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6 Days Self-Empowering Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India

  • Swargashram Area, near Neelkanth Taxi Stand Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249304, India

Overview

Ashram Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh, India

Take charge of your own health and get a capsule learning in the essentials of yoga through an enchanting experience in spiritual Rishikesh! For a yoga retreat, the serene atmosphere of the Himalayas of Rishikesh offers the perfect setting to imbibe the traditional knowledge of yoga and attaining peace of mind, positive health and vibrancy in the life. These yoga retreats help combine your yoga learning with a comfortable yet basic stay amidst Ashrams dotted all over, giving you an experience similar to an ashram yoga retreat.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation and pranayama
  • 1 Ayurvedic massage session
  • The complete ashram lifestyle experience
  • 5 nights private accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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For information about the booking conditions, please send Ajarya Yoga Academy an inquiry.
  • Review by Marquis from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "It has been a wonderful experience and the teachers are so inspiring. They are motivated to impart as much wisdom as possible in the time we had. I feel as though it is only the beginning of my journey, but it has been an amazing start and is priceless. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Nguyen from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "The teachers set a very safe and positive environment for us and let us grow as a group to become closer and strength individually. They are always very helpful and cared a lot about our growth and well being. Thank you!!"

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  • Review by Sirli from Estonia
    10 out of 10

    "Knowledgeable and beautiful experience overall. The teachers know a lot and are professional and try to share as much as they know and the more we know even more we feel we want and need to learn more. I like the modern safety approach to the asanas, which consider the necessities of very body and how not to injure. I also enjoyed the stretchiness and intensively, so I feel a lot of progress and didn’t give myself never opportunity find excuses. I definitely would recommend it to other people who want physically challenging training."

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  • Review by Nyoman from Indonesia
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for the new thing I got it, very good how we adjust the poses!"

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  • Review by Eva from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing teachers! You guys have amazing guidelines. Hired living right next to the yoga shala, with good energy."

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  • Review by Mark from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "The instructors are as wise and knowledgeable as anyone could hope for. Their hearts are in the right place."

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  • Review by Denise from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "Your status are very deep and your knowledge is excellent, but there is a lack of interpersonal interaction about our personal status strengths awareness. You all have positive energy and peaceful mind and as a first time, it was an excellent job! Keep going on and sharing your soul as best as you. Namaste!!"

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  • Review by Hélène from France
    10 out of 10

    "May you all continue to focus more on the teaching technique, respect more of the schedule, and continue to bring your amazing energy to train future yoga teacher. Thank you for all you did for us."

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  • Review by Shaylynn from USA
    10 out of 10

    "All three teachers are extremely knowledgeable. It was amazing to learn from people who have dedicated their lives to yoga. I had an amazing experience and every day. I felt mentally and physically challenged. The small batch of student is great because we each got personal attention. I am excited to continue my yoga practice with all of the knowledge I have gained at Ajarya. Thank you."

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  • Review by Eliane Gaudreau from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "It was a good program to understand the base of the teaching. I really feel like I improve myself in the asanas, pranayama, kriyas, and meditation. I can’t wait to teach what I learn here. Thanks you very much for your time and knowledge. You did a great job!"

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  • Review by Noemi from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "I know that we were a crazy group, so just thank you for your patience. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Annie from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Ajarya for a fantastic and enlightening month! Amaravathi, Narender, and Karamjit have been brilliant teachers and the course has been so well-organized Thank you!"

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  • Review by Kieran from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The teachers are so great welcoming and I felt at home very quickly. The course itself is intense, but rewarding, highly enjoyable, as well as challenging I have learned so much more than I expected. The whole experience exceeded my expectations and I’m sad it has come to an end for now!"

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  • Review by Hannah from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thoroughly interesting, enlightening, and eye opening experience. I felt that the teachers were so dedicated, with great knowledge and wisdom at their inbuilt. I felt very well cared for throughout my course. I will leave with a good base knowledge and most importantly an eagerness to learn more and practice more yoga!"

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  • Review by Georgina from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "All three teachers went above and beyond my expectations. It has been a real privilege to be taught by such knowledgeable, patient, and fun teachers. The trips to ashrams, markets, the water fall, and rafting were all awesome fun and were beyond what would be expected. The teachers gave up their all time to make this time with Ajarya more than just a course. It has been a fantastic experience. It has been a very genuine and thorough course. Thank you."

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  • Review by Malou from France
    10 out of 10

    "I would like more time to improve flexibility. Teachers are awesome. It was a good experience."

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  • Review by Alexandra from Queensland, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I thoroughly enjoyed this program and thanks to the guidance from the teachers, I can now confidently teach Ashtanga Yoga Teacher’s dedication and their teaching abilities are truly admirable. He should be praised for his continuous efforts. Swami Ji, Sandeep, and Dr. Sumit are all wonderful teachers and mentors. The quality of the teaching staff makes Ajarya a wonderful school."

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  • Review by Michal from Yangon, Burma
    10 out of 10

    "My advice is, try your best not to lose it. Keep this attitude of treating every new group as a new adventure and a chance for you to grow and develop. Treat them individually and keep caring about them. Don’t turn into a factory producing teachers in batches of 25 or 30 people. I do hope people who come here in a year or two will experience same hospitality and care as I did. Thank you, Ajarya Team!"

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  • Review by Ian from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "There are many schools of yoga, in many countries, especially in the UK where I live. If you want a real Indian perspective of yoga, modern, and ancient, then it would be hard to beat Ajarya. Equal weight is given to every aspect of the 8 limbs (of Patanjali), so by the time the course ends, you will know about yoga and not just about asana with a bit of pranayama as do many yoga students and practitioners in the west, me included before the course. Modern Ashtanga Vinyasa practice of asana is at the core of the teaching, though not exclusively, so it will support you if you have a knowledge and practice in the Ashtanga primary series. In addition, the single room accommodation is good, and there are two practice rooms, one on the roof with beautiful views of the Himalayan foothills. There is an Ayurveda spa in the hotel, with good quality (and fair priced) Panchakarma massage and treatments available to smooth away excess aches."

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  • Review by Hanna from Vasteras, Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "I think there should be more time for self-study in the beginning. It would be good to have some time to read in. I miss having a female teacher I think it could be good with a gender balance. I think yoga teachers are doing a great job, spreading energy or an eagerness to learn more. The book (the one you made) should correspond more to the lectures. I think the opening ceremony should be better planned, with more explanation and may be by the Ganges. The program at Ajarya is intense, well planned, and with very competent teachers. It is a personal and familiar atmosphere. Accommodation are good and excellent. I feel well prepared to start teaching after termination."

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  • Review by Mark from Ottawa
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga teacher is certainly an expert at the subject matter. Organisation and transfer made us feel safe. Side trip to Agra brought India to us to and us to the rich culture and history of India. Side trip to Beatles Ashram and rafting on the Ganges and TajMahal were highlights of my life! Rooftop studio is lovely. Staff at kitchen crew are outstanding."

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  • Review by Kerry from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "Very professional behaviour of faculty. I love the attention that was put in, especially by lead yoga teacher, to every aspect in class and out. I am very happy that I chose Ajarya!"

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  • Review by Sandra from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "This course was excellent. I learnt a lot and really made me realize the importance of a good health. After this, I will use yoga in my daily life. I am very grateful. Thank you so much."

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  • Review by Nicole from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I am sure your academy will go from strength to strength. I think you did an amazing job. Thanks to our teachers for an experience, I will never forget."

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  • Review by Megan Lear from USA
    10 out of 10

    "My time at Ajarya has truly changed my life for the better. The teachers and staff are knowledgeable and patient, the location is spectacular, and the material is undeniably some of the most fascinating information I have ever had the pleasure of studying. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Rishikesh with these fantastic people!"

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  • Review by Karla Mendez
    10 out of 10

    "My experience was a life time thought of challenge, compassion, and love within and for myself, 99 percent practice and percent theory. Only through my own power within could I learn, therefore teach what was given to me. The gift of yoga knowledge."

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  • Review by Sally Crane from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The month I spent with Ajarya Yoga Academy was the most incredible month of my life. It was so intense and exhausting, but really inspirational. We had 5.30 a.m. starts, six days a week. We had a two hour yoga class and an hour of Pranayama before breakfast, then classes on Indian philosophy, Sanskrit, the schools of yoga and the Hindu scriptures, before breaking for lunch. We would spend the afternoon learning about anatomy, physiology, meditation, prayers, and teaching methodology, then lead classes ourselves before dinner. After dinner, we'd have assignments, research projects, essays, revision for tests, etc, so we'd only manage about five hours sleep a night. "

    "Then on our day off, we'd be in reception for 7 a.m. for various excursions, like trekking, visiting temples for Arti ceremonies, and white water rafting down the Ganges. It was literally non-stop! The food was delicious. We were fed vast amounts of the freshest, healthiest Indian food three times a day. The Academy is in the foothills of the Himalayas and the whole town felt like a very spiritual place. We had daily teachings from a Swami who guided us with meditation, the Bhagavadgita and other scriptures, and the spiritual principles of yoga. I would say I learned a lot more about the spiritual side of yoga by doing the course in the foothills of the Hilmalayas than I would have done doing the course elsewhere."

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  • Review by Stephen Trainor from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "My course with Ajarya Yoga Academy was probably the most intense, challenging yet rewarding thing i have ever done! I recommend this school with no hesitation, Namaste!"

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  • Review by Eugene Sparks from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Ajarya is a great way to get a solid yoga education and travel experience in the yoga capital of the world. The small batch sizes allow for a lot of attention from the teachers who are willing to help out in anyway they can."

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  • Review by Karam Anthony from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Ajarya provides a thorough and complete curriculum, if you are seriously committed."

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  • Review by Lindsay Gorgen from USA
    10 out of 10

    "All instructors were very knowledgeable, caring, and generous. They were light hearted with a gentle sense of humor to make each lesson informative yet fun. The material was presented in a very planned and ordered manner, which enhanced the learning process. Personally, I would have liked more time to practice adjustments on each and every primary series asana, however I understand that it is a lot of material to fit into a one-month curriculum. Overall, it was an amazing experience. I give many thanks to all who organized and made the program possible."

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  • Review by Colleen Malesky Wilde from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Ajarya was everything that I wanted from a Yoga Teacher Training Program. The program approaches yoga as a true philosophy and way of life - not just as a fitness program, like many other schools do. Studying at Ajarya is one of the happiest memories of my life, and it has equipped me with the skills to be a thorough, knowledgeable yoga practitioner and teacher. I would recommend Ajarya to anyone looking for a deeper yoga enrichment."

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  • Review by Om Dev from India
    10 out of 10

    "I have had the grace of God in my life, that took me around the world, teaching yoga in many countries including USA, UK, China, etc. I would have assumed easily that I had learned quite a bit. Having graduated from the only Yoga University in India at that time, S-VYASA, gave me an opportunity to learn a little more than many of my colleagues and classmates. Life brought me full circle, back to Rishikesh, as another opportunity beckoned me to further my sadhana, my practice."

    "Here, I was guided to Ajarya. This has been another life-changing opportunity for me. The teachers at Ajarya are loving and caring, knowledgeable and devoted to their teaching. The location of Ajarya cannot be better that what it is. The food, the hygiene, the warmth of the staff - all in all, a most fulfilling experience. The content of the yoga program was enriching and deeply satisfying."

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  • Review by Shaylynn Costello from USA
    10 out of 10

    "The teachers at Ajarya Yoga Academy are very knowledgeable and caring. The teachers teach yoga and its philosophy in a very traditional way. Their 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training was very physically and mentally challenging. I feel because of these challenges I improved my personal practice, and my physical and mental strength greatly."

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  • Review by Emma from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Good luck with the school. I enjoyed learning about all the different aspects of yoga."

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  • Review by Maria from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I loved learning the pranayama and will continue to do this every day. It has helped me with feeling more focused and grounded."

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  • Review by Noemi from Turin, Italy
    10 out of 10

    "Here I found highly qualified teachers in every yoga field. Each subject has been clearly explained and the whole program was well distributed along the 200-hour TTC. The focus was in both the practical and theoretical aspects of yoga, and thank to some trips which has been organised in Agra and Rishikesh, we have been able to experience several aspects of the Indian culture.The Ajarya team is composed by people who really love yoga and who made of it a lifestyle."

    "Each of us has been strongly supported in his own progress and the small size of the class made possible to build up a familiar and confidential atmosphere, without losing the professional relationship between students and teachers.The food we had was simple and delicious, kindly in line with the Yogic lifestyle. In a couple of occasions, we have been pleased with sweet surprises, like ice cream and chocolate by our teachers."

    "In Ajarya, we have also had the opportunity of celebrating the birthday of one of us. This just contributed to increase the friendship with the teachers. Kindness, preparation, patience and open mindedness are just example of what I found in each member of the Ajarya team. Now that I've just come back home I already miss all of them, but I am sure we will keep in touch, anyway. After this experience, I feel more focused, more relaxed and definitely ready to pass to my future students all that I learnt in Ajarya. What I feel to say now is, thank you Ajarya team for having contributed in such a great way to my personal growth. I really hope to see all of you again, somewhere, one day."

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  • Review by Christina from USA
    10 out of 10

    "This program was great! As a beginner in yoga, this class brought me up to speed quickly and confidently. Extremely friendly staff."

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  • Review by Alice from Utrecht, Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "It was a great, well-integrated, and rounded program. They have very good balance in teaching of the different yoga aspects and practices. It has good facilities, lovely upstairs hall, good food, and accommodation. They are very patient, caring, and wise teachers."

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  • Review by Jovan from Bangkok, Thailand
    10 out of 10

    "The team at Ajarya are highly skilled in the field of yoga. Everyone was so open and friendly in sharing their knowledge and all the training has really deepened my yoga practice and prepared me to share these teachings with future students. The program exceeded my expectations and it was truly a life changing experience. I thought the staff was excellent. Everyone was highly qualified in their area and I got a lot of take a ways from the training. I think I am somewhat ready to teach because I still need to do some more practicing, but the team definitely gave me all the knowledge to get there."

    "As far as the manual goes, I think what might be helpful would be to include a written explanation of all the adjustments and also sample class plans that may vary from the primary series. Also, the accommodations were adequate, but it might be helpful to mention to students regarding bringing any ice packs or hot packs for sore muscles because it is not something you can get here. Also, the food started becoming a bit monotonous after a while, but it was always made well."

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  • Review by Sally from UK
    10 out of 10

    "It was an overall fantastic course, with lovely teachers and great food. I was so happy that the hotel had a rabbit. It really made me feel at home! Wow, an incredible experience with incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and sincere teachers in a beautiful, tranquil location. Thank you, Ajarya!"

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  • Review by Robert from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "My experience at Ajarya was excellent. I feel that all the relevant teaching and yoga material was thoroughly good. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to improve their own practice or teaching."

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  • Review by Sonasha from USA
    10 out of 10

    "The teachers were so knowledgeable, sincere, sincere, humble, kind, sensitive, caring, and genuine individuals. They gave so much of themselves, in a way that was so clear and vivid. I wish Swami Ji had taught a lot more. He is truly a gift with whom our entire class felt so connected. I am so happy I chose this program. The equal emphasis given to the philosophical, spiritual, anatomical, historical, and pragmatic application of yoga were in perfect balance. This program was so well done and inevitably life changing. I feel prepared to be a yoga teacher and a life-long yoga student. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. Peace and Light. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Amanda from Taiwan
    10 out of 10

    "I had a great experience here and developed so much spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I am grateful to have such good guidance for all my future yoga classes and to have had such caring, kind, and dedicated instructors here. I feel I have come so far in my asana practice in the past month and also really understand the yoga habits and I am confident going forward that I will be able to incorporate them into my life. I am also grateful that coming from a westernized yoga background, I was able to learn from very traditionally-based teachers and understand the benefits of carrying those traditions down through the ages. Thanks for all your hard and positive energy and also for being so receptive to our dozens of questions!"

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  • Review by Vanessa from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I came to India to learn the traditional roots of yoga and that was exactly what I received. The yoga teacher taught with a genuine desire to pass on the knowledge so that the benefits of yoga could then be shared within our own community. Through contemplations of the philosophic basis of yoga, the practice, I personally felt an inner shift within myself and the group. We all experienced improved wellness, in only one month and witnessed this growth. I can now acknowledge the power of yoga. Thank you so much. I hope I can touch others in my life and help people increase wellness the way I have experienced. Thank you. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Nick from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I chose to study at Ajarya because they looked professional on the website. I was pleasantly surprised to find they were not only professional, but also knowledgeable, friendly, open, and fun. I would highly recommend the Ajarya Yoga Academy to anyone with an interest in yoga."

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  • Review by Josefin from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a great time and a great education. I really felt taken care of through the whole program, everything from first contact to accommodation to teaching, to free time, such as visiting sights, going to the doctor, and getting a surprise party for my birthday. It was all really well-arranged and with high quality."

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  • Review by Jasone from UK
    10 out of 10

    "The main teacher Nagesh was extremely open to our suggestions and took them into consideration whenever possible. In one occasion, I suggested that it would be good to study the Bhavgabad Gita, and within 24 hours, he organized a fabulous teacher to come in and talk to us about it. This class was hugely inspirational for me and I would always be grateful to him for that. I have also learnt a lot from his humble approach and respect and love for yoga. The pranayama and meditation teacher was very inspirational for me also."

    "I have learnt not only simple techniques of pranayama and meditation, appropriate to my level of experience, but more importantly I have learnt how important it is as a practice and it will now form part of my daily yoga practice alongside asanas. The visiting teacher we had for the Gita was incredible, a gem really. It would be amazing if he can be employed, alongside Nagesh, to cover some of the areas of the course relevant to yoga philosophy. The setting of the course was excellent. The staff at the hotel is really nice, food is okay, and the yoga shala is good also. It has been a great experience for me as a whole to stay in Rishikesh for 4 weeks, and I am hoping to get the chance to come back in the future. Thank you."

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  • Review by Ilana Madorsky from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I loved my time with Ajarya and would do 300 more hours, if I could! Nagesh and Prajith are so incredibly kind, caring, and knowledgeable. I have the deepest respect for them as both my teachers and my friends. My yoga asana practice has improved more than I ever imagined was possible. Ajarya has inspired me to try to embody yoga and its philosophy in all that I do. I feel lucky to have been a part of Ajarya."

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Rishikesh, India

Ajarya Yoga Academy has been conceived with the purpose of bringing the best in yoga teachings to sincere learners who in turn would adopt these learning.

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