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Sparkling Ginger Margarita

​FOR 1 COCKTAIL
​ ​2slices of ginger the thickness of a quarter (no need to peel), coarsely chopped

​FOR 1 COCKTAIL
​ ​2slices of ginger the thickness of a quarter (no need to peel), coarsely chopped
​ ​1 fresh kaffir lime leaf, cut in half where the leaf is indented (optional)
​ ​1 1/2ounces 100% blue agave blanco tequila
​ ​1/2ounce fresh lime juice
​ ​1/2ounce orange Curaçao or other triple sec
​ ​1/4ounce Ginger Agave Syrup
​ ​1ounce sparkling wine, such as a cava from Spain
​ ​6 to 10 small ice cubes (about ¾ cup)

​ ​FOR A PITCHER
​ ​16slices of ginger the thickness of a quarter (no need to peel), coarsely chopped
​ ​8 fresh kaffir lime leaves, cut in half where the leaf is indented (optional)
​ ​1 1/2cups 100% blue agave blanco tequila
​ ​1/2cup fresh lime juice
​ ​1/2cup orange Curaçao or other triple sec
​ ​1/4cup Ginger Agave Syrup
​ ​1cup sparkling wine such as a cava from Spain
6cups ice

Instructions
For a single serving:
In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle the ginger slices and one of the optional kaffir lime leaf halves with a cocktail muddler or a wooden spoon until coarsely mashed. Add the tequila, lime juice, orange Curaçao, Ginger Agave Syrup and ice. Cover and shake vigorously until frothy and cold; tiny ice crystals will appear in the drink after about 15 seconds of shaking. Strain into a 6-ounce martini glass and top with the sparkling wine. Bruise the other half of the optional lime leaf by slapping it between your plans to release the aroma. Float it on the top of the drink and serve immediately.

For a pitcher:
In the bottom of a pitcher, muddle the ginger and half of the optional kaffir lime leaf halves with a cocktail muddler or wooden spoon until the ginger is a coarse mash. Add the tequila, lime juice, orange Curaçao and Ginger Agave Syrup. Stir, cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
Fill a cocktail shaker ¾ full with ice, and pour in 1 ½ cups of the margarita mixture (be sure to include some of the muddled ginger and lime leaf from the bottom of the pitcher). Shake and strain into 3 6-ounce martini glasses, then top each with sparkling wine. If using the lime leaves, one by one bruise them by slapping them between your palms to release their aroma. Float a piece on top of each drink and serve immediately. Repeat for the remaining margaritas.

For Ginger Agave Syrup:
½ cup agave syrup (light organic syrup gives the best flavor)
¼ cup (about 1 ounce) finely chopped ginger (no need to peel it)
Into a small saucepan, measure the agave (or simple) syrup and 2 tablespoons water. Set over medium heat and add the ginger. When the mixture reaches a simmer, time 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Strain. The syrup will keep a month of more, tightly covered in the refrigerator.

 

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Get yourself into shape in ten swift moves.

Bust The Calories

Bust The Calories

Get yourself into shape in ten swift moves.

1.​ ​Burpees. Swiftly moving from standing to squatting to push-up position challenges all your muscles.


2.​ ​Jumping jacks. These do-anywhere moves pump up your heart rate in no time.


3.​ ​Mountain climbers. This cardio move helps strengthen legs and core muscles as well.
4.​ ​Frogger: This plank-to-squat move seems simple, but you’ll feel it as you do your 30-second bursts. Begin in a plank position. Jump your feet to the outside of your hands, coming into a deep squat and keeping your hands on the floor, then jump back to plank. Repeat in a quick succession (steps 1 to 4) ten times.


5.​ ​Running up stairs. Run up and down the stairs at home or at the office — you’ll get the added bonus of a toned backside.

Runner athlete running on stairs.

6.​ ​Walking lunges. These lunges help you develop balance while strengthening your core and lower body. Do these briskly, but make sure your form stays correct to prevent knee or ankle strain. Here’s how to do a perfect walking lunge.


7.​ ​High knees: Run in place while engaging your core and pumping your arms. The goal should be to keep your knees high and maintain an upright posture as you do your speed bursts.


8.​ ​Lateral hops: Make small jumps side to side as if you are jumping over an invisible line.


9.​ ​Jump squat: Start by doing a regular squat, then engage your core and jump up explosively. When you land, lower your body back into the squat position to complete one rep. Land as quietly as possible, which requires control.


10.​ ​Box step: Find a step, stool, or box (or aim toes at an imaginary step) and lightly tap your left toes to the box, then jump to switch feet, bringing the right toes up.

Repeat the entire series 5 times.

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HEART to HEART

(Khmer) ​ច​ក្រា​បេះដូង​

Heart Chakra
Sanskrit Word: Anahata meaning “unstruck” or “unhurt”
Colour: Green
Location: the center of the 7 chakras
Mantra: OM MANI PADME HUM

Love is given and received through the energy center, also known as the heart chakra. The heart chakra is basically what you think it is, everything dealing with the heart. Are you feeling loved and are you loving back?

Balance in the heart is very important, and without a healthy balance a lot of couples will struggle with an unjust balanced of one partner loving more than the other and a built of resentment or exhaustion from being a give, give, giving without any reciprocation.

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The heart chakra doesn’t only deal with love with your intimate partners but with family, friends, and yourself. Everyone wants to feel loved. You yearn for self-love your whole life as well, and that very closely is correlated to the energy near the heart chakra.

It is important to open your heart and be mindful of how you give and receive love. Most people keep their heart closed due to painful past circumstances and the fear of vulnerability, but vulnerability is not a weakness but a strength and if you are never completely vulnerable your heart won’t be truly open to it’s full potential of love. Learn to open yourself up to unconditional love and compassion.

You deserve love!

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Stand Up Paddling Ultimate Workout

What’SUP

What’SUP

Stand Up Paddling Ultimate Workout

Mermaid Lift
Targets shoulders, arms, and chest

– Start with full body in the water next to the board
– Place hands shoulder-width apart near the middle of the board
– Push down until arms are locked straight
– Your body should lift out of the water holding your weight
– Slowly lower
– Repeat

Love Handles Levitation and Disengration
Targets arms, chest, obliques, abs, and bottom

– Start by lying on your right side with legs stacked on top of each other and knees bent
– Place your left palm on the board in front of chest, right hand on your left shoulder
– Push left hand into the board and raise your torso as high as you can
– Lower back down and repeat

Turbo Twist
Targets shoulders, arms, back, abs, and obliques

– Stand with feet wide perpendicular to board
– Place paddle in front of you with left hand gripping the top and your right hand slightly below
– Let paddle slightly sit in the water but not completely submerged
– Rotate your torso at a rapid speed from either side while engaging core

Abliscious
Targets abs, obliques, and back

– Start by Lying face upwards on board with legs straight
– Hold paddle and keep hands towards your thighs
– Tighten abs like a crunch
– Keep knees bent and rotate torso and paddle to right side
– Repeat on opposite side

You’re so Hip
Targets abs and obliques

– Start by lying down on your back with legs raised straight up towards the sky
– Firmly grasp the board with your hands near your head
– Lift hips up while rotating right hip towards left shoulder
– Lower hips back down parallel to board

Bum on Blast
Targets your bottom, legs, abs, and shoulders

– First start in a deep squat
– Place feet hip-width apart and elbows touching knees
– Hold the paddle at your chest with palms facing out
– Lift up on tippy toes and lift paddle in front of you
– Repeat.

Power Press
Targets shoulders, back, and arms

– Start by standing on the board with feet hip-width apart
– Hold the paddle in hands wider than shoulder-width apart (obtuse angle) and palm facing inwards
– LIft paddle overhead
– Once arms outstretched above head, try to pull apart paddle to opposite sides with your hands (like tug-a-war against yourself)
– Lower
– Repeat

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