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Thursday

18

June 2015

MICHI BRAND AMBASSADOR ♡

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Feeling excited and blessed to announce my ambassadorship with one of my favorite fitness brands, Michi!

Everyday I am in fitness gear, and yet I do not work out everyday! I love the comfort and low-key style. It is my number 1 tip for you if you are trying to tone up or live a healthier lifestyle because it actually influences you to want to workout when you are in activewear!

Of all activewear brands, Michi is one that understands sexy.

I love how they understand the shape of a woman and it accentuates you in all the right places.

Yes, they have bikinis!

Look & feel like a perfect 10 ♡
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Xx Love & light

Wednesday

16

July 2014

SIDE PLANK VARIATION

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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~

Thursday

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July 2014

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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Wednesday

25

June 2014

WILD THING

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Body, Inner Purity, Inspiration, Mind, Sexy Tone, Strength, Yoga

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.

 

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!

 

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?”

 

 

Friday

6

June 2014

HAPPY 1 YEAR OF MIND BODY BEAUTY

Written by , Posted in Attractive Energy, Beauty, Inner Purity, Inspiration, Love, Mind, Reflection, Sunina, Work, Yoga, You

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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