A few weeks ago, Ailsa (of Frosted Feather Yoga) and I were having one of our usual coffee and catch-up sessions (although this particular catch up session consisted of cider instead of coffee - Yoga is all about balance anyways...)
We got onto the subject of social media and particularly Instagram. You see, this is how we became friends; I slid into her DM's as some would say. Ailsa was telling me all about this influencer who had decided to go on a 'social media cleanse' and we came to the conclusion that we literally could not afford to do such a thing...
Social Media. You are great. You have times where you take us away from our real lives, and sometimes it can be hard to come back to reality. But when you are used for your intended purpose, to connect, then you are great and we love you for that.
I have made so many friends, particularly in the Bristol Yoga world, through Instagram and I know a lot of my fellow teachers and friends will say the same. Personally it has been a wonderful way for me to connect with people, who my shy and fairly socially-awkward self can struggle with. I have connected with people from all over the country, and I have also been able to explore different styles of Yoga and look into teachers from all over the world that I would never have been able to do without social media. So for that I am truly grateful.
But why do people go on social media cleanses?
We spend so much of our time on social me and it doesn't always have positive connotations. It can affect our sleep, make us anxious, take us away from real life, and we can turn into phone obsessed, thumb tapping voids. It's no wonder that social media cleanses are so appealing right now.