Tuesday, 10 February 2015

How Girish Gogia Conquered Quadriplegia

We are all born to win and we just have to believe in that, asserts Girish Gogia, a quadriplegic who turned his fate around to inspire millions as a motivational speaker  

Sunday, 1 February 2015


Mumbaikars are opting for fun, trendy workouts for physical and mental health

Nineteen-year-old Vrushank Raghatate finds wrapping, suspending, swinging and spiralling his body a very meditative process in his aerial silk class. Clinical psychologist Divya Batra, on the other hand, strips away her extra pounds in a pole-dance fitness class.
“The tangling and untangling process gives me a different perspective towards life,” says Raghatate, the Andheri resident who enjoys his aerial acrobatics. Like these two, Mumbai boasts a plethora of fitness workouts where residents use various options to remain physically fit and mentally agile.
So, what can you do to get in shape?

Wat-er workout
The therapeutic properties of water are healing scores of Mumbaikars. Sixty-year-old Jyoti Shah who underwent knee-replacement surgeries for both her legs, says, “Aqua-aerobics has improved my gait, posture and aided the healing process.”
Aqua specialist Deepali Jain takes pride in sharing that her 84-year-old student, Jinx Akerkar, enjoys her aqua class as much as a nine-year-old.
Then, there is aerial silk, an acrobatic activity performed hanging from a special fabric. “It’s an intense activity and should be attempted just twice a week,” says teacher Aditi Deshpande.
Aqua specialist Deepali Jain with her students

Get seductive
“Everybody is sexy. You all have oomph,” shouts Lavina V Khanna, fitness professional, Pulse Studio, Santacruz. Her twerking class has several citizens shaking their booty.Thrusting hip movements and low squatting stances by a bunch of women set the pace for this workout.
Entrepreneur Monica Mehta adds, “I feel more confident. I feel great at the end of a day.” As the workout gets more intense, others like Batra, use the pole as a tool for mental fitness,“Sexy workouts help to ease the morbidity of my profession.”
Nods Aanchal Shetty, manager, corporate communications, “For the exotic dance workouts, I use satin scarves, bowler hats and faux fur to enhance my dance. It not only helps me shed the kilos but, helps me connect and be comfortable with my body.”  Smiles fitness professional, Shilpa Rane, Perfect Corporate Fitness Studio, Dadar,
 “These workouts are known as goddess workouts: they find and acknowledge the goddess within you.”
Lavina V Khanna conducting a twerking class

Get playful, get grooving
How about bouncing and balancing yourself on a stability or Swiss ball while listening to fast-paced, up-beat music?The soft, pliable surface of the stability ball makes it a comfortable, fun workoutfor your pectorals and body toning. “This workout once or twice a week in addition with other types of workouts is a great stress buster,” says fitness professional, Sonal.
Others are toning their bodies while dancing away in zumba toning classes which blend body-sculpting techniques and zumba moves for calorie-burning and strength-training. Zumba instructor, Mini Mehra, Core Fitness Studio, Seawoods, Nerul,recommends this workout for a maximum three days a week.

Sonal conducting the swiss ball workout

CrossFit uses Olympic lifts in its programme. Body-weight exercises such as push-ups and pull-ups are frequently performed. KettleBells, dumbells, medicine balls,skipping ropes,cones,ladders,plyo boxes, Roman rings and tyres are some of the equipments used.
Forty-three-year-old businessman Rohan Sanghvi swears by cross-fit training, “It’s been a revelation for me.”
Vinata Shetty, trainer, Reebok PDP Crossfit box, Napeansea Road, says, “It’s a group dynamic. You have a lot of partner or team challenges and everyone works out together.”
While the dynamism works for some, others exercise in a gymnasium or on their building terraces. Fitness coach Bindiya Vishwasrao Shetty, explains, “A combination of pilates, TRX, functional and gym-based workouts are very effective and improve core muscle strength.”

Your foot is your core
Barefoot training specialist and fitness professional Rajni Maker, The Body Craft House Studio, Santacruz, assesses different foot types. She informs her clients about the interconnection between the foot, the ankle and lower extremity alignment. Such barefoot training programmes help to restore foot functions and improve athletic performance.

The physical, mental and spiritual discipline of yoga draws people from various walks of life.Kundalini, ashtanga and vinyasa flow are some popular yoga techniques.
Teacher Purvi Pandya, Purvi’s yoga studio, Santacruz,offers a combination of ashtanga and vinyasa. She stresses that yoga should be introduced at a very early age. “Children are facing increasingly competitive times. Yoga helps calm them.”
However, Hansaji Jaydev Yogendra, director, The Yoga Institute, Santacruz, gives you the classical take, “Yoga is a way of life.Yoga means control of the thought process as well as concentration and a balanced state of mind.Asanas and pranayams help you reach this state of balance.

 Benefits of aerial silk:
Neuro-muscular co-ordination
Strength, flexibility, stamina
Gross and fine motor skills of children get enhanced.

Aqua wonders:
To treat joint pains, arthritis, pre and post-surgery rehabilitation for knee/hip replacements, obesity.
Aqualates (water +pilates), aquarobics, aqua strength training, aqua yoga which enhances cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibilility
Approx. 600-1000 calories are burnt in an hour

Pretty on the pole
Builds self confidence
Develops greater balance and kinaesthetic awareness
Develops a strong body, builds stamina and makes your feel sexy
Approximate investment – Rs 8000 for 8 sessions.
Try Twerking
The booty dance workout works your entire body, shapes and strengthens your derriere, thighs, hips, lower back and abs.
Provides great stamina for functional activities.
Zoom into Zumba toning
You learn how to use weighted, maraca-like Zumba toning sticks to enhance rhythm, build strength and tone all the target zones, including arms, core and lower body.
Other forms of zumba incude Aqua zumba, Zumba sentao and Zumba for kids
Stability/Swiss ball benefits
Very effective in strengthening the core muscles of the body.
Helps to improve balance.
Due to the unstable surface of the stability ball, more muscle fibres are recruited while working out on it
Widely used by physiothrerapists for rehabilitation.

Get fit with Cross-fit
Increases agility
Increased muscular strength
Approximate monthly investment – Rs 6000, six times a week.