Dance your way to good Health!

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

Do you like to exercise? So many of us actually avoid exercise and that's because of the perceptions built around it. It is seen as a routine that is monotonous, dreary, repetitive. Nothing about the term ‘exercise’ really excites us. Yes, we all sign up for a gym subscription but how many of us stay true to the commitment? Getting a gym subscription is like buying a book. You may have it on the shelf but is of no value until you read it.

If the gym is not your scene, you could try trekking or swimming. But one sure way to make exercise exciting is to dance your way through it. Just the notion of moving your body to music seems so exhilarating, imagine how you’d feel when you actually do it? 

Dance as a form of exercise is highly therapeutic because your body moves in synchrony to something that you naturally enjoy and are drawn to – music. You instantly find yourself in the present moment, less distracted, lighter, and surely less bogged down in not having to conform to a workout regime. The added benefit is the guarantee to physical and mental wellness that dance or for that matter any sort of movement offers. 

So, what you waiting for? Join a dance class – Zumba, Bollywood Beats, or aerobics. Or just play some music at home, and move! Activate the happy hormones or endorphins and see how you feel. Trust me, once you start swaying, you’ll find it hard to stop. 


Dance forms one session of our 6 weeks program

Our last session of the Six Weeks to Health Gain & Weight Loss ends with a zumba session so that the participants can experience the benefits and then join a class of their own in a bid to continue their journey towards optimum health.

Healthy Granola Bar

Check out this quick energy healthy granola bar filled with the goodness of plant based goodies including natural sweeteners. Store brought ones are loaded with oil, sugar and preservatives. So it's worth investing some time and preparing them at home. And do dance while making them 🙂


  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dates pitted, tightly packed
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds (roasted or raw)
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds (ground or whole)
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup date paste
  • 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter


  1. Toast oats and almonds in the oven at 350 degree F for 13-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  2. Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency.
  3. Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl. Add seeds and set aside.
  4. Warm date paste, coconut butter and peanut or almond butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oats mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout. Use a spoon or your hands to thoroughly mix.
  5. Transfer to an 8×8 dish or any other small pan lined with parchment paper so that they can be taken out easily.
  6. Cover with parchment paper and press down firmly with something flat, such as a book, to get them really packed tight. This will help them from being crumbly. Chill in the fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
  7. Remove the slab from the dish and cut neatly into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days.

Food for the mind


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Healthy Dancing Anyone? 

Never really connected dance to health right? Well this is something to think about. It's with small steps that we reach our goal, so dance coupled with the whole plant based diet and a positive outlook can be a good way to work towards our well-being. Don’t worry if you have two left feet, just get started and feel the difference.

Here’s how dancing helps you holistically:

1. Keeps you fit 

Dancing can be a great cardio workout. With music and fun steps, you can get a lot more done in a short span of time. Plus, most dances include movement of the entire body.

2. Increases your flexibility

Dance does away with the stiffness of your body.

3. Boosts memory   

According to studies, dancing may boost your memory and prevent you from developing dementia as you get older. 

4. Makes you happy 

Dancing is surely a spirit lifter and helps reduce stress and depression. 

5. Is good for your heart

Did you know according to an Italian study, people with heart failures who took up waltzing improved their heart health?

6. Improves your balance

With fast movement and good posture, frequent dancing helps you get a better support of your body. In fact, tango as a form of dancing helps ageing adults improve their posture and balance. 

7. Increases energy

Feeling lazy? Dance surely does the trick to surge your energy levels.

8. Builds your confidence

Dancing, whether done alone, with a partner or in a group, makes you feel light and easy, and boosts your self-confidence. 

9. Improves sleep

A good dance workout assures a night of sound sleep.

10. Makes you feel young

The proof is in the pudding, experience it to believe it! 

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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Head of Mumbai, Reyna K Rupani, She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health Gain & Weight Loss program and also conducts health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more.

Edited by Vasanti Sundaram, Bangalore who has also benefitted from the SHARAN programmes, and now spreads awareness of plant based lifestyle through her talks.

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