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Wednesday

10

September 2014

HAND-TO-BIG-TOE POSE

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I love including this into my yoga sequence in classes for balance, core engagement, leg strengthening, mind focus, clarity, and a quick confidence boost.

The way to properly execute this pose is to stand up tall, or else you lose balance.

Some tips for Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose:

  1. Open up your shoulders, chest is proud.
  2. Breathe in through your nose, out through your nose.
  3. Standing leg knee is locked.
  4. Lift up the toes of the standing leg.
  5. Your fingers and toes are interlocked tightly.
  6. Core is engaged.
  7. Chin is up – relax the jaw, and maybe even smile!

xx love & light.

 

Tuesday

22

July 2014

STANDING FORWARD FOLD

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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.

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~

Wednesday

2

July 2014

CAMEL POSE

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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

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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.

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!

 

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

27

May 2014

KNEELING HALF SPLIT

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As a visual learner, I don’t know what this pose is named – so I named it Kneeling Half Split. But I do know what I would like it to look like one day. It’s not about getting your leg straight up, it’s about what you learn on the way up.

I am happy with the progress I’ve made in this pose, and in my mental capacity in general.

Also as a visual learner, I’m not the best listener. I’d love to work on this.

Try this pose, it’s truly humbling.

Xx love & light from Turks & Caicos.

Tuesday

20

May 2014

SIDE PLANK STARFISH

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sunina_sideplank Side Plank Starfish! Holding a side plank is such a challenge for me, let alone adding a starfish! The way to stay in it is to get out of the mind and truly into every muscle in your body because every muscle in your body is working to stay in this pose.

Here’s how to do it: start at plank, inhale, roll the weight of your body to the left side by rolling over to your wrist and outer edge of the left foot. Lift the right hand all the way up, lift the hips up. Find balance and stability first. Be sure your tailbone is tucked in, engaged core, shoulders away from the ears. Lift the right leg up to the sky slowly. Stay for 3 to 5 breaths.

xx love & light.

 

Wednesday

14

May 2014

TRIANGLE POSE

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sunina_triangle I love love revisiting this pose. It is one of my favorite poses to do and feels different every time. It is the most effective for me when I just close my eyes and really FEEL the intensity of each and every part of your body working to hold the pose. The breathing dynamic is essential to creating space in the body in Triangle Pose.

Here’s how to do it: Start at Warrior 2, straighten the front leg, pull forwards and touch the shin or ground, lift the other arm up to the sky and open up through the chest. Feel the stretch in your groins, relax the neck, the shoulders away from the ears. Root down through the heels of your feet and feel the energy spiral up towards your arms.

xx love & light.

 

Wednesday

7

May 2014

WARRIOR 3

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Warrior 3 or Virabhadrasana 3 is a great balancing posture. It is great as a chest opener, leg strengthener. The full body is engaged in this movement.

Here’s how to do it: Stand tall in Tadasana, Mountain Pose. Bring the left knee in towards the chest, embrace the core as you extend the leg backwards, flexing the feet. The chest lifts as you lean forwards gazing to the horizon. Engage the core, both legs and feet energized. Lift the toes of the standing leg to get out of clenching the toes. The weight is in the heel of the standing foot. Airplane the arms beside you, fierce focus. Stay for 5 to 8 breaths, switch sides. A nice pose to try afterwards is Tree Pose.

all you need is love & light. xx

 

Tuesday

29

April 2014

RECLINED GODDESS POSE

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Reclined Goddess Pose or Supta Baddha Konasana! Benefits of this restorative pose are that they stretch the inner thigh and groin area. It is great for the digestive system and heart. It allows the energy to flow freely through the body. It relaxes the mind and body.

Here’s how to do it: Lay flat on your back. Palms of the feet touch, slide the heels comfortably close to the groins. One hand on the heart, one hand on the tummy. Minimize the arch in the back by allowing a slight pelvic tilt (tailbone tucks). Feel the energy flow freely throughout the body with each inhale and exhale. Stay for at least 10 to 12 breathes. This is a great way to meditate as well.

xx love and light.

Photo by Rebecca Tello.

Thursday

24

April 2014

VIDEO: ENERGIZING YOGA SEQUENCE

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Body, Clarity, Inner Purity, Inspiration, Mind, Self-Care, Skin Glow, Sunina, Yoga, You

A three-minute energizing yoga sequence made to raise your vibrations. Instantly uplift your mood. Be the light, be the example you want to see manifest in others.

The Sequence features: Fallen Triangle, Child’s Pose, Knee-Chest-Chin, Sun Salutation A, Shoulder Stretch, Meditation.
Music by Tove Lo, Hippie Sabotage – Stay High Habits Remix

Filmed by Cyril Mahe.

 

Tuesday

22

April 2014

TRIANGLE VARIATION

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sunina_triangle variation Triangle Variation! This is a stretch for your chest, strengthens your core and legs.

Start at Triangle Pose. Tighten your core as you lift both arms up, keeping the head relaxed, and chest open. Keep the neck away from the ears. Ground down through the heels of both feet to maintain a strong foundation. Stay for 3 to 5 breaths, switch sides.

xx love & light.
Photo by Rebecca Tello.

Wednesday

26

March 2014

OUTSIDE RUNNERS LUNGE

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sunina_lizard_prep This is an amazing stretch for anyone, especially runners to really get into the hip flexors and hamstrings.

Here’s how to do it: start at plank pose. Lift and place the foot lightly to the outside edge of your right hand. Knee is over the ankle, the back leg is extended super straight behind you finding a deep stretch in your hips, groins, and hamstrings. Take 3 to 5 deep breaths here and switch.

xx love & light.

 

Tuesday

18

March 2014

HALF FROG POSE

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sunina_quads_half_frog_pose Half Frog Pose or Ardha Bhekasana! This is an amazing quads stretch for everyone especially for runners! There is so much tension in that hardly stretched area for many. Feel the stretch in your chest, shoulders, and thighs. This is a great pose to do as soon as you wake up in the morning especially if you sleep on your tummy.

Here’s how to do it: Lay on your belly, energize both legs. Inhale, bend the right knee in towards your tailbone, grab the feet with the right arm, stretch it down towards the right hip bone, exhale. Stay here for 5 breaths, gently release and switch legs.

xx love & light.

Wednesday

12

March 2014

RECLINED HAMSTRING STRETCH

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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

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sunina_crescent Crescent 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.

 

Tuesday

4

March 2014

HALF PIGEON POSE

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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

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sunina_kneechestchin_balance Knee-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. 

 

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