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In this 'taster' immersion course, you'll learn the basics of both Kalari yoga and Kalarippayat and receive a theoretical and practical introduction to the healing art of Kalari Chikitsa. After 7 days, you'll have an individualized program that you can follow which will include the first 7 postures (Vadivu) of Kalari yoga and the first forms of Kalarippayat. You shall also learn simple treatments that will give effective relief for several musculoskeletal problems including joint pain and muscle strains.
You will stay in your own bungalow at Bamboo Bay in Srithanu. You have the sea just a few metres away. Rooms are facilitated with a double bed, fan and private bathroom, near to the beach and a short walk from the village of Srithanu, which is full of restaurants and cafes. Guests requiring air-conditioned room will be found a bungalow elsewhere, also near the beach.
Meet at 16:00 on the afternoon of day 1 (Sunday) for an induction to the course and an orientation to the different locations you shall be working in. Adam from KalariLAB will also take you to where you shall be staying for the next 8 nights.
Classes will then begin on the morning of day 2 (Monday) at 08:00.
Daily morning and evening training in both Kalari yoga and Kalarippayat will give you the opportunity to practice and learn the early postures and forms and you will soon see their effect on your body. You will gain flexibility and strength much faster than you would during many other yoga practices.
Daily theory sessions will begin to delve into the science of Nadi and Marma, the channels and vital points of the subtle body. In support of this a thorough scientific rationale will be given to validate these eastern ideas, explaining the neuromyofascial anatomy and the impact of Kalari training and treatment upon it.
Kalari Chikitsa treatment sessions will follow the traditional path of observing, receiving and then learning different techniques. Repeating them several times during the week until you feel competent to practice them yourself. This practical knowledge will be linked to the theory covered in the classroom sessions, ensuring you have a rounded and clear understanding of what the treatment is doing and why it is effective.
Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to receive full body massage treatment from an experienced Kalari Chikitsa therapist should you wish to experience the effects of the treatment yourself - this would be at an extra cost.
On day 9 (Monday), you shall then meet again with Adam at 09:00 for a final meal, discussion, presentation of certificates and to go through the training manual. If needed , transport can be provided to get you to the pier.
This rhythm is open to change as per the needs of participants.
You will follow the same rhythm for all days except day 5 (Thursday) which will be a day of full rest. This is necessary to allow the body to remain in good health.
Adam has been practicing Kalari for over 15 years, teaching since 2006, and working as a therapist in Kalari Chikitsa since 2005. He also studied physiotherapy at the University of London and worked in several physiotherapy departments in the UK, treating musculoskeletal, respiratory, and neurological conditions. In both his teachings and treatments, he now draws on these two bodies of knowledge to provide the most holistic approach possible.
This yoga retreat will take place in Srithanu, Koh Phangan, Thailand.
A substantial breakfast is made for you each day of the course, including your rest day. There are many food options available to suit all dietary requirements. Tender coconuts are given after both morning and evening training sessions. A fresh fruit hamper is provided every day for you to enjoy.
Kalari Chikitsa massage and other treatments including Khizi (for chronic muscle pain) and Dhara (for chronic joint pain) can be made available if you wish, either during or after the course. Please send KalariLAB an inquiry for more information.
Kalari Chikitsa treatments can be made available to you during your stay.
Transfer not provided
Surat Thani Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Samui Airport (USM) or Surat Thani International Airport (URT).
From Surat Thani International Airport (URT), please take a bus to Chumpon, then a boat to Kon Phangan. KalariLAB can collect you from the pier.
From Samui Airport (USM), please take a boat to Koh Phangan. KalariLAB can collect you from the pier.
Take a train to Surat Thani, then a bus and boat to Koh Phangan. KalariLAB can collect you from the pier.
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