Did yogis know about ‘mummy tummy’ exercise centuries ago?

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“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.”

— Harry S. Truman

Earlier this week, NPR published a story about how women can mend their “mommy pooch” — you know, that gentle belly many mothers retain after having a baby.

The story garnered hundreds of comments and emails. Many readers wanted to find out more about the new exercise. And one sharp writer pointed out that the exercise may not be as fresh as we think.

“Reminds me of Kapalabhati breathing exercises in yoga,” Hemakshi Adke, of Portland, Ore., wrote in an email. “When I do them regularly, it will help.”

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