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Teresa Giudice Shares the One Thing She Started in Prison That She Still Does Today

The RHONJ O.G. said that this activity helped keep her "mind space clear" when she was in prison.

By Shannon Raphael

As Teresa Giudice once said in her Season 8 tagline for The Real Housewives of New Jersey, "If you're not about the Namaste, get the hell out of my way."

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The Turning the Tables author learned how to be "about the Namaste" when she began doing yoga while serving out her 11-month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.

"When I went to jail, that’s when I started doing yoga," she revealed during an interview with Reality Blurb. "I just had to get my mind space clear because I was really upset that I was taken away from my daughters. So that's when I started doing it... And when I came out of jail, I got certified in yoga because I loved it so much."

During the warmer months of her sentence, Teresa would go outside to practice yoga.

"I was at a camp facility, so we were able to go outside. And that’s one thing I have to say, the grounds were so beautiful... and I would find a place and [meditate] there..." she continued. "When it was spring and summer, [I'd meditate] in the grass."

Teresa has long highlighted her love for yoga both on RHONJ and on her Instagram feed. The mom of four struck a tree pose for the cover of her 2017 book, Standing Strong, and she opened up about the benefits of yoga during an appearance on Steve Harvey that same year.

"Your body will feel amazing, and not only your body, [but] it's good for your mind. It relaxes you, you get really Zen," she said. "I love it."

In 2021, Teresa also collaborated with Electric Yoga to launch a line of yoga-friendly workout gear called The Love Collection. Teresa handed out goodie bags featuring the clothing items from the collection during an episode of RHONJ back in Season 12.

She's also expressed her love, love, love for yoga on her Instagram feed by highlighting photos of herself posing and stretching.

Teresa isn't the only one in her family who enjoys yoga. During the husbands' charity calendar photoshoot on the Season 13 premiere, Luis "Louie" Ruelas represented January by taking on a tree pose. 

It certainly isn't a stretch to say that the newlyweds both have a passion for striking yoga poses.

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