“Yoga helped me get through it all,” the Real Housewives of New Jersey star tells WomensHealthMag.com. “I used to think about them constantly. It used to break my heart, being away from them.” There was only one thing that soothed the constant worry Teresa Giudice felt about her four daughters during her 11-month prison sentence in 2015: yoga.
Teresa says that since returning from prison, she’s started doing yoga five days a week at a studio near her home. “And I love it so much that I want to get certified in it,” she says. “I have, I would say, a few more months to go. I’m just taking my time, because I have four daughters. It’s a lot, but I’m definitely going to complete it.” Her long-term goal: to open up her own studio and even launch a line of yoga clothes. (Jersey girl athleisure? Sign us up, please.)
The poses in the video above are what Teresa credits for helping her stay calm throughout the filming of Season 7 of RHONJ, which debuts Sunday, July 10, on Bravo. Her new tagline is representative of her new zen ‘tude, too: “I used to flip tables. Now, I’m turning them.” (Start practicing your own moves at home with Women’s Health’s Flat Belly Yoga DVD.)
So will we really see a toned-down Teresa this season? Well, her newfound yogi skills have definitely helped her gain control over her sometimes impulsive reactions. “I wish I would have done this years ago,” she says.
She’s reaped the physical bennies, too: “I’ve never been flexible before, and now I’m really becoming more flexible, which I love,” Teresa says. She also says yoga has helped her deal with a nagging shoulder injury and back pain. Her next goal: mastering the headstand. (“I could sit there and do that all day long,” she says about tripod pose, which she shows off in the video above.)
Though she was skeptical that yoga could be transformative for her when she first started—”At first, I was like, ‘I’m not doing this'”—Teresa is now a true convert. “No one should judge you. That’s what I love about it,” Teresa says. “You go and do what makes you feel good. It doesn’t matter what the person next to you is doing or what the other person on the other side of you is doing. You do what you want to do at your pace.”