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Friday

28

October 2016

VIDEO: MY WORKOUT REGIMEN + MATERNITY WORKOUT STYLE AT 31 WEEKS PREGNANT

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I am sharing my personal workout regimen along with workout items by Carbon 38 great for before, during, and after pregnancy! See how and what I work out in.

Mind: Meditation, and the books I use
Body: SLT + Prenatal Yoga, watch how I modify.
Beauty: I talk about where TRUE BEAUTY comes from.

Wait until the end for my fun announcement which I talked about in my last video + the end credits for details on Carbon 38 pieces.

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xx love & light

 

 

 

 

 

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September 2016

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September 2016

Monday

9

May 2016

VIDEO: GYM BAG ESSENTIALS! ALLY LOVE X SUNINA

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Ally Love and I share our gym bag essentials in this collaborative video. Enjoy!
Ally Love’s Gym Bag:

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer: http://bit.ly/277LkBn
Ole Hendrickson Wipes: http://bit.ly/24GL2PT
Valerie Beverly Hills Eye Patches: http://bit.ly/1XhdcyS
Tom’s Long Lasting Deoderant: http://amzn.to/24GLyNE
Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar Blueberry: http://amzn.to/23BQfpE
Garment Bag Inside Smarts: http://bit.ly/23BRbdA

Sunina’s Gym Bag:
Supergoop Setting Sunscreen Mist: http://bit.ly/1ZxcBrq
VMV Hypoallergenics Know-It-Oil: http://bit.ly/1T0XWAX
Olive Leaf Mist: http://bit.ly/1QmytEY
RXBar Blueberry: http://bit.ly/1WjfLAQ
Nude Stix: http://seph.me/1QWvxcT

xx love and light.

Monday

18

April 2016

5-MINUTES A DAY + MEDITATION MANTRAS!

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

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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

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Inspiration, Self-Care, Yoga

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

Friday

8

April 2016

SUNINA x ALLY LOVE: 20 MINUTES OF BEAUTY

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Self-Care, Skin Glow

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IMG_0041 Here is Part II of Ally Love and I’s beauty post; Part I can be found here. Ally know’s the importance of putting her mind and body at ease to achieve beauty seemingly effortlessly. She jets around New York on modeling shoots as a Wilhelmina model, is a Brooklyn Nets Host, and passionate devotee of all things wellness, so its no wonder she is also founder of ALLYLOVEBLOG.COM; It is all about empowering yourself and other women in the game, hence #LOVESQUAD – check it out!

I was so thrilled to have spent the day with her for all things beauty, we took our time to meditate (as seen on our last post), and to do a mini spa facial as well. We are both constantly on the go, so it is great to share with you a 20-minute self-care ritual that you can do for yourself at anytime. It’s about that glow on the go! Here’s what we did to achieve a quick glow while we were both on the go:

Step 1: Hello Kitty Narikiri Face Mask – these are so fun. I picked these up in Japan at a stopover in Narita Airport. It’s a super simple mask that contains water, soybean extracts, collagen, and other ingredients for brightening – perfect for a quick glow. Keep this on for just 15 Minutes.

Step 2: A nice mist after the mask to serve as a toner: Whamisa Olive Leaf Mist – This is one of my favorites to keep around with me at all times. I take them around the city with me and even spritz while teaching, after working out, or anytime i just need a little pick me up or glow in the skin.

Step 3J.One Hana Cream – These little capsules are just the right amount to give you full moisturizing coverage. It is a dramatic anti-aging cream. Use this after you pat your mist dry. Use gentle circular motions.

And, don’t forget your SPF if you are headed outside while the sun is still out! And you’re done!

xx love & light.

Wednesday

6

April 2016

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Happiness, Inner Purity, Inspiration, Mind, Self-Care, Skin Glow

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Ally Love (Ally Love Blog) and I had a spa session just in time for our birthdays! (Happy Birthday Ally!) We split it up into two parts: Mediation and Skincare. (The skincare post will be up on Friday). For included meditation into our beauty focused spa session because we know, love, and feel the importance of meditation for our healthy glow. Here is a curated list of what meditation means to us for beauty.

The Beauty Benefits of Meditation:

Slows Aging, as you meditate you bring energy (prana aka life) and fuller breaths into your body. It pumps more oxygen into the places that are tight and weak, it also brings a glow to your skin. You may notice after some time meditating that there is less tension in your face and you can really feel the difference when you are done. Breathing mindfully transforms the tissues and cells in your body. It brightens your complexion and makes you look and feel younger; working that natural glow from the inside out!

Builds Confidence, meditation keeps your mood even and calm, giving you an even keeled demeanor. It can instantly improve your mood and this builds your self-confidence as well. Meditation helps you get to know your true self, and when you know yourself you can only shine bright with confidence.

Healthier Choices, when you make mediation a habit you build your awareness muscle. As that muscle gets stronger you are more in the moment with everyday life which gives you the benefit of making better and healthier choices. It is when we are mindlessly moving through life that we make not so great choices that could effect our health. And, health is not only wealth-  but beauty as well.

xx love and light.

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

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

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.

Sunday

20

December 2015

HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY: A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Body, Events, Mind, Sunina

This Christmas I am sharing a few of my favorite things. These are items I use, love, and can’t wait to giveaway! Peach and Lily Beauty Gift box, Carbon 38 $100 Gift Card, Yoga Glow class for 3, and 7-day Supply of Sakara Beauty Water!

There are a few days left to enter to win. Check out www.instagram.com/suninayoung to enter.

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Sunday

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December 2015

MANIFEST DESIRES – 3 OF 3

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Desire is the root of all human existence. It is the natural force of attraction that drives you in every moment.

In review, the first step in the manifestation of your desires is to define and call out your desires – allowing awareness. The second is to be detached from the outcome – live freely with an open mind and heart to the vast possibilities and roads that can be taken for your desires to be fulfilled.

And last, hence the final leg of this 3-part series on fulfilling your desires, is action. Sitting still, wishing, and praying are all great. But in order for the manifestations of your desires to become your reality, you must work towards it. I believe that you can work smart and direct energy only towards the activities that are balanced and satisfying to you. Because ultimately those activities that make you happy will naturally lead you in the direction of your desires.

I hope you enjoyed this 3-part series on manifesting your desires! We will put some meditation tools and techniques into action at the next YOGA GLOW event in NYC on Thursday, Decemeber 17th. Hope to see you there!

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

Sunday

6

December 2015

VIDEO: SELF-CARE SUNDAY – INNER GODDESS MEDITATION

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Clarity, Happiness, Inner Purity, Inspiration, Mind, Self-Care

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

4

November 2015

BE YOU, BE BRIGHT.

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Body, Mind, Reflection, Sunina

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What an amazing feeling when you can share your passion and be authentically you. Self-discovery, and the major shift that you may experience is an out of the world experience that you want to share with the world. Some people take years, some people never reach that point. But if and when you do, you want to share this positive shift in every way you can.

My passion is wellness, inner beauty care and outer beauty care, meditation, beautiful imagery, speaking and teaching, uplifting others. When I post, I post because I genuinely have a message to share. If the intention of the photos you post are not fear-based (out of insecurity, for validation), and it is a passion that you love to express, and there is a joy you want to share with others, then do it!

Real talk: While discussing my career, a friend recently said to me, “What are you doing? What are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to be a celebrity? Then just say so, be honest!”. Now these were spoken in the form of questions, but I heard them as statements because they felt accusatory and I felt it cheapened my pure intentions. And with everything circulating right now with the news of the Instagram star that shut out social media- Essena, it is a subject that all of us who have a presence on social media, have to consider, what is our intention?

If your intention is coming from a place of ego, for likes, for validation, to become ‘insta-famous’, then yes- you should re-evalutate how you look at yourself and your self worth. What is your self-concept, how is your esteem level? Is your fleeting confidence coming from the validation you get from likes?

It is refreshing to see a young girl sharing this major shift in her life. The way she is sharing it is powerful. However, I like to emphasize in the fact that everyones journey is unique and different. Everyone is coming from a different place and from a different experience. So to snap judge a person and their intentions may not be so fair, maybe step back and realize there is some inner work that needs to be done. We need to take responsibility for our emotions.

Although I was annoyed with the comment from my friend about trying to be a ‘celebrity’, I accepted her statement as a way to reflect on my daily intentions and to watch carefully how I post and to reflect on what I have been posting. My clear intention is to cleanse, inspire, and uplift. What it all comes down to is that, I have a message to share and I do that the best way I can. I am thankful for the reflection, and I know that this caring friend was only speaking from the world that she knows.

We are all doing our best, it is important to know this and to share compassion before judgment. If you see someone that is doing something and you make a judgement, it may be because it is a reflection of how you might be feeling inside yourself. We are all mirrors for each other. How we see the world is how you see yourself. Be gentle with yourself first. And don’t be so quick to judge, especially yourself. We all make the mistakes to come to a realization of what we need to learn to move on to the next level of enlightenment.

Do all things with integrity and balance.

xx love & light. Be you, be bright!!!!

Sunday

25

October 2015

VIDEO: FACIAL FITNESS – MASSAGE FOR YOUTHFUL GLOW

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Self-care Sunday!

Facial Fitness – super simple massage techniques you can do anywhere, anytime. For a plump, youthful complexion with a healthy glow do this twice a day everyday for 2-5 minutes. Also included: Beauty Affirmations!

Using any face oil will do, even do it while cleansing.
Some examples:
Rosehip oil: http://amzn.to/1G6Hb6t
Vitamin E oil: http://bit.ly/1hGkF9s
DHC Cleansing oil: http://bit.ly/1U0fWRf

I believe in the luxury of higher thoughts, movement, and self-care for the mind, body, beauty.

xx love & light.

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

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

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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

 

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