Lalita Ramona Yagnik is a Kalari Practitioner, Kalaripayattu Instructor, Yoga teacher, Musician, and Naturopath. She began studying Kalari Healing and Martial Arts in 2009 in Australia. Since then she has made several trips to India to study and train with her teacher and Guru, Sat Guru Hanuman Das, the founder of the Kalariyil Dharmikam Ashram in Kerala. She is currently practicing and teaching key Kalaripayattu exercises, forms, open combat sequences, and weapon forms. Developing focus in the mind and body, while building a strong foundation through warm ups and basic practices, is integral to her training.
Originally from India, Lalita has lived and studied in various countries such as Brazil, Singapore, India and Japan. She is passionate about health and well-being, employing Kalari in her personal life. Lalita sees Kalari as a multimodal healing system, and is a firm believer that using Kalari methods, one can synergize the body, mind, and spirit.
Throughout our conversation, we discuss:
•Lalita’s multi faceted path weaving many healing modalities and travelled the world
•The book that was pivotal on her path
•What Lalita is reading and studying right now
•What Kalari and Kalaripayattu is (and the main misconception)
•Why the art form is so important in our society today
•The qualities we cultivate from Kalari and the practices of India
•The strong threads of Yoga and Ayurveda woven into the Kalari system
•Lalita’s biggest teachers in life
•Her approach to self-care
•Embodying and honouring tradition
•How you can learn Kalaripayattu with Lalita