I recently completed a Thai-Yoga Bodywork course taught by LMT Barry Cooper, of Living Room Yoga and Ayurvedic Massage and Yoga in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
The course and the accompanying workbook was written by Vedic Conservatory founder Michael Buck–also known as Mukti.
Using Mukti’s workbook as a guide, Barry gave the class an introduction to the history and theory of Thai-yoga bodywork and taught us a 90 minute bodywork sequence known as The Jivaka Vinyasa.
According to Mukti, “Thai Yoga Massage is the cultural result of several ethnic forces including Tibet and India… Flowing rhythmic compressions using the feet, knees, palms, elbows, forearms, and fingers are blended with exotic stretching positions and disciplined breath control… It produces spiritual elucidation, emotional inspiration, and sound physical countenance. Its aim is self realization. It is utilized medicinally to remedy prominent social ailments such as emotional stress and physical inertia… Sessions inspire the soul and tranquilize the body.”
Due to the fact that there were only four students in the class, we each received plenty of attention and guidance. –Barry is a wonderful teacher; his humble confidence is both welcoming and reassuring and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to study under him.
I look forward to sharing and learning more about this ancient healing modality.