Welcome to Thai Yoga Center

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Welcome to The American College of Natural Medicine: Thai Yoga Center

The A.C.N.M.: Thai Yoga Center offers SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® Thai Yoga, authentic indigenous traditional Thai Yoga Therapy/ Traditional Thai Massage (I.T.T.M.) classes, Northern Style Nuad Boran classes, Thai herbalism classes, Thai language, Thai culture classes, Thai & Filipino Martial Arts (Buddhai Sawan Sangha: Krabi Krabong, Kali, Arnis de Mano, Pekiti Tersia),  Thai Reusi Dottan and Hatha Yoga. A.C.N.M.: Thai Yoga Center offers coursework in spiritually based, sacred, natural medicine, which can qualify candidates for ministerial, vocational, and or traditional medical authorization under the Native American Indigenous Church (N.A.I.C.) in several different categories. Additionally, as we are an N.A.I.C., S.M.O.C.H., A.A.P.N.A., N.C.B.T.M.B. C.Y.A., Accredited, and or recognized College and school, our courses are suitable for continuing education credits and hours for primary licensed and allied licensed ministerial health care providers.

We are a unique seminary, sanctuary, and healing center dedicated to the research, preservation, and education of the three branches of Indigenous, Traditional Thai Medical Medicine and Massage, Thai Ayurveda,  as well as Yoga Therapy Thai style, Indigenous Traditional, and Native American Medicine, herbalism and spiritual practice. The T.Y.C. core modality offers in-depth, authentic Thai Yoga classes (also known as Indigenous, Traditional Thai yoga massage, Indigenous Traditional Thai Massage, or Nuad Boran) that engage students with a deep understanding of the richness of these ancient sacred modalities. We do this from a Christian and Native American perspective. (Please note: Thai Yoga is NOT Massage and Massage Therapy, as defined by state massage law! We do not teach Massage and or Massage Therapy as defined by various state laws!) N.A.I.C. members/ Students attending classes at T.Y.C. will experience Thai culture, philosophy, spirituality, theory, and history.

Read the History of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy in Thailand

Our professional ministerial and healing ministry certification programs are personally conducted or supervised by Thai-recognized Ajahn and Master Instructor/s with verifiable recognition and credentials.

Courses run from a 16-hour introduction to more than a 5000-hour professional certificate, diploma, or Sacred Degree programs of study with a core curriculum based on Indigenous, Traditional Thai Yoga, Ayurveda, and Native American based Holistic Health and wellness. Classes are small in size and instruction personal.

Thai Yoga Center is not open to the public, and as an N.A.I.C./ Priory of Saving Grace Seminary is members only. If you are not currently a member, we are happy to assist you in whatever might be necessary to authorize you to join our community. JOIN NAIC!

Where are we located?

The A.C.N.M.: Thai Yoga Center is in the historic town of Brooksville, FL. We are minutes from Springhill, Brandon, Tampa, Ocala, and Gainesville, Florida, metropolitan areas. We are about an hour from Orlando.

The A.C.N.M.: Thai Yoga Center (T.Y.C.) is an outreach and seminary of the Native American Indigenous Church (N.A.I.C.) and was founded as a Christian-Native American spiritual, educational, health, and retreat center. N.A.I.C. is an IRS 508(c)(1)(a) Compliant FBO (Faith Based Organization). 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. Everything is essential in the spectrum of life, external and internal environments. We focus specifically on the indigenous, traditional, native, spiritual, and natural healing arts derived from Native American Medicine (our unique heritage), Monastic and Bible-based Christian Yoga and Medicine, Yoga, and Yoga Therapies from Thailand, including but not limited to Indigenous Traditional Thai Yoga, Thai Massage (I.T.T.M.), Nuad Boran, Thai Reflexology foot massage, Indigenous Traditional Thai Ayurveda and Marma Acupressure Massage, Thai Yoga Bodywork, and Thai Herbal Massage.

With A.C.N.M. (American College of Natural Medicine): 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 traditional apprentice-style design (training with medicine elders directly) programs are modular and offered five times a year for your convenience. Our advanced courses and programs offered via online studies are the best currently available and self-paced for maximum adaptability to your busy life and the individual circumstances of your job and family. Most full-time students continue to work and make a living between retreats while enrolled at A.C.N.M.: Thai Yoga Center.

Today, we’re proud to be the most prominent religious, private, nonprofit online educator of Indigenous, 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 since 1983.

American College of Natural Medicine designs each program to meet the needs of adult learners like you. Our programs are taught flexibly, incorporating spiritual, vital, and energetic principles and values. Every course is prepared from the point of view of the result… functional and competent Ministers, Healers, Therapists, counselors, Natural/ Traditional Naturopathic Practitioners, Physicians, and Doctors practicing Sacred Medicine.

Our joy is a profound commitment to ensuring the viability and sustainability of the land we share and the internal welfare of ourselves and those we care about. We are invested in bringing the adventure, opportunities, and lessons the land offers into our programs and mission.

Who Are We?

We are an eclectic community of ministers, medicine men and women, educators, healers, yoga practitioners, Martial Artists, and teachers who share ideals of community education and sustainable, energetic health and wellness practices based on traditional concepts. We constantly seek individuals with skills and temperaments who want to be part of our permanent staff and seasonal associates. During the winter season, we are a small staff and family who organize, research, and develop programs; design and improve facilities and grounds; publish and update our website; take care of our land; and arrange for and register participants in our programs. In the spring and summer seasons, our staff swells and is supplemented by volunteers who help students and guests in various creative ways like land and facility building and maintenance, garden projects, residence support, cooking incredible quality food, and assisting in facilitating multiple courses. SomaVeda® students and volunteers do much of the work to maintain the land.

We practice, express, and support sustainable living principles and practices such as Permaculture Community Supported Agriculture, and we currently eat from our three food gardens! We have full-time residential training and host a variety of seminaries, conferences, and workshops related to green and natural living, the evolution of consciousness, martial arts, relationships, psychology, and spiritual and religious studies.

Programs at The N.A.I.C. American 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 various traditional Thai yoga, Thai massage, yoga, and yoga therapy educational media, such as Thai yoga books and videos.

Non-Degree Pro-Certificate Courses.

1. 164 Hr./ 5.55 Cr. Certified Thai Yoga Practitioner Program (C.T.P.: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Programs)

2. 535 hour/ 14.11 Cr. Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant Certificate Program (A.L.C.- A.A.P.N.A. Approved)

3. 650 hour/ 14.11 Cr. Ayurvedic Health Consultant Program (A.H.C.- A.A.P.N.A. Approved)

4. 1008 hour/ 28 Cr. Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Certificate (A.Y.T.- A.A.P.N.A. Approved)

5. 1028 Hr./ 28.55 Cr. Thai Yoga Teacher Certification Training Program (TCP)

6. 100 hour/ 3 Cr. Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program (C.Y.T.)

Diploma/ Degree Certificate Courses.

1. 1943 hour/ 54 Cr. Associate in Sacred Arts Degree: Major Traditional Natural Heath (A.S.A.) Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy

2. 2595 hour/ 72 Cr. Bachelor of Sacred Science: Major: Natural Health/ Alternative Medicine (BSSc.)

3. 2595 hour/ 72 Cr. Bachelor of Applied Sacred Science: Major: Massage Therapy (BSSc.MT)

4. 2595 hour/ 72 Cr. Bachelor of Applied Sacred Science: Major: Yoga Therapy (BSSc.YT)

5. 4959 Hr./ 127+ Cr. Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine Ayurveda/ Traditional Naturopathic Doctor Diploma Program (D.S.N.M./ ND(T))

6. 4959 Hr./ 127+ Cr. Doctor of Philosophy Sacred Ayurveda Medicine/ Traditional Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy Doctorate Diploma Program (Ph.D. Ayu)

7. NEW! 1034 Hr. “Barefoot Doctor” Doctor of Arts In Traditional and Indigenous Medicine (D.S.T.I.M.): Emphasis in Traditional Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy Doctorate Diploma Program

Where to start?

164hr. Online SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Pro-Certification Program CLICK HERE!

Training and Therapeutic Tours in Thailand.

1) Thailand Once a Year… Temporarily Suspended!  Thailand is not accepting Tourists or Students for short-term visas due to “Health Crises.” We are tracking closely. Hen Thailand re-opens to allow for cultural and educational tourism for International travelers; we will be ready to resume our programs with Thai Culture, partners, and schools.  As of today, the soonest dates look towards the fall or winter of 2024 (Depending on Thailand’s medical entry conditions and restrictions).

If you are a Massage Therapist looking for Massage Therapy C.E. Hours, we have you covered even though we are not a “Massage School” or program.  Currently, we are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (N.C.B.T.M.B.) as a Board Approved Continuing Education Provider # 1203.  e is also an F.S.M.B.T. CE provider (Florida).  If you are an Ayurveda Practitioner, Counselor, or Therapist, we are an Association of Ayurveda Professionals of North America (A.A.P.N.A.) Approved Registered Ayurvedic School.




We honor the Lineage, Spiritual Basis, and Science of our Work.

As N.A.I.C. members, we are free to use any indigenous, traditional, and or native medicine… we are authorized to use it freely.  e practice and express Native American Indigenous Religion, Christian/ Christ-Centered, and Religious Therapeutics as is our right.

We respect and incorporate modern scientific principles and healing from modern medicine as far as they do not conflict with our understanding and practice of the spiritual and scriptural basis for the access and training of natural healing, which is our belief and by international law.  We acknowledge the integrity 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 inspirational practices as possible in the most legitimate, ethical, and practical manner feasible. Your curriculum is generally designed to complement all the critical personal and professional development areas to understand better health, wellness, and the satisfaction of inner well-being.

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Thai Yoga Center International Programs and Courses

The A.C.N.M.: Thai Yoga Center supports ongoing programs in Thailand and India.  e have a variety of Thai yoga training 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.  e host ongoing certification programs weekly in both Bangkok and Chiangmai, Thailand. Your Thailand Thai Yoga courses are provided locally by the 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. His allows us to offer professional certifications and formal recognitions for over 4,000 combined and dedicated coursework hours.

The A.C.N.M.: Thai Yoga Center also offers outreach courses in Kerala, South India. The Indian programs emphasize Ayurveda, The Art of Being, and the Science of Life as passed down through Ayurvedic Yogis and Vidya generations. You’re professional programs in Ayurveda, Panchakarma, Indian Ayurvedic Medicine and Herbology, Ayurvedic Cooking, Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Kalari Payat, and more are the best. Ll of our Kerala South India-based Ayurveda and Panchakarma courses and diploma is recognized and certified by the State of Kerala and the National Government of India.  Depending on India’s medical entry conditions and restrictions)

N.A.I.C., Inc/ American College of Natural Medicine and The PanAmerican School of Natural Medicine (Nevis) offer joint training and outreach programs in Nevis, West Indies and Ibarra, Santo Domingo and Quito, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico (in support of the Borinkin Taino Indigenous Nation).  he Ecuadoran programs will be continuing education in conjunction with existing programs.  Depending on local medical entry conditions and restrictions)

We Are a Traditional Yoga School Teaching in a Traditional Manner

Our program in SomaVeda® Traditional Thai Yoga and Indigenous Traditional Healing program is the oldest running Traditional Thai Yoga (“Thai Massage”) certification course in the U.S. s a SomaVeda® Thai Yoga and Indigenous Traditional Traditional Traditional Thai Massage school, many of our courses have professional and institutional recognition and accreditation levels. Although no specific occupational licensing is required for Yoga and Yoga therapies, please refer to individual classes for specifics of credit and suitability for licensing in your particular area or jurisdiction.

Apprentice-style training differs from participating in Western-style programs in large groups or corporate style.  e is a traditional program emphasizing small, personal classes in the Master/ Apprentice relationship style.  n apprentice-style training, you work closely and personally with the Master instructor or under the Master’s supervision and guidance. He provides an intensely personal experience.

In our program, you learn in the very same way this information was first communicated to us and how it was authentically passed down through the generations.  he Thai calls the Master Instructor an “Aacharn,” “Aachan,” or “Ajahn.”  Our Ajahn, Dr. James, is a formally recognized professor of  Thai Traditional Medicine under the Wat Po Association of Thai Traditional Medical Schools and the Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society (U.T.T.S.) and has been personally recognized many times for this in Thailand. Jahn Dr. James is recognized both in Thailand and the U.S. as a Gold Sash “Ajahn” of the Thai Traditional system of Buddhai Sawann Institute of Krabi Krabong: The Tiger Sword of Thailand.  No other western teacher has similar or equivalent recognition for a Bio on Ajahn Dr. James; Click Here.

As you complete coursework at N.A.I.C. American 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.  e, specialize in helping apprentices find their path and gifts relating to this work and work to bring the ancient traditions to life in a practical expression for everyone.

Our being “On The Land” already provides many exciting opportunities for your participation in 2024.  please consider joining us.

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2 thoughts on “Welcome to Thai Yoga Center”

  1. Hi I am interested in doing a teacher certification training. Can you tell me how much it would cost and how long it would cost?
    When u say 200 hour how many days is that spread into ?
    Regards ,

    • All information including cost is on our website at ThaiYogaCenter.Com. If you need further assistance give us a call. Thanks!


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