Bangalore-based Bharatanatyam dancer Padmini Ravi has developed a new integrated workout she calls “Yogercise”. It draws its strength from three disciplines—Bharatanatyam, yoga and Kalaripayattu.
“A dancer requires fitness levels that are way higher than any normal person. If you need to be on stage with a smile on your face for hours, you had better be very fit,” says Ravi, explaining why she thought about this workout.
Suffering a variety of aches after rigorous Bharatanatyam practice sessions, Ravi began to formulate an exercise routine that included yoga and dance to maintain her own fitness. A practitioner of the B.K.S. Iyengar school of yoga, Ravi says there isn’t a posture in yoga that cannot be found in dance. “This synergy that I created will give you a complete workout that will definitely result in weight loss,” she claims, adding that having practised it herself for more than 15 years, she is confident the combination will result in ultimate fitness levels. “For cardio exercises, I have added some basic dance moves, while the yoga will take care of strength building,” she says. The class will play out to Indian music and is not restricted to dancers.
Fusion fitness: Padmini Ravi says there isn’t a posture in yoga that cannot be found in dance. Photo: Gireesh GV/Mint
“Instead it will serve to break away from the monotony of a gym workout,” says Ravi. Yogercise comprises hour-long workouts where movements are synchronized with breathing. The session starts with body stretches and goes on to cardio exercises, abdomen exercises and Surya Namaskars, ending with relaxation techniques and meditation.
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