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California is updating its legal definition of beer to include varieties fermented with fruit, honey, spices or other foods under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Tuesday.
Tom McCormick, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association, said the new law won’t change what the average consumer thinks of as beer, which is made from malted grain or a malt substitute. California brewers have already been brewing beers using fruit for flavoring, he said.
Under prior California law, using fruit in the fermentation process required a wine license, but the new law clarifies that beer brewers can use fruit and other ingredients to supplement their products, McCormick said.
The change puts California law in line with federal law, which already allows for fruit and other ingredients to be used during beer fermentation. The new law, AB205 by Assemblyman Tom Daly, will take effect next year.
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Our Lady Gaga Makeup Line Launch Guide features all of the information you’ll need to know about her upcoming brand! You’ll find the release date and time, pre-order details, and a look at the shades/products that will be available below.
Earlier this week, Lady Gaga officially announced the debut of her beauty brand, Haus Laboratories. Gaga knows it’s a crowded space with lots of brands: “[t]he last thing the world needs is another beauty brand… but that’s too bad.” The brand says that it’s vision is to “spread kindness, bravery, and creativity.” They want it to be all about self-expression by your own rules. They brand is working to build a “supportive, empowering, inclusive community.”
Lady Gaga Haus Laboratories Release Date
Lady Gaga’s new makeup brand will make its debut on July 15th through hauslabs.com and on Amazon.com for pre-order with orders to be fulfilled in September.
Haus Labs will be available exclusively through Amazon and direct at hauslabs.com. The pre-made trios and duos will go live on July 15th at 3AM EST, which coincides with Amazon’s Prime Day. On July 15th, you’ll be able to pre-order the products you want, and then they will ship to you this fall in September.
The reason for the early debut (but later order fulfillment) is to unveil the new Haus Labs brand on Prime Day, which is features “new concepts.” It will also give the brand the ability to forecast and fulfill demand without long waiting periods between restocks. Per a recent interview with WWD, it appears that this will enable Haus Labs to “make more products if preorders exceed expectations” so there might be less chance of “selling out.” If this is the launch you’ve been waiting for, you’ll still want to place your pre-order sooner rather than later.
If you’re unfamiliar with Amazon’s Prime Day, it is now a two-day event (July 15th and 16th) for Prime Members that features deep discounts and hot deals on a variety of products along with new products that launch just for Prime Members. You can sneak peek Prime Day deals here.
Lady Gaga’s Makeup Brand Products List
The brand is initially launching with three formulas, which can be purchased as trios ($49 each), broken into six different collections, where each trio will contain one shade from each formula. There will also be duos available featuring either two Glam Attack Liquid Powders ($36), two Le Riot Lipglosses ($32), or two RIP Lip Liners ($26).
- Glam Attack All-Over Liquid Shimmer Powder Liquid-to-powder formula; buildable, blendable
- Le Riot Lip Gloss Shine, shimmer, pearl, and pure pigment finishes; non-sticky, gel formula
- RIP Lip Liner High-color payoff in a single stroke; finish of a lipstick, precision of a liner
Haus of Chained Ballerina Collection ($49.00)
This set is inspired by dancers. “I was inspired by the fact that a ballerina would actually contour with black in order to have that really high definition from the stage,” [Lady Gaga] noted (WWD). (Shade names not yet released!)
- Black pearl (Glam Attack)
- Sheer peach (Le Riot Lip Gloss)
- Peach (RIP Lip Liner)
Haus of Dynasty Collection ($49.00)
This collection is for “leaders.” (WWD)
- Dynasty Emerald green pearl (Glam Attack)
- Attitude Terracotta (Le Riot Lip Gloss)
- Rule Terracotta (RIP Lip Liner)
Haus of Goddess Collection ($49.00)
“A goddess can be anyone, and there are many within us,” she said. “You can be a goddess no matter who you are or no matter what your pronoun is.” — Lady Gaga (WWD) (Shade names not yet released!)
- Champagne pearl (Glam Attack)
- Pink (Le Riot Lip Gloss)
- Mauve (RIP Lip Liner)
Haus of Metalhead Collection ($49.00)
- Biker Gunmetal pearl (Glam Attack)
- Blaze Rose (Le Riot Lip Gloss)
- Ride Rose (RIP Lip Liner)
Haus of Rockstar Collection ($49.00)
- Legend Gold pearl (Glam Attack)
- Scream Burgundy (Le Riot Lip Gloss)
- Slayer Burgundy (RIP Lip Liner)
Haus of Rose Bitch Collection ($49.00)
“I see a lot of monochromatic tones, I see a full face of makeup that is meant to look like the no-makeup makeup look but you’ve gone tons of makeup on your face,” she said. “[This] is a monochromatic makeup look, but it’s not done in the way you see it on social media today.” — Lady Gaga (via WWD) Shade names not yet released!
- Mauve pearl (Glam Attack)
- Sheer pink (Le Riot Lip Gloss)
- Pink (RIP Lip Liner)
Haus Laboratories Teaser Video & Press Release
The last thing the world needs is another beauty brand. But that’s too bad. Welcome to HAUS LABORATORIES. Available for pre-order on 7.15. It is our vision to spread kindness, bravery, and creativity – and if that means beauty… #battleforyourlife
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but at HAUS LABORATORIES, we say beauty is how you see yourself. This is your glam. Your expression. Your artistry. We want you to love every version of yourself. You are the artist of your own life. Whether you’re a perfectionist or like to get messy with it. This is your time to experiment.
The ritual of beauty is personal. A full face of makeup, a little, or nothing at all, we want you to love yourself. Our tools were designed with artistry and versatility in mind to inspire endless self-expression and reinvention.
This is a creative collective. We are an artistic family and welcome you to express yourself. There are no rules. Together, we are building a supportive, empowering, inclusive community grounded in kindness, bravery, and creativity. All are welcome in OUR HAUS.
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POPLAR BLUFF, MO — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a summit for mental health and suicide prevention on July 17 in Missouri.
The VA says their medical centers have organized VA and community mental health summits since 2013 to increase effectiveness and collaboration with community organizations. They say the events expand care networks for Veterans and their families and broadens available resources.
The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center’s annual VA and Community Mental Health Summit adds a special focus on suicide prevention, says the VA. More than 42,000 deaths from suicide occur each year and it is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S.
“This is a national public health issue that requires a concerted, community-wide approach,” noted John J. Pershing VA Medical Center Director, Dr. Patricia Hall. “The key purpose of the Mental Health/Suicide Prevention Summit is to bring together key stakeholders within VA and the community to address mental health and suicide prevention. We appreciate our community partners, sponsors, and Three Rivers College for their support of this event.”
The VA says the summit is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Three Rivers College’s Tinnin Center, located at 2080 Three Rivers Blvd in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The event is free and open to everyone, but a special invitation is extended to Veterans, their family members, and community providers.
The VA says this year topics will include Military Culture, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment, Suicide Screening and Risk-Assessment, Providing Support to Individuals and Families Following a Suicide Attempt, and more.
There will also be “Introduction to Whole Health” classes at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. “Whole Health” is a model of health care that empowers and equips individuals to take charge of their health and well-being and to live life to the fullest, says the VA.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Elisabeth Johnson at (573) 686-4151 extension 54599 or by email at Elisabeth.email@example.com
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Melatonin was found to be as effective as zolpidem for treating hospital-related insomnia, according to findings from a recently published analysis.
In this single-center, prospective, cross-sectional cohort study, the authors aimed to compare the efficacy of zolpidem to melatonin in the treatment of hospital-related insomnia. Patients included in the study were ≥18 years old, received melatonin or zolpidem as a sleep aid the night prior to completing a sleep assessment questionnaire, had no acute psychological issues, and had no history of substance abuse.
The primary endpoint of the study was the score obtained from the sleep effectiveness domain in the Verran and Snyder-Halpem (VSH) sleep scale with responses. Secondary endpoints included scores obtained from the sleep disturbance and sleep supplementation domains in the VSH as well as adverse drug events.
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Prime Day has quickly become one of the hottest shopping days of the year. But, this summer, Amazon is giving you two whole days to score mega sales online, and, in store, at Whole Foods.
Discounts aren’t revealed until the sales go live on Monday, July 15, but you can start watching deals on your Amazon app right now. Here are two ways: go to “Today’s Deals” in the dropdown and and review “Upcoming.” Add items to your “Watching” list by tapping “Watch This Deal” to be alerted when it’s time to buy (make sure that your phone is set to enable notifications). Secondly, type “sneak peek” into your Amazon search bar and start scrolling, add any interesting deals to your watch list. Just remember, you have to be an Amazon Prime member to score these discounts.
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Class Carry-All: Ewedoos Yoga Mat Bag
Perfect Props: Gaiam Essentials Yoga Block 2 Pack & Yoga Strap Set
Sticky Towel: Shandali Hot Yoga Towel
Bright, Sturdy Seat: Zafuko Foldable Meditation Cushion
Budget Mat: TOPLUS Yoga Mat
Shiny Pants: Alo Yoga Women’s High Waist Airbrush Legging
Colorful Support: YogaAccessories Round Cotton Yoga Bolster
Comfy Pants: prAna Cozy Up Pant
Size-Inclusive Pants: Core 10 (XS-3X) ‘Spectrum’ Yoga High Waist Capri Legging – 19″
Strappy Bra: Core 10 (XS-3X) Spectrum Longline Sports Bra
Travel Mat: Gaiam Folding Travel Yoga Mat
Cozy Cover-Up: Under Armour Women’s Modal Terry Open Closure
Healing Tea: Traditional Medicinals Raspberry Leaf Tea
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Quick and delicious, this Asian coleslaw is great with burgers, fish, or any Asian-inspired dish. A creamy dressing with peanut butter and rice vinegar brings it all together.
Recreating a Delicious Asian Slaw
We eat a lot of cabbage around here. Could be my father’s Minnesota German roots, but for whatever reason, coleslaw is on the menu several times a week.
I recently had a lovely Asian coleslaw at a local grill that was served with an ahi tuna burger. This is my attempt to recreate that coleslaw, and I think I’ve come pretty close (may try my hand at the burger sometime, too). It’s super easy to put together.
What Goes Into an Asian Slaw?
The defining ingredients for an Asian slaw are cabbage, rice vinegar, and toasted sesame oil. This version also has some peanut butter in the dressing and some twice toasted peanuts.
What Can You Serve With This Coleslaw?
Anywhere you would serve coleslaw—like alongside a sandwich or a burger—you can serve this. It works well as a light and refreshing side to fish and shrimp.
So good! We had to stop eating this Asian slaw after our “test kitchen” tasting, just to save enough for dinner.
You can prep the dressing and the dry salad ingredients for this coleslaw a few days ahead of time. Keep refrigerated. Wait to toss them together and add garnishes until you’re ready to serve.
Any leftovers will keep for a few days in the fridge, but the coleslaw will start to become more wilted and watery.
LOVE COLESLAW? HERE ARE A FEW MORE
Updated July 12, 2019 : We spiffed up this post to make it sparkle! No changes to the original recipe.
Asian Coleslaw Recipe
The dressing on this salad is peanut-based. If you have a food allergy to peanuts, you can substitute tahini for the peanut butter (or leave it out all together), and toasted sesame seeds for the peanuts.
For the dressing:
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon toasted (dark) sesame oil
- 4 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar (if seasoned rice vinegar is not available, add a teaspoon or two of sugar to regular rice vinegar)
For the salad:
- 8 cups thinly sliced cabbage (Napa, green, purple, or a combination)
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1/2 cup toasted, salted, shelled, peeled peanuts
For garnish (optional):
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 thinly sliced green onions or chives
1 Prepare the dressing: Place peanut butter in a medium bowl. Add the vegetable oil and the toasted sesame oil and whisk until nicely smooth. Whisk in the seasoned rice vinegar and do a taste test.
Depending on how you like your dressing, how salty your peanut butter is, how seasoned your rice vinegar is, you may want to add a little more vinegar, a little more sugar, or a little salt. (Makes about 3/4 cup of dressing.)
2 Toast the peanuts: Although the roasted peanuts from the store may already be cooked, you’ll get even better flavor with just a little toasting.
Heat a small skillet on medium high heat and add the nuts to the pan. Do not ignore or the nuts can easily burn.
Stir a little with a wooden spoon until the peanuts begin to get browned in spots and you can smell the toasting aromas. Remove peanuts from pan to a dish.
3 Toss the salad together: In a large bowl, toss the sliced cabbage, grated carrots, and peanuts together, and any other optional garnishes, such as a little chopped cilantro or green onions.
Right before serving, mix in the dressing.
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By Ryan Amberg
More farmers have been finding ways to market directly to their customers, such as this produce box from a California-based community-supported agriculture company.
Who is the American farmer? My answer: a professional, a person of integrity and honesty, an expert in his or her field, a steward of the land, a champion of the working class, an employer, a hard worker and an entrepreneur.
All these things are true and define most of the people driving the American farm.
It’s also true that this same American farmer is generally disconnected and unamplified—an expert with no microphone or soapbox, a champion in a small community but unrecognized on the greater stage as the authority in his or her domain.
Food is a constant and pervasive basic need, and a much-discussed topic in our culture. We’re at a rare time in history that some call the fourth industrial revolution: a time after the digital revolution when the current information age is becoming fully integrated. The development of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems are all dramatically shaping the future.
This connectivity of systems, people, places and things has us teetering toward the death of the “middleman.”
We see the shift and development of our industries and businesses, ever moving toward a direct relationship with the customer or end user. Thanks to tweets, blog posts, online product listings, factory-to-market retail, etc., we are seeing a direct line of communication to users and customers.
During this “Age of Amazon,” there is a shift away from massive overhead costs and supply chains to more efficient and connected systems. This provides an opportunity for farmers to communicate to their target consumers directly. They have the chance to cut through the noise and display expertise about the products and produce they humbly craft or grow.
Consider the grocery industry 20 years ago. The traditional grocery store was lined with brand names where communication came down from board rooms regarding new tag lines and slogans. There was an endless push and pull for space on the shelf, based on who had command of the almighty marketing dollar.
Ten years ago, there was a push for healthy, specialty retail, prepared foods and convenience. The control of the message was still in the hands of a select few with the knowledge of the soil, the land and how the raw products were grown or raised. With reduction in costs and ease of communication, this is changing.
Technology is rapidly changing access to information and the cost to distribute it.
Individuals or small groups of farmers have a chance to dramatically amplify their message. Farmers can efficiently communicate about their brand, ethics and mission to exponentially larger audiences—as though they were in your living room having a personal conversation with you and your family.
Internet retail is a perfect example. An online retailer can list many more products than any physical store can carry. The cost to add more information and communicate about each product offered is almost zero compared to brick-and-mortar retail outlets, where costs like printing, installation, real estate, turnover and competitive margin all have a much larger impact on the business’s well-being.
This transition is already happening, albeit slowly. More and more farmers and agricultural stakeholders are finding ways to market directly to consumers and cut out the overhead of the traditional supply chain.
If done effectively and ethically, we have a lot to be excited about.
Farmers will be able to reliably communicate accurate, firsthand information, limiting the spread of misinformation about the integrity of their products. Cost savings in the supply chain will allow farmers to benefit from less overhead to get their products to market. This will result in higher values for their products and more transparent pricing to the consumer.
Consumers will gain the transparency they crave and have greater access to information and interaction with the agricultural community. Consumers will have more choices than ever on how to purchase products for their families and homes.
The opportunity is now for the American farmer to step out onto the world’s stage. Change is hard, but not being willing to change is a high-stakes game to be playing with your legacy.
This is the time to take a close look at your business and develop a strategy for your future.
(Ryan Amberg is a Farm Bureau member in New York, marketing and new business development manager for an agricultural-products manufacturer and a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation Grassroots Outreach GO Team.)
Permission for use is granted, however, credit must be made to the California Farm Bureau Federation when reprinting this item.
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Are You Surreal
Colour Pop Are You Surreal Lippie Stix ($6.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single layer, which applied fairly evenly but had a bit of product that streaked along the edges of my lips and sank into my deeper lip lines. The consistency felt lightweight on but was a bit firmer and denser in the tube, so it didn’t glide on as comfortably as other shades in the range. It wore well for five and a half hours, left a fuchsia stain behind, and was a touch drying.
- Maybelline Rebel Pink (DC, $7.49) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar).
- YSL Rose Ink (3) (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar).
- Colour Pop Sweetener (LE, $7.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $54.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Menace (DC, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- MAC Both Cheeks (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
- Sephora Twolips (14) (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- Chanel Fuchsia (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (90% similar).
- Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Fuchsia (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar).
- Guerlain #73 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (90% similar).
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Colour Pop Runaway Matte X Lippie Stix ($6.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink-red with strong, cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was incredibly velvety and creamy while having a more matte finish. While it had that silicone-like feel that gave it that velvety quality, it glided easily across my lips. The product separated somewhat along my lip lines, which is something that I’ve found can occur (at least for me) with these silicone-heavy, matte-finish lipstick formulas. It had rich pigmentation that went on evenly but wasn’t the most flattering with respect to texture. The color was still going strong after six hours of wear, left a pinky-red stain behind, and was non-drying over time.
- Lisa Eldridge Skyscraper Rose (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar).
- Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (90% similar).
- Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- Pat McGrath Full Panic (LE, $38.00) is brighter (90% similar).
- NYX Bloody Mary (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar).
- MAC Dangerously Red (P, $19.50) is lighter, glossier (90% similar).
- Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- NARS Get Up Stand Up (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- MAC Mittai Pink (LE, $19.50) is darker (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Skyfall (LE, $6.50) is darker (90% similar).
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Colour Pop Heart On Lippie Stix ($6.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is a deep, pinky-plum with cool undertones and a cream finish. The texture was lightly creamy with a touch of tackiness, though it felt lightweight and smooth as it glided across my lips. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which adhered evenly with a touch of product that sat in my deeper lip lines–not enough that it was noticeable in person. This shade stayed on nicely for six hours, left a fuchsia stain behind, and was neither drying nor hydrating over time.
- Colour Pop Sweetener (LE, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).
- MAC Both Cheeks (LE, $19.50) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar).
- Wet ‘n’ Wild Nouveau Pink (P, $0.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Casanova (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- Kat Von D Crush (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar).
- MAC Flamboyish (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Fuchsia (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- Make Up For Ever C207 (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Playgirl (P, $54.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
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Colour Pop Lippie Stix $6.00/0.0352 OZ.
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Law-enforcement agencies across the country would be able to get funding for mental health resources, under legislation passed by Congress this week. The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a Senate bill that authorizes $7.5 million in federal grants each year for local law enforcement.
“We really need to do something to address the suicide rates and PTSD rates among law enforcement,” said U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, a Republican from southwestern Pennsylvania who previously introduced similar legislation in the House with Rep. Madeleine Dean, a Democrat from Philadelphia’s suburbs.
“Their jobs are tough, they live with a lot of stress,” he said. “I don’t think we can change the nature of police work, but with funding we can help alleviate the issues caused by it, such as depression, thoughts of suicide, PTSD.”
“Every day, our law-enforcement professional don their uniforms, show up at work, and take on the extraordinary responsibility of keeping us safe,” Dean said in a statement. While there is no official system that tracks death by suicide among officers, Dean said the rate is 50 percent higher than the national average. The legislation, she said, “responds to a growing emergency in the law-enforcement community by providing critical funding for mental health support.”
The legislation, which is on its way to President Trump’s desk for signature, would provide annual funding through the Department of Justice for four years, beginning in 2020. There hasn’t been funding for the program since 2005.
“I think [$7.5 million] is a great start,” said Andy Edmiston, government affairs director for the National Association of Police Organizations, which endorsed the legislation. “But no, it’s not enough.”
Edmiston said she has heard from many rank-and-file officers in recent years who have asked for more funding for peer and clinical counseling services. In part, Edmiston attributed the spike in requests to an increase in mass shootings — particularly after a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. that left more than two dozen dead, including 20 children.
“Officers have seen horrors,” she said. “One day they’re holding a kid who has been shot and died in their arms, and the next day they’re being shot at. Each officer has their own story to tell. … Someone should be able to hash out and walk through what they’ve seen.”
She said “the fact that our members are asking for [funding]” reflects an ongoing cultural shift within departments. “The profession is now more open to recognizing that the stress and strain of the job do impact an officer’s mental health. [In the past], it wasn’t something you talked about. As a cop, you shoved it all down.”
And Edmiston said there was still work to be done. The culture within some departments may make officers wary of seeking services for fear of losing their jobs, and she emphasized that mental health programs should “find clinicians who understand police work.”
“A lot of law enforcement officers don’t want to go in for mental-health treatment because there is a stigma around it,” Reschenthaler said.
The recently passed bill amends a law first enacted in 1968 to provide family support services, such as counseling and child care, for law enforcement. The new legislation specifically outlines support services for officers struggling with mental health issues.
“I think by explicitly saying this is for mental health such as suicide prevention, depression, anxiety, PTSD — that helps bring this out of the shadows,” Reschenthaler said.
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Let’s break down basic asana poses to focus on the foundation of your practice. Only with a strong base, is how to build a complex practice.
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