Indian pole gymnastics

Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:51pm IST

1 of 23. A girl practices a Mallakhamb pose while suspended from a rope at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai, October 19, 2012. Mallakhamb is an ancient Indian sport which originated as a complementary exercise for wrestling, but is now practiced as a sport in itself. The name is a combination of the words 'malla', which means athlete or strong man, and 'khamba', which means pole. Athletes perform a variety of yogic and gymnastic poses while suspended from a rope or on a pole. Practitioners say that the sport not only develops a healthy and strong body, but also strengthens willpower and helps compose the mind.

Credit: Reuters/Vivek Prakash

Mallakhamb is an ancient Indian sport involving a variety of yogic and gymnastic poses while suspended from a rope or pole.

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