Spending hours staring at screens isn't healthy, a fact which many are aware of, yet choose to ignore. But now yoga could help fight screen and binge-watch addiction.
The Yoga Institute, one of the oldest institutes of its kind, is mulling to launch a course in March which will help people battle addiction of mobile phones and laptops.
Here's all about it.
Expert tells why addiction to screen is problematic
The institute, which prides itself in teaching the traditional form of yoga, was founded in 1918 and sees a minimum of 2,000 visitors daily.
The establishment's assistant director Hrishi Yogendra said people get addicted to binge-watching without even realizing it.
It takes up several hours of their day, causes relationship issues and leads to strained eyes, bad posture, and spine problems, he pointed out.
The institute's yoga is different from others
Director Hansa J Yogendra said other forms of yoga focused on body, energy, and stamina.
"However, we have still stuck to the traditional and holistic approach, that covers physical, emotional, mental, interpersonal, and spiritual health," he said.
Calling it applied science, he said traditional or 'ashtanga' yoga is more than two hours of exercise.
It is about living every moment, Yogendra said.
The course will be tried on volunteers suffering from screen-addiction
About the 'cure' for binge-watching, Yogendra said they would first try it on volunteers who have shown signs of addiction.
"We first believe in testing on our own selves. We have been working with behavioral scientists, psychiatrists, doctors and yoga experts who were part of the research," he said.
He added habits don't die, so bad habits have to replaced by good ones.
The course will last six months, reveals Yogendra
"We look to address this neuro-scientifically. The course will last six months, including training, lectures, and asanas. The idea is to help people channelize their energy into something positive," Yogendra explained.