Yoga: Stretch Yourself

Better your body and balance your entire outlook.
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Why Try Yoga?

Imagine This... You've spent some quality time on your yoga mat, and it shows. But it's not just your posture that seems different lately; it's your entire outlook. When the world seems a little upside down, you don't let it throw you off balance anymore: You just ease into an inverted pose and put the world back in proper perspective. You don't bend over backwards for just anyone, of course -- but you could, if you were so inclined. Once you stretch yourself with yoga, you'll never need to snap back into the same old stressed-out, hunched-over shape again. So take a deep breath, and prepare to walk tall. You can do it!

The Payoffs

  • Stress relief. The breathing techniques, stretches, and restorative poses you'll learn will help you handle life's tests, from blind dates to boardroom presentations and even labor pains.
  • Strength. The poses may feel good, but make no mistake, this is serious exercise. Stick with it, and you'll soon gain muscle tone, improved endurance, and better balance.
  • Concentration. If you're impressed at how far you can stretch your legs after a couple months of yoga, just wait until you see what it does for your attention span!
  • Self-acceptance. When you pay closer attention to your body and recognize that you are capable of much more than you'd imagined, you'll learn to stop judging yourself and respect the woman you are.

From the book: YOU CAN DO IT!, The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls, by Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, (c) 2005 (Used with permission of Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, CA,

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