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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

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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

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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

 

Wednesday

13

August 2014

One-Legged King Pigeon

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DSC_0079 Energize and refresh your body with the One-Legged King Pigeon Pose!

Stretches the thighs, groins, psoas, abdominals, chest, shoulders, neck, and back. It stimulates the abdominals, opens the hips, shoulders, and chest.

The key is to move slowly. Start at downward facing dog, lift the right leg up to downward facing dog split, right knee forwards to the right wrist. Drop the shin down to be parallel with the mat, hips are square to the front and you are lifted and even in the hips. Extend the left leg all the way back behind you. Slowly lift the back leg up, grab a hold of your foot with your left hand/arm.

Amazing counter poses to try after:
Child’s Pose, Big Toe Pose, Forward Fold, Seated Forward Fold, Hero Pose!

xx love & light.

 

Tuesday

12

August 2014

PERFECT 10 BENEFITS OF WHEEL POSE

Written by , Posted in Attractive Energy, Beauty, Body, Clarity, Confidence, Happiness, Inner Purity, Inspiration, Love, Mind, Self-Care, Sexy Tone, Strength, Yoga, You

IMG_5862.JPG I love this pose, it puts me in a totally different plane of thinking because it is such an awkward position to be in for an extended amount of time. You can work through that feeling with your breathe. The body and mind benefits are amazing. Here are 10:

  1. Strengthens and lengthens the vertebra.
  2. Total body toner & strengthener: arms, wrists, legs, abs, shoulders, chest.
  3. Opens up the chest, makes space in your lungs for better breathing.
  4. Enhances the nervous system, improves fertility.
  5. Slims your waist! It removes the buildup of fat in the mid-section of your body.
  6. Hip-opener, and increased flexibility.
  7. Physical and mental energizer. Counteracts stress, anxiety, and depression.
  8. Opens up your chest for better posture!
  9. Balances your entire body, keeping the mind, body, soul happy!
  10. Heart opener that releases past pain, and opens up the heart and shines your brilliant light up into the world.

xx love & light.

Monday

11

August 2014

TGIM (THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY): TIME MANAGEMENT + BOUNDARIES

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DSC_0177 i DSC_0197 i Two thoughts this afternoon, TIME MANAGEMENT and BOUNDARIES.

First, on boundaries:

“At some point, you make a decision. Boundaries don’t keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That’s how we’re made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.”

Morning inspiration found on a friend’s instagram post (@ameschin).

Now, on time management:

When ‘lines’ are crossed, and life get’s messy, and you accept — there comes this thing called, OMG I’m so busy! You can either say, “I’m so overwhelmed!” or you can choose to say, “I am so lucky to have all of these opportunities!”. The beauty in this is that you can be choosey with how you manage your time. You can raise your standards, and truly make a quality use of your time. But always do what makes you happy! Don’t waste time on things that don’t. Also, when you are busy, you must raise the bar on your personal self-care as well. Meditate, sauna, spa, massage, get your full 7 to 8 hours of sleep! Eat nutritious super foods, vitamins, hydrate with water, and eat clean! Work out, get your mental on point, always rise above the petty! Look up to the sky, stay inspired. Rise high.

Here are some tips on how to manage your time:

  • Schedule everything in your iPhone calendar, make sure it is hooked up with iCloud! So easy you can see your day/week/month on all your devices, iPad/MacBook, etc.
  • Schedule in self-care time as if it is an important meeting. Just one hour to yourself to meditate, one hour to yourself to take care of your skin or just to sit and breathe. You need that ‘turn down’ time to really allow your mind to effortlessly show you what’s most important.
  • Keep your big projects in mind and don’t be overwhelmed with the big picture thought of it – just do a little bit everyday for whatever it is you are working towards. Let’s say you are a blogger (hehe) do a little bit everyday and you will see in a years time your progress, and when you look back you realize how not so overwhelming it actually was. Oh, and schedule that in also- no matter how little you perceive it to be! It will have that snowball effect, and one day be worth it- trust!

xx Love & light.

Wednesday

6

August 2014

MORNING GRATITUDE

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Write down 10 things you are grateful for today. Think about why you are grateful for each and only highlight the best, forget the rest:)

Example:

  1. I am grateful for the view of an expansive blue sky at first sight when I wake up (‘I am awake because the sky is awake’ -Anna (Frozen)
  2. I am grateful for my calming inhales and exhales.
  3. I am grateful for my family who are always there for me.
  4. I am grateful for my strong body, which is self-healing.
  5. I am grateful for my friends, who are angelic souls.
  6. I am grateful that I love my work, and my work loves me!
  7. I am grateful for the nutritious food I eat everyday that keeps me healthy and happy.
  8. I am grateful for my two loves.
  9. I am grateful for technology! Blogging straight from my iPhone is so convenient for my on-the-go lifestyle.
  10. I am grateful for the abundance in every area of my life.

xo Happy Wednesday!

Monday

4

August 2014

EXPRESS YOUR TRUTH

Written by , Posted in Attractive Energy, Inner Purity, Inspiration, Self-Care, Sexy Tone

Everyday express yourself, speak your truth. The more you speak & express your truth the further you are from a false self-image and the inability to accomplish the very things that make you happy!

That is why everyday, focus on what feels good to you! Never mind what anybody else says.

Here are a few affirmations to keep you on the path of your truth, to stay motivated, healthy, and happy!

1. My body is made to be strong, healthy, and happy!
2. I am naturally motivated.
3. I express myself freely, from the heart.
4. I am energetic!
5. My energy is magnetic.
6. Movement inspires good energy for me, and those around me.
7. My thoughts are filled with love & light.

Happy Monday! Stay motivated dolls! Xx

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Tuesday

29

July 2014

6 WAYS TO RE-ENERGIZE

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I am taking a few days off to re-energize! I love this blog, I love what I can share with you on it. My mantra for the week: ‘Do it right the first time or not at all!’

6 Ways To Re-Energize:

  1. Journal – free writing, just write whatever comes to mind.
  2. Plan out Clear Goals - 90 Days, 6 months, 1 Year.
  3. Exercise – work your body to get your mind right, intuition is a muscle too!
  4. Self-Care – Indulge in a spa day or weekend! Plan a vacation, be out! ASAP:)
  5. Meditate – A few minutes to clear the chatter in the mind day and/or night is all you need.
  6. Friends – catch up with friends who LIFT you up, who encourage you, who share the same limitless beliefs in life.

BONUS: Sleep! Sleep a lot. Sleeping beauty style.

So excited for August! I have a lot to give for the new month, can’t wait.

xx lots of love & light.

 

Friday

25

July 2014

SEATED FORWARD FOLD

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Confidence, Skin Glow, Strength, Yoga

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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

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Body, Clarity, Mind, Skin Glow, Strength, Yoga

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!)

 

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