It has never ceased to amaze me over my many years how much we need to understand things before we try them. Even things like yoga, which by their very natures cannot be truly understood. The process of learning about yoga is only achieved through experience...and each individual's experience is supremely different. So I can explain as much as I want. I can give examples. I can use adjectives. I can do all kinds of verbal gymnastics to try and get you to a position of comfort with the idea.
But the bottom line is always the same: you are just going to have to try it.
So when I got the request to talk a little about Thai yoga, I was amused. I love Thai. Like, looooooove it. But it is, at its heart, indescribable. It is an experience of surrender and offering. It is a play of giving and receiving. It is a very active style of massage movement that is extremely passive.
Unlike 'traditional' massage, Thai is a gift of movement. Fully clothed, the receiver must lie back and surrender their body to the giver who then moves them through a series of stretches, rotations and postures. If you try and help, the gift is minimized. Not only because it actually makes it harder for the practitioner, but also because it prevents you from going as deep as you can. Thai asks you to explore how much you can relax, mostly because you must surrender control.
We think that as yogis we have master this problem. We think that when we step onto the mat, we are finding our relaxation. Please let me tell you, there is a whole other level yet to find. This happens in Thai simply because you do not put yourself into these postures. Somebody else does it for you. You do not have to find your edge and walk that line, doing battle with your mind the whole time. Somebody else assumes that responsibility. You must simply allow. And trust. And let yourself breathe and be moved. A good Thai practitioner will read your body like a familiar book and move you into the right places to release what needs to be released, and access what needs to be found. Physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. In all my years, I have never found another practice which fixes so very many things on so very many planes.
So I can say all that, and I know that I am right. I can give you this attempt to help you understand. But in the end, you will only know if you climb onto the Thai mat and try.
Go ahead. Just do it. Trust me.
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