What’s in a yawn?

What does it mean to you when  client yawns?

What does yawning mean in your modality?

A recent post on yawning on The New Yorker website opened with a paragraph about people paralyzed on one side of their bodies. When they yawn, they have access to motor functions on the affected side for the duration of the yawn…

Yawning has been studied extensively for generations. In addition to knowing what we can all see — that sometimes a yawn is contagious, or inopportune, or irrepressible — we also know that babies yawn spontaneously in the womb. We have evidence that we’re more likely to yawn in empathy when family members yawn than when strangers do it. Darwin saw yawning in animals as a sign that we are all built on the same structure.

Does yawning have significance in your work? Moshe Feldenkrais said that yawning meant the brain needed oxygen…

What do you do when your client yawns? Yawn in unison? Change what you’re doing? What goes through your mind when a client yawns? Do you take it as a sign that you’re boring or as an opportunity for something new?


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