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Capitals fans can attend 'Playoff Stress' yoga class

Anybody in Washington D.C. area over-thinking Maple Leafs matchup can relax with free session

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Stanley Cup Playoffs can really stress out a fan base. But for Washington Capitals backers, your team has you covered.

The 2016-17 Presidents' Trophy winners head into their first round matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs in what should be a thrilling series.

But in case it is a little too thrilling, the Capitals are offering fans free "Playoff Stress" Yoga classes on the morning of games with team instructor Kelly Moore.

"It's a great way to get the fans involved and the classes are pretty true to what I do with the team," Moore said.

The class started with the Scarlett Caps. The idea was to host a handful of yoga sessions, one was even held on the ice at the team facility, for the Capitals female fan group. With only about one week's notice, the classes filled up. So, why not get it going during the postseason, when excitement and anxiety among a fan base can be at an all-time high?

The "Playoff Stress" Yoga classes will take place on the rooftop of the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Thursday's one-hour session, which is open to the public (but the team asks that you RSVP on their website WashCaps.com, but that is not required) is slated for a 6:30 a.m. start.

And no matter your level of concern for the Capitals these playoffs, you can get in a good workout with some fellow fans.

"It's very tongue-in-cheek (calling it "playoff stress" yoga). I don't feel stressed. I think I feel more like 'it's go time!' I think the team is in a great place," Moore said. "I'm excited. Game on!"

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