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Ann Pizer

Calming Yoga for Election Day Jitters

By November 5, 2012

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I dropped in on a class this morning where the teacher explained that, in addition to election-related stress, we were all about to feel the disorienting effects of Mercury going retrograde. (Doesn't it seem like Mercury is always in retrograde? When I asked, the teacher explained it happens three or four times a year.) She recommended a calming, grounding practice and I couldn't agree more. My favorite warm-up sequence includes nine gentle postures that keep you close to the floor and stretching the areas of the body that hold tension, like the shoulders and hips. If you feel yourself going toward full meltdown, whether standing in line at the polls or compulsively updating CNN.com at your desk, these anti-anxiety techniques will serve you well. Finally, deep breaths are always good and go vote!

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