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The Young Samurai

A young samurai asked to his master: “Master how do I become the best warrior?” And so the master replied: “Are you seeing that rock ? Go there and swear to that rock. ”

The young samurai went there, swore to the rock and returned to his master. And the master asked: “What did the rock do? ”

The young man replied: “Nothing!” So the master said: “Grab your sword and attack the rock with several knocks.”

The young man destroyed the sword against the rock, and returned to his master and said: “Nothing happened!”

So the master said to him: “To be the best warrior, you need to be like that rock, and have the coldness not to react to words and acts and then you will become unbeatable…”

 

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Cherry Chocolate Shake

Hi beauties,

Coming from a chemistry background I love to experiment in the kitchen!

On the other day  I was craving something fresh, sweet and with chocolate. I made this smoothie with cherries and cacao nibs and the result was heavenly good! I had to share it with you!

Cherries are packed with antioxidants  that offer many health benefits, including help with insomnia, belly fat and aging.

In a study, researchers found that when rats had received whole tart cherry powder mixed into a high-fat diet, they didn’t gain as much weight or build up as much body fat as rats that didn’t eat cherries.

Cherries are actually  one of my favourite summer fruits, and if it helps to avoid belly fat, that is awesome!

The Smoothie is very easy to make. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
  • Serves 2 (medium glasses)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen organic cherries (or fresh, if you have the patience to de-pitt them yourself!)
  • 1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2  avocado
  • 2 tsp. raw cacao nibs
  • 2-3 drops of vanilla extract
  • Toppings: non-dairy chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Add the coconut milk, cherries, banana, avocado and cacao nibs to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed, blend until smooth. If needed gradually increase to higher speeds and blend until smooth.
  2. You can add a bit more of coconut milk to achieve the desired consistency.
  3. Top with non-dairy chocolate chips if desired.

Enjoy!

Happy bank holiday!

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The Wise Samurai

Near Tokyo, lived a great Samurai,  already old,  and  now spending his time teaching young people. Despite his age, the legend was that he could defeat any opponent. One afternoon, a warrior, known for his complete lack of scruples, appeared there. This warrior was famous for using techniques of provocation. He hoped that his opponent made the first move. Gifted  with a privileged intelligence to observe the mistakes of the other warriors, he counterattacked with fulminating speed.
The young and impatient warrior had never lost a fight . Knowing the Samurai’s reputation, he had come to defeat him , and increase his own fame. All the students were against the idea, but the wise old Samurai accepted the challenge. They all went to the town square . There, the young man started insulting the old samurai.

He threw a few rocks in his direction, spat in his face, shouted every insult he knew, offending even his ancestors. For hours he did everything to provoke him, but the wise old man remained impassive.  In the late afternoon,  feeling exhausted and humiliated,  the impetuous warrior gave up and withdrew.

Disappointed that the master had accepted so many insults and so many provocations, the students asked : “As you could bear such indignity?  Why not use your sword, even knowing you might lose the fight, instead of showing cowardly and fearful in front of all of us? ”

” If someone comes to you with a gift, and you do not accept it, whom does the gift belong to ? ” Asked the Samurai. ” To whom tried to deliver it “, said one of the disciples “.  The same goes for envy , anger and insults”, said the master.
When they are not accepted, they continue to belong to whom carries them . Your inner peace depends solely on you. People can not take away your serenity, only if you allow it.

samurai

 

 


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O Sabio Samurai

Perto de Tóquio, vivia um grande samurai, já idoso, que se dedicava a ensinar os jovens. Apesar da idade, corria a lenda de que ainda era capaz de derrotar qualquer adversário. Certa tarde, um guerreiro, conhecido pela sua total falta de escrúpulos, apareceu por ali. Era famoso por utilizar a técnica da provocação. Esperava que seu adversário fizesse o primeiro movimento. Dotado de uma inteligência privilegiada para observar os erros cometidos, contra-atacava com uma velocidade fulminante.

O jovem e impaciente guerreiro jamais havia perdido uma luta. Conhecendo a reputação do samurai, estava ali para derrotá-lo e aumentar sua fama. Todos os estudantes se manifestaram contra a ideia, mas o velho e sábio samurai aceitou o desafio. Foram todos para a praça da cidade. Lá, o jovem começou a insultar o velho mestre.

Chutou algumas pedras em sua direção, cuspiu em seu rosto, gritou todos os insultos que conhecia, ofendendo, inclusive, seus ancestrais. Durante horas fez tudo para provocá-lo, mas o velho sábio permaneceu impassível. No final da tarde, sentindo-se exausto e humilhado, o impetuoso guerreiro desistiu e retirou-se.

Desapontados pelo fato de o mestre ter aceitado tantos insultos e tantas provocações, os alunos perguntaram: “Como o senhor pôde suportar tanta indignidade? Por que não usou sua espada, mesmo sabendo que poderia perder a luta, ao invés de se mostrar covarde e medroso diante de todos nós?”

“Se alguém chega até você com um presente, e você não o aceita, a quem pertence o presente?”, perguntou o Samurai. “A quem tentou entregá-lo”, respondeu um dos discípulos. “O mesmo vale para a inveja, a raiva e os insultos”, disse o mestre.
Quando não são aceites, continuam pertencendo a quem os carrega consigo. A sua paz interior depende exclusivamente de você. As pessoas não podem lhe tirar a serenidade, só se você permitir.

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Ashtanga Yoga Foundations Workshop

YMCA_Yoga_worshopThis workshop will introduce the fundamental foundations and openings of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and look at the various elements of which the practice is comprised. It will introduce the ujjayi breath, bandha (internal energy ‘locks’), Dristi (focus points) and the importance of foundation.

It will explore the sun salutations ‘Surya Namaskara A & B’ and the first few basic standing postures, as well as a short finishing sequence so that you will have a simple, balanced sequence to work with which can be continued at home as self practice.

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or those who have practiced yoga but are new to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

Bring pen & paper.
Book early, limited spaces!

 

Location: YMCA

Queen Anne House

Gonville Pl

Cambridge

CB1 1ND

 

 


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Martial Arts classes in Cambridge, UK

 

Hi everyone,

Yogi Kick has an announcement to make:

Martial Arts classes will now be on Mondays 8-9.15 pm at the YMCA.

Learn how to defend yourself in a practical and exciting way.
The study and practice of Pakua Martial Art, will give the student physical strength, while learning unique techniques employing pressure points, levers, and much more. You will gain a better understanding of yourself and your surroundings.

The technical aspect of Pa-Kua Martial Art includes circular movements and the use of the opponent’s strength against himself. A strong emphasis is placed on physical and mental balance, expressed through movements that are both fluid and rigid, strong as well as slow, dictated by the needs of a particular situation. Students learn different aspects of the Martial Art at each belt level, leading them toward a full confidence in their personal skills and abilities upon reaching each successive level and finally the coveted level of Pakua Black Belt.

The benefits of training include:

• Better physical and mental strength
• Improved flexibility
• Self-defense abilities
• Increased physical self-awareness
• Improved self-esteem
• Better self-confidence
• Strengthening of character
• Values of a warrior: honour, strength and courage.

Get in touch if you have questions.

 

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Be Like Water

“Be Like water” – Bruce Lee

This is a common goal within the world of martial arts, regardless of the style. Students of various martial arts aim to improve themselves by emulating its fluidity, force and formlessness.

But not only martial artists can learn lessons from this. Being able to adapt and go with the flow like water it’s a quality that everyone should strive to achieve.

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