Move for a cause, not for applause

We’re Pungra, our mission is to help more people exercise to Punjabi music taught through the best possible standards.

The “big” problem

We believe it’s important to focus our efforts on problems that matter. The problem that matters to us is obesity. These figures illustrate the alarming rate at which obesity is increasingly becoming a problem for society. Even if you are not obese, you’ll be contributing to paying for the treatment of it.

Obesity, South Asians and diabetes
“Diabetes, particularly cases of type 2 diabetes, is a growing health problem for people of South Asian descent. The likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes is reported to be as much as 6 times higher in South Asians than in Europeans, with a number of factors - mostly linked with lifestyle - believed to be behind this increased risk.” Source: diabetes.co.uk

The big idea

Recognised as one of the main techniques to help combat the “big” problem, we need a physical activity solution that is fun, has opportunities for highly vigorous movement and convenient.

Punjabi movement is universally appealing
Although appealing to the 100 million people globally with a connection to the Punjabi language, the movement associated with Punjabi music (the exonym often referred to as bhangra) is unusual, sufficiently challenging and enjoyed globally by multiple language speakers. Simply put, if you want to exercise vigorously, you can’t go wrong with Pungra.

Conventional thinking

Whether they call it ‘bhangra fitness’ or a ‘bhangra workout’, others are thinking about the conventional ideas of movement for performing, and then putting a fitness spin on it.

Our radical thinking

We’ve turned the concept on its head, and asked the question, “Considering today’s big problem, how would we design the group exercise to Punjabi music accordingly?”

The values important to our work

We’re committed to ensuring our efforts are focused on the big problem and big idea. We serve three customer types, and here is how we ensure we deliver our solutions.

For exercisers

To make activities easy to follow, worthwhile and to the highest professional standards.

For exercise instructors

Repeatable techniques, enhanced with technology and authentic Punjabi music that is covered by PPL.

For the physical activity industry

Safe, effective and authentic practises.

A comment that describes Pungra perfectly

“Yes, I totally agree I think that most fitness dance classes are in fact performance that you spend your money on to join and the teachers go way too fast and they don’t really slow down for you, and they make you feel embarrassed that you’re not as skinny as the teacher, also I really actually don’t get all that much exercise from other dance classes for some reason.

But your workouts are really super awesome in fact I just finished one a few minutes ago!!!! I have been a really big fan of your workouts for I think about six months or so, but unfortunately I can’t subscribe to your YouTube channel because I don’t use my email for YouTube which means that I can’t subscribe to channels.

Anyway, I was so extremely thrilled when I first discovered your wonderful workouts, not only could I actually do Bhangra (I live in an area where there aren’t any Bhangra classes) but that I could actually do a workout where I didn’t have to feel self conscious and insecure and just have fun!!!!!

Also I actually get way more exercise from your workouts than most fitness dance classes I go to and I have really lost a lot of weight from doing your workouts, I know this is a really long comment, but I just want to applaud you for being in my opinion, the best fitness dance instructor I’ve ever come across!!!!!

I really wish I live in the UK so I can join your classes, but sadly I live in the States, but I still get the full experience and enjoyment from your YouTube workouts. Thank you so much, you are so awesome!!!! 😄😄😄”

Is it bhangra or Pungra?

It’s our guess that you’ve seen the word bhangra and naturally it looks like it’s pronounced like bang-rah. Frustratingly for us, this is incorrect. In the same way that London is pronounced Lundun, jalapeno is pronounced halapeno and Xiaomi is pronounced shoiwme, bhangra is pronounced pungra.
Listen to it here in Wikipedia http://bit.ly/saybhangra

Which music do we use?

Most of the music is available on YouTube and YouTube Music. We use very new and high quality Punjabi music.

To find the playlist on YouTube

  1. Access YouTube on your device, including TV, computer, mobile, etc.
  2. Search Pungra
  3. Select Playlists
  4. Play and enjoy

How do I join in with a class?

Overwhelmingly most people join our classes in their own living room, you can too. Load up YouTube on your TV at a time convenient for you and follow along.

We also have a class in Southall every Sunday at 11AM to 12PM. This is over-subscribed and joined on a 3 month block basis. To receive an invitation to join the next term, please send an email to ravi@pungra.fit with the subject “invite me to the next Southall term”.

Will you be holding more classes?

We are developing courses in conjunction with awarding bodies in the physical activity, sports and fitness industry. This means very soon people, around the world, will be able to become certified to lead classes to the same standards that we uphold.

I love Pungra and want to support our work

We’re thrilled to know that. Please support us by wearing our clothing and giving us a little bit of month every month.

The clothing is available further on this site.

Your monthly money contribution will enable us to improve the quality of our videos and reach out to even more people, meaning we’ll be motivating even more people to exercise - constantly trying to combat the “big” problem. Support us here: http://bit.ly/donatepungra

Who are the Pungra team?

We are a group of volunteers led by Ravi Sandhu.

Ravi’s profession is as a Learning Experience specialist focusing on state of the art technology. His success is measured by his ability to help large numbers of people learn and adopt new technology.

This transpires into his work with Pungra. As a hobby, he has been involved in leading exercise to Punjabi music since around the year 2000.

In the year 2007 he began pondering the idea of a concerted effort to encourage more people to exercise to Punjabi music.

His goal is challenge group exercise leaders around the world to incorporate Punjabi music to the highest standards expected into the physical activity, sports and fitness industry.

Ravi wants to grow the team of Pungra leaders, meaning people who leader on projects as volunteers, like him. If the idea of this interests you, please contact him through Twitter.

@ravisandhu8

Questions and answers

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Take a course

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Do Pungra

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Instruct Pungra

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Wear Pungra

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