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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!

Tuesday

17

June 2014

HALF PIGEON POSE

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yoga 168 Sunina 03965 Half Pigeon! Holding onto stress shows! Release all stress, allow yourself glow instead. The hips hold our emotions, release and forgive. Pigeon pose stimulates the internal organs, making space. It stretches out the psoas muscles, groins, and opens up the hips so we have greater range of motion.

Start at downward facing dog, lift the left foot up, stack the hip, bend the knee, stay here for a moment and stretch out the inner thighs and groins without losing the even balance found at the palms of your hands pushing the weight away from your wrists. Fully feel the sensation, inhale and pull the left knee forwards to the left wrist and lay the shin down gently in front of you. Lower down to evenly sit, opening up the hips. The back leg is active, point the toes. Pull the ribcage in and up, rise high with a tall spine, shoulders back, relax the jaw. Hands are by the sides in finger stand. Option to fold over the knee and relax the forehead down onto the ground, fully relaxing the shoulders and neck. Stay for 8 to 10 breaths. Gently feeling the sensation of the hip flexors opening and making space for emotions to arise, and release. Switch sides by rising back up slowly, palms to the ground for downward facing dog.

xx love & light.

Yogini thought of the day: Never take anything personally!

 

Monday

16

June 2014

TRAVEL LIGHT: FIT TIPS

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Happy Monday! Here are five tips on how to travel light (mind-wise), and fit tips for your summer travels!   sunina_travel_fit

Fit Tip #1 Be A Morning PersonRise and Shine. Yes! Wake up a little earlier than normal. Just 15 minute should do the trick. It is a commitment to stay fit and starting early is important especially since you most  likely have a set day-to-day itinerary for your trip. Make no excuse and keep the mornings your time to workout and ensure that you will set the tone of the day to be a healthy one.

For the ambitious: Wake up an additional 30 minutes earlier to meditate so you can start your day with a clear and fit-focused mind. Yogis recommend daily meditation for 30 minutes in the morning for a balanced life no matter where you are.

 

Fit Tip #2 But First, WaterFor a Healthy Skin Glow. Drinking water within 10 minutes of waking up in the morning, speeds up your metabolism thus supporting weight loss and/or maintaining a  balanced and healthy weight. It hydrates and detoxifies the body, purifying your internal system. Drinking water first thing in the morning clears out internal impurities therefore making the skin glow with health.

For the ambitious: Add lemon to your water for a multitude of benefits including clear skin, a natural energy boost, vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, potassium, fiber, iron, and magnesium.

 

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Fit Tip #3 Work Your CoreFor flatter abs and a stronger core. You can do leg lifts as soon as you wake up from the comfort of your bed- equipment, no excuses! Interlace the hands behind your head, deep inhale, exhale lift the chest up as you flex the feet and hover over the surface of the bed or ground (wherever you’ve chosen to do the workout). Inhale, keep the chest lifted and core engaged as you lift the legs up energetically at a 90 degree angle. Exhale lower for 6 breaths, inhale lift for 5 breaths. That’s one rep. Try 12 slow reps. The time commitment is approximately 4 minutes.

For the ambitious: Add bicycle crunches, scissor kicks, and bridges.

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Fit Tip #4 Stretch Post-Flight For Lengthening – Whether you are on a business trip or on a vacation, stress can easily creep into your body in the form of muscle tension and mind fatigue. De-stress from jet-lag with an easy spine lengthening and side-opening movement. Side Opener: Inhale, lift the arms up, grab a hold of your right wrist, lift the rib cage in and up to lengthen, then exhale bend to the left. Saturate the right side body with breath. Take 5 full breaths, switch sides. Repeat to release all muscle tension. Time commitment is approximately 2 minutes.

For the ambitious: Take a moment to close your eyes and mentally say a fit-focused affirmation as you stretch. Example: “I always find time for self-care.”

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Fit Tip #5 Tone For Full Body ToningPosition A: Child’s Pose – stand on the knees, knees are wider than, fold over so the rib cage fits perfectly between the thighs, reach the arms out in front of you, forehead to the ground. Breathe in for 5 counts, breathe out for 6 counts. Flow into Position B: Plank Pose – tuck the toes, slowly shift forward while lifting the knees off the ground, engage the core, tuck the tailbone, puff up through the upper back, keeping the entire spine in neutral alignment. Breathe in for 5 counts, breathe out for 6 counts. Transition to Position C: Fallen Triangle Pose – bring the right knee in towards your chest, kick the foot out to the left side and place the outer edge of the foot to the ground, lift the hips high, shift the weight to the right side, engage the core, reach the left hand up to the sky as you open up the left side body. Breathe in for 5 counts, breathe out for 6 counts. Step the foot back to plank position. Repeat Positions A to C, left & right; 4 reps per side. The time commitment is 9 minutes.

For the ambitious: Add a chaturanga push-up after plank pose.

 

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Fit Tip #6 Do Cardio AnywhereFor cardio, weight-loss, energy. Pack your sneakers! You can jog, run, sprint anywhere! Get your heart rate up any chance you get. It is the most efficient way to lose weight and to maintain healthy weight. Other forms of cardio include jumping jacks, plank mountain climbers, jump squats, burpees.

For the ambitious: Plan a full day committed to fitness by going hiking, biking, or swimming!

 

xx love & light

 

Wednesday

11

June 2014

Tuesday

10

June 2014

NAVASANA

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sunina navasana Mindfully working your core is the most essential part of any yoga practice or workout. It is from your core stability and strength that moves you with purpose.

Boat Pose or Navasana! I am doing an arm assisted version because I love how it feels in my hamstrings when the legs are up, the abs are completely engaged in this posture. Here’s how to do it: Deep inhale, with straight legs lift the legs up as you engage the core, back is straight, spine is tall, balance on the sits bones as you rise high. Feel as if your rib cage is pulling up away from your hips, lift the hands up by your sides, or as shown, grab the feet, flex the feet. Heart is open, chest is proud. Stay for 5 to 8 breaths.

xx love & light.

Yogini thought of the day, “how can I be a blessing to the world?”

 

 

Monday

9

June 2014

TAKE ACTION; NOTHING WORKS UNLESS YOU DO

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Take Action; nothing works unless you do! This is the mantra for the week. It’s time to motivate yourself to get up and go, take action. Put your thoughts into action. Connect with the thrill of your game. Whatever your hustle is, wherever you are at- get moving and take action. What you give is exactly what you get, in the exact equal amount. Karma, karma baby.

How do you stay motivated? Who or what inspires you? What do you do each morning to be uplifted, healthy, honorable, inspiring? What makes you a leader?

“Zero in on what’s in front of you today and then start from that zone.” -Russell Simmons

“Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold — but so does a hard boiled egg.” – Maya Angelou

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Friday

6

June 2014

HAPPY 1 YEAR OF MIND BODY BEAUTY

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sunina anniversary1 Happy 1 Year of MIND BODY BEAUTY Blogging Consistency! YAY!

It’s been a fun year that has flown by. This is a big deal to me because I have gone through so many changes, evolved tremendously, and have FIT more comfortably in my own skin this past year and luckily I was able to write about it along the way right here on this blog. I hope through all of my messages you can feel my energy and intentions to truly cleanse and purify – through words, yoga poses, photos & videos <3

The mind sets the tone for the body to move a certain way. My intention is for you to cleanse the mind, purify the body, so you can see beauty in all beings, and things. Heaven on earth is as real as you believe it to be. That is the youth code.. xx

To another beautiful year with many blessings, thank you to all the beauties who click away on this blog. You are a blessing and a natural beauty.

love & light.

 

Wednesday

4

June 2014

ONE-LEGGED KING PIGEON

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yoga 140 Sunina 03917 One-Legged King Pigeon Pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana! This is an amazing hip opener. Start at Half-Pigeon Pose. Bring the shoulders all the way back so the shoulder blades kiss, then bring the back heel towards the tailbone. To go for the bind, wrap the arm on the same side as the heel around the toes, grab fingers with the other hand. Pow, One-Legged King Pigeon!

My inspiration today from A Course In Miracles: “You are not the victim of the world you see because you invented it. You can give it up as easily as you made it up. You will see it or not see it, as you wish. While you want it you will see it; when you no longer want it, it will not be there for you to see.”

My interpretation: This is the idea of cause and effect. Every moment of your life you have a choice. That is your power. Your power is to make the choice to either choose the happy thought, or the negative thought. You create your personal story, one thought at a time, that eventually becomes your reality.  Choose to thrive, not to struggle.

xx love & light!

Tuesday

3

June 2014

HANUMANASANA

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Split or Hanumanasana! It is a beautiful psoas stretch and hip opener. We tend to hold onto fear in this area. Hanumanasana helps to open that up, to release fear and stress. When fear and stress are gone, we are capable of anything.

Start in Downward facing dog, step the right foot forward between the hands, starting at half hanumanasana to begin: straighten the right leg as you pull the right foot forward, back leg in standing on the knee comfortably. Pull the right toes back towards the nose, feeling a stretch in the hamstrings, then your upper body forwards over the right leg. Hands by your sides, breathe. For full hanumanasana extend the legs and feet away from one another, lifting the chest up as your hips sink down, keep the shoulders away from the ears as you reach your hands up to get the maximum amount of space in your upper body to pull up and away from the hips. Stay for 5 to 8 breaths, switch sides. Slowly rising up and out the same way you got in.

Faith and love will get you through any task that seems impossible. Affirmation: I am fearless.

xx love & light.

Monday

2

June 2014

BE BRIGHT BE YOU

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Be bright, be you! Happy Monday.

My message to you for the week is to be unapologetically you. You are free to express your talents in any way you feel is natural to you. As long as you are not hurting anyone, and the intent behind your message is positive –  you are in the position of service to the world, no matter how big or small you feel the impact is. Don’t compare your standards to anyone else’s beliefs, don’t conform to what society tags as ‘right’. If you admire your thigh gap, your big butt, your beautiful mind, your itty bitty waist, your fitness progress, your amazing personality, do it unapologetically! If you want to express yourself by yoga selfie-ing all around the world, do it! Don’t worry about criticism, don’t worry about naysayers. DO YOU! It’s your expression. Be bright, be you. You should never have to tone yourself down to ensure that the insecurities in others do not flare up, that is not your responsibility. Your responsibility is to share your talents in the brightest way possible so that you can influence the same action in others. There are enough carbon copies in the world, there aren’t enough of YOU- because there is only one you. Love yourself, believe in yourself- firmly! Never compare, never complain, never explain.

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Photos in Turks & Caicos with my BFF barbie, Heather <3 thanks for being a constant fit inspiration to me! Girl, you are a positive light in my life.

 

Thursday

29

May 2014

HALF BIND TRIANGLE

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The pose highlight today is: Half Bind Triangle is a nice variation if you were working towards a full bind.  This is an amazing stretch for your inner thighs, legs, chest opener, and core strengthener.

Here’s how to do it: Legs wider than hip width apart right foot facing forward, left foot turned inwards at a 45 degree angle. Bring both arms out to the sides and hinge forwards towards the right foot, then lower down to halfway. Left hand reaches all the way up creating space in the rib cage then lower it behind you to grab your right thigh. Stay and breathe for 5 to 8 breaths.

“I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” -Maya Angelou

No matter how powerful or powerless you feel you have a tremendous opportunity to make changes for a better world.

xx Love & Light!

 

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