Riva G@riva_g_

Creative Director
Inspired by yoga, art, nature,
travel, style, the beauty in little things
mom. geek. free spirit. NYC
๐Ÿ“ง rivag99@gmail.com

www.RivaGYoga.com/blog

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Riva G

She held the moon
the way she held her own
heart, as if it was the only
light that could guide
her through the
darkest nights.
~ Chrissy Pinney
๐ŸŒ˜๐ŸŒ—๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ“๐ŸŒ’
Magical moment in Mexico,
where dusk meets moonlight ๐Ÿ’œ


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Love is not:
I will give this to you
if you do this for me.
Love is:
I will give this to you
so that you may shine.
~ yung pueblo
โค๏ธ
#letsspreadlove #andeattacos ๐Ÿ˜‚
Having the best time here in Mexico with these loving souls.. and yeah, we are definitely enjoying all the delicious food here too... ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ˜‹


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NBD, just the MOST EPIC photo-bomb of my entire beach-yoga life.. ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ
โžก๏ธ Watch until the end!! ๐Ÿถ
After a long day of travel yesterday, I woke up early this morning to watch the sunrise by the ocean, and came across this enormous, beautiful piece of driftwood.
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Naturally I couldnโ€™t just pass it by without stopping for a climb (real life yogi problems ๐Ÿ˜น), and letโ€™s just say I got a little bit more than I bargained for... ๐Ÿถ
Haha... I donโ€™t usually end up falling in love with most of my photo-bombers, but then again they arenโ€™t usually this adorable... โค๏ธ
#photobomb #driftwood #puertoescondido
๐Ÿ‘™ from @revolve


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Tea time & a GIVEAWAY!! โ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ
๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
I have some AMAZING news for you,
my fellow tea-lovers!!
In honor of the upcoming #InternationalYogaDay ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ I am
giving away a GIFT BOX featuring @PukkaHerbsUS teas & MORE goodies!
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You can see here Iโ€™m pairing one of my favorite yoga poses - this fun hair-stand! ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ with my morning cuppa Tumeric Active. โ˜•๏ธ Perfect way to get energized & start a busy day ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ#PukkaPosePairing
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TO ENTER: โค๏ธ
1. Follow @PukkaHerbsUS & @riva_g_
2. Tag a friends (or a few!) in the comments below - Multiple entries are allowed! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ
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The fine print:
Must have a valid US shipping address and be 18+ to win. Giveaway closes 06/13/19 at 11:59 pm EST!
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That's it! One lucky winner will be selected at random & contacted Friday morning!
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GOOD LUCK! ๐Ÿ˜ #PukkaHerbsUS
#sponsored #PukkaHerbs
#ILoveTea #TeaIsLife


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My idea of Fomo is missing a sunrise or sunset by the ocean... ๐Ÿ˜‚
Some of the shapes Iโ€˜ve made by the sea... ๐ŸŒŠโ˜€๏ธ
Which one is your favorite?
(1 is top left, & 9 is bottom right). ๐Ÿ˜
#myhappyplace ๐Ÿ’™


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5 Ways Yoga Blocks can ELEVATE your Firefly! ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ
* special thanks to Gaiam for sponsoring this tutorial โค๏ธ
If you're working on your Firefly & the first part of this video looks all too familiar, donโ€™t sweat it! ๐Ÿ˜… Weโ€™ve all been there before.
This arm balance is no joke - the arms, quads, core, & adductors are all working hard here, ๐Ÿ”ฅ not to mention that deep stretch in the hamstrings. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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Iโ€™m sharing 5 ways to help make this posture more accessible with some yoga blocks! My outfit & blocks are from @gaiam & are available at @target - Iโ€™ll post the link in my bio for the next 24 hours:
๐Ÿ”ธ Malasana helps open the inner thighs & hips, an important step in preparing for Tittibhasana. Adding a block or two under the seat makes this yogi squat more accessible. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ
๐Ÿ”ธ Leg-lifts will activate the quads & adductors - the muscles used to straighten the legs & keep them from sliding down the arms in Firefly.
๐Ÿ”ธ Seated wide leg forward fold helps open the hamstrings & inner thighs (Iโ€™m using the blocks to deepen the stretch).
๐Ÿ”ธ โ€˜Knee-to-armpitโ€™ activates the core muscles needed for this balance, while Lizard pose stretches the hip-flexors (optional foot on block for deeper opening).
๐Ÿ”ธ Single-leg lifts & Bhujapidasana are great prep poses which become more accessible when placing a block under each hand. ๐Ÿ˜‰
๐Ÿ”ธ When youโ€™re ready to give the full posture a try (with or without blocks), keep the following in mind:
Try to get the backs of your knees as high up on the arms as possible. Drop the hips down to lift the feet up. Root down in the hands, squeeze the inner thighs against arms, & broaden your shoulder blades. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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Remember: ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
๐Ÿ”นDONโ€™T force anything. Listen to your body, & take your time, the most important thing is how it feels (& it should feel good!)
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
#everybodybends #gaiamanywhere
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Did you guys find this helpful? Tag a friend who is working on their handstand, & let me know if you want me to keep sharing more tutorials! โค๏ธ
Happy practicing! ๐Ÿ˜
ps. To see my previous tutorials scroll through the hashtag: #yogawithriva


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Everyone: act casual
Me:
๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป
But can you blame me?! This CRYSTAL PALACE in Madrid had me feeling like Cinderella ๐Ÿฆ‹ (minus the glass slippers because I donโ€™t think Iโ€™d be able to yoga in them ๐Ÿ˜‚)
๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
Friends, BOOKMARK this post if youโ€™re planning a trip to Portugal or Madrid (or tag a friend who is)!
So many of you wanted to know more about my recent trip to both places, so Iโ€™m sharing details (& a few other tips). Please feel free to add more! ๐Ÿ˜Š
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PORTUGAL ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
๐Ÿ”ธ Algarve - we landed & drove straight to the southern coastline. This area is famous for its scenic beaches, caves & grottoes, & it did not disappoint! We loved exploring these beach towns.
๐Ÿ”ธ From there we drove up to Lisbon & walked ALL over the city:
๐Ÿ”ธ Praรงa do Comรฉrcio - Lisbonโ€™s iconic square (& one of the largest squares in Europe!!) The former site of the Ribeira Palace with a beautiful view of the Tagus river.
๐Ÿ”ธ Alfama - the oldest district of Lisbon & probably most charming. Winding cobblestone streets made us feel like we stepped back in time.
๐Ÿ”ธ Avenida da Liberdade - famous shopping boulevard near our hotel.
๐Ÿ”ธ Sintra - we didnโ€™t make it here this trip but it was a favorite spot of my previous visit (in 2017). Itโ€™s a 30 min drive from Lisbon, but transports you to another world with historic mansions, picturesque castles, forests & mountains. ๐Ÿฐ
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MADRID ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ”น El Retiro Park - one of the largest parks in Madrid (used to belong to the Spanish monarchy). So many things to do here! Explore the rose garden, watch performers, rent a rowboat, visit the Glass Palace (pictured here) just to name a few.
๐Ÿ”น Visit the Royal Palace, the Prada Museum, or just walk around and get lost in the charming streets of this beautiful city! ๐Ÿ˜


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A successful life is created
with two words: yes and no.
Have the courage to say Yes
only when it feels right.
And No to the old patterns
that do not serve you.
~ Yung Pueblo
โค๏ธ
I know these words might seem
kind of obvious at first glance...
but I canโ€™t tell you how often Iโ€™ve
needed this little reminder.
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Saying No isnโ€™t something that
comes naturally to me. Iโ€™ve always found that saying Yes is the easier thing to do.
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But sometimes saying yes to
something (or someone) means
taking the easy way out... and
sometimes itโ€˜s at the expense of
our own joy or self-worth.
And then it becomes detrimental.
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So Iโ€™m sharing this little reminder:
Itโ€™s ok to say No.
Itโ€™s ok to walk away from any
situation that doesnโ€™t serve us.
Sometimes saying No takes more
courage than saying yes. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ
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Upside down on the prettiest little street in Madrid (just down the block from our hotel)... โค๏ธ


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The sweetest moments of my life donโ€™t end up on social media... ๐Ÿ˜Š
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Kisses for the birthday boy ๐ŸŽ‚
We may not be an โ€œinsta-coupleโ€ (in fact I can count on one hand the number of times this guy has made an appearance here ๐Ÿ˜‚ )
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But what weโ€™ve got is REAL.
Our selfie-game isnโ€™t very strong,
but our Love for each other sure is. โค๏ธ
#happybirthdaybaby
#loveyoutothemoonandback ๐ŸŒ™

ps. Anyone planning a trip to Portugal? ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Let me know if you guys want me to share any details about my Portugal trip (in a blog post), or just ask me below if thereโ€™s anything you want to know more about! ๐Ÿ˜Š


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Lisbon, you are Portu-goals โค๏ธ
(sometimes I crack myself up ๐Ÿ˜‚)
#lisbon #portugal๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Legend has it that Lisbon was built on seven hills... now I donโ€™t know if thatโ€˜s totally accurate, but I CAN say with certainty that after walking around this beautiful city for a few days, one can easily understand how these iconic trams ๐Ÿšƒ became so popular in The City of Stairs. ๐Ÿ˜…

Yogiโ€™s tip: you can always give your legs a break by getting on your hands... ๐Ÿคช haha, but to be honest I actually LOVED all the stair climbing! - felt like a killer leg-workout at the most scenic gym! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
ps. Swipe left to watch the tram pass me by! โค๏ธ
pps. Cuz I know youโ€™re gonna ask: stretchy jeans are from @revolve ( all brands are tagged :)


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When the instructor finally lets you out of
a two-minute Chair Pose ๐Ÿฆ‹ #amiright
๐Ÿ˜‚ But seriously, as a #fabfitfunpartner Iโ€™m excited to share that you can get your hands on this gorgeous, Spiritual Gangster Black Floral Kimono, ๐Ÿ‘˜ plus an ENTIRE @fabfitfun box of incredible goodies like skin care, beach gear โ˜€๏ธ& even portable wine glasses ๐Ÿฅ‚ - all for LESS than the retail price of the kimono alone!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผโค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰
Use coupon code โ€˜RIVAโ€™ to get $10 off your first box at www.fabfitfun.com ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป
#yourwelcome
ps. good news loves, #fabfitfun is now available in the ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง too!


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The sun will rise
and set regardless.
What we choose to do
with the light while
itโ€™s here is up to us.
~ Alex Elle
โœจ๐Ÿ’™โœจ
Traveling is my favorite reminder to
make the most of each and every day.
What inspires you to do the things you love?
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ps. Do you see the small rock in the ocean that looks like a slice of chocolate cake?
Or am I just getting hungry? ๐Ÿ˜‚ (zoom in!) ๐Ÿฐ
Swipe left for the panoramic video of this insanely beautiful beach and Portugalโ€™s cotton candy skies... ๐Ÿ˜


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