August’s online edition of LAYoga features a great article from LA-based Kalari instructor Yukiko Amaya, a fellow student of our beloved Kalari teacher C.M. Sherif Gurukkal and a friend from my days of teaching Kalari in LA. As far as I remember, the blood of a samurai-lineage runs in Yukiko’s veins, which might explain the acuteness of a warrior’s eye and subtleness with which she describes her experiences. This article is a definetely recommended for beginning and seasoned Abhyasis alike and captures some of the aspects of a beginner’s Kalari practice that are usually very hard to put into words.
Yukiko is a devoted yogini and dancer, deeply drawn to awakening the life intelligence inherent in us all. She leads classes and workshops in yoga, meditation, sacred dance and beginning Kalarippayattu, as well as private sessions geared to the individual practitioner. She is based in Los Angeles, CA. www.SundariSacredArts.Com.
In addition to insights about Yukiko’s way into the practice and a rare shoulderview of a beginning Abhyasi’s phsychophysical journey, the article features amazing shots of Kalari Senior Instructor Alexander Kutschera alongside Mohammed Shahabas and other teachers and students from the lineage of C.M. Sherif Gurukkal. Alexander recently spent two years in Kerala, deeply immersing and practicing Kalari on the red clay virtually every single day.
Yukiko Amaya will start teaching Northern Style Kalari classes again in in LA in October 2011. Most probably classes will be on Wednesday mornings 8 – 9:30am at the Electric Lodge, but final location and time are yet to be determined. Get in touch with Yukiko to get informed in advance and don’t miss this rare opportunity to practice authentic Kalari in LA. You can reach Yukiko via her email topazsea[at]earthlink.net.
The beautiful Kalari shots featured in the article are the work of talented photographer Alana Gregory who has rare eye for capturing the art’s crucial moments on digital film. I really hope to see more of Alana’s inspiring work in the future.
You can find the whole LAYoga article by clicking on the pictures in this post or by following this link.