90 second rule
Sunday, March 10, 2013
During my yoga class last week our instructor introduced us to the 90 seconds rule as it applies to yin yoga. In yin yoga you hold poses for a long time, 4-6 minutes. She was explaining that any challenge you face during a pose can be divided this way. During the first 90 seconds the body is adjusting to the stretch, neurotransmitters are fired, impulses travel through the neurons and muscles tendons all work to get you settled into the pose. The remainder of the time the challenge is mental: what are you resisting to? Are you distracted by your thoughts? Are you fidgety? The beauty of yin yoga is to settle into the pose and then into the stillness - it becomes an active meditation.
This can also be applied to our emotional lives. The first 90 seconds our brain takes in a situation and responds to it. After that, when action has been taken, do I really still need to delve on it? Do I need to replay that conversation in my mind? Do I need to mull over this or that event? Can I remind my mind 90 seconds have already passed, time to move on?
Stay in the present, make each moment count and don't remain stuck in the past