The actress explains how she took to yoga to get her body back in shape after her pregnancy.
Through their lifestyle site, TiaAndTameraOfficial.com, Tia and Tamera Mowry have been dishing out advice on fashion, beauty, home, motherhood and healthy living. Tia recently sat down with StyleBlazer to talk about how she got in shape after having her son, Cree, and the actress has not only gotten her own pre-pregnancy body back, but is helping the rest of us follow suit with her new yoga DVD series, Calm Yoga and Core Yoga with Tara Stiles.
"I was introduced to yoga by Jeanette Jenkins," Mowry said. "I heard about it but I felt so intimidated. Because you see all of these funky crazy poses and you're like, 'Oh hell, I'm not a gymnast. I can't do that.' So I never really focused on it or even wanted to try it. But I told Jeanette what I wanted with my body, and she said even though you're doing cardio and running, it's very important for you to lean out your body. Because if you don't, then your muscles get constricted and you're prone to injury."
"One of the main reasons why I love yoga is that it's not just all about pumping iron and looking fit. It's also about working on the inner self, and working on how you view yourself as a person and how you view the world and the people around you," she explained. "I wanted to come out with a yoga DVD because I wanted people to experience what I experience as well. Especially in the African-American community, I think that you just don't see a lot of us doing yoga because number one, you are intimidated... And I wanted people to share the benefits that I was getting from yoga. I'm not perfect. I’m not this crazy perfect fit kind of instructor that's going to be teaching people doing yoga therefore leaving them intimidated. I wanted people to see like wow, if Tia can do it, and she looks normal, she just had a baby. And if this is how she got fit, then I can do it, too."
To read the rest of her interview about being a health conscious mom and how to stay motivated through your 2013 resolutions to get fit, click here.
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