Finding a Thai Yoga Reu-Si Dat Ton school or teacher in Thailand, or anywhere else in the world, can be a daunting task.
There are three important reasons why this is rather difficult:
1). There aren’t that many in-depth Reu-Si Datton training courses;
2). Thai Massage is often called Thai Yoga (making it hard to differentiate between Traditional Thai Massage and Reusi Datton courses);
3). The phonetic translation of the Thai description “ท่าฤาษีดัดตน” into “Reu-Si Dat Ton”.
The problem with the last issue — the phonetic translation — is the conversion of the Thai alphabet into the Latin alphabet. Although there is a standardized romanized spelling for the Thai language available, it’s still not widely used, and Thai is thereby often translated in a more or less phonetic manner accordingly.
Translating “ท่าฤาษีดัดตน”, which literally would mean something like “The Contortionist Postures of the Hermit” and phonetically sounds like “Reu-Si Datton” results into: Rusie Dutton, Rusie Datton, Rusie Dat-ton, Lusie Dutton, Lusie Datton, Lucy Dutton, Rusie Dotton, Reusi Da Ton, Reusi Dat Ton, Rue-Si Dat Ton, Rue-Si Datton, Reusi Datton, Ruesri Dat Ton, Ruesri Datton, Rue Sri Dut Ton, Rusri Datton, Ru Si Datton, Rue See Dat Ton, Rue See Dut Ton, Rue See Dad Ton, Rasi Daton, Rasidaton, and Rasueri Dat Ton, to name some of the most commonly found interpretations.
Moreover, some describe Reu-Si Datton as Thai Yoga, Thai Hermit Yoga, Thai Rishi Yoga, Thai Monk Stretching or Thai Ascetic Self-Stretching, thereby further complicating the matter.
However, when we’ve finally found a school or teacher, another problem arises: there are very different styles of doing Reusi Datton, which is further differentiated by sharing 15, 18, 80, 127 or even more postures and exercises in various time-spans.
Also, most of the Reu-Si Dat Ton teaching is done in a “classes way” (like for instance taking a Hatha Yoga class). There are in fact just a very small number of real training courses and full-fledged programs, and most of them hardly take more than one or two days. Schools and teachers offering a more extensive, in-depth training in Reu-Si Datton are still the big exception.
But maybe it’s all for the best — in a way it keeps authentic Reu-Si Dat Ton relatively safe from commercializing into unrecognizable features. And that already is worth a lot nowadays, to say the least.