Hilary Clinton, who lost the 2016 elections to become the 45th President of the United States, said at a recent event that the loss was devastating and she got through it with prayer, yoga, and even pranayama like alternative nostril breathing.
Clinton, who was often photographed hiking through the woods surrounding her home in Chappaqua, NY, shared her feelings about her loss to Donald Trump in 2016 at an event on Thursday in New York’s Riverside Church. As reported by CNN, she said that she did not expect to lose on Election Day and the shock was devastating and draining.
The talk she gave, which focused on her faith, focused on how she used prayer and other tools to help lift up her spirits. She said the support of her friends and family was crucial and she tried alternative therapies like yoga and alternative nostril breathing.
She also joked that her fair share of Chardonnay also helped.
“Through it all, my faith was really holding me together in a very central way. It gave me a lot of courage to get up and keep going,” she shared with the church.
The former Secretary of State began opening up about her faith during the 2016 campaign and shared her view strong religious views should not be synonymous with which political party to support.
“There is a large group of people with a very strong opinion that if you are a Christian, if you profess your faith, you can only have one set of political beliefs and if you deviate from those political beliefs, you somehow are not really a Christian. I reject that completely,” she said.
Hilary Clinton also took the opportunity to promote her new book, “What Happened?” which is scheduled for widescale release this week.
“It was excruciating to try to write it,” she said. “Sometimes I would write a couple of pages and would literally have to lie down because it was so difficult. But eventually it became cathartic,” she said of the writing process.
The event for Hilary Clinton’s new book at Riverside Church was a fundraiser for Camp Olmsted which is run by the United Methodist City Society.