With Heidi Rasmussen

Kalarippayatt is, according to legend, the ancestor of martial arts. It comprises of exercises specifically designed for a complete mastery of the body, techniques for armed and bare handed combat, and therapeutic massages based on the knowledge of vital points (marmas). It is anchored in Kathakali training and is practiced in theatre schools throughout Southern India.

Kalarippayatt involves breathing, warm up and stretching exercises, as well as great variety of postures inspired by animal movements (lion, elephant, cat, serpent and so on).

The infinite combinations of these positions evoke a dance of a grace and strength, the practice of which is simultaneously energizing and relaxing, stimulating and balancing, both physically and psychologically.

During this introductory day, we will begin with breathing, stretching and warm up exercises through diverse movements and leg lifts (kalugal). Then we will discover the animal postures and their combinations (ashtavadivu).

The class is open to all and you do not need to be at a particular level, although the practice of yoga, dance or a martial art is an advantage.  Teaching will take into account the different individual levels.

Ateliers d'ethnomusicologie - 10, rue Montbrillant - 1201 Genève
Friday from 5.15 pm to 6.45 pm
Monthly : 110 frs - 100 frs for ADEM's members - 30 frs by lesson

Phone : 076 397 23 89 - Email:



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