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You've been yawning wrong your entire life (according to Gwyneth Paltrow)

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YAWNING. IT’S AS natural as breathing, right? We’ve all been doing it our whole lives so we must be getting it right?


Gwyneth Paltrow has some news for you.

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Yes, Gwyneth – actress, amateur nutritionist, conscious uncoupler from Chris Martin - is here to tell you that you’ve been yawning wrong your entire life.

In a post on her GOOP lifestyle website, she describes a dinner with yoga expert and “quarterback for mindfulness” Michael Lear, during which he gave her some key advice on…

how to really lean in to the yawn reflex.

She then goes on to detail two – yes, two – acceptable techniques for yawning. Including mentions of “Ujjayi breathing”. Here’s the first:

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There’s also a second, although – spoiler – it involves repeating “steps 1-4 above”.

So now you know. You can, of course, keep yawning in the same old way. That’s your choice. But Gwyneth will be very disappointed in you.

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(Just the same as if you still haven’t steamed your vagina.)

Meanwhile the Guardian casts doubt on her theory, quoting one expert who says that “self-awareness” while yawning means you’re not really yawning at all. “Yawns occur either spontaneously or as a contagious response to an observed yawn. Intense self-awareness, as when you are being observed or even suspect that you may be observed, inhibits yawning.”

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