Maybe it’s the time of year, or maybe it’s my age, or maybe it’s my version of the 7-year itch. I’ve been missing my girlfriends something awful. We are flung across the world, all at different stages of marriage/divorce/child rearing. One just published a book, another is launching a brilliant new business, and another just did her first TED Talk. My friends are absolutely amazing. And for that, I am most grateful.
When I first met my husband 7 years ago, I was not on Facebook. I had a major aversion to my computer and had no interest in cluttering my mind with what I saw as nonsense and filler in the “worldwide web.” I was a yogini who spent several hours a day practicing, meditating, taking walks and teaching. He encouraged me to embrace social media…and so I did but with great reluctance.
My opinion was that social media cut us of from one another-kept us from real intimacy and served as a constant distraction. At the time, I could never imagine that 7 years later I would be a contributing author of 3 blogs, max out my personal FB page and grow additional FB pages https://www.facebook.com/YogaTuneUp , Twitter (https://twitter.com/yogatuneup) and youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/yogatuneupvideos communities.
One of my favorite things about Social Media is watching the growth of my friends’ brands, business and circle of influence. I love commenting, liking, sharing, reading and engaging in words of praise, humor and heartache. Reading through Twitter rants and sharing private moments in public has become a new form of intimacy between me and my girlfriends – I just never expected that I would feel so genuinely connected to all of them.
While taking a shower the other day, happily un-wired, I felt all of the “cyber-energy” of my dear girlfriends surrounding me and supporting me. It may sound a little woo-woo, but the actual web of community that we’ve created in cyber space was entirely real and present. It grounded me and I no longer “missed” them because in cyber-space, they’re always there.
Ryka ambassador Jill Miller has more than 27 years of yoga practice and fitness expertise which weave seamlessly into her signature fitness therapy format, Yoga Tune Up®. Her compassionate nuts and bolts approach of helping students uncover and heal the root cause of physical pain and imbalances have catapulted her corrective exercise and self-care methods to the forefront of mind/body fitness. Jill can be found presenting at international fitness conferences, yoga retreat centers or teacher trainings at fitness clubs, yoga studios, clinics and CrossFit. Known as a “teachers teacher,” she certifies movement educators of every style to teach Yoga Tune Up®. Her work has been featured on the pages of Self, Shape, Whole Living, Fitness, Redbook, Prevention and Yoga Journal. Her media programs include Gaiam’sYoga for Weight Loss, the Yoga Tune Up® At Home Program, Coregeous®, Quickfix Rx: Upper & Lower Body, Quickfix Rx: KneeHab, YTU Athletic Stretch DVD, Pranamaya’s 3 DVD set, Yoga Link: Easy Access to an Ageless Art and the YTU Therapy Ball Programs. For more about Jill, visitwww.yogatuneup.com, Twitter @yogatuneup