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Friday

25

July 2014

SEATED FORWARD FOLD

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Seated forward fold! Also great for blood circulation. It helps to balance the nerves, calm the mind.

Sit tall in a seated position. Lift up in the ribcage. Deep inhale, exhale fold all the way over. Bend the knees if you have to in order to reach the toes. Lengthening the spine then dropping the crown of the head is of utmost importance here.

Xx love & light.

No matter what anyone says, never give up on what you believe in!

Tuesday

22

July 2014

STANDING FORWARD FOLD

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yoga forward fold sunina young Standing forward fold is a great inversion to get your blood circulation going! It’s great to relieve tension and stress. It strengthens and stretches the leg muscles, ankles, feet. It lengthens the spinal column, creating space for more flexibility and movement.

Here’s how to do it: Stand up straight in mountain pose with feet together, hands by the sides. Inhale, hands up to the sky. Exhale, swan dive forward, drop the crown of the head down fully. Stay for 3 to 5 breaths. Think about creating space in each of your tense joints and releasing all impurities in the body.

xx love & light.

Bonus: This inversion helps you achieve a healthy skin glow throughout your entire body because of the increased blood circulation.

Monday

21

July 2014

7 AFFIRMATIONS FOR MOTIVATION

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sunina_inspo Affirmations are my greatest tool for instant shifts. I love constant inspiration and the best kind of inspiration comes from your heart! Clear your mind and fill it with positive affirmations to motivate you forward and up.

Here are 7 I’d love to share with you:

  1. Everyday I wake up refreshed and full of motivation.
  2. I am always motivated and my positive energy lifts those around me.
  3. I am naturally motivated, and motivation comes naturally to me.
  4. I have unlimited creativity and drive.
  5. Every day I beomce more motivated, passionate, and ambitious.
  6. I am highly productive and finish projects on time with 100% completion.
  7. I am motivated at all times, anything is possible.

xx love & light.

Happy Monday! Stay motivated. Do all things with light, with a smile! (Unless you are in resting bitch face mode which is so excusable!)

 

Wednesday

16

July 2014

SIDE PLANK VARIATION

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yoga DSC_0368 Side Plank Variation! Great for overall body balance, obliques, strength, core, leg stretch, chest opener, and hamstring stretch. It is also a great hip opener.

Get into a side plank, tuck in the tailbone, open up the chest, lift the hips up high, find balance here first, then slowly lift the top leg up, bend the knee and bring them into the chest as you take your peace fingers and interlace them to the big toe. Straighten the leg, lift the hips up higher, and breathe.

xx love & light!

Yogini thought of the day: Sometimes we get lost in the material ways of the world. Choose this affirmation to get back to your center: I don’t need much, I love what I have, and I am open to abundance~

Tuesday

15

July 2014

BIRD OF PARADISE

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Bird of Paradise is a great move to improve flexibility, open the hips, strengthen the legs, and stretch the groins.

A: Start with legs hip width apart, squat down low and stick your butt out. Swing the left hand behind the back, place the right hand underneath the right thigh, interlace hands as close to the base of your back as you can, you’re binded! Shift all of your weight into the left heel of the foot, tighten the core, lightly pick up the right foot &  feel it become weightless.

B: Inhale, lift up the entire upper body with your weightless right foot. Left leg is locked and energized with balance. Take your shoulders back as much as possible without releasing the bind.

C: Exhale, straighten the right leg and point the toes.

xx love & light.

Yogini thought of the day: Get started today, even if you feel like you suck, HEHE. Don’t be afraid to put it out there, especially if they are good vibes, express yourself! Who cares what anyone else thinks:) No project or venture is too big or too small. Start now.

Monday

14

July 2014

LOVE YOUR STORY

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It’s so simple but sometimes we complicate things! Love your story, if you don’t- change the words, change the outcome by changing what you do right now at this very moment. Let go of all the excuses, let go of the same old story you keep telling yourself- ‘I’m not good enough.. not talented enough.. not pretty enough.’ Let go of that struggle! Your function in life is to be happy. If you are not happy, you are not on the correct course. Everyone has a course, a purpose, if you are not fulfilling it, you will know it because you will be sad. It is your birthright to be happy. Let go of the walls you put up, and fight through the inner ego that tells you ‘NO’. Release the ‘I can’t’ and welcome the ‘I will’.

Love & light~

TGIM, Thank God It’s Monday!

P.S. I am so happy and grateful for everyone who reads this mind body beauty blog. If you can find inspiration in the words and visuals I share, I am fully fulfilled! Also, it has happened twice so far (both while on vacation!), and I am so HUMBLED, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for approaching me and letting me know that you follow this blog. Much appreciated, and so impressed that you pronounce SUNINA correctly. xx yoga DSC_0304 love DSC_0046 DSC_0128 yoga DSC_0194_2

Wednesday

9

July 2014

HALF MOON POSE

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pink Bikram’s Half Moon Pose, the 2nd pose of the 26. This pose has a lengthening and strengthening effect on your spine. I love how freeing it is to go back, way back :)

Here’s how to do it: Start with your hands up above, palms to touch. Interlace all fingers except the pointer fingers. Lift up high up above cover ears with your arms, no space in between. Lift up even higher and push your hips to the right as you lean to the left. Breathe in, exhale, lean deeper. One more breath and lift up. Switch Sides without lowering the arms. Next, keeping the arms in place drop just the head back pushing the hips all the way forwards. Drop the head back as low as you can looking back behind you then, lean the spine backwards, feeling the flexibility. Go back, way back! Breathe, and lift up.

xx love & light.

 

Tuesday

8

July 2014

BALANCING STICK POSE

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yoga DSC_0016 I’ve been so into Bikram lately, this ‘Warrior 3′ is balancing stick pose! Love it. When you are in this pose make sure you are stretching the arms forwards, the arms are right up against your ears, no space in between, and your legs are extending all the way back – like a tug of war. The standing leg is straight, knees are locked. Tummy is tucked in all the way up in towards your spine. Point the back foot, breathe!

xx love & light.

Monday

7

July 2014

I KNOW..

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To be a teacher, a leader is to eliminate the ego and think humbly- ‘I know that I know nothing’ -Socrates. For real growth, start with a clean palette, think clean, forget old theories and past experiences that you’ve held onto so tightly which pre-block you from learning fresh new concepts, ideas which could open up your mind. It is a way to learn without any mental blockages. To truly be limitless is to listen with the intention to learn without the attitude that says, ‘Nope! I’m not listening because I already know.’ or ‘ I know, I know…’ To stay in that place is to be in a limited mindset of stagnant growth. When you go and stay in that place you might be missing information which you actually didn’t know, even if its the tiniest simplest thing that could open up your mind that much  more. I sometimes forget as a new teacher that my mission is not only to teach what I believe, but to also be open and receptive enough to learn from the people I teach. It is an even exchange for growth. You are never too experienced or too wise learn. The most enchanting part about being a teacher, a leader is that you learn more about yourself in the process. sunina ballerina1 sunina ballerina sunina ballerina 3

Thursday

3

July 2014

Wednesday

2

July 2014

CAMEL POSE

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Camel pose is a great pose to make way for a happy heart.

Stand on your knees hip width apart, place your hands at the small of your back. Lift up high in your ribcage, open up your chest, press your shoulders back. Slowly lower your upper back down towards the floor behind you. Place your hands on your heels and drop the head down completely. This is an amazing back bending pose which stretches your chest, abs, and hip flexors. It improves your posture, improves spine flexibility, and creates space in your chest and lungs for better breathing. It is a very calming pose that reduces fatigue and anxiety.. try it!

Open up your heart, stretch your back, shoulders, and chest. I am an unlimited being and I can create anything I want.

xx love & light.

 

Tuesday

1

July 2014

REVERSE PRAYER MEDITATION

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Reverse Prayer is a great way to open up & stretch your shoulders. It helps to you focus on moving the mind inwards, shutting out all external distractions while opening up the chest and heart.

Sit comfortably, float arms down to either side of body and, bending elbows, reach arms behind back. Press palms together in a prayer position on spine and reach hands as high up spine as feels good. Close the eyes and allow yourself to drift inwards. Stay here for 5 to 10 deep breaths.

Xx love & light.

Monday

30

June 2014

MOVE EASY

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Motivation for the week to MOVE EASY!

Though I was sore from Bikram the day before, I went again anyway.. the poses which were not as challenging were so much harder to flow into when you are sore. I constantly had to convince my mind I could do it. After a little while I realized, the less I think the easier it was to move in a more free and fluid way. Don’t worry about stretching or pulling or pushing to get the pose ‘right‘. Stop struggling, and just flow. Wherever you are at is exactly where you are meant to be at this very moment. That affirmation itself is very freeing. Don’t worry about where you were or where you are supposed to be. Don’t inundate yourself with worries of the future. Where you are is exactly where you are supposed to be. Be free, move easy. Stop thinking- just do (on & off the mat). And just like that I was able to move happily through each pose rather than struggling through sore muscles.

xx love & light.

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Friday

27

June 2014

24K GOLD MASK

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SUNINA_24KGOLD Friday is (outer) beauty day! Remember to prioritize self-care.

I loved this treatment! My friend and esthetician, Melly, pampered me with this 24K Gold facial. It has an instant brightening effect, plumps up your skin with the added collagen, and improves blood circulation. I was so inspired by the brightening results I even got myself a 24K Gold Moisturizer from South Korea.

Here are the benefits:

- 24 Karat Gold is combined with great ingredients for maximum results.

- Stimulates blood circulation to repair and prevent damaged cells.

- Excellent eye treatment to minimize puffiness and flakiness.

- Fight free radicals to protect skin for external environment.

- Great anti-aging product, it improves skin elasticity.

- Leaves skin lively and youthful looking.

If you’ve had a great week of being kind to people, kind to yourself – you definitely need your cherry on top – with an ahhhhmazing spa day.

If you liked this post, please share :)

 

xx love & light.

Thursday

26

June 2014

VIDEO: SUMMER ABS + ANTI-AGING YOGA

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A summer ab workout + yoga for anti-aging benefits!

[ABS] Flutter Kicks, Cherry Pickers
[ANTI-AGING] Plow, Shoulder Stand, Plow, Fish Pose.

Inversions pull everything down. Through the flow process, blood travels and circulates towards our organs, brain, head, and face. Shoulder stand is an amazing pose for preventing and reducing wrinkles increasing overall circulation of the blood to the face, and therefore improving the complexion for glowing skin.

xx love & light! <3

Wednesday

25

June 2014

WILD THING

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yoga DSC_0137 I love this back bend. It allows you to release any tension in the spine, and the entire body.

Start at down dog split, bend the knee, stack the hip- feeling a long psoas stretch here. Flip and drop the ball of the extended foot behind you while lift the palm up and over- the palm planted on the floor is weightless as you lift the hips up high to the sky.

Yogini thought of the day: change your mind, change your day.

xx love & light.

 

Tuesday

24

June 2014

TREE POSE SIDE STRETCH

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yoga DSC_0099 Tree Pose Side Stretch! I love this! Great for focus and to improve concentration, on and off the sand/mat :)

Here’s how to do it: Stand tall, drop the tailbone (don’t stick your butt out), draw the navel in towards the spine, shoulders back, hands to the side. Find your tree pose by placing the right foot on the left inner thigh or ankle (never ever on the knee!). Find your balance here, by gazing at a non-moving point in front of you. Once you’ve found stability lift the hands all the way up while keeping the shoulders relaxed. Ease the right hand down and around the waist as you lift up higher and stretch to the right side, moving just the upper body whilst keeping the lower body in place. The weight of the body is in the left heel. Core is engaged the entire time. Stay for a few breaths and switch sides.

The art of balance is to sway with the breeze of the wind, rather than against it. With resistance we break, with rhythm we stand strong.

xx love & light.

 

Monday

23

June 2014

GIRL, CTFD.

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Girl, CTFD, ‘calm the f*** down. I like this advice. It’s straight to the point and easy to apply immediately.

Although the original source of this advice is from a parenting article, I thought it was a great tool to apply for anyone, anytime. There are only two steps, 1) CTFD, and 2) CTFD.

Release all worries, judgements, limiting thoughts, pointed fingers, lack of love. And if anything stresses you, remember to simply let it go right away! It is the way to inner peace and true beauty. Otherwise, you are holding onto thought poisons- literally. Understand where your misleading thought patterns come from– I will share an excerpt from my reading this morning to help you understand:

I am never upset for the reason I think because I am constantly trying to justify my thoughts. I am constantly trying to make them true. I make all things my enemies, so that my anger is justified and my attacks are warranted. I have not realized how much I have misused everything I see by assigning this role to it. I have done this to defend a thought system that has hurt me, and that I no longer want. I am willing to let it go.

Cue Frozen’s Let It Go ~ and CTFD. Start every Monday with a cleansed mind:)

xx love & light.

See bonus post below on how to stay hydrated despite the heat!

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How To Stay Hydrated This Summer:

-Eat water based foods like watermelon and pineapples

-Make drinking water your habit, no to juices or soda!

-Drink coconut water.

-Skip coffee, choose green tea.

-Eat cucumbers and tomatoes, these foods are 90% water weight.

All the above great for your mind, body, and beauty! x

 

Thursday

19

June 2014

SUNSCREEN FOR GLOWING SKIN

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I love this sunscreen! For years I’ve been using Shiseido’s range of sun protection products –  and they’ve been great. But – when I stumbled upon and tried Supergoop’s antioxidant rich, argon oil based product- I had to have it. SPF 50 baby! First of all, it is a spray on product which is so easy to use. Then there’s the hydration aspect which I feel other sunscreens lack. This one gives you a glow and real hydration because of the oil base. The ingredients grape seed oil, citrus, lemon, shea butter (just to name a few) extracts. And the only alcohol you see is for the SPF. It is potent with anti-aging antioxidants as well. Plus it is animal cruelty free <3 LOVE IT, GOT IT, YOU SHOULD TRY IT.

If you are like me and obsessively screen yourself under the sun, this is great! I love that I can re-apply throughout the day even over makeup, I just spray and tap it on – so easy.

To a beautiful, safe & sunscreen-filled summer!

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Wednesday

18

June 2014

PEACEFUL WARRIOR

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Reverse Warrior, amazing hip opener and leg strengthener. It stretches your torso and upper body.

Start at Warrior 2, bending the front knee. Pull forwards with the front arm and lift + drift the arm back behind you following the gaze up above and behind. Keep the back leg energized. The front knee is above the ankle (mine is not exactly above the ankle in the photo). But, re-bend the front knee to be properly aligned. You should feel a deep stretch in the side of the body which you are lifting from.

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. No matter where you are or what you are doing it is the quiet confidence of knowing that your inner peace is your power to transcend any situation.

xx love & light!

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