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When Someone Falls Asleep In Yoga, Do You Wake Them Up? |

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When someone falls asleep next to you in yoga class, do you wake them up?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve faced this conundrum. Generally, I just make extra noise while putting away my yoga mat or shuffling to put my shoes back on, and hope they wake up and then silently thank me for being so loud and then we exchange a knowing look like “Hey. I got your back when you’re embarrassing yourself in yoga class by falling asleep and snoring. That’s just the kind of gal I am.” Unfortunately, I’m apparently not that great at being loud because they never wake-up and I end up hightailing it out of the room and leave the waking-up to someone else. But, I’m not sure that that’s the right thing to do.

And the thing is, this happens to me all the time. I must have a very soporific effect on people. (Oh yeah, I just used soporific in a sentence. Take that naysaying high school English teacher!) It’s not so bad when they are quietly snoozing, but when they’re snoring it just seems like someone should save them the embarrassment by waking them up. But maybe they aren’t embarrassed by their snoring and only get embarrassed once you wake them up? And what if they haven’t slept in days and really need that doze and then you ruin it by waking them up? And what if you don’t wake them up and then the instructor has to wake them up and that embarrasses them and they quit coming to yoga class and get really unhealthy and then that’s all your fault for not waking them up?

Yoga class is a social minefield y’all!! No wonder I can’t fall asleep during yoga relaxation.

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