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kalaripayattu in agastya ashram

Kalaripayattu, the ethnic martial art form of Kerala could be described as a spiritual journey that enables you to discover your soul through your body. It is believed that Kalaripayattu has a history of more than 2000 years. A unique blend of extreme physical exercise and mental concentration, it uplifts your body and mind to higher levels.

'Kalari' is the name given to the place where 'payattu' that is practicing or training with the weapons is conducted. Several traditional art forms of Kerala, including Kathakali, Patayani and Thitambu Nirtham, have adapted many exercises from Kalarippayattu. In the past few decades, traditional and contemporary dancers the world over, have adopted many body-conditioning exercises from Kalarippayattu. In Kalaripayattu, body itself acts as a weapon, perhaps the most effective one. In order to master the defending, attacking and counter attacking system of Kalaripayattu, highest degree of physical flexibility, concentration of mind, alertness of all the five senses and even the presence of a sixth sense is needed. In short Kalaripayattu makes you the master of your own body, mind and soul.

In our ashram we are following the southern style of kalarippayattu. We also practicing some good parts from northern style also. We are giving classes according to the students seek. People who works with different activities like dance,sports.We will be individual practices. Most of our students are from near by the ashram. There are also some foreigners to practice. Age to learn Kalaripayattu is from 10-50. It is according to the position of the students health. We would like to carry this art without losing it's traditional qualities. We are seeing Kalaripayattu as an art rather than a fighting practice.