Welcome to Kalari Lab Online Academy
The only virtual academy in the martial and healing art of Kalarippayattu.
Below you will find the curriculum for Lessons 1-4 of our Level 1 course.
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Included in this FREE introductory course are 4 training videos and a bonus video (that you can download) covering the first 18 warm-up exercises (LOHAR).
Here you will learn the first warm-ups from Kalari (LOHAR) which are designed to improve flexibility, strength and balance. They are grounding exercises and can be practised alone if you have only 15 minutes available to train - this is an excellent use of that time.
The next ting we will learn is the first of the leg-exercises or Kalugal (straight-leg kick). This works to lengthen the muscles in the back of the legs and down the back of the body. You will feel a significant increase in hip flexibility from this exercise.
We then move onto the postures of Kalari, the building blocks of the forms (VADIVU). In this free beginners course you shall learn Horse, Elephant and Cat. As stand-alone exercises these are excellent for improving joint stability, increasing muscle strength and length.
These VADIVU are then put together to make the first steps of the first form from Northern style Kalari (Vadakkan). This is called the Kalari Vandanam.
Over lessons 1-4 you will start to see how these forms are constructed by linking together the VADIVU.
Advise from your teacher:
Before starting the training videos please look over the 14-day training program and if you are worried about your age or physical condition, please do contact me directly.
I am very happy to have you as a student and on behalf of the whole team, welcome you to Kalari Lab Online, the only virtual academy in Kalarippayattu.
Senior Teacher, Kalari Lab Online
An authentic lineage
Adam Phillips has been practising Kalari for over 20 years, first encountering the practice as an actor in training. In 2001, he visited India and became a student of Gurukkal CM Sherif at Kerala Kalarippayattu Academy (KKA) in Kerala. Since then he has become a senior teacher of the school, and is now one of the most experienced non-Indian practitioners of the art, leading workshops in UK, Poland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Russia, Greece and Italy.
In 2016 he relocated to Ko Pha Ngan island in Thailand and founded Kalari Lab as a centre for teaching, treatment and research into the martial and healing art of Kalari. Since then several hundred students have trained and received treatment at Kalari Lab and the centre is now becoming well recognised and receiving students from all over the world.
Kalari Lab Online
In response to the request of many of his students, Adam has created Kalari Lab Online: an online learning environment, the first online virtual academy and what is becoming the first online encyclopedia of the techniques within Kalarippayattu. Kalari Lab Online has been designed to provide ongoing support to existing and future students of Kalari and to form a strong and vibrant community of practitioners, to bring cohesion and motivation to students globally.