Issue 187

Latin Dance for Health, Body and Mind: with Rio Rhythmics!

I thought to write about the Mental and physical benefits of Latin Dance, however 3 testimonials came to mind out of hundreds of great feedback we always receive, and I thought it could express more than what I could say in such a short amount of words.

One day a student said: "I lost a stone after my beginner's course". Surprised I asked how, only 11 weeks and not too fitness focused. Her answer brought tears into my eyes. "I always felt ugly and awkward and now I feel I can move gracefully, I feel more beautiful and I am enlightened"

Another student said: "I'm a 46 year old tough Aussie bloke, hard core and "no emotion allowed". My daughter is only 16, and we never connected before we came to Rio Rhythmics, and now we go out dancing and I am learning to communicate with her. I though Latin dance would be good for her and it is, but for me! It brought me new life"

And other: "I divorced 6 years ago. I felt challenged to get closer to males. I am finding it to be so healthy and enjoyable to be in Rio Rhythmic's friendly environment. I am doing classes twice a week, and dancing socially practically every weekend. I feel the embrace is very healthy for me"

Parveen Chopra (master degree in mass communication) says: "we need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs for maintenance and 12 hugs a day for growth"

"Dance for life and celebrate life dancing"


Founder of Rio Rhythmics

3844 1824

126 Boundary Street West End

Processing: The Core Stages of Grief: by Clayfield Counselling.

There are five stages that a person will go through as they process the loss of a loved one and also the loss of their homes. Over the coming months we will hear and see many people going through the stages of grief. Grief isn't just about losing a loved one, for many people losing a home is just as catastrophic. Our homes are an extension of ourselves and when a person loses everything that defines them, it is a traumatic period in their lives.

As you will have noticed many people are saying they're fine, that their neighbours are worse off than them. This is the first stage of grief, Denial. It is important for people to recognise and acknowledge what they have lost, yes, they may have only lost personal possessions and material items, but they've also lost the memories that people often associate with these items. Denial can cause many people to act and say things that they wouldn't ordinarily. For those who haven't been affected, it is a time to be tolerant and understanding.

The next stage we will be seeing in the coming days and weeks is the second stage, Anger. Much of this will be directed at the fact that there was no warning for many people and the hopelessness when confronting the devastated regions of Queensland. Local, State and Federal government will be on the receiving end of this. People will be angry and questioning why is it that they lost everything and their neighbour's home may be safe. Accept that anger is a normal part of the healing process, we all need to vent, but when anger starts manifesting itself in your everyday actions, it may be time to seek counselling.

The next stage of grief is depression, it may not manifest itself straight away and it could be some time before a person begins to feel depressed. Sometimes when it all seems like too much, then it is time to talk to someone about how you are feeling. These feelings may only last a short time, or an extended period of time, sometimes all a person needs is a few sessions with a counsellor to be able to focus themselves and process events which have passed.

The next stage is acceptance, by acknowledging the severity of the situation and by taking stock of what is happening, we are allowing ourselves to grieve for what we have lost and what we stand to lose in the coming months as the clean up and damage bill is tallied. Acceptance is an important part of the process.

Sometimes people do not follow these stages, some people miss one, whilst other may relapse, there is no right or wrong way to grieve for what you have lost. Some people will never fully process what has happened, others will push it aside and get on with the rebuilding process and worry about the rest when they have time. But it is important to understand that by setting aside your thoughts and feelings isn't healthy, it is important to acknowledge what has happened and move forward.

699-713 Sandgate Rd Clayfield 07 3862 6622

Serious Training, Serious Fun: Check out Kickbike.

Have you ever had to give up running due to impact injuries? Do you suffer for days after you do run? Do you suffer from short hamstrings? Or maybe your cycling aggravates your lower back? Maybe you had to take up cycling because the body could no longer handle running, but you found you could not get the same aerobic workout.

These are all great reasons to look at Kickbiking. They may look like an oversized scooter, a penny farthing look alike. But don't underestimate them. The Kickbike is now being used by elite athletes for Glut activation and core strengthening, unequalled by other workouts. In fact some athletes are using the Kickbike to help improve their running speed and power.

Cross Country Skiers, undoubtedly classed as the fitness in the world, have been using them now for 16 years for their summertime training. Here in Australia, AFL teams, Rugby, Hockey and Sprint Athletes are incorporating them into their training, mainly for the Hip Flexor stability and flexibility and for Glut Activation.

If you take the Kickbike out for less than 1km then you just think, Wow, that's fun. If you took it out and did 5km then you would notice some very worked muscles. Spend a couple of weeks kicking and you will notice a huge difference in your strength, stamina, and flexibility.

If your sport has any sprint or running component, then you will notice a huge difference as a result of Kickbiking. I know it improved my runtimes, and sport performances.

Get yourself onto a Kickbike, and kick your own butt into shape, while having fun.

Bruce Cook
Kickbike Australia

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Short and Sweet:Easy Pumpkin & Chickpea Curry!


Serves 4

1 tbs peanut oil
1 white onion, chopped
2 tbs curry paste
1 kg pumpkin, cut into 3cm pieces
1 cup (250ml) water
420g can chickpeas, drained
140ml can lite coconut milk
2 tbs chopped fresh coriander

1. Heat oil in large saucepan, cook onion, stirring about 3 minutes until soft. Add curry paste cook, stirring about 1 minute or until fragrant.

2. Add pumpkin, stir to coat in curry mixture. Stir in water, bring to a boil, simmer, covered about 10 minutes or until pumpkin is soft. Gently stir in chickpeas and lite coconut milk, cook, 2 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with coriander. Serve with rice if desired.

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Laughter is the best medicine!

After many years of marriage, a husband has turned into a couch potato, became completely inattentive to his wife and sat guzzling beer and watching TV all day. The wife was dismayed because no matter what she did to attract the husband's attention, he'd just shrug her off with some bored comment.

This went on for many months and the wife was going crazy with boredom. Then one day at a pet store, the wife saw this big, ugly, snorting bird with a hairy chest, powerful hairy forearms, beady eyes and dribble running down the side of its mouth.

The shopkeeper, observing her fascination with the bird, told her it was a special imported "Goony bird" and it had a very peculiar trait. To demonstrate, he exclaimed, "Goony bird! The table!"

Immediately, the Goony bird flew off its perch and with single-minded fury attacked the table and smashed it into a hundred little pieces with its powerful forearms and claws! To demonstrate some more, the shopkeeper said, "Goony bird! The shelf!"

Again the Goony bird turned to the shelf and demolished it in seconds.

"Wow!" said the wife, "If this doesn't attract my husband's attention, nothing will!" So she bought the bird and took it home.

When she entered the house, the husband was, as usual, sprawled on the sofa guzzling beer and watching the game. "Honey!" she exclaimed, "I've got a surprise for you! A Goony bird!"

The husband, in his usual bored tone replied, "Goony Bird, my foot!"

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