I couldn’t sleep last night and cracked open What Happened; Hillary Clinton’s new book and quickly got sucked in to her light hearted and honest approach. I appreciate the healing benefits and power of how yoga helped her after her election loss.
This realistic memoir reveals how she handled the days, weeks and months after her surprising loss in November. She immediately showed her gratitude for her hardworking team and the bundles of supportive letters from regular people. Clinton is candid about her sadness, disappointment and need to simply sit on the couch and watch The Good Wife.
The Democratic candidate shares why she ran for president, the issue of gender, Bill’s support and acknowledged her strategy to really listen to the people. She also opened up about warning signs, a typical day on the campaign trail, her pantsuit choice and the scrutiny and stress of daily hair and makeup.
Clinton mentioned her friends suggested therapy and Xanax but she says, “Instead I did yoga with my instructor, Marianne Letizia, especially breath work. If you’ve never done alternate nostril breathing, it’s worth a try.”
She goes on to detail how to activate the breath on both sides of the brain and truthfully says, “It wasn’t all yoga and breathing: I also drank my share of chardonnay.”
What Happened shows the benefit of yoga for all including the first woman to run for President. Clinton details the drastic switch from twenty months of non-stop travel for the campaign and her current strong desire to sit in her quiet house and be still. She spends time reading, taking long walks, playing with her grandchildren, appreciating quiet days, enjoying hot sauce and only worrying about what to eat for dinner.
Yoga and meditation helped the former first lady to keep moving forward, inspiring others and go on despite her devastating loss.
Have you read Hillary Clinton’s What Happened? What are you reading these days?
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