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Mindful in the Digital Age

ABC Legacy is committed to helping people power down from their devices, learn technology awareness, and use mindfulness practices to minimize digital distractions for professional, academic, athletic and personal success. Research shows that sustained attention is a key predictor of success in life, but it is becoming increasingly more difficult due to the power of technology to steal our attention. Through speaking events, blogs, and face-to-face interactions, the mounting evidence based research on the effects of technology as well as the effectiveness of mindfulness to moderate one’s use of technology is shared. The practices of yoga and meditation become an integral part of the solution.

Different programs in The Space emphasize the need for mindfulness in the age of digital distraction. On of the reasons is due to the impact of screen time on the brain and its neurobiology. They then learn the power of mindfulness, meditation and/or yoga to re-set the brain for more focus, attention and calm. Programs include individual and group sessions for teens, professionals, parents, and families, as well as teen and adult yoga classes.

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