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Help! I fell asleep!


I fell asleep in savasana!
I fell asleep in meditation!

Yesterday, I felt tired.

I was stuck at my desk for longer than normal (aka all day) and it drives me crazy. I am not made to sit at a desk all day; I’m just not. I hate sitting at a desk all day with no movement breaks.

So when I got to my lunchtime yoga class with Tara, I was psyched to move my body and energize myself.

And then we got to savasana aka that final resting pose in yoga.

You know the one. Where you recline on the floor, spread your arms and legs wide apart, and close your eyes.



I totally fell asleep and woke up with a start when it was time to roll to my side!

But I made it back to work, finished up my day still feeling a bit like my body was off. Tired and cranky with the computer and constant sitting. But five o’clock came and I went home. I had a healthy dinner. I went for a walk. Read my book. Caught up with a few friends on the phone. Did some lovely Thomas Hanna-inspired somatic work. And before bed, prepared to do my evening meditation. (Granted I got started a bit later than normal, so it was already after 10 pm when I sat down to meditate.)


turned into


in a matter of moments.

This was me:

I didn’t hear my timer go off.

I forgot to set my alarm.

And I woke up with quite the start at 5:15 am!

And went back to bed for another forty-five or so minutes before it was OOPS time to get up!

Did I fail at my meditation or savasana? Should I have NOT attempted to meditate? Or should I have done legs up the wall or some other variation of final relaxation to help prevent falling asleep in my yoga class? Is this normal? (I suspect that, yes, this happens to other people all the time.) Does it just mean I was really tired? Do we think my somatics work at night helped me to me be so really relaxed? (Though that doesn’t excuse the mid-day nap that was supposed to be corpse pose!) Has this happened to you? (I bet yes.)

I had a yoga nidra teacher tell me that if you fall asleep in yoga nidra, it usually just means you are really tired. So I hope I was just really tired! I’m enjoying a nice cup of black coffee right now. I slept in too late for my full morning yoga practice a la the #40digitaldays, but a few back-bends should help pep me up!

And I’ll try to meditate again this morning. (A nice, goal-oriented, morning meditation! And guided by Yogaglo will probably be best today…)

Hopefully, I won’t fall asleep again! EEP!

Wish me luck y’all!!


  • kia

    January 25, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzz’s happen, as long as it is not your normal routine I do not see the big deal. You probably needed the rest.

  • Kat @ S and F

    January 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

    LMAO! I always almost fall asleep! You were in deep, girl, no harm done!

  • Anne ~ Freedom Yoga Studio

    January 25, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I sometimes find myself drifting off in Savasana as well….always a surprise when I bring my attention back to my mat….

  • Johnny@FitnessKings

    January 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Haha! Of course you were tired. Our bodies will always tell us what we need. Your’s told you to get some rest. Nothing to be worried about at all. People have been known to do a lot worse during yoga : )

  • Jenna {Real Simple Girl}

    January 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    LOL! I think you were probably just really tired! But either way, you were definitely relaxed! 😉

  • Running Betty

    January 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve done that a few times. You probably need to catch up on your sleep – seems to be a theme this week. I think many of us are picking up slack at work and hobbies for friends who are home with the flu, so the healthy ones are working twice as hard.

  • flying yogini

    January 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    totally been there.. once was full on dreaming and then had a body twitch which my teacher giggled about. oh yea, that obvious. happens to the best of us

  • yogainbloom

    January 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    oh yes, me too – I think I may have actually started a half snore. Love the drawings!