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10 Days Yoga, Detox and Kalaripayattu Martial Art in Kerala

  • Village & Post office Mevelloor, Kottyyam, Kerala, 686609

Overview

Yoga and Martial Arts Journey Kerala

Kalaripayattu—The secret art of fighting and healing. Kalaripayattu is said to be one of the oldest martial art forms in the world, and some experts have gone to the extent of calling it the mother of all fighting systems. Perhaps there is some truth in it, as the influence of Kalaripayattu is discernible in the more well-known fighting art forms like Karate and Kung Fu. Kalaripayattu flourished in the southern-most tip of India. Violence is not part of the philosophy of Kalarippayattu. In fact, one of the often-repeated lessons drilled into a prospective Kalari practitioner is: 'One step backward and a family is saved.' A good Kalari practitioner is adept at keeping his emotions in check. In short, he can control his mind and his body. Kalaripayattu makes you mentally and physically aware. Once you attain the highest stage, once you master the craft, your body becomes your eyes. Close your eyes and your body will see for you. Such is the power of concentration that you will possess.

Learning Kalaripayattu also involves learning about your body, the muscle movements and the bone structure. It was only natural that the Kalari Master—Gurukkal—became the local physician as well. In the course of learning a highly physical art which puts the body through a punishing schedule, injuries - minor and major - were an everyday affair and the master often ended up treating his disciples in the absence of a strong health care system. Thus, Kalari developed a healing aspect as well. Today, the Kalari way of attending to the wear and tear of the body is well-documented and widely respected. Modern lifestyle ailments like spondylosis and lower back pain can be easily cured by a Gurukkal in a matter of days. All without cutting open the temple that your body is.

Highlights

  • Daily meditation
  • Basics of Kalaripayattu Martial Art
  • Morning and Evening Yoga Sessions
  • Vital Energy point of Body in Kalaripayattu
  • Ayurveda massage with full body steam of herbs
  • 9 nights accommodation in a natural village
  • Indian Vegetarian meal
  • Kalari Massage
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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A home away from home, an experience like no other, nestled in the rustic lush greens of the village along Muvattupuzha river, just 30 kms away from Kochi. Thankfully it is one of those villages in Kerala that is still stuck in time, and we don’t intend to change that characteristic feature of this tranquil haven. Accommodation is old Indian style cottages with attached Western style toilet and shower. It is double sharing cottages. Single cottages can also be arranged on extra charges. The property is on the bank of river, you can swim or learn boating. You can also enjoy boat riding in the evening. Come experience true Indian Heritage.

Daily schedule

06:00 - Detox therapy

07:00-08:30: Kalripayattu Practice

9:00 - Yoga and Pranayama (Breathing)

10:30 - Fruits breakfast

11:00 - Meditation

12:00 - Relaxation

13:00 - Lunch

14:00 - Kalripayattu theory (Vital point & treatment)

16:00 - Massage and steam / Detox therapy

17:30 - Vegetarian snack

17:45 - Walk in Village

19:00 - Yoga Postures

20:30 - Dinner

Tarun is a Holistic Health Coach, Naturopath, and Yoga Teacher from India. From the earliest of years he found himself fascinated with the healthy & natural life. This love and passion for all things to do with health led to a degree in Doctor of Yoga & naturopathy and Yoga Teacher Training from Bihar School of Yoga, Vedanta Study from Swami Sivananda Ashram-Rishikesh, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga- Delhi. He also did courses as NLP (neuro linguistic programming), EFT (emotional freedom technique) & Landmark for deep understanding of Mind and its functions. He has done Marm Chikitsa (Vital points of body) to activate energy system of body & mind. He worked as Wealth manager in Multinational bank, before studying yoga & healthy lifestyle and then starting his health, happiness & wellness venture. Tarun strives to inspire as many people as possible by sharing his experiences and insights on how to live a better life. He loves to practice new things each day, teach, and empower others to overcome personal obstacles to bring about positive change.

John Matthew is a professionally and traditionally trained Kalaripayattu fighter. He has many years of experience as a trainee, a performer and a trainer in the field of Kalaripayattu. He spent his formative periods in C.V.N. Kalari at Kaduthuruthi.Besides being a post graduate in Malayalam Language and Literature, he has obtained a Master Degree in Folklore with specialisation in Kalari Treatment from University of Calicut. He has passed a course in Yoga Instruction from SVYASA, Bangalore and completed PG Diploma in Yoga from Annamalai University. He has also done a PG Diploma in Health Fitness and Life Style Management from Pondicherry Central University and a Diploma in Kalaripayattu from Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University. Besides, he has obtained MPhil on Kalaripayattu in Indian Theatre from the Department of Performing Arts, Pondicherry Central University.

Mevelloor is a beautiful town in Ernakulam district of Kerala which is a land with great natural beauty and known as "God's Own Country". From the majestic heights of the Western Ghats this land undulates westward presenting a vista of silent valleys clothed in the richest green. Among the many rivers that glide across the plains to merge their waters with the Arabian sea. Muvattupuzha is so called because the term means "the land where three rivers merge" The mighty of Muvattupuzha is mainly depending on the Muvattupuzha river which is formed from three rivers viz. Thodaupuzha river, Kothamangalam river and Kaliyar river. These three rivers join together at Muvattupuzha and is flowing down south-west as a single river to Vaikkam lake and finally joins the Arabian sea. Since Muvattupuzha town has formed on the bank of rivers it has got a significant place among the northern regions of Tranvancore.

Argriculture is the main livelyhood of the people here and it forms a major influencing factor of the economy. Muvattupuzha has got a good place in the agricultural integration in Kerala from the very long back. Even though it could not develop much in industrial area it has made a revolution in many other areas of human life. An enormous quantity of coconut, cane sugar, rice, pine apple, banana, coffee etc. are seen all over the Muvattupuzha Taluk. Now the cane sugar cultivation is reduced . Rice cultivation has gone down. Farmers are more concentrating on Rubber and Pine apple.

You will be fed organic vegetarian meals prepared with emotions of love and with mantra chanting. We offer a varied menu, delicious and healthy Indian cuisine using mainly local and organic ingredients. Brunch and dinner daily are included in your package, with teas, herbal teas, juices, and snacks available at all times.

Boat Riding

Swimming in River

Indian Classical Dance

Massages, steam, Detox , treatment for eye and nasal are included. If you wish to have extra treatment and an ayurveda doctor consultation, can be arranged on request.

  • 1 Kalari massage
  • 2 Mud Pack for skin cleansing
  • 5 Ayurvedic Massages with full body steam of herbs
  • 9 Nights accommodation
  • All meals (fruits and herbal drinks)
  • Detox therapy
  • Morning and evening yoga session
  • Nasyam (Ayurvedic Nasal treatment)
  • Netra tarpan (Ayurvedic treatment for cleansing of eyes)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at In-Cochin International Airport. (COK)

Arrival by train

  • Please book your tickets to Ernakulam Junction Railway Station (ERS), also known as Ernakulam south
  • Complimentary Airport/Railway transfers can be arranged by Saptrashmi.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Saptrashmi an inquiry.
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