How to Yawn #7




By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

A full yawn with tonic extension of the limbs is therapeutic.

Besides boosting alertness and consciousness, yawning increases muscle tone (residual muscle tone).

For example, perky breasts indicate proper muscle tone in the small muscles surrounding the milk ducts and in the underlying pectoral and intercostal muscles.

Sagging breasts indicate the opposite.

The breasts and uterus are interconnected, so sagging breasts indicate a drooping uterus.


The fuller (space) and longer (time) the yawn (space-time continuum), the more global (space) and long-lasting (time) the results.

In other words, a wimpy yawn is partial and superficial therapy.

One example of a wimpy yawn is Yawning Interruptus, holding a hand over the mouth while yawning.

Sucking and swallowing are camouflaged yawning.


Olivier Walusinski (“Fetal Yawning,” The Mystery of Yawning in Physiology and Disease, 2010) wrote …

“At the beginning of the 3rd month, the embryo becomes a fetus with the occurrence of the first oral and pharyngeal motor sequences under the control of the neurological development of the brainstem, such as suction-deglutition and yawning activity. Therefore, suction and yawning have the same embryological origin, which shows the importance of the brainstem in the neurophysiological development of the oropharyngeal activity coordinated with the respiratory, cardiac and digestive regulations that have the same neuroanatomical localization. Its occurrence marks the developmental stage when the brainstem is already individualized and the pituitary gland has become functional, whereas the extension of the temporal and frontal neocortex takes up to 22-24 weeks to reach completion.”


Yawning neurology includes all three brain levels, sometimes called the triune brain, divided into (1) reptilian, (2) paleomammalian, and (3) neomammalian complexes.

Conscious control of yawning exists in the neomammalian complex.

Unfortunately, so does the cultural control of yawning, programming us with anti-biological belief systems.

Comically, some religions view yawning as an open invitation for Satan to enter and possess the human body.

Commonly, “proper etiquette” insists that yawning in public is rude, and the hand-over-the-mouth gesture lessens the offense.


Robert R. Provine (Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond, 2012) wrote …

“The phylogenetically old does not meld seamlessly with the new. When the unconscious and the conscious compete for the brain’s channel of expression, as when yawning under social scrutiny, the more modern, conscious mechanism suppresses its older, unconscious rival.”

Who’s the matter with us is a more relevant question than what’s the matter with us.

Body Dowsing is a “who” detector.


Jaak Panksepp (1943-2017) detailed seven networks of emotion below the neomammalian level of the brain …


WAR wasn’t one of them.


Jaak Panksepp (Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions, 1998) wrote …

“At the outset, I wish to make one disclaimer: The most broadly destructive kinds of human aggression — wars between nations and competing cultural groups, as well as many violent crimes — do not arise directly from brain circuits of the type discussed here. These are instrumental acts that arise as willful activities of humans.”

According to the same source …

“Of course, warlike tendencies in humans are ultimately accompanied by many hateful emotions, including avarice, spite, and triumph, but to the best of our meager knowledge, most of these complex feelings are not instinctual potentials of the old mammalian brain. They probably arise from higher brain areas through social learning. Without the neocortical sophistication that we humans possess, other animals simply are not able to have the complex thoughts and feelings about such matters that humans have.”

(To Be Continued)

'How to Yawn #7' have 5 comments

  1. April 21, 2018 @ 12:37 am Atom

    Thanks to my friends who have posted more than several Swami Nitty-Gritty audios in cyberspace.

    Now everyone can enjoy his Satsangs …


  2. April 21, 2018 @ 12:43 pm Amber

    Atom, what’s going on when a big yawn extension leads to a cramp in the soft bit of the underside of the jaw (under tongue, I’m not sure what it’s called)?


    • April 21, 2018 @ 5:34 pm Atom

      Maybe lactic acid and carbon dioxide overload?

      Yawn gentler until the cramping goes away (over the course of a few days or sometimes weeks).

      A stiff neck when lying down on the stomach with the neck to either side is another sign of lactic acid and carbon dioxide overload.


      • April 22, 2018 @ 12:06 pm Amber

        When a lay on my stomach, it seems only when my face goes left I experience stiffness.

        I read some of what you’ve posted about lactic acid.. I don’t eat fermented.. what kinds of mental/emotional activity is fermenting? Sour attitude? What’s the difference between being bitter and sour?


        • April 23, 2018 @ 9:45 am Atom

          Fermented foods are a minor source of lactic acid/lactate.

          Stress and “dietary error” are major sources.

          Lactic acid was the “bad guy” in the 1960s. Today it’s being marketed as a “good guy.”


          First Floor = Sweet

          Second Floor = Salty

          Third Floor = Pungent

          Fourth Floor = Sour

          Fifth Floor = Bitter


          The British say, “You Americans are funny. First ou heat up tea to make it hot, and add ice cubes to make it cold. Then you add lemon to make it sour, and add sugar to make it sweet.”


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