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To online or not to online… That is the question!

To online or not to online… That is the question!

After years of resisting making technology a big part of my yoga training business, and on the verge of releasing my first online Children’s Yoga teacher training, I reflect on the benefits and harms of screen time. 

I was never a big admirer of technology. In fact, I don’t let my kids use it, I only use it because I need to for my work. I get annoyed when my wife looks at her phone instead of at me, and she rightfully gets upset if I look at my work emails when it is family time. We really try to avoid being trapped in those modern habits because we believe in love.

My 9 year old boy has been asking us to let him play computer games for years. But our answer is always, “There is a beautiful and fascinating world all around you; we want you to explore it and engage with it.” 

“There is a beautiful and fascinating world all around you; we want you to explore it and engage with it.”

I believe in nature, real life connections, communication, touch, play, and love.  

There is no real love in computers and phones. You can communicate love through electronic medias, but it will never feel like holding a puppy or hugging a loved one.

Looking at Facebook on your smart phone is a very different experience of connectedness than actually looking at the face of someone you love. These devices steal time that actually belongs to our family, our love life and our friends.

You can communicate love through electronic medias, but it will never feel like holding a puppy or hugging a loved one.

Relationships, whether they are with our children, partners or friends, need nurturing and care. To grow and to thrive, our relationships need us to invest time in them.

Now, I have a big family of four children (!!!) and a successful yoga business that just keeps growing and demanding more time. I also have passions, interests and a need to learn new things and without these, I don’t feel alive amidst all of life’s business. 

So, when do I find time for me, my ambitions, and my growth?

Well, now I have come to realise some of the benefits of technology; it is a great way to share knowledge at a time that’s convenient to the user.

There is so much more I want to learn in the short time I was given on earth, but it is not always available to me where I live, or at a time that is practical for me and my family and business. So I started taking online training courses on different topics that intrigue me both professionally and personally. 

I also have passions, interests and a need to learn new things and without these, I don’t feel alive amidst all of life’s business.

When? 

When everyone else is sleeping! I gain the knowledge online, and I put it into practice in my work and in my teaching and even in my parenting. The Internet is a magical place full of information that can be translated into action in real life. 

With all of its drawbacks, the Internet has its benefits; I remember one of my teachers, Geshe Michael Roach, leading a year-long project to put Tibetan manuscripts that have been saved from the Chinese invasion online. What a great way to distribute this knowledge that otherwise might have been totally lost!

I was a Hindu monk in an Ashram for ten years, I have spent the last 22 years teaching yoga to people of all ages and 15 years training teachers; I have a lot to share with the world too.

Our online trainings replicate the experience of being with us in person and learning directly from a person who is experienced and passionate about what they teach. They are a great choice for busy people like me. That is why I believe that my online Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training, the first among many more online trainings to come, is an amazing and easy way to spread this practice to more children, families, and schools all around the world.

The Internet is a magical place full of information that can be translated into action in real life.

Communication is a powerful instrument that can heal of destroy. There are lots of negative things on the web, so now I feel compelled to fill it with more positive knowledge, joy and fun. We are here to make the world a better place, and our impact can be bigger if we use the communication tools the modern world has to offer us.

What do you think?

 

By Gopala Amir Yaffa

Rainbow Yoga Founder & Senior Trainer

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