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Practice can improve mental and physical functions, rejuvenate and improve longevity. That's what we are taught, and experience shows that it is a possible outcome of proper practice. But why is it so? Years ago, Roger Jahnke wrote an excellent essay on the subject of physiology as it relates to the internal arts. You can find it in one of JAJ's really big and thick books (like that narrows it down 🤪). Now, 2020, that essay is outdated. Physiological research have moved on, new mechanisms have been found and understood, and quite a few of these relates to what you do with proper practice. It's all in the basics: Proper alignments Proper breathing Proper attention If done right, you will entrain several systems that normally do not work together, and this will potentially affect your brain in a major way. If done right, some of the functional networks in the brain will reverse their temporal behaviour. Even the creation of ling sui/amrita can be (partially) explained by this entrainment. Including how it drips down from the soft palate. @Earl Grey wrote about the necessity of intent and micro movements in another thread. That aspect, called nei gong principles by Frantzis, becomes really important if your purpose is to develope entrainment to the max (see my NEW video series Entrainment to the Max, now downloadable at sendmeyourmoney. com). One of these days I will write more about this in a PPD near you, including references so you can read the source material. That might be a slightly dry reading, physiology for the initiated tends to go that way, but you can at least see that I am on the subject.