Why should be all master the art of yawning?
If you’re surprised that my recommendation really is about yawning, that’s probably because yawning is associated with being bored or tired. We are taught from an early age that to yawn is a sign of disrespect. In our society, yawning is simply considered rude!
However, bear with me. Yawning is a more interesting and important subject than you initially think…
For a start, we detox 70% of the toxins in our entire body by using our lungs. This means that extending our awareness of breathing is highly relevant. And if you contemplate the idea that certain breathing methods can optimise your detox, then yawning becomes an art!
In fact, neurosciences* show that the act of yawning has some highly valuable functions:
How to master the art of yawning:
To yawn on purpose means undoing what we learned from our nursery days: that yawns should be hidden! However, reaping the benefits of this new approach is worth the practice.
Now it’s your turn. Take it as a new experience; have fun being a cat!
First, can you connect with each part of your own body, with your face, your air pathways, then your spine, your whole-body head to toe?
In which part of your body did you feel the most stretch? What relief did you get? How do you feel, physically and mentally, after yawning once, thrice – or even a dozen times in a row? Try yawning at different times of the day? Do you get the same results?
Could embracing yawning actually fit in with your self-care ritual?