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FAQs

Somehow we've found you, or you're found Pungra. The majority of people that first learn about something new, like Pungra, aren't ready to incorporate group exercise to Punjabi into their lives. Some typical reasons are that we don't offer classes close to you, yet. Other reasons are that you are too busy to make adjustments to exercise with our videos, or classes. For this reason, we ask that you allow us to keep you motivated to exercise by signing up for updates from this website. Enter your email address at the bottom of this page.

No. Bhangra is a complicated and therefore misunderstood term. We are not in the “bhangra industry”, in fact we believe the term bhangra is problematic to use for a number of reasons, and this is why we don't use it generally - other than to explain to you that we're not bhangra, or bhangra fitness, or bhangra exercise.

The name of our organisation is Pungra, is inspired by the authentic pronunciation of the word bhangra (which wouldn’t make for a good name for an organisation, would it?) So instead of thinking “is Pungra the same as bhangra?” it’s better to recognise that there are many organisations whose names are inspired by other more familiar terms.

The obesity pandemic will reach 50% of developed nations' populations by 2030 and will impact 100% of the people. South Asian females are the most inactive demographic in the UK and other countries. South Asians are 6 times more like to contract Type 2 Diabetes than the general population. This is due to a variety of factors including diet and exercise. There are dozens, if not hundreds of bhangra dancers around the globe who are promoting their classes as "fitness classes'. But they have no accredited qualifications related to fitness and exercise. We want to help ensure all exercise to Punjabi using instructors are registered on the Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs).

Sources:
2009, Diabetes UK and South Asian Health Foundation recommendations on diabetes research priorities for British South Asians
1999, Obesity: preventing and managing the global epidemic: report of a WHO consultation
Well 'Half of UK obese by 2030'
2015, WHO report: 74% of men and 64% of women in UK to be overweight by 2030, The Guardian
2019 How to Choose the Right Coach, Register for Exercise Professionals

We aim to be the leaders in the highest standards to group exercise to Punjabi music in the world, and support people who believe in being part of this mission.

Our motto is "good group exercise to Punjabi music". We endeavour to ensure that our format is according to the definitions of good, which includes:

  1. to be desired or approved of,
  2. having the required qualities, of a high standard,
  3. that which is morally right,
  4. benefit or advantage to someone or something.
  1. We will create the best exercise to Punjabi music videos and publish them to YouTube to encourage people to exercise at home, for free, around the world.
  2. We will support people to become Activators and Instructors.
  3. These are all leaders that enable others to exercise at home, in fitness centres and other suitable locations.
  4. We will do this whilst maintaining the standards expected for good group exercise to Punjabi music according to EMD UK, CIMPSA, UK Active Active Partnerships.

Pungra is fundamentally different, and therefore unique, to others who promote themselves as ‘bhangra fit’. In a nutshell, they are teaching dance classes that ‘might be a bit exercisey’. We have turned this concept on its head, if that isn’t a revolution, then what is? We are exercise, that’s a bit ‘dancey’. As far as we know, there are no other teams developing learning curriculums to help people become certified (by the fitness industry) exercise to Punjabi music instructors. We're the first and only. And remember, without an accredited certificate, anyone promoting themselves as a fitness instructor is baloney.

Pungra is inspired by the movement style of Punjab, the region of five rivers (punj = five, ab = rivers). For this reason we encourage you to aim to exercise to five Punjabi songs, five times a week. Use a fitness tracker to monitor your activity and keep you going. Search Pungra on YouTube.

We have one class at Dormer's Wells Leisure Centre in Southall, UK. This is an oversubscribed class, for which if any spaces become available, are taken up very quickly using through word of mouth or an Instagram post.

Let's not focus on where one class is now, but instead how do we open up more classes? You can do this by ensuring you join our journey.

Yes, exercise together at home. What you need to join us:

  1. Internet speed sufficient for streaming a YouTube video.
  2. A TV (or laptop) to access that YouTube video.
  3. A mobile (or laptop/tablet) to join the video call.
  4. Google Meet installed on the device being used (3).
  5. Be organised and supportive. Your energy and enthusiam is contagious, and this is the type of pandemic we need more of.

Keep your cash, it's free to join. See all the times Activators are hosting Exercise together sessions including the Google Meet link here.

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