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Recently, I’ve been feeling completely overwhelmed, slightly inundated, and very confused. It’s time for me to start that job search, which I know will be good for me but the task itself is daunting and it won’t necessarily “fix” my state of confusion. The reality is that most of what is broken in us will not be fixed overnight. I keep reminding myself to have patience in the process, to not be hard on myself, and to allow everything to rest in the peace of the universe. I trust that it will take care of me. 💙❤️ . . 📸: @sfreneenyc ✨ Wearing: @cardoparis @balenciaga ✨ . . #yoga #yogaposes #yogainspiration #yogagirl #yogadaily

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Just feeling really grateful for life and the people in my life. We all have our ups and downs but the quality of our lives is dependent on the relationships that we have with others. A little food for thought....🖤💯 . . 📸: @sfreneenyc Wearing: @cardoparis @balenciaga ❤️ . . #yogadaily #yogainspiration #backbends #yogaposes #yogagirl

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Looking back on the past year, I’m very proud of my growth as an individual, the changes that I’ve made in my life through allowing myself to be vulnerable and honest, and the continued strength that I put forth both for myself and others. I am constantly motivated and inspired by the women in my life. So many of you have played a critical role in my development and I feel empowered, not just today, but everyday. I look forward to another year of insight and self-realization and thank you to my various communities for your support, it means everything to me. Happy International Women’s Day ❤️❤️ . . Wearing: @cardoparis @balenciaga 💙 📸: @sfreneenyc 🚲 @citibike . . #splits #yogadaily #yogaposes #yogamodel

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In honor of the last day of Black History Month, I’m sharing a quote that speaks volumes to me. This is how I try to live my life every single day. In the most gracious way possible, I work to try and live my best life; by taking action on the things that I can control, releasing the rest, and working diligently to let go of the things and people that do not serve me. Happiness is key and while we all know that it’s not always easy to live our best lives, it’s worth putting in the effort, and that is the luxury of life. ✨ . . “Luxury is…to be able to take control of one’s life, health, and the pursuit of happiness in a way that is joyful.” ~Fashion Editor Andre Leon Talley 🖤 @andreltalley . . 📸: @montystilson ✨ Wearing: @alexanderwangny top ✨ @renamedapparel biker shorts from @shopbop ✨ . . #yogadaily #yogaposes #yogainspiration #yogafashion #backbend #andreleontalley

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whatgibbs. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable; that is the challenge, but t

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable; that is the challenge, but that is growth. 🖤 . . 📸: @montystilson Wearing: @alexanderwangny top ✨ @renamedapparel biker shorts from @shopbop ✨ . . #yogaposes #yogadaily #yogainspiration #backbend #yogagirl

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It’s seldom to hear something that resonates with me while walking through Penn Station 🚉 However, that all changed yesterday. I was walking towards the E-train and the man at the smoothie bar yelled out, “Want to get rid of negativity? All you’ve got to do is stay positive.” It’s simple but so true ~Thank you smoothie guy 🖤🍌🍒🍋🥥 . . 📸: @montystilson 🖤 Wearing: @alexanderwangny top ✨ @renamedapparel biker shorts from @shopbop ✨ . . #backbend #yogafashion #yogaposes #yogainspiration #yogadaily

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“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” ~ Langston Hughes 💕 . . Wearing: @peixotowear ✨ 📸: @wanda.photography Location: My yoga home @bodenyc ✨ . . #yogainspiration #yogaposes #yogagirl #yogabody #yogamodel

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Recently, it feels like I’ve been having the same discussion with different friends. A thought provoking conversation that inevitably centers around the subject of happiness. During my downtime, I’ve been thinking significantly about this subject matter/state of being and some questions that I’ve been asking myself are; what brings me joy, what is the source of my joy, and what’s currently controlling my joy? Genuine happiness has become more important to me every year. With that said, I realize that it does not come from acclaim or better circumstances, but it comes from ordered priorities. It’s a way of looking at things and it’s a focus before it’s a feeling. We aren’t all going through the same thing but we’re all going through something. Don’t look around and expect to find joy, nothing destroys happiness like comparison. However, it comes when you are focused in the present. It’s not about possessions but how we position ourselves and our thoughts. It’s deeper than what we post on social media, our most desirable moments with the perfect filter. It’s about resetting priorities. Are we allowing our joy to be controlled by superficial things that can not sustain us?!? What is the source of your joy?!? . . Wearing: @peixotowear 💕 📸: @wanda.photography ✨ Location: @bodenyc 💯 Post Inspired by a podcast: Elevation Church ⛪️ 🙏🏽 . . #yogamodel #yogagirl #yogaposes #yogainspiration #yogabody

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The greatest love, is the love that we can show ourselves. Granted, it’s not always easy to be gentle and nurturing to ones self, but when we are, its the most satisfying feeling. Love yourself 💕 . . Happy Valentines Day! Swing by one of the @bodenyc studios for class and some bubbly 🥂 I’ll be at the midtown studio. Check my story for V-Day class schedule✨ . . Wearing: @peixotowear 📸: @wanda.photography . . #yogadaily #yogaposes #yogamodel #yogalife #yogagirl

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Doing everything in my control to keep an open heart, an open mind, and gracefully make space for the things that I both want and need in my life 🖤🖤🖤 . . Wearing: @michi_ny @apl ✨ 📸: @montystilson ❤️ . . #movewithmichi #yogainspiration #backbend #yogamodel #yogaposes @yoga.goodvibes

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Loving @michi_ny Flashdance inspired collection which drops today! Check out their new Spring ‘19 collection by clicking the link in my bio! #movewithmichi ✨🖤 . . @montystilson thank you for your creativity ❤️📸 Wearing: @michi_ny @apl 🔥 . . #yogamodel #yogainspiration #yogagirl #backbends

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I’m really excited to be working with @michi_ny for the launch of their new Spring ‘19 collection which drops tomorrow! I’m pretty obsessed with the outfit that I shot in, the biker shorts are awesome and the cut out in my top is unlike anything that I’ve worn before. Check out their collection now....link in bio!! Also, see something you love, use code: TEAM_VICTORIA and get 15% off your order! #MoveWithMICHI . . Shot by the amazing @montystilson ❤️ Wearing: @michi_ny @apl ✨ . #yogagirl #yogamodel #yogainspiration #yogaposes

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I spent this past weekend participating in a @progressivehathayoga workshop and it was an amazing experience. It’s two full days; the first day starts with a traditional 26 & 2 hot yoga class followed by back-bending for a few hours. The second day, also begins with a traditional hot yoga class to warm up, and is followed by hours of hip opening postures and exercises. I enjoy back-bending so day one was pleasurable but day two, hip opening, was challenging and even painful at times. Of course, it was a good pain, growing pains if you will. The whole experience was very informative, motivating, and eye opening. It’s amazing to see what the body is capable of with the right instruction and when you trust your teacher. For the first time I got into new postures, postures that I didn’t think I was capable of but was working towards. Furthermore, I learned a lot about myself. By the end of the weekend it became very evident that I need to get out of my head. Something that I’ve been working on and will continue working on but I’m mentally holding myself back. I talk about it a lot, and it’s one of those, easier said than done, but I have to continue working on letting go. I hold so much of life’s stress in my body, my hips especially, which is preventing me from further progressing in my practice. It’s amazing to see how much our practice can tell us about ourselves. I have to continue working on letting go and practicing differently. I have to breathe more and trust my body and my practice. This element of trust is relevant both in our practice and in life. I trust that the universe will lead me down the right path, but I have to be more willing to let go and let it happen. I have to stop thinking so much and just do it. Thank you @kyha98 @devkapilyoga and @yogalatte for an epic weekend 🖤🖤 . . 📸: @ljbnyc1 ✨ . . #backbend #yogainspiration #yogalife #yogagirl #yogamodel

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“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” ~ Roy T. Bennett ✨ . . Thank you as always @ljbnyc1 📸🖤 . . #yogainspiration #yogabody #backbend #yogaposes #blackgirlyoga

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I spent this past weekend at home with my parents; I’ve been spending a lot more time with them recently and of course, it’s all for the best. Anyway, I went to church with them on Sunday and during the service I began to look around at the all of the lovely married couples, with their children, living that family life. All of that made me think, on a superficial level just briefly about my life; I’m sitting in the pew with my parents, no love interests, currently not working, and I have an auto immune disease🤔✨ . . And no, I don’t feel sorry for myself, I actually laughed to myself and thought a bit more. I’m a firm believer in the saying, nothing happens before it’s time and I genuinely believe that I’m on a path to something amazing. We all have a path that the universe has carved out for us. It won’t always makes sense, it could be full of challenges, or full of successes, or timing might not match up the way in which we would have hoped, but it’s happening this way for a reason✨ . . The most important thing is to be happy in your own skin and to do your best to work towards what you want in this life. I always tell people that you need to be most comfortable and confident with yourself before you can live the life that you’re supposed to. You have to be open and accepting of what the universe has in store. We have to make the choice to be happy and stay positive because those things will bring success, will attract the right people into our lives, and will lead us down the right path 💕🖤💕📸: @ljbnyc1 ✨ Outfit provided by: @myfearismystrength✨ . . #yogaposes #yogamodel #yogabody #yogainspiration #blackgirlyoga

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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” ~ Maya Angelou ❤️❤️❤️ . . 📸: @ljbnyc1 | wearing: @normakamali ✨ . . #yogainspiration #yogaposes #yogamodel #yogagirl #mayaangelouquotes

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It’s something that we all know, but often forget. It’s the idea of how we process, both within our body and externally. This past weekend, I was reminded by a very special yogi the following: ✨ ✨ 1. We must OBSERVE what’s going on with or around us. 2. We have to learn to ACCEPT whatever is going on in our lives. 3. We must learn to LET GO and graciously release whatever or whomever. ✨ ✨ Thank you @talia_sutra for sharing your gifts with us here in New York this past week & for highlighting how we can continue to grow not just in our practice but as people. 💯 ✨ ✨ 📸: @ljbnyc1 | wearing: @normakamali 🖤 . . #yogainspiration #yogabody #yogamodel #backbends #yogaposes

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Every storm that we survive is not something that everyone can see. What we go through is important, but it’s more important to understand WHY we go through certain challenging times. Its never meant to break us, it’s meant to strengthen and teach us about ourselves. For me, I gain so much perspective and strength from sharing my life experiences. Some think I share too much but I believe that I haven’t thoroughly shared enough. I recently wrote a piece, which will be released soon, and it made me think about everything that I’ve gone through up to this point. When I talk about it, it doesn’t even sound normal. I realize though, that being open and honest is not just helping me but it’s helping others. It’s hard to share real life issues but I find it so uplifting and powerful to do so. Life isn’t always rainbows, it can be hard, and it’s nice to feel like someone understands and that you’re not alone 🖤 . . 📸: @ljbnyc1 | wearing: @normakamali . . #yogabody #yogainspiration #backbends #yogaposes #yogagirl

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