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Riva G

@riva_g_

Creative Director Inspired by yoga, art, nature, travel, style, the beauty in little things mom. geek. free spirit. NYC ๐Ÿ“ง [email protected]

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One of the questions I get asked ALL of the time (aside from how to learn this yoga pose overnight ๐Ÿ˜‚) is how to transition from casual Instagram user to professional influencer.
๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
Well, Iโ€™m excited to share that Iโ€™ve partnered with @famehq - a newly launched app designed to teach you how to do just that. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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No magic tricks or weird hacks, and absolutely NO bots or anything fake! 
Just the tools and advice you need on how take your passion and grow an authentic & organic following from there.
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Now available at the App Store, you can peak at my stories for a little preview of what features you can expect to see with this awesome app.  Clear and simple advice, useful analytics, and even a built-in Media Kit generator just to name a few!
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One of the questions I get asked ALL of the time (aside from how to learn this yoga pose overnight ๐Ÿ˜‚) is how to transition from casual Instagram user to professional influencer. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Well, Iโ€™m excited to share that Iโ€™ve partnered with @famehq - a newly launched app designed to teach you how to do just that. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ . No magic tricks or weird hacks, and absolutely NO bots or anything fake! Just the tools and advice you need on how take your passion and grow an authentic & organic following from there. . Now available at the App Store, you can peak at my stories for a little preview of what features you can expect to see with this awesome app. Clear and simple advice, useful analytics, and even a built-in Media Kit generator just to name a few! ๐Ÿ’™ ...

Knee protection ๐Ÿ’™
Just because Jon Snow had no problem โ€˜bending the kneeโ€™, doesnโ€™t mean itโ€™s an effortless experience for everyone... ๐Ÿ˜‚ #yogihumor
๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ #sobad
Ok, I know that joke deserves a massive eye roll, but the truth is, the thought of getting into certain yoga poses - especially ones that require deep hip rotation - warrants the very same response for many.  Accessing these postures can be painful or uncomfortable on the knees, particularly if the required flexibility isnโ€™t quite there yet.
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Itโ€™s SO important to protect our knees - they are the largest, most complex, and perhaps the hardest working joints in our body!  They LITERALLY absorb the shock of maneuvering us through every day life. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿคพ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโ›น๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
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Luckily we can modify these poses to still reap the benefits but without the pain or strain!  Now isnโ€™t that the bee's knees?!
๐Ÿ๐Ÿ™Š (Ok, Iโ€™m done, I promise!)
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Modifications:
1๏ธโƒฃ Toe stand - this pose requires deep external hip rotation in the elevated leg & demands an intense bend in the knee of the supporting leg. Try limiting the bend in both knees to 90 degrees. Itโ€™s still a great hip-opener & challenging balance, PLUS thereโ€™s an additional thigh-burning bonus in this variation! ๐Ÿ”ฅ
2๏ธโƒฃ Skandasana has an incredibly deep bend in the lunging knee. Keep it to 90 degrees & you might notice it actually requires more strength to hold this way! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ
3๏ธโƒฃ Reclining Pigeon will provide the same hip-opening benefits as the upright version, but without the body weight putting pressure on the knee joint. Keep the toes of the front foot flexed to activate the muscles around the knee.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ
4๏ธโƒฃ Weight-bearing postures can be an issue for those with hypermobile joints.  Keeping a small bend in the knee is one good modification, but taking a reclined variation provides a great stretch without putting pressure on the joint.
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The last slide has some poses to help
strengthen the muscles around
the knees. ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Check my stories for a few tips on these 3 postures!
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Happy practicing!
Tag a friend who would find this helpful & let me know if you want me to share more tips & tutorials! โค๏ธ
#yogawithriva.

Knee protection ๐Ÿ’™ Just because Jon Snow had no problem โ€˜bending the kneeโ€™, doesnโ€™t mean itโ€™s an effortless experience for everyone... ๐Ÿ˜‚ #yogihumor ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ #sobad Ok, I know that joke deserves a massive eye roll, but the truth is, the thought of getting into certain yoga poses - especially ones that require deep hip rotation - warrants the very same response for many. Accessing these postures can be painful or uncomfortable on the knees, particularly if the required flexibility isnโ€™t quite there yet. . Itโ€™s SO important to protect our knees - they are the largest, most complex, and perhaps the hardest working joints in our body! They LITERALLY absorb the shock of maneuvering us through every day life. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿคพ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโ›น๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ . Luckily we can modify these poses to still reap the benefits but without the pain or strain! Now isnโ€™t that the bee's knees?! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ™Š (Ok, Iโ€™m done, I promise!) . Modifications: 1๏ธโƒฃ Toe stand - this pose requires deep external hip rotation in the elevated leg & demands an intense bend in the knee of the supporting leg. Try limiting the bend in both knees to 90 degrees. Itโ€™s still a great hip-opener & challenging balance, PLUS thereโ€™s an additional thigh-burning bonus in this variation! ๐Ÿ”ฅ 2๏ธโƒฃ Skandasana has an incredibly deep bend in the lunging knee. Keep it to 90 degrees & you might notice it actually requires more strength to hold this way! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ 3๏ธโƒฃ Reclining Pigeon will provide the same hip-opening benefits as the upright version, but without the body weight putting pressure on the knee joint. Keep the toes of the front foot flexed to activate the muscles around the knee.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ 4๏ธโƒฃ Weight-bearing postures can be an issue for those with hypermobile joints. Keeping a small bend in the knee is one good modification, but taking a reclined variation provides a great stretch without putting pressure on the joint. ๐Ÿ’™ The last slide has some poses to help strengthen the muscles around the knees. ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Check my stories for a few tips on these 3 postures! . Happy practicing! Tag a friend who would find this helpful & let me know if you want me to share more tips & tutorials! โค๏ธ #yogawithriva ...

Eenie meenie miney mo,
catch a yogi by the toe,
give her a hug and
donโ€™t let go.
Eenie meenie miney mo ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
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Haha, I know, I know... poetry isnโ€™t
quite my thing, BUT making shapes
on the beach with my sis definitely is! ๐Ÿ’™
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This one (from our family trip together a few weeks ago) was such a fun one that @tditty2 & I did it twice!  The first pic is from an early morning visit to the beach, and the video (swipe left) is from a different afternoon where we discovered this fun sandbar & loved the reflection it made. ๐Ÿ˜
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Iโ€˜m posting both - not surprisingly ๐Ÿ˜‚ - because this indecisive Libra over here can never pick just one... ๐Ÿ™ˆโค๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
Plus I know you guys enjoy seeing how we get into each pose! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ.

Eenie meenie miney mo, catch a yogi by the toe, give her a hug and donโ€™t let go. Eenie meenie miney mo ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ . Haha, I know, I know... poetry isnโ€™t quite my thing, BUT making shapes on the beach with my sis definitely is! ๐Ÿ’™ . This one (from our family trip together a few weeks ago) was such a fun one that @tditty 2 & I did it twice! The first pic is from an early morning visit to the beach, and the video (swipe left) is from a different afternoon where we discovered this fun sandbar & loved the reflection it made. ๐Ÿ˜ . Iโ€˜m posting both - not surprisingly ๐Ÿ˜‚ - because this indecisive Libra over here can never pick just one... ๐Ÿ™ˆโค๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Plus I know you guys enjoy seeing how we get into each pose! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ ...

Your attention please: ๐Ÿถ
Winnie has a VERY important
announcement: ๐Ÿฆด
Monday has officially been canceled.
Everyone can go back to bed. ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ›Œ
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Haha, a girl can dream, right?
In other, very real, Monday morning news,
I was awake for 2 hours last night trying to rationalize the last GOT episode... tell me Iโ€™m not the only one?! #butseriously #whytho ๐Ÿ™ˆ.

Your attention please: ๐Ÿถ Winnie has a VERY important announcement: ๐Ÿฆด Monday has officially been canceled. Everyone can go back to bed. ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ›Œ ๐Ÿ˜‚ Haha, a girl can dream, right? In other, very real, Monday morning news, I was awake for 2 hours last night trying to rationalize the last GOT episode... tell me Iโ€™m not the only one?! #butseriously #whytho ๐Ÿ™ˆ ...

Me:  I wanna run wild and free, and live life to the fullest.
Also me:  I need to be in bed by 9.
#itsallaboutbalance ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ด
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Haha... a favorite pose in 3 different places - NYC, Wyoming, & the Dead Sea.
Which one is your fave?
What type of environment makes you feel happiest?
(I enjoy each, but never tire of the sea ๐Ÿ˜Š)
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Happy Friday friends! ๐Ÿ˜˜
Pic 1: @ljbnyc1
Pic 2: @nathanrosephotography
Pic 3: my hubby โค๏ธ
ps. donโ€™t worry, the taxi wasnโ€™t moving, it was parked there for about 10 minutes. ๐Ÿš•.

Me: I wanna run wild and free, and live life to the fullest. Also me: I need to be in bed by 9. #itsallaboutbalance ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ด . Haha... a favorite pose in 3 different places - NYC, Wyoming, & the Dead Sea. Which one is your fave? What type of environment makes you feel happiest? (I enjoy each, but never tire of the sea ๐Ÿ˜Š) . Happy Friday friends! ๐Ÿ˜˜ Pic 1: @ljbnyc 1 Pic 2: @nathanrosephotography Pic 3: my hubby โค๏ธ ps. donโ€™t worry, the taxi wasnโ€™t moving, it was parked there for about 10 minutes. ๐Ÿš• ...

Same, same... only different?
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When you look at these 3 postures whatโ€™s the first thing you notice?
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You might observe that the shape of my body in each is almost identical.  And you probably realize that these poses all share many of the same benefits as well (opening the hamstrings, hip flexors, quads, and heart.) โค๏ธ
BUT,
theyโ€™re really all pretty different too!
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The change in orientation affects the entrance for each pose and the balance while in it.  Each posture has a completely different part of the body coming in contact with the floor.  And all three asanas fall into separate categories - one is a standing balance, one kneeling, & one seated.
Small changes, big difference.
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Which pose is your favorite?  Which do you this is most accessible?  What about most challenging?
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(Swipe left for the video of all three ๐Ÿ˜Š)
#samesamebutdifferent.

Same, same... only different? ๐Ÿ˜ When you look at these 3 postures whatโ€™s the first thing you notice? . You might observe that the shape of my body in each is almost identical. And you probably realize that these poses all share many of the same benefits as well (opening the hamstrings, hip flexors, quads, and heart.) โค๏ธ BUT, theyโ€™re really all pretty different too! . The change in orientation affects the entrance for each pose and the balance while in it. Each posture has a completely different part of the body coming in contact with the floor. And all three asanas fall into separate categories - one is a standing balance, one kneeling, & one seated. Small changes, big difference. ๐ŸŒฟ Which pose is your favorite? Which do you this is most accessible? What about most challenging? . (Swipe left for the video of all three ๐Ÿ˜Š) #samesamebutdifferent ...

Will wait patiently all winter just
for this. ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒฟ #springtime #cherryblossoms #everythinginbloom
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Just for fun, I asked you guys what your favorite season was in my stories last week, and then added up the answers.
๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿโ„๏ธ
Can you guess the order of all 4 from the most popular answer to the least popular one?
(Iโ€™ll let you know if you are correct!)
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pc:  @ljbnyc1
Swipe left for the video (taken on my cell phone while Luc was snapping all the pics on his camera)
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ps. What did you guys think of last nights GOT episode?  Still processing my feelings about it ๐Ÿ˜‚.

Will wait patiently all winter just for this. ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒฟ #springtime #cherryblossoms #everythinginbloom . Just for fun, I asked you guys what your favorite season was in my stories last week, and then added up the answers. ๐ŸŒทโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿโ„๏ธ Can you guess the order of all 4 from the most popular answer to the least popular one? (Iโ€™ll let you know if you are correct!) . pc: @ljbnyc 1 Swipe left for the video (taken on my cell phone while Luc was snapping all the pics on his camera) . ps. What did you guys think of last nights GOT episode? Still processing my feelings about it ๐Ÿ˜‚ ...

play_circle_filled Every so often (especially on days when Iโ€™m feeling overwhelmed), I find myself moving too quickly through my practice.
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It never makes me feel good - only more rushed - so hereโ€™s what I do when I notice that happening:
๐Ÿ”น  I pause and take a few deep breaths,
๐Ÿ”น  I visualize each inhale gradually making its way through every inch of my body,
๐Ÿ”น  I begin to move slowly, imagining Iโ€™m utilizing my bodyโ€™s own โ€˜Slo-moโ€™ feature,
๐Ÿ”น I envision each muscle being used to flow through the movements,
๐Ÿ”น I hold calming postures (like Childโ€™s pose, a gentle Forward Fold, or Downward Dog) for a few extra breaths.
โค๏ธ
I always end up feeling more focused and relaxed afterwards.
What do you do to slow down - on AND off - the mat? ๐Ÿฆ‹
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๐ŸŽต Elle King โ€˜cant be lovedโ€™.

Every so often (especially on days when Iโ€™m feeling overwhelmed), I find myself moving too quickly through my practice. . It never makes me feel good - only more rushed - so hereโ€™s what I do when I notice that happening: ๐Ÿ”น I pause and take a few deep breaths, ๐Ÿ”น I visualize each inhale gradually making its way through every inch of my body, ๐Ÿ”น I begin to move slowly, imagining Iโ€™m utilizing my bodyโ€™s own โ€˜Slo-moโ€™ feature, ๐Ÿ”น I envision each muscle being used to flow through the movements, ๐Ÿ”น I hold calming postures (like Childโ€™s pose, a gentle Forward Fold, or Downward Dog) for a few extra breaths. โค๏ธ I always end up feeling more focused and relaxed afterwards. What do you do to slow down - on AND off - the mat? ๐Ÿฆ‹ . ๐ŸŽต Elle King โ€˜cant be lovedโ€™ ...

The way you
react emotionally
is felt by every cell
in your body.
Empowerment is
finding calm
in spaces you
once felt chaos.
~Dr. Nicole LePera
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Iโ€™ve had these words tucked away for some time now, but thought Iโ€™d share them with anyone who might need to hear them too.
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Because life is full of curveballs.
And we always have the following choice:
To simply react, or
to consciously respond.
And in making that decision,
our practice is taken off the mat.
And THAT,
is when we find
our real power. ๐Ÿ’™.

The way you react emotionally is felt by every cell in your body. Empowerment is finding calm in spaces you once felt chaos. ~Dr. Nicole LePera ๐Ÿฆ‹ Iโ€™ve had these words tucked away for some time now, but thought Iโ€™d share them with anyone who might need to hear them too. . Because life is full of curveballs. And we always have the following choice: To simply react, or to consciously respond. And in making that decision, our practice is taken off the mat. And THAT, is when we find our real power. ๐Ÿ’™ ...

Wrist protection. ๐Ÿ’™
Did you know that WRIST pain & sensitively is one of the MOST common issues - both in and out of yoga?
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So many of our day-to-day activities put strain on our wrists (smartphone, keyboard, & mouse usage are some big culprits! ๐Ÿ™ˆ)
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On top of that, many yoga poses (like Crow, Chaturanga, Wheel, even Up Dog & Down Dog) have us bearing much or all of our body weight in the delicate wrist joint. ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿฝ
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Practicing these poses repeatedly can trigger wrist pain & sensitivity, ESPECIALLY if we havenโ€™t mastered the alignment or built up the strength & flexibility we need in these postures. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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The good news is there are modifications you can take that still provide the SAME benefits of each pose, BUT without the strain or pain.
Here are a few you can try:
1๏ธโƒฃ Take Crow pose down to the forearms (Baby Crow). ๐Ÿฆ… 
2๏ธโƒฃ Set up some angled blocks to reduce wrist strain in Wheel pose.
3๏ธโƒฃ In poses like Cow where youโ€™re not bearing too much weight in the hands try using your fingertips instead sinking into the whole palm. ๐Ÿฎ
4๏ธโƒฃ Take Dolphin instead of Downdog. ๐Ÿถ
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The last slide has some great exercises & stretches to help relieve wrist discomfort (the detailed instructions for each can be found in my blog, link in bio).
๐Ÿ’™
Tag a friend who would find this helpful, & let me know if you want me to share more tips & tutorials! โค๏ธ
Happy practicing! ๐Ÿ˜
ps. For more yoga tips, scroll through the hashtag #yogawithriva.

Wrist protection. ๐Ÿ’™ Did you know that WRIST pain & sensitively is one of the MOST common issues - both in and out of yoga? . So many of our day-to-day activities put strain on our wrists (smartphone, keyboard, & mouse usage are some big culprits! ๐Ÿ™ˆ) . On top of that, many yoga poses (like Crow, Chaturanga, Wheel, even Up Dog & Down Dog) have us bearing much or all of our body weight in the delicate wrist joint. ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿฝ . Practicing these poses repeatedly can trigger wrist pain & sensitivity, ESPECIALLY if we havenโ€™t mastered the alignment or built up the strength & flexibility we need in these postures. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ . The good news is there are modifications you can take that still provide the SAME benefits of each pose, BUT without the strain or pain. Here are a few you can try: 1๏ธโƒฃ Take Crow pose down to the forearms (Baby Crow). ๐Ÿฆ… 2๏ธโƒฃ Set up some angled blocks to reduce wrist strain in Wheel pose. 3๏ธโƒฃ In poses like Cow where youโ€™re not bearing too much weight in the hands try using your fingertips instead sinking into the whole palm. ๐Ÿฎ 4๏ธโƒฃ Take Dolphin instead of Downdog. ๐Ÿถ . The last slide has some great exercises & stretches to help relieve wrist discomfort (the detailed instructions for each can be found in my blog, link in bio). ๐Ÿ’™ Tag a friend who would find this helpful, & let me know if you want me to share more tips & tutorials! โค๏ธ Happy practicing! ๐Ÿ˜ ps. For more yoga tips, scroll through the hashtag #yogawithriva ...

Sunsets, and sandbars, and salty shapes with my sis... ๐Ÿ’—
#ad #theseareafewofmyfavoritethings
By now you probably know that not much makes me happier than spending time with my fam... Unlesssss weโ€™re also on the beach, AND we get some pretty cotton-candy skies, AND a cool reflection from a sandbar, AND happen to be wearing the cutest matching @gaiam outfits... ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Haha, I knew this was my lucky day when @tditty2 & I had ALL of the above happening at the very same time!
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ps. Swipe left for the video of how we get into & out of this pose, and to see the hug we tried to give each other while holding it! ๐Ÿค—
#SisterLove #Beachbums
pps. link for these outfits is in my bio for the next 24 hours  #JBxGaiam.

Sunsets, and sandbars, and salty shapes with my sis... ๐Ÿ’— #ad #theseareafewofmyfavoritethings By now you probably know that not much makes me happier than spending time with my fam... Unlesssss weโ€™re also on the beach, AND we get some pretty cotton-candy skies, AND a cool reflection from a sandbar, AND happen to be wearing the cutest matching @gaiam outfits... ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‚ . Haha, I knew this was my lucky day when @tditty 2 & I had ALL of the above happening at the very same time! . ps. Swipe left for the video of how we get into & out of this pose, and to see the hug we tried to give each other while holding it! ๐Ÿค— #SisterLove #Beachbums pps. link for these outfits is in my bio for the next 24 hours #JBxGaiam ...

play_circle_filled Ok you guys, letโ€™s PLAY a game! ๐Ÿ˜
GUESS which of the following best describes what Iโ€™m doing in this video:
๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
a)  sharing a few of my favorite shoulder stretches & upper-back openers using the wall (look out for standing puppy pose, wheel with chest against the wall, & all the hollowback variations!) โค๏ธ
b)  finding ways to amuse myself while waiting for my mom to get ready to go to the beach with me ๐Ÿ–
c)  revealing the secret behind the elusive hairstand pose (pay attention at time=35 seconds) ๐Ÿ˜‰
d)  feeling like a kid again cuz Iโ€™m visiting my parents, climbing the walls, and eating all the snacks before dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Haha... if you guessed โ€˜all of the aboveโ€™, then congrats because that is the correct answer! ๐ŸŽ‰  Some things just never change... ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
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๐ŸŽต by the lovely @aria.official โค๏ธ.

Ok you guys, letโ€™s PLAY a game! ๐Ÿ˜ GUESS which of the following best describes what Iโ€™m doing in this video: ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ a) sharing a few of my favorite shoulder stretches & upper-back openers using the wall (look out for standing puppy pose, wheel with chest against the wall, & all the hollowback variations!) โค๏ธ b) finding ways to amuse myself while waiting for my mom to get ready to go to the beach with me ๐Ÿ– c) revealing the secret behind the elusive hairstand pose (pay attention at time=35 seconds) ๐Ÿ˜‰ d) feeling like a kid again cuz Iโ€™m visiting my parents, climbing the walls, and eating all the snacks before dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‚ - Haha... if you guessed โ€˜all of the aboveโ€™, then congrats because that is the correct answer! ๐ŸŽ‰ Some things just never change... ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ . ๐ŸŽต by the lovely @aria.official โค๏ธ ...

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