Yoga Game for Final Debate of Presidential Candidates

Here’s a Game for Tonight’s Final Debate of the Presidential Candidates!

Put the beer back in the fridge! Union in Sanskrit is “yoga,” so play this game instead:

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

  • Economy / Tax / Income / Minimum Wage (this includes tax returns!): navasana (boat pose)
  • Budget / Debt: ardha matsyendrasana (seated half spinal twist)
  • Foreign Policy: virabhadrasana I (Warrior 1)
  • United States of America (or just “United States” or “America”): garudasana (eagle pose)gOP26
  • E-mails: virabhadrasana II (warrior 2)
  • Islam / Muslim: ardha chandrasana (half-moon pose)
  • Israel: trikonasana (triangle pose)
  • War: virabhadrasana III (warrior 3) with uttarabodhi (realization) mudra http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/2668?page=5
  • Immigration / Refugees: salabhasana (locust pose)
  • Criminal justice system / jails / prisons: baddha konasana (*bound* angle pose)
  • Guns: savasana (corpse pose)
  • Abortion / Planned Parenthood: ananda balasana (happy baby pose)
  • Womens’ Rights / Sexual Harassment / Rape Culture / Cheating Husbands: Utkata konasana (goddess pose) 
  • Climate Change: vrksasana (tree pose)
  • Elections / Rigging / Votes: any variation of utthita parsvakonasana (extended side angle pose – decisions, decisions!)

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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