On Thursday, Gwyneth Paltrow took to her lifestyle blog GOOP to tell her many fans about how to yawn correctly. What the what?!
We didn’t know there was a “wrong” way to yawn. Apparently, during a dinner with expert yogi Michael Lear the blonde beauty learned that yawning is an important mechanism to relieve stress.
Hmm, very inneresting!
The A-Lister slammed the notion that yawning is “rude” and relayed that the act feels good for a reason. We’re not sure if that logic necessarily holds up.
Nonetheless, with the guru, the Oscar winner gave a step-by-step tutorial on how to properly yawn in two specific ways.
She wrote about yawn no. 1:
“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├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥a whispery breath├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥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.”
Whoa! Talk about intense.
It’s like meditation for the mouth. LOLz!
The actress continued about yawn no. 2:
“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.”
This one sounds easy enough! However, the fashionista did note that tearing is not necessary for the exercise to work.
What do you think?! Is Gwyneth on to something?
Give it a try and SOUND OFF in the comments (below)!
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