Thai Yoga Rocking into Dak Kha

Thai Yoga Rocking into Dak Kha

By Anthony B. James DNM(P), ND(T), MD(AM), DPHC(h.c.), DOM, RAC, SMOKH Academic Dean SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and Thai Yoga Center (SCNM).

Thai Yoga Rocking into Dak Kha

The Southern method Vinyasa (SomaVeda® Ayurvedic Thai Yoga: Level Two) offers the Thai Yoga practitioner a gold mine of breakouts and emphasis which can be accessed to bring relief and increase well being for an individual client. The Vinyasa (Yoga Therapy Flow) are divided up into five major attitudes such as the Supine Position, Side Lying Position, Prone Positio, Second Supine (Abdominal/ Leg Stretching) Position and Seated position.

Thai Yoga Rocking into Dak Kha (Inward Bent Knee/ Hurdlers Stretch) is a transition from the Sao Nong (Raised Bent Knee) into the Inward Bent Knee posture in the Supine position… The reason I want to bring attention to this transition is the Rocking position is what we call a Master Release position. My definition of a Master Release position is any position or Asana that when done by it’s self long enough will effect a full body release and other benefits.

We know that rocking in and of it’s self is one of the most productive techniques to facilitate the movement of stagnant lymphatic fluids. Even though we are simply rocking the leg and knee, when properly done we see a progressive rocking, shaking, jostling motion carry the full length of the spine right to the top of the head. The rocking moves fluid in the abdomen, torso and spine. Look the other way and see the motion carries downward to the feet!

I recommend rocking in this fashion in this position at lease a full minute, but longer is Ok. Start with a small fast motion and then enlarge it until you have a “Full Body Rock”.

There are other interesting affects…

  1. This position will release the IT Band and tensor fasciae latae muscle into the head of the Humorous (Hip).
  2. It flexes and release trapped energy in the Gall Bladder Meridian
  3. It flexes and decompresses the Pelvis unilaterally (One argument to do both sides)
  4. Moves fluid and enhances peristalsis in the abdomen i.e. reduces both diarrhea and or chronic constipation.
  5. Reduces strain and spasm in the abdomen from cramps and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  6. Stimulates the immune system
  7. Helps reduce inflammation and inflammatory process.
  8. Is incredibly relaxing
  9. Supports reducing symptoms of Fibromyalgia
  10. Reduces Hip pain
  11. Reduces Knee Pain
  12. May assist in stimulating bone growth and density
  13. Helpful for Osteoarthritis
  14. Helpful

Thai Yoga Rocking into Dak Kha emphasis can be added to any session or Yoga Therapy/ Ayurveda based treatment session or program. Next time your working through the Southern Style Supine position bring awareness to this helpful transition and bring some added benefits to your client.


Leave a Comment