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5 Yoga Poses That Will Take You From Brokenhearted To 'Thank U, Next'

Open your heart and cultivate self-love with these gentle yoga poses.


Ariana Grande's new single "thank u, next" is groundbreaking in its ability to express heartbreak and gratitude at the same time. If you are newly single, it might feel like you'll never get to the place of thanking your ex for the things you learned in the relationship. It takes time to accept the feeling of loss associated with breakups. Prioritizing your self-care and healing is important in this time. Taking care of yourself can be just as empowering as Ariana makes us feel when we listen to her sing about how she grew from the pain of past relationships.

Yoga is an integrative practice that heals mind, body, and spirit. Backbend postures, or poses that open the heart and chest, can symbolize our ability to open ourselves up to new experiences and perspectives when we're experiencing pain. Show yourself compassion and allow yourself to gently open up the heart space, promoting expansion rather than contraction.

Yoga helps us understand, in a very tangible way, how we can rely on ourselves for happiness and peace. Practice these gentle poses to release stress and cultivate more self-love and self-awareness.

1. Cat/Cow (Sanskrit: Marjaryasana/Bidalasana)


Start on your hands and knees in table-top position, with your wrists aligned under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Practicing cat and cow is great for moving in sync with your breath and warming up the spine before practicing backbends. On an inhale, look up slightly, begin to broaden across your chest and collarbone, and slightly arch your lower back. On an exhale, look down and begin to round your back, drawing your belly button in towards your spine. Do this for 5 cycles, bringing some awareness to your breath and moving mindfully.

2. Child's Pose (Sanskrit: Balasana) 


From your hands and knees/table-top position, take your knees wider apart than your hips, and allow your big toes to touch. Slowly walk your hands forward as you release your hips back to your knees. If your forehead doesn't reach the floor, you can use a yoga block or fold a blanket or towel to bring the ground up closer to you. Additionally, if you have any knee or lower back pain, you can fold or roll up a blanket or towel and place it behind your knees. Stay here between 3 to 5 minutes.

3. Melting Heart Pose (Sanskrit: Anahatasana)


From Child's Pose, return to table-top. Walk your hands forward again, allowing your chest to melt down towards the floor. Instead of sending your hips back towards your knees, they will be in line on top of your knees. If this backbend is too deep of a stretch, you can support your arms with a pillow or bolster. This pose is great for opening up the shoulders and chest. Stay here for 3 to 5 minutes, and then slowly slide your hips back into a brief Child's Pose.

4.) Supported Fish (Sanskrit: Salamba Matsyasana) 


Ease your way onto your back, with a yoga bolster or one or two pillows or blankets (if you have two, stack one on top of the other). Place the bolster or pillow stack vertically, and sit right at the edge of it. With your knees bent and feet planted on the floor, lie back so that your upper body is supported by the prop. Depending on your height, you might need to stack another bolster, pillow, or blanket to support your head if it doesn't feel completely supported by the first prop. This is a great way to gently and passively open the chest, still the mind, and soothe the nervous system. Stay here between 5 to 10 minutes.

5. Supported Relaxation (Sanskrit: Salamba Savasana)


Savasana is the ultimate self-care pose. I often hear from students that they don't know what they are "supposed" to be doing in Savasana - and that's the point! You don't need to do anything. You can allow yourself to relax and rest by making the conscious effort to let go of what you are currently worried about.

A "classic" Savasana pose involves lying on your back, so a "supported" version means we add all the props necessary for coziness and support. You can use an eye pillow, have a pillow or folded blanket under your head, prop up your knees with a bolster or a pile of blankets, and cover yourself with a warm blanket. You can also apply an essential oil like lavender to your palms, or put a couple of drops into a diffuser. Do whatever you need to do to relax for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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20 Amazing Songs You Need For Your Travel Music Videos

Planning to make your new travel video? Use one of these songs as your perfect background music!


Based on the mood you're currently feeling, here are 20 different songs categorized by when you should use them for a traveling music video:

1. For Those Classic Summer Feels

"Harvest Moon" by Poolside

"Gone" by JR JR

"Hold My Hand" by Jess Glynne

"Summer" by Calvin Harris

For all the lake adventures and mission trips, these are the perfect songs to put behind them to share your experience. Using these songs, your video can have a perfect summer vibe to it!

2. For A Good Winter Vacation

"The Days" by Avicii

"Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers

"Roses" by The Chainsmokers

"It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

It's hard finding a perfect song for a cold winter day. These songs can work amazingly to any snowy adventurous video you've made for your winter break.

3. For Everyday Adventures

"Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON

"To Let Myself Go" by The Avener

"All That Matters" by Justin Bieber

"Youth" by Troye Sivan

We all have our daily vlogs filled with school and friends. These songs can put a touch of amusement and thrill to these videos!

4. For The Perfect Spring Break At The Beach

"Steal My Girl" by One Direction

"The Nights" by Avicii

"Runaways" by Galantis

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Every girl has the perfect week at the beach once a year! These songs can show off how incredible your experience with your friends was.

5. For Those City Nights

"Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz

"Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez

"G.O.M.D." by J. Cole

"The Heart Wants What It Wants" by Selena Gomez

We all take visits to the city and never have the right songs to make a video with. These upbeat songs will make your city vlog into a perfect travel video!

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