Thai Yoga Therapy for Your Body Type: An Ayurvedic Tradition
Kam Thye Chow
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A form of Thai Yoga Massage that focuses on the three Ayurvedic body types
• Explains how to determine a person’s Ayurvedic body type and provides hands-on techniques for working with them
• Brings the practices presented in Thai Yoga Massage to a new customized level of therapeutic healing
The traditional healing arts of Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Massage have a deep and integrated relationship that provides an unparalleled modality for restoring body, mind, and spirit. Although it originated in India, over the centuries Ayurveda has been assimilated into the predominant Thai culture and has evolved into a distinctive folk medicine. With the growing popularity of Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Massage, there is a renewed interest in reuniting these practices into a powerful therapeutic alliance.
Thai Yoga Therapy for Your Body Type bridges the practice of Thai Yoga Massage with its ancient Ayurvedic roots to offer a complete and holistic healing modality. The authors first explain in detail the fundamental principles of Ayurveda and then recommend daily practices for each of the three main body types of vata, pitta, and kapha. Practitioners learn how to customize their work with the appropriate massage approach, recommended yoga asanas, breathing techniques, and diet and lifestyle tips. More than 50 illustrated, full-body Thai Yoga Massage postures are presented as well as a massage flow for each body type. The authors indicate the Ayurvedic benefits of each posture and detail any precautions that should be followed in this dynamic practice of transformative healing.
Csaba, and Tracey. I would like to thank my sister, Poh Ling, for being “Auntie Nanny” to my children and taking care of us in the most challenging time of my life, while this book was also being formed. Emily and I would like to thank our editor, Susan Davidson, and the staff at Healing Arts Press who over the years have grasped the understanding of our vision intimately and have transformed our words into true art. Emily would like to thank Kam Thye for many meaningful years of friendship and
oxygen to all regions of the body. Take a deep inhalation. As you exhale feel a downward sensation throughout the body, as if you are being pulled down with the natural force of gravity. This is apana vayu; it governs the body’s waste removal and reproductive system. On your next inhale draw your attention to your pelvic cavity, colon, urinary tract, rectum, and reproductive organs. Exhale and follow the breath downward and out, tracking the path of elimination for all food, water, and negative
warmth in order to ground vata anxiety and worry. In the case of pitta recipients, act as a vehicle of cooling and “sweet” energy to calm and diffuse any anger and frustration they may be experiencing. For kapha recipients, embody an energetic approach in order to break up kapha stagnation and inertia. During the sitting postures, listen with your hands and rub, squeeze, and soothe any tense areas that you discover. Do not use jerky movements; especially avoid the infamous maneuver of cracking
preparation for Forward Bend. Before performing Bridge pose make sure to receive permission from your client, as this is a rigorous posture. Just before entering the pose, inform the recipient that you will be bringing her into a backbend; ask for feedback before you transition to the next posture. If there is some lower back discomfort, encourage the recipient to take a few deep breaths before proceeding. Adaptation: If you have bony knees, place a cushion between your knees and the
lifestyle. The beauty of Ayurveda is that it provides a scientific approach that teaches us how to make daily choices to increase peace and maintain sustained wellness for ourselves and clients. The key to understanding how to navigate our way through these daily decisions is to know who we are—which, according to Ayurveda, means understanding our doshic constitution. With this knowledge we can build a lifestyle that complements our doshic body type, bringing Ayurveda into our lives for the