Swami Gitananda, whose teaching I was trained in to gain my Yoga teaching certificate, and my recovery, taught that Yoga is a science.  The ancient Yogis made careful study of the workings of the human mind and body, experimenting with different practices, ways of eating, of sleeping, of praying and meditation and holding the body, to gain deep insight into how they, and we, work.

I have been fascinated by the effects that yoga has on the mind and body since before I did my training, but having reaped such a powerful reward from making it a far bigger part of my life, and seing the profound changes that happened in my mind, I have, in the last couple of years, become even more interested.  Prior to writing Bent Back into Shape, I was doing a lot of research into neuroscience, psychology and looking at how Yoga affects us far beyond the physical.  I realised that I was trying to study the science at a level way beyond what I was capable of on my own and that at some point, I was going to have to find the opportunity to study this with professional guidance.

That moment, may have arrived.  A couple of days ago, I signed up to study an online course through EdX, a MOOC.  This is really exciting for me. It is being delivered by researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is actually forming part of a research project. The study is looking into the way that mind/body practices such as Yoga and Meditation can affect our relationship with our modern life, and particularly our digital technologies.

Given the rise in smartphone and internet addiction (something I will admit to myself!), this is a very relevant course for me to study, and will, no doubt, help me in my own practice and in how I am able to help you deal with any addiction issues you might have.

I will be adding this course to my repertoire of subjects to blog about, sharing things I learn, how it is impacting my own life and how you can use the lessons being learned to change your own relationship with your devices.

You will be able to read my posts, and those of other participants on the course Learner Activity Hub

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Esther Nagle
Teacher, writer, speaker at Balance and Breathe
Esther is a former alcoholic, smoker and all round stressed out mess. She found the path to health, happiness, freedom and joy through Yoga. She is a passionate advocate for the power of Yoga, and time in Nature, in bringing balance to life, and giving you control over your health, happiness and wellbeing.

Esther is a powerful public speaker, writer and author. Her first book, Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, has gained many 5 star reviews and has helped many people along their recovery journey.

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