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Thursday

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December 2016

SOOTHING PRENATAL YOGA

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Happy December! It is my final month of pregnancy and I am so grateful for my experience thus far that I wanted to share some prenatal yoga movements that have helped maintain and soothe my overall relaxation within the past 9 months!

Here is my personal collection, I call it Soothing Prenatal Yoga Glow, featuring meditation, poses to soothe the lower back, soothe belly weight, relieve tight hips, and soothe the full body.

My latest vlog post coming this Friday 12/2, that’s tomorrow, on YouTube will feature most of the moves here– so stay tuned for that!

xx love & light

 

Wednesday

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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!!!!

Wednesday

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June 2014

PEACEFUL WARRIOR

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Body, Clarity, Confidence, Inner Purity, Mind, Strength

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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!

Wednesday

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May 2014

ONE-LEGGED CHATURANGA DANDASANA

Written by , Posted in Confidence, Strength, Yoga

sunina_oneleg_chaturanga One-Legged Chaturanga Dandasana! Try this for an extra challenge in your usual chatruangas. I especially love to do this after flipping the dog or after rockstar because you are naturally with one leg lifted already. It is a great way to strengthen the core, arms, upper back, ankles.

Here’s how to do it: Exhale downward facing dog, inhale lift the right leg up for downward facing dog split. Exhale roll forwards to plank as you seamlessly flow into chaturanga, lower halfway, with the leg lifted – engage the core, look forwards, press the knuckles into the ground, engage the back muscles to support the spine, tuck the tailbone, flex the back toes. Inhale, upward facing dog, back to downward facing dog on an exhale. Switch sides.

xx love & light.

Tuesday

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April 2014

BOUND ARCHER POSE

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SUNINA_ARCHER Bound Archer Pose or Baddha Akarna Dhanurasana! This is a deep hamstring, groin, and hip flexor stretch. It strengthens the arms and legs, stretches the chest and opens up the heart. Breathe through this challenging pose for 3 to 5 breaths.

Here’s how to do it: Sit in dandasana, with both legs extended out in front of you. Hinge forwards, lift your right leg up to the sky as you use your hands to assist the leg up and behind your right shoulder. Interlace the hands at the base of your back. Straighten the leg, lengthen the spine, gaze forwards. Be sure to sit the tailbone all the way down to the ground staying even in the hips (not leaning over more to one side than the other). Breathe! Feel the stretch, amazing.

xx love & light!

Photo by Rebecca Tello. 

 

 

Wednesday

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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.

Monday

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February 2014

FORWARD FOLD + BIND

Written by , Posted in Clarity, Love, Yoga

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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. 

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