Thai Yoga Asana

# 3 Thai Yoga Asana

Thai Yoga Eight Fold Path

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).

Asana is practical exercise for yourself and others. When I say exercise, I mean literally to exercise. We have moving centers. We have different centers inside of us like emotional, intellectual, moving and instinctive centers. There are four different kinds of centers. Each of these different centers requires different kinds of input, stimulation, food and efforts to balance them.

To balance the moving center, you have to have exercise. You have to move on purpose. How do we do that? We practice martial arts. We practice hatha yoga. We dance. We practice intentional movement. We do what’s called-Nuad, intentional movement on the mat and with another person. One of the benefits of practicing SomaVeda® is that it’s as good for the therapist as the client. One of the reasons is that it has an element of intentional movement, which balances your moving center in our body. It brings a balancing and compensatory influence to the moving center to the person that you are working on.

The ideas of flow, vinyasa, and sequential and coordinated release in line with the breath and maybe with affirmation and visualization is balancing to the moving center. That’s one of the classifications of benefit that we get. I get it for myself and I also engender it for my client. I need more so I also practice Hatha Yoga, Reishi Yoga (Reusi Dottan), Chi Gung, and martial arts. I wont say here that there’s any preference. Virtually anything can work. If you don’t have access to martial arts, for example, find a place to dance. If you don’t have a place to dance, find Hatha Yoga. If you cant find a Yoga teacher, become one. That’s the way it works. If you cant find someone to dance with, crank up the stereo and dance with yourself. Intentional movement is necessary for balance and health. Anyone who doesn’t have that, to the degree that they are lacking that is going to be unhealthy. That is one of the big issues with a sedentary lifestyle and as people get older with atrophy. There is no excuse. As long as you are in the shell, it’s required for you to move. It’s one of those things.

All of these steps together are what we call an algorithm or a formula for enlightenment. My Paramhansa Yogananda friends say ‘self realization’ not enlightenment. That may be enough. My 4th way people say we are working towards a fully self-consciously elevated person or being.

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Eight Fold Path

  1. Yamas
  2. Niyama
  3. Asana
  4. Pranayama
  5. Wai Khruu
  6. Samatha
  7. Vipassana
  8. Promiiwihan Sii

Thai Yoga Eight Fold Path is part of the Lines, Wheels, Points and Remedies: SomaVeda® Level Four Ayurveda and Thai Traditional Medicine and Taditional Thai Massage (Yoga Therapy) course taught to all students in the 200 Hr. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certificate class held at the US National Home for Traditional Thai Massage based healing arts, The Thai Yoga Center in Brooksville, Florida.  End hand injury, hand pain and stress now. Learn SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, Ayurveda and Indigenous Traditional Natural Medicine. www.ThaiYogaCenter.Com


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