Warriors of Coconut land -Part 5

Kalaripayattu is about stretching one’s limits and making a person physically and mentally strong. The following exercises are a depiction of strength, agility, flexibility and mental strength:

Warm-up exercise 9: Place your palms on the ground with the rest of body facing parallel to the floor. Stretch the right leg backward and while the front leg remains straight. Now, breathe in. As you breathe in and straighten the leg stretched backward and ensure that the leg in-front is in a semi-crouching position. Try to shift the weight of the body to the knee in front and support yourself with your arms and look upwards. Breathe out and go back to the original position. Do not let your stomach touch the floor while doing so. The drill has to be performed 10 times. Repeat the drill on the left foot as well.

This exercise strengthens the knee, things, ankles, wrists, shoulders, neck and back.

Warm-up exercise 10: Split your legs as much as you can. While doing so, keep your feet upright. Repeat the same drill on either side. Remember: Push your limits GRADUALLY.

Warm-up exercise 11: This exercise is called the Nerkaal (which translates to – the leg held vertically). Places your above hands your head while your right leg is stretched backward to a small extent. Transfer the weight of the body to the leg which is slightly bent and is parallel to the right leg. Now, touch lift your right leg and try to touch the leg to the palms of your right hand. Remember to ensure that your arms are upright. Repeat this exercise 10 times and practice doing so with the left leg as well.

This exercise is aimed at ensuring a certain degree of focus, strength, flexibility, stamina, and balance.

Warm-up exercise 12: This exercise is called the Konkaal (which translates to – the leg that is stretched across the body). Places your hands above your head while your right leg is stretched backward to a small extent. Transfer the weight of the body to the leg which is slightly bent and is parallel to the right leg. Now, touch lift your right leg and try to touch the leg to the palms of your left hand. Remember to ensure that your arms are upright. Repeat this exercise 10 times and practice doing so with the left leg as well.

This exercise is aimed at ensuring a certain degree of focus, strength, flexibility, stamina, and balance.

Warm-up exercise 13: This exercise is called the Veedikaal (which translates to – leg that is stretched side-ways). Stretch your arms sideways. Remember your arms should be parallel to the ground. The palms of your hands shouldn’t face you. Your right leg should be stretched back to a small extent. Transfer the weight of the body to the leg which is slightly bent and is parallel to the right leg. Now, lift your right leg. Your leg should rotate clockwise before touching the right palm. Repeat this exercise 10 times and practice doing so with the left leg as well (in this case, the leg should rotate anti-clockwise before touching the palm of the left hand).

This exercise is aimed at ensuring a certain degree of focus, strength, flexibility, stamina, and balance.

Warm-up exercise 14: This exercise is called the Angankaal (which translates to – leg that is stretched inwards). Stretch your arms sideways. Remember your arms should be parallel to the ground. The palms of your hands shouldn’t face you. Your right leg should be stretched back to a small extent. Transfer the weight of the body to the leg which is slightly bent and is parallel to the right leg. Now, lift your right leg. Your leg should rotate anti-clockwise before touching the left palm. Repeat this exercise 10 times and practice doing so with the left leg as well (in this case, the leg should rotate clockwise before touching the palm of the left hand).

This exercise is aimed at ensuring a certain degree of focus, strength, flexibility, stamina, and balance.

(to be contd..)

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