Mastering the Seated Attitude in SomaVeda® Thai Yoga

How To Do Seated Position in SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy

Mastering the Seated Attitude in SomaVeda® Thai Yoga: Deep Dive into SomaVeda ® Thai Yoga Seated Position

Join me, Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James in a terrific deep dive into one of the most famous and functional asana of the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga system. SOmaVeda® Thai Yoga is based on ITTM (Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine) and specifically on the "Marma Chikitsa" or "Ryksaa Thang Nuad Phaen Born Thai" as the Thai people say it.

Traditional Thai Ayurveda although a cogent system of traditional and indigenous medicine is strongly influenced by the geographies, regions and people who have held it dear and practiced it in one for or another for centuries. If your into Thai Medical Anthropology I recommend my Thai Ayurveda textbook we use in in class. It has one of the best researched histories into our traditions any where in print. ( )

The "SEATED" asana or position is one of the five (5) traditional therapeutic Yoga asana or postures that we position our clients in to erceive treatment , therapy or healing. However, it's not so simple. Any way you can position a client upright or semi upright on mat, Massage Table, Chair, Portable massage chair, Knee bench, Lajiin Table or ground is all technically still "Seated" position and there ae applications and variations suitable. Consider the length of time we have in our traditional lineage sources been practicing the seated emphasis in therapy... centuries ... and you should see easily how we can have both variety and sophistication of application.


In this course you will be exposed to Seated position from three distinct regions of Thailand with variations and applications from very basic to quite advanced in each. So look for flows or Vinyaysa that you can do first time you see them to sequences or event individual techniques that might take you a couple years to master! I'm going to be honest here... some technical and or medical / clinical applications require in- person, live training and coaching with a Master like my self.... However, there is more than ample "right away" content right here to get you started.

Most therapist, use this position as an emphasis in a longer or more comprehensive type of session which may involve one or more other attitudes of emphasis, or all of them! This can lead to some lengthy sessions. However, it has always been appropriate from a traditional point of view to breakout one or more attitudes for a special or more "Specific to the clients necessity" type of treatment pathway.

No matter what the necessity, we always begin and end with Puja or Prayer for the healing and well being for the client and their life. Adding or emphasizing Puja bring the spiritual approach or "Energy Quanta" of addressing always the Spirit, Mind as well as the body in every treatment. In our opinion it is not "Thai" or "Traditional" without the spiritual emphasis. Without the spiritual emphasis you are just "Rubbing" on someone.

Because of the regional and local emphasis over centuries there are different "School" or traditional "Ways" to do the seated position. Within those colloquial or local schools themselves there are varietal emphasis and or applications and the interjection of different apparatuses or tools.

  1. Seated can be done simply on the ground.
  2. Seated can be done on a Massage Table.
  3. Seated can be done on almost any common chair, stool or seated bench.
  4. Seated can be done on a Portable or purpose built stationary Massage Chair.
  5. Seated can be done on a Lajiin Table (Chinese Style)
  6. Seated can be done on a Knee Bench
  7. Seated can be done on a Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Orthopedic or Osteopathic application.

This list is not meant to be all inclusive... Once you know what to do use your imagination and send me a note or photo!

As always here at LearnThaiYoga, if you have questions you can reach out to me anytime by email or Phone for questions. Also every lesson has a way for you to comment or ask questions while logged into the course. Use the in course comment box for quick replies as it tells me your a registered student.

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Cheers, Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James

Course Curriculum

  Level One Seated Materials: Eclectic Basic
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  Lanna, Hilltribe and or Northern Style Seated Flows and Postures
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  Somaveda® T.A.E.L.R., Using Tools in Seated Position
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  SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Seated On The Chair Concepts
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  Bibleopgraphy of Research and Articles
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Your Instructor

Dr. Anthony B. James
Dr. Anthony B. James

Prof. Anthony James MSc.(Clinical Herbology), DNM(C), ND(T), MD(AM), DOM(Acu), DPHC(h.c.), PhD(IM), PhD(Hospitallar Medicine h.c.), DMM, RAAP, UTTS, MSGR./CHEV., Ordained Native Bishop Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church of the East in Brazil, Dean, Professor, Director of Education and Traditional Medicine AAPNA Advisory Board Member
Professor- Teacher, Physician, Registered Ayurveda Doctor (Vidya), Minister, Healer, Therapist... Florida, USA

Anthony B. James was the first Westerners ever recognized in Thailand as an authentic Thai Traditional Medicine teacher and Ajahn or professor, where his work is known and honored throughout the country by the Royal Thai Gov’t Ministries of Thai Traditional Medicine, Thai Department of Commerce and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TOT- Friend of Thailand Awardee recipient), Wat Po Association of Thai Traditional Medical Schools registered AACHARN (Ajahn)/ Professor of Thai Traditional Medicine. He is a teacher of Thai Ayurveda, Classical Indian Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedic astrology (Thai Korosot Astrology), who shows how Yoga and Vedic systems of knowledge interface for optimizing our human potential.

AAPNA Advisory Board Member and Registered Ayurvedic Doctor R.A.D. (AAPNA) practicing Ayurveda Medicine and therapy for over 38 years. His many books include “Ayurveda of Thailand- The AAPNA Veda Vyasa Award Recipient for 2017”, “Ayurveda and Thai Yoga, Religious Therapeutics Theory and Practice”, as well as several Telly Award winning Video Documentaries on Thai Traditional Medicine and Thai Yoga Therapy. He is currently the director of the NAIC: SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine, SCNM School of Ayurveda Medicine and Thai Yoga Center, Staff and Faculty for Oriental Medicine Doctoral program of the PanAmerican School of Natural Medicine- Nevis West Indies, and on the editorial board for the magazine "International Journal of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine".

Dr. James has a thirty eight year background in natural healing, including the systems of Native American Medicine, Thai Ayurveda, Classical Indian Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism and Vedic Astrology. He has an MD(AM) degree as well as Board Certified Naturopathic Degree, two doctoral degrees in Natural Medicine, an OMD (Acupuncture) as well as doctorates/ PhD in Indigenous Medicine and Monastic Medicine. Dr. James also holds a Masters in Clinical Herbology and has taught herbal medicine for several years. Currently he is dean of the SCNM: SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine, School of Ayurveda Medicine and the Thai Yoga Center schools and programs. Dr. James is the author of numerous books, articles and hundreds of educational video’s focused on Ayurveda and related topics. He has presented seminars and at national and international medical conferences including AAPNA for many years.

In addition to his interest and research into his family Native American Religious and medicine heritage Dr. James is an ordained priest and Monsignor of the the Sacred Medical Order of The Church of Hope (SMOCH/ SMOKH).The Church of Hope is a Church of special and sacred ministry of monastic medicine, sanctified healing, ecclesiastical medicine, holistic medicine, as well as indigenous medicines as part of religious doctrine, where he is working to integrate Ayurveda and Complimentary Medicine into the Monastic Medical Tradition of the church.

In September of 2016, Ajahn James published a comprehensive texbook titled “Ayurveda of Thailand: Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine and Yoga Therapy“, Meta Journal Press. This new book covers in detail the authentic history and genuine practices, philosophy and religious therapeutics of Ayurveda in Thailand.

Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society

November 30th. 2009, Ajahn, Dr. Anthony James receives LifeTime Membership Recognition with Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society (UTTS). The award itself was presented by the Mr. Aram Amaradit (Dr. Amratisha), Member Parliament of Surin Province, Chairman of the Committee on Public Health, President and original founder: The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society, Ministry on Public Health, Thailand. The credentials were issued in the offices of the The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society, Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburii, Thailand. UTTS Life Time recognition (Thai Traditional Medicine/ Thai Traditional Massage) credentials #520121896.

Anthony James, Life Time Member UTTS

Ajahn, Dr. James studied under the former Grandmaster Ajahn Sintorn Chaichagun at the Shivagakomarpaj Traditional Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai Thailand from 1988 to 1995. He maintained a working relationship with his mentor in the Northern style, Grand Master Sintorn and “The Old Medicine Hospital” until Grand Master Sintorn’s passing in 2005.


Ajahn James was the original founder and chief Teacher for the The International Thai Therapists Association 1992-2012, to fairly represent the various traditional systems of Thai Yoga and Thai Massage currently being practiced primarily in the US. In 2006, he was granted Aachan/ professor and Master Thai Traditional Medicine: Thai Yoga/ Thai Massage Teacher status through the Anantasuk system (Hua Hin Thailand), recognized by the Wat Po Association. The award itself was presented by the Wangklaikangwon Industrial College Dean and Educational and Director Dr. Surasak Srinoi. Dr. James specializes in Native American Medicine, Thai medical theory, Asian history, Ayurveda and Theravada Buddhism.

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