Starting on Jul. 26 and lasting until Aug. 19, Mercury will be going into retrograde motion — cue the mass pandemonium. Just kidding, Mercury retrograde is not synonymous with chaos in the way certain alarmist stories have inspired us to believe. While it's easy to pin our issues on a planetary phenomenon, Mercury retrograde doesn't have to take the blame this time around. If you're mentally prepared for the astrological event, you'll be able to fight against its effects. With some some simple meditations to help you survive summer 2018 Mercury retrograde, you can namaste your way to a zen place that chaos can't touch. Or, at the very least, a zen place that makes you more equipped to face challenges. There are so many ways to use your body to soothe or support your mind, and with the right exercises, that seemingly complex concept is incredibly simple.
Bustle spoke with yogi Andrea Curry about ways in which we can brace ourselves for the potential twists and turns that Mercury's retrograde might create for us. With a combination of breathing and meditative exercises, we can stay balanced, and practice ways to quickly achieve a state of calmness in even the most stressful situations. With a background in Astanga, Vinyasa, Anusara, Iyengar and Forrest yoga traditions, Curry has a deep understanding about the relationship between the body and the mind and how the two influence each other. Here are some of the exercises she recommends we utilize during this retrograde period to unite the body and the mind and protect ourselves from the planetary effects: