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Yoga Asana & Fitness


For Building Warrior Mindset

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About the course

What will I learn

Dr. Mahesh integrates the strong physical movement of Kalaripayattu with the practice of breath from the Siddha tradition to form his popular offering called Nalludal. It is a unique Kalari-based Health & Fitness program which helps in raising the practitioner's physical and mental wellbeing by boosting their level of confidence.

Benefits of this course

The regular practise of Nalludal helps the practitioner by enhancing vital capacity and stamina and builds strength thereby leading to a stress free life. This leads to a mental state of readiness, resilience, and focus that enables individuals to overcome challenges and build fearlessness, thereby leading to creation of a warrior mindset.

Incorporating in my life

The practice involves a set of physical movements & breathing exercises to be done for about 30 minutes per day, ideally early in the morning as part of one’s daily morning routine

About the specialist

Mahesh Gurukkal is the son of a Legendary Kalari master and Sidha Expert. He was initiated into Kalaripayattu at a very young age as his family had deep roots in Kalaripayattu. He is a fifth-generation martial artist. He is an expert in Kalaripayattu, Siddha Medicine, Vastu Shastra, and Tantric practices and has authored a few books on them.

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Ancient & scientific relevance

Ancient texts that refer to this

Dhanurveda, a Sanskrit treatise on warfare and archery, attributed either to Bhrigu or Vishvamitra or Bharadwaja, is traditionally regarded as one among the four upavedas to Vedas.

Kalaripayattu, as recognised by the Dhanurveda, improves physical fitness, mental discipline, self-defence proficiency, stress management for overall wellbeing.

Modern research & publications

Research Paper: Effect of Kalaripayattu on physical fitness variables among college students

Journal: International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health 2017

Authors: Sreenath S

Abstract: Kalaripayattu, has many advantages including a significant effect on improving the physical fitness. It has shown notable improvements in areas such as cardio-respiratory endurance, explosive strength, agility, and balance.

Introductory session

30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory session with Gurukkal Dr. S Mahesh.

The session will be facilitated by the Leela Life Concierge Desk.

Plan for the intro session

Introduction to Nalludal, explore the ancient Indian martial art focusing on mind-body connection and fluid movements

Witness the Nalludal demonstration by skilled practitioners, and then engage in practicing gentle exercises

Q&A and Insights: Discuss Nalludal's benefits and clarify doubts to encourage further exploration

Pre-requisites for the intro session

Spacious and well-ventilated practice area, allowing free movement

High-quality camera capable of capturing full views and movements

Plan for overall course

The specialist will be tailoring the course for you and the exact number of sessions will depend on multiple factors such as need, inclination, interest, absorption and more.

The plan below should give you a rough indication of how many sessions will it take for you to inculcate the learnings from this course in to your regular life by yourself.

Live 1:1 online course
25 sessions
Duration of each session
60 mins
3 times a week
Course price

Session 1

  • Introduction and salutations

Session 2 & 3

  • Breathing exercises and warm-up movements

Session 4 & 5

  • Flexibility and endurance exercises

Session 6 & 7

  • Advanced breathing exercises and endurance building exercises

Session 8

  • Continued practice of endurance building exercises

Session 9

  • Introduction to Chuvadu - a set or sequence of predetermined combat movements or techniques in Kalaripayattu

Session 10 - 12

  • Chuvadu 1 practice - foundational chuvadu sequences taught to beginners to start their training in Kalaripayattu

Session 13 - 15

  • Chuvadu 2 practice - building upon the skills learned in Chuvadu 1 and introduces new techniques, combinations, and strategies

Session 16 - 18

  • Chuvadu 3 practice - introduction to more advanced techniques, combinations, and strategies compared to the previous chuvadu sequences

Session 19

  • Introduction to Vadivu - an integral aspect of Kalaripayattu,that involves practice of aligning and coordinating the body for effective and efficient technique execution

Session 20 - 24

  • Vadivu practice

Session 25

  • Clarification of concepts and discussion on session experiences

Frequently asked questions

  • How is this different from any martial art session?
  • It teaches effective self-defense techniques and helps improve physical fitness. With the addition of Siddha breathwork, it also enhances mental clarity and emotional balance. Nalludal offers a unique and empowering experience to explore this traditional form and improve yourself.
  • Is this course for me?
  • Nalludal is suitable for anyone looking to enhance their health and fitness using the powerful combination of Kalaripayattu's physical movements and Siddha breathwork. Whether you have previous experience or not, this program offers a holistic approach to improve both physical strength and mental well-being. Join Nalludal to discover the effective techniques and profound benefits it offers, and embark on a transformative journey to boost your self-confidence and overall well-being.
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Conducted by

Gurukkal Dr. S Mahesh

Kalaripayattu exponent Martial artist and Sidha expert

Course price
25 sessions • 3 times a week
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