SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Integrative Therapy

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A few months ago, I hopped on a short plan ride to Cincinnati, Ohio to delve deeper into the sacred practice of Thai Yoga. As a Massage Therapist and Yoga teacher, I am always searching for ways to better serve my clients, students, friends, and family. I truly feel that helping others is my dharma, my purpose.

I am, and always will be a student. Yet, I find comfort in knowing that through my current and past teachers and teachings, I have built the foundation and gathered the tools to educate those around me who have yet to unravel their sacred tools themselves.

Thai Yoga Therapy has been a modality that has caught my eye for many moons now, yet the moment to explore this sacred practice has only presented itself more clearly as of right now. I spent multiple hours a day searching for the right place to start. How does one receive the ability to practice such a sacred modality without hindering the ancient origins that have been passed down through verbal teaches from generations to generations? Unable to fly to Thailand, I wanted to find an authentic teacher, or school within the United States that would provide me with the appropriate tools to treat every individual from a place of knowledge, love, and understanding. I was searching for something new and wholesome.

Eventually, I found what I was looking for.

What I found was a women who takes pride in all that she does, a women who believes in creating a balanced world through first balancing ourselves, and then others. A women who wants to help individuals like me find my sacred tools to help others find theirs. Her name is Alex Ryberg, and she is the founder of InYoke: Center for Wellness & enlightenment Studies. Alex has over 1028 hours of Somaveda Thai Yoga training and has worked along some of the most profound teachers to date, such as Anthony B. James. I am beyond excited to continue my training with Alex and hopefully one day Anthony B. James as well.

So, you may be asking yourself…

“What is SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Integrative Therapy?”

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SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Integrated Therapy is a comprehensive, sacred therapeutic practice that helps others sustain a life of abundance and joy. This practice stems from a lineage that is over 2500 years old and is a way of healing for most out east. This practice is a modality that embodies several core practices of the healing arts derivative of Thai Yoga, Thai Ayurveda, Puja (sacred prayers or mantras), sacred nutrition and so much more!

Thai Yoga is a form of bodywork intended to treat the whole body by using the whole body. Much different from a therapeutic massage, the client is fully clothed and the session consists of yoga-assisted stretching, compression, rocking, stimulation, and deep connection to pranayama (breath) to help detoxify the body, mind, and soul.

What are the benefits of Thai Yoga?

  • Relaxation

  • Detoxification

  • Improved Sleep!!!

  • Reduction of swelling /edema

  • Increases muscles flexibility

  • Reduces stress and anxiety

  • Improves breathing/respiration

  • Increase range of motion

  • Balancing the bodies energy system / dissolves energy blockages

  • Boost a healthy circulation of bodily fluids

  • Helps chronic join tension

How does Somaveda® Thai Yoga Integrative Therapy Work?

This method begins with a compression progression from the feet up and focuses on working the meridian lines through the entire body. The session will feel a lot like a dance as we flow through a series of postures that are intended to detoxify, purify, and energize the entire body. Working with the meridian lines throughout the entire body we are able to release blockages and encourage fluidity of energy and prana, or chi (breath). This sacred practice is perfect for everybody, as I will work with you closely to set up the perfect protocol to bring a sense of ease within your body.

What to expect in a Somaveda® Thai Yoga Session?

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga is a passive form of yoga where the client's body is moved in very specific positions with care. The flow of the sequence works best if the client does as little as possible and remains relaxed throughout the entire session. Performed on a comfortable floor mat and fully clothed in comfortable attire, this session will provide a full body experience and works best through consistency and accountability.

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Depending on why you are seeking out a Thai Yoga Session will depict the duration of our time together. However, to treat your body with the utmost respect and love, consistency is key in establishing longevity in anything you do to better serve your body. Upon scheduling your session I suggest finding time where we can have a 10-20 minute consultation to discus your needs and desires so you can get the most out of your time with me.

I have completed the fundamentals course of Somaveda® Thai Yoga which provides me with 20 hours of continuing education and the sacred tools needed to offer all of you the best experience possible. There is still plenty more to learn. And as I am forever a student first, I look forward to sharing this journey of enlightenment, discovery, and healing with all of you. I will be continuing this education in Ohio under Alex Ryberg as I fly back and forth for one weekend in March, April, May, June, and graduation in August. Come August 2019, I will receive my 200-hour Somaveda® Thai Yoga Practitioner certification providing me with a wealth of knowledge intended to better serve all of you on an even deeper level than I am able to now.

Want to schedule a session with Joella?

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I am so excited to be able to offer all of you this new service within the Duluth and Minneapolis surrounding area, and of course soon at our retreats! Sessions will be offered in 30 + 60 minute increments.

Come find out how Thai Yoga can benefit you and provide you with the care your body craves. Email me if you would like to set up a free 10-20 minute consultation to see if Thai Yoga is right for you. ( |

Joella Miller