As I was reading this article in the New York Times, "The Joy of Quiet," I realized that for many people finding some space and time for silence is considered a luxury:
At Detroit Yoga, we offer a space to practice in virtual silence, with nothing to listen to but the sound of our breath (and cues from the teacher). If you are not used to silence, it can perhaps feel uncomfortable at first - as a society, we've become so addicted to distractions to keep us from our own selves. As Blaise Pascal stated, "Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries, and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries."
Our aim in yoga, through the physical asanas and meditation, is to still the mind. By eliminating the surface distractions that just give us temporary pleasure, we are working to create a deeper level of peace and stillness, something long-lasting.
For me personally, when I spend too much time on the computer or in front of a screen, I feel empty and irritated. It's through the silence of my yoga and meditation practice that I feel healthy and whole again.