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Riva G Creative Director Inspired by yoga, art, nature, travel, style, the beauty in little things mom. geek. free spirit. NYC 📧 [email protected] http://www.RivaGYoga.com/blog
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Riva G
It took me years to learn that
strength
comes from the mind,
grace
comes from the heart,
and beauty
comes from the soul.
❤️
Something I jotted down not very long ago and wanted to share with you. 😊
-
A few favorite heart openers from a beautiful summer evening in Brooklyn. ☀️
@sfreneenyc & I got lucky with a quiet moment on this popular (& always crowded) cobblestone street by the Bridge.
Four variations of Wheel Pose -
Which one do you like most?
1, 2, 3, or 4? 😍
412 14,681 4 days ago
It took me years to learn that
strength
comes from the mind,
grace
comes from the heart,
and beauty
comes from the soul.
❤️
something i jotted down not very long ago and wanted to share with you. 😊
-
a few favorite heart openers from a beautiful summer evening in brooklyn. ☀️
@sfreneenyc & i got lucky with a quiet moment on this popular (& always crowded) cobblestone street by the bridge.
four variations of wheel pose -
which one do you like most?
1, 2, 3, or 4? 😍
riva_g_

@riva_g_

Riva G
Headstands, and handstands, and funky-pinchas, #OhMy... 🙃
💙
Do you have a favorite inversion?
What inversion are you currently working on?
Which of these do you think is the most accessible?  The most challenging?
Which one would you want a tutorial for?! Let me know! 👇🏼
From left to right: headstand,
tripod headstand, funky pinch on fingertips, pincha mayurasana/forearmstand, handstand.
😍
Swipe left for the video of each (& to see the sweet little surprise smooch I got at the end 🐶) ❤️
* video sped up to fit into 60 seconds
574 31,671 6 days ago
Headstands, and handstands, and funky-pinchas, #ohmy... 🙃
💙
do you have a favorite inversion?
what inversion are you currently working on?
which of these do you think is the most accessible? the most challenging?
which one would you want a tutorial for?! let me know! 👇🏼
from left to right: headstand,
tripod headstand, funky pinch on fingertips, pincha mayurasana/forearmstand, handstand.
😍
swipe left for the video of each (& to see the sweet little surprise smooch i got at the end 🐶) ❤️
* video sped up to fit into 60 seconds
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If there’s ONE thing you should know about all of my photos here - every advanced posture, thought-out tutorial, or pretty pose in an exotic location - is that there’s SO much more behind each image than one can see.
This collection of moments can’t possibly show everything that happens before the shutter is released - the years of dedication, hard work, failures, sweat & tears.  But they are ALL there.
❤️
I’m sharing this because I know how easy it is to start judging ourselves or comparing what we can do with all of these ‘perfect moments’ we regularly catch sight of while scrolling through our feeds.  I remember the first time I saw this Dancer’s pose some years back and tried to do it.  I couldn’t at the time.. and that was ok. My practice wasn’t any less valuable.
☀️
Eventually this asana did become accessible, but that doesn’t mean every pose will. There are so many postures that I can’t yet access (you can scroll back to my video from May 21 for proof 😊), and that’s perfectly fine.  It doesn’t make my practice any better or worse.  It just is.
❤️
And I’m sure there are hundreds - maybe even thousands - of postures & transitions that I will NEVER attain in this lifetime... and I have no problem with that.
🌗
My point is, this platform is overflowing with so many incredible moments...
Enjoy them, be inspired by them, but don’t get so caught up in them that you forget to have - and appreciate - your own. 🙏🏼
PC: my wonderful friend & brilliant photgrapher @johnfcooperphotography
303 12,201 2 weeks ago
If there’s one thing you should know about all of my photos here - every advanced posture, thought-out tutorial, or pretty pose in an exotic location - is that there’s so much more behind each image than one can see.
this collection of moments can’t possibly show everything that happens before the shutter is released - the years of dedication, hard work, failures, sweat & tears. but they are all there.
❤️
i’m sharing this because i know how easy it is to start judging ourselves or comparing what we can do with all of these ‘perfect moments’ we regularly catch sight of while scrolling through our feeds. i remember the first time i saw this dancer’s pose some years back and tried to do it. i couldn’t at the time.. and that was ok. my practice wasn’t any less valuable.
☀️
eventually this asana did become accessible, but that doesn’t mean every pose will. there are so many postures that i can’t yet access (you can scroll back to my video from may 21 for proof 😊), and that’s perfectly fine. it doesn’t make my practice any better or worse. it just is.
❤️
and i’m sure there are hundreds - maybe even thousands - of postures & transitions that i will never attain in this lifetime... and i have no problem with that.
🌗
my point is, this platform is overflowing with so many incredible moments...
enjoy them, be inspired by them, but don’t get so caught up in them that you forget to have - and appreciate - your own. 🙏🏼
pc: my wonderful friend & brilliant photgrapher @johnfcooperphotography
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Not to be cliche, or joking in
any way, but I’m excited to say,
I’ve teamed up with Gaiam to
announce this AWESOME GIVEAWAY!
🎉❤️🎉
😂  I know that announcement was a bit extra, but you guys know me by now 🙈, and besides this giveaway is a good one that you don’t want to miss!
.
Here are the deets: 👇🏼
PRIZES to WIN (as shown in this pic):
🔸 one REVERSIBLE yoga mat,
🔸 two cork yoga BLOCKS,
🔸 your choice of ANY Gaiam yoga OUTFIT (one top & one bottom)
🙌🏼
TO ENTER:
🔹 Follow @gaiam & @riva_g_
🔹 Like this pic,
🔹 Tag a friend (or a few!) in the comments below - Multiple entries are allowed! 👌🏼
.
The fine print:
Must be 18+ & have a valid US shipping address to win. Giveaway closes 08/11/19 at 11:59 pm EST!
One lucky winner will be selected at random & contacted Monday morning, 8/12/19.
😍  GOOD LUCK! 😍
.
ps. Swipe left to see how I get into this crazy, but fun pose!  This was only my second attempt it at ever (the first one was a couple of years ago when I wasn’t quite sure about it yet, lol. Do you want to see the ‘before’ pic?)
.
pps. For all my impatient peeps, you can score ALL of this awesome yoga gear right now - apparel is at Gaiam.com & other props at @target - I’ll post the link in my bio for the next 24 hours! ❤️
#everybodybends #gaiamanywhere
608 9,861 2 weeks ago
Not to be cliche, or joking in
any way, but i’m excited to say,
i’ve teamed up with gaiam to
announce this awesome giveaway!
🎉❤️🎉
😂 i know that announcement was a bit extra, but you guys know me by now 🙈, and besides this giveaway is a good one that you don’t want to miss!
.
here are the deets: 👇🏼
prizes to win (as shown in this pic):
🔸 one reversible yoga mat,
🔸 two cork yoga blocks,
🔸 your choice of any gaiam yoga outfit (one top & one bottom)
🙌🏼
to enter:
🔹 follow @gaiam & @riva_g_
🔹 like this pic,
🔹 tag a friend (or a few!) in the comments below - multiple entries are allowed! 👌🏼
.
the fine print:
must be 18+ & have a valid us shipping address to win. giveaway closes 08/11/19 at 11:59 pm est!
one lucky winner will be selected at random & contacted monday morning, 8/12/19.
😍 good luck! 😍
.
ps. swipe left to see how i get into this crazy, but fun pose! this was only my second attempt it at ever (the first one was a couple of years ago when i wasn’t quite sure about it yet, lol. do you want to see the ‘before’ pic?)
.
pps. for all my impatient peeps, you can score all of this awesome yoga gear right now - apparel is at gaiam.com & other props at @target - i’ll post the link in my bio for the next 24 hours! ❤️
#everybodybends #gaiamanywhere
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Riva G
Let’s make this world a little LIGHTER today. ☀️❤️👇🏼
I had a heavy feeling in my heart all day yesterday (it’s not a mystery why - in the last few days alone I finished watching an entire series about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, listened to a 2.5-hour podcast about Bikram Choudhurry, & read in the news about 2 mass shootings in the US 💔😢).
.
So instead of sharing a pretty quote or a cheesy caption today, I’d rather send an abundance of love & kindness out into the universe... but I need YOUR help!
Here’s how: 👇🏼
1️⃣) Leave a comment sharing something positive you experienced recently.
It can be big or small - a goal you reached, a project you began, an act of kindness you gave (or received), a few needed moments you took for yourself - anything that you’re grateful for, or proud of.  Even something like ‘I called my Mom today’ is a great share. 🙌🏼
2️⃣) Then take a moment to read the comment of the person above you, and respond with some love.
Let them know you see them and are happy for them.
❤️
Because the best way to alleviate the darkness is with light.  So let’s spread of much of it as we can, together.
🙏🏼
ps. I'll be sharing some of your comments & positive moments (in my story)! 😊
.
PC: @johnfcooperphotography ❤️
Swipe left for the BTS video... you can hear John‘s words of encouragement while shooting 😂  My cell phone was recording the video a few inches away, so obviously the sunset wasn’t centered the same way in the video, but you get the idea. 😉
#happymonday #spreadthelove
341 11,809 2 weeks ago
Let’s make this world a little lighter today. ☀️❤️👇🏼
i had a heavy feeling in my heart all day yesterday (it’s not a mystery why - in the last few days alone i finished watching an entire series about the chernobyl nuclear disaster, listened to a 2.5-hour podcast about bikram choudhurry, & read in the news about 2 mass shootings in the us 💔😢).
.
so instead of sharing a pretty quote or a cheesy caption today, i’d rather send an abundance of love & kindness out into the universe... but i need your help!
here’s how: 👇🏼
1️⃣) leave a comment sharing something positive you experienced recently.
it can be big or small - a goal you reached, a project you began, an act of kindness you gave (or received), a few needed moments you took for yourself - anything that you’re grateful for, or proud of. even something like ‘i called my mom today’ is a great share. 🙌🏼
2️⃣) then take a moment to read the comment of the person above you, and respond with some love.
let them know you see them and are happy for them.
❤️
because the best way to alleviate the darkness is with light. so let’s spread of much of it as we can, together.
🙏🏼
ps. i'll be sharing some of your comments & positive moments (in my story)! 😊
.
pc: @johnfcooperphotography ❤️
swipe left for the bts video... you can hear john‘s words of encouragement while shooting 😂 my cell phone was recording the video a few inches away, so obviously the sunset wasn’t centered the same way in the video, but you get the idea. 😉
#happymonday #spreadthelove
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Real time flow... ❤️ One of the reasons I really love a home practice is because I can control the speed of my movements (I find that a lot of studio classes are too fast for me 🙈). There was definitely a time when I enjoyed a faster-paced practice, but these days I really savor the feeling of moving my body S L O W L Y.

Here are a few reasons why:

1.  My practice became more MINDFUL.  Slower = more deliberate movements, and more time to notice the subtleties of my body & breath. 🧠
2.  My practice became SAFER. 
I began to notice my bad habits & weaknesses. Moving slowly gave me a chance to correct alignment & work on things I would have normally rushed through (like Chaturanga... I know I’m not the only one guilty of racing through this pose! 😂).
3. My practice became more CHALLENGING.  Despite what many think, moving through & holding each pose longer actually makes it harder! 💪🏼
4.  My practice became more ENJOYABLE.  It started to feel less like a race, and more like a self-care session. ❤️ Are you a fast flower or a slow-mo mover? 🤷🏻‍♀️
Remember, there’s no wrong speed - move at the pace that feels right for you! 😊

Loving my new threads and yoga mat by @mandukayoga (this is their newest PRO travel mat, which I‘ll be packing in my suitcase later this month, but I had to give it a test run first, and I am loving it - it’s great for a home practice too! 👌🏼) 🎵 Doin’ Time by Lana del Rey
564 15,108 3 weeks ago
Real time flow... ❤️ one of the reasons i really love a home practice is because i can control the speed of my movements (i find that a lot of studio classes are too fast for me 🙈). there was definitely a time when i enjoyed a faster-paced practice, but these days i really savor the feeling of moving my body s l o w l y.

here are a few reasons why:

1. my practice became more mindful. slower = more deliberate movements, and more time to notice the subtleties of my body & breath. 🧠
2. my practice became safer.
i began to notice my bad habits & weaknesses. moving slowly gave me a chance to correct alignment & work on things i would have normally rushed through (like chaturanga... i know i’m not the only one guilty of racing through this pose! 😂).
3. my practice became more challenging. despite what many think, moving through & holding each pose longer actually makes it harder! 💪🏼
4. my practice became more enjoyable. it started to feel less like a race, and more like a self-care session. ❤️ are you a fast flower or a slow-mo mover? 🤷🏻‍♀️
remember, there’s no wrong speed - move at the pace that feels right for you! 😊

loving my new threads and yoga mat by @mandukayoga (this is their newest pro travel mat, which i‘ll be packing in my suitcase later this month, but i had to give it a test run first, and i am loving it - it’s great for a home practice too! 👌🏼) 🎵 doin’ time by lana del rey
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It’s OFFICIAL!! Today is the LAST day Mercury is in retrograde.. which means there’s only a few hours left before we have to start taking FULL responsibility for all our mistakes again... 🤣
❤️
Haha.. 🙈  Do you believe in the retrograde madness?  Does it seem like there’s been an abundance of unusual behavior & odd incidents in the last few weeks? 🤷🏻‍♀️
Some people swear by it, while others shrug it off as an interesting astronomical occurrence.
💫
Either way, here are a few fun facts about the phenomenon:
🔹 Mercury “in retrograde” happens  3 x a year, as Mercury passes the Earth during its orbit around the sun.
During that time, it appears as if Mercury is moving backwards (even though it’s not, it just seems that way to us because it’s moving at a different speed than we are).
🔹 The planet Mercury is associated with communication (including speaking, listening, reading, & even computer coding!) Astrologers believe that these areas tend to get ‘scrambled’ during retrograde & that we may experience a higher number of misunderstandings, disagreements, even online scheduling mishaps.  They also advise not to make any major decisions or start any big projects when Mercury is in retrograde.
🔹 Our intuition is said to be stronger during this time as well, and that coincidences are more likely to occur.
🔹 This energy can also be used for self reflection and personal introspection of our habits & ideas.
🔹  As the retrograde ends this evening there will also be a rare Black New Super Moon 🌑 - it’s the second new moon in one month, which happens at the closest point to Earth in its orbit.
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Why’s the craziest thing that happened to your during a retrograde?  Share! 👇🏼
293 10,211 3 weeks ago
It’s official!! today is the last day mercury is in retrograde.. which means there’s only a few hours left before we have to start taking full responsibility for all our mistakes again... 🤣
❤️
haha.. 🙈 do you believe in the retrograde madness? does it seem like there’s been an abundance of unusual behavior & odd incidents in the last few weeks? 🤷🏻‍♀️
some people swear by it, while others shrug it off as an interesting astronomical occurrence.
💫
either way, here are a few fun facts about the phenomenon:
🔹 mercury “in retrograde” happens 3 x a year, as mercury passes the earth during its orbit around the sun.
during that time, it appears as if mercury is moving backwards (even though it’s not, it just seems that way to us because it’s moving at a different speed than we are).
🔹 the planet mercury is associated with communication (including speaking, listening, reading, & even computer coding!) astrologers believe that these areas tend to get ‘scrambled’ during retrograde & that we may experience a higher number of misunderstandings, disagreements, even online scheduling mishaps. they also advise not to make any major decisions or start any big projects when mercury is in retrograde.
🔹 our intuition is said to be stronger during this time as well, and that coincidences are more likely to occur.
🔹 this energy can also be used for self reflection and personal introspection of our habits & ideas.
🔹 as the retrograde ends this evening there will also be a rare black new super moon 🌑 - it’s the second new moon in one month, which happens at the closest point to earth in its orbit.
-
why’s the craziest thing that happened to your during a retrograde? share! 👇🏼
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Riva G
I hate spelling errors.
You mix up two letters
and your whole post
is totally urined.
🤦🏻‍♀️😂
Haha, happy Sunday friends! ❤️
In today’s adult-news, my dryer
broke dow, and honestly I’m not mad
about it (though I probably should
be)... I was basically just handed the
perfect excuse to not do any laundry
for the next few days... 😹
(Admittedly I’m not as excited about
what happens after that... 🧺)
🙈
Anyhow... couldn’t decide which of these headstand variations to post
(I know, I know... I’m such a #Libra ♎️ !)
Which one do you like best, 1 or 2?

Check my story for BTS. 😊
347 12,870 3 weeks ago
I hate spelling errors.
you mix up two letters
and your whole post
is totally urined.
🤦🏻‍♀️😂
haha, happy sunday friends! ❤️
in today’s adult-news, my dryer
broke dow, and honestly i’m not mad
about it (though i probably should
be)... i was basically just handed the
perfect excuse to not do any laundry
for the next few days... 😹
(admittedly i’m not as excited about
what happens after that... 🧺)
🙈
anyhow... couldn’t decide which of these headstand variations to post
(i know, i know... i’m such a #libra ♎️ !)
which one do you like best, 1 or 2?

check my story for bts. 😊
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Riva G
HELP me caption this pic! 🍒🍊🍇
There are SO MANY bad puns running though my head right now - ORANGE you glad I’m not gonna say them all?
🤣
But really, it would be GRAPE if you could help me out, not only would I be so BERRY grateful, but I know you will do a much better job of coming up with a cute caption than me (because my best attempts are not bearing any FRUIT... 🤦🏻‍♀️ )
Pretty please? #withaCHERRYontop 🍒
#uhoh #cantstop #sopunny
Share yours below!  I can’t wait to read them!! 🤗 - I’ll be featuring the best ones on my story!
👌🏼
ps. This summer I’ve been mixing & matching my swim bottoms with cute sports bras, and I’ve been loving it! (No more worries about “falling out while getting upside down 😂) This pretty pop of pink is from @mandukayoga 💗
431 18,703 4 weeks ago
Help me caption this pic! 🍒🍊🍇
there are so many bad puns running though my head right now - orange you glad i’m not gonna say them all?
🤣
but really, it would be grape if you could help me out, not only would i be so berry grateful, but i know you will do a much better job of coming up with a cute caption than me (because my best attempts are not bearing any fruit... 🤦🏻‍♀️ )
pretty please? #withacherryontop 🍒
#uhoh #cantstop #sopunny share yours below! i can’t wait to read them!! 🤗 - i’ll be featuring the best ones on my story!
👌🏼
ps. this summer i’ve been mixing & matching my swim bottoms with cute sports bras, and i’ve been loving it! (no more worries about “falling out while getting upside down 😂) this pretty pop of pink is from @mandukayoga 💗
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Let’s PLAY a GAME!! 😍
Instead of saying something super cheesy about perspectives (which I’d normally do with fun photos like these 😂), let’s do something MUCH more exciting that will brighten everyone’s day & make it a little less Monday-ish! ❤️
👇🏼
Insta-stalk the person in the comment above you and leave them a compliment in a comment here!
It can be anything from “your food pics are beautiful” to “I love your new haircut!”
🥰
No better way to brighten your day than by brightening someone else’s! ☀️
I'll be sharing some of your feeds (in my story) for those who leave a comment!
-
ps.  swipe left to the end to see which way is actually UP! 😊
#happymonday #spreadthelove
#perspectiveiseverything
-
* shapes inspired by the lovely @katymiyayogi & @mrs_khaleesi_gaither ❤️
592 14,124 4 weeks ago
Let’s play a game!! 😍
instead of saying something super cheesy about perspectives (which i’d normally do with fun photos like these 😂), let’s do something much more exciting that will brighten everyone’s day & make it a little less monday-ish! ❤️
👇🏼
insta-stalk the person in the comment above you and leave them a compliment in a comment here!
it can be anything from “your food pics are beautiful” to “i love your new haircut!”
🥰
no better way to brighten your day than by brightening someone else’s! ☀️
i'll be sharing some of your feeds (in my story) for those who leave a comment!
-
ps. swipe left to the end to see which way is actually up! 😊
#happymonday #spreadthelove #perspectiveiseverything -
* shapes inspired by the lovely @katymiyayogi & @mrs_khaleesi_gaither ❤️
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JOMO: (noun), Joy Of Missing Out:
When you feel content exactly where you are, instead of wishing you were somewhere else.
(Antonym: FOMO)
🌿
Reconnecting with yourself is the best form of self care. ❤️
.
ps.  swipe left to see all the colorful phases of this insanely gorgeous sunset (I still can’t believe these were all taken on the same evening, about 20 minutes apart!) 🙌🏼
@ljbnyc1 snapped the first photo at the beginning of the sunset, and I took the video & last pic at the very end of it. ☀️
Watch the vid until the end for the cutest part!! 🦆
#mothernatureisamazing
309 10,962 5 weeks ago
Jomo: (noun), joy of missing out:
when you feel content exactly where you are, instead of wishing you were somewhere else.
(antonym: fomo)
🌿
reconnecting with yourself is the best form of self care. ❤️
.
ps. swipe left to see all the colorful phases of this insanely gorgeous sunset (i still can’t believe these were all taken on the same evening, about 20 minutes apart!) 🙌🏼
@ljbnyc1 snapped the first photo at the beginning of the sunset, and i took the video & last pic at the very end of it. ☀️
watch the vid until the end for the cutest part!! 🦆
#mothernatureisamazing
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Same, same.. only sorta, kinda,
totally different... 😂
Patterns in the postures. ❤️
If you look closely at these 4 poses,
you’ll notice that the shape of my
body in each one is almost identical.
In fact, they could all be described
the very SAME way:  a heart opener
with a flipped-grip & a single leg extension.
.
And yet... there is so much about
these poses that are DIFFERENT.
Each one falls into its own unique
category: one an inversion, one a
standing balance, one prone, and
one seated.
.
Each of these postures has a different
entrance, and no two have the same
part of the body coming in contact
with the floor.  Finding balance in each is very distinct.
.
Little changes, big difference.
🌿
Which pose is your favorite?
Which one do you think is the most
accessible?  The most challenging?
.
Swipe left for the video of all four 😍

Ps. cause I know you’re gonna ask 😂
leg-warmers are by @jessicaolie & yoga mat is by @mandukayoga ❤️
319 14,213 last month
Same, same.. only sorta, kinda,
totally different... 😂
patterns in the postures. ❤️
if you look closely at these 4 poses,
you’ll notice that the shape of my
body in each one is almost identical.
in fact, they could all be described
the very same way: a heart opener
with a flipped-grip & a single leg extension.
.
and yet... there is so much about
these poses that are different.
each one falls into its own unique
category: one an inversion, one a
standing balance, one prone, and
one seated.
.
each of these postures has a different
entrance, and no two have the same
part of the body coming in contact
with the floor. finding balance in each is very distinct.
.
little changes, big difference.
🌿
which pose is your favorite?
which one do you think is the most
accessible? the most challenging?
.
swipe left for the video of all four 😍

ps. cause i know you’re gonna ask 😂
leg-warmers are by @jessicaolie & yoga mat is by @mandukayoga ❤️