[VIDEO] Balle balle! Masala Bhangra, Saturdays 12 noon

Masala Bhangra Workout®

Starting Sat September 7, 2013

Movie: a glimpse at the Masala Bhangra introductory class with Elaine Baez.
(Click here if you cannot see the movie)

by Lynette Chiang

AS our long time Ganeshers will attest, we love to mix it up here at YoGanesh, offering classes to complement – or even be a cheeky antidote – to a more traditional yoga practice. So roll up, roll up to our exciting new offering: Masala Bhangra Indian Dance Workout, starting September 7, 2013

Masala Bhangra: “The yin-yang to yoga”

SO what is Masala Bhangra? It’s an exercise-dance routine that blends high-energy steps from the traditional Indian male folk dance of Bhangra, with the exhilaration and flavor of (Hindi film) Bollywood (think Slumdog Millionaire). Here’s an example of a class on YouTube.

The Masala Bhangra Workout® is an energetic exercise routine derived from two Indian words:

• Masala, which means ‘spicy’ in Hindi, and
• Bhangra, which is a traditional folk dance from the northern state of Punjab, India

After recently presenting at the Balispirit Festival, this cardiovascular dance was coined as “the yin-yang to yoga”.

When they say “workout,” they mean it – Masala Bhangra® is fitness-certified by ACE, AFAA and AFLCA.

And yes, guys do it too.


Masala Bhangra class in action

Our instructor: Elaine Baez

masala-bhangra-elaine-yoganeshActor, singer and official Masala Bhangra® Ambassador Elaine Baez studied under founder, Sarina Jain, then certified under Master Instructor Gail Rivas. She currently teaches at NY Sports Club, Crunch, Alvin Ailey Dance Company as well as at private events and fundraisers.

“It’s life changing to be able to step out of my self-focused artist mindset and teach Masala Bhangra® to inspire others to become healthier by dancing and smiling.” – Elaine Baez


So what are some Masala Bhangra moves?

Here are some of the moves you can expect to learn in class:

Natraj Kick

Natraj Kick

Bhangra groove (alternate)

Bhangra Groove (alternate)

Bhangra Fly

Bhangra Fly

Bollywood kick

Bollywood kick



Chicken arms

Chicken arms

Balle Balle!

Balle Balle!

Balle! Balle!”  means “happiness” and is used the same way as “Hurrah!” in English.

Msala Bhangra is fun fun fun!

Msala Bhangra is fun fun fun!

Our littlest participant really got into it ...

Our littlest participant really got into it …

... once he was out of the spotlight!

… once he was out of the spotlight!


Elaine dancing with the Alvin Ailey Dance company

Masala Bhangra Workout founder Sarina Jain with Deepak Chopra

Masala Bhangra Workout founder Sarina Jain with Deepak Chopra (Photo: www.masaladance.com)

 And if you’re hungry for Indian afterwards  …

We just so happen to have a low-key indian eaterie across the street called Swagat where the owners say a vegetarian platter (2 dishes, rice and bread) will cost a mere $6.50. If you’re feeling a little more flush with cash and adventurous, the Banana Leaf Sri Lankan restaurant a block away, on 28th St specializes in Lampris, a very tasty combo wrapped in a banana leaf, from $13.95 – but well worth it.

Balle balle!  See you in class!


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2 comments on “[VIDEO] Balle balle! Masala Bhangra, Saturdays 12 noon
  1. Probably! We’ll look into it but meanwhile, just come along! – Norma

  2. angela says:

    Hey this sounds great. I want to sign up but I can’t do so without paying $15 online. Is this a bug?

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