Advocate Manisha Mehta, 46, postponed all her morning appointments on Friday, just so that she could make it to the rebounding classes held by Madhuri Ruia on Day 5 of the Hindustan Times-Moksh wellness festival.
“I wanted to make the most of the free sessions offered by HT and explore the many types of fitness exercises that are available to us,” she said. “Through the week, I have attended many sessions and tried out several different methods to find the one most suitable for my body type.”
Ruia has attended pilates, zumba, Bollywood aerobics and yoga sessions through the week. The wellness festival, organised by Hindustan Times and Moksh – The Wellness Centre as part of HT’s Fitter Mumbai campaign, offers a total of 85 free walk-in workshops at the Moksh facility at Breach Candy.
For insurance adviser Allka Aswvani, 50, the wellness festival has helped her reconnect with yoga. “The last time I did any yoga was six years ago,” she said.
Then, five days ago, Aswvani attended a yoga session conducted by Shiv Kumar Mishra at Moksh. “I have been coming back every day since then,” she said.
For Versova resident and homemaker Jayanti Ali, 54, the two hour journey to Breach Candy every day has been well worth it, she said, because the pilates and rebounding sessions that she has attended have helped her aching back.
“After the first day, I decided I wanted to attend all the pilates and rebounding sessions. I felt good that the teacher gave us all attention and ensured we did all the movements correctly.”
The belly dancing workshop conducted by Veronica Simas De Souza, meanwhile, saw participants of various age groups. Pummi Choudhary, 72, who entered as a spectator,
ended up grooving with the group of youngsters. “It turned out to be quite an experience,” she said.