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27 April—14 December 2019

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Kalaripayattu (Kalari) is an ancient martial, meditational & medicinal tradition that evolved alongside Yoga & Ayurveda  that originates 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 harmonise ourselves with our ever changing inner and outer environments.
Kalaripayattu martial arts training involves warm up and flexibility exercises, kicks, strength and stamina training, step work, traditional forms and sequences as well as unarmed and armed combative techniques.

Kalari Martial Yoga is a unique approach to improving health and wellbeing. It incorporates Meditation, Pranayama, Kalari movement forms, Animal asanas/stances and Hatha Yoga asanas into a traditional yet dynamic practice. Kalari asanas and forms are multidimensional, incorporating concepts of power and focus, and allow us to feel a closer connection to our ancestral animal and warrior lineages.

Kalari is ideal for building and maintaining general fitness and is particularly suited for yogis, athletes, martial artists, actors, dancers and movement practitioners from all walks of life and ages (over 7 years old).  Students develop more flexibility, calm and focus the mind, improve their fitness and core strength, and develop a deeper sense of inner wellbeing.

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Lalita is a Kalari Practitioner, Yoga Teacher and Naturopath. 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 also a qualified Yoga Teacher having completed her training in India. She is currently practicing and teaching key Kalaripayattu exercises, forms, open combat sequences and weapon forms. She has found that through the practice of meditation, pranayama and body movement, one can align themselves and their lives with their goals. Developing focus in the mind and body, while building a strong foundation through warm ups, traditional asanas and forms are integral to her training.

Originally from India, 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 and Yoga as multimodal healing systems, and is a firm believer that using these methods, one can synergize the body, mind and spirit.

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