Trivandrum, Kerala, India
7 days, 6 nights
Yoga Asana & Fitness


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About the experience

What will I experience ?

At the Athmarekshitham retreat, you will engage in martial arts training that incorporates the ancient art of Varma Vidya (a traditional Indian practice focusing on vital points in the body) and Kalaripayattu. You'll practice yoga, focusing on Prana (life energy in Indian philosophy) and Mudra (symbolic hand gestures). Additionally, you'll learn self-defense techniques and how to apply them in various scenarios, including unarmed combat through Kaya Reksha (a form of self-control training). The training is rooted in Siddha medicine, enhancing your understanding of body mechanics and control. All teachings are delivered by experts from a lineage of traditional Siddha physicians and martial artists, providing an authentic and deeply cultural learning experience.

Benefits of this experience

Participating in the Athmarekshitham retreat will help you build self-control by improving your fitness through disciplined physical exercises and martial arts training. These activities not only enhance your physical strength and agility but also require mental focus and perseverance, teaching you to manage your body and emotions effectively. The integration of meditation practices further supports your ability to maintain calm and control under stress, contributing to overall self-colntrol.

Incorporation in daily life

Begin by setting aside a dedicated time each day for practicing the martial arts and yoga techniques you learned during the retreat. This will help in sustaining the benefits of retreat over time.

About the destination

Deva Vidya Gurukulam, where you'll attend the Athmarekshitham retreat, is a sanctuary for traditional wellness practices. Nestled in Trivandrum, this center draws upon the ancient knowledge of Siddha medicine and martial arts to offer a unique healing and learning experience. Here, you engage directly with age-old techniques like Varma Vidya and Kalari Payattu, under the guidance of lineage-holders in martial arts and Siddha practitioners. The Gurukulam's focus on traditional therapies and physical training provides a holistic approach to your physical and mental wellbeing, connecting you deeply with Indian cultural heritage.

About the Specialist

Premnath comes from an ancient lineage of traditional Siddha physicians and martial artists dating back around 600 years in Kerala, India. His speciality lies in blending various traditional healing practices such as Siddha Vaidyam, Kayakalpa treatments, Tantra, and Kalaripayattu to maintain and nurture youthful vigour and vibrant health in his patients. His unique expertise lies in his use of the "Pancha Prana Shuddhi" method, which is said to remove premature senility, and deformation due to one's lifestyle.


Place of experience

Trivandrum, or Thiruvananthapuram, is a city that blends serene landscapes with cultural heritage, making it an ideal setting for wellbeing retreats. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea and lush hills, its environment promotes tranquility and relaxation. The city is known for its Ayurvedic centers and yoga retreats that leverage the natural bounty and peaceful atmosphere, offering holistic health experiences deeply rooted in traditional Indian wellness practices.

Most suitable time to visit

The most suitable time to experience the Athmarekshitham retreat at Deva Vidya Gurukulam is during the cooler, drier months from October to March, when the climate in Trivandrum is most pleasant for physical activities and outdoor training.

Ancient & modern provenance

Ancient texts and treatises:

Ancient text name: Dhanurveda (dated between 2nd century BCE and 4th century CE)

  • Context: An ancient Indian treatise on the science of archery and warfare, part of the Upavedas linked to the Yajurveda.
  • Mention of Varma Vidya and Kalaripayattu: Discusses various martial techniques and the strategic use of vital points (marmas), which enhance physical strength and mental discipline necessary for self-control and combat readiness.

Ancient text name: Sushruta Samhita (circa 6th century BCE)

  • Context: A foundational text of Ayurveda written by Sage Sushruta, which is primarily focused on medicine and surgery.
  • Mention of Varma Vidya: Describes the concept of marmas or vital points and their significance in surgery and healing, highlighting the benefits in bodily control and therapeutic interventions.

Ancient text name: Malla Purana (circa 13th century CE)

  • Context: A treatise detailing wrestling techniques and the physical conditioning of wrestlers in ancient India.
  • Mention of Kalaripayattu: Refers to the use of physical exercises and martial routines from Kalaripayattu to build not only physical strength but also discipline and mental focus, crucial for overall wellbeing.

Modern scientific researches:

Title: Exploring the Relevance of Cultural Resource Management: A Case Study of Kalaripayattu

  • Main Author: A. Vinodan
  • Date of Publishing: 2018
  • Abstract: The article explores Kalaripayattu, a comprehensive martial art from India, noting its potential in enhancing physical and mental strength. It discusses the cultural heritage and its impact on tourism, emphasizing the practice's foundation in the Dravidian culture and its significance in promoting mental and physical wellness.
  • Link to the Paper

Full plan of experience

The following schedule provides a general outline of the duration and activities aimed at facilitating the integration of the retreat's teachings into your daily life.

At the place
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
7 days, 6 nights
$2500 / person

Experience schedule

The experience schedule includes the following programmes

  • Varmam based Encounter Training
  • Mind power Training and Healing
  • Shakthi Sadhana Training
  • Mind Reading and mind control training

Please note that this program is designed at a high level. A detailed and personalized program will be provided based on the individual needs and preferences of our guests.



Traditional Siddha practitioner

7 days, 6 nights
$2500 / person
Upcoming next:
1st week of June, July & Aug 2024
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