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Week 3: Yoga for Health, Flexibility

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Week 3: Yoga for Health, Flexibility

Week 3: Yoga for Health, Flexibility

Week 3: Yoga for Health, Flexibility

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Farai Chideya stretches at Yoga Works in Santa Monica, Calif. Devin Robins, NPR hide caption

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My trip to Yoga Works in Santa Monica, Calif., was the first time I've done yoga in more than a year. Yoga has a reputation for being all mellow and soft — but often, that could not be further from the truth.

Since my weigh-in last week, I've lost three pounds. I've biked, walked and done sit-ups. But yoga has me whupped.

My workout was guided by James Brown — yes, he's named after the Hardest Working Man in Show Business — who led our 15-person class through some of the traditional poses of this ancient art.

Yoga has become a hot trend — according to the magazine Yoga Journal, an estimated 16 million Americans spend almost $3 billion a year on classes and products. Yoga is being used as a mind-body workout everywhere from schools to prisons to hospitals.