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Visuddhi Sep 15, 2020

Visuddhi (throat chakra)

Other Names: Vishuddha, Vishuddhi, Vishuddhikaya
English translation: "especially pure", "filtered"
Location: at the center soft spot (the size of the thumb) between the 2 collar bones at the base of the neck. In some traditions, they say it is at the Adam's apple
Diety: Panchavaktra Shiva
Vayu (energetic wind): Udana Vayu (throat energy residing in Vishuddhi Chakra)
Shakti (power): Shakini (mythical demon)
Mantra: HAM
Element: akash or ether, represented by the middle finger in the hand mudra
Form: lotus flower with 16 purple petals, a facing-down triangle and a whitish radiance at the middle, which is the akash or ether

Statement: "Instead of fighting with life, I begin to flow with the current of life. I perform at a different level of competence. People naturally move towards me because I can do things beyond their understanding and abilities. I remain forever young."

Attributes of Vishuddhi
This is the centre or level of awareness where the world begins to become like one's own home - your home goes beyond the confines of its 4 walls and unto the vastness of the universe at large. One becomes open to all experiences, whether good or bad. The stage of the world and life, in general, is regarded as the provider of experiences that lead to greater understanding. Instead of fighting with life, one begins to flow with the current of life. One ceases to continually avoid or ignore bad experiences or facets of life and seek good experiences. Instead, there is the tendency to let things happen in the way that they must. The nectar and the poison are both consumed because one begins to trust the process. Everything and everyone becomes magical. Instead of feeling neurotic and antagonistic towards the world and other people, one begins to relax and flow with all situations. One begins to tune in with other people and feel the connection between all things.

More and more, one will see sense and intelligence behind all things and actions. This is the centre where all people and all things are seen as a cosmic whole, with everything working in harmony with everything else. It is said that below vishuddhi it is possible to fall and lose one's level of harmony and understanding. At the level of vishuddhi and above, this possibility of fall no longer exists. It is the chakra that lies on the threshold of spiritual realization and higher knowledge. In the shat chakra nirupana it says: "This chakra (vishuddhi) is the gateway to liberation for he who wishes to know the real meaning of yoga and whose senses are purified and controlled." It is said that a person who opens vishuddhi chakra knows all the scriptures without needing to read them. That is, a person at this level of understanding comprehends the meaning behind the scriptures through his own experience and intuition. He becomes compassionate, peaceful and full of bliss. He can play with reality however way he chooses and still be in control without being intoxicated by it.

Visuddhi
Vishuddhi chakra resides on the hollow of the throat at the base of the neck

Amrita from the Bindu Chakra
The throat centre is the place where the divine nectar called ***amrita, (the mystical elixir of immortality), is tasted. This fluid is symbolic and represents satchidananda (truth, consciousness and bliss) which originates in the sahasrara. It flows and cascades downwards from a higher point called bindu (located at the posterior fontanel, where the 3 parts of the skull converge on top of our heads) to vishuddhi where it is purified and processed for further use throughout the body. The jalandhara bandha throat lock prevents the amrita nectar from falling into the jatara agni (digestive fire) and instead holds it within visuddhi.

Many traditions call amrita different names - ambrosia (the food of the gods), soma (nectar), madya (divine wine), sweet wine, and blood of Christ. But the meaning is the same - indescribable feeling of bliss.

For concentration on this chakra, visualize a large white drop of nectar. Try to experience icy cold drops of sweet nectar falling down to vishuddhi, giving a feeling of blissful intoxication.

Fountain of Youth
When amrita (nectar of immortality) flows down from the bindu down to the lalana chakra where it is temporarily stored until it finds it way down to the vishuddhi chakra and all the way down to manipuraka where the digestive fire consumes it, amrita is lost and the aging process takes place. However, with viparita karani mudra, the inversion also reverses the flow of amrita and consequently reverses the aging process. Preserving the amrita can be called the fountain of youth.

Another segue into maintaining the fountain of youth is by doing maha bandha mudra - 3 bandhas at the same time. When mula bandha is engaged, apanu vayu is pushed-up to muladhara chakra. When uddiyana bandha is engaged, prana vayu is pushed down into muladhara as well. Apana vayu and prana vayu in the muladhara generate intense heat in the jatara agni and cause the essence of amrita (which have previously flowed into the digestive fire from vishuddhi), to rise up back to where it came from. Once back on the bindu, the jalandhara chakra (throat lock) locks the amrita before it comes down again. By preserving the amrita, the aging process is reversed and youth is sustained.

Lalana Chakra
The lalana chakra is a minor chakra that is closely associated with the vishuddhi chakra. It is located at the roof of the palate at the back of the mouth. After the nectar leaves the bindu, it is stored in the lalana chakra before reaching vishuddhi chakra. Lalana chakra is sometimes called the kala chakra - the centre of division, because it is the centre where the amrita (nectar) from bindu divides into either good or bad experiences in life. When vishuddhi chakra, combined with lalana chakra, is not awakened, life tends to be painful and unhappy. The nectar becomes poison. But when the vishuddhi and lalana chakras are awakened, then the nectar remains in the form of bliss. Life becomes a source of joyful experiences. Such is the importance of the vishuddhi-lalana chakras. Incidentally, the purpose of the well-known practice of khechari mudra is to stimulate and awaken this lalana chakra. Though it is a physical technique it induces more subtle changes on a psychic level.

Udana Vayu and Levitation
Interestingly, the visuddhi chakra is the seat of the udana vayu - the pranic wind in the throat that optimizes the vocal cords, voice, gives roundness to body, and controls intake of air and food. Activating the visuddhi gives rise to these gifts.

Additionally, opening up the udana vayu by performing Samyama Meditation [meditation on Dharana (single-pointed focus of the mind), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (a state of oneness)] also triggers one of the siddhis of yoga (super-human abilities) - laghima (levitation). Because udana vayu (meaning up-breath) provides the lift as the vayu moves in circular motion within the neck and head, one can essentially neutralize the effect of gravity and levitate.

Supernatural Gifts (Siddhis)

  1. occult competence - there are two types of occult: muladhara type of occult and vishuddhi type of occult. Realization does not require occult proficiency, therefore, vishuddi can be skipped if the object is enlightenment. But one desires to explore the wonders of life, then vishuddi opens up other unworldly dimensions to play with
  2. revelation of nature's secrets - repeating patterns of life are revealed, hidden natural laws are learned, Easter Eggs are stumbled upon
  3. knowing (being in the) past, present and future - science already hypothesizes that time is not linear. The past, present and future are part of a singularity. In vishuddhi, one realizes this.

    I'm not there yet. But I speculate that at this level, one has already dissolved his gross solidity and reached the subtle realms of reality as a speck of consciousness. That being the case, he can have the properties of light - similar to that of a photon. As one nears the speeds of light, time slows down (time dilation). But when he reaches the speed of light, time stops altogether (E=MC2). This is profound. This means that you are not heading into the future because time stopped. It also means you are not leaving the past because time has stopped. If the future is no longer in the future and the past is no longer in the past, they can only exist in the present. So, in this theory, all elements of time - past, present and future all exist at the same time. Trippy! If I can be one thing, I would like to be a photon and experience this.

    Another profound ramification is space itself. When one nears the speed of light, mass increases (E=MC2). But when one attains the speed of light, mass becomes omnipresent throughout the whole universe. Essentially, you become the universe. Your consciousness pervades all.
  4. communication - vishuddhi chakra is the centre of speech, because of its location in the throat region. One begins to articulate complex ideas into a cohesive, elegant and fluid verbal narrative
  5. enhancement of artistic virtues - musical and poetic abilities are enhanced
  6. attraction by ganas (disembodied beings) - ganas are distorted entities, looking very different from humans. They have limbs without bones coming out of odd parts of their bodies. Although they may look hideous, a person with an activated vishuddhi will not be frightened of these beings. It is said that Shiva prefers the company of ganas more than anyone else
  7. freedom from disease and old age - vishuddhi distributes amrita throughout the body to perform essential functions instead of going to the manipuraka into the digestive fire. This delays the aging process
  8. destruction of dangers - the universe looks after your well being

What We Feel is the Choice we Made
It is the centre where Shiva consumes the poison and the nectar, meaning that all experiences, good or bad are seen as part of an integrated whole. It is the centre that purifies and harmonizes all opposites. This chakra is at the level where poison and nectar, good and bad, are united into a common experience of bliss. At this level, we begin to see all phenomena as neutral. There is no good and there is no bad - just sensation. It is the value we put into sensation that makes it pleasant or unpleasant. Ultimately, what we feel (sadness, joy, exuberance, confusion, etc) is the choice we made. No one made us feel that way but ourselves - so stop blaming anyone for how you feel. If you still tell someone, "Why are you making me feel this way?", then obviously, you still don't get it.

The Shiva Legend
Legend about the vishuddhi has it that the suras/devas (angels) and asuras (demons) were in a continuing war, trying to dominate and destroy each other. Eventually, Vishnu (one of the 3 most important gods in the Hindu pantheon - the Preserver) tried to resolve the conflict by suggesting that they stir up the ocean to obtain amrita (the nectar of immortal life) which will guarantee their immortality. Many things arose to the surface including a poison (halahala) that pervaded the universe with its choking fumes. Vishnu approached Shiva (one of the 3 most important gods in the Hindu pantheon - the Destroyer) who was in deep meditation and asked his advice about the poison. Shiva merely picked up the poison and drank it in one gulp. This caused his throat to turn blue, but did no harm. This action is very symbolic and very meaningful. It indicates that at vishuddhi chakra and higher, even poison (the negative aspects of existence - bad, evil, war, destruction, etc.) can be integrated as part of a whole. All aspects of existence, whether poison or nectar, are part of the total scheme of being.

Another version of the story weaves a different and perhaps a more popular narrative. The story goes that in pursuit of the amrita, (nectar of immortality), the devas and the asuras churned the ocean using a serpent (Vasuki) as a churning string, Mount Mandara as a churning pole while it rested on the back of a great turtle (Kurma, from which the asana Kurmasana was named). Many riches turned up until a poison (Halahala) floated up and caused much harm to them. They went to Mount Kailash to seek the help of Shiva. Shiva, in a heroic feat, drank the poison but his wife Parvati quickly choked Shiva by the throat to prevent the poison from being ingested - thus Shiva is portrayed as having a blue throat. So, this particular version has nothing to do with visuddhi. But it makes a fascinating story. Makes me ponder too. If Shiva is a god, then how come poison can kill him?

Following your Bliss
The initiate tends to follow his bliss where his actions and thoughts are in accordance with his individual nature. He may realize that the rat race of the corporate world is not for him and may take the bold decision to leave his career behind and follow what excites him - poetry, cooking, music, flipping hamburgers, etc. In my experience, people who follow this route experience 3 things without exception (me included):

  1. they make less money
  2. they are happier
  3. they will not come back

Chakra Kshetram
The swadhisthana, manipuraka, anahata and vishuddhi chakras are also regarded as having physical counterparts on the front surface of the body. They lie directly in front of the corresponding chakras and on the same horizontal plane. Each of these frontal trigger points is called chakra kshetram. They can be regarded as reflections of the original chakra trigger points. The reflection of the swadhisthana chakra is called the swadhisthana kshetram. The same applies to the other three chakras - manipura, anahata and vishuddhi. These frontal centres or kshetrams are essential in kriya yoga techniques.

Sattvic Guna
Mooladhara and svadhisthana are generally tamasic (inactivity, dullness, lethargy). The manipura and anahata are associated with the qualities of rajas (passion and activity). The vishuddhi and the ajna chakras are sattwic chakras (purity, understanding, peace, goodness). It is an expression of both inner harmony and harmonious interactions with other people and the outside world in general. The initiate understands and feels that the universe and everything in it including himself are an integral part of this seamless singularity - the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, the pleasant and the unpleasant.

Meditating on Visuddhi Cakra
If meditation on the visuddhi is done (I would add jalandara bandha and nabho mudra):

  1. with krama (right sequence) - benefits can be experienced to the extent desired (sankalpa)
  2. with the citta (mind) - the practitioner will lose all thoughts of this world (lose consciousness) and will be able to see the paramatma (divine) in all his glory through the light of the self.
  3. with ujjayi pranayama (breath control by restricting air passage through the throat) - caitanya (consciousness) is achieved and the practitioner gets svara vignanam (knowledge of sound)
  4. with the citta (mind) with the strength of kumbhaka (breath-hold) - he will attain a steady state of youth and enthusiasm

Asanas that Aid in Developing Visuddhi Chakra

  1. SarvangasanaSarvangasana Asana (shoulder stand) - Sarvangasana is the primary asana for the visuddhi chakra. This exerts a strong pressure on the thyroid gland in the throat region, which activates the vishuddhi chakra. The thyroid is given a good massage and its functioning is greatly improved.
  2. UstrasanaUstrasana (camel pose) - As a counter-pose from sarvangasana where the throat is compressed, ustrasana opens up the throat wide.
  3. buddhasanaBuddhasana - it will cure hunchback and will create proper blood circulation in all the nadis. It will clean the svadhishthana, anahata, visuddhi and brahmara guha cakras and gives complete assistance for kevala kumbhaka. buddhasana
  4. KapilasanaKapilasana - it will maintain the muladhara, svadhishthana, manipuraka, anahata, and visuddhi cakras in the proper sthiti (remaining stationary in a position or state). kapilasana
  5. gandabherundasanaGandabherundasana - the visuddhi and brahmaguha cakras will function correctly and this will take the mind to the state of savikalpa samadhi. gandabherundasana

My Pranayama and Meditation Practice
Because Vishuddhi gives rise to levitation, this becomes my intention (I know, this is not an ideal objective, but I'm a kid who needs to put his finger on the electrical outlet). On padmasana (full lotus), I would be on gyana mudra. On the ujjayi inhale, I focus the breath going into my throat, visualizing that the blue chakra is getting a much more intense blue radiance. When the lungs are full, I hold the breath (antara kumbhaka). I then engage the maha bandha mudra - squeezing my anal muscle (mula bandha), tucking-in my tummy and pulling all the organs up (uddiyana bandha), and taking my chin close to my chest (jalandara bandha). I then visualize that the blue radiance is expanding beyond my body until my body is a glowing blue light. I keep holding my breath and feel the blue radiance permeating everything inside and outside of me. On the slow exhale, I would feel my body lightening and lifting up, completely impervious to gravity. When the lungs are fully empty, I pause briefly to acknowledge the bahya kumbhaka (breath-hold on the exhale). I repeat the cycle for 20 minutes.

Ending Thoughts
There are many elements of the vishuddhi that mirror how I see things - the most compelling being that the 'good' and the 'bad' are really one singularity or two sides of one coin. One is an instrinsic part of the other. They need each other to make the whole. And the whole in its purity is really blissful. There are no more shitty things in life - because they all need to happen to realize a bigger picture, one in which everything is harmonized as a unity.

Example: When I got fired from my job (for telling my boss she was incompetent), I was in the middle of a nasty divorce. Not only was I broke but also had a 4-year $22,000 loan from the bank. I thought the world crumbled upon me. It was shitty!!! But then, my employer, by law, ended up giving me a severance pay of $22,000 because they soon realized they couldn't fire me for cause. Thus my 4-year debt was miraculously paid overnight by almost the same exact amount as my loan! So, I realized the shitty thing had to happen first to pave the way for the beneficial things to take place. If I wasn't fired, I would still be saddled with my loan, still work for an incompetent boss, and still be stuck in a work environment I already detested. I could not have scripted the way events unfolded. Indeed, the universe has a permeating consciousness that is so much greater than that of man - even beyond man's comprehension.

There have been so many instances where in hindsight, the shitty thing was actually a blessing in disguise. So, knowing what I know now, I appreciate all phenomena - the good and the bad. Even if the purpose of the bad is yet unknown to me, I take comfort knowing that it had to happen to manifest my bigger desire for a greater good. I no longer have any aversion to whatever is 'bad'. In all phenomena, good or bad, the balance of the mind is sustained and it remains collected and equanimous.

Am I now at this heightened level of awareness that I'm operating at the vishuddhi level? Yes and No. The fact that I experience elements of vishuddhi tells me I'm there. But there are episodes when I feel on survival mode - which means I'm at muladhara. I am therefore drawn to conclude that chakra activation is not linear. You experience chakra activation (in varying degrees) at the same time on all chakras.

I would also like to comment that even if the chakras do not fully get activated, the fact that you are working on them already provides many benefits - you get strong, don't get sick, don't get angry and perhaps even the aging process slows down. With slow and unrelenting practice, if and when the chakras open up, you are probably ready. This is a lot better than forcing the chakras to open up when you are not ready - and you freak out at all the things to begin to hear, see and perceive. All in good time. Work on deepening the practice and not on any esoteric goal (easier said than done).

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*** I would speculate that amrita is the same as adrenochrome, but they seem to originate from different sources. Amrita comes from the bindu chakra while adrenochrome comes from the pineal gland.



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Reader Comments:

Jason RoblesJason Philippines
(Sep 22, 2020) Ito pala ang secret mo Git! Forever young!

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
(Sep 22, 2020) ...maraming (many) secrets. Calling my attention to the fountain of youth, I added this to the article:

"Another segue into maintaining the fountain of youth is by doing maha bandha mudra - 3 bandhas at the same time. When mula bandha is engaged, apanu vayu is pushed-up muladhara chakra. When uddiyana bandha is engaged, prana vayu is pushed down into muladhara as well. Apana vayu and prana vayu in the muladhara generate intense heat in the jatara agni and cause the essence of amrita (which have previously flowed into the digestive fire from vishuddhi), to rise up back to where it came from. Once back on the bindu, the jalandhara chakra (throat lock) locks the amrita before it comes down again. By preserving the amrita, the aging process is reversed or youth is sustained."

Happily forever young 🙂 Maybe I write a full blog just on the Fountain of Youth 🙂

Jason RoblesJason
(Sep 23, 2020) So the compression creates the heat and pushes it up. Pretty similar with Ahmad's duduk nafas breathing. But the missing link was jalandhara bandha for the retention of the amrita. Fascinating! I'll experiment on this today. Thanks Git 🙂

Ayn LatonioAyn Latonio
(Sep 22, 2020) I feel like you’re that close to levitating Git. Well, after all Patanjali said that by mastering the Udana, the body levitates.

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
(Sep 22, 2020) Udana Vayu resides in the Vishuddhi. Hehe, I'll let you know when it happens 🙂

Ayn LatonioAyn
(Sep 23, 2020) Git exactly! Hahaha! Video please! 🙏🙏

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Sources:

  1. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya - Yoga Makaranda
  2. Neeta Singhal - Meditation to Heal your Vishuddha Chakra
  3. Sadhguru - How to activate the Vishuddha Chakra
  4. Swami Satyananda Saraswati - A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya

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important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
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USEFUL INFORMATION

Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
  • crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • hot season begins March and lasts until June
  • wet season begins July and lasts until September
  • best time to visit Chiang Mai is mid-September to mid-February - after the monsoon and before the burning
  • you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
  • to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
  • get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
  • shared red taxi (songthao) - B30 standard fare plying all over Old City
  • for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
  • FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
  1. North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays by the 11pm band
  2. Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
  3. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar. Mondays at 9:30pm is open mic
Chiang Mai Cost Index
  • B60 Chiang beer
  • B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
  • B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
  • B50 noodle soup with meat
  • B50 coffee
  • B40 pad thai
  • B30/kilo wash-only laundry
  • B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
  • B100-150 dorm bed/night
  • B250 fan room/night
  • B30 internet cafe/hour
  • B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
  • B130-150 Movies weekdays
  • B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
  • B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
  • B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
  • B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
  • B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)

  • Transportation
  • B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
  • B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
  • B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
  • B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
  • B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
  • B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B50 red taxi fare from point to point
  • B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city

  • Tours
  • B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
  • B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
  • B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by Train from Bang Sue Train Station

For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Bus from Loei to Chiang Mai
  1. From Loei town center, take a tuk-tuk ride to the bus station, B30. There is only one bus station.
  2. As of June 28, 2020 (still on Covid schedule), there are only 3 night trips: 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 12 midnight. 9 hours, B470.
  3. The bus makes the following stops at the following times from a 9pm Loei departure: Phu Ruea (9:50pm), Phitsanulok (12:40am), Uttradit (2:20am), Lampang (4:35am)
  4. Final bus stop is at the Red Bus Arcade, Chiang Mai, 9 hour-trip, arriving 6am (from 9pm Loei departure).
  5. Take a red songthaew to Old City, B50. They'll try to charge you B100, but they'll take B50 (just assure the driver you won't tell the other passengers).
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    3. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) Aug 28, 2020
    4. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) Aug 25, 2020
    5. Lucious Annaeus Seneca (4BC–AD65) Aug 10, 2020
    6. Epicurus (341–270 BC) Aug 2020
    7. Socrates (470–399 BC) Aug 7, 2020

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    2. Anahata (Heart Chakra) July 5, 2020
    3. Manas (mind chakra) Sep 1, 2020
    4. Surya (sun chakra) Aug 30, 2020
    5. Manipuraka (Navel Chakra) Aug 5, 2020
    6. Svadhisthana (sacral chakra) May 2020
    7. Muladhara (root chakra) Apr 26, 2020
    Young Farang and the Older Asian Couple
    1. Public Display of Affection Aug 9, 2020
    2. Dad-Zoned Aug 18, 2020
    3. Intelligent Romantic Break-up Aug 25, 2020

  1. Movie Review: Tesla (2020) Sep 24, 2020
  2. Movie Review: Mulan (2020) Sep 10, 2020
  3. Learning the Import/Export Trade Sep 4, 2020
  4. Music and Magic at Justin's Birthday Bash Sep 3, 2020
  5. Movie Review: Tenet (2020) Sep 2, 2020
  6. Movie Review: Late Night (2019) Aug 20, 2020
  7. Dad-Zoned Aug 18, 2020
  8. Movie Review: Inception (2010) Aug 13, 2020
  9. Public Display of Affection Aug 9, 2020
  10. Gabriella's Birthday Bash at Mothership Resort Aug 8-9, 2020
  11. Shifting Peoplescape of Chiang Mai July 31, 2020
  12. Yoga Class for Strength and Muscle Jul 30, 2020
  13. Yoga Class for Optimum Digestion July 29, 2020
  14. Yoga Class for Healthy Eyes Jul 27, 2020
  15. Hippie Night at Nawa Saraan Healing Space July 24, 2020
  16. The Podcast Series: Alan "Heart Math" Strydom Jul 17, 2020
  17. Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy) July 11-12, 2020
  18. Movie Review: Jojo Rabbit (2019) July 11, 2020
  19. Movie Review: The Kingmaker (2019) July 8, 2020
  20. Coming Back to Chiang Mai Jun 29, 2020
  21. Goodbye Chiang Mai Jan 23, 2020
  22. Movie Review: Underwater (2020) Jan 19, 2020
  23. Prasnopanishad: Understanding Prana Jan 17, 2020
  24. Hiking the Monk's Trail Jan 15, 2020
  25. Chaturanga Jan 10, 2020
  26. Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Jan 7, 2020
  27. You Spooned Me Jan 3, 2020
  28. 2019: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2019
  29. Friends, Coffeemates and Breadmates (Dec 2019) Dec 31, 2019
  30. Visiting Mae Sot Dec 27-30, 2019
  31. Let's Make it About You - an Epiphany Dec 17, 2019
  32. Movie Review: Knives Out (2019) Dec 12, 2019
  33. Shut-Up! Dec 7, 2019
  34. Movie Review: Ford vs Ferrari Dec 5, 2019
  35. Roasted Red Bell Pepper Puree Dec 3, 2019
  36. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Nov 2019) Nov 30, 2019
  37. Bhujangini Mudra Nov 25, 2019
  38. Mathangini Mudra Nov 24, 2019
  39. Kaka Mudra Nov 23, 2019
  40. Movie Review: The Cave (2019) Nov 23, 2019
  41. Movie Review: Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis (2018) Nov 22, 2019
  42. Pasini Mudra Nov 20, 2019
  43. Aswini Mudra Nov 18, 2019
  44. Sambhavi Mudra Nov 16, 2019
  45. Manduka Mudra Nov 15, 2019
  46. Movie Review: Midway (2019) Nov 15, 2019
  47. Tataka Mudra Nov 14, 2019
  48. Movie Review: Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Nov 11, 2019
  49. Sakti Calana Mudra Nov 10, 2019
  50. Vajroli Mudra Nov 9, 2019
  51. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Oct 2019) Oct to Nov 5, 2019
  52. Yoni Mudra Nov 1, 2019
  53. Movie Review: Judy (2019) Oct 31, 2019
  54. Viparita Karani Mudra Oct 31, 2019
  55. Khecari Mudra Oct 30, 2019
  56. Mahadeva Mudra Oct 28, 2019
  57. Movie Review: Roger Waters - Us + Them (2019) Oct 27, 2019
  58. Sacred Cacao - Chakra Dance Journey Oct 26, 2019
  59. Movie Review: Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Oct 24, 2019
  60. Partner Healing with Natascha Oct 24, 2019
  61. Maha Bandha Mudra Oct 24, 2019
  62. Movie Review: Liam: As It Was (2019) Oct 23, 2019
  63. Point-Of-Failure Birthday Workout Oct 22, 2019
  64. Mula Bandha Mudra Oct 21, 2019
  65. Hugfest at Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai Oct 19, 2019
  66. Anushasan Mudra Oct 18, 2019
  67. Ling Mudra Oct 17, 2019
  68. Movie Review: Official Secrets (2019) Oct 15, 2019
  69. Jalandhara Bandha Mudra Oct 15, 2019
  70. Learning Thai with Cee Oct 13, 2019
  71. Uddiyana Bandha Mudra Oct 10, 2019
  72. Nabho Mudra Oct 9, 2019
  73. Movie Review: Joker (2019) Oct 8, 2019
  74. Maha Mudra Oct 7, 2019
  75. 20 Essential Mudras by T. Krishnamacharya Oct. 6, 2019
  76. Mindfulness Gong Bath by Vee (Veerayuth Pongsiri) Oct 3, 2019
  77. Cuddle Party by Abundant Love CM Oct 1, 2019
  78. Vayu Mudra Oct 1, 2019
  79. Movie Review: Hail Satan? (2019) Sep 29, 2019
  80. Visa-Run to Tachileik, Myanmar Sep 28, 2019
  81. Sankalpa Mudra Sep 27, 2019
  82. Surya Pradarshini Mudra Sep 26, 2019
  83. Movie Review: Ad Astra (2019) Sep 25, 2019
  84. Movie Review: Rambo 5 Sep 22, 2019
  85. Eye-Gazing at Heart Space Sep 20, 2019
  86. Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
  87. 2-Week Yoga Challenge by Agnese Erba Sep 17, 2019
  88. Movie Review: Farewell Song (2019) Sep 16, 2019
  89. The Mudra Project Sep 13, 2019
  90. Movie Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Sep 12, 2019
  91. Sunday Vinyasa Flow with Marina Forster Sep 8, 2019
  92. Shamanic Breathwork by Rachel Constantino Sep 4, 2019
  93. Movie Review: Yesterday (2019) Sep 3, 2019
  94. The Conscious Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Aug 31, 2019
  95. Movie Review: Midsommar (2019) Aug 28, 2019
  96. Of Winos and Yogis Aug 26, 2019
  97. Movie Review: Ready or Not (2019) Aug 22, 2019
  98. The 9 Jhanas of Buddha Aug 22, 2019
  99. Full Moon Ceremony at Heart Space Aug 15, 2019
  100. Yin Yoga - Water Element by Martina Barabas Aug 15, 2019
  101. Movie Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Aug 14, 2019
  102. Hatha Mix Yoga with Christin Aug 13, 2019
  103. Boy Blues Bar Rocks Chiang Mai Aug 5, 2019
  104. Back to my Beloved Chiang Mai Aug 1, 2019
  105. Kaleidoscope of Chiang Mai's Peoplescape July 27, 2019
  106. Secret Sunrise: Nelson Mandela International Day July 17, 2019
  107. Movie Review: Anna (2019) July 15, 2019
  108. Farewell Picnic with Alan and Nicola July 15, 2019
  109. Movie Review: Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) July 4, 2019
  110. Secret Sunrise: Water July 3, 2019
  111. Hotel Review: Arun Suite June 27, 2019
  112. Movie Review: Rocketman (2019) June 25, 2019
  113. Bruce Lipton: Epigentics to Transcend Genes June 24, 2019
  114. Optimizing Life thru Heart Math May 8, 15 and 22, 2019
  115. Movie Review: Aladdin (2019) June 13, 2019
  116. Connective Cacao and Sound Journey June 12, 2019
  117. Movie Review: X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) June 6, 2019
  118. Chiangmai BLUES June 6, 2019
  119. Movie Review: John Wick 3 - Parabellum (2019) June 4, 2019
  120. Hatha Slow Flow with Neil Jefferson June 3, 2019
  121. Meditating with One Million Meditators Movement June 1, 2019
  122. Vinyasa Happy Flow Series by Vaida May 31, 2019
  123. Muay Thai at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium May 30, 2019
  124. Yoga Flow Through the 7 Chakras by Sabrina Pilz May 30, 2019
  125. The Outsiders (people you need to push out of your sacred circle) May 31, 2019
  126. Fascinating Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 22, 2019
  127. World Meditation Day at Heart Space May 21, 2019
  128. Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame (2019) May 14, 2019
  129. Movie Review: Arctic (2018) May 13, 2019
  130. Abs Yoga by Gigit May 12, 2019
  131. Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
  132. Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
  133. Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
  134. Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
  135. Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
  136. Movie Review: Hellboy (2019) Apr 15, 2019
  137. Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
  138. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  139. Movie Review: Shazam! (2019) Apr 4, 2019
  140. Movie Review: Captive State (2019) Mar 27, 2019
  141. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
  142. Movie Review: Captain Marvel (2019) Mar 19, 2019
  143. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  144. Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
  145. Movie Review: Vox Lux (2018) Mar 2, 2019
  146. Movie Review: The Favourite (2018) Feb 25, 2019
  147. Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  148. Movie Review: Alita Battle Angel Feb 19, 2019
  149. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  150. Sandesch Album Launch by Christoph Joerg Feb 13, 2019
  151. Movie Review: Spider-Man - Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Feb 3, 2018
  152. Movie Review: Green Book Jan 30, 2019
  153. Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  154. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Jan 27, 2019
  155. Movie Review: Aquaman Jan 26, 2019
  156. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  157. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  158. 4 Days in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan Hotel Jan 2-6, 2019
  159. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  160. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  161. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  162. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  163. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  164. Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
  165. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  166. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  167. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  168. Chiang Mai's Amazing Peoplescape Apr 9-23, 2016
  169. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  170. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  171. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Bangkok (Thailand) to Chiang Mai April 9-10, 2016

Travel Tips for Thailand

How to Get a 60-Day Thai Tourist Visa and then Extend by another 30 Days

    60-Day Thai Tourist Visa

    NOTE: There is no need to go back to your country to get the Thai tourist visa. Any major city with a Thai Embassy will do. Apparently there is also no need to have an invitation from a Thai establishment to justify the visa.

  1. Bring the following to the Thai embassy:
    a) proof of money (bank statement will suffice)
    b) flight booking to Thailand
    c) onward flight back to your country from Thailand
    d) filled-in tourist visa form
    e) 2 passport pictures
    f) hotel booking in Thailand (they didn't ask me for this but better be safe)
    g) passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. After handing over all the documents, they will ask you to come pick your passport with the visa the following day from 4 to 5pm. That's it!
  3. NOTE: after 2 successful attempts, I was already questioned the 3rd time.

    30-Day Extension

    NOTE: When your 60-day visa is close to expiry and you want to extend your stay. No need to leave Thailand.

  1. bring the following to the Immigration Office:
    a) passport (make sure your Tourist Visa hasn't expired yet)
    b) Baht 1900
    c) photocopy of your passport + visa duration date stamp + TM6 card (white immigration card) and sign all the copies
    d) completed TM7 visa extension form (available at the Immigration Office)
    e) one 4cmx6cm passport picture
  2. submit the above to the Front Desk. They will give you a stub with your number on it. Take a seat and wait for your number to be called
  3. when your number is called, your picture will be taken. Then go back to your seat. They will call you again.
  4. when they call you again, they'll give you your passport with your extended visa. That's it!
  5. when there are no lines, the whole process can take only 10 minutes
General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!

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