| Rope Mallakhamb
(Rope mallakhamb, speed of movement, vital capacity, peak expiratory flow rate)
A cotton rope which is 2.5 cm thick, replaces the wooden pole.
The performers are expected to strike various yogic poses, without knotting the rope in any way.
Rope mallakhamb is the form practiced by females but which is also practiced by some men and boys.
The mallakhamb rope is symbolically viewed as the god Hanuman ’s tail.
The rope sequences feature the extreme use of flexibility, daring falls and catches.
A unique toe grip is employed which issued for climbing and holding the rope.
This is because the sole of the foot is forbidden to touch the rope at any time as this would be
considered disrespectful to Hanuman.
At the end of the apparatus or “tail” the inner core of the rope is exposed and plaited
to actually resemble a monkey’s tail and this is a symbolic visual reference to Hanuman.