MUDITA (moo-dee-ta) n. To find pure joy in someone else's well being and happiness unadulterated by self interest.
- Metta (goodwill), Karuna (compassion) , Upekkha (equanimity),and Mudita are considered to be the four Brahma-Viharas (highest emotions) that are the natural qualities of an awakened heart.
A system of body manipulations developed in Thailand, and influenced by the medicine systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia, as well as by yoga. The recipient wears loose ,comfortable clothing and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. The receiver may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the session, but deep static and rhythmic pressures form the core of the bodywork. Thai Yoga Bodywork generally follows designated energy lines ("sen") in the body. The legs and feet of the giver can be used to position the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fix the body, while the feet do the manipulation. A traditional Thai bodywork session typically lasts two hours or more, and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the recipient's back, and moving the recipient's body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the session, which is adjusted to fit each individual person.
What is so appealing about Thai bodywork other than its therapeutic properties , is the rich culture behind this ancient healing modality. This 2,500 year old tradition has been passed down from generation to generation . So when we find a good, authentic teacher, the potency is there.
You can trace the teachings of thai yoga bodywork all the way back to Dr. Shivago Komarpaj,(pictured above) who was said to be the doctor of lord Buddha. Dr. Komarpaj created this system of healing using principles of yoga and ayurveda. He taught the method to Buddhist monks who performed it in temples. Traditionally, Buddhist monks were nomadic and Buddhist temples were the centers for healing in the communities. This is why over time Dr. Komarpaj's system of healing spread to Thailand.
After 10 years in the hair and beauty industry as a colorist , Braja Sundari found herself in an increasing toxic world of chemicals, stressed out, creatively feeling stuck and feeling like her professional and personal life were not coexisting in her favor. This was having an affect on her mentally and physically. Needless to say, she was looking for relief. In 2010, this spark of awareness lead her by chance to a local yoga studio. Unbeknownst to her, the teachers she would find in that cozy little room would change the course of her path forever. Fast forward 5 years, Braja is a Jivamukti Yoga teacher living in Thailand for 2 months studying under Homprang Chaleekanha ,a Traditional Thai Medicine doctor and a Thai Yoga Bodywork master. She lived and studied closely with Homprang for over 300 hours during those 2 months covering subjects such as Thai Yoga Bodywork, food as medicine , Thai foot reflexology, womb lifting , how to make and apply hot herbal compresses and how to make products , such as tiger balm , from plants found in Homprang's garden. The life experience and knowledge she obtained in Thailand is indescribable and life changing. Braja is eternally grateful for Homprang and the many teachers that she has stumbled upon so far in her life.
In 2013, Braja spent a month at the Omega Institute in upstate N.Y. and completed the 300 hour Jivamukti Yoga teacher training. She studied under Sharon Gannon and David Life, who are the founders of Jivamukti Yoga, and Lady Ruth, who was a student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois for over 20 years. Braja teaches and practices yoga weekly in Ocean and Monmouth County, N.J.,USA. Forever a student , she hopes to be lucky enough to continue to travel and learn from the teachers, people and animals she meets from all over the world. The knowledge, experience and connections she makes on these travels are held near and dear to her heart.
In 2016, Braja completed a 600 hour massage therapy program at the Body In Mind Institute where she dove deep into Human Anatomy, Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stone Therapy, Cancer and Mastectomy Massage. Braja is a licensed and insured Massage Therapist in the state of New Jersey.
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As of august 2019, Brie jacobs took formal initiation into the spiritual lineage that she has been practicing for years with her spiritual teacher. He gave her the name braja sundari radha (servant of the beautiful radha that resides in braj). This formal initiation links Braja sundari to the yogic guru param para(lineage) of empowered teachers that goes back thousands of years. It also means that she has dedicated her life to living in such a way that her spiritual practices are the center of her life. in turn, giving her the tools to be of service and seeing the divine in every living being.