Can a Real Girl Get Jennifer Aniston's Yoga Body?
Before you sign up for those spendy yoga classes or personal training sessions, look at what the famous "Friend's" at-home yoga workout did for our writer
From newbie to yogiI'm back in the game and I feel rejuvenated (a bit stronger, too). I'm not having as much difficulty with the yoga poses I couldn't stand to do before. Especially Downward Dog. But, if I'm being honest, I do feel guilty for missing five days. So I check in with Puja, who confirms that I made the right choice by resting and staying hydrated. Muscles become dehydrated when they are sore, so water in the system lubricates the muscle fibers and shortens the recovery period. Light stretching and walking help alleviate the lactic acid build-up in the muscles, which causes the soreness. And if the body is so sore that it can barely move, Puja says that it's perfectly fine to take a day or two to rest completely. I think I love her.
Not only do I start to feel firmer, but I am also able to hold yoga poses more easily now -- and I find little ways to push myself during each routine, whether it's balancing just a little bit longer or squeezing my muscles as tight as possible while doing squats. I'm trying to adopt Mandy's suggestions of doing "just a little bit more" each workout in order to experience that "breakthrough" we are all waiting for, particularly when we hit a plateau.
While in the office kitchen one morning, Jane, one of my editors, asks me if I've lost some weight. And, for once, I can take the credit instead of awarding it to my amazingly slimming black blazer. As I tell Jane about my new yoga workout, I can't help but wonder, what would my results be after 60 days? Or even 90? Wait. Am I officially a yogi?
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