Moving from Within: Embodiment & Bodywork Immersion
(50-hour or 100-hour)
July 13 - 18 / July 20 - 25
Maladhara Eco Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand
“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
A journey into the inner senses to uncover our own physical and subtle mind-body mapping, bringing to our consciousness the way we inhabit in our environment and respond to elements and people around us. We will unearth the treasure trove of our innate healing through breath, movement, bodywork, meditation and self inquiry.
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.
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, and years of conditioning. Bringing together mindfulness based techniques with somatic tools, we can 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.
Experience the functions of embodiment 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.
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.
Module 1 – Walking the Talk: Foundations in the Trinity of Body-Mind-Spirit
- Yoga & Bodywork as Therapeutics
- The Anatomy of Breath: the 3 Diaphragms
- Our Relationship with Gravity: Yielding / Propping / Collapse
- Connective tissue 1: Fascia principles & application in movement & bodywork
- Cultivating Spatial & Emotional Intelligence: Proprioception & Interoception
- Embodied Anatomy & Kinesthetic: Feet, Knee & Pelvis Connection
- Embodied Anatomy & Kinesthetic: Pelvis & Spine
- Embodied Anatomy & Kinesthetic: Ribcage, Shoulders & Head
- Body Reading 1: Pathways
- Our Nervous System & the Gut Brain
- The Relaxation Response: Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra
- Therapeutic Presence: Holding Sacred Space
- Bodywork: Identifying the 3 diaphragms
- Bodywork: Release Techniques for Chronic Holding Areas (Back / Neck / Shoulders)
- Core Connection 1: The Intricacies of the Psoas
- Subtle Practices & Classical Yogic Philosophy 1 –
- Pancha Maya Koshas ~ The 5 layers of the body
- Pancha Vayu - The 5 winds of the body
- Chakra System & the 5 Elements
- The 8-Limbs of Yoga in Therapeutic Settings
Module 2 – The State of Being: Diving Deep into Embodiment
(50 Hours* ~ Prequisite : Module 1 or have taken previous trainings with Daphne)
- Embryology & Basic Neurocellular Developmental Patterns
- Applications of Yoga Practices in Therapeutic Settings
- Yoga & Bodywork for Chronic Conditions & Pain Management
- Embodied Anatomy: Skin & Organs
- Embodied Anatomy: Fluids & Space
- Cultivating a Healthy Pelvic Floor
- Core Connections: Functional Core & Subtle Core
- Body Reading 2: Read Between the Lines
- Connective Tissues: Fascia Slings in Movement & Bodywork
- The Physiological Effects of Subtle Practices: Mantra / Mudras / Kriyas
- Bodywork: Subtle Holding Techniques and Hands-On Assists
- Bodywork: Listening to Body’s Inner Rhythms
- Bodywork: Release Techniques for Chronic Holding Areas 2 (Digestive Issues, Migraines / Trauma-Sensitivity)
- Exploring Sequential Relationships between Postures
- The Relaxation Response II: Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra
- Embodiment Principles: The Yoga Sutras, Samkhya & the 36 Tattvas
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
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
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
Functional & Embodied Anatomy
Pranayama & Breathwork
Asana, Mantra, Mudra, Kriya
Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Hatha Yoga Philosophy
Therapeutic Presence & Holding Sacred Space
Exploring Bodywork: the Art of Touch & Re-patterning
Embodiment in Everyday Life
"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 the right movement pattern. It also brought about positive effects for non-yoga activities. I enjoy the 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 achy as before. I believe the continuous practice, awareness and mindfulness are the key. All the best and thanks again for your insights and dedication."
~ Yoko Yamoto, Japan
Read about Daphne and what people have to say here
This training is assisted by Yoga Therapist & Teacher, Louise O'Connell
Check out pictures of the last immersion!
Course Fees: Tuition includes accommodation, meals, training sessions, course manual & Yoga Alliance certificate.
*** Additional 10% discount for students who have previously taken trainings with Daphne
EARLY-BIRD (Signup before April 30 2018)
Single Module (50 hours / 5 nights)
Shared Twin US$980
Single (Double Bed) US$1,480
For Both Modules (100 hours / 10 nights)
Shared Twin US$1,800
Single (Double Bed) US$2,800
AFTER 30 April 2018
Single Module (50 hours / 5 nights)
Shared Twin US$1100
Single (Double Bed) US$1,650
For Both Modules (100 hours / 10 nights)
Shared Twin US$2,000
Single (Double Bed) US$3,000
Price include tuition, 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.
^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, 2018. We accept bank transfers in SGD and AUD (based on xe.com conversion rate) and via PayPal or Transferwise with an additional 3.5% fee.
If you withdraw from the training for any reason on or before June 15, 2018 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.
Check out the earthy and beautiful Maladhara Eco Retreat Centre - www.maladhara.com
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)
The yoga therapy components of my teaching and courses are based on my various trainings and credentials in bodywork modalities & massage therapy trainings, as well as my current Yoga Therapy Graduate Certification Training in Australia. It is not derived from my status as an E-RYT 500 nor as an RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry. Please note that any reference to therapy or treatment within my communication is not meant to imply my practice to diagnose or cure health conditions. Rather, my focus is on improving general health, well-being and avoiding injury to those with health conditions.