Apart from kicks Kalaripayattu training includes exercises related to animal postures.

Kalaripayattu animal exercises improve:

KALARIPAYATTU ANIMAL POSTURES

There are 8 kalaripayattu animal postures – Ashta vadivu:

  1. Gajja Vadivu: Elephant posture
  2. Ashwa Vadivu: Horse posture
  3. Simha Vadivu: Lion posture
  4. Varaha Vadivu: Wild boar posture
  5. Kukuda Vadivu: Rooster posture
  6. Sarpa Vadivu: Snake posture
  7. Matsya Vadivu: Fish posture
  8. Marjara Vadivu: Cat posture

Kalaripayattu exercises related to animal postures

Best exercises for HIP MOBILITY, HAMSTRING FLEXIBILITY and CORE STRENGTH !!!

One of my favorite exercises related to animal posture is:

1. Valinju Amarnnu – stretch down into horse posture (Ashwa Vadivu).

Thiringu valingamarnnu – transition in Valinju Amarnnu (thiringu – turn),

Maari valingamarnnu – going backwards in Valinju Amarnnu (maari – backwards).

Horse posture is similar to warrior 1 in Yoga, or Gong Bu stance in Kung Fu. This posture is also performed during some of the kicks transitions (check above).

Extreme workout for BACK MUSCLES and LEG MUSCLES !!!

Kalaripayattu training includes also a lot of squat position. It occurs in exercises related to elephant posture and wild boar posture.

2. Othadi Amarnnu – exercise in elephant posture (Gajja Vadivu)

Thiringu othadiyil amarnnu – transition in Othadi Amarnu (thiringu – turn).

3. Keri Thanjamexercise in wild boar posture (Varanasi Vadivu)

Maari Thanjam – going backwards in thanjam,

Improves BACK FLEXIBILITY !!!

Thachu valanju – sequence of circles. It is an exercise performed after othadi amarnnu.

It is similar to the exercises learned  in acrobatics. It will help the person accomplish bridge position and standing from bridge position.

KALARIPAYATTU SEQUENCES

The first sequence we have learned during 1 month stay in Sreerangom C.V.N. Kalari  was:

1. meypayattumey (body), payattu (practice).

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.

CHECK ALSO KALARIPAYATTU KICKS AND OUR KALARIPAYATTU EXPERIENCE:

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1 Month Kalaripayattu

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1 Month Kalaripayattu

Training Experience – Part 2