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Stay Calm All Day Long
With a centered mind and limber body, you leave your Vinyasa class thankful for the very air you breathe. Then a rapping cell phone sucks the "chill" right out of you. Here's how to hold on to what little peace you've got in a few decidedly unpeaceful situations.
The Zen Zapper: A bad date
The Pose: Eagle
You're all dressed up for nothing. "A quick way to release frustration is with an eagle pose," says yoga and Pilates instructor Kristin McGee, host of her own DVDs Power Yoga and Bendigirl.
Here's How: Cross your legs under the table. Take the foot of the crossed leg, hook it around the opposite ankle and squeeze your thighs as if you're juicing a grapefruit between them.
The Zen Zapper: A Stress-Monster Boss
The Pose: Seated spinal twist
If it's impossible to duck under a lampshade, "do a seated spinal twist to wring out negative energy," McGee instructs.
Here's How: Grab the armrest and the back of your chair and turn your torso as far as it'll go.
The Zen Zapper: Traffic
The Pose: Breath of fire
You're trapped, with a belt securing you motionless. "Short nostril exhalations will help exert some of that pent-up energy," explains McGee.
The benefit: Every time you breathe out, your stomach muscles will contract as if you're doing a crunch.
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