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Kalari – 13:00 to 14:00

Kalarippayat (Kalari) is an intact oral lineage as old as Yoga and Ayurveda. The tradition utilizes many of the same principles and wisdoms that Yoga and Ayurveda have to offer. A warrior tradition, Kalari is a powerful meditation in movement, developing strength, coordination, and cardiovascular fitness.

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This introductory workshop will include: Loha, Kalugal, Vadivu and Kalari Vandanam. The Kalari practitioner is commonly referred to as abhyasi, the repeating one. In this first sessions, the abhyasis will be introduced to some key warm-up and conditioning elements of the practice:

1. Loha – warm-up exercises from the Buddhist tradition of Kalari, to warm & prepare the body for the more challenging practices to follow.

2. Kalugal – Leg swings / kicks, a unique exercise where the body learns to breathe, balance and ground. The nadis (energy lines of the body) are stretched and cleansed.

3. Vadivu – animal postures. Animal postures are used throughout all the Kalari forms and have highly beneficial effect on the body and the mind, creating immense focus and steadfastness.

4. Kalari Vandanam (Kalari Salutation) – a unique challenging version of what is similar to the Yoga Sun or Moon salutations. The initiation into Kalari begins with Kalari Vandanam, or ‘Salutation Form”. It is in this first flowing movement form that we acknowledge the lineage and tradition of Kalari, and the sacred space in which we practice.

These first body-conditioning practices create grounding, steadfastness, focus, alignment, cultivate authentic flow and provide an expansion of sensory awareness.

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