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SLIM CALM SEXY YOGA: 210 Proven Yoga Moves for Mind/Body Bliss, by Tara Stiles. Rodale Books, $23.99, 262 pp.

Slim. Calm. Sexy.

Sigh.

Don't we want to be all of these things?

An established Eastern practice, yoga is well accepted by Western medicine. The Mayo Clinic, for example, endorses it for stress reduction, fitness, management of chronic health conditions (depression, high blood pressure) - and weight loss.

Stiles, founder of Manhattan's Strala Yoga (and Deepak Chopra's personal yoga instructor, no less), explains yoga asanas, or positions, in detail (and in clear photos), as well as breathing techniques (from deep breathing to "breath of fire, to cleanse and energize the body").

THE SCOOP "Perhaps the most lasting and far-reaching benefit of yoga is the awareness, or mindfulness, it teaches you," she writes. Or - yoga can help you slow down at the table.

Really.THE BOTTOM LINENew to yoga? Try this guide. If you already practice, it's a good at-home primer.

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