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Move over zumba and Bol­ly­wood,

Pune is mas­ter­ing the sway­ing moves of the koli dance and the cir­cu­lar swirls of garba to tone up and get fit. Folk Fit­ness, de­signed by Aarti Pandey, is fast get­ting pop­u­lar in fit­ness stu­dios as an all-body work­out. The chore­ographed group work­out draws from 122 In­dian folk dance forms and mixes the steps with car­dio ex­er­cises. “You can burn up to 1000 calo­ries in ev­ery sweat-soaked hour long work­out,” says Pandey. The ses­sion starts with a quick round of med­i­ta­tion where peo­ple are urged to dis­con­nect from other thoughts and en­joy ‘me-time’. The full body work­out ex­er­cises the up­per and lower body equally and also im­parts in­for­ma­tion about the folk dance prac­tices from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try. Know your Dance The koli dance is said to strengthen the up­per body, garba tones the lower back, and the clap­ping and wrist move­ments work on the hands and arms. AT my­folk­fit­ness.com

A Koli dance class at Folk Fit­ness stu­dio

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