Anatomy of hatha yoga

Asana Anatomy of Hatha Yoga – Introduction

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namaste my dear friends today I would

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like to talk a few things about anatomy

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in hatha yoga before discuss anatomy in

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or of hatha yoga we have to understand

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that the anatomy as we know it of the

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modern yoga and anatomy that was used by

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the traditional ancient art of Yogi’s is

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pretty different

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the modern hatha yoga the modern asana

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based yoga takes the physical cross

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Anatomy into consideration the modern

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hot yoga takes aspects like muscles

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bones joins washes nose into

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consideration while discussing anatomy

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of asana or a hot yoga but traditionally

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it was pretty different traditionally

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the basis of hatha yoga or asana as such

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is in the subtle body the sukshma sharir

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as we call it in yoga

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there is not a single scripture of hatha

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yoga that talks about asana as

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flexibility training asan has something

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to do with muscle stretches or asana has

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a way of becoming bendy or asana as

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trying to be more and more like a

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quarter contortionist so we are looking

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at two separate grounds of comparison

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here the comparison between modern yoga

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and traditional hatha yoga will be based

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in two different aspects of Anatomy for

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example here I have a model of pelvis as

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you can see this is the human pelvis it

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has all the parts of pelvis like the

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ilium the ischium and the pubis the

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three parts with which the pelvis is

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made of and then we have this lumbar

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spine that goes down to become the

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sacral spine and the coccygeal spine and

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the fusion of the sacral spine with the

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ilium becomes the very very important

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perhaps the most important joint in the

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body the SI joint the sacroiliac joint

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now from human anatomy from the gross

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body from the stool is surely the point

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of view this this zone here is very very

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important this as they say the the basin

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the whole space that

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the the pelvis Caddy’s is a space of a

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lot of activities there’s lots going on

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there apart from the bones and the

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muscles and the ligaments that exists in

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this area there is a whole viscera also

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there is this gastrointestinal cavity

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then you have very very important nerves

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plexuses so there’s a lot of action

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happening in this area as such you have

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the most important pelvic floor that

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goes something like this a hammock

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shaped muscle that originates from the

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coccyx and ends up in the pubic

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symphysis you have the ilium or the

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sacrum serving as points of origin of

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many many deep muscles like performance

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or you could say rectus femoris the

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gluteal complex so there’s lot lots

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happening here in this area that is from

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the point of view of gross body but from

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this subtle anatomy point of view this

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is not happening in the body here too

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for example if you really look at this

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this structure that is from the top of

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your alien to the base of just in the

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line of ischial tuberosity these this

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whole area covers the zone of the three

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chakras the first chakra which exists in

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the pelvic floor the second chakra which

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is slightly couple of centimeters higher

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than that and then the third chakra the

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money pura or the navel Center which

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occurs at the navel area

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now from the chakra point of view –

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there are three major chakras occurring

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and this swoon of our body now from the

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subtle body point of view the zone of

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these three chakras is called the brahma

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gurur this is basically the zone of

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primal ignorance the 90s or the astral

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channels that pass through it make a

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kind of a knot here this knot is called

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Brahma granthi Brahma here or sometimes

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also traditionally called as Brahma

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Brahma means

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delusion the Brahma Kranthi is basically

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our knot of primal delusion or ignorance

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the hot yoga scripture says that unless

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and until this knot is broken this knot

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is cut the the being the person will

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stay in the limited aspects of his or

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her personality so basically the first

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the second the third that is the

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mooladhara swadhishthana and manipura

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chakra these three chakras together

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represent the primal limited ignorant

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aspect of our personality and the whole

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attention majority of attention of utter

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yoga techniques like asana pranayama

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government is focused around getting out

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of this zone of Brahma or Brahma grantee

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if you read the traditional hot yoga

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scriptures

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most of the asanas are focused in

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balancing the energy in this area most

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of the mudras are focused in balancing

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or aligning the prana in this areas most

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of the visualizations are focused around

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neutralizing and dissipating the energy

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in this areas so what I want to say here

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is the subtle body manifests into gross

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body

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and the gross body is nothing but a

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representation of the subtle body so

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basically we have to understand that

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hatha yoga is not just about trying to

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be flexible it’s not just your another

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exercise it is not about trying to be as

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bendy it’s not about trying to sweat it

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out

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hatha yoga and the asanas that we do in

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our day yoga have a far deeper subtler

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consequence every time you move your

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body every time you bend forward every

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time you go into a backbend

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it’s not just the muscles or bones that

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we are moving but we are also working on

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the subtle body aspects we are moving

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the prana we are becoming more and more

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aware of our

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energetic channels like 90s with every

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contraction the Nadi and the prana flow

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is influenced with every manipulation of

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the body and the bone the prana can be

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manipulated and this is why it’s very

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very important to know and to do asanas

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not just from the aspect of physical

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cross body but also from the deeper

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subtler aspect of the subtle body if you

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just look at the Arsenal techniques as

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physical techniques then you will lose

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out on the pranic psychological aspects

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of asana or Fatah yoga the asana

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practice or the whole Qatar yoga

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practice as such should be based out of

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holistic sense of understanding when you

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do asanas you need to keep in mind the

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three aspects the physical the

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psychological and the pranic and that’s

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the energetic aspects unless your asana

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practice keeps in mind these three that

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is a physical psychological and chronic

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aspects your asana practice will not be

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deep it will not be lasting and it will

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not be holistic we know that physical

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body is just a manifestation of subtle

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body in subtle body ensues forth to

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create the cross body your muscles are

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tight

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not because they are tight

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because there is a reason you’re

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suffering from indigestion

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not because just like that you’re

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suffering from indigestion because the

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energetic flow in that area is not

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proper every little physical

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manifestation comes about because of

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subtle energetic movements unless and

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until the yoga practitioner or the yoga

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teacher understands this implication and

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a beautiful harmony of the ghazal dross

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in the subtle body any asana practice or

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any hata yoga explanation will stay

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limited the point that I’m making here

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is it’s important that each and every

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heart a yoga practitioners and asana

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teachers recognize that when we do asana

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we are not just bending or stretching

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but we are gradually taking our

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awareness to deeper subtler aspects of

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our personality which alta mentally need

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to be worked upon to become who we are

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and that is our true self or true

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potential

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which is nothing but in form of such a

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demand or as we say love freedom in this

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so have a wonderful practice my dear

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friends and keep exploding but remember

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it’s not just about being bendy is not

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just about posting your pictures on

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Instagram and waiting for the likes it’s

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much much more than that it’s about you

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it’s about being you in you you are true

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self

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