WHAT IS THAI YOGA?
Is Bodywork also known as “Lazy Mans Yoga”
The founder of Thai yoga and medicine is said to have been Shivago Komarpaj [Jīvaka Komarabhācca], who is said in the Pāli Buddhist Canon to have been the Buddha’s physician over 2500 years ago. In fact, the history of Thai yoga is more complex than this legend of a single founder would suggest. Thai yoga, like Traditional Thai Medicine more generally, is a combination of influences from Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian cultural spheres and traditions of medicine. The art as it is practiced today is likely to be the product of a 19th century synthesis of various healing traditions from all over the kingdom. Even today, there is considerable variation from region to region across Thailand, and no single routine or theoretical framework that is universally accepted among healers.
“Nuat boran” is the Thai name for a type of body work native to Thailand (nuat = pressure, boran = ancient). Thai Yoga is also known as northern-style Thai massage, Buntautuk style, Old Medicine Hospital Style, traditional Thai massage, Traditional Thai Medical Massage, Ancient Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga Massage, Thai Classical Massage, Thai Bodywork, Passive Yoga, Assisted Yoga, and Ancient Siamese Bodywork.