As part of a 10-day Prana Vinyasa teacher training with my root yoga teacher, Shiva Rea, I’ve been very fortunate to be initiated into the CVN Kalari in Kerala, India’s capital city of Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram. I’ve had the honor of studying Kalaripayattu with Shiva’s teachers, Sathya Narayan and Rajashekaran Nayar twice before; once in Costa Rica and once in the US, but never in the actual Kalari.
I love the fact that the CVN Kalari honors the goddesses Lakshmi, Durga, and Saraswati in the very earthy temple that’s full of weapons! I’m including a few photos of the space and some video of my teacher, Shiva learning some new forms.
Here’s a little bit about the practice written by Shiva
Kalaripayattu, or Kalaripayat is the ancient Indian martial art form that shared its roots within yoga and Ayurveda. Kalaripayat is a “kaya sadhana” or embodied art form that is considered to be one of the oldest “martial art” forms in the world as warrior training is part of this profound and beautiful fluid form. Practiced in a Kalari – a temple created on the raw earth – this form complements the sacred relationship to the body in yoga while giving expression to the embodied power of Shakti that is received from the earth and liberated through movement flow, meditation and marma.
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