Therapeutics, Embodiment & Bodywork Immersion (50 /100 hrs)

  • Maladhara Maladhara
  • Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Jul 21 - Aug 2, 2019 (13 days)

Event Highlights

  • A journey of self-discovery and adventure.
  • Immersive 100-hour training program with tools on working with:
  • 1. Improve posture and movement patterns
  • 2. Creating more stability and improving flexibility
  • 3. Learn mindfulness tools for a greater body-mind connection
  • 4. Hands-on tools for pain management, and managing stress & anxiety
  • 5. Learn more about chronic conditions for self care and in helping others
  • Intensive training modules with manuals
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • Experience embodiment tools of the body-mind through movement, breathwork, yoga therapy applications, traditional Hatha Yoga practices, visualisations, vocalisations, self inquiry and bodywork. Be EMPOWERED to access your own transformation and healing. You will also be able to apply these tools in teaching yoga or movement, self-care, or in offering bodywork to support your clients and your loved ones.

Schedule

Itinerary:
Arrival, Registration, Dinner & Opening Circle for each module (July 13th & July 20)
3:00pm - Registration
4:00pm - Practice
6:00pm - Dinner
7:00pm to 8.30pm - Opening Circle

Daily Schedule
06:30 - Meditation, Breath & Movement Practice
08:30 - Breakfast
09:30 - Embodied Anatomy, Inquiry, Theory & Discussion
12:30 - Lunch
14:00 to 17:30 - Bodywork Practice
18:00 - Dinner
19:00 to 20:30 - Evening Program - Restorative / Yoga Nidra (alternate evenings)

July 18 and July 25th
07:00 to 10:00 - Morning Practice
Brunch & Departure

About This Event

Join me this July to dive deep into yoga and movement therapy, bodywork, through deep sensing inquiry work to come into embodiment of our essence. This immersion will take place at the beautiful Mala Dhara Eco Resort amidst expansive rice fields and rolling hills, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Moving from Within

“Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is. We are allowing other people to be what they are, and we are sanctioning our own bodies and our minds to fully manifest. Yoga also begins in the present moment”
~ Richard Freeman, The Mirror of Yoga

The Embodiment & Bodywork Immersion is a journey. A journey into the senses to uncover our very own physical and subtle mind-body mapping, bringing to our consciousness the way we inhabit in our environment, and how we respond to elements and people around us. It is a journey to unearth the treasure trove of our innate healing through breath, movement, bodywork, meditation and self inquiry.

The embodiment approach in this immersion will shine a light on our habitual but sometimes unconscious neurological patterning that manifest into how we breath, our holding gait, and our reactivity to circumstances. These are manifested through pre-dispositions, deep-seated patterns, trauma, as well as years of conditioning.

Bringing together mindfulness based techniques with somatic tools, we will gain more clarity into our own emotions and behaviour as an embodied biological process, this will enable us to live and move with greater ease and grace.

This will be 2 x 50 hours immersion for yoga practitioners, bodyworkers, movers, dancers, coaches, caregivers... anyone who is looking to understand the pathways of connectivity between the body, mind and spirit. We will work with movement through the lens of embryology, developmental patterns, fascia and connective tissue. Delving into breathwork, yoga therapy applications, traditional Hatha Yoga principles, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, visualisations, vocalisations, self inquiry and bodywork.

When we explore from within through a sensory rather than cognitive approach, our mind can de-clutter and re-wire towards a moment-to-moment presence in wellness.

Be EMPOWERED to access your own transformation and healing. You will also be able to apply these tools in teaching yoga or movement, self-care, or in offering tactile touch or bodywork to support your clients and your loved ones.

COURSE DETAILS

This program keeps evolving every year as I continue to expand the scope of my work and study in the areas of therapeutics, somatic therapy, movement education and neuroscience.

This year, the central theme will revolve around the Therapeutic Applications through the lens of Developmental Patterns - in which I’ll be covering:

Embryology and how we can further understand our mind-body blueprint through our developmental journeyFascia & Connective Tissues through the phases of developmental patterns - inquiring into how movement evolves and shapes us through evolution, environment, emotions, culture, habits and how we can explore and repattern through embodied anatomy, relearning, and deep rest.Spatial Medicine: Tap into our kinesthetic and spatial intelligence through proprioception and interoception by refining the nuances of our awareness in a sensory-based learning environment.Nervous system regulation and therapeutic healing through the Vagus Nerve - this part is of special importance to those dealing with chronic pain as well as for teachers / therapists / coaches out there who’d like to understand and explore how to hold space and co-regulate through breath work, yoga therapy and somatic movement.Hands-on bodywork: as usual there will be a significant amount of time dedicated to tactile work. The power of applying a gentle touch to heal is formidable. In addition to hands-on techniques, we will also cover ethics, permission, client-therapist relationship, intention, attention, therapist posture integrity and self-care.

This is not be a typical yoga immersion.

We will be working with the tools of yoga therapy ~ movement, asanas, sound, visualisation, meditation techniques, Yoga Nidra, breathwork and pranayama... grounded by a knowledge of kinesiology, myofascial meridiens, embodied anatomy, neuroscience, understanding of chronic conditions etc. In addition, we will also look at some classical yoga philosophy and yogic texts, and discuss how they can be applied in contemporary therapeutic settings.

What I’ll be sharing is a distillation of the different aspects of my studies from Hatha yoga to movement science, a decade of teaching experience, as well as drawing from case studies of the work I've done. I personally feel that it is important to communicate the meldings of these teachings and principles that I embody as a student, teacher and therapist, and then leave you to explore and seek out the answers yourself.

Module 1 – Walking the Talk: Foundations in the Trinity of Body-Mind-Spirit (50 Hours)

The Principles of Yoga, Somatics & Bodywork as Therapeutic ToolkitThe Anatomy of Breath: the 3 Diaphragms + Therapeutic ApplicationsOur Relationship with Gravity: Yielding / Propping / CollapseFascia principles & Developmental Origins Cultivating Spatial & Emotional Intelligence: Proprioception & InteroceptionEmbodied Anatomy & KinestheticsBody Reading 1: PathwaysOur Nervous System & Polyvagal TheoryTherapeutic Presence: Holding Sacred Space & Nervous System RegulationBodywork: The Art of Touch - ethics, intention, attentionBodywork: Release Techniques for Chronic Holding Areas (Back / Neck / Shoulders)Core Connection: The Intricacies of Diaphragm, Pelvic Floor & the PsoasRestorative Yoga & Yoga NidraPancha Maya Koshas ~ The 5 layers of the bodyPancha Vayu - The 5 winds of the bodyPancha Maha Bhutas - The 5 elements 

Module 2 – The State of Being: Diving Deep into Embodiment (50 Hours* ~ Pre-requisite : Module 1 or have taken previous trainings with Daphne amounting to minimum 30hrs)

Embryology & Developmental Patterns (building upon Module 1)Yoga & Bodywork for Chronic Conditions & Pain ManagementEmbodied Anatomy & Kinesiology (building upon Module 1)Body Reading 2: Read Between the Lines (building upon Module 1)Exploring Myofascial Meridiens in Therapeutic Applications Core Connection: The Intricacies of Diaphragm, Pelvic Floor & the Psoas (building upon Module 1)The Physiological Effects of Subtle Practices: Mantra / Mudras / KriyasBodywork: Listening to Body’s Inner RhythmsBodywork: Release Techniques for Chronic Holding Areas 2 (Digestive Issues, Tension Headaches, Auto-Immune)Restorative Yoga & Yoga NidraThe application of the 8-Limbs of Yoga in Therapeutic Settings

This immersion caters to:

practitioners, movers, athletes looking for efficiency and sustainability in movement, as well as injury rehabilitationyoga teachers and movement educators looking for more clarity in communicating their work experientially and holistically, especially if you are offering (or hoping to offer) classes to audience with specific conditions, in both group and one-on-one settings.bodyworkers who would like to cultivate more holistic, non-linear sense of tactile awareness and body-reading skillscaregivers and coaches looking for simple and intuitive interoceptive and hands-on tools to help clients with self regulation

"I've finished Daphne's 100hr embodiment training half a year ago, and I'm still feeling the profound changes in my on-the-mat and off-the-mat practice until today! Her inquiry-based approach on deep sensing and awareness is such a contemporary and important approach rising above the many yoga schools that are constantly popping up today. The 2 weeks of her YTT training offered so much more than just cognitive and experiential knowledge of anatomy and asanas, but transformed my deepest sense of awareness in my body. I left feeling like a newborn who never tasted the true feeling of motion, and of being alive and conscious in and of my body. I keep walking, moving and dancing with a sense of pleasure and joy brought about by the awareness and perception of my body as fluid, gentle and a well integrated unit. Keeping in mind Daphne's first and last question "What is embodiment to you?" and constantly developing new answers to it :)I can't wait for her next training and I highly recommend her to everybody who's interested in sculpting their yoga from within!" ~ Lucie Krobova, Dancer & Dance Teacher, Amsterdam

The Embodiment Approach
Embodiment transcends all genders, all ages, all conditions. This work promotes wellness and self-care through a body-centred, sensory approach to learning. It focuses on the premise that the body is shaped by the mind, and that the mind can be reshaped by the body (neuroplasticity) - vis-à-vis the nervous system - to effect body chemistry, digestion, immune system and energy levels.
This is not a one-size-fits-all go-to approach. It is work for the curious, the inquisitive and the courageous. What is it like to let go of old beliefs that do not serve, to completely embody our true essence as a living spirit, to be a human-BEING instead of a human-DOING?
"Between stimulus and response there is a SPACE.
In that SPACE is our POWER to CHOOSE our response.
In our response lies our growth and our FREEDOM"
~ Victor Frankl
Itinerary:
Arrival, Registration, Dinner & Opening Circle for each module (July 21st & July 28th)
3:00pm - Registration
4:00pm - Practice
6:00pm - Dinner
7:00pm to 8.30pm - Opening Circle
Daily Schedule
06:30 - Meditation, Breath & Movement (Optional Self) Practice
08:00 - Breakfast
09:30 - Embodied Anatomy, Inquiry, Theory & Discussion
12:30 - Lunch
14:00 to 17:30 - Bodywork Practice
18:00 - Dinner
19:00 to 20:30 - Evening Program (alternate evenings)
July 26 and August 2
07:00 to 10:00 - Morning Practice
Brunch & Departure
"My experience from the immersion was eye-opening. Over the past years, I knew that I was not doing something right, but could not figure out what it was. Daphne identified the specific misalignments in my body and guide me into finding them. She articulated very well in how bodies are supposed to move, what habits to maintain to keep the body healthy. I can already feel that my musculoskeletal structure changing and my joints are better aligned. Before the course, I used my body parts to do Yoga, trying to fit my body into the asanas. Now I am using Yoga to keep my body aligned, with healthier and better positioning for the different part of my body. I have had many issues with tilted pubic bones, twisted spine, knee pain and feet pain, but they are now better with the right exercises. They also brought me a positive effects for non-yoga activities. I enjoy occasional social dancing, and when I went to a practice, I can feel that my posture has improved, and my body and legs are not as tired and aching as before. I believe that continuous practice, awareness and mindfulness are the key. All the best and thanks again for your insights and dedication.” ~Yoko Yamoto, NGO worker, Japan

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Course Fees: Tuition includes accommodation, meals, training sessions, course materials, course manual & Yoga Alliance certificate.
**Additional 10% discount for students who have previously taken trainings with Daphne (for single & twin-sharing options)
***Limited scholarship places are open for interested students who might have financial constraints. Please write in to Daphne for details.
EARLY-BIRD (Signup before April 30 2019)
Single Module (50 hours / 5 nights)
Shared Twin Villa US$980
Shared Triple Villa US$850 (Limited availability)
Single Adobe Hut US$1,120 (Limited availability)
Single Villa (Double Bed) US$1,480
For Both Modules (100 hours / 10 nights)
Shared Twin Villa US$1,800
Shared Triple Villa US$1,600 (Limited availability)
Single Adobe Hut US$2,050 (Limited availability)
Single Villa (Double Bed) US$2,800
AFTER 30 April 2019
Single Module (50 hours / 5 nights)
Shared Twin Villa US$1,100
Shared Triple Villa US$950 (Limited availability)
Single Adobe Hut US$1,250 (Limited availability)
Single Villa (Double Bed) US$1,600
For Both Modules (100 hours / 10 nights)
Shared Twin Villa US$2,000
Shared Triple Villa US$1,800 (Limited availability)
Single Adobe Hut US$2,300 (Limited availability)
Single Villa (Double Bed) US$3,000
Price include daily practice, tuition, course materials, training manual, certification, accommodation, and 3 x daily vegetarian meals will be catered by Kin Dee Organic Restaurant. Special dietary requirement can be arranged upon request.
ROOM SHARE POLICY
If you're booking a twin share or triple room while traveling alone, we will do our best to place you in a room with same a sex participant(s) who is also traveling solo. In instances where this is not possible, you may be required to upgrade to a single room (at a nominal fee). Participants are placed in shared rooms based on gender and the order in which they book. However, if there is somebody specific that you would like to share a room with, please let us know via email and we will ensure that you are accommodated accordingly.
^Please note that the fees do not cover the 2-day break in between the 2 modules. Many students prefer to take the opportunity to explore other parts of Chiang Mai. However, this option is available if you'd like to stay at the retreat centre, at $80 per night for the villas and $20 per night for the dorm space (meals not included).
Deposit & Payment
If you are accepted onto the course, a deposit of 50% of course fee is required to secure your place and your chosen accommodation option. Of this, US$500 is non-refundable.
The full balance for tuition and accommodation is due by June 15, 2019.
If you withdraw from the training for any reason on or before June 15, 2019 you will receive a refund of tuition fees minus the non-refundable deposit and all bank fees involved in the transactions. If you withdraw on June 15 or thereafter, no refund will be given. These cancellation conditions are strict, we strongly recommend that you purchase good travel insurance that will cover you for any losses incurred by unexpected illness, cancellation or curtailment.
About Maladhara Yoga Retreat Centre
The training will be held at Maladhara Resort, in Doi Saket district, around 25 kilometres east of Chiang Mai old city. The beautiful eco retreat venue is situated amongst the idyllic mountains and the expansive rice fields of northern Thailand, with earthen adobe villas, a blue blue saltwater pool, an exquisite organic restaurant, herbal steam sauna, a straw bail adobe bungalow flotation room, and 2 beautiful yoga shalas. Explore living temples, village visits, nature trails and hot spring soaks during your down time.
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Getting there & what to expect
Chiang Mai is easily reached via an increasing number of direct international flights and over a dozen daily one-hour flights from Bangkok. Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai Airport (CNX). The retreat centre will be able to help you with transfer arrangements / information.
July is a lush green season in Chiang Mai with rains and nature goes wild! Please bring along rain gear (e.g poncho / rain boots, and insect repellant)
Yoga with Daphne supports Yogamour Seva in bringing yoga off the mat and into the world.
We are working with a Backpack Project to provide health packs to the children we support in Thailand, India and Myanmar. Some of the items required (in quantities of 70), are - Soap, toothbrushes, laxatives (for kids that have autism and bad diets), baby formula, reusable diapers. Another item is ace- bandages for elderlies in the village suffering from arthritis. If anyone is interested in contributing in products or cash, please contact me.

"I am so glad to join my first teacher training with Daphne, she is a marvellous teacher and has deep profound knowledge about the history, philosophy, culture, spirituality of yoga and movement. I definitely would like to join her teacher training again next year!" - Tiffany Sim, Engineer, Malaysia "I acquired a great deal of knowledge in a great location! Daphne is extremely knowledgeable, and she is great about sharing this knowledge in a fun and easy to grasp way. It was the perfect length of time and the training was taught with a positive and dynamic energy. I would love to learn more from her in the future! And the location - Mala Dara - was gorgeous! Thanks Daphne for including me in the training! Look forward to seeing what comes up next!" - Shanon Fox, Yoga teacher, Koh Samui "Daphne saved my back! I met Daphne when she was supporting a training I was attending in February. Daphne came to my rescue on day 3 of a 15 day training. Unfortunately due to a recent injury to my SI joint (3 months prior) and an ill timed adjustment by another trainer, my still fragile sacro iliac joint had again been over stretched. Daphne, seeing my distress and pain offered to help, she was so gentle, supportive and understanding of my situation. She took the time to explore the injury and provide a "gentle" massage which with her advice, suggestions and hands that seemed to magically find and soothe the injured area provided me the opportunity to finish my training with little discomfort. Daphne is a natural in the heart of yoga, she clearly loves what she does and in turn gives confidence and support to those that train with her." - Lori Kelley, Yoga teacher & Sonographer, UK "Daphne is a gem and if you have been looking to work with an experienced highly effective yoga teacher, Daphne's yoga therapeutics is amazing. I went on her retreat last summer in Laos, the place is breathtakingly beautiful, the group was fabulous and Daphne was, as always, so generous with her time, attention and dedication. - Nadja Vartany, Yoga teacher, Singapore "Daphne is one of the most talented, articulate, loving yoga teachers I have ever met. I highly recommend any training that she is doing" - Mary Baseler, Studio owner, Australia "My experience from the immersion was eyeopening. Over the past years, I knew that i was not doing something right, but could not figure out what it was. Daphne identified the specific misalignments in my body and guided me into finding them. She articulated very well in how bodies are supposed to move, what habits are good to maintain to keep the body healthy. I can already feel that my musculoskeletal structure changing and my joints are better aligned. Before the course, I used my body parts to do Yoga, trying to fit my body into the asanas. Now I am using Yoga to keep my body aligned, with healthier and better positioning for the different part of my body. I have had many issues with tilted pubic bone, twisted spine, knee pain and feet pain, but they are better now with right movement pattern. It also brought me a positive effects for non-yoga activities. I enjoy the occasional social dancing, and I can feel that my posture has improved, and my body and legs are not as tired and achy as before. I believe that continuous practice, awareness and mindfulness are the key. All the best and thanks again for your insights and dedication." ~ Yoko Yamoto, Japan

Venue Highlights

The training will be held at at the beautiful eco retreat venue amongst the idyllic mountains and the expansive rice fields, with earthen adobe villas, a blue blue saltwater pool, an exquisite organic restaurant, herbal steam sauna, a straw bail adobe bungalow flotation room, and 2 beautiful yoga shalas. Explore living temples, village visits, nature trails and hot spring soaks during your down time.

Accommodations

All Villa Room come with en-suite bathrooms and A/C.
Dorm rooms are equipped with shared bathrooms.
Toiletries and amenities are provided

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping
  • Bicycles For Rent

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

3 vegetarian meals daily. Special dietary requests can also be tailor made prior to the retreat.

Directions

Maladhara is easily accessible by taxis or local song taews from the Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) - 30 minutes or
Chiang Mai Old City, 25 kilometers.

If you are arriving at the Chiang Mai International Airport and you are unsure of how to proceed, let us assist you in arranging your car and driver services directly from the airport to Mala Dhara.

Please contact us with as much possible advance notice for this assistance.

If you would prefer to arrange your own taxi service from the airport, please ask us for a map to print and provide to you before your departure, to be given to your driver. Also, please feel free to give your driver our phone number for personal assistance.

If you are coming from Chiang Mai, we are also more than happy to assist you in arranging your car and driver services to Mala Dhara.

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