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So are you one of these people who have to trick their bodies into exercising like I do or are you one of the lucky ones who love it? My sister and friends all laugh at how I try the newest fad in exercise but I say whatever works for you, bring it on! I thought I’d share a few types of exercise I like.

Yoga
I was lucky enough to discover yoga early on and I loved it. I tried many different types and classes and teachers until I found the one that suited me. I still remember getting the leaflet with red butterflies on it through my letterbox and thinking that this would be perfect and it was. It happened to be Hatha, the more gentle yoga [typical, huh?] focusing on strength building exercises and poses. I have been practising for ten years or so – still not as flexible as I’d like to be but I dread to think what I’d be like if I hadn’t found it.

If you’re looking to practice, I’d recommend Open Mind Yoga in Pearse Street if you’re near Dublin City Centre. In recent times, I have branched out to try some new trends in yoga such as Anti-Gravity or Aerial Yoga and Bikram Yoga. Unfortunately neither are for me – the anti-gravity yoga was far too energetic and acrobatic for me but if you like hanging around like a bat and doing backflips then it might be for you. Bikram yoga was far too hot and disciplined but if you like to sweat it all out while trying to contort your body into various shapes then it may be the one for you. Yoga really is for everyone – you just have to keep trying until you find the perfect fit for you.

Pilates
Another exercise I swear by to keep my body operating is pilates. I discovered pilates purely through necessity after having both neck and back problems, my physio recommended it to try and tone or at least locate my core! I still haven’t found it completely but thankfully my neck/back problems have lessened through regular practise. I’d recommend the Pilates Centre in Clontarf. As well as offering mat classes, they offer Reformer [using the machines] and Barre Blitz [a combination of pilates and ballet using the Barre]. I’ve also tried Arc Pilates using a step barrel to ensure proper posing. My favourite has got to be the mat classes but I would recommend trying the Arc or Reformer classes if you haven’t done pilates before to get you into the correct postures and Barre Blitz if you want something at a faster pace that is more of a challenge.

Dance
Another exercise that I love is any form of dance and I’ve tried them all from Salsa to Zumba to Bokwa! It’s like the fun way to exercise. I started off with salsa dancing classes and progressed to trying Salsa Slims with Stepping Out. I then progressed on to Zumba when the Zumba craze started. Having the attention span of a flea, I have now moved on to Bokwa, which is movements based on sign language using numbers and letters. I even dragged a friend to a workshop with the creator of Bokwa, Paul Mavi – she was convinced we were joining a cult! It is definitely lots of fun. My newest fad is Piloxing [not the nicest name, I grant you] – a combination of pilates, dance and boxing. All a great way to work out and highly recommended for the fun way to exercise – get your body moving.

Aqua Aerobics
I’m not a huge fan of the water not being a strong swimmer but aqua aerobics is another low impact exercise routine and good fun. I tried Aqua Zumba over the summer and found it great fun and great exercise.

Trampolining
Lastly, I fell in love with trampolining through Boogie Bounce. It involved bouncing around on a mini trampoline. Unfortunately our instructor, Emma, went to Canada for further fitness training so my Boogie Bouncing days were cut short. I did try Jumpzone, Ireland’s largest trampoline park located in Sandyford Industrial Estate, Rebounding classes. This was more like trampoline bootcamp and is not for the faint-hearted. I almost passed out with shock – it was definitely more cardio than I was used to!

I think once you put exercise to music and do it in a group situation, it is much more enjoyable and the hour flies by. I wonder what exercise fads 2014 will bring but whatever it is you’re sure to find me there! 🙂

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Dance till the stars come down from the rafters, Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop. ~ W.H. Auden

Friday makes me feel like dancing. This weekend is jam-packed with fun and exciting plans. Looking forward to cocktails with a friend, chilling out with yoga day and bringing my hound to Bark in the Park on Sunday. He is a dog in bad need of therapy afraid of most things including other dogs and people so it will be interesting to see how he copes. Hopefully it’ll be good for him and his socialisation skills. Wishing you all a joyful weekend.

Happy Flyday!


Happy Monday – Love this – warning it’s addictive and tends to stick in your head. Love the winking cat.
“Cat, I’m a Kitty Cat and I dance, dance, dance”

dance
There is nothing more freeing than dancing, losing yourself in the music. There is joy in dancing. Don’t let fear hold you back, just dance. Have a happy bank holiday weekend.

“How can we know the dancer from the dance?” [William Butler Yeats]

“Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!” [Constanze]

“There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” [Vicki Baum]

“Dance till the stars come down from the rafters Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop.” [W.H. Auden]

“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” [Anon]

“Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.” [Faith Whittlesey]

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festworldcul
Festival brings world of arts music and global culture to Ireland’s doorstep
“an exhilarating mix of music, dance, performance art and magic…a family-friendly Glastonbury” The Irish Times

French singer Jane Birkin, Malian superstar Oumou Sangare and the mystical Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan are among the international world musicians headlining this year’s dlr Festival of World Cultures – an annual Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council event.

Along with dozens of other artists from around the world, these global performers will transform Dún Laoghaire into an outdoor arena over the last weekend in August, bringing a cosmos of creativity to Ireland’s doorstep.

Now in its ninth year, the Festival attracts over 250,000 people making it Ireland’s largest intercultural celebration. With a diverse world music line-up, food fairs, art exhibitions, workshops and cultural demonstrations as well as a Festival newspaper and nightly Festival Club where Irish artists jam with world musicians, this family-friendly celebration is a round-trip, non-stop ticket to a world of culture.

And, with over 90% of the events free of charge, the Festival is the top value-for-money event on the summer calendar, appealing to all the senses as well as the wallet.

Other colourful events include the Mela, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘gathering’ is a celebration of South Asia in the beautiful People’s Park, the invigorating Health & Harmony – Global Therapies Fair, the wonderful Eastern Lights – Sky Lantern Event, lively Spoken Word performances and Salon Culture where you can indulge in therapies from around the globe.

The Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s Festival of World Cultures is supported by the Arts Council, Dublin Bus, Failte Ireland, RTÉ, The Irish Times and Oxfam Ireland.

For more information and the full listing of events visit http://www.festivalofworldcultures.com/

These are lyrics taken from The Killers song Human inspired by a disparaging comment made by the journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, where he stated America was raising “a generation of dancers”. Therefore are we human, meaning free and taking a chance or Dancer, meaning following the same steps over and over again. Not sure I agree with Hunter though as dancing to me represents being free but each to their own! I remember my Summer of Salsa in 2007, on the dancefloor in Break for the Border trying to follow Alijan. Well if 2007 was the Summer of Salsa, looks like the summer of 2009 is the Time for Tango judging by the articles appearing in the papers and the posters plastered all around town.

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Think this recent Irish Times article, where finance correspondent Simon Carswell embraces the tango, says it all – The female deficit needs urgent recapitalisation

Cultivate started the year off with Kick-Start 2009, a series of dance and movement workshops held on Saturday, February 7th where participants could book workshops on tango, capoeira, salsa, belly dance, charleston, swing, t’ai chi, yoga.

For further details on classes, go to Tango Ireland or Tango Essence Dance Company.

So go forth and dance to the beat of your own drum!

Watch this and weep with laughter – it is brilliant. You can tell these two have studied the moves and use them to hilarious consequences. They appeared on Britain’s Got Talent last week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gHvATmUsSg

I came across an interesting piece in this Sunday’s Times. David O’Sullivan and Fishfilms are making Ireland’s first Bollywood movie, Street Marsala, and they are looking for 150 extras to appear in a final dance sequence. Bollywood is very popular now with the success of Slumdog Millionaire and Ireland is hoping that this short film will attract the real Bollywood to come to our fair shores.

The dance sequence is due to be filmed this Sunday, 19th April in Dublin’s city centre. All they ask is that you learn the dance on youtube and register your interest to dublinbollywood@gmail.com.

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