Frequently Asked Questions ThaiVedic
1. What is ThaiVedic?
ThaiVedic is a holistic system which unites several highly effective healing modalities. Primarily our system integrates Thai Massage, Ayurveda and Yoga.
We use the term “Yoga” to denote a wide range of yogic practices not limited to Hatha Yoga or Asana (physical postures). Although physical postures will be taught, they are not the focus of these trainings.
We make use of Ayurveda as the foundational system through which other healing modalities can be understood and more effectively applied. Yoga is one of the healing modalities used in the ThaiVedic system. By looking through the lens of Ayurveda you will learn to distinguish which styles of Hatha Yoga, practised at what times, will have the greatest benefit for the individual.
2. Is ThaiVedic a new yoga style? Where can I attend classes to see if I like it?
No, ThaiVedic is not a new style of Hatha Yoga. We use the term “Yoga” to denote a wide range of yogic practices, and not only a style of Asana (physical postures). Although physical postures will be taught, they are not the focus of these trainings.
ThaiVedic is a holistic system through which all styles of yoga can be better understood and adjusted to suit the individual. Yoga teachers trained in the ThaiVedic system are able to adapt their teaching to suit time of day, season, individual and place. These principles can be applied to any style of asana practice.
Hatha Yoga is taught within the ThaiVedic modules. The alignment principles of Anusara Yoga form the foundation of our ThaiVedic movement and postural sequences. Anusara Yoga is an effective and profound tool for structural therapy. We will also teach you in which way different styles such as Yin Yoga, Power Yoga, Martial Arts, and all movement therapies can be holistically integrated through the lens of our Elemental Sequencing method.
3. What makes ThaiVedic such a unique healing system?
ThaiVedic Yoga is unique because it unites the best aspects of several healing modalities. Thai massage, Ayurveda and Yoga are the primary components of our system. We have absorbed the wisdom of different systems, synthesising them into one highly effective holistic system. This is possible because the founders are each experts in their respective fields. They choose to collaborate and co-create with other experts and specialists. Ayurveda forms the bridge to support this collaborative process.
4. Why is this system attracting already highly regarded yoga therapists and enhancing their practice?
ThaiVedic allows previous experience in any healing modality to be integrated. This means that a person with years of experience is not required to drop their acquired skills in order to learn new ones. Rather, the ThaiVedic system will lead them to a greater understanding of the skills they already have, and for whom they are best suited.
Experienced practitioners feel drawn to ThaiVedic as it helps them to improve their current skill set, recognise strengths and weaknesses, and know what things to focus on for specific people under specific conditions. ThaiVedic provides tools with which to track health issues back to lifestyle habits (e.g. what time you go to bed) and find connections between a person's psychology and their structural imbalances. All this increases the client's ability to self- heal.
5. Are ThaiVedic courses only for professional yoga teachers?
No. All ThaiVedic courses are suitable for all, from beginners right through to professionals. The content of our trainings is useful for anyone interested in self-care and healing.
If you are a teacher, our content will broaden your knowledge. You will be able to apply what you have learnt to whatever you already teach. Having prior experience is an advantage as it means you will absorb the content more easily, yet our systems are taught in such a way that no prior knowledge is necessary.
6. Will the dietary / nutritional aspects of Ayurveda be taught in the training?
Movement, meditation, bodywork and lifestyle therapies are the focus of the current modules.
In Level 1 Bodywork and Level 1 Yoga Therapist, diet and nutrition are covered briefly within the context of lifestyle principles for each of the Doshas, e.g. to balance Pitta Dosha avoid salty, spicy food. In Level 2 Yoga Therapist we focus on Agni and Ama which are the two most important Ayurvedic principles needed to understand nutrition and dietary health. You will learn how to treat imbalances with diet, lifestyle choices and herbs.
7. Is Bodywork similar to Thai Massage?
Bodywork is a term which includes all styles of massage and manual movement therapies. Much of the bodywork used within ThaiVedic Yoga is related to Thai Massage yet other styles of bodywork also contribute to our system. Body Harmony, Shiatsu, Osteopathy, Ayurvedic Massage and Acupressure are just some of the modalities that make up the richness of ThaiVedic Bodywork.
8. What does "one-to-one" mean? Can I only work with one person, or can I also offer group session?
"One-to-one" means that the focus of the training is on working with individuals in a consultation or bodywork format. Some of the skills you will learn in our system are designed purely for the individual e.g. assessing an individual’s digestive function and offering dietary and herbal advice. We believe that many skills which apply one-to-one can also be used in a class format. Yet addressing individuality within a group class setting becomes more difficult as the number and diversity of individuals in your class increases. One way to manage that is to theme and title your classes specifically. For instance, you could offer a Vata balancing class designed to ground and nourish using the principles of ThaiVedic to harmonise their nervous system and restore vitality to the body.
9. How does ThaiVedic give tools to individualise meditation, asana and lifestyle intelligently?
ThaiVedic Yoga uses the wisdom of Ayurveda to understand individuality more clearly and thus to know what specific practices will enhance and support health and well-being. This ancient healing system provides a truly holistic approach to balance the mind and body as it also factors in how the individual relates and responds to the time of day, the season, and environmental factors.
10. What is ThaiVedic lifestyle coaching and how does it enable us to be self-empowered, self-healing individuals?
ThaiVedic lifestyle coaching is based on two key concepts from the Vedic system:
1) The Trigunas which guide evolution and facilitate intuition.
2) Ayurvedic daily biorhythms and specific practices which empower the body-mind.
These two concepts serve as lenses through which we gain a new perspective of ourselves and understand universal principles and practices which serve us all. ThaiVedic lifestyle coaching allows you to guide someone towards a more harmonious way of living. This improves their intuitive ability to know the truth about any decision, and increases the clarity and willpower required to follow through with what we know is right for us. We are then less likely to fall back into negative habits which disrupt body and mind.
11. What am I qualified for after completing modules such as Yoga Level 1, Yoga Level 2 or Bodywork Level 1?
The Yoga Therapist qualifications are:
Yoga Level 1 - After completing the 30 hour training and a homework assignment you will attain our Bronze certification, “ThaiVedic Meditation and Lifestyle Consultant”
Yoga Level 2 - After completing the 30 hour training and a homework assignment you will attain our Silver certification, “ThaiVedic Digestion and Metabolism Consultant”
Yoga Level 3 - After completing the 30 hour training and a homework assignment you will attain our Gold certification, “ThaiVedic Structural Consultant”.
The Bodywork qualifications are:
Bodywork Level 1 - After completing the 30 hour training and a homework assignment you will attain our Bronze certification “ThaiVedic Masseur”
Bodywork Level 2 - After completing the 30 hour training and a homework assignment you will attain our Silver certification, “ThaiVedic Vayus Therapist”
Bodywork Level 3 - After completing the 30 hour training and a homework assignment you will attain our Gold certification, “ThaiVedic Bodyworker”
Our 200 hour, 4 week training includes all 6 modules. When you have completed all 6 modules, and your abilities to work with the system have been approved, you will receive the certification "ThaiVedic Holistic Yoga Therapist”.
12. What are the 6 qualifications I gain by completing the 200 hour “Holistic Yoga Therapist” training?
The “Holistic Yoga Therapist” training comprises 6 ThaiVedic modules. These are:
Yoga Levels 1-3 (1 = Bronze, 2 = Silver, 3 = Gold)
Bodywork Level 1-3 (1 = Bronze, 2 = Silver, 3 = Gold).
After completing each module you will receive a certificate of completion. The next step is to complete a grading and receive feedback to ensure you understand and are able to work with the system.
Yoga Therapist Qualifications:
1. ThaiVedic Meditation and Lifestyle Consultant
2. ThaiVedic Digestion and Metabolism Consultant
3. ThaiVedic Structural Consultant
1. ThaiVedic Masseur
2. ThaiVedic Vayus Therapist
3. ThaiVedic Bodyworker
The certification "ThaiVedic Holistic Yoga Therapist" is awarded When you have completed all 6 modules, and your abilities to work with the system have been approved.