What is Thai Yoga?

Nuad Boran or Thai Yoga is a deep one to one yoga practice that focuses on breath, rhythmic movement and supported yoga poses. The practitioner guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures while using hands and sometimes feet to stimulate the body’s energy (“Sen”) lines and pressure points. This allows the recipient to find new levels of openness, flexibility, tension release and calm within their body.

Just as in Hatha Yoga, Thai Yoga is practiced on a mat on the floor. Both the practitioner and the recipient wear clothes that are comfortable to move in. Thai Yoga is a deep and powerful system. It can take you and your yoga practice (if you have oneJ), to a new level. **Please note: Thai Yoga can be customized to each person’s wants and needs, this is one of the things that makes it so powerful.

A Short History of Thai Yoga…

To explain this,we actually have to go one step further back…

Before Thai Yoga, there was Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a comprehensive medical system that has been practiced in India for centuries. The first written record of Ayurveda can be found in the Rig Veda (c. 3000 BCE). The word “Ayurveda” literally translates to “the science of life”. Yoga (including yoga asana or postures) is one of the sister sciences to Ayurveda.

Thai Yoga began in the 5th century BCE with venerated Ayurvedic physician Jivaka Kumarbhaccha. This renowned Ayurvedic physician also happened to be the physician to the Buddha. He is said to be the founding father of the healing art of Thai Yoga. His teachings were carried with the Buddhist monks as they traveled throughout Southeast Asia and found a home in Thailand. To this day in Thailand, Jivaka is still honored for his healing wisdom.

*This information comes from “Thai Yoga Therapy for Your Body Type” by Kam Tye Chow and Emily Moody