Physical exercise to bhangra (pə̀ŋɡɽaː)

Pungra Fit is, physical exercise to bhangra... rethought

We are not a bhangra dancing performing arts organisation. They create exclusive sit-and-watch performances.

We remove barriers to movement, by leading high quality inclusive get-up-and-join-in activities. Instead of arts, think sports and fitness.

Our mission:
To make a contribution to the "big" problem through physical exercise to bhangra.

Story, so far
Master Instructor, Ravi Sandhu, has taught exercise to bhangra music since 2001. After years of successful classes, he wanted to create a system which other instructors could learn. He posed the question, "what's the first lesson in being a great exercise to bhangra in instructor?", he settled on "how to pronounce bhangra authentically". This inspired the name Pungra.

Pungra Fit a voluntary organisation.


The "big" problem is obesity and associated illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and more.

Our guides

Read one of our guides. They are hosted in Quip, which enables you to view for free on many devices.

Join in with our classes

What is the focus in class?
It's well established that high intensity interval training/exercise is significantly more worthwhile than low or moderate intensity exercise. When following our instructor, expect them to make the most of this opportunity to exercise.

What music?
It is widely thought that bhangra is a type of music. However, it actually just means intoxicated or joyous movement in Punjabi. We define the music we use as "newly released music that is primarily sung in Punjabi". The actual musical style ranges from ethnic instruments, through to rap, hip hop and more.

How do I know when classes are on, and where I can get a space?
Classes are on almost every week, with the exception of national holidays. It'a always a good idea to contact your instructor to check the class is on, and if there is a space. Generally if you're part of the Facebook Messenger group for the class, you'll be able to see the latest updates.

About the Southall class
This takes place in Everyone Active on Beaconsfield Road, every Sunday at 11:15AM to 12:15PM. It's a very busy class and generally participation is based on booking for 3 months at a time. To be invited to join the next 3-month term, be sure to join the email list on pungra.fit and look out for invites to apply.
If you are successful, from 12:15PM to 1:15PM we welcome you to stay for a 'free' class that is video recorded and published to YouTube, to allow people to follow along in their living room.

To find the class and navigate to it, search on Google Maps for Pungra.

About the Ilford class
This takes place in Nuffield on Clements Road, every Friday 7:30PM to 8:30PM. It costs £7.50 to anyone that is not a member of the centre, otherwise it's included in the membership fee.

To find the class and navigate to it, search on Google Maps for Pungra.

What to wear?
Here is guidance on what to wear for a class. Please do not wear traditional ethnic wear, and trainers are very important.

Will Pungra improve my fitness?
Well for the most part yes, but not on its own. It is vital that you eat and sleep well too. This is a big subject, to help get you started please visit our site (pungra.fit) and access our guide on How to Achieve Remarkable Energy.

What should I eat, drink?
It's a great idea to eat some light food before class, such as ripe fruit. Also drink water before the class to hydrate as much as comfortably possible.

What should I expect, “I've never danced before”?
It's not a dance class, the moves are rarely explained. We aim to keep moves simple and keep moving for the whole hour. If you have no experience in such a class you might not enjoy being out of time with everyone else, this is completely understandable. The best thing to do is follow along to a few of our videos on your living room TV; they are all available on YouTube if you search Pungra. You'll soon know if the videos are difficult for you to follow, or not. Keep following them until it becomes second nature for you, and then come and join our class to take the gear up.

Did you like it? Please share your feedback for others to see.
We're really glad to know you like your Pungra classes. It would help us a lot to grow if you leave feedback for others to see publicly. Please do this on either, or both, Facebook and Google.

1. Facebook - Go to www.facebook.com/pungrafit/reviews 2. Google - On Google Search, search for Pungra, and locate the class you will give feedback on. Select it and choose the Submit Feedback option.
Get more involved?
Perhaps you've mastered, or really intend to master, Pungra and want to do more? We have the opportunity to grow, by doing more on YouTube, Facebook and at events in our communities. If you're interested in getting involved in volunteering to help, please message us.

Follow along anywhere

Join thousands of people who follow along to our videos in the comfort of their own home, or remote classes in rooms with large TVs. To find the videos on your TV search, access YouTube and search Pungra.

Join thousands of people who follow along to our videos in the comfort of their own home, or remote classes in rooms with large TVs. To find the videos on your TV search, access YouTube and search Pungra.

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