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Friday

14

March 2014

HAPPY FRIDAY ♡ GRATEFUL

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Feeling super blessed. Happy Friday! Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate every click, yesterday’s post was the best ever in numbers, so thank you♡ I hope that my pure intentions to cleanse, uplift, and inspire movement are felt with each word of every post.

Every single wish that has come true so far is a blessing. I am grateful for all that I have now. I’ve been trying very hard to tame my natural impatience, and just let things unravel naturally. Can’t want for a few things this month, and many more this year. So lucky to have met everyone I have so far, up until just a few minutes ago(!), within the fit/yoga community.

ECSTATIC, but playing calm.

Count your blessings today, and everyday!

xx love & light.

Thursday

13

March 2014

I AM MORE THAN A BODY

Written by , Posted in Body, Clarity, Confidence, Happiness, Inspiration, Mind, Strength, Weight Loss, Yoga

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In response to, ‘Why do you work out so much? You are already so skinny.’ and any other body comments, questions – both positive and negative.

First and foremost, I work out for mind clarity, for higher thoughts, for peace of mind. To overcome ego and fear, to choose love instead. I work out to stay focused.

Second, I work out for self-care. You’ve only got one body :) So respect it. It is a vehicle that houses the dreams and desires of your beautiful mind, the carrier of your soul.

And third, for overall health. We are always changing- every second of every day. It is impossible to meet the expectations of other people, let alone your own. You might be skinny to some, too fat for others. One day you feel bloated, another you feel stick skinny. Maybe your diet changed, maybe you had the flu. Things happen, life happens, nothing remains the same. Let it be. Instead of expecting physical perfection, be grateful for your health. Let go of superficial expectations. Be present, and be grateful for your body and the way it looks NOW. 

xx love & light.

photo by Ron Gejon.

Wednesday

12

March 2014

RECLINED HAMSTRING STRETCH

Written by , Posted in Love, Self-Care

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Reclined Hamstring Stretch! This pose gently stretches the hamstrings and calves. Take time everyday to take care of yourself. Love your mind, body, soul <3

Here’s how to do the pose: Lay flat on your back, lift the right leg up, left leg is extended straight in front of you, flex both feet. Inhale, reach up and climb the right leg, one hand over the other, activate the core. Stay for 3 to 5 breaths, switch legs.

xx love and light.

photo by Rebecca Tello. 

Tuesday

11

March 2014

CRESCENT LUNGE

Written by , Posted in Confidence, Sexy Tone, Strength

sunina_crescentCrescent Lunge or Alanasana! Brighten up your energy with this high lunge pose. Raise your vibration, look inwards. Strengthens your core and your balance. Amazing chest opener and spine strengthener. Hip flexor opener and stretch. Expand your horizons with this pose.

Here’s how to do it: Start at Downward Facing Dog. Step the right foot forward, activate the core and rise up, hands reach up to the sky. Back leg stays strong. For an extra stretch in the chest, core, back- lift the rib cage up and reach back for a back bend. Front knee stays bent over the ankle. Hold for 3 to 5 breaths.

xx love & light.

Photo by Rebecca Tello.

 

Monday

10

March 2014

DOWNWARD FACING DOG BALANCE

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

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Happy Monday!

Downward Facing Dog Balance! Try this variation to challenge your existing downward facing dog pose. Strengthens the arms, ankles, feet, shoulders.

Start at downward facing dog, lift the hips up and back, let the heart melt into the your back, fingers spread out wide. Lift the right leg up – down dog split, stack the hip, bend the knees. Activate the core and place the right hand to right hip. Balance and breathe for 5 breaths, switch sides.

xx love & light.

Photo by Rebecca Tello.

Friday

7

March 2014

Thursday

6

March 2014

LOVE IS THE M♡VEMENT

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Happiness, Inner Purity, Love, Mind, Yoga

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LOVE is greater than your ego. That is the message this week! Love has the power to diminish the ego. The ego is interlaced with fear, anger, ‘problems’ and illusions of the mind. Love is brave, compassionate, and true to your authentic self. Anytime I feel like there is a problem with something or someone, I realize love is always the answer. To diminish your ego because you value your peace of mind more than doing something to impress or to strive to be ‘right’. Re-frame egotistical thoughts with loving thoughts, then experience the transition from dark to light within you. Love for a brighter world, for heaven on earth. Meditate whenever possible to clear the chatter in your mind. Smile when you’re experiencing a negative vibration within you. Let go of thoughts that do not serve you. Choose the magic of gentle shifts to lift your spirits. Yoga is 1% theory, and 99% practice. Take your ‘I know’ and make it an ‘I do’. Practice yoga off the mat. Let your life be a moving meditation. Be curious, never let go of your inner child. Be in awe of yourself, the ever-changing life around you. Just be♡

You’ve got that Yoga Glow!

Xx love & light.

Photos by Rebecca Tello.

Wednesday

5

March 2014

ONE-LEGGED KING PIGEON POSE

Written by , Posted in Love, Sexy Tone, Skin Glow, Yoga

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One-Legged King Pigeon Pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana! Stretches the thighs, groins, abs, chest, shoulders, and neck. It stimulates the internal abdominal organs. It is a beautiful heart-opener.

Start at Half Pigeon Pose. Lift the chest up, bend the back leg in towards the tail bone and gently press. Keep the chest lifted. The pelvic floor, glutes, and hamstrings are fully engaged – do not collapse into this pose. Stay here or take a bind: wrap the inner elbow around the back foot, flex the foot, interlace fingers. Relax the neck and shoulders, gaze into the horizon. Stay for 3 to 5 breaths, switch sides.

xx love & light.

Tuesday

4

March 2014

HALF PIGEON POSE

Written by , Posted in Love, Self-Care, Yoga

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Half Pigeon Pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana! A deep hip opener that is emotionally challenging to stay in. So much of our emotions are held in the hips. As we are in this pose we can release both physical and mental tension. This is great for increasing flexibility in the hips, also if you’re working towards a split.

Here’s how to do it: start at downward facing dog. Inhale, lift the right leg up. Softly swing the right knee towards the right wrist. Left leg is extended towards the back, straight and energized. Flex the right front foot. Stay evenly balanced at the hips so you are not leaning on the right more than the left. Shoulders back, tall spine, hands at fingerstand. Inhale, heart lifts. Exhale, fold over with arms extended. Stay for 5  to 10 breaths. To release slowly lift up to downward facing dog. Sway the hips from side to side to release all remaining tension, switch sides.

xx love & light.

photo by Rebecca Tello.

Monday

3

March 2014

KNEE-CHEST-CHIN BALANCE

Written by , Posted in Attractive Energy, Inspiration, Sexy Tone, Skin Glow, Yoga

sunina_kneechestchin_balanceKnee-Chest-Chin Balance, a balancing version of knee-chest-chin. It is also a good posture to prep for a full chin balance. This is a beautiful pose to practice to open up — especially in the winter now when we tend to close inwards.

Start at plank pose, gently drop the knee, chest, chin. Activate the core to keep the tailbone lifted. Lift the right leg straight up to the sky, bend the left knee. Keep the legs energetic. Stay for 3 to 5 breaths. Release and switch sides.

xx love & light.

photo by Rebecca Tello. 

 

Saturday

1

March 2014

VIDEO: STAR YOGA ON ICE

Written by , Posted in Happiness, Yoga

Happy March :) Here’s a new video for the new month.

Shine Bright! Do yoga anywhere. Found a beautiful spot for a quick stretch in Central Park after an intense workout, felt like Yoga on Ice!

1-minute yoga sequence which focuses on balance and breathing ♡ The poses are:

1) Tree
2) Warrior 3
3) Leg Lift
4) Side Leg Lift
5) Half Moon
6) Warrior 2
7) Star
8) Hop to Hearts Center Tadasana

Repeat on left side.

Love & Light! xo

filmed by Cyril Mahe
music by Jhené Aiko

Thursday

27

February 2014

THE POWER OF SELF-CONCEPT

Written by , Posted in Attractive Energy, Beauty, Clarity, Confidence, Happiness, Inner Purity, Inspiration, Mind, You

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When you’ve mindfully set a healthy self-concept for yourself, a set of beliefs which you believe unconditionally about yourself, you are not affected by the good or bad opinions of others.

Without much second thought you are able to think, speak, and act in accordance to those beliefs. You may have gathered an amazing self-concept of yourself filled with uplifting, forgiving, loving, positive characteristics. You could be called all kinds of things, be gossiped about, be told you are ugly and it would only amuse you without any interruption on how you view yourself. You live happily, freely no matter what. You are not afraid to think, speak, act your satnam- truth.

If however, you have a negative self-concept of yourself, i.e. you’re angry, sad, judgmental, gossipy.. you might agree with people who speak badly of you. You wouldn’t be able to fulfill your passions with full potential. If you know it’s time to for a change, change your self-concept first.

Here’s a suggestion on how to reframe your self-concept: find a set of 7 affirmations that make your heart flutter, example:

  1. I have a strong body.
  2. I am gorgeous inside and out.
  3. I am calm.
  4. I have a positive attitude.
  5. My dreams are uplifting.
  6. I am a vibrant person with magnetic energy.
  7. I am imaginative.

Say your set of 7 affirmations every single chance you get. When you fully know yourself you know there is no reason to be defensive or offended. When you are complimented you know how to take a compliment and you’re humbled- not arrogant. Feel what it truly means to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Effortlessly flow towards the direction of your dreams without disruption, this is the power of defining your self-concept.

xx love & light.

Wednesday

26

February 2014

SHOULDER-PRESSING POSE

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Confidence, Strength

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Shoulder-Pressing Pose or Bhujapidasana! This pose strengthens the arms, wrists, and shoulders. It improves balance and tones the belly. This is a great pose to build strength for more advanced poses like Firefly. Shine on, always look forward.

Here’s how to do it: Prep and start at Malasana Pose. Lift left heel, hook left shoulder under left knee. Lift right heel, hook right shoulder under right knee. Place hands firmly to the ground. Lift seat up, lean forward as you lift the feet and wrap at the ankles. Activate the core as you lift and lean forward. Stay for 3 to 5 breaths. To release, place knees back to triceps one leg at a time, gently place feet to the ground.

xx love & light!

Photo by Rebecca Tello.

Tuesday

25

February 2014

DEVOTIONAL WARRIOR

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sunina_devotionalwarriorDevotional Warrior!

Devote yourself to a purpose, for yourself or for someone else.

Start at Warrior 2, knee is bent over the ankle, back foot is anchoring down with strength. Interlace the fingers at the base of the back. Inhale, heart lifts, shoulders are back. Exhale, fold over, head hangs. Drop the crown of the head, relax the neck and shoulders, arms reach over the head. Stretch the shoulders, feels so good! Torso and front bent leg is against one another energetically working the core.  Stay for 3 to 5 breaths. Switch sides.

xx love & light.

Photo by Rebecca Tello.

 

 

Monday

24

February 2014

HANDSTAND TREE POSE

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

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Inversions are great to get your energy up and rejuvenate blood circulation throughout your body. It is an energetic way to start your day. Build strength in your arms, legs, abs, shoulders in inversions.

Start at downward facing dog. Walk your feet halfway and get onto the ball of your left foot, right leg straight and lifted off the ground. Shoulders over the wrists, forearms strong, hands planted to the ground. Feel the momentum of lightly springing up by pushing the ground away while the right leg is strong, energized. Once you’re up, bring the ribcage in and up, energetic legs. Tree pose optional:) or any variation.

Xx love & light.

Photo by Rebecca Tello.

Friday

21

February 2014

PERSPECTIVE

Written by , Posted in Reflection, Sunina, Yoga

 

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A major lesson I’ve learned for myself and of course continuing to as we are all ever evolving.. is Perception. There is never a wrong or right in a situation, just a difference of views. The next time you feel fire in your heart and clouded judgment or confusion in the mind, stop and breathe first. Then think about changing your perspective. This helps a great deal. In comes compassion and understanding, maybe even gratitude for the situation. Regardless, arguing over who is right or wrong is really a waste of time. You really want to be right so you can have that one point on the imaginary scoreboard? Or do you just want peace of mind and maybe even GROW and know that you’ve given compassion to someone who probably needs it more than you? Just a few thoughts this Friday evening. Ponder this for a few, soo many problems would no longer be if this was practiced a bit more. Lots of LOVE.

xx love & light

Wednesday

19

February 2014

DANCER STRETCH

Written by , Posted in Confidence, Sexy Tone, Yoga

sunina_dancerstretchDancer stretch, a stretch I picked up years ago while taking Jazz class during my elementary, middle, high school years! Didn’t realize how beautiful it was until I had it photographed. Stretch out your entire body, strengthen your calves, ankles, feet, core, arms with this pose. It looks and feels phenomenal.

Here’s how to do it: Position yourself into a wide-legged forward fold. Lift the left foot up to the balls of the foot, place the right hand to the right shin. Lift the left and up and over the head, externally rotate the wrist for a wrist stretch. Lift the chest up, let your heart shine. Stay for 3 to 5 breaths. Repeat the other side.

xx love & light.

 

Tuesday

18

February 2014

SIDE CROW

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Confidence, Strength

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Side Crow pose. An arm balance pose to strengthen the abs, biceps, triceps.

Start at tadasana, squat down to the floor, place hands firmly at your sides shoulder width apart. Hover forward as you place the thighs on triceps, fly. Stay for 3 to 5 breaths.

xx love & light.

Photo by Rebecca Tello.

Monday

17

February 2014

FORWARD FOLD + BIND

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Hip-Width Forward Fold + Bind. Calms the mind, relieves stress and headaches, strengthens the hips, calves, hamstrings, improves digestion..

Here’s how to do it: feet hip-width apart, fold forward. Step high onto the ball of the left foot as you bend the knee. Get grounded on the right foot. Release your neck and relax into your fold. Wrap the left forearm around the left outer thigh, the right hand reaches over the base of your back to hold your left wrist. Stay and breathe for 3 to 5 breaths. Switch sides.

xx love & light.

Photo by Rebecca Tello. 

Friday

14

February 2014

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