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February 2016


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


 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



July 2014


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



June 2014


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

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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August 2013


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We are continuing with our week of cardio:) You don’t need much, but a little bit everyday will go a long way!

For an effective workout, try high intensity interval training. I recommend the ‘Jog, Run, Sprint’ workout below if you want simultaneous toning and weight loss.

High Intensity Interval Training:

  • 1 minute walk
  • 2 min jog
  • 2 min run
  • 1 min sprint
  • 30 sec jog
  • 30 sec sprint
  • 30 sec jog
  • 30 sprint (at your max speed!)
  • walk it out for 1 min

This is only 9 minutes! It burns approximately 110 to 130 calories.




July 2013


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I really hope the workout moves this week were helpful, and kept you moving! Working out can be terribly hard and sometimes boring!! My goal is to offer variety so I can keep myself challenged too!

The focus this week was to activate your core- can never overwork your abs.. the stronger your abs the better your overall health & core strength.

I love keeping Fridays as a day off on the blog for reflection. Physical activity releases negative energy and toxins, therefore promotes a still mind which reduces stress so you have more mental space to just be happy!!!!

We all have so much to be happy about- take 60 seconds to think about everything and everyone you are thankful for..

I am personally very excited that after years of trial and error I have finally found a release for my natural ambition. The opportunity to officially be able to encourage others to reach for better is an amazing task to have.

Have a great weekend- the next workout post is Monday! x



July 2013

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I love my green juice! 

It’s so convenient that I can ensure I am getting my days worth of greens in one large cup of green juice!

Remember, nutrition is the most important part of any fitness goal!

The four elements of change are motivation, nutrition, resistance training, and cardio..



July 2013

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We are continuing the week with a full body workout focus! The standard push-up works your entire body (chest, shoulders, triceps, legs, abs, lower back..). However, the standard push-up can be tough for beginners. So in order to strengthen your upper body to prepare for standard push-ups we should start with counter push-ups, then eventually knee push-ups, then finally the standard!

So here is how you do counter push-ups:

Position A: palms on the ledge, shoulder width part, feet together and knees slightly bent.

Position B: lower your upper body to within a few inches of the counter, or in my case a large rock at Central Park.

25 reps; 2 sets- go!



July 2013

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We are continuing with our week of glutes! Romanian deadlifts work your butt, thighs, and abs..

Here’s how to do them:

Position A: Stand up straight, hold weights in front of you, arms straight, chin up.

Position B: back stays straight as you bend from your waist and lower weights past your knees. Squeeze your butt to bring yourself back up to position A.

Hint: keep your abs tight to get the maximum benefit of this workout.

Do 15 reps; 3 sets. Go!

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