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Friday

7

November 2014

YOU ARE WHAT YOU SEE

Written by , Posted in Attractive Energy, Beauty, Body, Clarity, Inner Purity, Inspiration, Mind, Sexy Tone, Yoga, You

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What do you see? You are what you see. When you see qualities in a person that stand out to you, those are the very qualities that you intrinsically have whether you are aware or not. The very qualities that you find sour, are the very qualities that you’d like to approve on yourself. The next time you make a snap judgement or become aware of someones qualities that you either admire or don’t admire so much, take note and let that be a tool for yourself to self-reflect.

What are some qualities you’ve recently seen in a person or a few people which you love? Name 10. Can you say these are qualities you also have in yourself? If not, what are some ways you can open yourself up to becoming those very qualities you admire.

Here are 10 I’ve recently admired in a few people: a warm smile, humorous, charismatic, good energy, confident voice, passionate in movement, emotionally independent, a leader, kind, effortlessly sexy!

Surround yourself with those that ignite this part of you! That part of you that makes you want to be a brighter you.

It’s in you!

Pose in Photo: Upward Facing Dog.

xx love & light.

 

Wednesday

22

October 2014

YOU’RE A SPIRITUAL WARRIOR

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Body, Inner Purity, Inspiration, Mind, Self-Care, Sexy Tone, Sunina

Untitled-2 Sharing some words by Deepak Chopra today. Words that inspire me to seek to see through the eyes of love in any / every situation.

“You’re a true spiritual warrior, dedicated to destroying any ignorance that impedes the expression of truth. Experience the consciousness of a goddess of wisdom. Look at the world through her eyes, hear the prevailing conversation through her ears. You are refinement, you are elegance, and you are civility and wisdom at it’s highest value… Dive into your essential light essence and emerge as Aphrodite, as Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. You’re the embodiment of sensuality, passion, and sexuality. In your presence, sentient beings lose their heads and crave the rapture of Eros. Express and experience the consciousness of the goddess of love. Experience the body of the goddess of sensuality. Savor her sensuality. See the world through the eyes of the goddess of love.”

xx love & light. Have a blessed week. Be gentle with yourself and your body!

 

Wednesday

15

October 2014

I LOVE YOU, FALL

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Happiness, Inspiration

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It’s a beautiful life! I’ve always loved the summer, and never really noticed the beauty of Fall until I was fully immersed in it this past weekend with my best friend. Now that we are fully in Fall many things may already be in full swing for you as it is for me.

I’ve 100% focused in my work, I feel so blessed to be in the business of body:) and wedding planning! I’ve slowly started to get more and more involved. I have to stop myself when I keep thinking, ‘omg so cheesy’. Because really it’s not and although I’ve always been uncomfortable expressing love that is really all I want to stand for.. is love and light! Even though the NY in me kind of cringes at all the frills, I have to be honest.. this is going to be an incredible journey.

How to Have an Incredible Journey (in anything you do):
1) Get rid of excuses. You are the only one stopping yourself from everything that is possible for you.
2) Release control of the things and people you cannot control. Everyone has their own mind. What will be will be.
3) You can have it all, don’t be so limited. Be open. Open up the mind and the heart and you will realize your want for ‘all’ is not actually that much.. We sometimes think we need more than we actually do. In the end, simplicity is king.

Xx love & light!

Thursday

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October 2014

Wednesday

8

October 2014

LOVE IS LOVE

Written by , Posted in Love, Mind

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Siblings compete with one another for the love and attention of their parents. Some parents believe putting their children before their spouse is the way. Doing so means that you are giving less love to one than another and ‘less love’ is not real love. Why shouldn’t all the friends and family you love share the same space. There are different expressions of course- the way you express your love for a child, a spouse, a friend, a sister, etc. But the essence is all one in the same, love is love.

Thinking that there is a #1 Spot is 100% ego.

Break the thought pattern that there are levels. We are all one. We are all one in the same. There are no levels in love. There is an abundance of love for you to give and receive.

It is the ego that forces you to think that there isn’t enough.

Stay abundant.

Xx Love & light.

Tuesday

7

October 2014

BUSY? RESET GOALS & GO

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Body, Mind, Reflection, Sunina, Work

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I have to be 100% honest with you..

This time last year I was actively yearning to teach movement. So much so that I switched it up on sunina.com and blogged all about different workouts, fitness, health! And now, one year later I’ve suddenly become so busy teaching multiple classes/privates almost everyday that blogging on sunina.com went from 5+ days a week to much less. So the blog hasn’t been getting as much attention.. I’ve been MIA for over a week for the first time.

So let’s be real. I love writing and sharing my thoughts, and will continue at a consistent basis but will need to adjust according to how life is going, changing, GROWING… another fun update- Ray proposed! So, I gave this a lot of thought and I want to include any wedding planning related updates (as it pertains to the mind, body, beauty) to my posts/social media. I am determined to be more transparent, less private.

Therefore on Wednesdays, once a week at minimum,  I’ll have a mind, body, beauty post update here on the blog.

Sometimes you have to re-set schedules and to-do’s according to what life blesses you with. In my case, I got exactly what I wished for and I am 100% grateful. I love my blog and I love the classes I teach. Will give an equal amount of energy to maintaining both in the best way I can. And also to stay grounded while planning what will be the biggest event in my life thus far.

Always be honest with yourself and your time. It’s okay to say no to things, events, people even.. Be honest, reset, and GO :)

xx love & light.

Thursday

25

September 2014

6 WAYS TO LUXURY NOW

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Inspiration, Love, Yoga, You

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6 ways to luxury now (not the material kind, the kind that are the best.) The best things in life are free..

1) De-clutter the home! Stop buying needless things, stop buying in excess. Buy only what you need. Simplify the home. Too many things around the house (or in your bag) cheapens the look of your sanctuary. Keep it simple.

2) This is a sub category to the first.. Clean your home! Scrub scrub make it sparkle.

3) Meditate/ workout / do yoga. Self-care is the ultimate expression of luxury. Health is wealth. Keep your thoughts clean, de/clutter the mind.

4) Watch what you say. Authenticity is beautiful. Be positive. Don’t allow trash to exit your mouth. Be classy, speak in eloquence.

5) Create an atmospheric experience in your home with scented candles, colorful flowers, uplifting music, and white sage to create clean energy.

6) Love! Love heals all. Relinquish all forms of fear in your heart and mind. Replace it with love and all luxuries you love multiplies!

Xx love & light. Mind, body, beauty <3

Monday

22

September 2014

3 WAYS TO A HEALTHY IMAGINATION

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Happiness, Inspiration, Mind

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Here are three things to never do when you are working towards manifestation. Work on your imagination!

#1 Never place your head in any thoughts/scenarios you would not want to materialize. AKA stop worrying. Like if you love scuba diving, stop thinking about sharks lurking around ready to eat you. All you are doing is attracting a higher probability of it happening to you.

#2 Never contaminate your thoughts by limiting yourself to what you are used to or how things used to be like. You are then automatically placing yourself and your potential reality into a box which never really changes or evolves. Therefore, keeping you in the same place. Change your story- change your imagination.

#3 Never allow someone else’s ideals be placed into your imagination. Like, maybe when you were younger your parents wanted you to be a certain way and so they plant seeds in your head to be a doctor or something. Or your gf/bf, spouse says you should be doing this/that.. say ok, alright. And then do what you want, imagine what you want.

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xx Love & light always keep your thoughts pure & beautiful!

Thursday

18

September 2014

PEACE STARTS WITH ME

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Happiness, Inspiration, Mind

sunina_clouds The greatest challenge is to constantly stay inspired. Are you always looking for the next thing? Rather than stopping, looking, and being grateful for everything that is happening right now? We definitely need moments in our day where we just stop and appreciate. Being in NY, it’s easy to get caught up in what is next rather than what is now. It is easy to get caught up in mindless drama, catty issues, and the negative little things. Just a moment watching world news reports can whip you back into gratitude. How about appreciating all the positive little things? Your morning coffee that gives you a burst of energy, the priceless smiles you can give to strangers, the breath that you breathe.

Today should be a day to witness all the little things. Sometimes, stop thinking so hard about what’s next. Stop, look up, breathe, appreciate. See the beauty in all things. Pray for world peace, yes.. but know that “Peace starts with me.”

xx love & light.

 

Wednesday

17

September 2014

ROCKSTAR: REACH HIGHER

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Happiness, Inspiration, Love, Mind, Strength, Yoga, You

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Keep reaching, keep moving, keep dreaming, keep on!

Today’s post is inspired by my PIC, my babe, my fiancé!

“Ever since I was young, his words [Jay-Z] always stood out to me. Kid from Brooklyn who didn’t want to be average. My 8th grade teacher gave me a card for graduation and it said “you were meant for greatness” and I read that and thought “wow she knows my secret” like I was Superman lol. Gotta keep grinding harder, gotta keep getting bigger.. gotta keep doing something. There is no momentum without movement, so keep it moving.”

Cues to reach up higher in Rockstar:

Lift up the toes, activate the core, ground the knuckles down to the ground, lift the hips to the sky, energetic fingertips to touch the sky, engage the glutes, relax the neck & shoulders, drop the crown of the head back, breathe.

xx love & light.

Monday

15

September 2014

4 WAYS TO EMBRACE CHANGE

Written by , Posted in Body, Clarity, Confidence, Happiness, Inspiration, Love, Mind, Strength, Sunina, You

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In the wake of Fall, good-bye Summer (LOVE YOU), here are ways to embrace change and move with the seasons. Everyday, every second of every moment change happens. We are not quite the same as we were a year, a month, a week, a minute, and even a second ago. We are constantly changing. To resist is to create tightness, inflexibility in the mind, body. To embrace is to create an open mind, open heart, open abundance.

Here are 4 Ways to Embrace Change:

1) Move your body. Movement inspires a cleansed mind. I always think of working out, stretching, running, whatever it is that you do to sweat– as moving meditation. You are 100% focused on the present moment. Zero room for indecisive regrets, and zero room for worry. Sweat opens up the body, the mind.

2) Eat superfoods. There is something so cleansing about filling yourself up with the good good. We all know the chia seeds, flaxseeds, ginger, salmon, greens– basically anything our vitamix/ninja can chop up– is good for you. But take note of how you feel after filling yourself up with the good, natural stuff vs. heavy fried foods, glutenous foods, sweets, and meats. It’s totally different and the less distraction you have from a heavy body vs. a light and open body, the more you are able to focus and energize yourself for the meaningful. Like money, food is fuel and support! Tools that support you to reach higher, to raise your vibrations.

3) Be unaffected by the good/bad opinions of others. With change comes the opinions of others. There is never neutral, it is either good energy or bad energy. Energy is so strong it can’t even be disguised by words. So whichever it is– whether it is praise or the opposite, be unaffected from the comments/actions. Only you, your inner self can guide you and lead you in the perfect direction.

4) Let go! My friend East took me to an amazing meditation session over the weekend by Donna D’Cruz. Her guided meditation was truly a ‘dip into heaven’, with the super soothing and simple mantra of ‘Let Go”. So effective, and so simple yet we forget. It’s truly about letting go of the old so we can embrace the new. Look forward to the abundance life has to offer you.

Always keep your heart and mind open to new experiences!

xx love & light.

Wednesday

10

September 2014

HAND-TO-BIG-TOE POSE

Written by , Posted in Body, Clarity, Confidence, Happiness, Inspiration, Mind, Skin Glow, Strength, Sunina, Yoga

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I love including this into my yoga sequence in classes for balance, core engagement, leg strengthening, mind focus, clarity, and a quick confidence boost.

The way to properly execute this pose is to stand up tall, or else you lose balance.

Some tips for Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose:

  1. Open up your shoulders, chest is proud.
  2. Breathe in through your nose, out through your nose.
  3. Standing leg knee is locked.
  4. Lift up the toes of the standing leg.
  5. Your fingers and toes are interlocked tightly.
  6. Core is engaged.
  7. Chin is up – relax the jaw, and maybe even smile!

xx love & light.

 

Monday

8

September 2014

SWEAT THE BIG THINGS

Written by , Posted in Attractive Energy, Clarity, Confidence, Events, Happiness, Inspiration, Mind, Sunina, Work, Yoga, You

3 yoga sunina face When you start to plan something big, or even something you consider small – you can easily falter into the details, nitty gritty, and stressful parts of planning. You miss the big things! You have to know where you are going before you start going, yea? Whether you are planning career goals, life goals, life events.. here are tips on how to plan, sans stress:

-Set the intention, plan, then set it free. Let all things that will be, just be. You’ve done your magic on how you’d like it to be, trust & let the universe go above and beyond.

-Do not stress the details so much. Don’t sweat the small stuff, sweat the big things. All small things will fall into place – without stress!

-Create a long-term vision board, write down short-term + long-term goals, free-write wishes.

-Stay with your self-care routine. Do not let anything get in your way of your ahhh moments. Whether its reading a book, going to the spa, giving yourself a facial, playing with your pups.  You need your time! I say 2 hours a day at least, is just for you <3

-Just hire a professional. Or professionalsss. Clean home, happy home – pay for external peace of mind. Life coaches are everywhere to keep you responsible for your goals, planners, etc. Time is the most valuable asset. Don’t place so much emphasis on $. Money is a tool that you USE. People are out there in your times of need!

xx love & light.

Thought of the day: To perform every action artfully is yoga. – Swami Kripalu

 

Friday

5

September 2014

5 AIRPLANE BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

Written by , Posted in Attractive Energy, Inspiration, Skin Glow, You

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Every time I fly 5+ hours, I make sure to have a very select few beauty essentials on board with me in my carry on. It is so important to me to stay hydrated, and to feel uplifted. Here are 5 beauty essentials that ensure me to meet those goals:

1) Honey sheet mask by Real Nature. I get them at the Face Shop in Ktown, NYC. Sheet masks originated in South Korea but you can find them just about everywhere now! Check out Sephora for a hydrating kind.

2) Bright Eyes Gel Patch. This noticeably brightens my undereye area. This is also from the Face Shop in Ktown, NYC.

3) Caudalie Beauty Elixir. The spray of the scent is instantly uplifting. It smooths and brightens the complexion instantly for glowing skin. I like to use this before or after makeup application. Get the 1 oz., airplane approved size ($18).

4) Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil. It comes in a rollerball which I love because 1, it’s tiny and easy to carry. And 2, because the rollerball can be used all over the face to massage your face which is so good for blood circulation. Which also equals to glowing, vibrant skin. It instantly brings energy to you face. Get the rollerball size for airplane approval.

And last, eye cream!
5) Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream I love the uplifting scent of this eye cream. It is gentle and smooths out any signs of creasing. Obsessed! Get the tiny travel size.

Xx love & light.

Thursday

4

September 2014

6 THINGS TO DO WHILE IN DOWNWARD FACING DOG SPLIT

Written by , Posted in Body, Inspiration, Mind, Strength, Yoga

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6 Things to do while you are hanging out in downward facing dog split (right leg):

  1. Flex your feet and wiggle your toes – yogi toes!
  2. Place your mind and energy in the entire right side of your body, saturate the entire right side body with breath, stretch from your fingers all the way through your torso, up to the toes!
  3. Push the floor away, all of your body weight is pushed up towards the hips and grounded down through your left heel towards the floor.
  4. Breathe with gratitude.
  5. Let your head hang, no energy in the crown of your head.
  6. Close your eyes, and visualize a cleansed mind.

xx love & light.

Wednesday

3

September 2014

MIND BODY BEAUTY BENEFITS OF HANDSTANDS

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Self-Care, Sexy Tone, Skin Glow, Strength, Yoga

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There are many mind, body, beauty benefits of inverting! Here are a few to motivate you to do a few minutes a day, everyday!

Mind:
Focused mind
Clarity
Instant mood uplifter

Body:
-Full body workout especially the upper body
-Core strengthener
-Arms toner
-Energizer
-Better breathing

Beauty:
-Improvement of blood circulation for glowing skin.
-Skin revitalizer
-Keeps you youthful!

Xx love & light.

Tuesday

2

September 2014

HOW TO GET BACK TO BASICS

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Happiness, Inspiration, Mind

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Hi! I’m back. Back from vacation and now Back to Basics! We sometimes complicate the simplest of situations with our own self-importance, aka the ego. Everyday you have the choice of either waking up to be bright with a day full of miracles – or you can choose to wake up full of stress with a day full of complaints and struggles. Why even think to choose the latter? Don’t you deserve the very best? When all else fails, simplify! Get back to basics. Don’t point out all the wrongs, point out all the rights, only the best.

How to get back to basics:

-Forgive, constantly! Not everyone and everything will go your way. Don’t trip up on angry people, difficult situations. Understand that every individual has a reason for why they are the way they are and then keep it moving. It’s not your job to analyze and criticize. Work on self-reflection so much so that you have no time to criticize others. Forget bad situations, keep it moving.

-Be present! Learn to be where you are when you are there. Don’t worry about tomorrow, don’t think about yesterday. What is now in front of you is all that matters, take in every moment.

-Spend ample time with nature. What I love about being at the beach (salty hair & flowers in the air!) is that it is so naturally healing. The breeze, the salty water, the open air – all amazing for your mind, body.

-Body. Take care of it! There is no shame in taking care of your face, your body, it is the carrier of your soul. Revitalizing your body everyday is so important. Stretch, work out, meditate, get a massage, do an at-home DIY facial. Do what works for you. Stay healthy.

-Let go of clutter and noise. A huge part of getting back to basics is to forget the unnecessary. Sometimes, that means giving yourself space from situations or even people who may emotionally drain you, and are energetically negative. Spend time with uplifters, high thinkers, the funny- the best types to be around. “With every encounter, we exchange information and energy, and we come away changed just a little bit.” -Deepak Chopra

Simplify!

xx love & light.

Tuesday

19

August 2014

Monday

18

August 2014

TGIM: WORRY FREE <3

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sunina_open Worry free is the way to be. There is no point in searching the past, no point in worrying about the future. Always know that the best is yet to come. That is all. Clear your mind of the pointless energy you are wasting on worrying. Return to the present moment, to here and now. That is where you discover and re-discover your true self, your true being – right at the center of your soul. Know who you are, the rest are just details to the bigger picture.

How to be worry-free:

Stop overthinking -  Stop thinking! When you catch yourself, turn back up to lightness. Think lightly, tread lightly. Be the light.

Breathe – Inhale for 5, 4, 3, 2 – Exhale for 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Focus on your breath to bring you back to the present moment. That is all you have, all you need.

Be grateful – count your blessings! Each one counts, say it out loud and it brings more feelings of gratitude so you can forget what you feel like you need.

love & light.

 

 

 

Thursday

14

August 2014

BELIEVE, ACHIEVE: BODY TALK

Written by , Posted in Body, Confidence, Mind, Sexy Tone, Strength, Weight Loss, Yoga, You

DSC_0044 Last night, right before sunset I was walking down the west side highway with friends and the conversation came up about the desire for a more bubbly womanly figure. I was asked how do you do it? I’m no Kardashian! But I do have my set of beliefs on how to get to where you want. And yes, I do believe you can have the exact body you want. But you’ve got to believe first! Here are the top 3 things you need to know:

1) MOVEMENT – you’ve got to move it to lose it, yes. But- you don’t want to lose your butt and boobs! Be mindful of keeping a good balance of workouts — too much cardio or too much strength training will give you a specific to that workout look. Always stay balanced, and don’t over do just one type of work out.. That is why I find SLT and Yoga as the perfect balance.

2) YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT – truly! Eat well. Eat super foods. Don’t deprive yourself of GOOD healthy food. Eat right, but also don’t deprive yourself of things you love, like pizza. Eat pizza. Be happy.

3) MIND – the mind conquers all. I 100% believe that my affirmations are what makes my body balanced. I have a set of 10 to 15 affirmations specific to how I like my body to look and feel. Example: “I am so grateful for my beautifully shaped figure.”

xx love & light

 

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