On May 7, 2010, at the Grotowski Institute in Wrocław we inaugurated regular activities as Studio Kalari with a lecture on kalarippayattu, and the next day the first official training took place. Continue reading “10 years of Studio Kalari”
Many people ask if kalarippayattu is like yoga. Some use the name kalari yoga to describe the part of the kalari practice which includes exercises or movement sequences that are compared to yoga asanas. Perhaps this is due to the fact that kalarippayattu is a little-known martial art and its complexity is not easy to explain quickly, while yoga is a globally recognized reference point.
Ancient India is a unique cradle of the art of life, culture and philosophy. Indian civilization has created, among others, systems such as ayurveda, yoga and kalarippayattu. It can be said that Ayurveda – nomen omen knowledge of life (from Sanskrit: ayus – life, veda – knowledge) – lays the foundations for various areas of human activity and is present within them in various ways. Although at first glance dance, music, yoga or martial arts are areas distant from each other, requiring different skills, characterized by different dynamics and focusing on different aspects of life, deeply in their foundations they have a lot in common.
The last weeks brought many changes. Our daily functioning has been turned upside down by the coronavirus epidemic which caused an avalanche of consequences. One of them is that we transferred our trainings to the Internet, like many others did.
We met with Sankar in December 2005 in the village of Bollopur, West Bengal, where, together with a group of friends, I came to participate in a monthly theatre workshop led by the Indian group Milon Mela.
Recently, we have been experiencing a lot of changes, as well as you all probably. Our regular classes have been suspended since mid-March, and we run online classes, trying to find ourselves in this new reality. Unexpectedly though, the situation of online training brought us many positive reactions and caused a lot of interest in our business, although we are also facing many challenges. However, it looks like the biggest challenge was to change our mentality and believe in the possibilities of online communication – from reactions of many people it was clear that they often just waited to join us at least in such a form.
Although above this introduction you see the date 25 September 2018 – when our website was created, as well as the first test article on blog – we have not used this format until today, 29.03.2020.
Currently, when we teach online and it is difficult to pass a lot of information, I thought that writing a blog will complete this practice, and also it will be a source of information on kalarippayattu, allowing others to learn more about this wonderful martial art.
Enjoy your read 🙂
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