Welcome to The SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine: Thai Yoga Center
The SCNM: Thai Yoga Center offers SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® Thai Yoga, authentic indigenous traditional Thai Yoga Therapy/ Traditional Thai Massage (ITTM) 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. SCNM: Thai Yoga Center offers course work in spiritually based, sacred, natural medicine which can qualify candidates for ministerial, vocational and or traditional medical authorization under the Native American Indigenous Church (NAIC) in several different categories. Additionally, as we are an NAIC, SMOCH, AAPNA, NCBTMB, Accredited and or recognized College and school, our courses are suitable for continuing education credits and hours for both 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 TYC 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. NAIC members/ Students attending classes at TYC will have an experience that is steeped in Thai culture, philosophy, spirituality, theory and history. (Please note: Thai Yoga is NOT Massage and or Massage Therapy as defined by state massage law! We do not teach Massage and or Massage Therapy as defined by various state laws!)
All of our professional ministerial and healing ministry certification programs are personally conducted or personally supervised by Thai recognized Ajahn and Master Instructor/s with verifiable recognition’s and credentials.
Courses run from 16 hour introduction to more than 5000 hour professional certificate, diploma and or Sacred Degree programs of study with 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 NAIC/ Priory of Saving Grace Seminary is members only. If you are not currently a member, we are more than happy to assist you in whatever might be necessary to authorize you to join our community. JOIN NAIC!
Where are we located?
The SCNM: Thai Yoga Center is located in the historic town of Brooksville, FL. We are minutes away from Springhill, Brandon, Tampa, Ocala, Gainesville Florida metropolitan areas. We are about an hour from Orlando.
The SCNM: Thai Yoga Center (TYC), are an outreach and seminary of the Native American Indigenous Church (NAIC) and was founded as a spiritual, educational, health and retreat center. NAIC is a 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. In the spectrum of life everything is important, external as well as internal environments. We focus specifically on the indigenous, traditional, native, spiritual and natural healing arts derived from Native American Medicine (our personal heritage), Yoga and Yoga Therapies from Thailand including but not limited to Indigenous Traditional Thai Yoga, Thai Massage (ITTM), Nuad Boran, Thai Reflexology foot massage, Indigenous Traditional Thai Ayurveda and Marma Acupressure Massage, Thai Yoga Bodywork and Thai Herbal Massage.
With SCNM (SomaVeda 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 format (training with medicine elders directly) programs are modular and offered five 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 between retreats while enrolled at SCNM: Thai Yoga Center.
Today, we’re proud to be the largest 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.
SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine 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 Ministers, Healers, Therapists, Counselor and Natural/ Traditional Naturopathic Practitioners and Doctors practicing Sacred Medicine.
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, Martial Artist 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 and family 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. 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 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, evolution of consciousness, martial arts, relationships, psychology, spiritual and religious studies.
Programs at The NAIC 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 Pro-Certificate Courses.
1. 164 Hr./ 5.55 Cr. Certified Thai Yoga Practitioner Program (CTP: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Programs)
5. 1028 Hr./ 28.55 Cr. Thai Yoga Teacher Certification Training Program (TCP)
6. 100 hour/ 3 Cr. Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program (CYT)
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 (DSNM/ 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 (DSTIM): Emphasis in Traditional Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy Doctorate Diploma Program
Where to start?
164hr. On-Line 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 Tourist or Students for Short term Visa at this time due to “Health Crises”. We are tracking closely. When 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 to be towards fall or winter of 2023 (Depending on Thailand medical entry conditions and restrictions).
We host the Sacred Sites and Healing Arts Therapeutic Tour and Training Programs in Thailand. These programs are personally escorted by Dr. Anthony B. James and Staff. We travel to various and historic sites and explore the medical traditions of many regions. We explore both the ancient Ayurveda roots and the modern evolved clinical practices. The 19 day program included five days of intensive, hands on training in a Ministry of Thai Traditional Medicine and UTTS Approved clinical training. Program offer 100 CEhrs. and Individual Certification for specialty practice. Visit ThailandStudyTours.Com for more details and or registration.
If you are a Massage Therapist looking for Massage Therapy CE Hours, even though we are not a “Massage School” or program, we have you covered. Currently, we are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Board Approved Continuing Education Provider # 1203. We are also a FSMBT CE provider (Florida). If your an Ayurveda Practitioner, Counselor or Therapists we are an Association of Ayurveda Professionals of North America (AAPNA) Approved Registered Ayurvedic School.
We honor the Lineage, Spiritual Basis and Science of our Work
We practice and express Native American Indigenous Religion and Religious Therapeutics as is our right. However, Our college and seminary is not limited to representing any one particular energy based healing method or spiritual path. As NAIC members we are free to use any indigenous, traditional and or native medicine… we are authorized to use freely.
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.
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 training’s 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 recognition’s for over 4,000 hours of combined and dedicated course work.
The SCNM: Thai Yoga Center also offers outreach 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. (Depending on India medical entry conditions and restrictions)
NAIC, Inc/ SomaVeda 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). The Ecuadoran programs will be continuing education and in conjunction with existing programs. (Depending on local medical entry conditions and restrictions)
We Are a Traditional Yoga School Teaching in a Traditional Manner
As a SomaVeda® Thai Yoga and Indigenous Traditional 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 Indigenous, Traditional Healing is the oldest running Traditional Thai Yoga (“Thai Massage“) 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”, “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 (UTTS) and has been personally recognized many times for this in Thailand. Additionally Ajahn Dr. James is recognized both in Thailand and the US 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’s. For a Bio on Ajahn J. Click Here.
As you complete course work at NAIC 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 2022/ 2023. Please consider joining us.
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