The gold standard
Is it too ambitious to want to be the gold standard in group exercise to Punjabi music? We think it's what the world needs. But why?Whilst the rate of inactivity is soaring, so too are the number of people teaching "bhangra classes" and passing themselves off as fitness instructors. We believe strongly that all fitness instructors should be appropriately qualified to the standards expected in the fitness industry, including those that use Punjabi music. It's kind of exciting to see what will happen.It's no mean feat though. In our experience, most "bhangra dancers" masquerading as fitness instructors, don't see the problem as we see it. We think it's misleading, and therefore, unethical to pretend to be a fitness instructor and essentially take advantage of people who want to achieve fitness goals, but don't know that their teacher isn't appropriately certified.
Exercise with our videos anywhere you can access YouTube, all for free. Search "Pungra". Here's an example.
"The world we are living in forced us to do most of the stuff Virtual. One way it seems like we are more closer. I just found this you tube pungra cardio videos and I am loving it." Jaspreet, California, USA
"Absolutely Love Pungra! What a fab way to keep fit and healthy and also learn some moves! Ravi knows what he is doing for sure! Highly recommend trying it out." Alyssa, London, UK
Classes and events
We have one class currently in Northolt, West London, led by the founder, Ravi Sandhu. With plans to unify group exercise to Punjabi music instructors, therefore expanding the number of classes.We host, and support others', ad hoc events. Be sure to sign up for our email updates.
Time: Sundays 10AM to 11AM
Location: Alec Reed Academy, Northolt, West London
Fee: Pay what you can (suggested £4)
"The pungra group really improved my physical and mental health. I look forward to it every week and the workouts with the music are great fun, especially with the rest of the group." Jasvir, London, UK
being the only class that cares about exercise over being a performer. The world of dance is either dominated with people that only move occasionally at parties, or performers that pull silly faces and show-off thinking they're the bees' knees.Our world, in which we 'move for a cause, not applause' needs more sober, mindful and intentional people. Does that sound like your cup of chai? If so, get into a conversation with Ravi Sandhu.
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Sevā means selfless service. We're a not-for-profit voluntary organisation, aiming to become a registered charity. Becoming a charity doesn't happen by itself, we need suitable people to join our movement about movement, our aim to move for a cause, not for applause.
Once upon a time there was a person called Sam who got a kick out of listening to Punjabi music. Although she lived a largely inactive life, whenever she heard Punjabi music, it made her want to move.Every day, after working hard at a desk, during preparing the evening meal, Sam would play Punjabi music moderately loud. Enjoying some classics from years gone by, and staying in touch with new Punjabi tunes.One day she had a thought, "since I am not exercising enough, and listening to Punjabi music makes me want to move, perhaps I should join in with the bhangra class down the road?"She joined the class, and after a honeymoon period of enjoyment and meeting new people, she realised something. There were many parts of the class that didn't appeal to her. People showing off about how good dancers they are, learning lots of routines, being asked to take part in shows. Sam just wanted non-stop exercise and go home.Because of that she decided to search online for bhangra fit classes. She found dozens around the world, watched the videos and was hoping to find one near her. Before too long, Sam felt it was futile trying to find what she was looking for. All these so-called "bhangra fit" classes were just the same as what she experienced. She nearly gave up.Until one day, she stumbled across something a little different. She realised that she'd been searching for bhangra, but should have been searching for exercise to Punjabi music. More words of course, but far more congruent to what she wants to do. To her pleasant surprise, Sam found a team who are 100% focused on the same values as her, of exercise and not performing.Sam decided to volunteer with Pungra and bring the concept to her community. Now Sam is meeting new people, exercising regularly and making a great impact locally.Sam is the change she wants to see in the world.
There are five levels at which you may be able to volunteer with us. They are based on your desired goal.If your desire is to exercise and connect with others in the community then level 1.If your desire is to help inspire YouTube users across the world to exercise, and support Pungra's aim to become a household name then level 2.If your desire is to lead classes & events in own community then level 3, become a qualified and insured instructor/warrior.If your desire is to "to increase the number of instructors, and their continuous development, in a region, resulting in improved opportunities for exercise" then level 4, and organiser.If your desire is to lead organisers to boost levels of exercise participation in the community at a more strategic level then level 5.How to move forward? Start a discussion with Ravi Sandhu.
Stay up to date with our mission progress
✅ 1. Embody the expectations of a good standard exercise class and denounce performing. In other words, be the change we want to see in the world.
❎ 2. Create educational material to help others achieve step 1 (expected by end of 2022).
❎ 3. Register as a charity (by end of 2023).
❎ 4. Deliver projects with the support of funders and sponsors (from 2023 onwards).
❎ 5. Make exercise to Punjabi music normal with Pungra as a household name. Distinguish it from 'bhangra' (by 2030).
Hi I'm Ravi Sandhu, founder, group exercise warrior and lead volunteer.I'm glad you've come to check Pungra out. Whether you're interested in participating within a class, becoming an instructor or otherwise volunteering to help push the cause to help more people exercise to Punjabi music, to the standards expected in the fitness industry, why not say hi?