Every breath we take is a parcel of pranic energy. Yogis believe that our life span is counted in the number of breaths we take. To extend our life span we can take care of our bodies by eating a balanced diet of pranic food and by taking time to measure every step and breath.
The needs of the body are food, water, sleep and human interaction.
Pranic food is fresh fruit and vegetables, lentils & grains, a little protein and a little carbohydrate. Something I found out is that people with blood type O - and that's me, need red meat. If I don't eat meat once every week or two I get ill.
A loving attitude is the secret ingredient a cook can put into a recipe and and gratitude as you eat will make food taste great.
The body also needs good sleep. Yoga postures for good sleep are yoga nidra, viparita karani, fountain of youth, balasana, or rabbit pose, savasana, half shoulder stand, makarasana, and bharami, humming bee breath.
The brain works on 4 frequencies: beta, alpha, theta, & delta. When the mind is in beta it is chaotic and consumes a lot of energy. A busy lifestyle will lead to stress when the body is constantly set for flight and fight mode.
Living in the other 3 frequencies will give a harmonious life without sickness. Theta is the frequency of healing and meditation.
The other thing that is needed for a healthy body is a good balance of work and recreation or exercise. The difference between yoga and exercising is the breath. Exercise has no rhythm in the breath while yoga syncronizes with the breath.
When a yoga pose is held for a long time it gives time to observe changes in the body, emotions and thoughts and issues can be resolved. When you practice in a good way, then life will be lived without struggle.