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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
.
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.
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
@riva_g_ Riva G
@riva_g_
Knee protection ๐Ÿ’™
just because jon snow had no problem ‘bending the knee’, doesn’t mean it’s an effortless experience for everyone... ๐Ÿ˜‚ #yogihumor ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏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 isn’t quite there yet.
.
it’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™€๏ธโ›น๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ
.
luckily we can modify these poses to still reap the benefits but without the pain or strain! now isn’t that the bee's knees?!
๐Ÿ๐Ÿ™Š (ok, i’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. it’s still a great hip-opener & challenging balance, plus there’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
7,459 141 Yesterday
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 @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
@riva_g_ Riva G
@riva_g_
Eenie meenie miney mo,
catch a yogi by the toe,
give her a hug and
don’t let go.
eenie meenie miney mo ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
.
haha, i know, i know... poetry isn’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 @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˜
.
i‘m posting both - not surprisingly ๐Ÿ˜‚ - because this indecisive libra over here can never pick just one... ๐Ÿ™ˆโค๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ
plus i know you guys enjoy seeing how we get into each pose! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
10,193 454 3 days ago
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
@riva_g_ Riva G
@riva_g_
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 i’m not the only one?! #butseriously #whytho ๐Ÿ™ˆ
13,955 311 5 days ago
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•
@riva_g_ Riva G
@riva_g_
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™€๏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: @ljbnyc1
pic 2: @nathanrosephotography
pic 3: my hubby โค๏ธ
ps. don’t worry, the taxi wasn’t moving, it was parked there for about 10 minutes. ๐Ÿš•
11,890 308 2 weeks ago
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
@riva_g_ Riva G
@riva_g_
Same, same... only different?
๐Ÿ˜
when you look at these 3 postures what’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,
they’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
12,971 346 2 weeks ago
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:  @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˜‚
@riva_g_ Riva G
@riva_g_
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?
(i’ll let you know if you are correct!)
.
pc: @ljbnyc1
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˜‚
20,361 515 2 weeks ago
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€™
@riva_g_ Riva G
@riva_g_
Every so often (especially on days when i’m feeling overwhelmed), i find myself moving too quickly through my practice.
.
it never makes me feel good - only more rushed - so here’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 i’m utilizing my body’s own ‘slo-mo’ feature,
๐Ÿ”น i envision each muscle being used to flow through the movements,
๐Ÿ”น i hold calming postures (like child’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 ‘cant be loved’
16,272 649 3 weeks ago
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’™
@riva_g_ Riva G
@riva_g_
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‹
i’ve had these words tucked away for some time now, but thought i’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’™
8,049 258 3 weeks ago
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
@riva_g_ Riva G
@riva_g_
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 haven’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 you’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
12,101 348 3 weeks ago
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 @tditty2 & 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
@riva_g_ Riva G
@riva_g_
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 we’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 @tditty2 & 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
9,020 210 3 weeks ago
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
@riva_g_ Riva G
@riva_g_
Ok you guys, let’s play a game! ๐Ÿ˜
guess which of the following best describes what i’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 i’m visiting my parents, climbing the walls, and eating all the snacks before dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‚
-
haha... if you guessed ‘all of the above’, then congrats because that is the correct answer! ๐ŸŽ‰ some things just never change... ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ
.
๐ŸŽต by the lovely @aria.official โค๏ธ
5,246 166 4 weeks ago
Our separation from each
other is an optical illusion.
~ Albert Einstein
๐Ÿฆ‹
Beachside with my beautiful sis @tditty2 and full of gratitude for all the family time here in Florida. ๐Ÿ’™
Do you live near your family?
If so, how often do you see one another?
If not, how are some of the ways you stay in touch?
I find it hard not living near my siblings, but I love how we are all so close regardless.  Lots of FaceTime calls and family group chats definitely help with that.  Visiting each other in person is always the best, of course. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ
#familytimeโค๏ธ #grateful #sisters๐Ÿ‘ญ
@riva_g_ Riva G
@riva_g_
Our separation from each
other is an optical illusion.
~ albert einstein
๐Ÿฆ‹
beachside with my beautiful sis @tditty2 and full of gratitude for all the family time here in florida. ๐Ÿ’™
do you live near your family?
if so, how often do you see one another?
if not, how are some of the ways you stay in touch?
i find it hard not living near my siblings, but i love how we are all so close regardless. lots of facetime calls and family group chats definitely help with that. visiting each other in person is always the best, of course. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ
#familytimeโค๏ธ #grateful #sisters๐Ÿ‘ญ
13,105 369 4 weeks ago