Welcome to The SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine: Thai Yoga Center
The SCNM: Thai Yoga Center offers SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, authentic Thai Massage classes, Nuad Boran classes, Thai herbalism classes, Thai language classes, Thai culture classes, eclectic martial arts and Hatha Yoga. SCNM: Thai Yoga Center offers course work in spiritually based natural medicine which can qualify candidates for vocational and or medical licensing in several different categories. Additionally, as we are am ONACS, SMOCH, ANMA, AAPNA, NAMA, NCBTMB, Accredited and or recognized school our courses are suitable for continuing education credits and hours for both primary licensed and allied licensed health care providers.
We are a unique residential-style healing center dedicated to the research, preservation and education of the three branches of Traditional Thai Medical Massage, Thai Ayurveda, and Thai Medicine as well as Yoga Therapy, Indigenous Traditional and Native American Medicine, herbalism and spiritual practice. The TYC offers in-depth, authentic Thai Yoga classes (also known as Thai yoga massage, Thai Massage or Nuad Boran) that engage students with a deep understanding of the richness of these ancient modalities. Students attending classes at TYC and clients receiving treatments at our clinic will have an experience that is steeped in Thai culture, philosophy, spirituality, theory and history.
All of our professional certification programs are personally conducted or personally supervised by Thai recognized Aachan and Master Instructors with verifiable recognitions and credentials. Courses run from 16 hour introduction to more than 5000 hour professional certificate, diploma and or Degree programs of study with a core curriculum based on Thai Yoga and Ayurveda based Holistic Health.
Where are we located?
The SCNM: Thai Yoga Center is located in the historic town of Plant City, Florida. We are minutes away from Zephyrhills, Brandon, Lakeland and Tampa metropolitan areas. We are about an hour from Orlando.
The SCNM: Thai Yoga Center (TYC), are an outreach and seminary of the Oklevueha Native American Church of SomaVeda (ONACS) and was founded as an educational health and retreat center. Our vision is a community-based cooperation of open minded people seeking to learn and share ideas and concepts of healing and wellness. Our way of life encompasses everything from holistic medicine and healing to developing consciousness based on fundamental energetic and spiritual principles. In the spectrum of life everything is important, external as well as internal environments. We focus specifically on the fine arts derived from Yoga and Yoga Therapies from Thailand including but not limited to Thai Yoga, Thai Massage, Nuad Boran, Thai foot massage, Traditional Thai Massage, Thai Yoga Bodywork and Thai Herbal Massage.
With SCNM: Thai Yoga Center, you can enjoy a comprehensive academic program in a format that gives you the convenience and freedom to study at a time and place that works for you. Our residential, traditional class room format programs are modular and offered four times a year for your convenience. Our Advanced courses and programs offered via on-line studies are the best currently available and self paced for maximum adaptability to your busy life and individual circumstances of job and family. Most full time students continue to work and make a living while enrolled at SCNM: Thai Yoga Center.
Today, we’re proud to be the largest private, nonprofit online educator of Traditional Thai Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda and Natural Medicine in the United States, having provided more than 20,000 students with the education they need to achieve their life, ministry and professional goals.
SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine Online designs each program to meet the needs of adult learners like you. Our programs are taught in a flexible format that incorporates spiritual, vital and energetic principles and values. Every course is taught from the pint of view of the end result… functional and competent Therapists, Counselor and Natural/ Naturopathic Practitioners and Doctors.
Our joy is a profound commitment to insure the viability and sustainability of the land we share as well as the internal welfare of ourselves and those we care about. We are invested in bringing the adventure, opportunities and lessons that the land offers into all of our programs and mission
Who Are We?
We are an eclectic community of ministers, medicine men and women, educators, healers, yoga practitioners and teachers who share ideals of community education and sustainable energetic health and wellness practices based on traditional concepts. We are constantly on the lookout for individuals with skills and temperaments who would like to be part of our permanent staff as well as seasonal associates. During the winter season we are a small staff of about five people who organize, research and develop programs, design and improve facilities and grounds, publish and update our web-site, take care of our land and arrange for and register participants in our programs. In the spring and summer season our staff swells and is supplemented by volunteers who are here to help students and guests in a variety of creative ways like land and facility building and maintenance, garden projects, residence support, cooking incredible quality food and assisting in facilitating various courses. Our live-in volunteer staff also participate in the programs that they choose as well.
We practice and support sustainable living principles and practices such as Permaculture, Community Supported Agriculture and currently eat from our three food gardens! We have full time residential training and host a variety of conferences and workshops related to green and natural living, evolution of consciousness, martial arts, relationships, psychology and spiritual studies. Our live-in apprentice programs are available only to a select few highly motivated persons.
Programs at The SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine: Thai Yoga Center
We have classes, programs Degrees and services for diverse needs. Our programs are accredited and internationally recognized. They have been in development and formally recognized since 1984! We produce and publish a wide variety of Traditional Thai Yoga, Thai Massage, Yoga and Yoga Therapy educational media such as Thai yoga books and Thai yoga video’s.
Non-Degree Certificate Courses.
1. Weekly Hatha Yoga Drop in classes open to the public. (During
2. 200 Hr./ 5.55 Cr. Certified Thai Yoga Practitioner Program (CTP: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Programs)
3. 1028 Hr./ 28.55 Cr. Thai Yoga Teacher Certification Training Program (TCP)
4. 508 hour/ 14.11 Cr. Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner Certificate Program (AWP)
5. 1008 hour/ 28 Cr. Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Certificate (AYT)
6. 100 hour/ 3 Cr. Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program (CYT)
Diploma/ Degree Certificate Courses.
1. 2595 hour/ 72 Cr. Associate in Arts Degree: Indigenous Traditional Holistic Heath (A.A.)
2. 2595 hour/ 72 Cr. Associate in Arts Degree: Psychology (A.A.)
3. 4959 Hr./ 127+ Cr. Doctor of Natural Medicine Ayurveda/ Traditional Naturopathic Doctor Diploma Program (DNM/ ND)
If you are a Massage Therapist looking for Massage Therapy CE Hours, we have you covered. Currently we are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider # 451300-10. We are also a FSMBT CE provider (Florida). If your an Ayurveda Practitioner, Counselor or Therapists we are an Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) and National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA ) Approved Registered Ayurvedic School.
We honor the Lineage, Spiritual Basis and Science of our Work
Our college is not aligned with nor exclusively committed to representing any one particular energy based healing method or spiritual path. We acknowledge the veracity and value of all the world’s indigenous and native wisdom traditions and sacred ways. We are generously committed to bringing the finest examples of as many different inspirational practices as possible in the most legitimate, ethical and practical way possible. Our curriculum is generally designed to complement all the important areas for personal and professional development for better understanding of health, wellness and the satisfaction of inner well-being. We respect and incorporate modern scientific principles and healing from modern medicine in as far as they do not conflict with our understanding and practice of the spiritual and scriptural basis for the access and and practice of natural healing which is our belief and in accordance with international law.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Declaration of Alma Ata
Thai Yoga Center International Programs and Courses
The SCNM: Thai Yoga Center actively supports ongoing programs in both Thailand and in India. We have a variety of Thai yoga trainings in Thailand that range from 30 hour week-long beginner programs to 17 week 500 hour plus programs which include Thai Yoga Teacher Training Certification. We host ongoing certification programs weekly in both Bangkok and Chiangmai, Thailand. All of our Thailand Thai Yoga courses are provided locally by Thailand Ministry of Health and Education approved and licensed providers and teachers.
Thai Yoga Center courses and programs in Thailand and India can be combined for credit with US based programs and vice versa. This allows us to offer professional certifications and formal recognitions for over 3000 hours of combined and dedicated course work.
The SCNM: Thai Yoga Center also offers courses that are located in Kerala South India. The India programs emphasize Ayurveda, The Art of Being and Science of Life as passed down through generations of Ayurvedic Yogis and Vidya. Our professional programs in Ayurveda, Panchakarma, Indian Ayurvedic Medicine and Herbology, Ayurvedic Cooking, Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Kalari Payat and more are the very best. All of our Kerala South India based Ayurveda and Panchakarma courses and diploma are recognized and certified by the State of Kerala and the National Government of India.
ONACS, Inc/ SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and The Pan American School of Natural Medicine (Nevis) offer joint training programs in Nevis, West Indies and Ibarra, Santo Domingo and Quito, Ecuador. The Ecuadoran programs will be continuing education and in conjunction with existing programs.
We Are a Traditional Yoga School Teaching in a Traditional Manner
As a SomaVeda® Thai Yoga and Thai Massage school, many of our courses have various levels of professional as well as institutional recognition and accreditation. Our program in SomaVeda® Traditional Thai Yoga and Massage is the oldest running Thai Yoga certification course of its kind in the US. Although there is no specific occupational licensing required for Yoga and Yoga therapies, please refer to individual courses for specifics of recognition and suitability for licensing in your particular area or jurisdiction.
We are a traditional program emphasizing small, personal classes in the Master/ Apprentice relationship style. Apprentice style training is quite different from participating in Western style programs in large groups or corporate style. In apprentice style training you work closely and personally with the Master instructor or directly under the Master’s supervision and guidance. This provides an intensely personal experience.
In our program you learn in the very same way this information was first communicated to us and in the manner it was authentically passed down through the generations. The Thai call the Master Instructor an “Aacharn” or “Aachan.” Our Aachan, Dr. James is a 37th generation master of formally recognized Thai Traditions and has been personally recognized many times for this in Thailand. No other western Instructor has similar or equivalent recognitions. For a Bio on Aachan J. Click Here.
As you complete course work at ONACS SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine: Thai Yoga Center expect to be treated with dignity and respect. However, at the same time please know that the same is always required from students and apprentices as well. We specialize in helping apprentices find their path and their gifts relating to this work and works to bring the ancient traditions to life in a practical expression for everyone.
Our being “On The Land” is already providing many exciting opportunities for your participation in 2012/ 2013. Please consider joining us.
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