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KALARIPAYATTU in Kerala: Indian Martial Arts Travel Guide

Travel guide for a yoga retreat in Rishikesh, India, where yoga lovers immerse themselves in Vedic traditions, natural beauty, & top yoga India experiences. If you're looking for the best things to do in Kerala (and you are a fan of yoga or Ayurveda), checking out Kalaripayattu is a one-of-a-kind experience you'll benefit greatly from!

India—the enriching land of diverse ancient sciences and art forms is globally eulogized as the begotten ground of the natural healing systems of Yoga and Ayurveda, with a Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh topping the best of travel itineraries. But this majestic subcontinent of India is also the homeland of Kalaripayattu—the Indian martial arts that is the most ancient and among the greatest gifts of India to the globe.


This is a guest post by Manmohan Singh of 200hrsyogattc.com


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The most acknowledged and respected martial art form since time can recall, the Indian martial arts form known as Kalaripayattu is a crucial part of Southern India’s identity. As a holistic teaching with influences from Ayurveda and Yoga, this form of Indian martial arts is a science of body strengthening and a doctrine of complete well-being. The harmonious synergy of art, science, and medicine, Kalaripayattu is one art form that makes a practitioner valiant and sensuous and lets them experience the pleasure of being mentally, physically, and spiritually powerful.


A feature of Kerala’s enduring legacy, the Indian martial arts of Kalaripayattu is recreated in the peaceful environs of the Kalari—a place of knowledge and training. One particularly notable hotspot for Kalaripayattu is Kerala, a beautiful ecological state delving into perfect harmony with nature and preserved by the haven of ancient sciences.

Read on to find why one should try Kalaripayattu in Kerala!

 

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Kerala: The Motherland of Kalaripayattu

India’s most scenic and soul-refreshing state of Kerala is the fostering land of several traditional disciplines including Ayurveda and the oldest Indian martial arts of Kalaripayattu. As a mother is a nurturer of her child, similarly, Kerala is the nourishing land of Kalaripayattu, preserving this Vedic culture since ancient times. The foundation of Kalaripayattu is attributed to Agastya Muni—the legendary saint of ancient times. In Kerala, this art form is not just about performing impressive movements with the swords but about achieving a state of consistent agility and flexibility.

 

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The Prestigious Indian Martial Arts Institutes of Kerala

Being the birth land of Kalaripayattu, Kerala is home to many institutes and schools imparting the wisdom of Kalaripayattu inspired from its origin. The best Kalari schools immerse the students in practical teachings of weapons like cheruvadi ( a sturdy wooden staff), otta (curved staff), Gadha (mace), Kattari (daggers), etc.


The learners are also provided lessons of Mei Payattu (the techniques of attack and defense), Kothari (usage of sticks), Angathari (usage of metal weapons), and Verum Kai (An unarmed combat). The ancient knowledge is imparted by the greatest masters of the game helping the future talent spread the message of this exceptional Indian martial arts form.

 

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Comprehensive Kalaripayattu Training in Kerala

The comprehensive training of Kalaripayattu can be truly learned in its original land of Kerala. The students are facilitated with the teachings of static physical and extreme dynamic movements. They are also encouraged to extend their knowledge beyond the training of weapons to the wisdom of their own body and self-perception, the basic element of this Indian martial arts form. The fighters are trained to handle their emotions and aggression in a controlled manner which, as a non-violent and balanced art-form, is the prime focus of traditional Kalaripayattu.

 

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Uncover the Technique of Kalari

Kalaripayattu involves a special kind of body healing massage known as “Kalari,” benefiting the patients suffering from back pain, muscular problems, agitation, etc. The massage improves the self-defense mechanism and enhances the immunity of the practitioner granting them poise and willpower. Living a modern lifestyle, we have forgotten that our body is capable of doing so much if treated holistically. Kalari training in Kerala is a golden chance to restore the health and well-being through the traditional understanding and application of Kalaripayattu.

 

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Learn the Art of Living

Heal and transform your whole being with the learning and understanding of Kalaripayattu in the most breathtaking location of India—Kerala. The schools in Kerala expose the students to a very versatile and strict training regimen. The learners are provided lessons of whole body movement with tendon strengthening and strong evolution of senses. They are taught to expand their sensory awareness. They are given an understanding of how to encounter each movement with open eyes, posture and tenacity making the Indian martial arts form of Kalaripayattu a perfect foundation for self-determination and healthy life in the modern world.

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Embark on a Spiritual Path

The traditional Indian martial arts form of Kalaripayattu is not just the technique to achieve physical fitness but it is a means to explore our own body and mind. This special Indian martial arts form is founded on the similar assumptions underlying the system of yoga and Ayurveda—health, wellbeing, and mind-body relationship. It is a philosophy of synchronizing the mind with the body and the concept of activating the 107 points within the body to correct the flow of energy. The roots of Kalaripayattu are firmly planted in the knowledge of healing powers making a practitioner a self-healer invoking psycho-spiritual experiences transformative to a being. Learn the spiritual aspect of Kalaripayattu in its revered home, Kerala, India, and unlock your spiritual potential in unimaginable ways.

 

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Kalaripayattu is the richest, oldest, and priceless contribution of India to the world that is not to be forgotten or abandoned. Undergo a Kalaripayattu training in Kerala and honor yourself with insightful sessions, splendid beauty, and wholesome well-being.

 

 

A B O U T  T H E  A U T H O R

Manmohan Singh

Manmohan, author of yoga retreat in Rishikesh

Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. For more information about him visit his website, 200hrsyogattc.

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Travel guide for a yoga retreat in Rishikesh, India, where yoga lovers immerse themselves in Vedic traditions, natural beauty, & top yoga India experiences. If you're looking for the best things to do in Kerala (and you are a fan of yoga or Ayurveda), checking out Kalaripayattu is a one-of-a-kind experience you'll benefit greatly from!

Photo Credit: Rajib Ghosh

Travel guide for a yoga retreat in Rishikesh, India, where yoga lovers immerse themselves in Vedic traditions, natural beauty, & top yoga India experiences. If you're looking for the best things to do in Kerala (and you are a fan of yoga or Ayurveda), checking out Kalaripayattu is a one-of-a-kind experience you'll benefit greatly from!

Photo Credit:  Rajib Ghosh

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