There’s no question about it—yogis always have a glow to their skin that shows how healthy they are from the inside out. But what are their secrets to making that happen? 

A super flexible body? A combination of proper nutrition? Stress free Living? A lot of water? Super strenght? The right cosmetic products? Maybe the combination of all? No, it turns out to be proper breathing.

The clue is well resonated amongst us, our face glows when we laugh or having a good time_ _ _ !!!!. What it tells you is that joyful laughter can stimulate the circulation of blood throughout the body, especially through the head/brain. This helps us take care of our thought process in a more positive, happier and lighter manner. So the idea is to stimulate the flow of blood to the minor capillaries, in addition to large vessels. Now, How do we do it?

It all starts with asanas, in every asana unique set of muscles, Muscles systems and organs are stretched, Squeezed, Strengthened and Relaxed. and it is during the process of stretching and squeezing an instant/ temporary release of Vatha/ air happens, thus creating more room for the fresh blood to flow in, But fresh blood is hard to define, let me try!!!

As the unique space created in every asana is filled with fresh blood, and the fresh blood contains more prana. one of the manifestations of prana in our body is air, so fresh blood contains more air in it!!!. now how to create the flow of blood to the minor capillaries. The secret is the viscosity of blood, blood viscosity is a measure of the thickness and stickiness of your blood. It measures how easily our blood flows through your vessels. It is an indicator of how much friction is being generated between our blood and the walls of your blood vessels, how hard your heart is working to pump your blood, and how easily oxygen is being delivered to your heart, your brain, your muscles, and every other tissue in your body. Blood viscosity affects the health of every part of your body. A recent study demonstrated lower blood viscosity among regular practitioners of yoga compared with sedentary adults, preventing and treating Heart Failure. So the reduction in blood viscosity ensures the flow of blood to the minor capillaries thus a seamless flow of Pranic Blood is created. Now, what is the optimal Pranic Blood? and the clue to is well registered in the Thirumanthiram.

Thirumoolar one of the disciples of Siva, through his meditation for 3000 years wrote Thirumanthiram, A prime epic provides the road map to yogic science, says its the breathing !!!

The air that flows in and out and wanders

 If one regulates the breath for purification 

The body gets a glow and the hair darkens 

And the Siva (Lord) that dwells within will not leave you.

Thirumoolar says in the first two lines that if one could regulate the breath (that normally goes away) in right place, then the body/organs become red and the hair blackens. There is another way of looking at the ‘reddening’ of organs or ‘blackening’ of hair. This means that there is more blood flow to the organs, the reddening means the rich pranic blood filled in the body/ organs, not the marketing add slogans of the fairness beauty products. in fact, the cosmetic industry has a stranger mindset largely oriented with the skin color, creating long-lasting discrimination towards dark-skinned people (Polluting the minds, especially in India).

So the idea is simple, generate a less viscous prana rich blood and let the wondering blood do wonders. Glow like a Yogi and don’t forget to celebrate life the yogic way.

Somen Interesting Reeds

Shadiow J, Tarumi T, Dhindsa M, Hunter SD. A comparison of blood viscosity, hematocrit and blood pressure between yoga practitioners and sedentary individuals. IJES. In Press

Julienne E.Bower, Gail Greendale, Alexandra D.Crosswell, Deborah Garet, BethSternlieb, Patricia A.Ganz, Michael R.Irwin, Richard Olmstead, Jesusa Arevalo, Steve W.ColechLifestyle. Modifications for Preventing and Treating Heart Failure. Psychoneuro endocrinology, Volume 43, May 2014, Pages 20-29.

MonicaAggarwal MD BiykemBozkurt MD GurusherPanjrat, etal. Lifestyle Modifications for Preventing and Treating Heart Failure. Journal of the American College of Cardiology,  Volume 72, Issue 19, 6 November 2018, Pages 2391-2405.

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