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] http://www.RivaGYoga.com/blog
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Poses i can’t do... ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ
i know it’s meant to be a compliment,
though i can’t help but laugh a little
when i read a comment on any of my
photos or videos that says:
“is there anything you can’t do?” ๐Ÿ˜Š
i guess i find it funny because in my head there is a long list of things i can’t do ๐Ÿ˜‚ (& this video shares just a few of them).
the truth is there will likely be hundreds of asanas (or more) that i may never be able to access in this lifetime.
and you know what?
i’m totally ok with that! i’ve learned that i don’t need a check mark next to every yoga posture or transition that exists. my practice isn’t any less valuable without them.
and i want to share this important reminder with you too. โค๏ธ
because being on this platform means
we are exposed to incredible shapes and
movements on the daily. but the value of our practice doesn’t change wether or not we can access them.
it’s wonderful to enjoy the things we see here, and it’s fantastic to feel inspired, but the most valuable part of our practice is to be grateful for all of the things that we can do. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
wanna join me in spreading this
important message?
share the poses you can’t do, tag me in your post, and use the hashtags:
#posesicantdo #yogawithriva i’ll be sharing them in my stories!

21 hours ago comment 470 star 7,186

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.
well, i’m excited to share that i’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!

2 days ago comment 269 star 11,206

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!)
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.
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

4 days ago comment 146 star 7,879

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

6 days ago comment 460 star 10,269

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
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

2 weeks ago comment 322 star 14,495

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•

2 weeks ago comment 312 star 12,155

Same, same... only different?
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
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.
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)

2 weeks ago comment 349 star 13,153

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.
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˜‚

3 weeks ago comment 524 star 20,735

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.
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’

3 weeks ago comment 652 star 16,390

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
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’™

3 weeks ago comment 258 star 8,076

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).
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

4 weeks ago comment 349 star 12,125

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

4 weeks ago comment 210 star 9,040