Thai Yoga or Rue-Si Datton is a complex of physical exercises and postures, which have flourished in Thailand for almost 200 years.
Rue-Si means “Ascetic” or the one person who concentrates. “Datton” which means “self-stretching” in Thai language. Putting both together is “Ascetic self-stretching exercises”.
Yogis have been using these postures to keep their physical bodies in balance during long periods of meditation.
The inscriptions at Wat Po (Bangkok) are the clear evidence that Rue-Si Datton can be traced back to the Reign of King Rama I when he issued a royal command to restore in (Wat-Po) the collections of the ancient textbooks of medicines and sculptures of (Sen –Sib) energy lines of the body and physical exercise postures of Rue-Si Datton in order to enable the general public to learn and use them for wellbeing and for large-scale treatments. If exercise are practiced regularly along with respiration system (similar to Buddhist meditation) both physical and mental body are effected and get healthier.
The complication of Rue-Si Datton exercises was accomplished according to the project on the decade of Thai Traditional Medicine.
Some important benefits of practice are efficient joints movements, pain relief, full capacity of absorbent and eliminating system, better health, greater resistance to diseases, slow degeneration in the aged persons and qualitative long life.
It differs from other kinds of Yoga in breathing method – you have to breathe in stretching and keep your breathing in posing and breath out back to initial position. It includes lots of exercises to stimulate on your spinal bone, legs muscle and which are influential on the stream of blood and lymph. It is also effective for losing weight.
Rue-Si Datton is the healthy exercise that can be useful to anyone, from a child to an old person; an experienced yoga to a physically inflexible person.