OOPS. My bad, Gwyneth Paltrow. I think I’ve been yawning wrong my whole life…
On Thursday, the actress posted to GOOP to tell her many fans about how to yawn CORRECTLY. And of course, she wants to make everyone feel inadequate as she does it.
So how did the yawn-volution come about? Apparently, during a dinner with expert yogi Michael Lear the star learned that yawning is an important mechanism to relieve stress. She battled the notion that yawning is “rude” and relayed that the act feels good for a reason.
So of course, she gave a step-by-step tutorial on how to properly yawn in two specific ways. Yawn #1 goes a little something like THIS:
“Gently tilt your head back to a comfortable position and allow your mouth to hang open widely while you gently extend into it. Contract the back of the throat as if to perform Ujjayi breathing—a whispery breath—which is typically done through your nose with your mouth closed. Breathe deeply through your mouth so you feel the air hit the back of your throat. Inhale and exhale completely while allowing your shoulders to relax as you exhale.
When the yawn comes, reach and extend into it, riding the yawn to stretch the jaw muscles. Repeat 8-10 times until tearing starts. As your jaw muscles stretch and relax, and the yawn expands, the lacrimal glands around the eye are squeezed and tearing is induced.”
And yawn #2 is a bit like this…
“Continue with steps 1-4 above, and when the yawn comes, bring together only the lips. Keep the teeth slightly separated. Creating this shape with your mouth as you yawn will take out more slack in the throat muscles to bring the lengthening and relaxation around the base of the tongue, and further stretch and relax the neck, jaw, and occipital regions. Repeat 8-10 times until you begin to tear.”
Rad- two new ways to yawn. But the catch is, you HAVE to do it in one of those 400 dollar GOOP sweaters. Right? The ONLY way to TRULY get the yawn right. HAH!