Vedic Thai Assisted Yoga: An Introduction

Nuad Boran, also known as Vedic Thai Assisted Yoga, can be viewed as a martial art of healing and is reported to manifest instant positive results. It’s roots are found in both India and Tibet. Tracing back to Sri Dhanvantari, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu’s medical grace, and Sri Jivaka Kumara, personal friend and physician to Lord Buddha.

Vedic Thai Assisted Yoga views the individual as a spirit, made up of a bio-electromagnetic field, and with it a series of energetic channels known as Nadis, in which our Life Force, Prana, or Chi, flows. These Nadis meet at different points in the body and we call these Chakras and Marmas. The 7 main Chakras which run along the spine are most easily recognizable, although the Nadis meet in 107 other key energetic locations known as Marmas, located near joints, muscles, and artieries.

The purification of these Nadis is of the utmost importance as it pertains to our spiritual growth, vitality, and our overall health and wellbeing. When you think of blocked Nadis, you can imagine a water hose with a kink, preventing an unobstructed flow of water. These types of disturbances in the flow of our vital force can have various physiological, mental, and emotional repercussions.

Through assisted postures, movements, and deep breathing, the recipient experiences a release as these energetic pathways are stimulated and cleansed. This makes way for profound states of peace, healing, and tranquility.

The Koshas

In the Yogic system, the physical body is viewed as spirit or pure consciousness which has moved away from source, descending into ever denser planes of vibration, or layers of existence. Within these planes are expressions of the body which sustain life. The Koshas are seen as the 5 sheathes, or bodies. These bodies described from the most dense to the most subtle are:

Anamaya Kosha: “Anna” is a Sanskrit word meaning “food” or “physical matter.” This is your physical body.

Pranamaya Kosha: This is your energetic body, which houses your chakra and energetic system, sustaining the physical body.

Manomaya Kosha: “Mano” means mind.

Vijnanamaya Kosha: “Vijnana” means intellect. This refers to your intellectual faculties, where discrimination and true intelligence becomes available.

Anandamaya Kosha: “Ananda” means bliss. This is where one may experience transcendental bliss, beyond the experiences of any other body.

Self realization being viewed as the the ultimate goal, as our Nadis are increasingly purified, our consciousness begins to expand into greater and more subtle Koshas, allowing one to experience a greater sense of peace and bliss as we move closer to our true nature. If we imagine life as a spinning disc, much of the time we find ourselves resting our awareness on the periphery of the disc, the world of action. This takes us increasingly out of balance, causing tension and stress. As we move our awareness back to our center, we find a powerhouse of stillness, wisdom, and the realization or remembrance of our true nature.

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