YOKAYAM™ - a comprehensive strengthening program combining Yoga, Martial Arts, and Dance



Yoga is an ancient Indian Physical, Mental and Spiritual practice.



Kalaripayattu or Kalari is an Indian Martial Art. It is one of the oldest fighting systems in existence.



Bharatanatyam is a South Indian Classical dance. It is one of the oldest and most evolved dance forms of India.

Our Goal


Our goal is to introduce these art forms to a global audience and to make the world strong and healthy through a fun and unique experience.



Surabhi Bharadwaj

Founder | Primary Instructor


A professional Indian classical dancer, certified yoga instructor and martial art trainer.​



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YOGA: a physical, mental & spiritual practice for better living

Yoga is an ancient Indian art which means ‘unity’ or ‘oneness’. The term Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means ‘to join’. In spiritual terms, Yoga can be described as the union of the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness.

The practice of Yoga, which involves - pranayama (controlled breathing), asana (prescribed body positions) shatkarma (purification practices) and meditation, helps to balance and harmonize the individual’s body, mind and emotions. Yoga brings different bodily functions to work in perfect coordination for the total body health and positive state of mind, a state of deep spiritual insight and tranquility.  The ultimate goal is to strike a balance between mind and body and attain self-enlightenment. 

The benefits of Yoga include the following:

  • Calms the mind through restoring mental agility
  • Decreases nervousness, irritability, and confusion
  • Helps detoxify the body
  • Improves concentration
  • Strengthens the whole body
  • Regulates metabolism and energies the body
  • Helps to reduce stress and mental fatigue
  • Increases flexibility and physical comfort



KALARIPAYATTU / KALARI: an Indian Martial Art

Kalaripayattu is one of the oldest fighting systems in existence. The technique is a combination of steps and postures. It includes strikes, kicks, grappling, fighting with different types of unique weapons and healing methods. 

In the 3rd century, elements from the 'Yoga Sutra' of Patanjali, as well as finger movements from the dances were incorporated into the fighting arts. A number of South Asian fighting styles still remain closely connected to yoga & dance.

Kalari is not only a means of self-defense but also a means of becoming determined and self-disciplined. Beginners start with training in balance and body flexibility and then move on to advanced lessons.

Kalari requires speed, agility, and coordination of body parts. The training to become a Master includes training in Ayurveda and knowledge of human anatomy which helps in understanding vital nervous points for healing techniques.

The Practice of Kalaripayattu has immense benefits:

At the physical level:

  • It increases Flexibility and strength
  • Increases immunity and overall health
  • Makes the body fast and dynamic, and eliminates lethargy

At the Mind Level:

  • Improves concentration
  • Improves receptivity
  • Improves Patience
  • Improves self-discipline and self-awareness
  • Improves ability to deal with stress



BHARATANATYAM: a South Indian Classical Dance

Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest and most advanced and evolved dance form of India. It is considered to be a fire dance because the dancer resembles the movement of a dancing flame.

The name Bharatanatyam is a simple derivation from the three most important aspects of dance (in Sanskrit). These are: Bha from Bhava meaning emotion, Ra from Raaga meaning music/melody, Ta from Taala meaning rhythm and Natyam meaning dance. Thus Bharatanatyam is the dance that encompasses music, rhythm and emotion.

The movements of this dance, forms geometrical patterns using the whole body. It requires hand-eye-leg coordination and control over the whole body including facial muscles.It involves rhythmic foot work, vigorous movement of the arms, squatting, jumping, stretching etc, which makes it extremely dynamic and powerful. In contrast it also involves subtle expressions and fluid movement of the body which makes it a very graceful dance form.

Benefits of practicing Bharatanatyam :

  • Improves Stamina
  • Improves body balance
  • Improves flexibility
  • Improves concentration & memory power
  • Builds endurance
  • Helps control body weight
  • Improves hand-eye-leg coordination