Vedic Thai Yoga & Balance
Vedic Thai yoga delves deeply with balancing the elements within the mind-body-heart connection. "The elements are the 'foundation of the whole body and the foundation of life and durability,' and they provide the critical link between symptoms and treatment." (Traditional Thai Medicine, Salguero,p45). Foundational texts Caraka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita are based on theories of the mahabutas (proto-elements) and doshas (humors) and have defined classic Ayurvedic tradition. I am simply a student in life that studies, practices what I can and shares.
In Thai etiology, the elements within and without can be upset by: "climate change, food intake, emotional or psychological factors, heredity, allergic reactions, environmental factors, astrological factors, and sorcery, among other influences, and they can be therapeutically manipulated through the use of dietary regimes or medicinal herbs." (Traditional Thai Medicine, Salguero, p45). The earth element can get imbalanced from structural components ie. physical accidents, injuries, surgeries. It is not normally easy to bring the earth element out of balance, it is specific. Poor diet, toxins, and accidents can imbalance Earth. Eating too many cold, sweet, and heavy foods can imbalance the water element within. Dehydration, lethargy, or agitated fire / wind can imbalance water. Too much sun time, fevers, anger, or too many hot foods can imbalance the fire element. Fire can be agitated by lack of water or living in too much cold and dark climate.
Vedic Thai yoga works to rebalance the elements through the energy channels through various chirothesia and annointing methods and yoga therapy embeded within Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine and Ayurveda (ayurveda includes the roots of Yoga). Thai Medicine incorporates practices for internal and external balance. Two etilolgies are embraced. There is healing emphasized on healing the internal with aide of the elements and doshas. This draws from the tradition of Ayurvedic and Yogic tradition and Theravada Buddhist traditions and Chinese Medicine. So we have the side of Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine that counsels moderation and balance, and then we have 'demonological healing arts' that focuses on spirit allies. There are many other spirit medicine practices used in Indigenous Thai Medicine and Vedic Thai Yoga ie. I use chet and haek (reciting magical healing incantations over the body with ie. a sacred plant, and other tools are used that are sacred to the giver. ie. Bpao is similar to chet and haek except the incantations and energy are blown onto the receiver. Tok Sen is benificial for blockages, stagnation, and poor circulation and aids the flow of Wind. Mantras / prayers are utilised with Tok Sen, Bpao, and Chet & Haek work. Sacred hoop ceremony work, drawing from my ancestral family Dakota/Lakota/Nakota tribes guide deeply root me. This is vital for me to say briefly how I honor and tap into One with Earth Mother and Father Sky with respect. The dance of yin and yang / giver and receiver also is a guiding light.
I don't take it lightly when I speak, describe, and write words that I use as a practitioner of Vedic Thai Yoga, yogini, herbalist, and ULC Minister. Spirit Doctors in Thailand are very special and so I practice only what I know is grounded with the earth and sky and the elements playing within and around my Self. It is practiced with honor and respect with guiding ancestral hands.