Fibonacci Yoga Breathing


Photo Courtesy of NASA

Photo Courtesy of NASA

Yoga Poses – How long?

If you research how long to hold your Yoga Poses, you will be met with a myriad of answers which leaves you with no alternative but to make your own decision. What then? How do you determine how long to hold a pose other than counting seconds or “until it gets too painful”? 

Many decades ago I asked this same question. Some people gave answers like “number of seconds” or “number of breaths”. After much frustration regarding this issue I created my own system that has served me happily and successfully for a very long time.

Everyone has their own motivations and reasons for practicing Yoga but there is one common denominator for all of us. It is our breath. I Practice a Yoga routine that takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes, depending on my mood and energy level. It incorporates many of the commonly known Hatha Yoga asanas and works on most of my muscles and joints in a relatively gentle manner.

How can it take 15 or 30 minutes, you ask. It is because of the breathing system I created for myself which is very satisfying and also takes the boredom away from counting out 10, 20, or 60 seconds. It is also self-adjusting depending upon my mental and physical condition while doing my routine.

Some people already count breaths, but how do you know how many to count? This is where my system comes in – and it is very simple.

If you are not familiar with Fibonacci numbers (Fnumber) they are the sequence 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89 . . . and so on, where each number is the sum of the previous two numbers. This sequence of numbers is quite famous because it lies at the heart of much natural phenomenon including seashells, sunflowers, the human body and even galaxies in outer space.

What I really like about incorporating this number sequence into my Yoga routine is that it makes me feel like I’m doing something that is an integral part of the workings of the cosmos itself. Whether that is true or not, is not the point. It’s all about how I feel!

Here is the simplicity of it. Yoga is all about stretching and breathing. This is about the breathing part. Despite the body’s tendency to breathe faster under physical exertion, I try to keep my breathing slow and steady. My average breath lasts between 4 and 6 seconds. This will vary for everyone depending upon your physical condition.

Before you try this, you must memorize the Fibonacci numbers up to 55 because these are the ones you will be using during your routine.

When you start each pose, just breath slowly, regularly and mentally count your breaths as you hold the pose. This will keep your awareness focused on your breathing rather than the random mental thoughts that distract from a great Yoga experience. It will also let you know when to end this particular pose.

Here’s how it works: Never stop your pose until you have reached an Fnumber of breaths. Most of the time, for me, that would be 5, 8, 13 or 21. The most common one, for me, is 8. This translates to approximately 40-45 seconds.

When you reach an Fnumber, then make a decision: “do I want to go to the next number?” If the answer is “NO” then stop and go to the next pose. If the answer is “Yes” then hold your pose and keep counting breaths until you reach the next Fnumber and mentally repeat the decision whether to continue. But, don’t stop until you reach the number. If you decide to go from 13 to 21, don’t stop before you reach 21.

That’s the system! It’s very simple

Here is my experience. After you have done this for a while, you will know from experience how long you can hold a pose. It is different for each one, because some are more difficult than others. Some, I can only hold for 5 breaths and others I can do for 21 or even 34 breaths.

Sometimes if I am very tired and I just want to relax my body for sleep, I will go into the routine knowing that I will only hold each pose for 5 breaths. This will usually cause me to quickly fall asleep when I go to bed. Other times when I am full of energy, I will push it as much as I can and even hold some of the poses for 55 breaths.

If you are new to yoga, some poses may only be held for 2 or 3 breaths because the muscle pain is too much to carry on and that is just fine. Time and practice take care of everything.

I do not, and have never, gone to group yoga classes. For me, Yoga is a very personal experience and I do it alone in my own special space in my home. Yoga classes are great for many people; they’re just not for me.

Remember, Yoga is a personal experience and you have your own reasons for doing it. Customize the experience for yourself and your life will be better for it.

Hopefully this system will help cultivate the appreciation and gratitude that leads you to a happy and peaceful life.

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Peacemakers: Jeremy Gilley in Conversation with Prem Rawat


This is one of the most amazing videos I have ever watched. After many decades on this earth, tears come slowly but, came they did, as I watched this. This video is very powerful and important for the future of the world we live in. If you have never heard of these individuals, just watch. The subject is about the process of bringing a permanent Peace to our Earth. Take a moment, step out of your daily routines, and have a listen – you won’t regret it!!!

A Readers Question about Prem Rawat


From a reader:

I am doing a lot of research on Prem Rawat himself to collect some information. I am surprised to see that a lot of information on Prem Rawat is not very flattering. Could you shed some light on this please? . . ./Thanks

Prem Rawat

Dear Reader,

I will shed what light I can from my personal experience.

One can never judge someone through another’s eyes. People sometimes say unflattering things about me and they have their personal reasons for viewing me so. I can only request that I be judged by my own actions and not the words of others. They have their own path to travel and I have mine. As my father once said: “you have to march to your own drummer”. What he meant was that you can’t take the low road based upon the views of others, but must take the high road based upon your own inner instincts.

Personally, I try to judge no one but accept others into my life based only upon how they treat me personally.

Many decades ago, I made a decision to take the path of the heart. I knew from a very young age that this was my path. I could feel it inside. It guided and protected me through my teen years and into my early twenties when I knew a decision would be made. It happened when I was 26 years old.

My decision was to accept and practice the Techniques of Knowledge that Prem Rawat showed me.

Knowing is the opposite of Believing. The whole world believes but no one really knows. All the religions are based upon one belief or another. Through this practice I was shown, I found my answers from within. The questions began to cease and the beliefs were no longer necessary. I could now see life through the lens of the heart.

He was known as Maharaji  and even then, people were criticizing him, as they do now. Now they have the internet as their tool. There will probably always be people who will criticize and slander.

This man showed me a way to experience a personal Peace in my life. For this, I have the greatest appreciation and gratitude.

I hope this helps.

What a most incredible and wonderful life we have been given.

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Within and Without


Without

Without lies your miraculous birth.

Without lie your hopes, dreams and aspirations.

Without lie your pleasures, pains and satisfactions.

Without lie your work, effort and perfection.

Without lie your friends, associates and lovers.

Without lie your beliefs, concepts and ideas.

Without lie your clubs, teams and religions.

Without lie your teachers, mentors and heroes.

Without lie your masters, ascended masters and Gods.

Without lie your many dimensional worlds.

Without lie your streams, lakes and oceans.

Without lie the sun, moon and stars.

Without lie the sunrise and sunsets.

Without lie politics, aggression and war.

Without lie greed, success and riches.

Without lie your body, mind and life.

Without lies eventual death.

Within

Within lies the love of your life.

Within lies the harmony of creation.

Within lie fulfillment, gratitude and appreciation.

Within lies the ultimate feeling.

Within lies the Power of Creation within your breath.

Within lies the answer to all your questions.

Within lies your immortality.

Within lies the feeling of Peace you can take with you when it’s time to leave.

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Happiness


Happiness: That indescribably wonderful incredible feeling of fulfillment, within, that swells up from the heart when we are connected to the power of our breath with a feeling of appreciation and gratitude for the life that we have been given. More commonly known as love. With that feeling, everything is right with the world and our soul is in peace.

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My Marathon


Running Woods PathI had a sleeping dream and when I awoke, unusually, I remembered every little detail and emotion of it. To express the powerful feelings the dream evoked in me, it seemed appropriate to use the poetry form. This is the first time I’ve done this for many years. Hope you like it. . .

I ran a marathon.
Just me and my path.

Shifting, twisting, weaving,
woods and streams surround.
Up, over, down and ’round.
Earth rises to meet my sole.
Heart beating, breath heaving,
blood pulsing, protecting, energizing.

Feeling whole.

Power within, light, lighting.
Skin sweating, body heating,
muscles tingling, arms reaching.
Legs stretching, thighs pounding.
Step by step – elation, creation,
freedom fluidly flowing.

The rise of hill the crest and fall.
Running, falling, gravity pulling,
legs solidly meeting the call.
Dodging obstacles, pathway blocked,
fallen trees, no penetration, consternation.

Space, a space – a very small space.
Can’t fit – coming through – transformation.
Pure energy, flying freely flowing
seeing, through clean pure air,
between dark limbs with leaves in place.

Flying, flying, flying . . .

Transformed again to matter dense.
Destination coming, evaluating.
Anticipation, round the turn,
behind the fence, crowd, waiting, cheering.
Winners kiss, feeling, smiling.

Feeling proud – now awaken.
Dream is done, marathon won.
Gratitude – affirmation, appreciation.
Exaltation.

Soul power, breath within,
beating heart, energy flowing.
Freedom reigns with love and light.
New day dawning – future’s bright.

King Of The World


I am the King of the World. The power of my every thought transforms the atoms of the earthly realms and molds my manifested existence. Creation is my specialty. The Universe serves my every wish. My dreams come true. Elevated, are those who feel my aura. The power of my heartfelt experience of Joy, Love and Fulfillment permeates the air I breathe. Darkness shrinks at a glimpse of my light. Danger flees from me. My adventure never ends and, moment to moment,  is ever changing. I fly in my dreams and float when awake. Wherever I am, there within, is my true home and my best friend – always bringing peace and love to my existence. I am never alone. I am the luckiest man alive – for I am the King of the World!

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The Secret of the Peace-Master


Once upon a time, a long, long time ago in another age, when the earth was younger, there was a little village nestled in a valley between the high snow capped mountains and the deep blue sea. Surrounded by very tall thousand year old evergreen trees with thick brown bark, the village was protected from the fierce ocean winds and the winter gales.

For eons, the villagers lived in peace, harmony and simplicity. They ate the delicious, abundant food from the forest and the sea. A small stream meandered through the village and brought pure ice cold drinking and cooking water from the mountain glaciers. The people lived with the harsh seasons tempered by the warmth of the ocean water and the protection of the high mountains.

As time progressed, the expert fishermen began to realize they could enrich their life by working together to make the villagers pay higher prices for their fish. The forest hunters, who had developed high skills through their years of experience, began to charge more for their food so they could live a better life. The leaders of the village council began to oppress the other villagers with higher taxes to be used for the betterment of the village but they soon began to keep much of the collected taxes so they could live an easier life. Soon the entire village was filled with greed and bickering. The people no longer lived in peace and harmony. The simple life became a difficult and complicated one for most of the villagers. There were some in the village who longed for a return of the simple, harmonious, peaceful life they once knew. They prayed to the spirit of nature to help them.

One warm blue-skied summer day an ageless stranger came to the village. From where he came, no one knew. He had an ancient secret to tell. He met with the few peacemaking villagers and told them he had come long ago to create peace in the village but the villagers, over time, had forgotten.  He showed them a secret place of peace where they could go, within their own hearts – a place that had always existed, but no one had known the way.

The villagers were overjoyed now that they knew of this secret place inside. After a time, many of the villagers began to learn from the stranger and they began to use their new-found understanding to create a more peaceful and harmonious village. Slowly, for the following generation, as those who would not understand began to pass away, the village returned to the peace and harmony it once enjoyed.

When he had completed his work, the stranger left the village and where he went, no one knew.

Forever after they called him the Peace-Master.

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The Answer to the Questions


Why?  How?  When?  Where?  You know the questions but you do not know the answers!

The answers to these questions lie not in the mind with reasoning. The answers lie in the heart with feeling. Go within where resides the coming and going of the breath, the sustainer of life and the feeling of the heart. If you stay there long and often enough, the questions will cease and you will be filled only with answers. Ponder not these difficult questions of the mind, but only the power behind the breath every moment of every day. In this lies the answer to your quest for fulfillment. Peace of mind is the heritage of every human on the planet.  A world filled with Peace begins with you.

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Pathways of Life


A day will come when you no longer blame others for your own inner turmoil and discontent.

That is the day you will find the path to inner peace, contentment and fulfillment.

That day will definitely come!  Hopefully, sooner than later.

Turmoil and Peace are both within.

YOU choose !

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(Click on Medal to read inscription)

On September 27, 2006, President George Bush signed into law the “Fourteenth Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal Act,” which authorizes Congress to award the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor.

Under this legislation, the United States Congress awards this honor “in recognition of his many enduring and outstanding contributions to peace, non-violence, human rights, and religious understanding.” The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States.

Courtesy of: http://www.thedalailamablog.com/2006_09_01_archive.html