Local studios are stepping up to help you stay grounded and centered on Election Day with free and donation-based classes.
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We know Election Day is going be, erm… challenging… for many of us emotionally. Okay, let’s face it: despite our best efforts, our anxiety is likely to be off the charts. To help with that, we’ve rounded up local studios that are offering free or donation-based yoga classes, all meant to ease stress and promote attaining a (relatively) calm state of mind after you’ve got your ballot in.
We highly recommend seeking out nourishing options like these, rather than indulging in doom-scrolling on Twitter or staying glued to the news for 24 hours. Tempting though those options might be, they’re not going to help your mental health — or do anything to change the results. Here, our best resources to keep you grounded and centered on Election Day.
Join Tula Yoga and Wellness for a free noon virtual yoga class taught by local teacher Chae Yang Bullock, or an evening all-levels yoga class at 6:45 p.m. with Ira Richards in-studio (limited to first 8 students) or virtually, followed by a guided loving kindness meditation to get you through Election Day.
Erin McCarthy, Ph.D. is partnering with Sabbatical Beauty to offer an hour of meditation on Zoom at 7:30 p.m. In this one hour practice, you’ll learn how self-compassion and mindfulness can counteract the toxic effects of stress and anxiety, and be guided through a soothing meditation. Cost is $10, and proceeds (except for sales tax) will be donated to the Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund, which supports mental health services for Black women and girls.
Cristina Espaillat’s NoLibs studio Sculpere is offering one complimentary virtual class this week in honor of Election Day, including a power yoga class at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Studio 34 is offering free/pay-what-you-can yoga with local teacher Brittany Policastro, with 50% of proceeds being donated to the Philly Bail Fund. The class will be a combination of flow, strength, breathwork and restorative yoga to calm the nervous system. Register on their website.
Local intuitive astrologist Danielle Mercurio is offering two free election meditation experiences: a grounding meditation to release worry (19 minutes) as well as one to listen to before you go to bed (17 minutes.)
Take a free virtual “Survival Pranayama” breath work session with teacher Lori Hedrick, who instructs at Mama’s Wellness Joint — reach out on her Instagram to sign up. (Mama’s is also offering a six-week…