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I have experienced the following benefits of doing kalaripayattu animal exercises.
Benefits Of Kalaripayattu exercises:
KALARIPAYATTU ANIMAL POSTURES
There are 8 kalaripayattu animal postures – Ashta vadivu:
- Gajja Vadivu: Elephant posture
- Ashwa Vadivu: Horse posture
- Simha Vadivu: Lion posture
- Varaha Vadivu: Wild boar posture
- Kukuda Vadivu: Rooster posture
- Sarpa Vadivu: Snake posture
- Matsya Vadivu: Fish posture
- Marjara Vadivu: Cat posture
Kalaripayattu Animal EXERCISES
1. Valinju Amarnnu
Stretch down into horse posture (Ashwa Vadivu)
One of my favorite kalaripayattu animal exercises is related to horse posture. It improves hip mobility, hamstring flexibility, and core strength. We learned two different transitions connected with this exercise.
Thiringu valingamarnnu – transition in Valinju Amarnnu (thiringu – turn),
Maari valingamarnnu – going backward in Valinju Amarnnu (maari – backward).
2. Othadi Amarnnu
Exercise in elephant posture (Gajja Vadivu)
Watch the video to see all the Kalaripayattu Animal Exercises that we’ve learned during 30-day training in India.
Kalaripayattu training also includes a lot of squat positions. It occurs in exercises related to elephant posture and wild boar posture. They are an extreme workout for the back and leg muscles.
Thiringu othadiyil amarnnu – transition in Othadi Amarnu (thiringu – turn).
Thachu valanju – sequence of circles. It is an exercise performed after othadi amarnnu.
This exercise requires a lot of back flexibility. This is why doing it can help to accomplish bridge position and standing from the bridge position.
3. Keri Thanjam
Exercise in wild boar posture (Varanasi Vadivu)
Maari Thanjam – going backwards in thanjam
The first sequence that we have learned during a 30-day stay in Sreerangom C.V.N. Kalari was:
1. Meypayattu – mey (body), payattu (practice).
The second sequence, which probably is the most important, was:
2. Poothara Thozhal – salutation.
Salutation is performed before each class. However, it is an advanced movement sequence. It requires both flexibility and familiarity with kalaripayattu kicks and kalaripayattu animal postures. This is why, mostly, it is not taught during the first classes.
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