Health & Fitness

By Kim Taylor

Fall in step to the beat of the dhol drum in Sarina Jain’s high-energy Masala Bhangra workout at Crunch and Clay Spa.

Jain’s vivacious, electrifying personality inspires energy and movement, and the music mesmerizes as you glide along in a hip-shaking, heart-pumping sweat. Bhangra is a celebratory, infectious beat that keeps you moving without effort, just as you would on a club’s dance floor while having fun. This is a joyful way to melt off the pounds, strengthen muscles and maintain weight, and primarily entails imitating Jain’s Bollywood-style moves — to the big beat of music you just have to love.


Sarina Jain has been inspiring a legion of fans for more than 15 years, and has created dance routines for music videos, commercials, cultural festivals and concerts utilizing her knowledge of Bhangra, Bollywood dancing, Indian classical dance, salsa, hip-hop, and other dance forms. Her energetic workout is inspired by an ancient Indian folk dance from Punjab, and a weekly open class is offered at Clay Spa and at Crunch locations.

For something high-spirited and totally refreshing, stop into Clay Spa on 14th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), or Crunch Clubs and try out Masala Bhangra to see if it works for you. You can also order Sarina Jain’s workout videos for dhol drum action at home, online at

Originally published November 2006
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