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Is Snoozing in Yoga Class OK?

When I take a yoga class, especially in the evening, I guess I'm pretty tired by then after waking up early and working all day. So a little yawning here and there is pretty common for me, and I'm sure it is for you too, but what about falling asleep? The final resting pose at the end of class called Savasana (Corpse pose) can last two minutes or 15 minutes or more. If it's dark, and there's quiet relaxing music playing, and someone is giving me over ten minutes to just lie there, then forget it. Falling asleep is inevitable.

When I take or teach class, I think falling asleep is a great thing. It means that you've completely let go of your body and your thoughts, and it's a sign of complete relaxation. It also means you've worked really hard physically exerting yourself, so who can blame your body for trying to re-energize itself?

I'm OK with students falling asleep in my yoga class because people have different needs and personalities. Some people are sleep-deprived or not feeling well, and others have the gift of being able to fall asleep within minutes of lying down. Allowing people to do what comes naturally to them is what yoga is all about. Although you should know that some instructors feel that Savasana is a yoga pose that you need to have complete awareness in, which means that sleeping in their class is a no-no.

Fit's Tips: If you tend to snooze in Savasana, talk to your instructor before class to see how they feel about it. If they're completely against it, you may want to find yourself a different teacher.


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dyskrasia dyskrasia 9 years
I think I snored the last time. D: Also, just thinking about how I fell asleep makes me want to sleep.
Katikins Katikins 9 years
I never actually heard it was considered a no-no in some classes! Good thing I have an instructor who doesn't mind. :) I generally drift off a little and always feel refreshed when it's over. I know that when my mind is racing on other things and I don't drift off then I didn't have a good class and was not able to relax as much as I would have liked.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I fell asleep during, how could you not, its soo relaxing.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
the same thing happens to me. at the end of yoga during Savasana I have been known to fall asleep. one time i was sick and I think i started snoring! it was a bit embarrassing but the instructor was cool about it and she too encouraged us to completely let go during that time.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I've been to a yoga class where the instructor actually encouraged us to sleep if we wanted to during the savasana pose. I didn't actually fall asleep, but I was darn close. It WAS very relaxing!
jowaller jowaller 9 years
i was in a fabulous class in Austin and savasana lasted for quite a while and the next thing i knew the gong was gently hit and i realized i was totally gone...what an amazing feeling. i told the instructor that that was my first class to completely fall asleep in savasana and she laughed and said yoga!
Heart-Holland Heart-Holland 9 years
I've come pretty close to drifting off but have yet to make it fully asleep. I love that blissful calm feeling that comes over you.
Michish Michish 9 years
I have never actually fallen into a deep sleep but I can recall drifting off two times, but staying in the first stages of sleep. It is definitely a nice feeling to know you are that relaxed. When I can't sleep at home, I try going to Savasana to help me relax, but it's never quite the same!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
In Bikram, I fell sleep once BEFORE class and when I woke up, Everyone was standing and doing the SECOND set of the breathing exercise!!!! I usually KINDA fell asleep after class, but we had a 30 minute break in between classes.
thatgirljj thatgirljj 9 years
I've always wondered about that, but been too embarassed to ask my teacher!
allisonblue allisonblue 9 years
I've fallen asleep in final savasana sooo many times! Um, and before class, too. I'm always embarrassed for those people who fall asleep before class begins, and start snoring -- that happens pretty often, actually.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I have done this in the past. I think its a compliment that I was so relaxed I drifted right off. I wasn't embarassed about falling asleep so much, the drooling however.....
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow if I saw someone fall asleep it would be amusing.
vinnie vinnie 9 years
I've heard that snoozing during savasana is a no-no, but i've been known to do it. My friends mother actually snored during savasana once! HA!
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