Riva G@riva_g_

Creative Director
Inspired by yoga, art, nature,
travel, style, the beauty in little things
mom. geek. free spirit. NYC
📧 rivag99@gmail.com

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Riva G

After the rain, comes the rainbow 🌈
Stretching it out on Melrose Ave where all the fashion bloggers were doing their thing. I loved walking around this part of LA - there were so many cool shops, restaurants, & incredible wall murals, like this one by @madebylondon which was made entirely of yarn!! 🙌🏼
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Check out my stories for a closeup of this mural and swipe left for the video of how I get into this pose. 😍
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Loving this diamond outfit by @flexilexi_fitness ❤️


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Two of the most powerful things I’ve learned from my physical yoga practice have both come from my FAILS.
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The first lesson came from all the ‘failures’ that I’ve overcome. I discovered that I was stronger & more resilient than I realized. And that with each ‘fail’ I was actually learning & growing.
Take this very pose for example. I remember the first time I saw it & tried to do it. And I couldn’t.
But with each attempt I grew stronger, became more open. And then one day this pose did become accessible, and it’s been an enjoyable part of my practice ever since.
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The second, and perhaps even more valuable lesson, came from all the ‘fails’ that I still have not overcome.
I learned that it’s OK. It’s 100%, completely fine to NOT be able to achieve everything I want to.
That there will be hundreds, maybe even thousands of postures & transitions that I will never access in this lifetime... and that is totally fine. 🙌🏼
That I will always be enough, regardless of what I can or cannot do.
That it doesn’t make my practice - or me - any less valuable. It just is.
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I guess my point is, I know how easy it is to start comparing ourselves with all of these ‘perfect’ or ‘impossible’ postures we regularly catch sight of while scrolling through our feeds.
You may find that some will become a part of your regular practice while others may forever allude you.
And either way is 100% FINE.
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Enjoy what you see, find inspiration where you will, but never forget that you are enough, exactly as you are.
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Shapes by the pool at the beautiful @lapeerhotel ☀️


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Had to share this flow with you guys because it’s been way too long since I shared a video that wasn’t sped up.
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I love how you can see all the micro movements & nuances in a real time flow, and even more importantly how moving with the breath is such a huge part of any practice. It’s what makes ALL the difference 🙌🏼
Of course I also love being able to share a longer portion of a flow in the videos that are sped up, but I think it’s important to show movement in real time too.
What do you guys think?
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ps. Thank you @lapeerhotel for making all my steel window dreams come true in this beautiful suite 😍
🎵 cover of oh darlin by Elle King


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This place is one for the books... 📚🤣🙈
Do you have a favorite book?
What are you reading right now?
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I’ve never seen as much rain in LA as we had on our first full day here, but it gave us the chance to explore some cool indoor spots like this fun bookstore downtown!
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I just finished reading ‘My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry’ (& really enjoyed it), now I’m looking for another great book to start... do you have recommendations?
Share below! 👇🏼😊
#booklove


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Same, same... only totally different 😂
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If you look closely at these postures, you’ll notice that the shape of my body in each one is almost identical.
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And YET... they are all SO very different.
The change in direction affects the entrance for each pose, and the sensation while in it. No two have the same part of the body primarily coming in contact with the floor. And each one falls into it’s own category: one kneeling, one inversion, one prone, & one balance.
Small changes, big difference.

Which pose is your favorite? Which one would you consider most accessible? Which do you think is the most challenging?
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(Swipe left for the video of all four 😍)


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She silently stepped
out of the race that she
never wanted to be in,
found her own lane and
proceeded to win.
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#YouDoYou


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The ‘she’ to my ‘nanigans’... @tditty2
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Well, we aren’t exactly on the beach right now, and she may not be basing me at this very moment, but my sis is always supporting me, wether it’s in a crazy yoga pose or with some other hairbrained idea (like the time we walked for miles in the intense Florida sun carrying heavy bags & wearing inappropriate shoes because I thought it would be faster than calling an Uber...🙈)
I guess what I’m saying is, I’m kinda excited to see my amazing family soon! 🎉👨‍👩‍👧‍👦❤️😻 ... can you tell?!
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#sisters #familytime #familylove
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ps. I’ve been updating my stories with the bathroom renovation progress for all who wanted to see!


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Sometimes you just have to a sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride... 💜
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I know I look pretty chilled out in this pic, but to be completely honest with you guys, the last few days have been anything but chill.
It all started out with an innocent little shower leak in my bathroom, which has now turned into a full-blown, last-minute, total master bathroom demolition & restoration. (Do you guys want to see the construction process in my stories? Let me know, I could really use some help with all the decision making 😂)
On top of that, my hubby is away for the next 6 days, leaving me to run the show - kids, school, work, renovation - all on my own.
I know I can do it (at least that’s what I keep telling myself 😅)... as long as I remember to just take it one day at a time, do the best I can, and most importantly, to take lots of deep breaths anytime I need to (which is a lot). 🤪
And if you guys have any other good advice for me, I’m all ears!
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Ps. This pose was just a quick pop-up, shape inspired by the lovely @gal_zabib


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Be present.
Make love. Make tea.
Avoid small talk. Embrace conversation.
Buy a plant, water it.
Make your bed. Make someone else’s bed.
Have a smart mouth, and quick wit.
Run. Make art. Create.
Swim in the ocean. Swim in the rain.
Take chances. Ask questions.
Make mistakes. Learn.
Know your worth. Love fiercely.
Forgive quickly.
Let go of what doesn’t
make you happy.
Grow.
~ Paulo Coelho
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Just wanted to share these words with you guys, they are some of my favorite.
I’ve had this quote written down for awhile now, and I still find myself smiling EVERY time I read it.
Hoping it does the same for you.
Happy Monday, friends. 🙏🏼


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Big lights, big city, and big story in the Big Apple! 🍎🎉🏙
I’m super excited to finally share this news with you guys! I recently partnered with the chic @lumahoteltimessquare to create a customized in-room workout program available to every guest of the hotel! 💪🏼
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This select combination of exercises will effectively tone, strengthen, and stretch your entire body. You’ll get a great workout AND you’ll feel more relaxed, energized, and open. 🙌🏼
The best part is you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your room - one quick call to the front desk, and Luma will send up a specially curated GYMbag containing all the instructions & equipment you need.
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Swipe left to see the GYMbag contents, one of the exercises, and the behind-the-scenes video from the first photo here!
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PC: @johnfcooperphotography


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Flowing into 2019 with the cutest little photo-bomber... 😍❤️🐶
You may notice Winnie‘s new ‘accessory’ - she has to wear this cone while we wait for a small bump near her eye to heal. 😭
We are hoping it clears up soon... although I have to admit, I do think the cone makes her look even more adorable than usual... but am I wrong though?? 😹
#yogawithwinnie 🐾
🎵 Gratitude by Daniel LeBlanc
* flow is sped up x 3.5


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Happy New Year, loves! 🎉
It’s not magic, it’s not superpowers, and it’s NOT photoshop!!
It’s me auditioning for a roll in the next Harry Potter movie!
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Haha, just kidding, it’s 100% real - a photography technique called light painting that @nathanrosephotography & I tried out this past week and we had a blast doing it!
📸💃🏻🎨 BEFORE we nailed it though, we went through a number of hurdles - finding the right equipment, looking for an appropriate location, waiting for decent weather, experimenting with all the camera settings... and even then we still had plenty of fails!
But we didn’t give up, we worked through each challenge, & learned from every mistake, and we ended up with something that came out pretty magical. 💫
What better way to kick off 2019 than something that represents all of that?
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What are guys you up to on the first day of the New Year?
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ps. I’ll post a little behind the scenes video from this shoot to my story!


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