This program will guide participants to develop the ability to use hands-on contact as an effective and efficient agent for informing and instructing students.
Please note: As of January 2018, Thai Basics & Sen Lines and the Thai Practicum are no longer allowed to be taken as course electives for the 300-Hour Certification due to Yoga Alliance curriculum changes.
Thai Yoga students will learn the primary techniques of Nuad Boran, which has its roots in Buddhism, Tantric Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda practices that migrated to Thailand as Buddhist culture spread along the trade routes of Southeast Asia. Nuad Boran helps develop hand and body dexterity, while cultivating sensitivity to be present and responsive to in-the-moment-changes that happen in a student’s and client’s body during a yoga practice or Thai session.
The Thai Yoga courses intend to teach only basic Thai Yoga techniques and philosophy. This training track does not intend to replace attending Massage/Bodywork school to meet qualifications for National/State Massage License Law requirements.
Curriculum – 122 hours
- Holding Space: Developing Skills for Presence and Touch
- Anatomy for Yoga Practitioners and Teachers
- Thai Yoga Basics and Thai Sen Lines – This course must be taken TWICE
Practicum – 60 hours
- Thai Practicum – 60 hours of documented sessions, including self-massage, receiving sessions, and giving session
Thai Yoga Basics and Sen Lines (34 Hours)
This foundational course teaches the basic principles of Thailand’s healing and spiritual practice called Nuad Boran or The Healing Dance that many Westerners have nick-named “Lazy-man’s Yoga.” Thai Yoga practitioners view the body as a network of energy pathways called “Sen Sib” or “Ten Sen Lines.” When the body’s pathways are open and flowing, health emerges; when the body’s pathways are blocked or stagnant, then the lines’ function decreases and discomfort, even disease, manifests. Using our hands, arms, and feet, this course’s participants will learn a sequence of techniques to guide a recipient’s entire body through a 90-minute sequence that will include basic muscle compression and joint range of motion.
During this program, you will learn how to safely moving a client’s body and your body in and out of basic therapeutic yoga postures. You will also learn the locations and qualities of the Sen Lines, as well as the methods for working with the lines during a private Thai Yoga session and a yoga practice. This course concludes with discussions about how to sequence, organize and modify a Thai yoga session to meet the recipients need and limitations. Each day, participants will both practice self-massage to develop sensitivity to improve quality and effectiveness for healing touch, as well as trade Thai sessions with other program participants, building confidence to work with many different bodies.
Learning how to give Thai yoga requires learning how to receive Thai yoga sessions. This practicum invites our students to receive Thai sessions from yourself and from others, and then document the qualities and observations from the sessions.
The self-massage sessions will help you develop your ability for effective, healthy, nurturing touch. This will allow you to experience in your own body the results and sensations of the work you do. The sessions you receive from other practitioners will offer you valuable awareness for the diversity of skill, techniques and sequencing for sessions; you’ll also learn what you like and don’t like as a receiver, to better serve the people who allow you to work on them.
1. Complete and document a minimum of twelve (12) Self-massages
- 12 hours (12 total sessions)
- 60 minutes of self massage with journal entries
2. Receive and document a minimum of twelve (12) 90-minute or longer Thai sessions
- 18 hours (12 total sessions)
- 90 minute massage sessions with journal entries
3. Document a minimum of ten (10) 90-minutes client sessions
- 30 hours (20 sessions)
- 90 minute massage sessions with journal entries
4. Repeat the Thai Yoga Basics & Sen Lines course 1+ times
- This will allow you time to review the techniques, and get feedback from the course director on your skills.
- The Director might suggest that you repeat the Thai Yoga Basics & Sen Lines courses multiple times, depending on the amount of time elapsed since taking the courses originally, or if your skills require more development before completing the Thai Practicum.
The Practicum will be considered complete when all documenting materials plus $50 have been received and approved by phone call with PKSYHA to review your status towards a Thai Yoga certification.
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The Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to teaching the ancient and contemporary practices of yoga to enhance the lives of individuals.