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Reusi Dat Ton

"Reusi Dat Ton is a little known aspect of traditional Thai healing and culture. It consists of breathing exercises, self-massage, acupressure, dynamic exercises, poses, mantras, visualization and meditation.

“Reusi” in Thai, from the Sanskrit Rishi, is an Ascetic Yogi or Hermit. “Dat” means to stretch, adjust or train. “Ton” is a classifier used for a Reusi and also means oneself. So “Reusi Dat Ton” means the Hermit’s or Yogi’s self-stretching or self-adjusting exercises. Reusis were also known as “Jatila,” Yogi,” and “Chee Prai.” The Reusis were custodians and practitioners of various ancient arts and sciences such as: tantra, yoga, natural medicine, alchemy, music, mathematics, astrology, palmistry, etc. They have counterparts in many ancient cultures, such as: the Siddhas of India, the Yogis of Nepal and Tibet, the Immortals of China, the Vijjadharas of Burma and the Cambodian Eysey (from the Pali word for Reusi, Isii).

There are different Reusi traditions within Thailand. There is a Southern Thai/Malay Tradition, a Northeastern Thai/Lao Tradition, a Central Thai/Khmer Tradition and a Northern Thai/Burmese/Tibetan Tradition. In Thailand, there are Reusis as far South as Kanchanaburi Province who follow the Northern Thai/Burmese/Tibetan Reusi Tradition."

From Hatha Yoga, to Pranayama shared ie. surya and chandra bhedana, there is so much that overlaps between TTM and Ayurveda. As a student and giver of Vedic Thai Yoga, I have noticed people pull from different facets of TTM. Ajan Pisit Benjamongkonware of Pisit’s Massage School in Bangkok uses Reusi Dat Ton in combination with their giving of Thai Massage. They use techniques from it similar to the use of physical therapy.

I am drawing upon the wisdom and roots of Ruesi Dat Ton, TTM branches, Ayurveda, herbology, Tantra Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Raja yoga, Hatha Yoga and more to reestablish 'The Purpose' of giving spiritually and holistically. This is done without connections to secular massage. So with my giving and studying it is rooted back into studies of Yoga Therapy and Meditation. There are dwindling numbers today in Thailand of true Ruesi Yogi. There are diluting and watering down of the purpose and being of a Ruesi just as Hatha Yoga is being watered down with countless names of Yoga this and Yoga that. It is vital those of Us aspirants, sadhakas, maintain ourselves as deeply rooted as possible, which means I am in constant study daily with Ayurveda, Vedic Thai Yoga, Traditional Thai Medicine branches, Herbalism, and more.

"A survey of the traditional Indian Hatha Yoga text Jogapradipaka of Jayatarama from 1737AD identified the following 45 Indian asanas as having similar or identical counterparts in Thai Reusi Dat Ton; Svastikasana, Padmasana, Netiasana, Udaraasana, Purvasana, Pascimatanasana, Suryasana, Gorakhajaliasana, Anasuyasana, Machendrasana, Mahamudrasana, Jonimudrasana, Sivasana, Makadasana, Bhadragorakhasana, Cakriasana, Atamaramasana, Gohiasana, Bhindokasana, Andhasana, Vijogasana, Jonisana, Bhagasana, Rudrasana, Machindrasana (2nd variety), Vyasaasana, Dattadigambarasana, Carapatacaukasana, Gvalipauasana, Gopicandasana, Bharathariasana, Anjanasana, Savitriasana, Garudasana, Sukadevasana, Naradasana, Narasimghasana, Kapilasana, Yatiasana, Vrhaspatiasana, Parvatiasana, Siddhaharataliasana, Anilasana, Parasaramasana and Siddhasana. To date over 200 different Indian Hatha Yoga techniques have been identified which have similar or identical counterparts in Thai Reusi Dat Ton."

Introduction to Ruesi Dat Ton » Asian Medicine Zone

More Education will be given as always. Namaste. Satya

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