What Is Thai Yoga or “Traditional Thai Massage“?
Our “Core Modality” is based on Traditional Native American and Indigenous Traditional Ayurveda of Thailand called Thai Yoga Therapy. We Develop training, certification, and diploma programs in our core modality style of SomaVeda® Indigenous Traditional Thai Yoga Therapy (ITTM)(SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies®).
We believe SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy to be one of the most ancient, practical, and adaptable systems of vital therapeutics uniquely derived from a blend of religious/ spiritually inspired teachings. Our instructions are based on Native American, Indigenous traditional practices of healing and well-being, Classical Ayurveda, Indigenous Traditional Thai Massage (ITTM- Thai Yoga), Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine- Thai Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Indigenous Indonesian Yunani Medicine. Western science and principles of Anatomy, Physiology, Bio-Chemistry, Psychology, and physics complement this.
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Our core modality (Thai Ayurveda: Thai Traditional Medical Massage) has a historical record of use as a religious therapeutic (spiritual healing) practice, documented for over 2500 years. Our traditionally based system is directly and authentically chartered and recognized as a continuation of the ancient Thai Ayurveda and Yoga Reishi (Maw Nuad)(marmachikitsa) tradition of both tribal and Buddhist temples.
SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy, defined as the “Practical Expression of Loving Kindness,” offers a solid foundation in energetic, spiritual, and physical modalities for promoting well-being and long life. Although Thai Yoga historically originated from the ancient practices of Ayurveda and the Buddhist schools and disciplines of Thailand and South East Asia, its principles and practices, based on principles of vitalism (unseen life force), are common to all faiths, non-sectarian and non-dogmatic and suitable for training by persons of any religion.
Thai Yoga (Indigenous, Traditional Thai Massage) is a traditional religious therapeutic practice, comprehensive, sophisticated healing arts derivative of Classical Indian – Thai- and Tibetan Ayurveda, Theraveda Vipassana Bhavana, Buddhist medicine, Buddhist Psychology, Yoga Vedanta and Indigenous, traditional Hill Tribe medicine practices. It is about giving people (you!) the tools to fully express the joy and possibility of what a happy life, work, and family have to offer.
It is more accurate to call this medicine by its traditional names like “ancient, anachronistic, or Old Thai Way of Healing with The Hands” (Traditional Thai Chirothesia). Still, the slang form “Thai Massage” is in use, and as long as this is so, there will be some understandable confusion.
History of Ayurveda and Thai Yoga
Thai Yoga/ Indigenous, Traditional Thai Massage is recognized by the United Nations with established benchmarks for training.
The type of traditional Indigenous, Traditional Thai Yoga therapy that most people will be exposed to is “ráksãa thaang nûat phaen boran thai” (traditional healing with the hands as an expression of the divine consciousness, Thai style). This is commonly known as the Nuat Thai or Nuad Boran styles of Thai Yoga therapy, spiritual Massage, and healing work of Thailand.
Ayurveda of Thailand: Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine and Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda and Thai Yoga: Religious Therapeutics Theory and Practice
Please note that the primary outcomes associated with practicing Thai Yoga as a religious therapy are ProMiiWihan Sii ( Brahmavihara) or four divine, boundless sublime states of mind; Love, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity. It is successful if these four qualities are communicated, transmitted, and exemplified during a session. For this reason, it is possible to have a Thai Yoga session with little or no actual touching!
In addition to the four divine states of mind, we practice and perform Puja– a ritual healing process of prayer, affirmation, and acknowledgment. As sacred beings, representing the extension of divine energy (Traditional Thai Chirothesia), the literal embodiment and manifestation of Love, we acknowledge the sacred space shared by client and Yogi, we honor and recognize the Bodhisattvas and progenitors of our way and teaching, and we “generate the Boddichitta,” the perfected mental processes of enlightened beings through Mantra recitation of OmNamoShivago, the Metta Sutra or anything else that invokes and invites the essence and energy of Love and healing to move within ourselves and our client.
This prayerful and thoughtful meditation attunes powerful energies and petitions the sacred and symbolic metaphors of spiritual process and role models that provide the basis for all further communication and expression of Promiiwihan Sii.
Indigenous, Traditional Thai Yoga (ITTM) (Thai Massage = slang), including specific styles such as SomaVeda®, are also traditional indigenous systems of movement education, dancing meditation, and therapy, movement repatterning. All applications of conventional Asana, Flows, Techniques, Prana Yama, Meditations, and movements are specifically intended to affect the mind, body, spirit, emotions, and human energy field in one way or another. Our spiritual apothecary and medicine chest includes evolving practices maintaining and supporting wellness, health, and integration of spirit in mind, body, and spirit. Our sacred tools are energy, attention, consciousness, breath, and spirit, as given to us by mother earth. Our traditional healing work is intended to heal those of the sick and the infirm using natural agents and products such as Ayurveda, Yoga, Chirothesia, yoga therapy foods, soups, herbs, teas, salts, oils, fats, and water; specific cures and tried traditional remedies; and supernatural agents including spiritual counseling, prayer, divination, worship, fasting, application of sacred waters, sacred salts, sacred foods; herbs, oils, and perfumes.
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SomaVeda® Thai Yoga is the core modality of our Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine Ayurveda/ Naturopathy program. Other elements include but are not limited to Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Native American Traditional Medicine, and Western Nature Cures or Naturopathy.
We have established a program to educate ministers as spiritually-based Natural Health Care Providers of all types and levels in the traditional, spiritual-based healing methods of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga. The SomaVeda® Thai Yoga-based Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine Ayurveda (SV-DSNMA) program is a 4549 Clock Hour program that qualifies graduates to sit for the ANMCB (American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board) Traditional Naturopathic National Boards. Our graduates prepare for NAIC Commission and Ministerial/ Pastoral/ Clerical Vocational, Counseling, and Medical Licentiate. A Traditional Naturopath is considered by many to be at the top of the holistic pyramid.
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