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Buzzing from an awesome week and it’s just occurred to me that in two weeks I’ll be in China for the @yoga_sports international competition. I’ve been busy tending to various obligations and I haven’t spent much time in the studio this past week. Slightly frightening given what’s coming up but my dear friend @antonella.lemos made such a valid point. She reminded me that what I did (doctors appointment, hair cut, lupus give back events) is yoga just off the mat! She highlighted that it’s just as necessary, important, and good for the soul. I thought more about what she said and I realized it’s importance. I did things that left me feeling fulfilled, stronger, at ease, and liberated. Sometimes the work off of the mat can really be just as or even more important than on the mat. When your head and values are in a good place, everything else follows suit. Thank you @antonella.lemos 💙💙💙 . . . Wearing: @solidandstriped 📸: @jpzimage . . . #backbend #yogainspiration #yogadance #yogagirl #fashionista

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Yesterday I finally got my haircut (check out my story to see my new look😉) and it was the most liberating experience. I arrived at @h2salonbrooklyn ready to go and once I got in the chair I shed a few tears. Emotions were running high and while I knew there was no turning back as this was something that I wanted to do, it still didnt negate the fact that I was filled with trepidation. I invited @itsdgibbs and @kristinebulava for moral support and once they saw the tears, they hugged me and reminded me that it was going to be fine. That said, I’m beyonddddd thankful for the amazing hands of @marqofexcellence. He reassured me and made me feel safe. He took his time and handled me and my hair with so much grace, love, and care. With every cut I felt lighter as if I was shedding away the layers of my past. By the end of my appointment I felt like a weight had been lifted. Seeing my dead hair on the floor was a relief. I said goodbye to the past and hello to a new me, a new chapter, and a new woman. I left the salon feeling fierce and fabulous. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey, I love you and I’m so thankful! Yesterday was about so much more than a haircut, it was a total GAME CHANGER. . . . Wearing: @solidandstriped 📸: @jpzimage . . . #yogajourney #splits #backbend #yogachallenge #yogapose

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Tomorrow is the big day!! I’m cutting my hair and I couldn’t be more at ease about the situation. I received numerous beautiful messages about my willingness to be so candid about this journey. I know that if I embrace this change that everyone else will too. However, I realize that I don’t need to be dependent on other people for validation. There is so much value and fulfillment in doing things just for yourself. Getting wrapped up in the superficial can really leave one feeling empty inside. Moreover, shift your perspective and do things for the right reasons. When you do, you’ll always win. 💙💙💙 . . . Wearing: @solidandstriped 📸: @jpzimage . . . #yogagirl #yogapose #yogainspiration #yogachallenge #backbends

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Recently, I’ve been reminding myself of the importance to not live in fear or anxiety. While the last few weeks have been good, they have also been challenging. I’ve been pretty emotional and digging deep while my body goes through it’s various changes. One thing that is changing, is my hair, and not for the better. Overall, it makes me anxious and terrified to think about myself with minimal hair on my head, but I decided that it was time for a consultation. Yesterday, I ventured to @h2salonbrooklyn to see the amazing @marqofexcellence 🙌🏽✂️ (thanks for the recommendation @rosegnyc), to just talk everything out, both good and bad, and just gain some perspective and reassurance. Of course, I cried within the first two minutes of being there but they were tears filled with a myriad of emotions. Moreover, I left that salon yesterday feeling liberated, thankful, ready for a change, and a confirmed appointment for next week. Although something small in the scheme of things, it’s a big deal for me, and it feels good to not be afraid of the change anymore. It almost feels like I’m shedding a layer and starting new, both literally and figuratively. I’m ready to embrace this new look, be bold, and make a statement. 🖤🖤🖤 . . . Bold in: @kiragraceyoga : 👟 @ragandbone : @jpzimage . . . #yogainspiration #yogagirl #kiragrace #fitnessfashion #urbanyoga

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I don’t get to venture uptown to Harlem nearly as often as I would like to but I had the pleasure of doing so when shooting with 📸: @jpzimage the other week. I had the most amazing time running around with him during what was probably the last warm day of the fall season. Likewise, it also reminded me that there are so many restaurants that I’m dying to check out in the area. The last time I was in Harlem I enjoyed having brunch @roosterharlem. The food was amazing and the service was epic! If you haven’t been already, put it on your list. I find it so important to take time for yourself to explore and enjoy life, that’s really what it’s all about!!🐔🖤😋 . . Wearing: @kiragraceyoga 🔥 . . #kiragrace #fitnessfashion #yogagirl #yogainspiration #yogapose

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Breathe. Let Go. And Be Yourself. 🖤🖤🖤🖤 . . . . Wearing: @kiragraceyoga 📸: @jpzimage 🖤 . . . . #yogagirl #yogapose #urbanyoga #yogainspiration #kiragrace

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I’ve been listening to this new pod cast recently and of course taking notes so that I can reference the various positive messages and lessons within in each episode. This morning, I was rereading my notes from last week and I was really motivated and inspired by the following; “The places of your greatest isolation, will actually end up being the places where you find your greatest revelations.” @stevenfurtick ....If you think about it, it’s really true. Those places of isolation, really are the places where you can learn the most about yourself and free yourself. It’s all about looking within...🖤🖤🖤 . . 📸: @jens_look Wearing: @smartone MUA: @lavisagerie . . #yogaposes #yogagirl #yogainspiration #model #yogadiary

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Recently, I’ve been working to really build more strength and flexibility within my practice. Granted, it sounds a bit odd coming from me that I want to increase flexibility but I really want to improve my alignment, upper body strength, and work my body differently. I’ve been spending less time in the hot studio and more time trying different types of classes as a means to enhance my practice. I’m finally realizing that to improve I’ve got to try new things and continue to step out of my comfort zone. That said, it’s actually really great not being one of the best students in the room, you learn SOOOO much! 🙃🙌🏽🖤 . . . . Wearing the 🔥: @kiragraceyoga Photo series: @sfreneenyc . . . #urbanyoga #yogagirl #yogapose #yogabody #kiragrace

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I was asked some very poignant questions the other day by a very special yogi and it really got me thinking, as their questions evoked a lot of emotion. This week in particular I’ve felt a shift in my body, a positive shift, and even though I told myself mentally that I was getting better, I can genuinely physically feel that I’m on the mend 💜. That said, I want to thank all of you for your beautiful comments, heartfelt outreach, and your positivity. It has been a pillar of strength and I am so thankful, as each and every one of you inspire and motivate. THANK YOU 🙏🏽☺️💜 . . . Wearing the fierce @kiragraceyoga 📸: @sfreneenyc 😘 . . . #yogagirl #yogapose #kiragrace #lupuswarrior #urbanyoga

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I’ve been thinking a lot about dysfunctional comfort and slowly realizing that coming into my calling means coming out of my comfort zone... Food for thought Tuesday 🖤🖤 . . . . Feeling fierce in @kiragraceyoga 📸: @sfreneenyc @whatgibbs . . . . #yogagirl #kiragrace #yogadance #balletyoga #urbanyoga

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One of the simplest ways to be happy is to get rid of the things and the people that don't serve you. It's work, but it's worth it. ❤️🖤❤️🖤 Wearing @alala 📸: @montystilson @whatgibbs . #yogaposes #yogagirl #urbanyoga #activewear #fitnessfashion

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Purpose and persistence. It’s not just about showing up, you have to press in. You could be one shift from a breakthrough. ❤️🖤❤️🖤 . . . Wearing: @alala 📸: @montystilson 🖤 @whatgibbs . . . #yogagirls #fitnessmodel #alalaallday #apparel #yogapose

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One thing that may, or may not be that obvious about me is that I’m really into fashion. Yes, of course, most girls are, but Ive taken my appreciation to another level. With that being said, I’m also really inspired by the fashion in the yoga world. I love the opportunity to wear something that really resonates with my personality and motivates me to move. Thank you so much @alala for this amazingly stylish, yet functional yoga outfit. I had the best time rocking this look 🖤❤️🖤❤️ 📸: @montystilson @whatgibbs wearing: @alala . . . . . #yogamodel #fitnessmodel #alalaallday #yogagirls #yogaposes

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When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too ~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist . . . Wearing: @ragandbone MUA: @lavisagerie 📸: @jens_look @whatgibbs #urban #fashionlover #ragandbone #model #fashionphotography

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Andddd it’s Fridayyyy!!!! 🖤💙🖤💙 . . . . Wearing: @ragandbone F/W 18 Wes Top and RB Army High Sneakers 💋💄: @lavisagerie 📸: @jens_look @whatgibbs . . #activewearfashion #urbanyoga #yogamodel #dancerpose #yogagirl

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With the International yoga competition, hosted by the Chinese Yoga Sports Federation in Beijing just two months away (can’t believe it’s right around the corner 🙏🏽) you will most likely find me in the yoga studio going forward. Since having shared my recent health scare with everyone, which was cleansing for me to be so open and honest, my body is really starting to feel good. Granted, I’ve only taken a few classes since then, but I’m feeling stronger both mentally and physically with every day and it feels so good. China this December is really about the experience and just demonstrating a routine that I’m proud of but I’m working on something new and I’m just truly thankful to be in my flow once again. Im feeling confident in my practice and continuously building more faith in myself. Here is just a basic flow, nothing fancy, but im moving again. True to form, practicing at my favorite spot @bodenyc ~ the community here is everything ☺️🖤🙌🏽 Wearing: @vyayama @usayoga @yoga_sports . @whatgibbs . #yogagirl #yogabody #yogavideos #yogaflows #yogavideo

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It’s been a pretty challenging last few weeks for me. I’ve been off of the grid and have had to scale back on my agenda significantly. If you know me at all, scaling back is not something that I agree to do very easily. However, sometimes you just don’t have a choice. Finding and maintaining the balance in life is essential and two weeks ago I got the disappointing news that my lupus is seriously active and that I’m in a phase where my body needs to stabilize itself immediately otherwise the affects wouldn’t be good. Mind you, I haven’t had a set back set since my diagnosis in June 2016, so naturally, I was devastated. Despite all of that, in true yogi form, I worked through the sadness and the fear, and realized that I have to make some changes because I never want to find myself back in this place again. I’ve taken this setback and have learned so much from it. I’m easing back into everything, yoga included, and I have to remember to be appropriately selfish and patient with myself. Those are really key things that we should all remember as we learn from life’s experiences, it can only lead to positivity and growth. ❤️🖤💛💜💙💚💖 . . . . Wearing: @mikohswimwear @mikoh 📸: @zachrussellphotos @whatgibbs . . . #yogabody #yogagirl #yogaphotography #fitnessmodel #yogainspiration

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A little bold, a little dark, a little vulnerable....A body of work 📸: @liorsack . @whatgibbs . . . . #yogabody #fitnessmodel #nudephotography #bodyart #model

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