21 Power Moves You Can Make

21 things you can do to change your outlook, improve your health, and change your life.
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Learn yoga, make a decision, win an argument

Do one great yoga pose

Here's a deceptively easy practice that takes no more than 10 minutes a day, can be performed by anyone anywhere and, promises Al Bingham, a yoga instructor and co-author of Yoga Zone: Introduction to Yoga, will transform your life from a state of dullness or anxiety to one of relaxed attention. The theory behind pranayama, or "stretching one's life force," is the yogic belief that we are given a certain number of breaths in our lifetime and that if we slow the pace of those breaths, we buy additional time to move through the years with fullest enjoyment. When practicing pranayama, Bingham inhales once every 40 seconds. Here's how you can learn to do the same:

  1. Sit upright in a chair or cross-legged on the floor. Make sure your spine is comfortably straight: Your chin should be parallel to the floor, your shoulders relaxed, your hands either folded in your lap or resting on your knees, your abdomen slightly tightened but not forcefully sucked in. "You should feel suspended by an invisible thread between the ground and the sky," says Bingham.
  2. Close your eyes and follow your breath through your nostrils down to the base of your spine. Feel your upper back lengthening, your rib cage expanding and a slight tightening of the belly. As you exhale, feel a slight contraction upward from the pubic bone to the navel to the solar plexus, as the spine and lower back flatten. The breath should be long and smooth.
  3. There's a natural pause of approximately two seconds after each inhale/exhale cycle. After two repetitions, try to increase that pause by another second. Repeat this cycle until you reach a maximum pace at which you are comfortable, then do 12 repetitions at your longest breath.

Make a decision

By Judge Judy Sheindlin

Ten times measure, one time cut. I can hear my grandmother's words each time I am at a decision-making crossroads. The expression derives from the tailoring trade -- once the fabric is cut, it's done -- so measure ten times before taking those scissors in hand. Translation: Know all the facts, contemplate the possible consequences, understand the players, explore other options -- then decide.

Keep from getting outshouted in an argument

By Eleanor Clift, contributing editor for Newsweek and panelist on The McLaughlin Group

Avoid excess emotion. If you get too passionate, your voice will climb, and you will sound shrill. Smile -- warmth is disarming -- but don't yield the floor. If your opponent makes a good point, congratulate him, then come right back and make yours. Finally, have your facts. In a high-powered debate, there is little tolerance for meandering. Insert your opinion with surgical precision, stand your ground with grace and watch your opponent wither.

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