slowdownsugarimadiabetic asked: Hi. I just read your last few posts and you mentioned you've doing yoga to help with your knee/ITB. I've been running for a few months now and my ITB has been hurting so much recently. I've been stretching it and applying ice and heat after I run and nothing seems to be helping. So, I was hoping you could list some of the poses you've been doing?
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