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 practice
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.
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
"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."
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
Introductory practice workshop
30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory practice workshop 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 practice workshop 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 practice workshop in to your regular life by yourself.
Live 1:1 online practice workshops
Duration of each session
3 times a week
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
Continued practice of endurance building exercises
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
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
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.
Not sure which course to take?
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