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Yoga classes are offered 1-on-1 for a tailor fitted program or developed for a group class. Classes can be traditional yoga offerings or classes focused on optimum digestion, healthy eyes, power/strength, weightloss, breathing, therapy and/or meditation. Classes come with explanations on what we are doing and why we are doing them. It's important for any student to know the underlying principles of yoga. One session usually lasts 90 minutes and will always consist of the following:

  1. yoga talk - theories and concepts in yoga
  2. asanas - can be a combination of yoga postures, HIIT, point-of-failure holds, calisthenics, dynamic tension
  3. pranayama - regulated breathing
  4. kumbhaka - breath-hold
  5. bandha - energy locks
  6. mudra - energy seals
  7. meditation - can be anapana, vipassana, trataka, chakra focus, emptiness, etc.

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meditation in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Meditation Series

Nada Meditation (perceiving the Inner Sound) Jan 17, 2021

Nada Meditation (perceiving the Inner Sound)

Location Google Map: Nawa Saraan Healing Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Overview
Within our being are different levels of vibration and subtlety, all generating different sounds. They are always present but we don't perceive them because our 5 sensory organs and our monkey mind are too inundated by stimuli from the outside world - it's a sensory overload. Even our bodies are stuck at the level of apparent solidity where we don't feel these subtleties. Nada flows everywhere - the living and the non-living.

Nada Meditation enables us to close the outside doors so we can hear the sound within. Nada meditation is the yoga of sound - not by chanting a specific mantra, but by hearing the sound from inside that arises spontaneously. An aspirant first hears of sound at the gross level and progresses to the more subtle sounds as consciousness is developed. Nada is a means to transcendence where the mind is completely absorbed in the inner sound to the exclusion of all outside distraction and noise (pratyahara).

Nada Meditation (perceiving the Inner Sound)

Stages of Nada

  1. vaikhari - grossest sound at the apparent level, produced when two objects hit each other
  2. madhayana - nada takes form (??? you don't see it yet and you don't hear it yet, so how do you know you're at madhayana ???)
  3. pasyanti - nada that can be seen (through colors representing vibration, seen by the inner vision) but not yet heard
  4. para - transcendental sound, the point of origin of nada. It is the silent sound. It happens in a state of samadhi. It is called the anahata nada - the unstruck sound

Vipassana and Nada Meditation
The concept of nada meditation is very similar to that of Vipassana meditation where both start at the gross level of existence and progress to the more subtle levels of reality. Vipassana works on sensation in the physical body while nada deals with solidified vibration. But both strive to reach an intangible level of existence where gross solidity is dissolved leaving only a mass of subtle vibration.

Science and Nada
When string theory talks about a band of energy that creates form and shape as it vibrates (the physical reality we perceive), it hints at the aspect of nada. On a different level, the electromagnetic spectrum (radio wave, microwave, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet ray, x-ray, and gamma-ray) is nothing but a waveform vibrating at different frequencies. It wouldn't be too far off if nada is simply a continuation of the electromagnetic spectrum that cannot be detected by present-day instruments.

Meditation Class

Phase IA - (bhramari for beginners) making the audible bee sound

  1. sit in padmasana with index fingers inside the ears to deaden all sounds. Elbows pointed to the sides. Spine straight. Eyes closed, body relaxed. Mouth closed, teeth slightly separated.
  2. inhale slow and deep
  3. on the exhale, make a controlled sound of a bee until the lungs are empty. Out-breath should be slow, smooth, and continuous. Feel the vibration inside the head.
  4. make a slow inhale and repeat the process until you feel complete.

Phase IB - (yoni mudra for advanced students, aka shanmukhi mudra, baddha yoni asana), closing the 7 gates of perception - 2 ears, 2 nostrils, 2 eyes and one mouth.

  1. seated, thumbs press upon the ears to close them, index fingers gently touches the eyes, middle fingers rest gently on the nose (cannot close the nose or you can't breathe), ring fingers above the upper lips and pinky fingers below the lower lips. Except for the thumbs which actually press down on the ears, the other fingers are mostly symbolic since they cannot press upon the sense organ.
  2. on the inhale, hold the breath in (antara kumbhaka) and close the nostrils
  3. listen for sounds inside your head, at the bindu or in the right ear
  4. exhale without holding the breath. Repeat

Phase II - perception of subtle inner sound. No sound is made.

  1. keep in position with the fingers and listen to an inner sound inside your head. The sound can emanate from the bindu, the right ear, inside the head or even in the heart. It will take some practice before this happens. Be patient.
  2. when a sound is perceived, stay focused to the exclusion of everything else
  3. as the days and weeks pass, the sound will become more and more distinct and loud
  4. as your sensitivity increases, a second sound can be heard - a faint sound in the background. Focus awareness on this new sound. Ignore the first sound.
  5. after more practice, a third and subtle sound can be heard. Focus on this sound now. This cycle will keep repeating as you move into the more subtle realms of consciousness
  6. do not remain on the old sound when a new faint sound becomes apparent. The point is to keep progressing into the more subtle sounds as you progress

The whole practice will take months to develop. Be patient and vigilant.

My Practice

  1. pranayama - (30 mins), because it is suggested that pranayama precedes nada meditation, I incorporate nada into my morning practice when I wake up. Before even leaving my bed, I would do 3 sets of the Wim Hof 30 breathing reps. I would follow this with 10 minutes of nadi shodhana (ingesting divinity, strength, wisdom, courage, mental clarity, etc.) on every inhale, internalizing as I engage maha bandha mudra, and surrender on the exhale, dissolving my ego. This would then be followed by 108 breaths of kapalabhati.
  2. nada meditation: phase I - (10 mins), seated, I insert my index fingers in my ears and begin the bee sound. On the inhale, I still visualize/internalize divinity, wisdom, etc. followed by a short maha bandha mudra. I make the bee-sound on the slow exhale. It gets tiring on the arms after 5 minutes. Alternatively, I use my construction ear-muff instead of my fingers. The head vibration feels the same, but not sure if fingers have more esoteric benefits.
  3. nada meditation: phase II - (5 mins), not making a sound, I simply focus on hearing any sound that emanate from my head, while keeping relaxed. The mind drifts more in this phase, so vigilance is needed. So far, since I only started this practice today, I hear no sound.
  4. gratitude - as I cap every practice, I think about the blessings I enjoy (health, strength, friends, Mike, being in Chiang Mai, no money shortage, food, etc.) and give thanks

Ending Thoughts
Comments to come after a few sessions practicing this meditation. Stay tuned.

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    important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
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    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 Jazz Coop - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays at 11pm by the Chiang Mai Blues band
    2. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar. Mondays at 9:30pm is open mic
    3. My Secret Cafe - near Wat Phra Singh. Tuesdays at 7:30pm for the changing front-act and 9:00pm for the Panic Band
    4. Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
    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
    Chiang Mai Trains by Train36.com
    1. Chiang Mai trains for Bangkok - 2 day trains, 3 night trains, daily schedule
    2. Train 14 to Bangkok - departs 5pm daily, arrives BKK 6:15am, 1st class and 2nd class sleeping accomodation, Special Express
    3. Chiang Mai trains to other destinations -
    Bangkok to Chiang Mai 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
    Loei to Chiang Mai by Bus
    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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    207. Uddiyana Bandha Mudra Oct 10, 2019
    208. Nabho Mudra Oct 9, 2019
    209. Maha Mudra Oct 7, 2019
    210. 20 Essential Mudras by T. Krishnamacharya Oct. 6, 2019
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    227. Yin Yoga - Water Element by Martina Barabas Aug 15, 2019
    228. Hatha Mix Yoga with Christin Aug 13, 2019
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    232. Secret Sunrise: Nelson Mandela International Day July 17, 2019
    233. Farewell Picnic with Alan and Nicola July 15, 2019
    234. Secret Sunrise: Water July 3, 2019
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    239. Chiangmai BLUES June 6, 2019
    240. Hatha Slow Flow with Neil Jefferson June 3, 2019
    241. Meditating with One Million Meditators Movement June 1, 2019
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    243. Muay Thai at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium May 30, 2019
    244. Yoga Flow Through the 7 Chakras by Sabrina Pilz May 30, 2019
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    247. World Meditation Day at Heart Space May 21, 2019
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    249. Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
    250. Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
    251. Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
    252. Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
    253. Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
    254. Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
    255. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
    256. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
    257. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
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    260. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
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    263. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
    264. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
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    271. Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
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    Travel Tips for Thailand

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

    This process is BEFORE Covid 19. Not sure what it is now.

      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
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    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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