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Monday

9

May 2016

VIDEO: GYM BAG ESSENTIALS! ALLY LOVE X SUNINA

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Ally Love and I share our gym bag essentials in this collaborative video. Enjoy!
Ally Love’s Gym Bag:

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer: http://bit.ly/277LkBn
Ole Hendrickson Wipes: http://bit.ly/24GL2PT
Valerie Beverly Hills Eye Patches: http://bit.ly/1XhdcyS
Tom’s Long Lasting Deoderant: http://amzn.to/24GLyNE
Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar Blueberry: http://amzn.to/23BQfpE
Garment Bag Inside Smarts: http://bit.ly/23BRbdA

Sunina’s Gym Bag:
Supergoop Setting Sunscreen Mist: http://bit.ly/1ZxcBrq
VMV Hypoallergenics Know-It-Oil: http://bit.ly/1T0XWAX
Olive Leaf Mist: http://bit.ly/1QmytEY
RXBar Blueberry: http://bit.ly/1WjfLAQ
Nude Stix: http://seph.me/1QWvxcT

xx love and light.

Wednesday

27

April 2016

Monday

18

April 2016

5-MINUTES A DAY + MEDITATION MANTRAS!

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Did you know that just 5 minutes of serious meditation in the morning can guarantee its light will guide you through the day? Here is a weeks worth of mantras for you to take-away and do:

  • Every day in every way I am better and better.
  • I am love, I am light.
  • I am peace.
  • Be the change you wish to see in the world.
  • Change my thoughts, change my world.
  • May all beings be happy and free.
  • Divinity is my birth right.

Sit quietly in meditation, repeat one mantra for a few until you get lost in calm within. Breathe and release.

xx love and light!

Monday

11

April 2016

ALL THAT I GIVE IS GIVEN TO ME

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Monday mantra today is simple, what your mama always told you- what you give is what you get.    
 All that I give is given to me. When I do more yoga I feel good all around- mind, body, soul. When I meditate, I am more relaxed and I do not react, I just am. When I work out and sweat, I look and feel better. When I eat clean and balanced, I feel lighter and healthier. When I smile more, I get that energy back from the people around me, but multiplied. 

The opportunity is all around you to give, and be given. 

Happy Monday, love and light! 

Xx

Friday

8

April 2016

SUNINA x ALLY LOVE: 20 MINUTES OF BEAUTY

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IMG_0041 Here is Part II of Ally Love and I’s beauty post; Part I can be found here. Ally know’s the importance of putting her mind and body at ease to achieve beauty seemingly effortlessly. She jets around New York on modeling shoots as a Wilhelmina model, is a Brooklyn Nets Host, and passionate devotee of all things wellness, so its no wonder she is also founder of ALLYLOVEBLOG.COM; It is all about empowering yourself and other women in the game, hence #LOVESQUAD – check it out!

I was so thrilled to have spent the day with her for all things beauty, we took our time to meditate (as seen on our last post), and to do a mini spa facial as well. We are both constantly on the go, so it is great to share with you a 20-minute self-care ritual that you can do for yourself at anytime. It’s about that glow on the go! Here’s what we did to achieve a quick glow while we were both on the go:

Step 1: Hello Kitty Narikiri Face Mask – these are so fun. I picked these up in Japan at a stopover in Narita Airport. It’s a super simple mask that contains water, soybean extracts, collagen, and other ingredients for brightening – perfect for a quick glow. Keep this on for just 15 Minutes.

Step 2: A nice mist after the mask to serve as a toner: Whamisa Olive Leaf Mist – This is one of my favorites to keep around with me at all times. I take them around the city with me and even spritz while teaching, after working out, or anytime i just need a little pick me up or glow in the skin.

Step 3J.One Hana Cream – These little capsules are just the right amount to give you full moisturizing coverage. It is a dramatic anti-aging cream. Use this after you pat your mist dry. Use gentle circular motions.

And, don’t forget your SPF if you are headed outside while the sun is still out! And you’re done!

xx love & light.

Wednesday

6

April 2016

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

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Ally Love (Ally Love Blog) and I had a spa session just in time for our birthdays! (Happy Birthday Ally!) We split it up into two parts: Mediation and Skincare. (The skincare post will be up on Friday). For included meditation into our beauty focused spa session because we know, love, and feel the importance of meditation for our healthy glow. Here is a curated list of what meditation means to us for beauty.

The Beauty Benefits of Meditation:

Slows Aging, as you meditate you bring energy (prana aka life) and fuller breaths into your body. It pumps more oxygen into the places that are tight and weak, it also brings a glow to your skin. You may notice after some time meditating that there is less tension in your face and you can really feel the difference when you are done. Breathing mindfully transforms the tissues and cells in your body. It brightens your complexion and makes you look and feel younger; working that natural glow from the inside out!

Builds Confidence, meditation keeps your mood even and calm, giving you an even keeled demeanor. It can instantly improve your mood and this builds your self-confidence as well. Meditation helps you get to know your true self, and when you know yourself you can only shine bright with confidence.

Healthier Choices, when you make mediation a habit you build your awareness muscle. As that muscle gets stronger you are more in the moment with everyday life which gives you the benefit of making better and healthier choices. It is when we are mindlessly moving through life that we make not so great choices that could effect our health. And, health is not only wealth-  but beauty as well.

xx love and light.

Monday

4

April 2016

INSTANTLY ELEVATE YOUR WORLD

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Heightening of your inner world will instantly elevate the reality of your outer world.

However, easier said than done, right? Especially if you have not yet built the awareness around what holds you back from elevating your world instantly. How aware are you of your emotions and how it could take control of you. For this post, we will call it ‘shadow’, ie. your dark side, the heavier side of your emotions. First we identify what the shadow is, the ‘thing’ that holds you back from elevating your world.

Shadow Main Ingredients:

  • Secrecy – not to reveal basic desires
  • Shame
  • Judgement
  • Blame
  • Projection
  • Separation
  • Enemies
  • Struggle – constant state of inner vs. outer warfare

The result of your shadow is war, struggle, and unnecessary drama.

The solution to uncreate the shadow by accepting your duality of light and dark. It is to be aware of your shadow and to acknowledge it. Instead of allowing shadow to take charge, we must take charge as creators of our own lives.

Duality is where you are, your split self is your most damaging illusion. In other words, when you identify your bad side and your good side you’re creating a separation instead of saying both your good and bad is OK, they are emotions that you can identify with. You are not ashamed of your shadow. It is also the knowing that if you did not have your shadow you would not be able to experience light.

You also have choices. Choose to accept your shadow, here are the choices:

1.  Stop Projecting. Be open to your shadow, here are projection examples and what it truly disguises:

  • Superiority disguises your own fear of rejection.
  • Arrogance disguises bottled up anger, beneath that is deep seated pain.
  • Defensiveness disguises the feeling that you are unworthy and weak.
  • Blame disguises the feeling that you are at fault and should be ashamed.
  • Idealizing others disguises the feeling that you are a weak helpless child that needs protecting, also feelings of inferiority.
  • Prejudice disguises the feeling that you are inferior and deserve to be rejected. 
  • Jealousy disguises your own impulse to stray, or a sense of sexual inadequacy.
  • Paranoia disguises deap seated anxiety.

Make peace with your projections. Here’s how: alertness, willingness, openness, honesty, courage. Feel the fear, and say “I see you, you belong to me.” Make peace with your feelings. Once you feel what you have, you can choose to push it down, attack it further, judge it. Or you can heal the unwanted feeling, face it, and acknowledge it. Hopefully you choose the latter. If you do not heal it, it will persist.

2. Detach: I can get through this, I won’t feel better unloading on someone else, acting out leads to regret and guilt, i can be patient lets see if i can cool down, moods come and go even the worst moods, I know how to center myself.

3. Give Up Self Judgement: Every emotion is valid in some way but when you add self-judgement, any emotion can be damaging. Grant sympathy for yourself, and be understanding of yourself. The inner judge dissolves when you are kind to yourself, and you sympathize with your self. Let your sympathy flow.

4. Rebuild Your Emotional Body: keeping your emotional body as healthy as we keep our physical body. When we are not feeling nourished emotional we feel fatigued, anxious. Emotional body should remain pleasing to experience.

Mantra: The lightness of being.

Tips to Build Your Emotional Body:

  • Becoming more whole
  • Learning to be resilient
  • Dispelling the demons of the past
  • Healing old wounds
  • Expecting the best and highest for yourself
  • Adopting realistic ideals.
  • Giving of yourself
  • Being generous especially with your spirit
  • Seeing through your fears
  • Learning self acceptance
  • Communicating with your higher self

Awareness and consciously choosing your thoughts in order to elevate your world instantly takes some not so instant work:) Keep going!

xx love and light.

Inspired and Paraphrased by The Shadow Effect 

 

Tuesday

22

March 2016

SPRING/SUMMER SPF 

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How do you sunscreen? My SPF routine for the Spring/Summer is different from the Fall/Winter. I wear it all year long but I go a bit extra with it for the Spring/Summer. 

My approach is simple, I use cream first then I carry a spray version to carry around. That way I have my base, and I can spritz throughout the day. Most SPF’s only last 1-2 hours at most. And with sweat, makeup, etc I don’t trust just one base for the day. 

Same with body. I use any SPF for body. But for face, here is what I use:

My base SPF: http://bit.ly/1XKQgFV

K-beauty’s Mizon is perfect. The consistency is nice and moisturizing. It’s not greasy, it feels more like a moisturizer than a sunscreen. 

My spray SPF: http://seph.me/1Rj2OR3

I love the size of this Supergoop spray SPF, easy to carry around. It smells nice, plus packed with antioxidants and rosemary. 

Xx love and light. 

Wednesday

16

March 2016

ROSEWATER + PIZZA (?)

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This post is inspired by the guy who rang me up at juice press in the upper east side the other day. I asked for soup options as I bought my rosewaters and ginger waters, they all sounded great and super healthy but I just said “Nah, no thanks..” He says “are you sure we also have this this…” And kept pressing– haha juice press… So I finally had to admit, “I’m just going to get pizza. Thanks..” With a chuckle he approved. I mean, pizza. 

How I eat for nutrition, body, skin, and sanity.. 

  • Drink lots of fluids, H2O, love all the new additions of waters at Juice Press (aloe, vitamin C, ginger, and especially rose water) 
  • Start your day with something very clean and hydrating. I love an acai bowl or fruit smoothie in the morning. Sometimes it’s just a youthberry tea 
  • I love pizza, I love white rice, and I will have it when I want 😎 
  • I choose fruits for snacks instead of processed foods and if I can go gluten free with snacks, why not? If I am craving potato chips I’ll go for sweet potato chips cooked with coconut oil. 
  • I use coconut oil to cook my foods 
  • I make a lot of my own shakes so I know what goes in it. 

When I crave it, I get it. When you allow a craving to go for a while is when you have a bigger chance of going overboard. 

Yesterday a friend asked me if I have cheat days.. And I guess by assumption you would assume I am extra healthy all the time but really I just enjoy what I love when I want. I don’t feel the need to over eat because I have a healthy relationship with my food. I eat only until I am just under full. So there really isn’t a “cheat day” I would consider everyday a cheat in that case because my day is balanced by what I want and not truly ruled by any strict diet. 

I usually consume nutritious foods because that is naturally what I crave. But if I want Pizza or Taco Bell I will have it. 

Eat for health and sanity:) xx love and light 

Friday

4

March 2016

THE FOUR AGREEMENTS

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   Whenever I feel frustrated, impatient, or assuming I track back to the four agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz). I just love the simple statements that bring you back to perspective.

The Four Agreements:

Be impeccable with your word: say what you mean and mean what you say. And if you say you are going to do something, follow through. If it isn’t possible, say it isn’t and be as consise as you can be.

Don’t take anything personally: don’t get offended, don’t misconstrue a message. Don’t worry about others taking your actions personally. Their feelings are not your responsibility. Yours, however are.

Don’t make assumptions: don’t assume someone did something to offend you, or did something to commend you. You never know what someone is going through or what their mindset is like. It could be very different from yours and you just cannot assume what they’re thinking.

Always do your best: whatever your best is at this very moment, that is all you need. There is no need to force what isn’t yet. And being lazy is show of character. So show up for yourself 100%.

In addition, think before you point fingers and blame. In most cases, just because it isn’t your fault doesn’t mean it’s someone else’s. Open your mind, get back into perspective. Loosen up and stop the blame. 😘  so much to be grateful for.

Happy Friday!

Xx love and light

Tuesday

23

February 2016

MEDITATION MANTRA: ALL THAT I GIVE..

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A beautiful mantra for today, and any day: All that I give is given to myself.

A meditation guideline that I give myself today is the truth that when you give to another you are given the same. It feels good to give- when you are giving good energy you are receiving good energy. When you give bad vibes, it doesn’t feel good at all. It is hard sometimes when you are wrapped up in the petty. So meditate and release the petty and remember that what you give is what you are giving to yourself. Shake off petty. Make room and space in your mind and body for lightness and peace. 

Xx Love and light. 

Tuesday

16

February 2016

LOVE IS LOVE

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You can love wholeheartedly without guilt. You don’t have to “unlove” another just because you love one. Levels and comparison create guilt. You can love all without distinguishing a love greater than another. Love freely without restraint, comparison, or judgement. We like to say romantic love, self-love, motherly love, true love etc. but isn’t all love true? Otherwise it isn’t love. There is no category and it is much more simple than we make it out to be. There are no categories or separations, the true kind of love has no separation, distinction, or category- there is just one type of it: love. 

I don’t believe that you have to put anyone ‘first’ in your life, just because you should be loving them the most. This creates guilt. Love freely. Events constantly move, nothing is ever constant so why should someone or something always be placed first, second, third. Why are there levels? Love freely, and let your inner intuition guide you on what to do, how to do in each of your relationships and current situations.  

And I leave you with this. So eloquently written by Marianne Williamson..  
Xx love & light. 

Tuesday

2

February 2016

3 SIMPLE WAYS HOW TO UPLIFT YOURSELF FROM A WINTER RUT

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 It is February, right at the heart of winter in New York. Some winter months I tend to get a wave of unmotivated energy – any one else out there? It is the month that I have to pump up my self-care: pump up my meditation & yoga, work out efficiently (thank you SLT), pay special attention to how and what I eat, and take extra special care of my dry skin.

Here are 3 simple steps to unwinding out of your, dare I say, rut:

Come back to your center: meditate, do yoga, eat clean. Do lots of yoga positions that are uplifting the heart (upward facing dog). When you repeatedly remind yourself of your truth, and when you count all your blessings a rut is impossible.

Get your energy back: for extroverts, surrounding yourself with a lot of friends re-energizes you. For introverts, surrounding yourself with a few that you love is just enough, and mostly quiet time to recharge your energy is what you need.

Wake up earlier: when you are in a rut, you tend to wake later, start your day later, and it becomes a downward spiral of rushing through the day when you have things to do. Start your day earlier and have ample time for the things you want to accomplish for the day.

xx love & light

Monday

25

January 2016

MIND BODY BEAUTY IN MANILA

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So I got really comfortable in a city called Bonafacio Global City (BGC) in Manila during my stay. Naturally I found some places for Mind Body Beauty care within the city, here are my recommendations:

Mind

Beyond Yoga at BGC, it’s a clean and simple studio that offers yoga, dance, and aerial yoga. The power yoga class that I took was vigorous and just what I needed. 

Body

Electric Studio at BGC, was blown away at this cycling studio. Such great vibes and good energy emitting from this place. I was not ready for what was coming during my session (did not hydrate properly) so I had to step out and drink some (2 bottles) of water before going back in. I’d like to say I kill’d it, but really it kill’d me:) Amazing music. Amazing instructors. 

Beauty

I went to a spa for a Rosy whitening peel. I stepped out rosy looking and whiter, brighter in complexion. I was left peeling for a few days (looking oh so lovely) but I was able to heal myself with pure coconut oil. Luckily I knew to do this on my own.. as they were not very good with after-care instructions. 

Xx love & light 

Thursday

21

January 2016

3 THINGS I LEARNED IN THE PHILIPPINES

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IMG_2833 I am back! One day before leaving for the Philippines my husband and I moved into a new apartment (not stressful at all:). The next day we took a 14 hour flight to 80 degrees and sun. We spent 3 weeks in the Philippines, and a few days in LA to close up our holiday. Probably the longest vacation I’ve ever taken! Here are a few things I picked up during my time away..

Don’t Rush. I tend to rush everywhere, blame the New Yorker in me! Sometimes I stop and realize that rushing and multi-tasking actually slows me down. And whats even more tragic is that I don’t enjoy the process because I am too busy thinking about what I have to do next, or where I have to be. It wasn’t any specific situation or person but it was just the energy and vibes of the people as a whole in the Philippines that was just so chill. Responses were thoughtful and slow.

Observe more than I speak. This has a lot to do with just being present as well. Observing before I take action. Listening more than you speak, so that when it is time to respond you response with grace and clarity.

And last, appreciate someone (or people) exactly as they are, and watch them transform into the best version of themselves. How empowered do you feel when someone just understands, and acknowledges you in your own light without judgement. It is a beautiful feeling of acceptance.

Lately, back in New York and back to teaching (how I missed it!) I find myself slowing down no matter how mundane or exciting the task. I consume myself in the process of whatever it is that I am doing and really try and get 100% focused on it. Nothing like a 3 week vacation to get you back into perspective;)

Last- should I do a mind/body/beauty post on my Philippines trip?

xx

love and light.

Sunday

20

December 2015

HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY: A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

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This Christmas I am sharing a few of my favorite things. These are items I use, love, and can’t wait to giveaway! Peach and Lily Beauty Gift box, Carbon 38 $100 Gift Card, Yoga Glow class for 3, and 7-day Supply of Sakara Beauty Water!

There are a few days left to enter to win. Check out www.instagram.com/suninayoung to enter.

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Sunday

13

December 2015

MANIFEST DESIRES – 3 OF 3

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Desire is the root of all human existence. It is the natural force of attraction that drives you in every moment.

In review, the first step in the manifestation of your desires is to define and call out your desires – allowing awareness. The second is to be detached from the outcome – live freely with an open mind and heart to the vast possibilities and roads that can be taken for your desires to be fulfilled.

And last, hence the final leg of this 3-part series on fulfilling your desires, is action. Sitting still, wishing, and praying are all great. But in order for the manifestations of your desires to become your reality, you must work towards it. I believe that you can work smart and direct energy only towards the activities that are balanced and satisfying to you. Because ultimately those activities that make you happy will naturally lead you in the direction of your desires.

I hope you enjoyed this 3-part series on manifesting your desires! We will put some meditation tools and techniques into action at the next YOGA GLOW event in NYC on Thursday, Decemeber 17th. Hope to see you there!

Xx love and light.

Sunday

13

December 2015

GLOW RECIPE X SUNINA: POST WORKOUT SKINCARE ESSENTIALS

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Happy Self-Care Sunday!

Self-Care Sunday topic: Post Workout Skincare! I speak with Sarah at Glow Recipe (recently seen on Shark Tank!) about some tips on how to care for your skin before, during, and after your workout. We talk about a few essentials for your gym bag.

Dr. Oracle Snow Queen Powder Wash: http://bit.ly/1MaPLNJ
Organic Flowers Olive Leaf Mist: http://bit.ly/1QmytEY
Organic Flowers Eye Essence: http://bit.ly/1NXgHSb
Crystal Iceplant Pressed Serum: http://bit.ly/1Opx1vA
Blithe Splash Mask: http://bit.ly/1P4C5uA
LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule: http://bit.ly/1SVDHFv

Thursday

10

December 2015

MANIFEST DESIRES – 2 OF 3

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The Law of Detachment to me is the most important part of manifesting your desires. You completely let go of the attachment to the outcome or results of your desires.

You still keep your intention and desires in mind and heart but you let go of your clenching attachment to the outcome.

There are many reasons for this. One of which is that when you have tunnel vision with just one outcome you are missing the possible grander paths that was meant for you. Second, you may be missing out on opportunities that actually lead you to your desires because you are stuck on your ways. Your way is not the only way. And third, when you are attached it is basically a testament of your personal disbelief to your wishes coming true. When you are holding on tightly you are not trusting the divine process. And when you don’t believe in the reality of your desires, you don’t attract those desires.

You don’t give up your intention or your desire. But you do give up your attachment to the result. Attachment to them creates suffering. And why suffer? Unhealthy attachments to people, places, things, cause us to live in a constant state of false control and fear that we might lose the object of our desire.

Let go, just be, believe- and work for it! Don’t forget action is a major part of manifesting:) Don’t wait for anything, let it come to you.

xx love & light.

PS we will do a moving meditation for manifesting your desires for the new year at the next yoga glow session on 12/17. Sign up is available now! Find out more here: www.sunina.com/yoga-glow

Wednesday

9

December 2015

MANIFEST DESIRES – 1 OF 3

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We all have desires. What are yours?If you are not happy with the outcome of a certain situation, or maybe your goals are not being met and you’re stuck in a routine- you need a change. What you’re actually stuck on are limiting beliefs on yourself which need to be let go as the first step for change. There are three concepts you need to change your outcome:

  • Awareness – an awareness of your thoughts which lead to your actions. Being present and experiencing the events of your life as it is unfolding. It is when you are aware that you are able to choose your thoughts. When you are present and aware of your thoughts you have the ability to reframe your thoughts, choose another thought. Change your thoughts, which change your action, which lead to a different outcome.
  • Gratitude – gratitude for all that you have, so it multiplies. You must first be grateful for all that you have.
  • A burning desire – you must have a desire, a goal that get you so excited your heart pumps out of your chest for it. What is it that is calling out to you. This is essential, and should never be ignored. Call out your desires.

I will be continuing this 3-part blog post on desire fulfillment within the week here on the blog. Stay tuned! This dharma and tools for meditation will be practiced at the Yoga Glow event in NYC on Dec. 17th! For more info: www.sunina.com/yoga-glow

Xx love and light.

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