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Meet S.N. Goenka

S.N. Goenka was a prominent Indian teacher of Vipassana meditation, a traditional form of Buddhist meditation that originated in India and has been practiced for

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Prayer: Amitabhaya

Amitabhaya is a buddha in Mahayana Buddhism who is associated with the concept of boundless light and infinite life. He is often depicted in art

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A brief History of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient Indian spiritual discipline that involves physical, mental, and spiritual practices. It is believed to have originated in ancient India more than 5,000 years ago, and has evolved over time into a diverse and complex set of practices that are followed by millions of people around the world.   The origins of …...Read More

Introduction to Embryology

Embryology is the study of the development of an embryo and fetus during pregnancy. It is a branch of developmental biology that focuses on the changes that occur during the early stages of life, from fertilization to birth. During the process of fertilization, an egg is fertilized by a sperm, resulting in the formation of …...Read More

Balancing the parasympathetic system

The parasympathetic nervous system is one of two divisions of the autonomic nervous system, which controls the body’s involuntary functions. The other division is the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic system is often referred to as the “rest and digest” system, as it is responsible for controlling the body’s resting and vegetative functions, such as …...Read More

Osteopathy´s most influencial figures

Here is a list of influential figures in the history of osteopathy, along with some specific details about their contributions:   Andrew Taylor Still: Developed the principles and practices of osteopathy in the late 19th century. Still was a physician and surgeon who believed that the body had the ability to heal itself if it …...Read More

Metta – Karuna – Mudita – Upeksha

Metta, Karuna, Mudita, and Upeksha are four qualities or states of mind that are cultivated in the practice of Buddhist meditation.   Metta, also known as loving-kindness, is the practice of developing a feeling of unconditional love and well-wishing towards oneself and others.   Karuna, or compassion, is the practice of feeling and expressing concern …...Read More

Introduction to Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that involves holding seated or supine poses for several minutes at a time. It is designed to stretch and strengthen the connective tissue in the body, particularly in the lower part of the body such as the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. In a Yin yoga class, …...Read More

Studying the anatomy of a vertebra

A vertebra is one of the bones that make up the vertebral column, also known as the spine. The vertebral column is a column of bones that extends from the base of the skull to the pelvis and is responsible for supporting the weight of the body and protecting the spinal cord. The anatomy of …...Read More

Treating the Liver 

Osteopathic treatment for liver conditions typically involves a range of techniques, including soft tissue work, muscle energy techniques, and joint mobilization. These techniques are used to improve circulation, increase mobility and flexibility, and reduce muscle tension and inflammation in the liver and surrounding areas. Here are some specific techniques that an osteopathic practitioner might use …...Read More

Once upon a time, Siddhartha Gautama

Once upon a time, in a land called ancient India, there was a prince named Siddhartha. Siddhartha lived a life of luxury, surrounded by wealth and comfort, but he became curious about the world outside the palace walls. One day, Siddhartha decided to venture out into the world and see for himself how ordinary people …...Read More

The PRM

THE PRIMARY RESPIRATORY MECHANISM The study, evaluation and clinical application of the primaryrespiratory mechanism is specific to the manual practice ofosteopathy. Discovered by William Garner Sutherland in theearly 1900’s, described in Harold Magoun’s book Osteopathy inthe Cranial Field, researched by Viola Frymann, John Upledger,Roger Robitaille, D.O., and many others, the PRM is a diagnosticand therapeutic …...Read More

Different styles of Yoga

There are many different styles of yoga, each with its own unique focus and approach to practice. Here is a list of some common styles of yoga, along with a brief description of each: Hatha yoga: Hatha yoga is a style of yoga that focuses on physical postures (asanas) and breath control (pranayama). It is …...Read More

Introduction to Andrew Taylor Still

Andrew Taylor Still was an American physician who founded the field of osteopathy in the late 19th century. He was born in 1828 in Virginia and grew up on a farm in Missouri. After completing medical school, he practiced as a doctor in Kansas and Missouri, where he developed an interest in the role of …...Read More

Benefits of Thai Massage

PROVEN HEALTH BENEFITS OF TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE Aids deep relaxation: a Thai massage is incredibly relaxing. Stretching techniquescombined with the gentle pressure used by the massage therapist relax the whole body. Improved cardiovascular health: thai massage has been proven to stimulate bloodcirculation as well as lymph circulation through the use of stretches, which fills the …...Read More

Studying the anatomy of the Cranium

The cranium, also known as the skull, is a bony structure that encloses and protects the brain and the other structures of the head. The cranium is made up of several bones that are joined together by sutures, which are immovable joints. The main bones of the cranium include: The frontal bone: This bone is …...Read More

Gratitude

Our most precious blessing is to be part of this expanding worldwide community of Thai Massage practitioners: the Sangha. And it all begins, somehow, back in the 80’s with a German buddhist monk, Asokananda. He started it all. His vision was to bring together Yoga, Vipassana Meditation and Thai Massage. And he called it Thai …...Read More

Bhakti Yoga

HINDU MANTRAS & PRAYERS GANESHA PRAYERGanesha sharanam, sharanam GaneshaOm Gam Ganapataye Namaha Vakratunda MahakayaSurya Koti Sama PrabhaNirvighnam Kuru Me DevaSarva Karyesu Sarvada Lord Ganesha of large curved trunkwith the brilliance of a million SunsPlease Oh Lord Make all my worksAlways free of obstacles GAYATRI MANTRA Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah,Tat Savitur Varenyam,Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi,Dhiyo Yo Nah …...Read More

Physiology of the digestive system

The process of digestion begins when food is placed in the mouth and mechanically broken down by chewing. As the food is chewed, it is mixed with saliva, which contains enzymes that help to break down carbohydrates. The chewed food then moves down the esophagus, a muscular tube that connects the mouth to the stomach, …...Read More

The Tangerine of Mindfullness

FROM THICH NATH HANH’S BOOK: OLD PATH WHITE CLOUDS Siddhartha quietly gestured for the children to sit back up and he said, “You are all intelligent children and I am sure you will be able to understand and practicethe things I will share with you. The Great Path I have discovered is deep and subtle, …...Read More

Bhastrika Pranayama Guided Practice

Bhastrika pranayama is a breathing technique in yoga that involves rapid and forceful inhalation and exhalation through the nose. This practice is believed to stimulate the nervous system, improve respiratory function, and increase energy levels. Here is a step-by-step guide for practicing bhastrika pranayama: Find a comfortable seated position, either on a chair or on …...Read More

History of Thai Massage

THE ART OF TRADITIONAL THAI YOGA MASSAGE by Asokananda Traditional Thai Yoga Massage can look back at a long history of therapeutic healing. If one traces the evolution of the techniques of healing-massage practiced in Thailand, one discovers the astonishing fact that the earliest roots of Thai massage lie not in Thailand but in India. …...Read More

“Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha”

Ganesha is a Hindu deity who is widely revered as the remover of obstacles and the patron of arts, knowledge, and wisdom. He is depicted as a four-armed deity with the head of an elephant, and is typically shown holding a sweet, a broken tusk, a goad, and a noose. The Ganesha mantra is a …...Read More

Developing Palpation

Developing palpation skills in osteopathy and Thai massage requires practice and experience. Here are some tips for improving your palpation skills:   Practice regularly: The more you practice palpation, the better you will become at it. Make sure to set aside time to practice palpating different parts of the body and become familiar with the …...Read More

Swiss International School of Osteopathy

  SICO is a private school located in Lausanne, Switzerland that offers education and training in osteopathy. Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and their effects on the body’s overall health and well-being.   SICO offers a five-year full-time program in osteopathy leading to …...Read More

Prayer: Amitabhaya

Amitabhaya is a buddha in Mahayana Buddhism who is associated with the concept of boundless light and infinite life. He is often depicted in art and literature as a seated figure, holding a begging bowl and wearing a crown and the garments of a monk. There are a number of different prayers and mantras associated …...Read More

Introduction to Pranayama

Pranayama is a Sanskrit term that refers to the practice of controlling the breath in order to regulate the flow of prana, or vital energy, in the body. Pranayama is an integral part of the yogic tradition, and is considered to be a key element in the path towards physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.   …...Read More

The 5 Koshas

THE SANSKRIT TERM ‘KOSHA’ MEANS ‘SHEATH’. As you move from the outer layers to the inner layers, you get deeper into the core of selfbeing. You eventually discover that your body is made up of subtle degrees of energy:from the physical body, to the energetic body, to the mental body, to the wisdom body,and finally, …...Read More

Who was Asokananda?

Asokananda is a well-known figure in the field of Thai massage. He is the founder and director of the Sunshine Network, an organization that promotes the study and practice of Thai massage and related traditional healing arts. Asokananda is also a teacher and author and has written several books on Thai massage and related topics. …...Read More

The 4 Agreements

LOS CUATRO ACUERDOS: UN LIBRO DE SABIDURÍA TOLTECA Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy andcreate needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreementsoffer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a newexperience of freedom, true happiness, and love. Be Impeccable …...Read More

Introduction to Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism is a tradition of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China and has had a significant influence on the spiritual and cultural life of East Asia. Zen is characterized by its emphasis on meditation and personal experience as a means of achieving enlightenment and spiritual understanding. Zen Buddhism is based on the teachings of …...Read More

Discovering The Sunshine Network

The Sunshine Network is a worldwide, loosely connected, network of friends of the late Asokananda, who support the teaching of Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga, Ayurvedic massage, Tai Chi, and Vipassana Meditation. The Network was founded by Asokananda (Harald Brust), a pioneer in bringing Thai Yoga Massage to the west, who sadly passed away in June …...Read More
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