With the advent of competitive yoga and a possibility of it being added to the Olympics as an event, there is no better time to incorporate yoga into your practice. Yoga often resonates with intelligent white people with a lot of money and time, or people you want as clients. Or people you may find on a jury. Which is why you should consider incorporating some strategic yoga moves during a trial or hearing. Not only will it enable you to relax and better control your performance, it should impress a judge and jury. Here are some top moves to consider.
Hatha Yoga Tree Pose. The tree pose is a classic one in hatha yoga, which generally involves dealing with opposing energies. Such as disputing parties in a lawsuit. It’s best to use this move at the end of a summation or at the request for relief. As you begin to conclude your argument, move your right or left leg up into position and then, just at the time of the request for relief or the end of your speaking, bring your hands together, either in front of you or up above your head. At the moment you end your argument, you should be effortlessly in the tree pose. One caveat: avoid this move while in skivvies or briefs. Proper decorum may still be required for your presentation or court appearance.
Lion Pose. Consider bringing out the lion pose for defensive moves, such as a reaction to an argument opposing counsel makes. It’s a great way to register an appalling reaction, and get away with it. For best effect, as soon as counsel finishes a lame argument, drop immediately to the floor, keeping both knees together and your feet behind your buttocks. Then open your mouth, spread your hands on your knees, and stick out your tongue as far as you can. It’s a great defensive move and, if opposing counsel or the court objects, simply explain that you are merely engaging in a mental discipline that goes back to the third millenium BC, predating common law. Just don’t roar, as is an option with the lion pose.
Warrior Pose. Facing off in court is much like a battle, so why not bring in your best yoga warrior moves? Warrior poses are core poses in yoga and have a number of variations. Consider a warrior pose to emphasize a point, especially arguments that are strongly in your favor. While raising your voice and pounding a fist on the table works well, warrior poses work better. Time it perfectly and, voila, you’ve put a great exclamation at the end of a solid argument. Imagine opposing counsel speechless once you roll this baby out. For awesomer emphasis, consider bringing in a large boulder to stand on for this move. Or use it to point out a flaw in an exhibit or to point menacingly at a witness after the witness flubs an answer. The options really are limitless with warrior moves.
What’s your favorite yoga move? Let us know and we can help determine how best to use it. For a small consulting fee, we are also available to work with you to develop a series of courtroom yoga moves, each one moving seamlessly into the other, all choreographed to your presentation or argument. Believe us, with some exceptions, it’s the future of courtroom presentations.