Although very much part of traditional well being practices in Thailand, Ruesri Dat Ton is relatively new to North America.
Translated, Ruesri Dat Ton means "Hermit's Self-Stretching Exercise" as this yoga-style practice was developed by religious hermits in Thailand many centuries ago. Originally designed to restore energy, flexibility and vitality after long periods of meditation retreat -- visitors to the famous Wat Po temple in Bangkok can see statues depicting 24 of the 80 positions - Ruesri Dat Ton has since become an integral part of traditional Thai health practices. Ruesri Dat Ton also helps to treat ailments in their early stages.
Ruesri Dat Ton is regarded as more gentle and accessible than many forms of yoga taught in North America. Consequently, it can be practiced by all age groups and all levels of ability.
The practice is easy-to-follow and Echo Valley's qualified Thai teachers host daily classes, teaching the first 15 basic positions as endorsed by the Thailand Ministry of Public Health. They are the easiest positions to perform and are known to help achieve better physical alignment, a balance of the body structure, and an overall equilibrium of being from which improved health begins.
Benefits of incorporating Ruesri Dat Ton into your wellness regime and meditation retreats include:
- an increased flexibility
- improved circulation
- stress release
- a reduction in irritability, sleeplessness and depression
- improved posture
- a strengthened immune system
Ruesri Dat Ton is especially effective, though not essential, when practiced with Three Step Meditation.