Trainings

Thai Yoga Bodywork

Thai Yoga Bodywork offers a variety of trainings and traditional healing modalities based in eastern philosophy and medicine in the Minneapolis area, the US, and abroad with certified instructor and therapist, Tanya Boigenzahn Sowards.

Tanya offers one of the only full certification programs in the US and travels and teaches this amazing form of healing infusing it with yoga, ayurveda, energy medicine and yoga therapy studies.

Thai Yoga Bodywork’s 300hr Practitioner Training and Certification is now a school and is a licensed school with the state of MN.

What is Thai Yoga Bodywork?

Based on the northern style of traditional Thai Massage (Nuad Boran), Thai Yoga Bodywork is a sacred healing treatment that integrates Yoga, Ayurveda, and Buddhism. The first roots of this ancient system date back to over 2,500 years ago at the time of Buddha.

Unique from other types of bodywork and massage, Thai Yoga Bodywork is also a form of Yoga Therapy that combines rhythmic massage, assisted Yoga poses, acupressure along energy meridians know as the “Sen,” healing energy work, and meditation.

Schedule your one-on-one Thai Yoga Bodywork session today!

Bodywork Courses

  • Intro Workshop Sunday, September 30, 2018 Learn More

    When: Sunday, September 30
    Times: 3 – 6pm
    Teacher: Tanya Boigenzahn, RTT
    Cost: $55 per person or $108 per couple

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    This is a great add-on for yoga teachers, massage therapists, bodyworkers, energy workers, or anyone wishing to learn more about this amazing style of healing with roots in Yoga and Ayurveda.

    Participants will explore

    • Thai Yoga Bodywork history, benefits, and contraindications
    • How to give a therapeutic sequence for feet, legs, hips, back, upper back, neck, and shoulders
    • Basic relaxation techniques to perform at the end of a sequence. Students will pair up with a partner to give and receive (yay!) as you learn the techniques.

    CEs: 3

    Prerequisite: No experience necessary. All levels welcome. Certificate of completion given at end of workshop per request. Please register so that we know you are coming and can prepare it in advance. A manual is also prepared in advance for each student.

  • TYB Practice Jams Various dates & times Learn More

    OCTOBER DATE: Wednesday, October 10
    NOVEMBER DATE: Wednesday, November 14
    Times: 6-9pm
    Teacher: Peter Loeffler, RTT
    Cost: $30 per workshop or 3 workshops for $75

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    Pre-requisite: Thai Yoga Bodywork Level 1 from Devanadi OR any other teacher or school

    Thai Yoga Bodywork students – come practice your Thai Yoga Bodywork skills as you give and receive. Be mentored, guided and corrected in class. Plus Peter will come in with ideas to kick off the event, as you practice and receive to help deepen your skills and techniques.

    NOTES:
    • Please arrive by 15 min early to help set up so that we can start promptly at the start time.
    • Bring a TYB futon if you have one. Limited to 12 students. Please pre-register if possible to ensure these events run and stay organized. Namaste!

  • Level 1: Foundational Training October 17 - 20, 2018 Learn More

    When: Wed – Sat, October 17-20, 2018
    Times: 8am – 5pm daily
    Teacher: Tanya Boigenzahn, RTT
    Cost: $600 ($650 after September 17)
    NOTE: Register for both Level 1 & 2 (June 17-20 & December 19-22) trainings for $1100 before September 17 or $1200 after.

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    This 36 hour training is the first course in the 300 Hour Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner Training & Certificate Program with Tanya Boigenzahn. You will learn a complete sequence that will allow you to give a 1 to 1.5 hour Thai Yoga Bodywork session to another person.

    Students will receive a manual outlining the Thai Yoga Bodywork techniques that is also filled with an appendix full of Energy Work techniques, chakra info, meditations, and more.

    Topics Covered

    • History and roots of Traditional Thai Massage
    • Benefits and contraindications of receiving as well as giving
    • Sequences including: Supine, Arms, Prone, Seated, and Relaxation
    • Techniques from a variety of positions as you partner up with another and practice in class
    • Ergonomics and proper body mechanics as a giver
    • The basics of our subtle anatomy (chakras, meridians, biofield)
    • How to assess the biofield and chakras before a session begins
    • Basic energy work techniques you can use in a session
    • Tools for growing your self care, intuition and healing skills

    This intensive differs from other Thai Yoga Massage trainings in that you will also learn to assess the chakras, aura, and meridians of the body in order to facilitate your growth in both giving bodywork sessions, and also your own development as a healer. We also study Ayurveda, yoga, meditation and self-care tools.

    CEs: 36
    Approved by HAI, Yoga Alliance and NCBTMB

    Prerequisite: None. Knowledge of anatomy, yoga, bodywork is helpful, not required.

  • Level 2: Foundational Training December 19 - 22, 2018 Learn More

    When: Wed – Sat, December 19-22, 2018
    Times: 8am – 5pm daily
    Teacher: Tanya Boigenzahn, RTT
    Cost: $600 ($650 after September 17)
    NOTE: Register for both Level 1 (October 17-20) & Level 2 (December 19-22) trainings for $1100 before September 17 or $1200 after.

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    Students will learn how to create a 2 hour session that includes a full body treatment, as well as how to adjust their sessions depending on their client’s needs.

    We will continue to learn how energy moves through the body from an Eastern perspective, and how this knowledge can help with relieving certain common conditions such as neck and shoulder pain, poor digestion, low energy, PMS, etc.

    Topics Covered

    • 3 new sequences: Side-lying, Inverted, and Abdominal
    • New sequences for Legs, Prone and Seated positions
    • Intermediate Thai Yoga Bodywork techniques that you can use in place of your Level 1 techniques for appropriate clients
    • Specific info on the Sen (meridians), acupressure points and methodology for various conditions
    • Basic foot and hand reflexology
    • New healing energy techniques connecting chakras and limbs
    • More about the tradition of Thai massage, including morning ceremony and how to make a puja table (fire offering)

    CEs: 36
    Approved by HAI, Yoga Alliance and NCBTMB

    Prerequisite: Level 1 or other Thai massage training (must get instructor’s approval), plus 10 practice sessions from your last training. You may take any of Tanya’s Intermediate courses (Levels 3-5) in any order after completing Level 2.

  • Level 3: Sen Lines & Thai Ayurveda September 18 - 21, 2018 Learn More

    When: Tues – Fri, September 18-21, 2018
    Times: 8 – 5pm each day
    Teacher: Tanya Boigenzahn, RTT
    Cost: $600 ($650 after Aug 18)
    NOTE: Register for both Level 3 & 4 (Sept 24-27) trainings for $1100 before Aug 18 $1200 after.

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    Go deeper as we explore not only a variety of new techniques including advanced positions as well as variations on techniques you already know.

    Learn about the 5 elements, 3 doshas, and how to work with clients based on their imbalances through the study of Thai Ayurveda.

    Topics Covered

    • New techniques for all positions
    • Advanced techniques for the already flexible client
    • Basics on Thai Ayurveda
    • Thai vs. Indian Ayurveda
    • The 10 Thai Sen (meridians)
    • How to recommend yoga postures for a client’s post-care
    • New healing energy techniques to detox a client’s energy field
    • Basic Thai Herbalism
    • Philosophy of Thai Spiritual healing

    CEs: 36
    Approved by HAI, Yoga Alliance and NCBTMB

    Prerequisite: Level 2 or other Thai massage training (must get instructor’s approval), plus 10 practice sessions from your last training. You may take any of Tanya’s Intermediate courses (Levels 3-5) in any order after completing Level 2.

  • Level 4: Chakras, Koshas & the Energy Body September 24 - 27, 2018 Learn More

    When: Mon – Thurs, September 24-27, 2018
    Times: 8 – 5pm each day
    Teacher: Tanya Boigenzahn, RTT
    Cost: $600 ($650 after Aug 18)
    NOTE: Register for both Level 3 (Sept 18-21) & 4 trainings for $1100 before Aug 18  or $1200 after.

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    New techniques and sequences for all positions, including backwalking, Thai inversion therapy, and sequencing sessions based on energetic (chakra) assessments.

    Topics Covered

    • New techniques and sequences for all positions, including backwalking
    • Thai inversion therapy
    • Sequencing sessions based on energetic (chakra) assessments
    • Marma points and acupressure for a variety of issues
    • More theory on the Sen (meridians) in relation to other systems including Chinese Medicine and Indian Ayurveda
    • How to weave Thai Spiritualism – body, mind and spirit – into our practice for a more authentic experience for practitioners and clients

    CEs: 36
    Approved by HAI, Yoga Alliance and NCBTMB

    Prerequisite: Level 2 or other Thai massage training (must get instructor’s approval), plus 10 practice sessions from your last training. You may take any of Tanya’s Intermediate courses (Levels 3-5) in any order after completing Level 2.

  • Level 5: Special Populations TBA Learn More

    This course will help you sequence sessions for special populations such as prenatal & postnatal moms, fertility issues, MS, fibromyalgia, paralysis, etc.

    Topics Covered

    • New techniques and sequences for all positions
    • Prenatal, postnatal and fertility sequencing and theory
    • Hour+ long side-lying sequence for prenatal clients or those who have trouble laying on their backs comfortably
    • Fibromyalgia, MS, and other systemic disease sequencing and theory
    • Sequencing sessions for people with injuries or range of motion issues
    • New acupressure and marma points
    • Thai Rishi Yoga
    • Meditation practice, intention setting, karma Thai yoga and more

    *or other Thai massage training (must get instructor’s approval), plus 10 practice sessions from your last training. You may take any of Tanya’s Intermediate courses (Levels 3-5) in any order after completing Level 2.

    CEs: 36
    Approved by THAI, Yoga Alliance and NCBTMB

    Prerequisite: Level 2 or other Thai massage training (must get instructor’s approval), plus 10 practice sessions from your last training. You may take any of Tanya’s Intermediate courses (Levels 3-5) in any order after completing Level 2.

  • Level 6: Advanced Training TBA Learn More

    When: TBA
    Times: 8 – 5pm each day
    Teacher: Tanya Boigenzahn, RTT
    Cost: $600 ($650 after TBD)

    Registration opens soon! Contact us if you would like updates to this training.

    Sensing Energy Blocks, Intuitive Work & Embodying the Role of a Healer

    This course is an ADVANCED COURSE offered for graduates of our Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner Certification AND current RTTs from another school or teacher.

    In this course, let go of the manual (although there will be one, of course) and learn to use your intuitive abilities to become a skilled master in the arts of Thai Bodywork.

    Topics Covered

    • New techniques and sequences for all positions
    • Intuitive building exercises
    • Taking your existing sequences out of the box
    • Centering practices for self-care, detox and letting go
    • Ethics, business practices, and documenting for auto insurance
    • New acupressure and marma points
    • Thai Rishi Yoga
    • Traditional Thai healing practices (Thai smoke healing)

    CEs: 36
    Approved by HAI, Yoga Alliance and NCBTMB

    Prerequisite: Must have completed Levels 1-5 with Tanya or other have your RTT from another teacher or school.

Training Program Details

Come take a weekend Intro Workshop to get the basics, or earn your RTT (Registered Thai Therapist) status with this comprehensive training program that you can use on your clients, friends or family.

There is no pre-requisite, just an eagerness to be of service for the benefit of others.

This program is specifically designed for: bodyworkers, massage therapists, yoga teachers, or anyone wanting to learn Thai Yoga Bodywork. This program is also designed to gain your RTT (Registered Thai Therapist) status with THAI & NCBTMB.

TOTAL: 300 Hours to complete our Practitioner Certification Program

Program Requirements

  • 180 Training / Contact Hour

    Tier 1: Foundations Trainings

    • Level 1: Fundamentals Training – 36 hours
    • Level 2: Fundamentals Training – 36 hours

    Tier 2: Intermediate Trainings

    May be taken in any order after completing Tier 1

    • Level 3: Thai Ayurveda & Sen Lines – 36 hours
    • Level 4: Chakras, Koshas & Sequencing for the Energy Body – 36 hours
    • Level 5: Special Populations Including Pre/Postnatal – 36 hours

    Total: 180 Contact/Training Hours

    All Trainings are NCBTMB & THAI approved

    Upon completing Levels 1-5 (or Tiers 1 & 2) you will have 12 months to finish your Practitioner Development Requirements and Practice Sessions in order to graduate from this program. Please note that all of these requirements are discussed in detail during training.

    As with the THAI Alliance, we recommend that you practice for at least 1 year before submitting for certification, as well as complete your training in a maximum of 4 years.

    Supplemental Trainings

    You may supplement your training and add hours with other related and approved workshops such as:

    • Intro to Thai Yoga Bodywork (2, 3 or 8 hour options)
    • Thai Yoga Bodywork for Couples (2 hours)
    • Thai Yoga Bodywork Adjustment Clinic for Yoga Teachers (3 or 4 hour options)
  • Practice Session

    50 sessions needed for Practitioner Status (RTT) w/THAI (must be a minimum of 1.5 hours each)

    50 Practice Sessions (75 hours)

    A minimum of ten (10) Practice Session Forms per training either done on your own OR during optional scheduled Practice Sessions open to the public (facilitated by a certified Thai Yoga Bodywork therapist). You will need to complete 20 1.5-hour sessions and 30 two-hour sessions. Practice session instructions will be given in each Level of training.

    Client Review Form

    Click here for form. One (1) session with a client or other TYB practitioner who agrees to submit a Client Review Form. This should be used as a Practice Session and may be included in your 50 required sessions.

    Test Out Session

    One (1) practice session or test-out with Tanya or TYB graduate. Complete this requirement as you near graduation. The test out may be used as a Practice Session and may be included in your 50 required sessions.

    Total: 90 Practice Hours (minimum – most are non-contact hours, but some may be part of our

  • Practitioner Development

    6 hours of Karma Thai Yoga

    Click here for form. Suggestions include offering Thai Yoga to communities in need, assisting in workshops, etc. More info provided during your first Level 1 training.

    8 hours of Continuing Education Workshops AND/OR Reading

    seek topics related to Thai Massage (i.e. Ayurveda, anatomy, yoga, energy medicine, TCM, etc.) OR a trip to Thailand to study Thai massage. Must provide transcript, copy of certificate of completion or equivalent

    Paper, Case Study OR Book Reports (15 hours):

    Choose from one of the following:

    • write a 5-7 page paper a topic of your choice from one of the following categories: Energetics of Thai Massage, Thai Herbal Therapy, Ayurveda, Spiritual Practices of Traditional Thai Medicine
    • write a case study from 4 or more sessions with a client
    • write up three 200 word book reports on the 3 most compelling things you read about on any books related to Thai massage, subtle anatomy (chakras, etc), Thai Herbal Therapy, Ayurveda, Spiritual Practices of Traditional Thai Medicine.

    Total: 30 Practitioner Development Hours

  • Advanced Trainings

    May be taken in any order after completing all of Tier 2.

    These workshops are a curriculum for continued study and/or to earn hours and training towards Advanced Practitioner status (350 CONTACT hours) with THAI.

    Level 6: Advanced Training: Sensing, Energy Blocks and Intuitive Work – 36 hours

Certificate & Program Completion Details

After your initial Level 1 training, you will be eligible to apply for Basic Membership with THAI which will allow you to be listed in the members’ area of the THAI web site, and have complete access to the THAI archives for networking and research.

Upon completing Levels 1-5 (or Tiers 1 & 2) you will have 12 months to finish your Practitioner Development Requirements and Practice Sessions in order to graduate from this program. Please note that all of these requirements are discussed in detail during training.

Once you complete ALL the above trainings and requirements, you will automatically earn your Certification of Completion in the Thai Yoga Bodywork 300 Hour Practitioner Training & Certificate Program with Tanya Sowards.

Accreditations & CE’s

  • THAI: Recognized by THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International) towards Membership requirements.
  • NCBTMB: Tanya Boigenzahn is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.
  • Yoga Alliance: These hours count towards Yoga Alliance CEs.

300 Hour Program Completion Benefits Include:

  • Receiving your Certification of the entire program for your credentials
  • Being listed on thaiyogabodywork.com Graduates Page
  • Discounts (when applicable) on further Thai Yoga Bodywork trainings with Tanya
  • Elite status and advanced notice on trips to study abroad in Thailand
  • CEs for each course through NCBTMB for Licensed Massage Therapists & Bodyworkers
  • CEs for each course through Yoga Alliance for Registered Yoga Therapists (RYTs)
  • Eligibility for Practitioner Level Insurance Coverage & Membership through ABMP
  • Eligibility to apply for Practitioner Level Membership with THAI to earn your RTT once you reach 200 contact hours between at least two teachers and have been studying for at least 1.5 years*

*After completing all requirements above plus an additional 20 or more hours with at least 1 other teacher, you can apply for Practitioner Level Membership (RTT) status with THAI. Your study must be completed within a maximum period of four years, and a minimum of one and a half years must transpire from the date of your first study of nuad boran. You must submit with your application written documentation of 50 1.5 hour practice sessions. When you become a Practitioner level member, you may use the title of Registered Thai Therapist (RTT) after your name.

View our list of Thai Yoga Bodywork graduates!

Private Group Training

Traditionally teaching of Nuad Boran was passed in the oral tradition from teacher to student. If you are unable to make any of the dates offered for any of the trainings, or would prefer the guidance and benefit of working directly with a teacher, please request a training with me privately or with a small group.

Training Includes:

  • 3-4 consecutive or various days of one-on-one instruction (or with a group of 4 or less) per training
  • Feedback based on your personal strengths and weaknesses
  • You and I can pick the dates depending on our schedules
  • A plan on how to continue to practice and grow your skills
  • A manual for whichever Level you are learning
  • Once you pass your final review of the techniques (which might come at a later date from our work together so you have time to practice), you’ll earn your Certificate of Completion which acknowledged by NCBTMB and THAI for CE credit

Cost: $600-900 per person depending on the size of the group
Registration: Call Tanya at 612.816.9642 or email me at:tanya@thaiyogabodywork.com

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