Mystic YogaThe Ancient Way Ayurveda, the indigenous science of food and medicine recommends making food your medicine. And you could learn how with Mystic Yoga’s programme, The Mystic Living, a 50-hour-course that includes lessons in yoga and the basics of Ayurveda, customised to the needs of every individual participating in,Mystic Yoga The Ancient Way Ayurveda, the indigenous science of food and medicine recommends making food your medicine. And you could learn how with Mystic Yoga’s programme, The Mystic Living, a 50-hour-course that includes lessons in yoga and the basics of Ayurveda, customised to the needs of every individual participating in it.Everyday Healing “In addition to introducing participants to basic concepts and terminology, we teach them disciplined eating, portion control, food combinations and how to detoxify and revitalise their body,” says Saurav Maheshwari, 35, co-owner. So, you could learn to make eight different kinds of drinks that together make for a rather effective detox routine or trump up a mix of herbs and spices. At 20/A, Camac Street5 Ayurvedic tips you could include in your daily routine 1. Include pure ghee and honey in your winter diet. Moderate consumption helps balance the kapha dosha.2. Take an inch each of raw ginger and raw turmeric, grate and boil together in water. Add a dash of black pepper and consume. It will help cleanse the body and fight aches and pains. 3. Half a tablespoon of mixed seeds-white sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, flax and watermelon work best for your daily dose of essential oils.4. Replace tea and coffee with fresh infusions made of herbs such as mint and tulsi.5. Don’t eat when stressed. Eat when you are in a proper frame of mind. A positive mind is important.Rahul and Monica Yadav of Juicy Moustache.Juicy MoustacheGreen Revolution When 40-yearold Rahul Yadav’s teetotaller father was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, he went on a frenzied search for natural cures and alternative treatments. “It was during this time that I stumbled upon the curative virtues of fresh wheatgrass juice,” says Rahul, who along with his wife Monica, 31, began growing wheatgrass at home to make fresh cold pressed juice for his father. Soon the whole family was consuming it. “We had read about its incredible effects, and it was not long before we started noticing the difference it made to our bodies,” says Monica, who came up with the idea of Juicy Moustache-a home delivery outfit that delivers fresh cold-pressed organic wheatgrass juice shots (30ml bottle) at your door step.advertisementWonder Grass”It is a miracle juice, a therapy of its own,” says Rahul, “In its concentrated form, a few ounces of the chlorophyll-rich wheatgrass juice give the body as much nutrients as a few kilos of vegetables would.” Among its many purported virtues, wheatgrass cleanses the body of toxins, helps fight diabetes and reduces post-natal fat. “It is most effective when consumed fresh on an empty stomach,” says Rahul, “powdered frozen wheatgrass is hardly effective.”Pure and Fresh The Yadavs now grow their wheatgrass on a swatch of land in the Rajarhat area and only use organic wheat procured from 24 Mantra Organic. “The juice is made from wheatgrass that is exactly nine days old. “It is at its most potent during this time,” explains Monica. The juice is cold-pressed using equipment imported from the US as early as 3.30 a.m. and delivered to clients within a couple of hours ensuring it’s still fresh. “Besides, cold pressing helps preserve maximum nutrients,” adds Rahul. Price Monthly package starts at Rs 3,000 for 30 shots of wheatgrass juice Details facebook.com/juicymoustache/Kolkata Ultra members during a practice session.Kolkata UltraFast and Fit The city has caught up with the marathon craze and boasts quite a few dedicated runners’ communities and groups that participate and help organise marathons and trail runs. “These days it has become fashionable to participate in marathons. Selfies on the run are quite the rage on social media,” says Nishant Maheshwari, a dedicated runner and cyclist and a co-founder of Kolkata Ultra, one of the most popular running groups in the city. Kolkata Ultra members not only participate in marathons but also in long and ultra distance running. Their motto reads, ‘We can We do’. “However, running must not be taken lightly. It requires a lot of preparation. One’s body must be conditioned and trained gradually,” adds Maheshwari.Run Right One of the simplest forms of exercise, running is a crucial part of any fitness regime or sport. A brilliant way to increase cardiovascular endurance and lower-body strength, it is also a formidable stress buster. “However, running a marathon without proper training and conditioning of the body can lead to severe injuries,” says Maheshwari. Conditioning the Body At Kolkata Ultra, runners congregate twice or thrice every week at the Rabindrasarovar Lakes for meticulous training sessions under expert coaches. It includes everything from conditioning drills and strength training to yoga and high intensity interval training. “Besides, we train in different forms of running such as speed, tempo and fartlek,” informs 38-year-old Sayantan Dasgupta, a member of the team. “We have also included football matches as part of our routine. Cycling and swimming help too. The idea is to keep the fitness quotient high,” he adds.advertisementDetails facebook.com/kolkataultra/Nutritionist Hena Nafis.Eat Good Food Healthy Note When one of the best known nutritionists in town turns a restaurateur, you can be assured of guilt free eating out. At Eat Good Food, a quaint, cozy cafe dedicated to healthy food, nutritionist Hena Nafis has been dishing out gorgeous platters of whole wheat pancakes loaded with the goodness of chia seeds and berries, carb-free burgers and sugar free, high protein chocolate mousse for two years now. “The idea was to bust the myth that healthy food is bland and unexciting,” says Nafis, 40.Guilt Free It might seem unlikely that decadent eclairs and gooey brownies could feature on the menu at a health food cafe, but they are. For the cafe’s second birthday, Nafis has expanded her healthy food repertoire to include a dedicated artisan bakery section. The options range from gluten-free and high-protein to whole-wheat and sugar or carb-free goodies. “All our baked goods are 60 percent sugar and fat reduced,” says Nafis, who trumped up the recipes along with her pastry chef. “Besides, we have used a lot of super seeds and grains such as chia, quinoa and amaranth in our recipes,” she adds. Pop Picks The menu has everything from pizza bread made of rye and fresh bread loaves made with quinoa and amaranth seeds to gluten-free baguettes, organic whole wheat lavash studded with super seeds, zero-carbs brownies and protein loaded cheesecakes. The Raspberry eclair with its tangy kick and the gooey zero-carb brownies are among the best picks. At 19, Tarak Dutta RoadChoreographer Priyam Bose.Flash Fitness & DanceRhythm Divine Dancing is perhaps one of the best ways to burn calories. Be it Zumba or Bhangra, dancing your heart out will help you build stamina and get back in shape. And if you get to dance to your favourite Bollywood numbers, the fun quotient doubles. Flash Fitness & Dance, a studio dedicated to ‘getting fit through dance’ has recently introduced an exciting dance fitness routine that combines popular Bollywood music with contemporary dance which includes a range of styles and techniques. Dancing Queen The hour-long dance routine is conducted by choreographer Priyam Bose, 31. Trained in a range of Indian classical dance forms such as Kathak and Oddisi, Bose went on to specialise in contemporary dance from the Attakkalari centre for movement arts in Bangalore. She is also an expert in Kalaripayattu and currently assists renowned choreographer Chinni Prakash on various Bollywood projects. “I wanted to combine the fluid but rigorous movements of contemporary dance with popular Bollywood numbers to create an exciting routine that would double as an effective fitness practice,” she says. Besides, all that floor work, twirls and turns, jumps and falls will help you sweat out extra calories. advertisementFitness Factor “This dance programme includes body strengthening exercises and an introduction to dancer’s yoga that stresses on breathing through fluid movements instead of being trapped in specific postures,” says Bose. “Besides, the routine includes stretching exercises that help increase one’s flexibility,” adds Bose, who ensures that her students are also aware of the precise body part affected by a particular exercise or technique. “An awareness of one’s body is important for gaining fitness,” she says.At 3 A, Camac StreetTel 9830020888MMA champ Ateet Kelvin Gupta (L) and Taponomics founder Norbu Wangdi Bhutia show off a few moves.Taponomics A Potent Mix Learning a martial art is perhaps one of the best ways to improve one’s physical as well as mental strength. But if you can’t make up your mind if it’s taekwondo you want to master or try your legs at kickboxing or if karate is your thing, you should perhaps do it all under Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). MMA packs in techniques and practices from different forms of martial arts and combat sports such as boxing, jiu-jitsu, taekwondo, wrestling, kick-boxing and karate, and the city is exploring its merits like never before. Fighting Fit In Kolkata, the one name that is synonymous with MMA is Taponomics, an organisation dedicated to promoting the art form and training professionals and amateurs alike. Several eminent gyms across the city such as Skulpt and Gold’s Gym have introduced MMA routine in association with Taponomics. “We have some of the best MMA experts on board — some of them are state and national level champions who coach students participating in our programmes,” says co-founder and CEO Norbu Wangdi Bhutia, 40, also an MMA expert and one of the pioneers of MMA in Kolkata. A mixed martial arts session is no cake-walk. It involves rigorous, high intensity workout aimed at building strength, gaining muscles, and increasing stamina, in addition to developing skills and techniques. From exhaustive sets of burpees and pull-ups to ninja pop-ups and other calisthenic workout routine — expect a lot of sweating out. Protect Yourself “At Taponomics, we also have specialised programmes for women that equip them to protect themselves against physical danger,” says Bhutia. The strictly functional programme introduces and trains women to use techniques of Krav Maga, Kali and Silat. Details taponomics.comA squash session with coac Gautam Das (extreme right) the Calcutta Racket Club.Calcutta Racket Club Game Changer “A half-an-hour session of squash can help you burn a whopping 650 calories approximately,” says Gautam Das, 34, former assistant national coach ( junior and senior) with Squash Rackets Federation of India. One of the most intense activities, it helps build muscle strength, cardio-respiratory endurance and increases flexibility and agility. A serious competitive sport as much as a coveted after-office recreational activity for many, it is also a fantastic sport for children. At the 224-yearold Calcutta Racket Club, one of the oldest racket clubs in the world, Das spearheads the city-chapter of the National Junior Development programme, a structured squash training programme for children between six and fourteen. “Currently there is increasing demand for the programme among the city’s junior brigade,” says Das, who is also a Level 3 Asian Squash Federation (ASF) squash coach. Fun Factor And while squash will help keep children fit, fitness is a prerequisite for playing the sport. A one hour training session packs in warm-up sessions, stretching and high intensity circuit training, often mixed with games and fun activities. “Besides, we organise competitive tournaments for children at regular intervals,” adds Das. And while a child could always play squash as a recreational activity or part of a fitness regime, Das and his team train their junior players to go on to become champions in the sport, should they wish to. At 95, Jawaharlal Nehru RoadTel 22231138Saurav Arora of Rave fitness studio.Rave Fitness Studio Say no to Machines Gone are the days when gym routines would mean running on a treadmill or sweating it out on a stationary bicycle. Exercise routines and fitness philosophy has evolved over the years and the typical machine-bound cardio and weights routine is passe. At the Rave fitness studio, the motto is “don’t use machines, be one.” The CrossFit and Strongman programmes here are amongst the most popular ones. “The focus in these forms of exercise is on the entire body as opposed to specific parts,” says Saurav Arora, 30, owner and a certified CrossFit trainer.Strength in Focus While the Cross Fit programme, a branded fitness regime that packs in elements of weight and power lifting, gymnastics and calisthenics depends on high-intensity functional moves, the Strongman programme uses everything from heavy tyres, battle ropes to sledges and sandbags. “These are the core movements of life that we use in our mundane routine. By cranking up the intensity we are using these movements to maximise our fitness quotient,” says Arora. Rave is purportedly the only gym in town to offer pegboard workouts — climbing or descending a board with holes mounted on the wall with the help of cylindrical pegs — that work the whole upper body.Lose Fat, Not Muscles Arora also points out the effectiveness of these forms of exercises in getting back in shape. “We often focus on losing weight. But the idea is to lose fat and not muscles,” he adds. Both the CrossFit and the Strongman programmes are effective in building muscles and cutting fat.At 220, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose RoadTel 4004250
Kushmandi (South Dinajpur): Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said BJP is insulting Ram, as his name is being used by the party in a bid to win elections.Addressing a meeting here on Thursday afternoon, Banerjee said: “BJP is insulting Ram by using his name to win elections. Before the election BJP promises to construct Ram temple and forgets it after the election gets over,” he said, adding: “BJP shouts Jai Sri Ram before conducting riots. There are blood stains on their hands.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee said as BJP does not do any work, the party has no other alternative but to use religion to win polls. “Religion is private and in social life, work is the only religion. BJP uses religion to divide people and incite people belonging to one religion against the other,” he added. Banerjee said at a time when the entire country is suffering from acute economic crisis, Narendra Modi is spending Rs 3,000 crore to construct the statue of unity and crores more on his foreign trips. He alleged that Modi’s “Make in India” is a big hoax. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Modi is encouraging the sale of Chinese products. The bullet train has been brought from Japan and he himself uses a German vehicle,” he said, adding: “Earlier, Modi used to sell tea by holding a kettle and now he is selling the country with Jaitley besides him.” Addressing first-time voters, Banerjee said: “Before casting your vote you should think about the consequences of note ban and GST. The poor people are yet to come out of the shock of note ban. Thousands of people have lost their jobs. Twelve thousand farmers have committed suicide. The hasty implementation of GST has affected traders and small businessmen badly. Modi has not said a single word on the issue and is instead making false promises before the elections.” The Trinamool Youth Congress president said BJP workers and leaders can only be seen before the elections, whereas Trinamool workers and leaders stay beside people throughout the year. “People know that Trinamool leaders and workers will always stand beside them during distress. BJP leaders are like seasonal birds, they go when the season is over,” he said. Banerjee said Trinamool candidate Arpita Ghosh, who is the sitting MP from Balurghat, will win the election by 2 lakh votes. “I can feel the pulse of the people and can assure you that Ghosh will win by 2 lakh votes,” he said, requesting voters to go to the polling stations early in the day to exercise their franchise. Balurghat will go to polls on April 23.