Anthony B James Bio

Anthony B James Bio

Aachan, Prof. Anthony B James, DNM(P), ND(T), MD(AM),DOM(P), PhD,  DPHC(hc), RAC, SMOKH was given the Instructor / Teacher and lineage holder of the Buddhai Sawan tradition by Grand Master Phaa Khruu Samaii Mesamarn, Nongkam, Thailand in 1984. Grand Master Samaii was the 36th generation Grand Master of the Buddhai Sawan School originally founded in Ayudthaya and a consultant to H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the current King of Thailand. Grand Master Samaii was honored by King Bhumibol several times during his life time for service to the royal family and the kingdom. Grand Master twice in his life received awards personally from King Bhumibol, the final award received only three years before Grand Master Samaii’s passing.

Aachan Anthony James authored the very first Thai Massage book published in the US in 1981. First used as a manuscript in class for the first three years, it was formally published in 1984 by Meta Journal Press after he was given teacher certification and recognition. It was used exclusively to teach privately in class until 1984 when it was released to the public and distributed world wide, beginning a tidal wave of interest which continues to the present day. This first influential book, and still one of the most often sourced and quoted books on Thai Massage, is titled “Nuat Thai, Traditional Thai Medical Massage”  (“Nuat Thai, Traditional Thai Medical Massage“, Meta Journal Press 1984: ISBN 1-886338-03-5).

More recently, replacing the 1984 “Nuat Thai” textbook  in September of 2016, he published the authoritative and comprehensive text book on indigenous, traditional Thai Medicine: “Ayurveda of Thailand: Indigenous Traditional Medicine and Yoga Therapy.” Meta Journal Press; 1 edition (September 4, 2016) ISBN-13: 978-1886338050.

AAPNA Veda Vyasa Award 2017, The Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) at the 27 Annual International Conference presented the Award of Veda Vyasa to Dr. Anthony B. James DNM(C), ND(T), MD(AM), DOM(C), DPHC(h.c.), PhD, M.Sc., RAAC, SMOKH, Professor and Dean of the Department of Sacred Natural Medicine and Ayurveda Medicine at SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and School of Ayurveda Medicine, Brooksville, FL USA in recognition of his outstanding writing in his book “Ayurveda of Thailand, Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine and Yoga Therapy” at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, GA on August 5th. 2017.

Ayurveda of Thailand Ayurveda Textbook, wins eLit Publisher Silver Medal Award for 2016. Category: Best New Age, Mind-Body-Spirit 2017

The new Ayurveda of Thailand text book is available on Amazon.Com in Trade Paperback and or Kindle edition.

In addition to the Buddhai Sawan Institute, Aachan James studied under the former Grandmaster Aacharn Sintorn Chaichagun at the Shivagakomarpaj Traditional Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai Thailand from 1988 to 1995. He maintained a working relationship with his mentor in the Northern style, Grand Master Sintorn and “The Old Medicine Hospital” until Grand Master Sintorn’s passing in 2005. Aacharn James formally founded The International Thai Therapists Association (1992- 2012) to fairly represent the various traditional systems of Thai Yoga and Thai Massage currently being practiced primarily in the US.

In 2006, he was granted Aachan (Professor) and Thai Traditional Medicine: Thai Yoga/ Thai Massage Master Teacher status through the Anantasuk system (Apprenticed under Phaa Khruu Anantasuk, Aachan Nantipa Anantasuk) The Anantasuk school is under the Wiangklangkangwan Industrial College of Hua Hin and recognized by both the Ministry of Thai Traditional Medicine, UTTS (Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society) and Wat Po Thai Traditional Medicine Association. As a Native American, he specializes in Native American Medicine, Thai medical theory, Asian history, and Theravada Buddhism.

Anthony B James Additional Recognition’s

AAPNA Veda Vyasa Award 2017, The Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America at the 27 Annual International Conference presented the Award of Veda Vyasa to Dr. Anthony B. James

Master of Science: Clinical Herbalism, PanAmerican School of Natural Medicine, Nevis, West Indies January 30th. 2016, issued Tampa Florida.

Dr. J presented his thesis dissertation at the World Congress on Monastic and Indigenous Medicines, Nevis, West Indies June 7, 2014 and was awarded dual degrees: the Doctorate in Monastic Medicine (h.c.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Indigenous Medicines.

Associate Member: MD(AM): The World Medical Association: UN NGO: Ferney-Voltaire, France

Editor: International Journal of Alternative & Complimentary Medicine (IJACM)

2nd. Doctorate in Natural MedicinePan American School of Natural Medicine (Nevis, West Indies), Grad: February 9th. 2013

Diplomate Doctorate in Acupuncture (Physical Medicine) • Pan American School of Natural Medicine (Nevis, West Indies)

Conferred Ordination, Deacon (Licentiate) • Sanctified Healer issued by the Ordern Soberana De Caballeros Medicos De San Juan De Jerusalen, Sacred medical order of The Church of Hope, December 7th. 2012 • Loma Linda, Ecuador.

AAPNA Registered Ayurveda Clinician (R.A.C.) • #RAAC 1024-10 : AAPNA 2012

Received recognition and title “Grand Chirothesia General and appointment to Soverign Council of SMOKH • Supervision and regulation for SMOCH Vocational Lincesure for Licensed Practitioners of Chirothesa • Nevis West Indies • March 2012

Therpeutae Minister • Therpeutae Ministry • Nevis, West Indies

Received the recognition and title “Monsignor, Chaplain of Holiness” from the Order Honorifica De La Santa Cruz Del Oriente presented by Mons. Mar Basilius Adao Pereira, Grand Master Brasil. • Loma Linda, Santo Domingo, Ecuador • October 2011

Awardee • “Fraternidad y Derechos Humanos” from the Order Honorifica De La Santa Cruz Del Oriente presented by Mons. Mar Basilius Adao Pereira, Grand Master Brasil.• Loma Linda, Santo Domingo, Ecuador • October 2011

Awardee • “Doctor of Pastoral Humanitarian Care, Honoris Causa” from Pontifice Instituto de Ciencias Humanas y Religiosas (Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, Ecuador) School Presidente: Dr. Aloao Pereira de Siba. • Loma Linda, Santo Domingo, Ecuador • October 2011

Dr. J holds Diplomatic Office and Post: Honorable Knight Cultural Attache: ORDEN MEDICA SAGRADA DE CABALLEROS DE ESPERANZA, Sacred Medical Order of the Knights of Hope (SMOKH).

Aachan Anthony B. James is Founder of the famous The Thai Yoga Center and SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine: The National Center for SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies®: Thai Yoga and Thai Massage. The NAIC: SCNM/Thai Yoga Center is Florida State DOE Authorized and NCBTMB Approved Provider for Massage Therapy Continuing Education. Aachan James is currently volunteering and offering his instructional time free of charge as a public service. This past year (2016) he donated over 60 full tuition scholarships to deserving students with plans to offer reduced tuition and scholarship trainings to an additional 100 professional students in the coming year (2017). For details on the tuition scholarship Thai Yoga Certification Program go to: ThaiYogaCenter.Com

Aachan James (2005- 2008) consulted on developing new standardized, bi-lingual, Ayurveda, Traditional Thai Medicine, Thai Yoga and Thai Massage programs under direction and patronage of Mr. Aram Amaradit (Amratisha), Member Parliament of Surin Province, Chairman of the Committee on Public Health, President: The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society, Ministry on Public Health, Thailand.

Dr. James has been granted UTTS life time recognition in Thai Traditional Medicine and Teachers credentials #520121896

Legal Status for Thai Traditional Medicine

Dr. Anthony James, helped develop a standardized, bi-lingual, Thai Yoga and Thai Massage program under direction and patronage of Mr. Khwankeo Vajradaya, Chairman Rajaprajanugroh Foundation, Chairman Distance Learning Foundation Thailand and Grand Chamberlain to the late H.M. King Bhumibol.


Study with Aachan, Dr. Anthony B. James


Courses developed by Aachan James are intended to take the principles of basic Ayurveda/ Thai Yoga / Thai Massage to a whole new level and understanding in the context of both traditional and modern medical ideas and techniques.

With multiple degrees in Indigenous Natural Medicine and Acupuncture: Aachan James is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between Thai, Native and western health concepts.

Dr. Anthony B. James James  founded the Native American Indigenous Church, a Federally registered, IRS 501c(3) Compliant, Florida, Not for Profit Corporation and Integrated Auxiliary of the Priory of Saving Grace. NAIC will provide support, education, and services for the religious therapeutic ministry of traditional natural and traditional “Earth Based” Native and Indigenous healing and medicine. Also included are SomaVeda®, Ayurveda, Indigenous Thai Yoga, Traditional Thai Massage, Yoga Therapy,  Traditional Nature Cure and Indian Health Care Provider based Certificate and College Degree programs.

Aachan, Dr. J is a Fellow of The International Alternative Medicine (FIAMA, 1999).

Aachan, Dr. James is a reverend and Ordained/ Licentiate Clergy who holds the title of “Revmo. Mons.” (Monsignor) “Chaplain of Holiness” bestowed by the Eastern Catholic Orthodox: Chaldean- Syrian Rite “Soberana Orden De Santiago Apostol” and “Fraternidad y Derrechos Humanos” (Priest) in the Orden Honorifica De La Santa Cruz Del Oriente. These titles are issued by the Brasilian Order registered in Cuidad de Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, Ecuador by Mons. Mar Basilius Addao Pereira. As a clergy and pastoral counselor Dr. J brings this healing insight into every class and session.

Dr. James is a founder of the Priory of Saving Grace.

The major contribution that Aachan James brings is the clinical and applications understanding to every class and every program while at the same time emphasizing always the spiritual roots and perspectives that have endured in these Thai and primarily south Asian traditions for thousands of years. If you want to know why the work is done the way it is, if you want to know what are the origins and development of the flows and Vinyaysa, if you want to understand the Thai Traditional Medicine: Ayurvedic theory behind the movements and the emphasis on the Sen (energy lines), Lom (Chakra/ Marma), Thaat Thang Sii (Four Classic Elements) and Prom Mii Wihan Sii (Four Dive States of Mind), then classes designed and taught by Aachan James are what you are looking for.

If you are looking for a College Director and teacher who is an authentic representative and lineage holder in several different, major ancient schools of the Thai traditions and one who can pass the “Masters” blessing and lineage to you, then you are in the right place.

Indigenous Thai Yoga/Thai Massage is an ancient healing modality (religious therapeutic) and adjunct modality of the four year training program of a “Maw Nuad” or Thai Traditional Doctor or physician. In our classes, you will learn how a SomaVeda® Thai Yoga therapist assess and treats disorders by working on the sen. You will also learn restorative postures for specific disorders and improve your understanding of body mechanics and postural alignment to allow you to get more out of your practice of Thai Yoga/Thai Massage. In this class, we will take an in-depth look at sen lines and acupressure, as well as the customization of therapeutic massage routines for specific disorders.

The Thai Yoga program also focuses on Thai Yoga Ayurvedic medical philosophy, its evolution out of Buddhist ideas, and its application in modern Thailand by folk and Thai Traditional Medical Doctors. Thai medicine is rooted in Ayurvedic tradition, but is not interchangeable with Indian medicine. Although influenced by TCM, it is also quite separate from Chinese medicine. This course will explore Thai medicine for the indigenous cultural heritage it is, and will open up for participants a whole new vista onto the Thai tradition.

Many so called teachers and instructors talk about their credentials and background, but when asked for proof they go quite silent. That’s because the actual number of “non-Thai” practitioners and instructors who have been given the traditional titles, blessings and authorizations to pass on the ancient work from the major traditional schools…you can count on one hand! These ceremonies are never done in private and are well documented. When Aachan James received his recognition’s for more than 35 years of teaching and promotions for the Thai healing arts there were more than 3000 persons in attendance and representatives from every major school and institution were present as well as all major related branches of Thai government such as Department of Health, Education, Labor, Commerce (Export Promotions) and Social Services and the Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra as well as the Governor General of TAT. In 2002, Dr. James was the first and only western Instructor of Traditional Thai Medicine and Massage to receive this honor. Please click here to view slides of this momentous event.

To see Aachan, Dr. James performing a basic Thai Yoga/ Thai Massage Vinyasa, Click Here.

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To view Aachan, Dr. James’s current teaching schedule, Click Here.

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