The Official Democratic Debate Yoga Game

To be honest, the reason that this game is last minute is because I think it’s too soon. The next presidential elections are more than a year away. It’s like decorating for Christmas before Halloween.

However, some of you, for whatever reason that I promise not to judge, will indeed watch the Democratic Debate tonight. The yoga hopefully will neutralize any disagreements. Put the beer back in the fridge! Unroll your mat. Here are the rules:

Every time a candidate says __________________, do (yoga pose) for 5 breaths.

*Benghazi / E-mails – Virabhadrasana II (warrior 2)

*Middle East – Virabhadrasana III (warrior 3)

*Foreign affairs – Navasana (boat pose)

*President Obama – Garudasana (eagle pose)

*Any candidate’s attempt to retract what they said earlier – Ardha chandrasana (half moon pose)

*Republican / GOP / Tea Party – do your current most difficult yoga pose

*Any claim of a positive relationship with a minority, eg, “some of my best friends are…” – Supported bridge pose, using a block or equivalent under the sacrum

*Health care / Obamacare / ACA / doctor – Cobra pose

*Abortion / Planned Parenthood – Happy baby pose

*Socialism / liberals – Upavista konasana (seated wide angle pose)

*Climate change / global warming – Vrksasana (tree pose)

*Energy / Keystone XL – Utkatasana (chair pose)

*Wall Street / corporations / billionaires / the rich / wealth – anantasana (Vishnu’s couch pose) 

*Education / college tuition – either sukhasana (easy cross-legged seat) or padmasana (full-lotus)

*Bipartisanship – Prasarita padottanasana (straddle legged forward fold)

*NRA / guns – Savasana (corpse pose)

*Welfare / food stamps / minimum wage / middle class – Ardha matsyendrasana (seated half spinal twist)

*Economy – Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (revolved side angle pose)

*Donald Trump – Simhasana (lion’s pose)

gOP26Stay 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 Democrat candidates!

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