How to Yawn #6




By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

According to Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) …

“Pressure moves electricity and magnetism. But explain your work in terms of electricity and magnetism because no one will pay you for telling them they’re full of hot air.”

If you doubt the Swami, check out the price of the Tennant Biomodulator PRO & Biotransducer Kit — $8,829.00.


It’s interesting that everything Ray Peat is “against” (absolutely or conditionally) facilitates yawning …

acetylcholine, adrenocorticotropic hormone, carbon monoxide, dopamine, estrogen, excitatory amino acids, nitric oxide, oxytocin, noradrenaline, prolactin, and serotonin

And everything he’s “for” (absolutely or conditionally) inhibits yawning …

GABA, melatonin, neurotensin, opioid peptides, and testosterone

Luteinizing hormone releasing hormone seems to be an exception to Dr. Peat’s “for and against” list.

Is yawning just a diagnostic sign or is it a therapy?

Dr. Peat is a fan of carbon dioxide, but what does he think about yawning, especially since scientific studies supposedly “prove” it isn’t reduced by spontaneous yawning?

Assuming carbon dioxide doesn’t increase oxygenation of the brain, what about premeditated yawning?

What about premeditated extended yawning?

What about premeditated frequent extended yawning?

What about yawning with a college degree— Kriya Yoga breathing techniques?

What about yawning with a doctorate — Adano Ley Kriya Yoga breathing techniques?

What about Equi-Flow?


Back up a minute! Oxytocin?

The bonding hormone? The love hormone? The happiness hormone? The trust molecule?

It’s also a milk release hormone and it contracts the uterus.

Isn’t oxytocin a superstar?

There are always three sides to a coin — Yes, No, Maybe.


According to Haidut/Georgi (“Estrogen Potentiates The Effects Of Chronic Stress,” Ray Peat Forum, started Jan. 20, 2016) …

“Finally, oxytocin — another hormone darling of the popular press and pharma industry — was shown to be implicated in the stress response. Oxytocin also increased anxiety in females.”

According to the same source …

“It is a ‘bonding’ hormone and it’s release is correlated with stress. It can make people very group-centric and even attack outsiders for no reason other than to feel that “bond” with someone. Of course, everything in the body has physiological purpose but increasing oxytocin levels pharmacologically is definitely something I would not recommend.”


According to Psychology Today’s website …

“For all its positivity, however, oxytocin has a dark side. Or, more accurately, it plays a more complex role in human behavior than is commonly thought. As a facilitator of bonding among those who share similar characteristics, the hormone fosters distinctions between in-group and out-group members, and sets in motion favoritism toward in-group members and prejudice against those in out-groups. Ongoing research on the hormone is a potent reminder of the complexity of biological and psychological systems.”

Things shouldn’t be understood too quickly.

(To Be Continued)

'How to Yawn #6' have 6 comments

  1. April 19, 2018 @ 2:13 pm Atom

    Don’t practice Yawning Interruptus.


  2. April 19, 2018 @ 2:17 pm Atom

    According to a study by X. Yang, et al (Aug. 24, 2014) …

    “Oxytocin decreases colonic motility of cold water stressed rats via oxytocin receptors.”


  3. April 19, 2018 @ 2:18 pm Atom

    According to a study by G. Liccardi, et al. (Oct. 20, 2013) …

    “Oxytocin: an unexpected risk for cardiologic and broncho-obstructive effects, and allergic reactions in susceptible delivering women.”


  4. April 19, 2018 @ 2:27 pm Atom

    According to Y.F. Guzmán, et al. (Sept. 2013) …

    “Fear-enhancing effects of septal oxytocin receptors.”


  5. April 19, 2018 @ 10:17 pm KR

    Atom, The yawning and stretching have really been helpful – there is much more depth to yawning that I ever realized, and I haven’t gotten to the bottom of it yet. Regarding color recycling: You have recommended doing stretching and color recycling with the yawning, but I have a hard time with visualizing the colors, and often have to stop and think of what the next color is, even after a lot of practice. Would making a visual chart of the colors be helpful to get used to doing the cycling? Also, is it beneficial to do some intermediate colors before and/or after a color that I am having a particularly hard time with and don’t like (in this case, indigo)? Thank you so much!


    • April 21, 2018 @ 12:28 am Atom

      There’s probably a reason you’re having trouble with visualizing colors, so don’t push it.

      Everything has its time. According to Swami Nitty-Gritty, “Does a three-minute egg not take three minutes? Does a nine-month pregnancy not take nine months?”

      Not being able to visualize colors doesn’t mean you’re “behind.”

      It might even mean you’re “ahead.”


      Making a chart of the colors can help.

      Sometimes indigo phobia can be triggered by someone giving us well-meaning “motherly” or “sisterly” advice.

      Not all of us appreciate “indigo children.”


      Yawning is more important than color.

      Yawning is on the Fourth Floor, Color on the Third Floor, Geometry on the Second Floor, and Precipitate Matter on the First Floor.

      Just enjoy abundant living and yawn heartily. :-D


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