Our brand new music & wellness retreat is making its debut in March and we’ve got a heavy itinerary planned! We sat down with Kalari master Ramona Lalita (Director, Kalari Healing) to get an insight into what guests can expect from the upcoming retreat:
Tell me about your background in Kalari?
I began studying Kalari Healing and Kalaripayattu Martial Arts in 2009 in Australia. A year later I visited my teacher and Guru, Sat Guru Hanuman Das, the founder of the Kalariyil Dharmikam Ashram in Kerala and I return to India every year to study and deepen my training and skills. Since 2009 I have been practising and sharing the Kalari Healing and Martial Art systems in different parts of the world, and am now based in Melbourne. I have been training both the healing and martial aspects of Kalari, and thoroughly enjoy each and every part of the practice. I continue to hold workshops and classes and I work in clinics to share and spread the teachings. I am also a naturopath and I combine both the ancient and western practices together in my classes and consultations. My aim has always been to grow spiritually and physically, and contribute to others wellness, while building a strong foundation in the basics of the healing and martial arts. Kalari’s multimodal system helps me delve into ancient spiritual technologies, utilising them in a way that helps me understand myself and others. I am a firm believer that when using Kalari methods, one can synergize the body, mind and spirit.
What attracted you to Kalari, martial arts and eastern practices?
I believe I always had a fighting spirit since a young age. I was first interested in self defence as a traveller especially as I have always been interested in more dangerous and remote places in the world. I studied Taekwondo in Singapore, Karate in Japan and Capoeira in Brazil. All the martial practices including Kalaripayattu from India are based on discipline and integrity to one’s inner and outer worlds, health and wellness, and social responsibility. They all encompass spiritual learning practices along with weapons and body training. I resonate with this and the way that martial arts and healing has allowed me to grow and develop. I was drawn to Kalari as it is unique and whole and it encompasses many aspects of training – discipline, healing, herbs, medicines, massage, spirituality, body forms, weapons, flexibility, meditation, yoga and most importantly the connection to teacher and Guru. I have learnt through my dedication to Kalari practices that I can manifest and create inner harmony and happiness.