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Develop your human potential and build your character with an integrated yoga and Kalaripayattu training conducted by Rishikul Yogshala in the God’s own country of coastal Kerala. In this course, along with an in-depth exploration into Hatha and Ashtanga principles, you will also have the opportunity to cultivate unique skills in Kalaripayattu, the foundational martial art form of the world.
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During this training, you will stay at Rishikul Yogshala. The ambiance of the school resonates the message of peace that is at the heart of yoga learning. Spacious rooms with attached bath are provided to ensure uninterrupted personal time and comfort. In addition, there will be an airy rooftop yoga hall, a beautifully curtained dinning space serving as a common room, and a patch of greenery outside meant for resting time between training hours.
While evoking a time when materialism was not prioritized over wellness and growth, the establishment is also well equipped with modern amenities, private as well as shared room, attached bathrooms, 24-7 Wi-Fi, running hot and cold water, and air conditioning.
While staying there, the practitioner will be freed from the responsibilities of day to day affairs as the space and comfort required for intensifying practice will be ensured. The school staff will be present at your calling and remain committed to your ease throughout your stay.
Kalaripayattu is a dynamic art of combat, a well selected discipline to be learnt and practiced in complementation to your yoga training. Prompt and particular reflex actions in Kalaripayattu shares the same core idea and driving force that of yoga, a heightened state of awareness. The best of traditional masters in the birth land of this art will train you to perfection, touching upon unarmed combat, weapon usage, and development of presence of mind in combat.
By undertaking training in Kalaripayattu, achieve great skills of defense against odds that block your way to the ultimate spiritual goal. This ancient martial art form originated in India in the golden age of Vedic wisdom. This art is attributed to the legendary Agastya Muni, the sage who symbolized the ethic of good over evil on earth.
Keeping in tune with the other Vedic discipline of ancient India, the most illustrious of which is yoga, Kalaripayattu is a holistic approach. Going beyond mere physical discipline, Kalari addresses the whole of the body-mind-soul complex. Understanding the energy system is one of the primary aspects of Kalari. Through meticulous exploration into the potentials of your body, you are likely to discover sources of energy in yourself you never knew existed.
Inspired by the animal world, the ancient Kalaripayattu teachers codified eight types of vadivus of defensive combat postures. These wild attitudes will bring alive unparalleled primal instincts in you at your own behest, Varah, the wild boar, Gaja, the elephant, Simham, the lion, Sarpam, the snake, Kukkuda the cock, Mayura, the peacock, and Haya, the horse.
In this discipline, a greatly detailed and codified set of body toning exercises are followed. To master a great degree of agility and for cultivating a sharpened reflex, these exercises are essential. The trainers will present lucidly choreographed exercise sequences to guide the practitioners in seamless application of the body as a tool of self-defense. The major aspects of the toning exercise are acrobatic stances, using the body to block attacks, dodging postures, and breath control.
Learn how to get the upper hand in face to face combat just by strategic movement. The human body can be the greatest weapon.
This is introduced at an advanced stage of the training. In combat with weaponry, a greater level of coordination and understanding of the body mechanics is needed. The instructors will emphasize on intensified learning in which the weapon has to be understood as an extension of the body. Kalari armaments include an array of tools, from simple spear to shield, machete, and lasso.
Training in armed combat at the Gurukul also involves a moral-ethical education. The core ethic of yoga and Kalari is to fight for the good against the evil. Misuse of power is considered sin. Fighting with the trademark Kalaripayattu article, the six feet long sword, or the urumi, is the highlight of this segment.
According to Ayurveda and Kalari, there are many vital nodal points in the body known as Marmas. Hitting on the Marma is the key to successful unarmed combat. The ancient masters of this art of combat had a thorough understanding of the human body, the centers of its strength and weaknesses. Only by touching upon certain centers with the special Kalari technique, it is possible to stimulate one’s body and being from the core.
Meanwhile, Chikitsha refers to healing. According to Kalari, harnessing and properly channelizing prana or vital force in the body brings about healing. Experience these miraculous techniques with Kalari Chikitsha or treatment and Kalari massage. Aspects to understand are the tricks to bring down your opponent with just a slight turn of the hand, how to relieve yourself of sprains and accidental injuries, how to improve mental awareness, and Kalari medication, with oils, creams, and gels of Ayurvedic origin.
Kalari is related at the roots with performance forms like the Indian dance kootiyattam. Also, the language and culture of the Keralite people are replete with Kalari jargon. Learning Kalari involves knowing about the folklore of Kerala which is woven around legendary Kalari warriors.
A lesson in Kalari is packed with multiple benefits for the body and mind. Develop strong awareness and a body which ready to face any given challenge.
Some of the prime benefits in a nutshell are enhancing flexibility, developing mindfulness, sharpening reflexes, building strategizing power, and developing readiness for challenges
With an introduction to yoga of the Hatha and Ashtanga style, this course will strengthen you physically. In addition to primary asanas, there will be guided classes on pranayama or breathing exercise, mantra chanting and meditation techniques, and yoga philosophy.
By improving your focus and flexibility with yogic exercise under the guidance of traditional Indian teachers, in complementation to intensive Kalaripayattu training, this course can effectively prepare you for a distinguished career in yoga teaching as well.
Yoga and Kalari lessons are offered in combination at Rishikul Yogshala to deepen the understanding of the Vedic idea of wholeness. Just as yoga addresses the entire body-mind-soul complex in order to improve one’s life and living, Kalari emphasizes on unrelenting presence of mind and quick body reflexes. In yogic discipline, meditation is centered on rhythmic mantra chanting, while Kalaripayattu enhances mind’s awareness by rhythmically oriented combative movements.
Additionally, in the same fashion that yogasana explores un-channelized energies of the body, Kalari movements too brings out the body’s unexplored potentials. Yoga asks you to look inside for freedom, Kalari movements too are oriented selfwards. Through the act of active defense against the opposition, Kalari is a constant strife to discover the self in its true glory in the face of challenges.
Please also note a doctor is available for free consultations but medicine will cost extra.
This package includes visits to local ashrams and two yoga classes at the beach.
Yogi Prashant is certified in yoga study from the highly valued Bihar School of Yoga for mastering the cardinal virtues of discipline, self-sustenance and compassion. He has never stopped being a learner ever since. He is still pursuing advance studies in yoga discipline and gained good experience in sharing the wisdom. Thoroughly trained in asana and related forms in both Hatha and Ashtanga tradition of yoga, master Prashant is a yogi of many skills.
Master of Ashtanga, Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga, Yogi Bipin Baloni has been on the road to self-discovery as a yogi since the tender age of 17. He has dedicated his life to the yoga capital, Rishikesh, and is now dwelling in the spiritual town as a revered yoga teacher.
Swami Atmanananda Giri
Born in the lap of Kerala, Swami Atmaji has devoted his life to yoga and spirituality since childhood. A compassionate soul by nature, he studied Homeopathy in Kerala and also practiced Naturopathy with the purpose to help people become healthier. As a religious follower of Vedas and Upanishads, Swamiji followed his passion for unearthing the essence of spirituality with various meditation practices as a vagrant ascetic for over four years. He completed his education from Shivananda Ashram under the supreme guidance of his guru Swami Adyatamanandaji.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
A former Naga Guru, Gangesha Chaitanya holds knowledge and wisdom of the unparalleled yogic mystics that very rare yogis can attain. An E-RYT certified yoga teacher, he received a major part of his spiritual education from the great Saint Swami Rama. He is a master of Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Pranayama. (Core Subjects: Meditation, Inspirational and Spiritual Guide)
Manoranjan ji has been practicing Ayurveda since 2007 and Hatha yoga since 2009. He specializes in Panchkarma Therapy, Mudras, yoga Nidra, Shat Kryias (both practical and theoretical), and yogic cooking. Born and brought up in Mahakaleshwar in Karnataka, he has been dedicated to yoga since his childhood.
Pankaj ji holds RYT 200 certification from Yoga Alliance and specializes in teaching Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. Additionally, he has also completed Masters in Yoga where he deeply studied all the elements of yogic science. As a well-grained yoga teacher, he holds an in-depth understanding of teaching asana classes with mindful integration of meditation, breathing techniques, yoga philosophy (yogic lifestyle) and mantra meditation. (Core Subjects: Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga & Adjustment Alignment)
Born and brought up in a spiritual environment of a well-respected family in Karnataka, Kavithaji was raised under the values and teachings of Basavanna (one of the greatest saints in 12th-century and a highly-distinguished Hindu philosopher, statesman, Kannada poet). She has studied and practiced Pranayama under the mentorship of Sri Ganeshwer Avadhut in Srisailam forest before following the footsteps of the great yoga and spiritual guru Swami Veda Bharthi, a disciple of Swami Rama where she studied the art of meditation and yogic philosophy. (Core Subjects: HathaYoga, Pranayama)
Annnamalai Prana Ji (Swami Thiyagaranjan)
The most eminent yoga guru in Rishikesh, Annamalai Pranaji specializes in subjects like Pranayama and Yoga Philosophy. He fulfilled his apprenticeship in the principles of Swami Sivananda – Swami Vignananda tradition of Tamil Nadu. He blends his teachings with traditional authenticity and modern perspective. Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda are some of the other subjects he has keen knowledge of. (Core Subjects: Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda)
As a disciple of Lord Krishna who is also her spiritual guide, Deepa ji is an avid follower of yoga and the spiritual message of love it carries within. Rebelling against the usual norms of a chauvinist society, Deepa Ji is a subtle feminist and one of the very few women who have made a mark for themselves in the field of yoga. In her spare time, she loves to travel and indulge in quiet photography.
Born and nurtured in the spiritual town of Rishikesh, Gurmeet ji is an expert with subjects like Hatha yoga, yoga anatomy, and physiology. A Yoga Alliance certified RYT 500 yoga teacher, Gurmeet ji also holds a post graduate degree in yoga from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University. Gurmeet Ji trained under the supreme guidance and blessings of Swami Dharma Nanda at the Ved Niketan ashram. As a yoga professional, he refined his skills further by working with renowned physiotherapists in Germany before coming back to India for preaching the science of yoga to fellow citizens.
Vimalji holds various degrees including Bachelor’s degree in Sanskrit, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Yogic Science. Born into a conventional Indian family, Vimalji has indulged himself in profound yogic practices since he was 11 years old. He further studied under Mahamandaleshwar Sri Swami Veda Bharati- a disciple of Swami Rama and has devoted his life to teachings and practice of yogic science ever since. With his education and experience in various mystics of yoga including mantra chanting, he attained the status of Acharya Vimal.
A strong believer in the fact that yoga and science are intensely linked with each other, Kushal ji has devoted his life in exploring the complicated aspects of yoga through scientific point of view. Kushal ji holds a Master’s degree in Yogic Science and a strong experience of working with the Indian army as a yoga trainer. In addition with being a dedicated yoga teacher, he is also a passionate karma yogi who often indulges in volunteer work at several yoga camps.
Suraj Ji is a Yoga Alliance certified RYT 500 teacher and, also holds a Master’s degree in Yoga Science. Born and brought up in the yoga capital, Rishikesh, Suraj ji has been practicing yoga since his childhood. He also studied under the profound mentorship of Guru Narendra Gussain, a much acclaimed yoga teacher of traditional and contemporary style of yoga. One of the most exclusive elements about Suraj ji’s classes is that he blends in traditional yoga with contemporary styles.
Born and brought up in the sacred pilgrim site of Gangotri, Benkat ji has been practicing yoga and meditation since the tender age of 10. He holds Post Graduate Diploma in Yogic Science from Pt. L.M.S. Govt P.G. College Rishikesh and Masters Degree in Human consciousness & Yogic Science from Gurukul Kangri University, Uttarakhand. After gaining years of experience in specific subjects of yogic teachings, he continues to be the ace master of Shatkarmas, Asana, Mudra & Bandha, Pranayama, Meditation, and Mindfulness-walking.
This course will be conducted in the spiritual town of Varkala in Kerala. Known as God’s own country, Kerala is a rich landscape of coconut trees, calm backwaters, and picture perfect beaches. Tucked away on the cliffs of Varkala, Rishikul Yogshala’s school is set in quiet location yet minute from the vibrant cliff top abundant with restaurants, shops, and a perfect sea view. The sound of the shore and gulls in the morning is refreshing and relaxing.
Kerala is renowned for traditional Ayurveda and the ancient martial art form of Kalaripayattu. In addition to this rich legacy, there you will also be able to find one of the most exquisite beaches of India.
At the Varkala beach, also known as the Pappanasham Beach, as legends have it, a dip into the sea will wash away one’s paap or sins. Striking red cliffs surround the area, making the place an absolute sunbather’s haven. In the cliffs, there are many refreshing natural water sprouts rich with rare minerals, making it a great attraction for health seekers following Ayurvedic cure. Sessions of outdoor yoga at this beach site will rejuvenate your health and strengthen your spirits.
During this training, you will be served three daily meals. To sustain each session of rigorous physical exercise involved in this training, a nutrient-rich balanced diet is of high necessity. The team of expert Indian chefs at the institute will prepare appetizing dishes from the rich palate of Indian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, following healthy culinary techniques as per the book of Ayurveda.
Characteristic to this cooking style is a brilliant use of Indian herbs and spices rich with great healing properties. Kerala is an important abode of exotic spices cultivated famously at the Nilgiri Hills, which are used effectively in this style of cooking. The experience of food here will change your dietary habits and open up your taste buds to the array of rejuvenating flavors of India.
During your free time, you can explore the nearby interesting places by using the service of travel and touring facilities available. You can also have an early morning or late evening stroll at the nearby beach.
This package includes Kalari Marma treatment. At an additional cost, there is also Ayurveda center at the venue for rejuvenation.
Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request at an additional cost. Please let Rishikul Yogshala know if you would like to take this option.
Varkala is well connected by national state highways from major cities and many government's as well as private buses run to and fro from the city.
Varkala is connected by train to many cities and town. One can take a train to Trivandrum (the capital city of Kerala) and take another train to Varkala, from where the resort can be reached on a rickshaw starting from the station.
From the airport, a student can take a cab to the location of the school.
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