Moving From Within: Embodiment & Bodywork Immersion w/daphne chua


Chiang Mai Mala Dhara Yoga Retreat Center - Thailand


Start: 2:00 - July 2, 2020

End: 12:00 - July 12, 2020

Moving From Within:

with Daphne Chua

Embodiment & Bodywork Immersion
July 2 – 12,  2020 11 Days

Mala Dhara Eco Resort & Yoga Retreat Center,

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

This training is an exploration into waking up the internal senses to uncover our own physical and subtle mind-body mapping, to help us determine 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 etc, who are looking to understand the pathways of connectivity between the body, mind and spirit.

The practice will also shine a light on our habitual but unconscious neurological patterning that manifest into how we breath, our holding gait, and reactivity to circumstances. These are manifested through pre-disposition, deep seated patterns, and years of conditioning. Bringing together mindfulness with somatic tools, we can gain more clarity into our own feelings and behaviour as an embodied biological process in order to live 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 so you are EMPOWERED to access your own transformation and healing. You will also be able to apply these tools for teaching yoga or movement, self-care, or in offering bodywork to support your clients and your loved ones.

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


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
Pancha Vayu
The 5 Elements & the Chakra System
The 8-Limbs of Yoga in Therapeutic Settings



The State of Being: Diving Deep into Embodiment


Embryology & Basic Neurological 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

*Pre-Requisite: Module 1 or have taken previous training with Daphne



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, on the premise that the body is shaped by the mind. It focuses on the process that the body is shaped by the mind (and vice versa), 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.
It is not a one-size-fits-all go-to quick fix. 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

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
Embodied Anatomy


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