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gem_am_i Dedication + self love = unfolding into the beauty that's waiting to show its face. #yoga #yogatherapy #yogaeverydamnday #arthritis #arthritisinspiration #bodywisdom #happybody 3d

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gem_am_i Yoga dance in full action. 4d

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gem_am_i There was a downpour my first night camping, #latergram #carcamping #racoonorgirl? 6d

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gem_am_i Bye chickies, I'll see you next month! #chickhaus #leavingmybaes 1w

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gem_am_i I used to live in this room. Now it's reserved for yoga, Pilates, and reiki. This week, as I prepare to head up to MA to start training in integrative yoga therapy, I'm looking back on my journey... which is one in the same of course with the journey of my life. I can't represent that journey with pictures of inversions & arm balances. I feel transformed, but the changes have all taken place inside. The best proof that I have that yoga is good for the mind, body, and soul is that after growing up in such a fashion that I never knew how to take care if myself or live myself I am now able to present myself with confidence, and that I can confidently walk this earth knowing there is value in what I have to offer other people. As a kid I hated myself, and was uncomfortable in my body. Learning healthy habits was difficult. Being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 21 didn't make loving my body any easier, but it forced me to work through my fear & self hate. The disease revolutionized my understanding of well-being... revolutionized the way that I see myself. When I faced that diagnosis, understanding that I was staring down the barrel of a life's worth of chronic pain and the threat of deformity, that's when I became serious about yoga. When I started teacher training I remember being nervous. I doubted that Is ever be able to perfectly accomplish every pose. Forget about inversions - depending on the day, warrior 1 can be difficult because of lack of mobility in my feet. Here's the thing though. I love myself exactly the way I am. A woman with rheumatoid arthritis came to my class in Kensington yesterday morning, my LAST class at that gym. She needed to modify many poses. She needed a practice that can work for her, one that doesn't put pressure on her weak and stuff joints. She needed something to ease the pressure of daily pain, someone to teach her to go inward to find respite and strength. Based on my own authentic experience, I can teach that!! How f*%#ing cool!! When I look in the mirror I see the same person that I've always been, but looking back on the little insecure girl that used to be me, I CAN'T BELIEVE how much I've changed. 2w

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gem_am_i Thanks to @doterra I found what I was looking for. An essential oil activity for young children to use today in relaxation club! Doterra's recipe uses lavender. I'm going with a mint + eucalyptus blend. #essentialoils #relaxation #mindfulkids #kidsrelax! #eucalyptus #mint 2w

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gem_am_i Making purée out of these babies to freeze for later. There are always too many vegetables in the house. #health #summercooking #squash #localproduce #farmtotable #csa @boone.street.farm 2w

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gem_am_i so classic summer 3w
  •   ellswell I biked by this place and noticed it for the first time ever just 2 hours before you posted! What a cute spot! And now with Berg'N across the street... I want to check this out. 3w
  •   gem_am_i @ellswell it's right next to where my besties live. It looks like a church inside. 3w
  •   ellswell @gem_am_i No way! This is less than 10 minute walk from where I live! Next time you're in Brooklyn, I want to see you. 3w
  •   gem_am_i @ellswell get out! Yess I would love that. I was there just for a short visit. Should be back through the last week of August. 3w
  •   ellswell Looking forward to it! 3w

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gem_am_i so I creep 3w

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gem_am_i A landmark for me!!! I've got a website. Visit Debbie-Higgs.com to see my SUMMER DEAL for private sessions. 😛 4w

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gem_am_i Found this in the box of journals and letters that I've been carrying around since 16. I wonder what year this is from!! I have no idea where I got this... 4w

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gem_am_i see you tomorrow 8:30AM at @retrofitnessrockville !! Warn your legs, butt, and core!! #dedicated #strengthtraining #power 1mon

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gem_am_i Summer Love!! 😛 🚴 I have so many things to be grateful for. Just to name a few there's my friends, my roommates, my boyfriend, my health, my CSA share (haha @boone.street.farm !) and the opportunity to pursue my dream of teaching yoga and mindfulness. #summerlove @_greyham @mollygeist @supposewynn @thesameroot @baltimorefoxette_ 1mon

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gem_am_i Can I just be weird while I enjoy this mint julip? #nightlife #catlike #drank 1mon

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gem_am_i #mermaid #mermaid parade mermaid snack break 1mon
  •   phoebe.anders Corn dog or grilled chicken on a stick... Life's tough options 1mon

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gem_am_i Burn fun 2mon

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