Physiological effects of the one-minute breath include: optimized cooperation between the brain hemispheres, dramatic calming of anxiety, fear and worry, openness to feeling one’s presence and the presence of spirit, stronger intuition, whole-brain functioning— especially the old brain and the frontal hemispheres. ~Yogi Bhajan, from The Aquarian Teacher

“On average, you breathe twenty to twenty- five breaths per minute. In good health you breathe ten times a minute and a mentally balanced person breathes seven to nine breaths per minute. Fewer than that and you are a yogi.”

“If you want things to be done for you so you don’t have to do anything, then you must breathe from one to five or six breaths per minute. If you can practice that, then you can attract the universe to you. It is no secret. It’s a simple thing. The longer and deeper your breath is, the more your psyche attracts everything to you—it’s a way to prosperity.”

“If you sit down and breathe one breath a minute, in exactly thirty seconds you will find you are talking to yourself. In three minutes, you can get over any kind of mood. Why are you suffering? Do you want to live a long time? If you breathe an average of fifteen times a minute and you live one hundred years, if instead you breathe one breath a minute, you can live fifteen hundred years because life is measured by the breath, not by years or by the calendar. When you are unconscious, your breath will be shallow and strong. But if you practice one breath a minute for eleven minutes a day, you can be in your control of your mind.”

“Twenty seconds to inhale, twenty seconds to hold, twenty seconds to let it out. It takes one minute. And if you just practice from eleven minutes to thirty-one minutes, your blood itself will become a warrior against disease.”

“I told one person, ‘For thirty-one minutes do the one-minute breath meditation. ’It’s the story of man who is grateful today; who is successful today; who has become compassionate without any lecture. He has realized himself. Why? It’s so simple. You live by breath, you die by breath. And if you meditate on your breath, the Pavan Guru, the knowledge of the pranic vidya of creation and creativity and all incarnations will dawn on you. For some people it may take a short time, for some it may take a long time. But the path is the same. The procedure is the same. You will start winning yourself. You will start valuing your breath. You will start valuing your environments. You will start valuing your projections and one day you will be surprised. Everyone will, in turn, value you.”

These comments were taken from lectures given by Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan on September 10, 1995 and November 10, 2001.

Instructions: Come into a meditative posture. Inhale for 20 seconds. Hold for 20 seconds. Exhale for 20 seconds.


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