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    Let's talk yoga. No, not like magazine cover yoga, real person yoga.

    I'm a chubby girl. I'm not a born yogi by nature, one of those slender ballerina types who is so graceful it's kind of disgusting. That said, I love the rush I get from exercise...allll exercise. Yes, 'exercise' here includes doing the nasty. Mind your chakras, y'all -- it's about to get sexy up in here!

    Yoga leads to better sex. It makes sense! Yoga is all about existing in the moment. It's about being limber and present in your body. In other words, doing yoga = daaaayyyyum girl, check that swirl! I want that! And if I've got to log a few extra sessions being wobbling and sweaty and insecure alongside some Natalie Portman-type clone in exchange for the best sex of my life, I am totally okay with that.

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    With my first wedding anniversary rapidly approaching, my personal trainer and I were reminiscing the other day. She noted how this time last year, I was "more active." Because I've striven to keep up my workout routine since saying "I do," I immediately got defensive. But she was right. From training sessions to barre classes, spinning classes to logging cardio time on my own, I was working out as much as twice in a day some days and definitely up to six times a week. I was on fire, and it showed. But I have slowed down since the Big Day came and went. And after briefly beating myself up and feeling like a failure, I realized not going as hard as before is totally normal -- and completely okay.

    The brutally honest reality is that most brides do "let themselves go" after the wedding. Because we basically set ourselves up to!

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    A Venice, California ice cream shop called Kippy's! is making headlines all over the country for going well beyond the usual "skinny" offerings for your sweet tooth. Instead, they're actually claiming their product can be used to do a four-day ice cream "cleanse." Yep, just eat five pints of their non-dairy, sugar-free "plant-based, raw coconut cream" dessert for four straight days, do their daily yoga exercises, and cough up $240 to detox and lose weight. Aaaaand we are all collectively rolling our eyes.

    Or are we?

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    Hilaria Baldwin is more than just Alec Baldwin's wife and baby mama, people. She's also a serious, longtime yoga instructor, and she won't have anyone forgetting that anytime soon! Hence why she seems to have made it her mission to strike yoga poses all over the place in order to keep up with her 365 pose-challenge. She made tongues cluck by doing airplane pose at 35,000 feet, and now, she's taken her "om" on a train.

    The stunt would be eye rollingly irritating, if it wasn't for one big difference in this latest snap: Six-month-old Carmen's in the shot, mimicking mommy by her side! Ridiculously cute.

    Here's the pic ...

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    We can all be a little self-centered at times, though a recent post on XOJane.com is perhaps narcissism at its best. It's an honor the writer is paying for dearly. In the days since her essay, "It Happened to Me: There Are No Black People in My Yoga Classes and I'm Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It," went live, it appears she's essentially gone into hiding. No surprise given the vicious, scathing comments she received after detailing the horror of having an overweight black woman on the yoga mat behind her. With lines like, "I thought about how that must feel: to be a heavyset black woman entering for the first time a system that by all accounts seems unable to accommodate her body," what did she expect? Certainly not a celebration of her open-mindedness. But there is a much more important issue than her clearly unintended, but nevertheless obvious, ignorance.

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    Alec Baldwin's young wife, Hilaria, is quickly becoming the Gisele Bundchen of the yoga world -- that is, the person most likely to annoy you. Longtime yoga instructor Hilaria has been taking advantage of her sudden semi-fame as Alec's wife to promote the practice to which she is devoted. Sometimes bizarrely over-devoted. Like here when she does a "pilot pose" on, you guessed it, an airplane. And then she posted it to Instagram -- because of course she did.

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    Sigh. As much as I hate to say it, I'm really starting to think that the idea of looking professional in any way, shape, or form is a thing of the past. Don't believe me? I have proof.

    Get a load of these Dress Pant Yoga Pants, which are exactly what they sound like. They're yoga pants masquerading as slacks. They give you the ability to wear your workout gear to work so you don't have to bother changing before hitting the mat once business hours are over.

    And I know what you're probably thinking. "Yoga pants that double as work pants? Score! Who wouldn't want these?"

    I'm sorry, but I wouldn't be caught dead in these things -- at the office.

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    Christina Aguilera looks better than ever, and not just because she's reportedly lost 35 pounds according to Life & Style (or 49 pounds, according to other sources), but also thanks to a newfound confidence in her skin. While the diva has attributed her more petite physique to healthy eating and yoga, some have guessed her recent slimdown was achieved with liposuction. (I have to say, the thought crossed my mind, too ...) In response, sources from The Voice have come out swinging on the singer's behalf.

    "Christina didn’t get lipo. She’s worked hard to change her eating habits, and you can see the results,” one insider claims. Another friend notes: "The last thing Christina wants to hear is that people are talking about her losing weight with liposuction. She’s sick and tired of people assuming things about her body."

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    If it wasn't bad enough that Lululemon founder Chip Wilson blamed his company's faulty yoga pants on women's fat thighs, Salon.com has now unearthed an even crazier and more insensitive quote from back in 2009.

    On a blog post the former CEO wrote about Lululemon's founding, Wilson blames breast cancer on women, too! I should forewarn you, before reading on, you must prepare to be incensed.

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    After all the heat Lululemon's gotten for their recalled see-through yoga pants, you'd think their co-founder, Chip Wilson, would be bending over backwards to win back and win over customers, right? But no! In one fell swoop on Bloomberg TV's Street Smart yesterday, the company's chairman (who stepped down as CEO a while back) backtracked and delivered a completely outrageous, offensive "explanation" for complaints that the brand's yoga pants are too sheer and occasionally pilling. Sounds like in Wilson's humble opinion, some women are just too fat to wear Lululemon

    "Frankly some women's bodies just don't actually work for it," Wilson said. He continued, "They don't work for some women's bodies. It's really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, how they much they use it."

    You have GOT to be kidding us!

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