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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

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Happiness, Inner Purity, Inspiration, Work

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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

Written by , Posted in Reflection, Sunina, Work

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!)

 

Wednesday

16

July 2014

SIDE PLANK VARIATION

Written by , Posted in Attractive Energy, Body, Confidence, Happiness, Mind, Sexy Tone, Strength, Yoga, You

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

Written by , Posted in Attractive Energy, Beauty, Body, Clarity, Happiness, Inspiration, Mind, Skin Glow, Strength, Sunina, Yoga, You

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

Written by , Posted in Body, Clarity, Mind, Strength

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..

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Inspiration, Sunina, Yoga

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

Written by , Posted in Body, Clarity, Mind, Strength, Sunina, Yoga

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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

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Yoga

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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.

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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

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