Giada De Laurentiis’ Yoga Routine
Giada’s fit frame gives no hint that she cooks for a living. Get the routine—designed by Kathryn Budig—that keeps this Food Network chef looking lean
Stretch, Tone, Find Om
Giada’s fit frame gives no hint that she cooks for a living. The woman responsible? WH’s very own yoga contributor, Kathryn Budig, who pushes Giada through her routine three or four days a week. Here are five poses from Giada’s practice. Put together, they enhance her breathing, strengthen her core, and release tension that builds in her back, shoulders, and hips. And they’ll do the same for you!
Lie faceup on the mat with your legs straight up in the air and your arms stretched out at shoulder height, palms facing down. Bring your legs together (keeping a small bend in the knees if you have lower-back issues) and inhale. On your exhale, reach your toes as far as you can toward your right fingertips, keeping your legs together, your shoulders down, and your face relaxed. Inhale as you lift your legs back up to center. Exhale and reach your toes toward your left fingertips. Repeat for one minute.
Begin in plank pose—the starting position of a pushup—with your arms and legs straight and palms directly below your shoulders. Keep your shoulders, hips, and heels in a straight line and your core engaged. Gaze past your fingertips and inhale. Exhale and bend your elbows 90 degrees, keeping your elbows tight to your ribs, your shoulders in line with your elbows, and your shoulder blades pulling down slightly. Inhale and press back up into plank. Repeat five times, then rest.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the mat, hip-width apart. Rise onto the balls of your feet and lift your hips high as you slide a yoga block under your lower back. Lower the soles of your feet to the mat. Place your palms flat on the mat as you relax your shoulders. Hold for one to two minutes.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the mat, hip-width apart. Place your palms on the mat behind your shoulders, fingertips pointing toward your toes (or grab a friend’s ankles). Lift your hips as you press into your palms and lift onto the crown of your head. (For the ankle variation, press directly into straight arms.) Pause, setting your elbows over your wrists and curling your chest. Press into your hands to straighten your arms and lift your head and hips off the ground. Keep your upper arms in and your knees in line with your hips. Hold for eight breaths.
Thread the Needle
Begin on all fours with your shoulders directly above your wrists and your hips directly over your knees. Thread your left arm underneath your right so you’re resting the entire length of your left arm and the side of your face on the mat. Lift your right arm into the air, rotate the palm behind you, and bend your elbow, reaching for your left hip. Relax your neck and use this grip to roll your right shoulder back to open your chest. Hold for one to two minutes.
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