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A Bikini A Day Is Wonderful Therapy

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away then no doubt a bikini a day, keeps the therapist away.

When you are so busy watching women do anything in a bikini, it absolutely makes for great mental and emotional health.

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Can you really stay in a bad mood while watching girls do their thing in a bikini?

We in the competitive female grappling industry know that all too well.

Beautiful girls fiercely competing in bikinis is engagement to remember.

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That’s why it’s been hard for the world to take their eyes off of best friends Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman have created one of the world’s largest swimwear marketing platforms.

It’s time for a holiday. Let’s go visit them for a great health day.

Are you ready to look at and listen to some gorgeous Aussie girls in bikinis?

We have a tour guide who would like to introduce us.

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As we wear flip flops and cut offs, forbes.com smiles, “A Bikini A Day was launched in 2012 when Oakley and Brugman traveled to exotic locations with a suitcase of bikinis and posted daily photos on Instagram of themselves in different swimsuits. Collectively the duo, known to their followers as Tash and Dev, have amassed a social media audience of over 4 million people across all of their platforms. They have collaborated with over a thousand brands on their page, including well-known brands Tory Burch and Vix Swimwear, but also smaller brands from Australia and Brazil.”

Luv those tan lines. That’s impressive.

The two beauties are happy to share at their site abikiniaday.com, “Devin and Natasha set out to share their passion by creating a web page that every girl could visit in order to view the latest and cutest bikinis from all around the world. In Natasha’s words, “We wanted to create a place where all the bikini lovers of the world could come together to obsess over bikinis every single day. We feel as though a bikini is more than just a swimsuit to wear at the beach, the bikini embodies a lifestyle of freedom, travel, expressionism and relaxation.”  The name A Bikini A Day literally describes what the page is all about: each day the girls upload a photo of a new bikini.

The page soon attracted a large following of over 500,000 fans, was featured in publications around the world like Cosmopolitan and Harpers Bazaar, and collaborated not only with well-known brands such as Tory Burch, Billabong, and Vix Swimwear but many smaller brands from all around the world. Devin explains, “Natasha and I love to know that our followers can go on our page and see their favorite bikinis from well-known brands, but also find their new favorite bikini from, let’s say, Australia or Brazil, that they would have never discovered before following A Bikini A Day.” The girls are continually searching the world for new brands and cute bikinis to share on their page.”

As they sway their beautiful hips from side to side, dare they say more? Sure.

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“Natasha and Devin also take interest in the construction and design of bikinis. They appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating a bikini, from the design stage, to manufacturing the material, and photo shoots to promote the product. Everyone in the industry is talented and they can hardly wait to check out a new design once it’s released to the market. The girls’ passion for swimwear lead to the creation of their personal brand Monday Swimwear, a line based off the two most important things to the girls who are in bikinis 365 days of the year: comfortability and a flattering fit.

The girls express that they are adamant about promoting the idea of every woman embracing her figure and natural beauty. “Devin and I are curvaceous women, so I think it’s very important for women of all shapes and sizes to be able to feel sexy and confident in a bikini,” says Natasha. Many of their followers have been inspired by their positive message, relieved that they don’t have to look up to an impossible standard of beauty.”

Luv the curvaceous angle. Our curvy model girls would love them. They too also look great in bikinis.

“Half the time on vacation, if I’m in a bikini, I allow myself – I eat, like, waffles and pancakes for breakfast, so that’s me after, like, a big meal. I’m not the one that’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to be on the beach.’…”… Ashley Tisdale

“Natasha and Devin are responsible for instigating a bikini craze that will continue to resonate with bikini lovers all over the world. “We have so many exciting things planned for A Bikini A Day!” says Natasha. In the meantime, whenever you are searching for your next bikini, or just need your daily bikini dose, you will know to look no further than A BIKINI A DAY!”

Here is where you can find their creative juices in motion.

“Drum roll please!! The Monday Swimwear Resort Collection has officially launched and we couldn’t be happier. The collection features beautiful and classic deep colors like Forest Green, Merlot and Navy; a true representation of our individual simplistic style. Like always, our focus when designing swimwear is to flatter and compliment the female form while never jeopardizing comfort. We’ve perfected our classic silhouettes to bring you guys the perfect resort collection with truly something for everyone.”

Here is the link. http://abikiniaday.com/the-monday-swimwear-2017-resort-collection-is-here/

As you can guess, though not claiming to be experts in fitness, staying in good shape and wearing a bikini go hand in hand.

They have passion about that industry too.

At their web home they share, “Our general motto when it comes to fitness is that exercise can be done anytime, anywhere, with no fancy gym required. You can buy a pair of light dumbbells for home, but otherwise, we enjoy exercising outside, doing mostly body weight exercises. We typically workout four times a week. If you are able to fit in some more workouts that’s great, but realistically with a busy schedule, four times a week is manageable for us. An important addition to staying fit and healthy is not only exercising, but also getting a good night’s sleep to maintain overall health.”

They know the right combination. A fantastic workout, some creativity and a beautiful bikini.

The girls express that they are passionate and adamant about promoting the idea of every woman embracing her figure and natural beauty.  

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So much to go for.

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MMA Bikini Body

6 MMA Drills For A Bikini Body

By Solmadrid Vazquez  

Female MMA fighters have amazing bodies.

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That’s because MMA involves so many techniques that the entire body is worked through a full range of motion.

Arms, legs, belly, butt, core, everything.

If only you could mimic their routine without having to get punched in the face!

Well, fortunately you can! And you don’t even need to come up with an exercise plan on your own.

I’ve taken the guesswork out and created a bikini body workout plan for you!

Lose fat fast

Have you noticed your dress size steadily creeping higher over the years? No bueno!

Tired of unzipping your pants after eating a meal? No mas!

Perhaps you’re already fit but are looking for a new addition to your current beach body workout. No problema!

You don’t need to have experience with MMA, know a left hook from a roundhouse, or aspire to be a fighter to reap the benefits of this routine.

Using the 6 drills below will put you on the fast track to getting that bikini body you’ve been dreaming about.

Here’s another great thing about this routine: you don’t need to buy any equipment! Which means you can do this workout at home, outside, or at the gym. Use this routine anywhere, anytime!

Hey, I’m lovin’ this already!

Get fit with these 6 MMA drills

You’ll be doing the drills in blocks of 3 at 1 minute each, and then resting for 1 minute before continuing to the next 3 drills. Repeat the process until all drills have been performed 3 times each.

For example:

  • Drill 1 – Perform for 1 minute
  • Drill 2 – Perform for 1 minute
  • Drill 3 – Perform for 1 minute
  • Rest – 1 minute
  • Drill 4 – Perform for 1 minute
  • Drill 5 – Perform for 1 minute
  • Drill 6 – Perform for 1 minute
  • Rest – 1 minute
  • Repeat x 2

As your fitness level improves increase the length of each drill.

If you’re a beginner don’t push yourself too hard at first. Ease into the routine.

If you’re adding these drills to your existing workout, incorporate them as desired.

During the rest periods don’t stand still. Make it an active rest.

By “active rest” I mean move around. Do something low intensity like walking in circles, stretching, or shaking out your arms. This will keep you focused and your body ready for the next drill.

During the rest period take sips of water if you’re thirsty.

I have also included advanced tips. If you’re just starting out, skip these for now. Once the exercises become easy for you then add the advanced tip movements to really heat things up.

Ready? Of course you are! Let’s get to it!

1) Cross hops

Cross hops not only tone your calves and quads, they strengthen your lung capacity and cardiovascular health too. Cross hops also build the timing and coordination needed in MMA.

> How to perform cross hops:

  • Place towels, clothing, or string, in a cross shape on the floor in front of you. If nothing is available just imagine a cross shape on the ground.
  • Stand with your feet about an inch apart.
  • Hop back and forth, and side to side, across the lines on the balls of your feet. Stay as low to the ground as possible and try to land gently.
  • Vary the hopping pattern, moving clockwise, counter-clockwise, and diagonally.
  • Advanced tip: As you get better at cross hops, alternate hopping on 1 foot to increase the difficulty.
  • Fun fact: An adult human male has an average resting heart rate of about 75 beats per minute, the same rate as an adult sheep.

2) Jumping squats

Jumping squats are the ultimate exercise for your butt and legs. Few things will shape and tone your glutes as well as jumping squats. They also increase your explosiveness, which is useful for throwing powerful kicks.

> How to perform jumping squats:

  • Place your feet around shoulder-width apart
  • Squat down until your thighs are almost parallel to the ground. Allow your arms to hang down so the tips of your fingers touch the floor.
  • Spring straight up, jumping as high as you can with your arms straight over your head and fingers extended. It will look as if you’re trying to touch the sky.
  • Land on the balls of your feet, lowering your body back into the squat position to complete 1 rep. Repeat.
  • Try not to let your knees extend forward beyond your toes, as this can strain your back.
  • Advanced tip: During the jump, spin 180 degrees mid-air and land facing the opposite direction. This will work your core and improve your agility.
  • Fun fact: To promote the Sochi Olympics in Russia, Moscow Subway riders were allowed to pay their fare by successfully completing 30 squats.

3) Shadow box with a jab – cross combo

Throwing punches at an imaginary opponent will tone your arms and shoulders, build your mental focus, and improve your body awareness. This is a staple exercise for every MMA fighter.

> How to shadow box:

  • Stand with your left foot forward, elbows bent in front of your ribs, your hands up in the “guard” position, hands lightly clenched. (Reverse these directions if you’re left handed)
  • Envision an opponent directly in front of you.
  • Throw a jab directly at the chin of your imaginary opponent by extending your left arm forward, turning your palm towards the floor, and then immediately retracting your arm back to the guard position.
  • Throw a cross with your right arm by rotating your hips counter clockwise, lifting your heel off the floor, extending your right arm forward, and turning your palm towards the floor. Then return your arm back to the guard position.
  • Repeatedly throw the punches and mix up the combo. i.e. jab/jab/cross, jab/cross/jab
  • Move about the room while throwing the punches.
  • Advanced tip; Throw the jab-cross combo as fast as you can for the entire minute without pausing. Say “No” when your arms beg you to stop and say “Hello” to sculpted deltoids and triceps!
  • Fun fact: When asked for his thoughts on opponent George Foreman in their upcoming bout, Muhammad Ali replied, “I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won!”

4) Bear crawls

You’re gonna feel the burn with this one. Bear crawls are effective at working the entire body as a whole unit; exactly what’s needed to shoot in on an opponent to take them down.

> How to bear crawl:

  • Clear a path in the room so nothing will obstruct your way as you crawl.
  • Get on your hands and knees with your hands placed directly under your shoulders and neutral spine placement.
  • Lift your knees off the ground, rising to the balls of your feet.
  • Move your left hand and right leg forward simultaneously. Then move your right hand and left leg forward simultaneously. Repeat this motion to perform a bear crawl back and forth across the room.
  • Do not allow your knees to touch the ground as you crawl.
  • Advanced tip: Every 10 seconds alternate between forward bear crawls and reverse bear crawls (crawling backwards).
  • Fun fact: Due to their upper limbs initially being stronger than their lower limbs, Polar bear cubs crawl backwards.

5) MMA knee strikes

Throwing MMA knee strikes will strengthen your core, glutes, and cardiovascular endurance. They are used to mix up the striking game and confuse the opponent. They are also an effective defense against takedowns when timed well.

> How to throw MMA knee strikes:

  • Stand with your left foot forward, elbows bent in front of your ribs, your hands up in the “guard” position, hands lightly clenched. (Reverse these directions if you’re left handed)
  • Envision an opponent directly in front of you.
  • Take a half step forward with your lead leg. As you step forward, slightly turn your lead leg counter-clockwise so your foot points to the 11 o’clock position, and land on the ball of your foot. This opens your hips, giving the strike more power.
  • Thrust your rear knee up and forward at a 45 degree angle, aiming the tip of the knee at the opponent, and drive your hip into the strike. Lean back slightly for balance and keep the foot of your striking leg as close to your butt as possible.
  • Bring your knee back along the same path it traveled and return to the guard stance on the balls of your feet. Repeat the motion for additional knee strikes.
  • Every ten knees switch your stance and throw knees strikes with the opposite leg.
  • Advanced tip: Alternate stances with every knee strike. Maintain good form and stay on the balls of your feet. Make the stance switch as fluid as possible.
  • Fun fact: Melchor Menor, a former Muay Thai champion, appeared on the T.V. show Fight Science and demonstrated a knee strike. The power of the strike was equal to the power of a 35 mph car crash.

6) Burpees

Despite their funny name, burpees are all business. They are often called the king of conditioning exercises, and for good reason! They will work all of your major muscle groups, burn calories at light speed, and melt the fat off your body. Getting good at these will allow you to go several rounds with anyone in the cage!

> How to perform a burpee:

  • Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart
  • Drop your body to a squat position with your palms flat on the ground
  • Quickly thrust your feet back, while extending your arms. The position will look similar to a pushup with arms extended.
  • Immediately return your feet to the squat position with your palms on the floor.
  • Jump straight up from the squat position, extending your arms above your head. It will look like you’re trying to touch the roof. This completes 1 burpee rep.
  • Repeat the steps to complete additional burpees.
  • Advanced tip: Add a pushup to the burpee. After you drop down and thrust your feet back, do a pushup, then return to the squat position.
  • Fun fact: Burpees are named after American physiologist Royal H. Burpee. He created the “Burpee Test” in the 1930’s as a simple way to assess fitness.

Congratulations, you made it through the entire routine and are one step closer to your bikini body! Give yourself a pat on the back and think about taking up an MMA class. You’ll burn tons of calories, make friends, and learn to protect yourself should the need arise.

And if you have any friends that are looking for a kick-butt routine, please share this with them!

Solmadrid Vazquez is a lifelong martial artist, health nut, and founder of MMA Somnia. He is dedicated to helping others reach their fitness goals. Need help getting results? Join him at his Inspiration Blog to ask questions, get training guides, and receive kick-ass motivational tips!

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Yoga, Still Effective

With age and a life well lived often comes wisdom and good health.

With yoga it’s an age old discipline that should lead to good health.

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It is a subject frequently spoken of and worth having the discussion continued.

At osteopathic.org they share, “Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. “Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate,” says Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.”

We agree.

Let’s continue the discussion.

Amazing Yoga Benefits To Keep You In Good Health

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By Addisson Patrick

Yoga is an incredible way of keeping fit and healthy. It incorporates physical exercises, breathing techniques and meditation which is sure to provide you relief from stress and make your body flexible if you practice it on regular basis. Yoga helps to connect your body, mind and soul. There are numerous yoga benefits and this has led many to practice it on a regular basis.

A Great Form of Exercise.
Yoga is a great form of exercise which helps you to develop self-awareness, acceptance and also reduces your stress to a great extent. It helps to improve your physical, mental and emotional health whereby you are able to enhance your overall well-being. By practicing yoga you are able to strengthen your muscles and increase your flexibility. It increases range of movement and reduces your aches and pains. You are able to increase your elasticity and improve your body alignment which results in better posture.

Great For Stress Relief.
Many people are falling prey to stress owing to the pressures of hectic life. In order to get relief from this stress many are resorting to yoga which has helped them to combat stress in an effective way. So, it can be rightly said that getting relief from stress is one of the most important yoga benefits and this is the reason why many are practicing it on a regular basis.

Excellent For Pain Relief.
Another important reason why yoga is very popular is that it helps you to get relief from your nagging pains. Studies have shown that by practicing yoga postures helps one to reduce back pain, neck pain, arthritis, hypertension and other chronic conditions. Many people have overcome these pains by undertaking yoga and bounced back to their normal life within short span of time. Thus, getting a relief from various pains is one of the most important yoga benefits which one can expect by practicing yoga.

Strengthening Ones Body.
You will be surprised to know that yoga postures helps to increase your strength and also relieve muscular tension. When you practice these asanas you are using every muscle in the body and this helps to increase its strength. Thus, strengthening your body is one of the best yoga benefits which one is able to get if he embarks on daily practice of yoga.

Combats Obesity
Are you overweight and facing health problems? Then definitely you should practice yoga because it helps you to reduce your cortisol levels and also burn excess calories. This, in turn, will help you to shed extra flab and eradicate the root cause of obesity. You are provided with yoga for weight loss programs which will help you to reach your ideal weight. As a result of this you are able to overcome your health problems and are provided with a heightened sense of well-being. Moreover, yoga encourages you to develop healthy eating habits so you do not become overweight in the first place. Yoga practice helps you to improve your oxygen intake and provide you cardio-vascular benefits by lowering your heart rate and increasing your endurance.

Furthermore, yoga helps you to focus on the present and improve your concentration and memory power. So, start your yoga program today for availing these yoga benefits and remain fit and healthy at all times.

Addisson Patrick is a writer for http://www.ListedFit.com, where readers can find the best information on health, fitness and many things in between. He is an expert with years of experience in health and fitness.

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Acai, Perfect Sports Drink


The Amazing Benefits of Acai Berry

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Acai berry is a lovely fruit that has become very popular for its benefits and nutrient values. This fruit was first introduced in the global market in 1990. In just a few short years it became a success. You may have heard about the raving reviews of Acai. Media has advertised it as the most promising supplement of the new era. Acai has been featured and advertised on several top talk shows, magazines and news channels. But a question that always remains is whether this berry actually provides the benefits that are actually claimed? If you have any doubts at all, you can research it yourself and find the solution to that very question.

Acai actually does benefits you. Acai can be identified as a miraculous fruit that can be advantageous for you in several ways. Acai supplements are found at health food stores and they are capable of changing your life and your overall appearance. Some benefits of Acai berry supplements are as follows:

1. Weight loss

2. Increase in energy

3. Improves blood flow

4. Healthier Skin

5. Healthy Heart

6. Mental clarity and focus

7. Reduces and maintains your Cholesterol level

8. Detoxifies the body

Weight loss:

Weight loss is one of the most desirable benefits of Acai and its other products. Famous television hosts have accepted that Acai is actually very beneficial for those who actually wish to reduce that extra weight and fat from the body. With help of Acai berry fruits or its supplements you can easily lose 25 pounds within a month. Waste and toxins are flushed out of the body with the intake of Acai regularly. Acai works in 4 simple steps. Firstly, it suppresses your appetite, secondly, it reduces the accumulated fat from the body, boosts up your metabolism and along with all these aspects it also increases your energy as well as your stamina.

Increases in Energy:

Busy schedules as well as hyperactive lifestyles exhaust us and leave us drained of energy. Because of our busy schedules, people do not get adequate time to sleep and take care of themselves. Improper sleep and draining situations may cause long term negative medical conditions. Acai increases and improves the energy level of your body. Consuming Acai supplements or products everyday can provide relief and rest so that you can wake up recharged and re-energized every morning. Acai improves the metabolism of your body.

Improves Flow of Blood:

Improper blood circulation can be a reason of worry; it may lead to various problems such as clotting, heart related problems as well as balding. Acai berry as well as the Acai products helps in improving your blood flow. Improved blood circulation helps you to lead a better and healthier life.

Healthier Skin:

Acai berry contains numerous antioxidants and nutrients which contain several properties that provide you with glowing skin. The antioxidants in Acai reduce wrinkles, fine lines and provide you with younger looking skin. Damages of the skin are prevented with the help of vitamin E and antioxidants that are in Acai fruit and its products.

Healthy Heart:

An unhealthy heart is considered to be a major cause of death nowadays. Because of busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, people suffer from many diseases. The lack of exercise, improper life style, poor dietary habits and work tension altogether causes heart problems. Nutrients in the Acai help to prevent you from heart problems as well as other health related problems. There are several benefits of Acai berry; this fruit as well as acai berry products provide the required nutrients for your heart so that it can work properly.

Mental Clarity and Focus:

After taking Acai fruits, supplements or products you may experience better clarity of memory. You may also be able to focus on your work for the entire day. Acai increases mental clarity by increasing focus and concentration. The benefits of Acai are endless. Acai improves blood flow and as a result your brain is also able to function properly in an efficient manner.

Reduces and maintains your Cholesterol level:

The fatty acids present in Acai help in maintaining your cholesterol levels. It maintains the HDL level and lowers the LDL level. Acai helps in reducing the cholesterol level and furthermore, it maintains the reduced cholesterol level.

Detoxifies the body:

Another benefit of Acai Berry is the detoxification of the body. Antioxidants and nutrients present in Acai berry help in eliminating and eradicating harmful substances from your body.

There is no doubt that the acai berry is one of the finest fruits available because of its nutritious value. The benefits of acai are numerous. Not only does it help with cardiovascular issues but also provides mental clarity, healthier skin, increased energy, better blood circulation, and it can even help to promote weight loss. You must get your acai berry products today so that you too can begin experiencing the benefits of acai. You can get the very best acai berry products at AcaiBerryBiz.com. Here you will find pure organize acai berry products so that you are sure you are getting the highest levels of antioxidants and nutrients that are available. Order yours today.

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Martial Arts Heroines


Co-Author: Kephrira B

During the fifth and sixth centuries, Zen Buddhist monks and nuns brought from India to China yoga and Indian fist-fighting techniques similar to modern karate. These fighting techniques came in handy in war-torn China. Indeed, learning to fight was as common as learning to cook or pour tea. Survival for men, women, and even children hinged on their ability to protect themselves. Those who excelled became notable warriors.

Thirteen-year-old Shuen Guan is a perfect example. Her ability to fight with swords, spears, and even her bare hands earned her the nickname “Little Tigress.” According to one legend, she saved her town from an attack by bandits by fighting her way through the attackers and returning with a neighboring general and his troops. Her heroic deeds were eventually honored by the emperor of China.

But not everyone could be as multi-talented as Shuen Guan. Specialization had a definite place in war-torn China. After learning a basic fighting skill, the tendency was to add moves and techniques to suit a particular ability or body type. For one woman named Ng Mui that meant redirecting her punches from the midsection of an attacker to the head, and throwing kicks to the lower legs.

Specialization enabled people to become masters of their own styles. Mui was so proficient at her style that to prove its effectiveness, she demonstrated her moves on martial arts masters themselves, who quickly came to realize that her methods would work as well for them as they did for her.

That Mui was a woman is impressive enough. But what makes her extraordinary to martial arts students who practice her style today is the fact mat she was a Buddhist nun! She came from a Shaolin monastery in southern China during the Ching Dynasty.

One of Ng Mui’s students, Yim Wing Chun, carried on this style after Mui’s death. Eventually, this system became known as Wing Chun kung fu.

Interestingly, though developed for a woman, Wing Chun kung fu became the style of choice among many men. In fact, this style of kung fu grew stronger in popularity as the centuries rolled by, and became the preferred style of the late martial artist-turned-actor Bruce Lee, who introduced and popularized this style in the West in the 1960s and 70s. For those too young to remember, visit any video store where you’ll find a wide selection of Bruce Lee movies. Though as grade B as a movie can get, they’re worthwhile watching just to observe Lee’s extraordinary athletic abilities.

Judo, too, has some distinctly female roots. While kung fu grew out of China, judo has its roots in the fighting systems of feudal Japan, which from the tenth to the eighteenth centuries found itself awash in samurais-highly skilled fighters who, often on horseback, battled with bows and arrows, swords, and spears.

In the early part of this period, samurai women shared the battlefield with men-and occasionally commanded them. These martial matriarchs were often trained in the use of weapons, especially spears and small daggers.

One of the favored weapons among samurai on horseback was the naginata, a long pole, from five to nine feet, with a sword at the end. Occasionally called “the woman’s spear,” the naginata was the weapon of choice for Itagaki, a female general in charge of three-thousand warriors in 1199. Her expertise and courage supposedly inspired her troops and shamed the enemy.

Another famous woman warrior of the same period was Tomoe. The name means “circular” or “turning,” and was probably given to her because of her mastery of the naginata, which is used by making circular movements.

Woman warriors continued to fight up until one of the last civil wars in Japan. In 1877, a battle was fought with a group of 500 women in its ranks. These women, armed with naginatas, fought against Japanese government troops. Unfortunately, their skills were no match against the guns carried by their opponents.

If you were lucky enough to be a female born into a ninja family, chances are you would be taught, along with your brother if you had one, starting at the age of five or six, to be a superior athlete. By the age of twelve or thirteen, you might move on to weapons training.

Ninja were latter-day James Bonds: super-agents who were not only superior fighters, but masters at disguise. Men often dressed as women, and vice versa.

In the mid- to late 1800s, as there became less of a need for samurai, women’s influence in the martial arts declined. Unless women came from a military family, it was considered scandalous for them to train alongside men in martial arts schools. If any training went on, it was done in private.

Scandalous or not, many women wanted to practice a martial art, and did. In 1893, Sueko Ashiya became the first women student of Jigoro Kano, who founded judo in Japan. Soon after he took on Ashiya, Kano began teaching his wife, daughter, and their female friends.

In the mid-1920s, Kano opened a women’s section of his school so his female students could train in a proper environment. Though a major breakthrough that guaranteed many women the opportunity to train, Japanese women today still train only in the women’s section, and except for special situations are not allowed to train with men.

But don’t think that old habits die hard only in the Orient. Up until about 1976, the belts worn by female judo martial artists had to have a white stripe running down the middle if the women wanted to compete in national competitions. The ruling was changed, however, thanks to a few determined women who demonstrated their disapproval of the rule by fighting in competitions wearing only white belts, refusing to wear a colored belt with a stripe in it.

Consider another rule that prevented women from achieving the same rank as men. Kano’s original school prohibited black belt women from being promoted higher than fifth dan, while men could go as high as twelfth dan. In 1972 the school received letters from women all over the world protesting this rule and asking the school to promote one of its leading female students, Keiko Fukuda, who had received her fifth-degree black belt in 1953. The letter-writing campaign worked, and Fukuda became the first woman sixth dan in the world-almost twenty years after becoming a. fifth dan.

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Karate also never traditionally distinguished between male and female. Karate originated in Okinawa as a defense against Japanese invaders who stripped the natives of their weapons. In addition to using their hands and feet, Okinawans utilized farm tools to attack their oppressors. Women and men would practice their skills alone in the forests or fields using sickles or bamboo polls. Eventually, even a harmless-looking farm woman reaping her crops became a force to contend with.

Sport karate became increasingly popular and widespread in the 1940s. While competition was originally limited primarily to men, women now compete in both sparring and kata tournaments. There are even some mixed forms competitions, and occasionally mixed sparring between men and women.

Today, notable female martial artists can be found in every style of martial art-from kick boxer Kathy Long to karate champion Cynthia Rothrock. These women, and others like them, are the modern-day equivalents of the women warriors of centuries ago. Their determination to carve a niche for themselves in this sport is a shining example to every female martial artist.

Dean Walsh writes for a street self defense blog which includes many articles on self defense for women [http://www.street-fighting-techniques.info/category/self-defense-for-women/] and is also involved in several other martial arts websites such as this Fight Video [http://www.onlinefightvideo.com] blog featuring competition footage from all of the main combat sports.

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She Hulk Wrestler

The Incredible Hulk made a name for himself in the comic book world because of his tenacity and muscle strength.

In the competitive female submission wrestling industry there is another hulk on the horizon and since she is new to the scene, providing sessions out of the windy city of Chicago, we thought that you might want to meet her.

She Hulk is her name. Providing great dignified sessions is her game.

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At her WB270.com she smiles, “Currently I work as a personal trainer and health and fitness enthusiast. I have been an IFBB Women’s Physique Pro since November 2014.  Since then I have made a name for myself in the bodybuilding industry by having my YouTube channel taking about the Fetish side of the industry, I do lift and carry videos, and arm wrestling videos. I enjoy being able to offer a strong mental and physical presence with the ability to discuss things that others are afraid to I am super enthused to be able to create value for my fans and to be able to continue to motivate and excite others around me.”

Just look at her picture.

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Love her fitness. She is body beautiful.

With an eye to fitness we love to talk about food.

We have a visiting female writer who artfully ties fitness and good eating together.

By Samantha Taylor     Submitted On March 02, 2016

A Foodie’s Guide To Health In 2016

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Think back over the past year. What were your favorite food trends of 2015? Perhaps one of the super-foods, or maybe you got into molecular gastronomy? Posh burgers continued to rise in popularity, and poutine was firmly on the menu of 2015. But now that 2015 has left the room, I wanted to write a food guide for all those looking for healthier treats this year.

Now, before I start with the guide, I want you, the reader, to be totally on board with health and good nutrition this year. There’s no point reading this article if you have no intention of utilizing the advice that I give. I learned this the hard way. I had always been interested in eating healthily, staying fit and jumping on the “food trend train” but I wasn’t fully committed until I actually stayed focused on my good health. And that is where I want all of you to be!

Oatmeal Evolved

Oatmeal has always been a staple in a health junkie’s diet, but over recent years it has lost its way, due in part to the fact that many people considered it ‘boring’. Other more ‘exciting’ healthy breakfast trends had overtaken the traditional food. That is, until now. Oatmeal is going to see a huge resurgence this year, with ancient grains being incorporated in a big way, as well as coconut milk to replace plain milk. How about steel cut oats with hazelnut granola? The possibilities are huge. This new oatmeal is a superfood lover’s dream, and it won’t break your bank.

Chickpea Flour

It has a rich and ever so slightly sweet taste: chickpea flour. Remember those two words, as you’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the coming months. It is high-protein, gluten free and highly healthy. You can use it to transform the meals you make at home, or if you find yourself eating out with friends or family, look for these words: panelle, socca, cecina. Why? Because all three are made with chickpea flour.

Hot, Hotter, Hottest!

The fascination with hot foods and hot sauces continues. Last year saw complex chili blends from all over the globe, including the devilish Shichimi-Togarashi from Japan. In 2016 you are likely to see more nuanced hot sauces such as “Nashville Red” or “Tsire” from West Africa. Don’t know the benefits of hot sauce and hot food? Well, for starters it improves digestion greatly. For those looking to lose weight, adding hot sauce to your meal will help to reduce hunger and thus lead to less consumption of food later in the day.


Did your parents ever tell you to eat your greens to grow up healthy? Well, 2016 is taking that old adage one step further. Chlorophyll is being attributed to breaking down fats in the body, and health chefs all over the world are using it in its pure form to make nutritional gold. Fitness fanatics love taking a shot of chlorophyll for an antioxidant boost. You can incorporate it into your drinks and healthy meals as a weight loss aid.


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Isamar vs FeFe

Sometimes in life you really need the tried and true.

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Competitive female submission wrestling is no different.

Yes, sometimes surprises are nice but a little predictability is nice too.

When the gorgeous FeFe with the shapely strong legs from bicycling around the San Francisco East Bay was to go up against industry super star Isamar of San Francisco, we pretty much knew what was going to happen but we just wanted to see the execution.

Let’s listen in at http://grapplingstars.com/fvsf-wrestling-videos/

Lovely FeFe

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“Isamar is the champion. We get that. But over time, even a champion can have a bad day. On this day, FeFe’s confidence is rising after her matches with Daisy Ducati, Penny (Ms. Money Penny) Barber and her surprising domination of the feminine, curvy, beautiful Bella Rossi. Here she takes on the champion and both are ready for battle. Isamar is always sexy in a tight black bathing suit but FeFe in her pink body hugging bathing suit that shows off her powerful thighs in leg struggle is to for. This is one great match. Enjoy.”

In our San Francisco to San Jose series, during the month of January 2017, we are focusing on the wonderful suburb of Burlingame and now it’s time to dine on some fantastic tried and true.

We can smell some sensational Chinese food cooking.

They welcome us at http://youngcanwok.net/

Young Can Wok

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“The wok is a traditional technique for creating sizzling Chinese dishes. A special cooking pot with a rounded bottom is utilized with hot temperatures to steam and deep-fry foods. Most wok dishes are cooked for hours for a steamy and flavorful taste. At Young Can Wok, we strive to make every entree traditional to the taste of China with our dedication to authenticity. Rice and noodle dishes are simply delectable and full of flavor. Our chicken, pork, and beef dinners are tender and tasty. On top of our delicious menu, diners rave about our friendly service and welcoming atmosphere.

Start your stay with a hearty soup or fresh salad. Our soups include mouthwatering delights such as rice bowls with chicken and prawns. Wor Won Ton Soup and Heart Healthy Soup burst with scrumptious tastes in a light chicken broth with seasonal veggies. Our Oriental Chicken Salad is yummy and filling with sesame and nutty peanut toppings. Craving seafood? Try our fresh dinners including prawn entrees, seasoned with pumpkin or garlic sauces. Our fish specials are listed as salt and pepper sole fillet and asparagus salmon in a rich black bean sauce. Indulge in our famed Three Coins in the Fountain platter, a sauté of calamari, scallops, prawns, and sole fillet. Shitaake mushrooms and snow peas come alive in a white sauce.”

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Boy that sounds so good.

Yes there’s more. Let’s listen in.

“Come in for our chicken and beef dishes. Our poultry items include your favorites, such as sesame chicken with broccoli and spicy Hunan chicken with zesty jicama and bell peppers. Beef lovers can savor our Mongolian beef in a zingy hoisin sauce. When you’re looking for the best in pork dinners, Young Can Wok proudly offers Sweet N’ Sour Pork with succulent pineapple toppings.

Pick our noodle bowls for a traditional supper. Double pan-fried noodles and chow mein can be topped with barbecue pork, chicken, or prawns. You’ll also love our steamed and healthy brown rice sides. Vegetarians can feast on our Broadway Fried Rice with egg and soy beans. Ask our accommodating staff about lunch and dinner specials. We look forward to serving you at Young Can Wok.”

Here are some reviews to help persuade you.

At yelp.com they share, “I always have an enjoyable time here. The food is consistent, the staff is good and it is really great if you have a kid (which I do).”

And another.

“This was my first time going to this restaurant, and I was very happy with it.  I put in a takeout order that included three vegetarian dishes and three chicken/meat dishes, plus brown rice, for a group of 6. To begin with, the order was ready when I arrived, and the host was very, very, friendly. I took the food home and all of us really enjoyed everything.”

Okay, nothing like the tried and true.

In yummy Chinese food and female grappling too.

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Kaysha Brasil Powerful

Powerful friends are a needed asset if you are to have success in any industry, so when we purchased Kaysha Brasil’s match against the muscular shapely German beauty Warrior Amazon, we were very impressed.

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It was a war of attrition.

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Who is her powerful female submission wrestling friend?

The Glorious Maria Queen.

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”… Leo Tolstoy

Against Warrior Amazon, Kaysha found herself in a very tough, close match that was in doubt right up until the end.

She also wrestled industry great VeVe Lane in a very tough match.

Kaysha is certainly getting around.

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Femcompetitor Magazine wrote about her and the wonderful sessions she provides.

Session With Kaysha & Maria, Life Altering Texas Road Trip

If you desire to wrestle her in a session, it might wise to take at least a few Brazilian Jujitsu classes. Having said that, please enjoy the following article on injury prevention.

Then have fun and contact Kaysha at kayshamadeinbrazil@gmail.com

The Top 5 Ways to Avoid Injury in Brazilian Jiujitsu Training

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 By Kosta Megas 

Being that Brazilian Jiujitsu is a contact martial art, there is a possibility for injury while practicing. These are the top 5 tips for avoiding injuries both to yourself as well as your training partners.

-Make sure you have proper room and look out for objects and people.

You’ll need at least 10×8 feet worth of training space per 2 people and even more for sparring. Get any objects like chairs or any other equipment out of the way and keep an eye out for other people falling into your training space.

-Warm up properly before training, stretch well and maintain your flexibility through regular stretching.

Trust me, this will take you a long way in your training and preventing injuries like pulled muscles and strained joints and ligaments.

-Control yourself during training and more particularly during sparring.

Avoid jerky movements for no purpose. The spaz is someone you don’t want to be known as where you train and if there are others like this in your gym then avoid training with them.

The point of training is to know what you’re doing.

You’ll want to keep moving in particular situations but you’ll want to develop an awareness of what you’re doing during training and if you don’t know what you’re doing then the best thing to do is to find out, not spaz out. This is one of the leading causes of injuries so avoid it.

-Focus on the technique.

This is also a great way to control yourself. Always keep technique in mind, if you’re using too much power and just trying anything then you are defeating the purpose of why you are training; to develop technical skills and strategies and an awareness of them. This is the most important point of your training.

-Lastly, give your training partner a chance to tap and tap early if you have to.

Never crank a submission at full power. Always give your training partners a chance to tap by applying progressive force to the submission and give them a chance to tap. If you are caught in a submission, tap early if you feel your partner is cranking too fast and hard or if you’re in doubt of their control.

Well, there you have it. Put these five tips into practice and your training will be more productive and you’ll spend less time with injuries and more time on the mats.

Access a Growing Resource of FREE Jiujitsu Techniques, Strategies and Reviews.

Subscribe to the BJJ mag and receive a FREE copy of The Fundamentals of Brazilian Jiujitsu eBook!

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Grape Fruit Winter Prize

You are what you eat. Haven’t you heard that one before?

If that is the case, we sure would like to know what these two fresh faced girls Dylan and Eden are eating because they look super sexy.

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What was even sexier was when they wrestled one another. We loved it.

Here is the match description.

“Everyone’s tastes are different but part of the reason we have a non-traditional interview before a match that speaks to a beautiful girl’s travel and lifestyle experiences is because once a girl next door type begins to competitively wrestle against another, it makes it more erotic because we feel we know them personally instead of cut and dry, just wrestle only. When you listen to both Eden and Dylan before the match, it’s clear that they are very sweet, curvy and sexy so when they wrestle, we salivate for the close up camera views of their ground struggle. Though both girls have a few matches under their belt, they are still fairly new and that’s the sexy up close excitement. The outcome of this battle is in doubt right up until the end. Enjoy.”

Their match can be purchased at http://grapplingstars.com/fvsf-wrestling-videos/

So how are you looking these days?

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As of this writing it’s the winter and one fruit that is terrific year round yet unlike many other fruits that are seasonal, is still powerful and thriving in the winter is the healthy grapefruit.

Since we are what we eat, here is a nice article from a visiting speaking on why we should eat more grapefruits.

You know what?

You’re looking better already.

By Miguel A. Gonzalez, M.D

The Amazing Health Benefits of Grapefruits

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Grapefruit is a subtropical fruit that belongs to the citrus family and is usually known for its somewhat bitter and sour savor. It was initially grown in Barbados as a cross type fruit that came from a mix from pomelo and sweet orange. Grapefruit is also full of vitamin C and has some incredible health benefits you should consider.

A superior provider of vitamin C

Vitamin C helps to assist the immune system and helps to relieve the severity of the common cold. It may also relieve asthma. Studies have shown that ingesting fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C can aid in reducing the risk of heart problems, stroke and many forms of cancer.

Aids in Reducing Weight

Grapefruit is rich in enzymes that melt off fats. It has a substantial liquid content and has very little sodium. This makes grapefruit an ideal food for boosting body’s stamina and taking weight off. Eating grapefruit on a daily basis will help you shed unwanted pounds. The scent of the grapefruit decreases the feeling of hunger. For this reason, people add grapefruit to their weight loss diet plans. The substantial fiber in this fruit satisfies cravings for food and therefore, prevents overindulging.

Inhibits Arthritis

Grapefruit contains salicylic acid that assists in breaking down the body’s inorganic calcium, which builds up in the joint’s cartilage that can cause arthritis.

An Effective Germ Killer

It also functions as an effective germ killer. Grapefruit seed extractions mixed with water can create a germ killing spray for the treatment of microbial and fungal contamination such as candida, athlete’s foot and herpes just to name a few.

Aids in Cancer Prohibition

The lycopene in grapefruit is what gives its red color inside. Lycopene is effective to protect against the growth of malignant neoplasms (cancer) since it works as a chemical agent of the toxins that cause cancer. Lycopene is most effective when combined with A and C vitamins, which are present in grapefruit. A free radical cleansing substance, “naringenin”, is also contained in grapefruit, which can help restore destroyed DNA in cells with prostate cancer. DNA repair plays a role in cancer elimination as it hinders the cancer cell duplication.

Assists to Decrease Levels of Cholesterol

The antioxidants contained in grapefruit work well in lowering blood cholesterol levels. Grapefruit includes pectin which is a dissolvable fiber that reduces cholesterol and impedes the accumulation of plaque in the walls of bloodstream. However, if you are on medications, do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice as it is contraindicated for many medications.

Cures Common Illnesses and other ailments

Not only does drinking or eating grapefruit help relieve fever and the common cold, it also helps gallstones, improve liver function and strengthen the immune system against bacterial contamination. Grapefruit is a useful treatment for influenza, malaria, acid reflux, insomnia and is a very effective treatment to manage constipation.

There is no question that incorporating grapefruit in your diet regime is undoubtedly essential for each person’s overall wellness. For more healthful advice please visit Dr. Gonzalez’s website at askdrgonzalez.com

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Kara vs Katie (Canada)

Watching Kara wrestle Katie of Canada, two brunette beauties, reminded us of how the simple things in life are best, on the mats and virtually everywhere else.

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Here is the match description.

“Mistress Kara during this Dojo Event is kicking beautiful behinds and taking names. Katie, a shapely gorgeous mom from Canada is next up as a notch on Kara’s American belt. Once the battle begins, she completely dominates Katie. To keep good relations with our great Canadian neighbors, we decide to put Katie in a position to be more competitive. Will it work? We’ll see. Nice up close aggressive action with two beautiful women with curves in all of the right places. Another girl fight at the Dojo.”

We loved it.

We also love the South Peninsula of the San Francisco area.

In our continuing coverage of the scenic and vibrant corridor between San Francisco and San Jose where some our best female grappling has taken place please keep reading FCI Women’s Wrestling and we will share those experiences with you.

In our love of all things Burlingame the city site visitbroadwayburlingame.com gets us off to a nice start.

“Just minutes from San Francisco Airport and its surrounding hotels, Broadway’s landmark arch invites visitors to experience big city amenities in the comfort of a charmingly laid back. Small town atmosphere.Satisfy your hunger with a wide range of styles and cuisines, from fine dining to casual eateries and coffee shops. Shoppers can enjoy a variety of independently owned boutiques, gift shops, antique stores and a medley of unique specialty stores offering everything from wine to jewelry, toys, health food, candy and more.”

Sounds like fun.

Having been to Burlingame a number of times in my youth and as an adult, this one quaint, sophisticated yet down to earth friendly, stroll the streets Bay Area town.

You’ll love it.

Shall we eat? Please don’t ever underestimate the power of having fun.

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At Kincaid’s restaurant, they are very small town friendly. “Artfully serving quality steaks, and fresh and innovative seafood since 1986. Enjoy daily lunch, dinner or perhaps a special business or romantic occasion in our warm and inviting dining room.

Each Kincaid’s restaurant is uniquely local.

Explore how your Kincaid’s brings local to life. Please join our longtime friends who have enjoyed many fond memories over the years as our guests.”

They have locations in Bloomington Minnesota, Honolulu Hawaii, Oakland California, Redondo Beach and St. Paul Minnesota.

Let’s see what the visitors have to say about Kincaid’s.

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“The best customer service and Prime Rib hands down! We celebrated our 25 year wedding anniversary with Kincaid’s and loved it! We want to thank everyone who had a part in our evening but especially our server Brittney and the manager JB! You rocked it for us!”

“We had a great meal. The prime rib was perfect as well as their Maytag salad. It is not called the Maytag anymore but it is wonderful. If you love blue cheese and the coldest crispy romaine ever, this salad will not disappoint. The cocktails were great and the staff the best and super nice.”

“Back in the bay area and I am staying near SFO, which means another trip to Kincaid’s As usual a first rate meal , they have a great prime rib , I had the 12 oz cut , it has nice rock salt crust , my daughter had the seafood risotto which was very good also.”

Thank you so much Trip Advisor.

So readers, if you travel to San Francisco Airport, after departing, if you are hungry for great wrestling you can always visit Grappling Stars video store.


If you want great food, you can visit Kincaid’s.

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The Perfect Yoga


Which Type of Yoga is Right For Me?

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With the popularity of yoga rising throughout the western world, you have probably heard about it’s healing powers by now. However, you still aren’t sure exactly what kind of yoga may be right for your lifestyle. Chances are, you have probably asked everyone you know who practices yoga. While they may have a few suggestions, they may be bias in their decision making when it comes to which type of yoga you should choose.

Iit is fairly simple to find the right kind of yoga for you. Especially if you have all of the information there is to know about yoga. First and foremost you should try to consider why you are planning on entering the yoga lifestyle. Whether it was suggested to you from your doctor for medical treatment, or if it is a means for you to reconnect with a healthy lifestyle.

Just remember that you aren’t alone. Many people struggle with trying to find the right yoga class for them. Some can spent years jumping from class to class, type to type, or different yoga teachers before finding the right match. You may find yourself drawn to the names of each yoga class, often times witty and inspiring. However, I would suggest making your decision on more than just the location or name of your yoga class. Instead taking the time to sit down with each of the teachers, and getting a feel for their technique of teaching.

It may be helpful if you can find a teacher that will allow you to sit in on each type of class. This will give you a first-hand view of what would be expected of you during your yoga class. While some may promote the use of props, and focus on slow and controlled movements. Others may focus on spirituality, or exercise. All of which are beneficial to many different people in their walks of life. However, power-yoga may not be the best choice if you suffer from chronic back pain. For this reason, you should take care in choosing the right type of yoga.

Before we look into the different types of classes and what you can expect you should first remember that as with any exercise program; you should first consult with your doctor. This is especially true if you have any diagnosed health problems that reduce your range of motion.

Once you have begun to visit the many different yoga classes available in your area, you will find that there is a common denominator among them all. That of which is that they are focused on bringing oneness to one’s life. A unity between body, mind, and soul. Regardless of the fact that this oneness is all something we hold inside of ourselves on a daily basis. However, most people will find that it can be difficult to reach this place in our own selves without a little help.

Unfortunately there is no real way to answer the question of “what type of yoga is right for me?”. It is more or less an moment of inspiration that you will find enter your mind once you have found the right class. As with so many things in life, yoga is specialized. However there are many different options to choose from. No one yoga class is going to be right for everyone who practices yoga. Just like no one yoga prop or work out wear will be right for one person. Think of it as a “fitting” for your lifestyle. Try your yoga class on for size, if it doesn’t fit your lifestyle, your schedule, or your medical needs; then you should probably try to find something different.

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While it is a common misconception among newcomers to yoga. You don’t need to have a particular religion or belief to practice yoga. Just as you don’t need to be of any one shape, or size to practice yoga. Everyone can and will benefit from the healing nature of yoga. It is even common for families to practice yoga together. If this is your plan, then finding a low-impact yoga will be imperative for younger children. Which will allow all of you to relax while getting healthy together. This of course is one of the many reasons that yoga has become so popular in the western world. As we all fight to keep our lifestyles healthy in a stressful and fast-pace lifestyle. We find that there just isn’t enough time to run from one yoga class to another. Instead finding one class that will fit as a whole with your group of yoga friends, or family will help to keep your schedule relatively un-scathed.

The different types of yoga can be fairly difficult to differentiate. However, there are a few key differences that can help you choose which yoga is right for you. Whether you are looking for a high-impact yoga to help you drop pounds quickly; or simply trying to find relief from arthritis, or other chronic pain. There is a yoga that will be the perfect fit for you!

Hatha yoga (of which means union) is a term for yoga that employs both physical, and breathing exercise to calm the mind. This is only one of eight branches of traditional yoga, which has been passed down for generations in ancient Indian philosophy. It is thought that this style of yoga can help to attain enlightenment. Among these types of yoga that have stemmed from Hatha, you will find Raga, Mantra, and Tantra. All of which are considered to be philosophical styles of yoga, which are focused on elevating a person’s mental state. It is common for Hatha yoga classes to ask their practitioners to follow a certain dietary conservation as well as ethical codes of living.

There are several different disciplines that you will find practiced in Hatha yoga. However due to it’s popularity, some classes may even teach a fusion of several different styles of yoga. Including Hatha yoga. Most of these hybrid yoga classes (especially those that include Hatha yoga) are often times the best for beginner yoga practitioners. Simply because they will offer a wider range of poses, breathing, and physical elements. All of which are needed to practice yoga safely and get the most out of your workout.

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While Hatha yoga has increased in popularity within the western world. There are many other kinds that can be found here in the United states alone. Ashtanga Viniyasa is one of the most increasingly popular forms of yoga in the last few years. It is a physical and mentally challenging form of yoga. Of which focuses on the unity between movement and breathing. However, this form of yoga can be fairly taxing and shouldn’t be utilized for anyone with severe medical conditions. If you are a beginner, it is imperative to join a beginners Ashtanga class, so that you are able to learn at your own speed without posing an injury risk to yourself.

Along with Hatha and Ashtanga Viniyasa yoga’s you will find a few other choices to choose from. One of which being Sivananda yoga. Which is based around as little as twelve postures. One such posture sequence includes the sun salutation. Of which focuses on breathing and meditation. This is one of the most well-rounded yoga classes that can be found today. It is especially suitable for all levels of expertise, ages, and physical abilities. Making it one of the most family friendly forms of yoga available.

Another popular form of yoga is Viniyoga. Of which is known for it’s personalized touch. Each session of Viniyoga is tailored specially for the individual practitioner and their needs. These classes can vary from as short as fifteen minutes to two to three hours. However it is one of the best one-on-one yoga training that you can find. This is especially wonderful for anyone who might find it difficult to follow an instructor within a large class. This class is particularly well suited for children and those with medical conditions. Simply because it is so personal, and allows the trainer to keep your body, health, and physical limitations in mind when creating your routine.

The last form of yoga that is commonly practiced in the western world is Iyengar. Which is a slower and more precise means of practicing yoga. It is by far the most practiced yoga throughout the world (spanning not only in the western world). It plays in important role in one’s bodily alignment and posture. This is particularly well suited for those with back-pain or any other severe or chronic pain. This form of yoga is also particularly suitable for seniors, as they practice with many different props to aid in their posture progression.

Remember, as with any new workout regiment that you should always know your own body’s limitation. This will help you to choose the right style of yoga class for you. There is no right or wrong answer, simply knowing what you can and cannot handle is key. Regardless of the class, you should become prepared once you have chosen the right type of yoga for you. Your yoga instructor will be able to give you a list of the items you will need, whether it be yoga mats, blocks, blankets, or any other prop. It is best to come prepared!

The three popular types of yoga you may have heard of are hatha yoga, power yoga and bikram yoga. Hatha yoga is the style of yoga most practiced today. It is what you will think of when you think of yoga in general. Power yoga is a more aerobic-style yoga, with an emphasis on cardio. Bikram yoga is a style of yoga performed in a heated room to accelerate detoxification. Universal Yoga sells everything you need to practice these and other forms of yoga, pilates and meditation including cropped yoga pants [http://www.universalyoga.com/yogaclothes.html], yoga mats [http://www.universalyoga.com], workout clothing, meditation cushions, yoga bags, uplifting apparel, spiritual jewelry, and yoga DVDs.

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Diana vs VeVe Wrestling

Do happier people live longer? Are people who laugh healthier?

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At her From The Heart column, found at Psychology Today, Cynthia M. Thaik M.D. stated, “A vast scientific literature has detailed how negative emotions harm the body. Serious, sustained stress, anger, and fear can alter biological systems in a way that over time adds up to “wear and tear”—and, eventually, illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Research shows that laughter does indeed improve our health and well-being. If you can laugh when you are stressed, anxious, worried, and even if you are ill, you can feel better sooner.”

It’s a good thing for Forhaus restaurant in the scenic Czech Republic city of Brno.

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You can eat great food which will bring a smile to your face and laughter to your soul.

They are very aware of their beneficial cuisine and style, so they are happy to talk about it in great detail and share their philosophy with you.

“Along with our slogan “eat well – often laugh – live long” we are opening to you with a restaurant, that will enrich your lives of good food and contentment, to make you feel good and so that you could experience our slogan together with us.

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The current century is a time of great technical possibilities and pressures to accelerate processes, but it is also a time when we feel the need to slow down and begin to look back to our roots and traditions to draw from them.

Along with our slogan „eat well – often laugh – live long” we are opening to you with a restaurant, that will enrich your lives of good food and contentment, to make you feel good and so that you could experience our slogan together with us.

The current century is a time of great technical possibilities and pressures to accelerate processes, but it is also a time when we feel the need to slow down and begin to look back to our roots and traditions to draw from them. The period of the Austro- Hungarian Empire is such a symbol for us to stop on our way back in times. Mainly due to its interconnection of many states, nations and cultures which form a mixture of our roots and traditions. Thanks to this heritage we are looking forward to creating a diverse and wide range of dishes, which have already become just memories or those that are popular among our countrymen, and that influenced or diversified our Czech cuisine.

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However, it is necessary to say that we don´t end with the inspiration of choice of the dishes because another thing that attracts and fascinates us about the old times in contrast with present times, is the honesty of their approach to work and use of high-quality ingredients. So you can expect from us traditional dishes inspired by the Austro- Hungarian Empire period, moreover with the guarantee of honest approach to work.

What can you expect from us? Honesty. Fresh and high-quality ingredients. Home-made production. Use of innovative technologies. Various dishes respecting the principles of seasonal availability. Modern gastronomy which satisfies all your senses.

We look forward to meeting you and to our common journey back in time to the traditions, but in the premises and facilities with modern time’s technologies, which we have prepared with great enthusiasm.”

Love their spirit. Don’t you? Others do as well. Let’s peek in on some reviews at Trip Advisor.

  1. English menu, good service. The decor is modern, clean and well maintained. They have a lunch menu from 12 till 2 and regular menu the whole day and evening. They also have daily specials. The wine pairing was so so, but the wine itself was very good (tried the local wine).
  2. We went to this restaurant on a recommendation of friends. The interior has great decoration, clean lines, expensive finishes, and very sophisticated. This is a restaurant that takes its inspiration from the Austrio-Hungarian Empire. My husband had the duck entree and said it was excellent. I had the tenderloin in soup with sides of purée spinach and potatoes.
  3. We were gone for a month in Eastern Europe, and this was truly one of our best meals. My husband had steak and I had risotto. Both of us were extremely pleased with our meals. We also had bread to dip in olive oil which was very tasty. Our service was good, too.

Sounds like a wonderful time and there is only one thing that would put the icing on that fine dining cake.

Dinner and a female vs female wrestling movie.

The great industry video producer Fight Pulse is happy to give us a show of two top industry stars.

FW-09: VeVe Lane vs Diana (BJJ vs Judo)

Release date: November 1, 2014

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For the first time in underground wrestling a BJJ expert faces a judoka in a competitive submission wrestling match. In this interdisciplinary match-up BJJ purple belt VeVe Lane is pitted against Diana, a black belt in Judo.

The display of technical skill from both opponents is outstanding. Skip this match if you like quick submissions and one-sided matches.

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However, if you like watching two beautiful ladies, experts in two different martial arts, display their top-notch grappling skills in an absolutely competitive and extremely close match, long exhaustive attempts to gain advantage, escapes from excruciating and seemingly inescapable holds, then you don’t want to miss this video.

VeVe and Diana talk about differences between their disciplines in the interviews before and after the match. In the closing interview the opponents analyze the various holds and remark on different moments of the match, as well as talk about how their background affected the match, and ultimately, the outcome.

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Sources: brainyquote.com, Wikipedia, fciwomenswrestling2.com, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.









Grow Tomatoes At Home

Growing your own food can be very satisfying.

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Among other things, it supplies a sense of freedom, creativity, closeness to the earth and the healthy building blocks for a tasty meal.

Some might be a little intimidated by the thought but with some experienced guidance it can be done.

A fantastic fruit source scientifically speaking or vegetable given how you look at are tomatoes.

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Would you like to grow some on your patio?

Here is an article from a guest writer as to how you can do that.

Growing Container Tomatoes On Patios The Espalier Way
 by: Kaye Dennan

“There isn’t enough room to grow tomatoes”, you might reply, but if you want to grow tomatoes in a small courtyard or on a patio there is a way to do it. What I am referring to is the growing method, espalier. This system grows plants up a trellis or support system by spreading the branches up and along it. In a courtyard a trellis is placed against the wall and the container tomato plant grown up it.

Why grow espalier tomatoes?

There are several reasons why growing espalier tomatoes in courtyards or on patios is desirable and primarily because they can be grown by taking up only a small amount of space that is available. Another benefit of growing this way is that by spreading the branches out the fruit receives maximum sunlight. The warmth from the wall also speeds up the ripening time of the fruit.

The espalier system also makes tending the tomato plant easier as all the branches are accessible and therefore control of pests and diseases is easier. As the branches are spread out and the leaves get a better chance to dry, there is less chance of blight and other diseases taking a hold on the plant.

Prepare for growing the container tomato

The job is to decide on a nice sunny position. Healthy tomato plants need 6 to 8 hours sunlight. Once the location is decided then the next steps can take place:

1. Decide on the trellis style, locate and attach it to the wall

2. Have a pot that is a minimum of 12 inches (preferably 18 inches) across at the top or even bigger

3. Cover the holes on the bottom of the pot with fine mesh and fill the bottom 3 inches with small rocks to help with drainage

4. Prepare the soil so that it is the right mix for tomato plants and it will probably need 8-8-8 fertilizer, organic compost and check for other nutrients as well

5. Plant the tomato seedling in the pot up to the top 4 to 6 leaves (yes, that is right as the stem will grow roots and be a strong plant to support the weight of the tomato tree)

6. As the plant grows spread the branches out to the left and right (although they can be taken one way if the pot has been placed at the end of the trellis) and tie to the trellis. Use 2 inch strips of nylon stocking or rag to secure the plant as they do not cut through the soft stems of the tomato plant.

7. Prune unnecessary branches coming from the V-joints so that the branches that you kept have room to grow.

All other requirements of growing a strong tomato plant apply to one growing in a container, whether espaliered or not. It will need fertilizer, and organic compost. One step not to miss that is very important is to water the plant every day, preferably early morning. So when you have got this all set up, sit back and enjoy the growing process and most of all those delicious tomatoes at the end of the growing season.

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Sources: brainyquote.com, Wikipedia, fciwomenswrestling2.com, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.