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Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) Sep 23, 2021

Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep)

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

What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra a form of yogic sleep where the body lies down and sleeps while the mind remains alert, vigilant and aware. The body falls into a deep relaxed state, far deeper than regular sleep. In this awake but dream-like state, you can explore into your mind, deep into the subconscious - get to know yourself a little more. In tantra, Yoga Nidra gives access to the powers and energies within the unconscious mind and opens the doorway to Samadhi.

Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep)
Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep)

Tall Claims
Tall claims about Yoga Nidra have been made by realized gurus. Some sages, seers, saddhus and masters don't even sleep - they just do Yoga Nidra. They claim that a 30-minute session can be the equivalent of three to four hours of sleep.

Tibetan Buddhist, Lama Thubten Yeshe, who authored Bliss of Inner Fire (Tummo Yoga) once remarked that he accidentally fell asleep (during the times people thought he was on his regular sleep) - which means he was never asleep all those times people thought he was sleeping.

Vipassana guru, S.N. Goenka said in a 10-day silent meditation discourse that Vipassana yogis remain aware 24/7 even during their 'sleep'.

What is sleep?
Sleep is like a pit stop when the body can restore and repair itself from the toil of daily existence. Not just the body, but the mind and spirit also take a respite. Energy is replenished and the system is rebooted back to homeostatis. The less damage the body sustains, the less maintenance. The more friction the body endures, the more damage, the more maintenance, the more sleep time. However, if the body is well lubed, well tuned and well cleaned, there is much less friction, therefore less need for sleep.

Yoga Nidra is not the same as sleep. Sleep relaxes only the mind and sense. Yoga Nidra relaxes the inner self.

Overcoming Sleep in Yoga Nidra
During initial attempts at Yoga Nidra, the initiate usually falls asleep - this is normal. However, as the practice progresses, he becomes more relaxed and find no need to sleep. This is the time when exploration can be done. You can explore the deeper workings of the internal organs of the body; the rhythm of the breath and its ability to calm and heal; the power of the mind and its ability to think, emote and create; and, if you can stay the course, the luminosity of the spirit. For active meditations, Yoga Nidra can function as a healing meditation.

TIPS:

  1. on the mat - don't do this on your bed - you will likely fall asleep. Do this on your mat
  2. blanket - use a blanket, pillow and bolster to feel comfortable
  3. eye cover - wear an eye cover. Relaxation, recovery and healing are enhanced in total darkness. It can also add more hours into your sleep as melatonin is not triggered by light
  4. cannot sleep - if you can't sleep, don't force yourself into sleep - do Yoga Nidra instead and get the benefit of sleep in a shorter time
  5. detachment - as you remain aware in Yoga Nidra, you also need to remain detached - no reaction to any drifting thought
  6. seated or standing - if you feel fidgety lying down, try seated or even standing up
  7. awakening - doing Yoga Nidra when you wake up allows you to go the distance without falling asleep - because you just woke up
  8. fist-clenching - if you keep falling asleep, it's normal. Don't react to any frustration. When you catch yourself falling asleep, clench your fist and let go. This keeps you alert

Sankalpa
You start the practice with your desired sankalpa. Sankalpa is your intention, or the thing you want to manifest. It is essential in the practice of Yoga Nidra. Your sankalpa can be general like "I am aligned with the natural laws", or it can be specific, "I will talk less and listen more." The wonder about Sankalpa is that it workds behind the scenes. While you go through with life, through the years, you may just realize that your intentions have already manifested without you even making an effort to make it happen. Separately, there is also a sankalpa mudra.

Body Scanning
The mind scans the body starting from the right thumb. There is a specific order in compliance to the map the brain uses in sending signals throughout the body. This scanning is done much faster than Vipassana Meditation body scanning.

Awareness on the Breath
Even though there is no pranayama in Yoga Nidra, awareness is still maintained on the breath. Awareness straddles between breath, body sensation and sankalpa.

Induced Sensations
Sensory perceptions are induced, often in opposites - feeling cold and then feeling hot. The purpose is to make you traverse the full range of the sensory spectrum. This moves faster than Vipassana scanning.

Visualization
Visualization, just like most meditation practices, gives you a concrete perception of your etheric environment. When done vividly, the brain cannot distinguish reality from visualization and thus react as though reality is really happening and connect the corresponding neurons accordingly. Old patterns are replaced by new patterns.

The 60-Minute Class

  1. introduction - what is yoga nidra? what are the benefits? heads-up on the 60-min process
  2. warm-up - Surya Namaskar A & B
  3. pranayama - bhastrika, kapalabhati, anuloma viloma, ujjayi
  4. Yoga Nidra proper - 30-minute guided meditation
    Instructions
    1. Relaxation - quiet the mind, let go of all thoughts. Relax the body. Let go. Surrender to the greater forces at play. It's reason for being is to look after your well being. Trust the process. Feel a deep sense of contentment in your heart. Be grateful for the things you have.
    2. Breathing - one deep inhale and exhale through the mouth with a sigh. Do it again. Resume normal breathing. Do not regulate the breath. This is not pranayama. Just normal breathing.
    3. Body Tensioning - Moving awareness throughout the body to release stuck energy. Focus on the lower body - feet, ankles, calves, knees, thighs, hips and buttocks. Inhale, contract all these muscles, intensify and hold that breath. Continue tensioning and stressing these parts. And release before you feel the strain. Repeat. Focus awareness on all the sensations.

      Focus on the upper body - abs, sternum, rib cage, obliques, intercoastal muscles, chest, lower back, middle back, upper back, your trapezius muscles. Inhale, contract all these muscles, intensify and hold that breath. Continue tensioning and stressing these parts. And release before you feel the strain. Repeat. Focus awareness on all the sensations.

      Focus on the arms - hands, wrists, arms, elbows, and shoulders. Inhale, contract all these muscles, intensify and hold that breath. Continue tensioning and stressing these parts. And release before you feel the strain. Repeat. Focus awareness on all the sensations.

      Focus on the neck and face - the entire length of the neck, the jawline, chin, cheeks, nose, ears, eyes, forehead and your scalp. Inhale, contract all these muscles, and scrunch them towards the center of the face. Intensify, hold that breath and keep scrunching. On the exhale, do a lion's breath - stretching all your facial muscles, sticking your tongue as far out as you can, widen your eyes and pull your ears behind you. Repeat. Focus awareness on all the sensations.

      Focus on the entire body - from the tips of your toes, to the tips of your fingers to the top of your head. Inhale, contract all your muscles. Intensify and hold that breath. Continue tensioning the whole body. And release before you feel the strain. Repeat. Release. Let the body go limp like a rag doll. Focus awareness on all the sensations. Feel the flood of energy moving within the body.
    4. Facial Massage - rub the hands together and cup the eyes. Small circular massage on the eye orbits. Massage the face - forehead to the hairline. Circle the thumbs on the temples. To the bridge of the nose, cheek bones, gently pull the ears, massage the jaw, jawline to chin. Relaxing all expressions on the face.
    5. Going Deeper - deep breath in, and let go. Focus awareness within, closing the doors to the outside world. Gently reminding yourself that you will remain awake. Remain awake. Stop thinking and doing and begin to feeling and being. Let the thinking mind sleep and awaken the feeling heart. By opening the heart, you co-create reality. You transcend the limitations of the mind. Just relax and let go. Let go of the control and let the benevolent forces take over. Let consciousness and energy become one. Trust the process.
    6. Breathing - Take a deep inhale and fully inflate the lungs. Slowly, very slowly exhale with pursed lips like blowing through a narrow straw. Don't rush it. Let it take as long it takes. Let it be a steady continuous unbroken stream of breath until the lungs are completely empty - no residual air left. Next inhale, fill your heart with joy, vitality and contentment. As you exhale, release any tension, stress and release anger or resentment. It has no place in your heart. Continue breathing with awareness. As you breathe, visualize you are breathing through your Heart Chakra, the Anahatha. The air goes through the middle of the chest and inside. Prana is activated where the air goes. Feel the prana dispersed throughout your body. Feel it absorbed by the cells. Feel the energy pulsate. As you breathe out, you sink your body deeper into savasana...completely letting go.
    7. Sankalpa - Reaffirm your sankalpa. Make a clear mental imagery of your intention and with your heart, feel that the intention has already manifested. Feel the joy of having it. Feel gratitude for having it happened. When the thinking mind and the feeling heart merge as one, your sankalpa manifests. You become a co-creator of the construent essence of reality.
    8. Remaining Awake - reaffirm your resolve to remain alert, awake and aware, as the body sinks deeper into sleep. Drop into the deepest silence as you sink deeper into your subconscious.
    9. Body Scanning - these are 2 of a few ways to go about this.

      a) Bandha Scanning (energy locks on joints) A conventional way is to focus on the right thumb first or at least include the right thumb and proceed with scanning major joints which are also points of bandha engagement. This maps the way the brain sends signals throughout the body. The scanning is faster than the vipassana body scanning technique.

      Focus your awareness on the right thumb. Observe. The index finger...now the middle finger...the ring finger...and the little finger.. Awareness on your right wrist - this is the seat of the mani bandha. Bandhas are energy locks that are activated when 2 opposing muscles flex on a joint. Move your focus up to your right elbow - this is the seat of your kurpara bandha. We have 9 bandhas or energy locks but most yogis are only familiar with 3 - mula, uddiyana and jalandara. Now, awareness on your right shoulders where you can activate your amsa bandha. Bandhas prevent energy or prana from leeching out, thus sustaining your strength, vitality and resilience from disease. Again, observe any sensation on your shoulder.

      Observing, feeling, witnessing sensation without reaction, without changing anything.

      GO BACK EXACTLY THE SAME WAY UNTIL THE VISHUDDHI CHAKRA AND THEN TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BODY, AND BACK TO VISHUDDHI. START GOING DOWN,

      b) Chakra Scanning (energy hubs) This is what I employ and this makes more sense to me. Beginning from the base or root chakra, I ascend towards the highest chakra, making stops on all the major chakras.

      Chakras are energy centers where the 72,000 nadis (enery pathways...think blood vessels, but delivering energy instead of blood) converge for prana (energy) distribution.

      1] Muladhara Chakra - move your awareness to the base of your spine while keeping your back straight. This is the seat of the Muladhara Chakra. Observe any sensation that's happening here. Stay focused. Muladhara is where it all begins - this is your base...the foundational cornerstone of all your chakras. This is where both the female or Ida Nadi and the male or Pingala Nadi begin their ascent towards the Sahasrara Chakra. This is where the Kundalini Shakti sleeps. This is where you engage your Mula Bandha. Maintain your awareness here. Take a deep inhale, and on the exhale, in your mind's eye, silently, chant the seed mantra, LAM, while feeling a resonance on this chakra. Repeat the chant 5 times.

      2] Svadisthana Chakra - once you transcend the survival mode, you shift into pleasure, indulgence and intoxication - sex, drugs and rock & roll. You crave respect, prestige and admiration. You now aim for genetic immortality - thus the sacral chakra. Take a deep inhale, and on the exhale, in your mind's eye, silently, chant the seed mantra, VAM, while feeling a resonance on this chakra. Repeat the chant 5 times.

      3] Manipuraka Chakra - Move your awareness to your navel - the seat of the Manipuraka Chakra. When this chakra is activated, you develop a strong body and a strong mind. You are determined and you make things happen. You influence public opinion. You are now powerful but not necessarily spiritual. Despite the power, you are left asking, "Is this all there is to it?". The Napoleons and Elon Musks of the world reside in this chakra. Observe any sensation that's happening here. Stay focused. Take a deep inhale, and on the exhale, in your mind's eye, silently, chant the seed mantra, RAM, while feeling a resonance on this chakra. Repeat the chant 5 times.

      4] Anahata Chakra - from the Manipuraka, move the focus higher towards the center of the chest. This is the Heart Chakra or the Anahata Chakra. Stay focused here. When Anahata opens or becomes activated, you develop a heightened sense of perception about the reality. You begin your spiritual path where you feel the connection with the universe at large. You straddle the 2 worlds - one leg remains anchored on default reality and the other leg rests on Cloud 9. As you deal with the challenge of existence, you also have heaven in your mind. Silently, chant the mantra YAM and feel the vibration in your heart.

      5] Vishuddhi Chakra - move your awareness to the hollow of your throat, slightly above the center where the 2 collar bones meet. This is your Vishuddhi Chakra. As you activate this energy hub, you no longer fight with life. You move with it, in compliance to the natural laws. You find yourself in the right place, at the right time, meeting magnificent lives who open doors to manifest your intentions. In your mind's eye, silently chant the mantra HAM and feel the etheric reverberation within the throat chakra.

      6] Ajna Chakra - now focus your awareness on the space between your eyebrows - the Ajna Chakra or the Third Eye. Observe whatever sensation is taking place here. It can be throbbing, it can be pulsating, it could be warping or even tingling. Just observe and witness with no reaction, without attempting to change anything. Activating this chakra means you are intellectually realized. You have gained knowledge and you have wisdom. Psychic abilities begin manifest. Silently chant the mantra OM and feel the activation of this chakra.

      7] Sahasrara Chakra - From the Ajna, there is no established path towards Sahasrara. There is no blueprint, there is no template. You are on your own to take that leap of faith, trusting the process. When this chakra is activated, duality ends and union happens. Male and female unite as one. Power and consciousness become one. Shiva and Shakti are reunited. You are in a very deep state of meditative absorption where it becomes very clear that you are not your body, not your thoughts, not your feelings and not your memory. You are consciousness, you are divinity and you are the universe. This is where the self, the universe and God, become one. Pause. Let that sink in. Take as much time as you need to let that register. Take a deep inhale, and on the exhale, in your mind's eye, silently, chant the seed mantra, OM, while feeling a resonance on this chakra. Repeat the chant 5 times.

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  5. closing - gratitude

Ending Thoughts

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Chiang Mai, Thailand

important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
Chiang Mai Bus Station Bus Station
Chiang Mai Train Station Train Station
Chiang Mai airport Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily

hotels in Chiang Mai HOTEL
Chiang Mai Arun Dara Villa Arun Dara Villa - 7 exclusive rooms, 1 swimming pool for every room, grand opening
Chiang Mai Nawa Sheeva Hotel Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big rooms, high ceiling, salt-water pool, restaurant, cafe
Chiang Mai Nawa Saraan Hotel Nawa Saraan Hotel - low density (4 spacious rooms), stone garden setting, Koi fish pond, Old City location
Arun Suite, Chiang Mai Arun Suite - 3 bedrooms in a 3-storie guesthouse within Old City, ideal for families

birds nest restaurants in Chiang Mai RESTAURANT
La Pizza Chiang Mai La Pizza Chiang Mai - Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert, coffee
Chiang Mai birds nest restaurant Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup

Thai massage in Chiang Mai WELLNESS
ITM – International Training Massage School ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
Float Chiang Mai Float Chiang Mai - sensory deprivation float pod
Chiang Mai, Royal Thai Lanna Massage Zira Spa - upscale authentic Thai massage and spa treatment

motorcycle rental in Chiang Mai MOTORBIKE RENTAL
Chiang Mai birds nest motorcycle Tawan Bike - motorcycle rental | +66 91 635 2863 | Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200



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
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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  97. Hippie Night at Nawa Saraan Healing Space July 24, 2020
  98. The Podcast Series: Alan "Heart Math" Strydom Jul 17, 2020
  99. Prana Vayu Adhitthana Yoga Class July 11-12, 2020
  100. Coming Back to Chiang Mai Jun 29, 2020
  101. Goodbye Chiang Mai Jan 23, 2020
  102. Prasnopanishad: Understanding Prana Jan 17, 2020
  103. Hiking the Monk's Trail Jan 15, 2020
  104. Chaturanga Jan 10, 2020
  105. You Spooned Me Jan 3, 2020
  106. 2019: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2019
  107. Friends, Coffeemates and Breadmates (Dec 2019) Dec 31, 2019
  108. Visiting Mae Sot Dec 27-30, 2019
  109. Let's Make it About You - an Epiphany Dec 17, 2019
  110. Shut-Up! Dec 7, 2019
  111. Roasted Red Bell Pepper Puree Dec 3, 2019
  112. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Nov 2019) Nov 30, 2019
  113. Bhujangini Mudra Nov 25, 2019
  114. Mathangini Mudra Nov 24, 2019
  115. Kaka Mudra Nov 23, 2019
  116. Pasini Mudra Nov 20, 2019
  117. Aswini Mudra Nov 18, 2019
  118. Sambhavi Mudra Nov 16, 2019
  119. Manduka Mudra Nov 15, 2019
  120. Tataka Mudra Nov 14, 2019
  121. Sakti Calana Mudra Nov 10, 2019
  122. Vajroli Mudra Nov 9, 2019
  123. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Oct 2019) Oct to Nov 5, 2019
  124. Yoni Mudra Nov 1, 2019
  125. Viparita Karani Mudra Oct 31, 2019
  126. Khecari Mudra Oct 30, 2019
  127. Mahadeva Mudra Oct 28, 2019
  128. Sacred Cacao - Chakra Dance Journey Oct 26, 2019
  129. Partner Healing with Natascha Oct 24, 2019
  130. Maha Bandha Mudra Oct 24, 2019
  131. Point-Of-Failure Birthday Workout Oct 22, 2019
  132. Mula Bandha Mudra Oct 21, 2019
  133. Hugfest at Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai Oct 19, 2019
  134. Anushasan Mudra Oct 18, 2019
  135. Ling Mudra Oct 17, 2019
  136. Jalandhara Bandha Mudra Oct 15, 2019
  137. Learning Thai with Cee Oct 13, 2019
  138. Uddiyana Bandha Mudra Oct 10, 2019
  139. Nabho Mudra Oct 9, 2019
  140. Maha Mudra Oct 7, 2019
  141. 20 Essential Mudras by T. Krishnamacharya Oct. 6, 2019
  142. Mindfulness Gong Bath by Vee (Veerayuth Pongsiri) Oct 3, 2019
  143. Cuddle Party by Abundant Love CM Oct 1, 2019
  144. Vayu Mudra Oct 1, 2019
  145. Visa-Run to Tachileik, Myanmar Sep 28, 2019
  146. Sankalpa Mudra Sep 27, 2019
  147. Surya Pradarshini Mudra Sep 26, 2019
  148. Eye-Gazing at Heart Space Sep 20, 2019
  149. Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
  150. 2-Week Yoga Challenge by Agnese Erba Sep 17, 2019
  151. The Mudra Project Sep 13, 2019
  152. Sunday Vinyasa Flow with Marina Forster Sep 8, 2019
  153. Shamanic Breathwork by Rachel Constantino Sep 4, 2019
  154. The Conscious Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Aug 31, 2019
  155. Of Winos and Yogis Aug 26, 2019
  156. The 9 Jhanas of Buddha Aug 22, 2019
  157. Full Moon Ceremony at Heart Space Aug 15, 2019
  158. Yin Yoga - Water Element by Martina Barabas Aug 15, 2019
  159. Hatha Mix Yoga with Christin Aug 13, 2019
  160. Boy Blues Bar Rocks Chiang Mai Aug 5, 2019
  161. Back to my Beloved Chiang Mai Aug 1, 2019
  162. Kaleidoscope of Chiang Mai's Peoplescape July 27, 2019
  163. Secret Sunrise: Nelson Mandela International Day July 17, 2019
  164. Farewell Picnic with Alan and Nicola July 15, 2019
  165. Secret Sunrise: Water July 3, 2019
  166. Hotel Review: Arun Suite June 27, 2019
  167. Bruce Lipton: Epigentics to Transcend Genes June 24, 2019
  168. Optimizing Life thru Heart Math May 8, 15 and 22, 2019
  169. Connective Cacao and Sound Journey June 12, 2019
  170. Chiangmai BLUES June 6, 2019
  171. Hatha Slow Flow with Neil Jefferson June 3, 2019
  172. Meditating with One Million Meditators Movement June 1, 2019
  173. Vinyasa Happy Flow Series by Vaida May 31, 2019
  174. Muay Thai at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium May 30, 2019
  175. Yoga Flow Through the 7 Chakras by Sabrina Pilz May 30, 2019
  176. The Outsiders (people you need to push out of your sacred circle) May 31, 2019
  177. Fascinating Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 22, 2019
  178. World Meditation Day at Heart Space May 21, 2019
  179. Abs Yoga by Gigit May 12, 2019
  180. Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
  181. Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
  182. Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
  183. Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
  184. Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
  185. Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
  186. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  187. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
  188. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  189. Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
  190. Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  191. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  192. Sandesch Album Launch by Christoph Joerg Feb 13, 2019
  193. Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  194. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  195. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  196. 4 Days in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan Hotel Jan 2-6, 2019
  197. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  198. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  199. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  200. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  201. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  202. Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
  203. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  204. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  205. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  206. Chiang Mai's Amazing Peoplescape Apr 9-23, 2016
  207. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  208. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  209. 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

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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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