Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

Sometimes students have written to or asked Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Ritavan Bharati, and other senior teachers in our tradition questions about practice.  This is one such “Question and Answer,” or Q&A.


What can I do to stop falling asleep when I try to meditate?


Pandit Dabral has answered this question.

From Pandit Dabral:

Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas said once that if one falls asleep during meditation it means the mind is tired.

My suggestions would be:

  1. Get enough sleep and good sleep.
  2. Perform a good Hatha Yoga practice before meditation.
  3. A few Pranayama exercises would help after Hatha Yoga.
  4. A good number of Nadi shodhanam after Pranayama.
  5. Then you meditate and you probably will be able to resolve your issue.

Sometimes it’s just a habit that we form.

Hope this is helpful.

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