Melbourne Autumn 5 Week Series
Time & Location
About The Event
Autumn Series for beginners and advanced students in Kalaripayattu and Kalari Yoga.
Kalaripayattu (Kalari) is India's ancient indigenous martial, meditational & medicinal tradition that evolved alongside Yoga & Ayurveda, originating from Kerala in South India. It is a complete system of body-oriented therapy with an emphasis on the expansion & development of the senses, a paradigm commonly called 'when the body becomes all eyes'. Kalari gives us a framework for understanding how we exist in the world and practical guidelines to harmonize ourselves with our ever changing inner and outer environments.
Kalaripayattu martial arts training involves warm up and flexibility exercises, strength and stamina training, step work, traditional forms and sequences as well as unarmed and armed combat techniques.
It is ideal for building and maintaining general fitness and is particularly suited for yogi's, athletes, martial artists, actors, dancers and movement practitioners from all walks of life and ages (over 7 years old).
Our beginners classes will provide a basic understanding of Kalaripayattu techniques and practices. They are open to children (above 7 years) and adults of all fitness levels.
5 Week (8 Classes) Series for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced students:
Days: Mondays and Thursdays
Dates: 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30th April & 4th, 7th, 11th May
Location: Dancehouse, 150 Princes Street Carlton North
New Students - $320
Kalari Students - $240
Please register via https://www.kalarihealing.com/events-workshopsor by sending us an email - firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Teachers
Lalita Ramona Yagnik - Kalaripayattu Martial Arts and Yoga Instructor
Lalita is a Kalari Healing Practitioner, Naturopath, Martial Arts and Yoga instructor. She began studying Kalari Healing and Martial Arts in 2009 in Australia. Since then she has made several trips to India to study and train with her teacher and Guru, Sat Guru Hanuman Das, the founder of the Kalariyil Dharmikam Ashram in Kerala. She is currently practicing and teaching key Kalaripayattu exercises, forms, open combat sequences and weapon forms. Developing focus in the mind and body, while building a strong foundation through warm ups and basic practices are integral to her training.
Originally from India, Ramona Lalita has lived and studied in various countries such as Brazil, Singapore, India and Japan. Ramona is passionate about health and well-being, and employs Kalari in her personal life. She endeavours to help her clients and students gain equilibrium and harmony in their lives. Ramona sees Kalari as a multimodal healing system, and is a firm believer that using Kalari methods, one can synergize the body, mind and spirit.
Francesco Venturini (Kalaripayattu Teacher)
Francesco was born and grew up in a small town in Tuscany, Italy. At a very young age he trained in skating and football and soon developed a passion for martial arts. He began with Chinese kickboxing (Sanshou, also known as Sanda), before moving to Muay Thai. Being naturally inclined to approach his life in a spiritual way he decided to start practicing yoga and meditation in 2015, to complement and enrich his experience and knowledge in holistic practices. In 2017, after the meeting his teacher Lalita Ramona Yagnik, he started Kalaripayattu classes and has dedicated himself to his training with true with passion and commitment. Francesco has qualified as an assistant teacher, maintaining his vision for a future to share Kalari, while keeping a balanced and healthy lifestyle. He is currently training with more advanced weapons such as long staff, and sword and shield. He strongly believes in the benefits of practicing Kalari and the ancient wisdom that carries through the lineage as it has supported his personal growth, development and discipline in everyday life. His genuine presence, and martial abilities enhance students’ experience at his classes, and along with his bright energy and smile, provide motivation to push through mental and physical boundaries.
Rashmi Kumar (Kalaripayattu Teacher)
Rashmi, originally from South India, has been training Kalaripayattu for nearly 3 years with Lalita, and is practicing her skills as an assistant teacher. She was first drawn to Kalaripayattu for its versatile and holistic approach to movement, which can be adapted to suit a large range of people, while maintaining a core of respect, tradition, and continuous striving for improvement. Having previously learned Hatha Yoga, and wanting a different 'off the mat’ challenge, Rashmi took up Kalaripayattu to improve her fitness. She has progressed and persevered with it because of the broad benefits of Kalaripayattu, not just for physical fitness, but overall wellbeing. She has visited the Kalariyil Dharmikam Ashram in Kerala, India, to deepen her knowledge and experience the practice in its original setting. She was drawn to teaching through making this trip and learning more about Kalaripayattu practice, wanting to contribute to the tradition and share it more widely. Rashmi works in advocacy for social justice, and has been a passionate activist from a young age. Her openness to learn more, and blend her passion for change into her practices comes through in her classes. She is a focused teacher, with a sharp and precise attitude that creates a disciplined yet calm environment that allows for deep internal reflection. She is also currently training more advanced forms and weapons, and is eager to guide others to experience the benefits of this multifaceted practice.
Karen Leskiw (Kalari Teacher & Advanced Gymnastics Coach)
Karen spent majority of her life competing and later teaching gymnastics to both kids and more recently, running an adult gymnastics program in Melbourne.
Searching for a more spiritual connection to exercise, she found some wonderful yoga teachers (Sian Pascale/Sammy JoHand) who opened up a whole new world of focused and purposeful movement, pranayama and mediation. A few years later at a community yoga event that she met Lalita who demonstrated an introduction to Kalari. Instantly in love with the dynamic use of strength, flexibility and personal power - it took everything she adored about yoga and brought it back towards her first love…acrobatics. Always practising with an emphasis on movement mastery and the philosophy of ‘seeing with the whole body’.
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