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Riva G  Creative Director Inspired by yoga, art, nature, style, the beauty in little things mom. geek. free spirit. NYC πŸ“§ rivag99@gmail.com


'But people are oceans, she
shrugged. You cannot know
them by their surface.'
~beau taplin
Heart opening by the sea... the sun & I getting ready to start the day β˜€οΈ

Ok guys, there were a lot of questions on my recent post about how to get into the modified handstand (with the front body facing the wall). So today I recorded this video, showing one way to access that variation, as well as how to start moving your handstand away from the wall once you feel ready. These are two great exercises to help improve alignment and stability in your handstand. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
Start standing, with your back facing the wall & lower your hands to the ground. Lift one foot at a time onto the wall behind you (you do not have to incorporate the splits here 😜).
Slowly walk your hands toward the wall as you wiggle your body closer in. Your feet will be making their way up the wall (so if you want to protect freshly pedicured toes feel free to wear socks, which clearly I did not do, and ended up scuffing some nail polish up... #oops πŸ™„πŸ‘£).
Once you are as close to the wall as you can get (or feel comfortable getting), completely straighten your arms, and stack your hips over your shoulders (you can keep your feet on the wall). Practice getting your spine into a hollow position so that there is no sinking in the back. πŸ‘πŸΌ
When you feel ready to handstand without the wall, walk your hands away from, & feet down the wall, turning your body into an upside-down letter 'L'. Keeping the entire body engaged, lift one leg up, and then slowly bring the other leg to meet it. Remember - we want the wrists, shoulders, hips, and ankles all stacked in one line. Inner thighs & glutes should be squeezing together, and hands are actively pushing the ground away. πŸ’ͺ🏼
Heres another tip: try recoding your handstand practice so that you can play it back & see exactly what needs to be modified in your alignment πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
Did you guys find this helpful? Tag a friend who is learning to handstand, & let me know if you want me to keep sharing more of these tutorials! Also, if you have any specific pose requests, feel free to list them in the comments below. πŸ‘‡πŸΌ
Happy practicing! 😍

When you find the perfect place to Om πŸ™πŸΌ
So in love with this gorgeous light exhibit at the Asia Society - it cast the prettiest shadows across every inch of this space, including the ceiling. Now if only I could create something like this for a room my own home... 😍
ps. you can check out the video of this light installation by Anila Quayyum Agha plus more pieces from the 'Crossing Boundaries' exhibit on my stories ❀️

'If you change the way
you look at things,
the things you look at change.'
Floating high above NYC in my favorite @mondayactive
photographed by @johnfcooperphotography at @studiob_nyc ❀️

Lines and curves in Central Park on a beautiful summer day ❀️ there was some pretty great background music playing while I was here - you can still catch it on my stories, along with more pics from my walk through the park 😍

Hello Handstand πŸ‘‹πŸΌ.
This pose is hands-down (sorry, cheesy pun 😜) the one I get asked about the most - comments, e-mails, & messages all wanting to know how to find hang time here. I also frequently get asked how long it took me to learn to handstand.
First let me say that the learning curve will vary for each individual. There's no magic number of weeks or months it takes to learn this pose. There are so many factors involved for each person.
Second, by no means do I consider myself a handstand expert, I'm still working on improving my own, but I'm happy to share some pointers that have helped me find balance in my practice. πŸ’™
If you've recently started to hold your handstand there is a good chance it looks something like the image on the left - I know mine did. Most of us are so happy to actually be holding it for more than 1-2 second to notice anything else, like alignment or form πŸ˜‚
So congrats on finding some balance here, now let's take a look at how to improve the body positioning, because that's what will help you hold this pose longer & keep your spine happy while you're there. πŸ‘πŸΌ
We want our handstand to be straight - wrists, shoulders, hips, and ankles should all be stacked, like the middle photo. The 'banana-back handstand' (left photo), shows what happens when the body is not aligned or engaged - the back is sinking, straining the body, & there is no control in the pose. πŸŒπŸ˜•
The spine should be in a neutral/hollow position, the shoulders fully extended, & the hands actively pushing the ground away. The quads, core, arms & shoulders are all actively engaged. Toes are pointed and inner thighs & glutes are squeezing together. πŸ‘πŸ’ͺ🏼
A great way to work on alignment without having to worry about balance is to use the wall (see image on the right). With your front body facing the wall, fully extend your arms and shoulders (no bending), & keep your shoulder blades broad and lifted. Now get the hips over the shoulders & wrists without allowing the back arch. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
Did you guys find this helpful? Tag a friend who is learning to handstand, & let me know if you want me to keep sharing more of these tutorials! ❀️
Happy Friday & happy practicing! 😍

'When you lose touch with
your inner stillness,
you lose touch with yourself.
When you lose touch with
yourself, you lose
yourself in the world.'
~Eckhart Tolle

'Some people around you will not understand your journey.
They don't need to; it's not for them.'
PC: @sigismondiphotography
Loves, here is your final reminder, for a chance to win a FitBit kit or an Amazon gift card simply post a pic of yourself working out & use these two hashtags: 😍

A little sneak peak from today's shoot, flowing through some of my favorite shapes in front of these beautiful windows in NYC ❀️
Can't wait to share the final images with you, but for now you can see more behind-the-scenes fun over at the @mondayactive Instagram stories where I took over for the day! 😍
#yogalove #behindthescenes

There will come a time
when you believe
everything is finished.
That will just be the beginning.

You were not meant to hide your magic from the world.
You were meant to bloom, you were meant to soar. πŸŒΈπŸ¦‹πŸŒΊ
Ps. Thank you guys for all the positive feedback on my last post! Im so glad it was helpful, and I will be sure to include more of them back here once again! πŸ’—

It's been awhile since I posted one of these pointer pics, but I've had a number of inquiries lately about help with poses and alignment. So today I wanted to share a few tips with you about Chaturanga Dandasana, a foundational pose that is often performed incorrectly, in the hopes of helping you to avoid shoulder injury and to strengthen your practice. πŸ’ͺ🏼
First of all, don't feel too bad if your Chaturanga currently looks something like the top photo, this happens a lot, and I'm fairly certain that my Chaturanga had some serious resemblance to that one for quite some time at the beginning of my yoga practice πŸ˜‚
The most important thing to keep in mind here is to maintain shoulder stability. When the shoulders aren’t stabilized you are putting undue stress on the soft tissue which can lead to some serious joint damage over time. πŸ‘ŽπŸΌ You can see in the very top photo what occurs when there is no shoulder stability - the chest is sinking way down, the elbows are moving too far back & opening out to the sides, the wrists and neck are strained, the back is arched, & the hips are lifting up too high. Whew - just holding the pose like that for a few seconds was very stressful on the body! Now imagine repeating it that way numerous times in a practice... your body will not be thanking you. πŸ™ˆ
Now let's take a look at the middle photo. Notice how the arms are in line with the torso, and there is one straight line from head down to the feet. To protect the shoulders, your torso needs to be at the same level as your elbows, the upper back & core have to be engaged, & your elbows should be hugging inward so that your inner arms are touching the sides of your body. This maximizes stability and protects your beautiful shoulders. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
Because this pose is so demanding, it's common to have to modify until you feel strong enough to hold it. One modification is to lower the knees to the ground, as shown in the bottom photo. This takes weight out of the arms & lightens the load on the body. πŸ˜…πŸ‘πŸΌ
Did you guys find this helpful? Let me know if you did and if want me to start sharing more of these again! ❀️
Happy Friday and happy practicing! 😍

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