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I’m trying…

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Amazing photoshoot tonight with @jaydenkcampbell. So magical #photography #photoshoot #children #sunset #boho #bohemian #magical #light #daughter #amazing

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This prop is for my daughter’s photoshoot tonight but I’m claiming it as my own. Clearly it belongs on my head. #princess #photography #kids #crown #self

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Getting there!

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Last night he said I was beautiful. I have never been comfortable in my own skin or had the ability to accept a compliment without thinking I was being lied to. I hate it. #abuse #compliments #self #life #beauty #selfimage #perception #confidence

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It has been amazing seeing all the little gestures that show someone genuinely cares. I had no idea what I was missing out on before. #quotes #love #happy #happiness #real #life #relationships #romance

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This is just beyond cute #love #kids #strength #relationships #women #men #life #quotes #cute #competent

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10 years ago today my little brother passed away in my arms. I’ll never get over it but with the help of those I love I can share my memories and keep his love alive. I miss you Brandon. #siblings #hyperhomocysteinemia #life #love #death #brother #sister #grief #sad #memorial #anniversary #missyou

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There is no bad mood that a big ass delivery of gorgeous #boots can’t fix. #justfab #shoes #shopping #retailtherapy #omfgshoes

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Today’s shake!

1 scoop #ON vanilla whey
1 cup water
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup spinach
1/4 cup baby carrots
1 medium banana
1/8 cup peaches
1/4 cup strawberries

#fit #health #healthy #protein #shake #breakfast #diet #fitblr

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Today’s shake!

1 scoop #ON vanilla whey
1 cup water
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup spinach
1 medium banana
1/8 cup peaches
1/4 cup strawberries

#fit #fitness #protein #breakfast #diet #healthy #health #fitblr #fitfam #shake

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Grief is a hell of a thing. I can’t shake it. I can’t wrap my head around why someone would hurt me like that. Why another person would hurt themselves… I just can’t. Why does everything happen at once? Why can’t I ever have time to process one thing at a time?? #why #suicide #grief #grieving #domesticviolence #abuse #pain #strength #overcome #sadness #life #self #death

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Morning #protein shake!

1 scoop #ON vanilla whey
1 cup spinach
1 cup water
1/4 cup peaches
1/2 banana
1/2 cup strawberries

#smoothie #fitness #diet #breakfast #fitblr #green #healthy

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runnermotivation:

rachaeldee:

Yoga for hip openers

hello friends! ever since these photos of me started making the rounds on tumblr, the most common question i get asked is “what are hip openers?” so i thought i would make my next guide focused on that. hip openers are poses that help to loosen the muscles that connect to the hip joints. remember that these muscles are often very tight and be careful not to overstretch yourself. loosening the hips happens very very gradually. incorporating some of these poses into your yoga practice can help to achieve both front and side splits!

ps. i tried to put these in a coherent order so that you can flow through them with one leg, then go back and repeat the flow using the opposite leg! 

  • standing wide-legged forward fold - put your feet wider than shoulder width and bend forward while keeping the back as straight and flat as possible. you should feel the stretch in your hamstrings - hold for a few breaths, then rotate around to downward facing dog.
  • lizard pose - start in downward facing dog and raise one leg up behind you, then swing it through to place your foot next to your hand, on the outside. keep your front knee at a 90 degree angle and sink into a deep lunge, with your back knee on the floor and leg extended. you’ll feel this one in your back leg’s hip flexor (along your hip crease) and also deep in your front leg’s hip joint. 
  • pigeon pose - from lizard pose, move your hand to the outside of your front foot, keep the knee bent, and pull your foot across so it’s near the opposite hand. bend the knee as generously as you want - the closer it is to being parallel with your body, the deeper the stretch. rest here, or go down to your elbows, or even lay forward as you advance in the pose. hold for 5 breaths.
  • seated wide-legged forward fold - extend both legs wide as far as is comfortable. rest here, and then bend forward with a straight back. i also like to stretch by reaching toward one foot and then the other.
  • head-to-knee forward bend - extend one leg and bend the other at the knee. gently bring your head to your knee while keeping your back straight and your core engaged. if you can’t get down far, just keep your back straight and hold for 3-5 breaths.
  • wind relieving pose - come on to your back, bend one knee and interlace your fingers on your shin bone, about two inches below the knee. pull gently toward your body, keeping your back flush with the ground and engaging your core. you can also rotate your knee gently here.
  • happy baby pose - bend legs and grab for the inside of your heels, and try to keep your back completely flush with the mat - this will give you the deepest stretch in this pose! you can also roll a bit to massage your lower back. 
  • reclining goddess pose - release legs from happy baby and let them fall open to the floor. try to keep your lower back close to the ground and put arms wherever is comfortable. relax here and appreciate your fantastic body! 

hopefully this helps to answer some questions about hip openers! these the poses i focused on when i was trying to achieve the splits, but having loose hips can help with all kinds of other yoga poses and can also release a lot of tension from your lower back. happy hip-opening! :)

mat: Manduka Pro Black Sage

clothes: sports bra - lululemon flow Y IV, shorts - nike, hoodie - lululemon scuba, socks - smartwool

these are pretty great for runners

(via motivation-workout-health)

Source: rachaeldee
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