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    A yoga boot camp promises improved stamina, edurance and weight loss

    It’s not often that you hear of yoga boot camps, but Divya Rolla, a professional dancer and yoga practitioner, believes it is the need of the hour. “Many people take up yoga just as a means to lose weight and tone up. But that’s losing the essense of it,” she says, explaining why she has teamed up with Joshna Ramakrishnan, a certified Sivananda and ashtanga teacher, to create an intensive three-month programme. With customised classes, the programme promises to increase stamina and build endurance. “We will begin with a 10-day alignment session, where we will address participats’ pre-existing aches and pains with personalised asanas, give nutritional guidance, and even go into the nitty-gritties like how they sleep, so that everyone is at their optimum.

    Then we will switch to auto-pilot—rigorous ashtanga practice five days a week,” she smiles. Combining pranayama, asanas, cleansing kriyas and strength trainging, Rolla admits one of the positive by-products will be weight loss (“but achieved in a holistic and sustained manner”). And if the first edition at the Rutland Gate Studio goes well, she promises more boot camps in the future. “I find people love everything in condensed versions. They are also better with short-term goals—they are more likely to stick it out and get positive reults,” she concludes.
    At Rutland Gate Studio, from August 5-November 4. Rs 12,000. Mondays to Fridays, 10.30-11.30 am. Details: 9840427691

    —Team Indulge

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