State of the Union Yoga Game 2018

Here’s a Game for Tonight’s State of the Union Address!

Watching Following[1] 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 Trump says _______________, do (yoga pose) for 5 breaths.

  • Jobs: Gomukhasana (cow face pose)
  • Tax: any inversion (with coins in your pockets)
  • Infrastructure: setu bandhasana (bridge pose)
  • Trade: navasana (boat pose)
  • National security: balasana (child’s pose)
  • Bipartisanship: exhale into adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog) and inhale into urdhva mukha svanasana (upward facing dog) – repeat 3 times
  • Opioid crisis: Paschimottanasana with a belt (lengthen your spine and hinge forward at the hip crease, lest you wind up in so much pain that you’re begging for oxycodone!)
  • Russia: malasana (garland pose)
  • China: bhujangasana (cobra pose)
  • North Korea: bakasana (crow pose)
  • War: virabhadrasana I (warrior 1)
  • Foreign Policy: baddha virabhadrasana (humble warrior)
  • Economy / Budget / Debt: ardha matsyendrasana (seated half spinal twist)
  • United States of America (or just “United States” or “America”): garudasana (eagle pose)
  • Islam / Muslim: ardha chandrasana (half-moon pose)
  • Israel: trikonasana (triangle pose)
  • Jerusalem: simhasana (lion’s pose)
  • Terrorism: virabhadrasana III (warrior 3) with uttarabodhi (realization) mudra 
  • Immigration: salabhasana (locust pose)
  • Guns: savasana (corpse pose)
  • Climate Change: vrksasana (tree pose)

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!

[1] If you wish to avoid contributing to the TV ratings, switch off the TV and listen to the address on the radio instead.


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