Moving From Within Embodiment & Bodywork Immersion w Daphne Chua


Mala Dhara Yoga Retreat Center Chiang Mai Thailand


Start: 2:00 PM - July 21, 2019

End: 12:00 PM - August 2, 2019

Moving from Within:

Embodiment & Bodywork Immersion 
(50-hour or 100-hour)
July 21 – August 2, 2019
Mala Dhara Yoga Retreat Center & Eco Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Mala Dhara Yoga Retreat Center

“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
(50 Hours)

  • Yoga & Bodywork as Therapeutics
  • The Anatomy of Breath: the 3 Diaphragms
  • Our Relationship with Gravity: Yielding / Propping / Collapse
  • Connective tissue 1: Fascia principles & Developmental Origins
  • 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

This immersion caters to:

  • practitioners, movers, dancers, athletes looking for more ease and grace, not just in functional movement, but also in bringing mindfulness to daily living and in interactions with others and our environment.
  • yoga 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 skills
  • caregivers and coaches looking for simple and intuitive interoceptive and hands-on tools to help clients with self regulation


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


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


Movement Therapy
Somatic Inquiry
Functional & Embodied Anatomy
Subtle-Body Explorations
Mindfulness Techniques
Pranayama & Breathwork
Asana, Mantra, Mudra, Kriya
Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Hatha Yoga Philosophy
Yoga Nidra
Therapeutic Presence & Holding Sacred Space
Exploring Bodywork: the Art of Touch & Re-patterning
Embodiment in Everyday Life 


“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


Read more about Daphne and what people have to say here.

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 (for single & twin-sharing options)

EARLY-BIRD (Signup before April 30 2019)
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 2019
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, 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.


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About Mala Dhara Yoga Retreat Centre

The training will be held at Mala Dhara Yoga Retreat Center,  around 25 Kilometers 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 Mala Dhara Yoga Retreat Center –


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 repellent)


Yoga with Daphne also 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.