Why do I yawn or fall asleep when I meditate?

Do you experience yawning frequently during your meditation practice? Perhaps you even find yourself drifting off to sleep at times. If this happens, you may feel self-conscious about it. However, there is no need to feel embarrassed!

Yawning during meditation is a common occurrence and often indicates that you are releasing tension in your jaw muscles. Additionally, increased yawning may be a signal that your body requires more oxygen to facilitate the relaxation and rejuvenation of both your body and mind. While falling asleep during meditation is not unusual, it is preferable to strive to remain alert and present in the Theta brainwave state (which activates the subconscious mind). Nonetheless, if you do drift off to sleep, it suggests that your body, mind, and spirit are seeking a period of much-needed rest. Allow yourself to surrender to this experience and fully embrace the moment.

With continued practice, you may notice a decrease in yawning and the tendency to fall asleep during meditation. This is indicative of your body, mind, and spirit entering a more profound state of relaxation overall.

We wish you wonderful Meditation Moments!

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