellbeing

Research has shown that unplugging from social media for just a week can increase happiness and decrease stress and anxiety by allowing the nervous system to recuperate and return to its normal rhythms.

Be more peaceful

When your phones is not buzzing, beeping, vibrating every minute throughout the day, you actually start breathing more deeply and feeling less on edge, which in turn helps you to relax and reconnect yourself.

Improves eating habits

Research has also shown that digital devices are taking over the dinner table and as a result making us less likely to eat consciously and more likely to develop unhealthy eating habits. So, a digital detox can be a great way to promote mindful and healthy eating since it makes you more in turn with what your bodies actually needs.

Combining all of these reasons together, it is easy to say that going on a digital detox is a great way to boost over health, helping you to become more connected with yourself and your surroundings. Whether you want to part completely with your gadgets for a period of time or simply take steps to reduce time spent on various sites or apps, a health and wellness retreat is a great place to start a digital detox.

Helios Retreats are offering a 7-day wellness experience on the Island of Mykonos, Greece. With great food, beautiful scenery and the best trainers from around the world, it’s an opportunity not to be missed!

So, if you’re interested in improving your health, meeting like-minded people and maybe even a digital detox if is takes your fancy, please click the link below for more information:

http://www.heliosretreat.com/retreats/

Katie

Interview with Marc Laws ii

aised in America and with roots from many parts of the globe, we sat down with Marc Laws ll, one of Boys of Yoga member and our guest yogi in May for a little chat through his journey into Yoga.

When did you start practicing yoga and why? 

The first time I practiced yoga was with one of my soccer/football coaches. I tried it once with him and took it as good for stretching.  For years I didn't do anymore but little did I know a seed was planted. Hot yoga became big in Albuquerque so I tried a few of those classes here and there and felt it was good for deep stretching. Years past... and in 2013, London, I was taken to my first yoga class yogasana class in a studio that focused on the philosophy and art of yoga. This class stretched my head, expanded my perception of what yoga was. The philosophy, the asana, the breath and the learning of self all happened in this class.  It was a tipping point.  It showed me my "why?" Exploration of self, my/our potential, community and to be the best version of myself. 

Tell me about your practice style and how you chose your yoga method? 

My personal practice style all is medium paced melodic flow, with pranayama/breathing practice and meditation.  I gravitate to many yoga methods as it broadens my perspective. This variety gives me my personal method/style.  In the end when it comes to different methods... I do what speaks to me.

What’s your favourite pose and why?

I have many for so many reasons.  I value the poses such as a wide-legged forward fold to headstand because I really enjoy headstand yet until I can get more flexibility to get my head to the ground I can't go up into headstand, which I'm strong in. Basically the poses don't let me skip steps. It's the balance I need the flexibility to access more of my strengths. Other favs are handstands and wheel. Those fill my body with joy. 

What is the most rewarding part of being a yoga teacher?

I'm honoured to be a yoga teacher and able to hold a sacred space for others to learn more about themselves.  This is a reward in itself.  To add when people have break throughs and have a realisation that they are more limitless than they think. To seeing connection and community being built through yoga.

Best advice for beginners?

Yoga is not about touching your toes. It’s about unlocking your ideas about what you want, where you think you can go, we have to crawl before we can walk, never stop inquiring, and never give your power away.

Your favourite quote?

"I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanised or de-humanised. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about Marc Law’s II Yoga and if you’d like to see him again, be sure to check out his Website, Facebook and Instagram. He will also be teaching for a whole week at our wellness retreat on the island of Mykonos, Greece (May 18-24, 2017) – now that’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss! So if you’re eager to get the full-on Marc Law’s II Yoga experience this summer, please click the link below for more information or click here to start planning your trip.

http://www.heliosretreat.com/retreats/

Blog by Katie Morley