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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

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 

 

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

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

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.

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, work for it and 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.

Sunday

6

December 2015

VIDEO: SELF-CARE SUNDAY – INNER GODDESS MEDITATION

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I hope you enjoyed my extended skincare series for the past few months! I was only planning on doing 3, but I continued on with the Self-Care Skincare and I hope you enjoyed it!!

Today, I am sharing something a slight bit different. I would love to show you how I connect with my inner self, how I experience the higher sense of beauty. It is my connection with my inner goddess that centers me, brings me to peace, and makes me feel good from the inside out.

You only need a few minutes a day. Happy meditating, happy self-care Sunday! Make self-care everyday! 🙂

xx love & light!

Wednesday

28

October 2015

BRAGGING VS. BEING

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Bragging vs. Being.

Bragging by definition is to ‘talk or write about oneself in a proud or self-impressed way; arrogant talk or manner. Bragging is a verbal kind of showing off.  (Humblebrags included!) We all know someone who does this, have done this, and at some point you may have been guilty of it too. This is a sign of ego getting in the way of truth. Truth does not need to brag. It is when we feel inadequate, insecure, or in need of attention.

Being. Simply being you, the true you that is happy when you are doing what you love is when you naturally shine bright. It is an energy that is so strong that anyone around you can feel it. Being you no matter how insecure it may make others feel is not bragging or showing off, it is simply being you. Playing down abilities, your opinions, your taste, or your talents because you are afraid of making others feel insecure is not of your concern. You are here to 100% be you and to express what you’ve been given to do your work here.

xx love & light

Beauty bonus – I literally always have this spray by my side – consistently since 2011! See in photo – the pink bottle:) My all-time favorite collagen mist, the bottle above is probably like my 27th bottle! It has surpassed expectations of many of my beauty products in my beauty closet and I want to share with you what, why, when, where, how! Guess where I found it, the best way to use it, and why it is the best of all mists I’ve tried. To discover all this, Sign up for my newsletter (column on the right) – will be talking all about it in my newsletter tomorrow. PS There will be a giveaway:)

Tuesday

20

October 2015

ENERGY FLOWS TO WHERE YOUR ATTENTION GOES

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Energy flows to where your attention goes. Surround yourself with good vibrations, good visuals of things you want to attract into your life. Fill your mind space with good clean energy. Look to the sky if the streets are not so pretty, train yourself to find the beauty in all things.

Awareness and attention are vastly different. I can be aware of all of the nasty, unhealthy, unkind happenings in the world but I refuse to place my attention towards it. This would only attract more of it, and towards me and the world. It does not matter who you are you are a magnet. It is your choice what you attract.

And I quote this over and over – this quote that I love by Mother Teresa:

“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” –  Mother Teresa

xx love & light.

Wednesday

14

October 2015

INTENTION ENERGIZES; ACTION TRANSFORMS

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Image by Andy Hur: @THEWHELMING

Image by Andy Hur: @THEWHELMING

Intention energizes; action transforms.

What is my real intention? This is the question I had to ask myself subconsciously the past few weeks when I’ve felt an energy block. Work wasn’t flowing so easily, opportunities seemed blocked. I had to look inwards and call out my intention. What I realized was that I actually did have a lot of opportunities in front of me. I just wasn’t recognizing each opportunity with its own unique possibilities. I was dismissive. I had my mind set on my own set of outcomes. When I released the idea of exclusivity, and of only doing jobs based on how ‘cool’ it would be for me, the block seemed to slowly release. I started to open up and embrace jobs that were more based upon the big picture, the jobs that would further my purpose which is to inspire, uplift, and cleanse- and this can happen in as many places and platforms that I am able to effectively. It is not at all about me, nor is it about ‘branding’. I put my ego to the side. It gave me a renewed energy to go out and get it- or in this situation.. give it, and to take action on the true intention.

Action was missing because I was so in tune with ‘branding’ and only waiting for jobs that were of a certain tier. I looked beyond my high expectiations, and saw what the real opportunity would be in each and every one of the inquiries for work/collaborations I already had in front of me. When I have my true intention in mind, the work in front of me feels exciting. And when it feels exciting, you should definitely do it! I decided to take action and, like Nike, just do it.

Slowly I see and feel a transformation and feel supported- and almost immediately after this shift, I open my email and I get more favorable inquiries. The block was released. Recently I’ve noticed signs, I kept seeing the numbers 777, which according to spiritual numerology, is a ‘sign that I am on my authentic life path and making progress towards accomplishing my purpose’. My energy now feels balanced and my perception has shifted.

If you feel blocked, I encourage you to look inwards at your own intentions for doing what you do. If you feel you are at a standstill in your work, relationship, or life in general, set your ego aside and ask yourself why you do what you do. What is your intention? Then, take action on that intention to experience transformation.

pose in photo: side angle pose / utthita parsvakonasana 🙂

outfit: The Sweat Bar

xx love & light

 

Monday

12

October 2015

SIMPLE MEDITATION GUIDE

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Image by Andy Hur

 
Step by step meditation guide: 

  1. Grab a line in a spiritual book/ a quote from a thought leader/ one thought you have in your mind, and let it lead your intention for meditation. Example: Truth will correct all errors in my mind. 
  2. If you have incense, grab it and light it up. 
  3. Sit in a comfortable cross-legged seated position. Hands can be on your thighs, at your hearts center, or palm over palm gently over your ankles. 
  4. Simply close your eyes and breathe. 
  5. If this is your first few times it may feel uncomfortable and you might get anxious – stick with it until you get over that point. It is after that point where you will feel calm. Go as long as it feels amazing. Do not worry about timing, whenever you have a beautiful sense of peace come over you vibe with it for a bit. As you gently open your eyes notice the difference you feel after meditation versus before. 

My step-by- step meditation this morning is on snapchat: @suninayoung

Meditation truly is the answer to all of your “problems” and illusions of the mind. All it takes is a shift of perception and a sprinkle of gratitude. 

Xx love & light.

Image by Andy Hur 

Friday

9

October 2015

SELF IMPORTANCE VS. SELF CONFIDENCE

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IMAGE BY @thewhelming. // Outfit by @yourstrulybrand

There is a deep difference between self-confidence and self-importance. Self-confidence comes from loving yourself, and self-importance comes from exacerbating your ego.

Self-importance is when you say you are better than another in any way: you are more fit, prettier, hotter, you make more money, you have this and that materially. Self-importance is when you create levels in your mind to feed the ego to make it feel better. Self-importance comes from a place of deep insecurity. It is when the mind creates levels in order to create a sense of temporary fulfillment in your place in life. You need validation from outward situations from people or things. Compliments determine your level of “confidence” for the moment. Offensive comments affect you. Self-importance is when you treat certain people differently because they are, in your mind, above or below you.

We are all one, interrelated and connected. No one being is above you, no one being is below you.

Self-confidence FEELS good. There is no competitive spirit in malice. It is about loving yourself so full heartedly, and being so aware of this love that no matter what compliment you receive or what offensive comment you are given- you remain unaffected because you already know your truth. You’ve already come to terms with your flaws and you are well-aware and accept those flaws. You know how to turn those ‘flaws’ into personal strengths for beneficial circumstances. Self-confidence does not compare, it does not boast. It just is. No need to prop yourself up with words or bougie actions. You are enough with your presence alone. Confidence is knowing that there is no one in the world like you, that can express the ideas that you want to express like you. We all have our own collective experiences in life that make us who we are. Embrace that fully.

No one being is superior to you, no one being is inferior to you.

xx love & light.

Monday

5

October 2015

LUXURY IS..

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Despite all of the distractions the daily grind gives you, stay on your path. Stay focused inwards. Do not let the petty things, the ego, the material things take over truth. What is real is within you. Look above the petty things and situations, turn ego thoughts into loving thoughts instead, and enjoy the material pleasures for what it is- material. Comfort is a beautiful thing which gives you the platform to carry out your life duties; excess is frivolous and unnecessary. Luxury is elegance. Luxury is not gaudy, excessive, or boastful. Luxury is in the mind. Think about it, your mind can be a landfill.. or it can be heaven.

Get clean with clarity by meditating. Start today. Start with 2 minutes. You don’t need to be a yogi, or have incense while you do it. Just sit and be still, and you are already there.

Who you are, what you do, how you see things should not be clouded by what you are here to do. Stay focused, prioritize self-care, have an amazing week! Happy Monday.

xx love & light.

Thursday

2

July 2015

WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO

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I teach to purify and uplift. Why do you do what you do? Sometimes your passion burns out and you have to re-inspire yourself and ask why you do what you do to get you back to the root of the reason. Remember why you started. When the passion burns out ask yourself why. It’s taking a step back and being mindful. Set the ego aside, and get depth in your reasoning.

Here are a few statements to get you thinking:

I am a _________.
Examples: Healer, lover, warrior, inspiration, supporter, game changer.

I do what I do to __________.
Examples: Heal, love, be strong, inspire, support, make change, help and restore.

I _________ to ___________ .
Examples: I blog to inspire change. I cook to create a healthy lifestyle for my family. I create videos to express my passion for yoga.

Xx love and light.

Monday

22

June 2015

SCHEDULE TIME FOR INNER WORK

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Monday mornings are for planning out and scheduling the week, right?? Looking at priorities, things to do (and at times tackle)..

It’s been a few weeks, and it is when I am without, that I realize how important scheduling inner work is. Mindful movement is the most fulfilling type of movement. When I do the inner work, I am more compassionate, more unattached to results, and more aware.

It’s is one of the best suggestions I’ve gotten for self-care which has stuck with me since its been shared with me. And I want to share it with you here on the blog.

If you use your apple calendar, iPhone calendar, or even your pen/pencil planner: schedule in a time once a week or twice a week for your inner work. Inner work can include reading, meditating, relaxing with affirmations, journaling, just any type of quiet time with yourself. One hour is amazing.

My mentor once re-quoted: “You should sit in meditation twenty minutes everyday – unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”

Self-care at its best:) mind your heart and soul, as that is where true beauty is rooted from.

Xx love and light.

Friday

5

June 2015

FLATTERY = CRITICISM

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Experiencing true self-love means both the flattery and criticism you are sometimes faced with have zero power to shift your self-perception.

You don’t get big in the head over flattery, you don’t get hurt by criticism. You honor yourself and only allow that kind of power be exclusive you.

Here are some tips to find this type of clarity separated into mind, body, beauty sections:

Mind
-Meditate
-Read your favorite books
-Release both good/bad judgement as they come to you.
-Greet the morning by counting blessings

Body
-Do Yoga.
-Eat Clean.
-Eat the gluteus things you love in moderation.
-Have healthy body goals set for yourself.
-Embrace body challenging workouts.

Beauty
-Take care of your skin morning / night.
-Learn and do your own at-home facials.
-Accept your ‘flaws’.
-Highlight your best features with makeup:)
-Enjoy being makeup-less when you want/can.

Xx love & light.

Thursday

28

May 2015

YOU ARE EXACTLY WHERE YOU NEED TO BE

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You are exactly where you need to be. Release thoughts of the past and future, live in today and now. Trust in all the steps and growth that need to happen in order for you to reach the next level of awareness, the next level of success at your work or in your personal relationships.

Everyone is doing their best from their level of awareness -Deepak Chopra

Photo: Warrior 3
Outfit: Spiritual Gangster shirt, Club Monaco denim, Stella McCartney by Adidas leggings, Isabel Marant sneakers.
Location: West Side Highway, NYC
Photography: David Tufino

Xx Love & light.

Wednesday

27

May 2015

VIDEO: 7-MINUTE CALMING ENERGIZING BRIDAL YOGA

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

Happy hump day! A video on YouTube is up today.

We’re officially in wedding season!

Learn a breathing technique to calm your nerves. Do a yoga sequence that energizes and opens up your heart. Perfect for a special occasion like your wedding day or even on for a first date! Open up your heart, relax the mind.

In video:
Meditation with intention
Child’s Pose
Vinyasa Flow
Rockstar

Filmed by Cyril Mahe.

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