State of the Union Yoga Game 2015

Watching the annual State of the Union Address? Put the beer back in the fridge! Union in Sanskrit is “yoga,” so play this game instead:

Every time President Obama says _______________, do (yoga pose) for 5 breaths.

  • Economy / Tax / Income / Minimum Wage: navasana (boat pose)
  • Middle class: parivrtta parsvakonasana (revolved side angle pose)
  • The 1% / Wealthy / Rich: anantasana (Vishnu’s couch pose) 
  • Banks / Wall Street: gomukhasana (cowface pose, the foundation of which includes bullseat pose)
  • Trade / Commerce: vasisthasana (side plank pose)
  • Education / Community College: balasana (child’s pose)
  • Cybersecurity / cyberattacks / cyberthreats / hacks: sucirandrasana (eye of the needle pose)
  • Internet Access: utkatasana (chair pose)
  • Extended Paid Leave / Maternity Leave / Family Leave / Sick Days: ananda balasana (happy baby pose)
  • War: virabhadrasana I (warrior 1)
  • Foreign Policy: baddha virabhadrasana (humble warrior)
  • Budget / Debt: ardha matsyendrasana (seated half spinal twist)
  • United States of America (or just “United States” or “America”): garudasana (eagle pose)
  • Executive Action: virabhadrasana II (warrior 2)
  • Islam / Muslim: ardha chandrasana (half-moon pose)
  • Israel: trikonasana (triangle pose)
  • Terror / Terrorism: virabhadrasana III (warrior 3) with uttarabodhi (realization) mudra 
  • Immigration: salabhasana (locust pose)
  • Guns: savasana (corpse pose)
  • Climate Change: vrksasana (tree pose)

gOP26Every time anyone says “lame duck,” do bakasana (crow) or have fun trying!

Stay present and listen instead of reacting with judgment and critique! Tomorrow, while your fellow citizens nurse their hangover, you’ll feel calm, limber, with a greater awareness of the latest in U.S. politics!


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