So just how did Hillary Clinton survive that grueling 11-hour House Benghazi committee grilling without totally losing her sh*t?
Did she eat her Wheaties that morning? Did she down a couple of 5-hour energy drinks? Pop a few Xanax? Or did she have a quickie with Bill before stepping into the committee hearing room?
According to Hillary herself, it was yoga that saved the day—not sex, drugs, or even rock n’ roll.
Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, began testifying at about 10 a.m. and went the distance with hardly a hair out of place or bead of sweat.
When it comes to fitness, yoga gives you the most bang for your buck: it strengthens, lengthens, and relaxes all at the same time. It can invigorate or restore; it can energize the spirit or quiet the mind.
When asked about her stamina and endurance, she credited her yoga practice, much to my delight. When it comes to fitness, yoga gives you the most bang for your buck: it strengthens, lengthens, and relaxes all at the same time. It can invigorate or restore; it can energize the spirit or quiet the mind. It can even prepare you for an 11-hour smackdown with Trey Gowdy. When it comes to yoga, there’s something for everyone.
Apparently, Hillary’s been assuming the position long enough for it to pay off, as we witnessed that day. She was the picture of calm, cool, and collected.
This is why I love yoga: it's been shown to make people more productive, less stressed, and generally happier. I practice it regularly, plus I teach it to my private clients and incorporate it into all of my group fitness classes.
Understanding the many styles of yoga can be harder than putting your legs behind your ears, so I’ve provided the following descriptions. The only thing you have to do now is find a class, get a mat, and say “Omm.”
- Anusura:Developed by American yogi John Friend in 1997, Anusura uses the physical practice of yoga to help students open their hearts, experience grace, and let their inner goodness shine through. Classes, which are specifically sequenced to explore Friend’s Universal Principles of Alignment, are rigorous for the mind and body.
- Ashtanga:Ashtanga is a rigorous style of yoga that follows a specific sequence of postures that links each movement to a breath. Ashtanga always performs the same poses in the exact same order. If you like predictability in your poses, then this practice is for you. The routines may be repetitive, but it’s still physically and mentally demanding.
- Bikram: Bikram Choudry introduced his style of “hot” yoga about 30 years ago. Held in artificially heated rooms, Bikram yoga works through a series of 26 poses (like Ashtanga, but the sequences are different). You will sweat buckets, not necessarily because you’re working harder, but because the room is so damn hot.
- Hatha:Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. When a class is called “Hatha,” it generally means you will get an introduction to the most basic yoga postures. You probably won’t break a sweat in a hatha yoga class, but you’ll leave feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed.
- Iyengar:Iyengar is a very meticulous style of yoga with utmost attention paid to proper alignment and body awareness. Iyengar uses props like blocks, straps, blankets, chairs, and bolsters. It’s low-intensity, so you won’t be moving around a lot, but you will be holding poses which is just as challenging. Iyengar is a good choice if you have injuries or a chronic condition.
- Restorative:If you don’t want to kill yourself, then check out Restorative yoga. Blocks, bolsters, and blankets are used to prop you up into passive poses for ultimate relaxation and stress reduction, with little to no effort required. It’s a great complement to hardcore workouts, and a relaxing alternative to more intense yoga styles.
- Vinyasa: Vinyasa is Sanskrit for “flow,” and vinyasa classes are known just for that: fluid, flowing movement-intensive poses that are almost athletic in nature. Vinyasa classes are very dynamic, very popular, and often taught with loud music and hot rockstar teachers.
It doesn’t really matter which kind of yoga you do, as long as you find a style that works, and you stick to it. After a while you’ll notice you’re calmer, more focused, and have better endurance and patience.
Stick to it long enough and who knows? You might even become president.
Treva Brandon Scharf