To most of us, yoga is about being awake, mindful and aware. However, a certain measure of mindlessness seems to be vital as a form of counter pose in modern yoga, one we often resist going into. What function does the unawakened have in yoga? Blog post for Supersoul yoga on the overlooked practice of “dropping off” into unconcious modes of presence. Read the whole piece here

A few highlights:

“most of us carry a deep conviction that sleeping on the yoga mat or the meditation cushion is a problem. I see this when we blush and make jokes about snoring in savasana, express guilt about dozing off during guided meditation and apologize for oversleeping. Even when deep rest is neccessary, we are somewhat uncomfortable with it. This is, to me, a sign that our practice coming up against some deeply rooted patterns. Which means its working! Underneath the flustered jokes about sleep and unawareness in yoga, I hear a much deeper set of questions being asked: Am I a still welcomed by the community if I don’t comply with the norm? Is it ok for me to relax and enjoy this moment? On a deeper level we seem to also be asking: Do I still exist when others don’t recognize my presence? Do I still exist when I myself am not consciously aware of my own presence? When I am “gone”, what or who is experiencing this? Now those are good questions! Questions I think we cannot begin to answer unless we get really comfortable with mindlessness.”

“States of deep sleep, orgasm or daydreaming are some of the rare breathing spaces in our culture where it´s still socially acceptable to be “gone”. But air holes are closing and we are more often left with more stressful expressions for unawakened states of mind. Alcohol, recreational drugs, endless TV-series, Facebook scrolling, road rage, involuntarily napping in all the wrong places and chronic fatigue may be expressions of mindlessness disowned. It is perhaps no coincidence that our global consciousness-revolution coincides with a time in history where more human beings suffer from insomnia than ever.”