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Updated: Mar 16

So, you’re sitting attentively at your weekly employee meeting listening to reports, complaints and questions, and suddenly you start yawning. Not small, easy-to-stifle yawns, but eye tearing, jaw popping, haven’t-slept-in-days yawns.

No matter what you do you can barely keep your eyes open. You hope no one notices your drooping eyelids as you pretend to be studying notes. Words blur on the page and you’re unable to focus.

Suddenly, your head snaps forward and almost crashes onto the conference table. Holy crap! You actually fell asleep!

Panicking about how long you were out, you pray you didn’t make that little snorty sleep sound. You realize you haven’t heard a word anyone said, and, since you are the boss, it’s important that you at least appear to be interested.

But, that’s just it. You are interested. It’s your business, for goddess sake!

So, why the heck are you so exhausted, knowing you had a good, solid eight hours last night?

Could it be a caffeine crash? Nope, no morning latte today. Maybe it’s the endless stress and worries of owning a business? Well, nothing different about that either.

Could this sudden wave of uncontrollable yawning be something else entirely?

As a spiritual teacher, I’ve quietly observed yawning for decades. Now, I’m not a scientist, and my research isn’t in a lab or a controlled situation. It’s just a personal study of thousands of students in my inner development classes.

Honestly, this wasn’t something I set out to study: It just happened.

It all started when I’d be conducting a class. Invariably, the minute I’d start teaching something that was a bit hard to confront, students would instantly start yawning. Or, should I say, they’ politely stifle their yawns, putting hand-over-mouth pretending to take a deep breath. Their glazed eyes were the dead giveaway.

At first I took it personally. Maybe I needed to liven up my lectures since I must be one of those torturously boring teachers we all remember from school.

That was hard to believe since what could be more interesting than learning about oneself? At least as far as I was concerned.

Plus, my lectures were laced with funny stories and true-life examples. Without tooting my own horn, I was a pretty engaging speaker. But, I bet my high school geometry teacher thought she was fascinating as well!

Instead of trying to make my classes more like Sesame Street, I decided to experiment with this yawn-omena. One particularly yawn-filled evening, I stopped lecturing mid-sentence and asked the audience point blank if what I’d just said was difficult for some reason.

Deathly silence filled the room.

Eyeing someone whose yawns were the most blatant, I asked if she was okay. Her answer: “Well, actually, Royce, I don’t even remember anything you just said! I went blank a few minutes ago and you sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher going wah wah wah. The next thing I remember is you asking if I’m okay!”

Right then I knew I was onto something.

Being my own best guinea pig, I decided to pay attention to when I would start yawning.

Immediately, I noticed some interesting yawn patterns.

For example, if someone started to talk about finances (particularly my own), my yawn mechanism would open wide. If I met someone and they irritated me in some way, I could barely keep my yawns to myself.

Most of all, whenever I’d go to lunch with my Mom, who was the most challenging person in my life, I’d crave a nap mid salad.

Asking myself what the messages were from these yawn fests, it was always the same theme: “Something About Myself That I Didn’t Want to Look At.” Always.

And, the bigger the issue I didn’t want to face (thanks Mom!), the wider the yawns.

Since I teach how our fear-based, primitive programmed brains come up with all kinds of fight-flight responses, it made perfect sense. Checking out, getting bored, must be another way to protect ourselves from truth.

Your yawnometer is always accurate, but sometimes it takes a deep look inside to see what it’s showing. The good news is that, once you admit what your yawns are telling you, guess what? Snap! The yawning stops and suddenly you’re re-energized. Just like that.

Give your personal guru, Yawni, a try. It’s far healthier than a triple espresso and promise you won’t plummet down a pesky, post-caffeine crash!


Want to learn more about what your yawns are trying to tell you? Royce Morales is a renowned spiritual teacher who has been teaching breakthrough, core, self-discovery work for decades. Her trailblazing, life-shifting work presents profound spiritual concepts, providing tools to make them applicable in day-to-day life. These powerful teachings get to the root of subconscious, fear-based programming so that fears, stuck issues and repetitive patterns can resolve.

Royce is available for continuing group classes, an e-course and private inner journey sessions using the powerful, clearing technique she developed. If you’re tired of the struggle, want to connect with who you really are, feel ready to live a meaningful, empowered life, give Royce a call for a free consultation. Deserve!

Royce is the author of three books about her teachings: “Want: True love, past lives and other complications;” “Know: A spiritual wake-up call;” and “Back: Rebirth After Stroke.” Her books inspire evolution, awareness and empowerment. The underlying message is a wake-up call toward authentic "heart-wired" acceptance of self, others and life, all available on Amazon.

For more information, go to, Royce can be reached at or (310) 710-9741.

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