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15 Days 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in India

  • Lotus Oasis Beach Huts Resort, Patnem beach, Canacona, Goa 403702, India


Intensive Yoga Teacher Training in India

Participating in Bend it like Buddha's certified RYT 200 and Thai yoga massage or yoga anatomy teacher training program in India can be the first step in a life changing journey of health and wellness. There are only two spots left for this double certification training. You will be learning from five highly experienced, talented, and compassionate instructors with more than 70 years of combined experience.


  • Intensive 200 hours of training
  • Comprehensive modules and courses
  • Receive a one-of-a-kind double certificate upon completion
  • Learn from five highly experienced and well-trained instructors
  • Daily morning tea or organic juices
  • 3 daily Ayurvedic organic meals
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 15.

  • 15 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English, Portuguese
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Through bio-construction, Lotus Oasis Beach Huts Resort has transformed nature into housing and the lodges have been designed to work in harmony with the natural surroundings. Have you ever wondered what living in paradise would be like? This is it. Come to learn deeply, be restored, and be inspired!

Please note that if you are traveling alone, Bend it like Buddha Yoga can match you with someone of the same sex who is also traveling alone. If they cannot find someone to share your hut with, you will receive it for the sharing price even though you are alone.

This yoga teacher training in India program is offered by five highly experienced, talented, and compassionate instructors. All of their teachings are only on their specialty and expertise in their chosen disciplines. Together, all of the teachers have over 70 years of combined teaching experience.

You will have the training in the beachfront yoga shala. A day trip to a secluded beach, which has no road access and can only be reached by boat and with amazing dolphin sightseeing on the way, is also included. There will also be Ayurvedic Indian veggie cooking classes.

Through this retreat, you will learn the ancient art and science of Mysore-Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga primary series and Vinyasa flow. You will also learn the incredible skill of adjustments and modifications using props, by the lead instructor who was trained by BNS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois and his grandson, Sharath, and the lineage of the great yogi master, Sri Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga.

You have the option to join a day trip to a stunning, secluded beach, which has no road access and can only be reached by boat and has en route, amazing dolphin sightseeing. Learn about the Astanga Eight Limbs, yogic lifestyle off the mat, nutrition modules, and optional vegetarian cooking classes to learn Ayurvedic Indian dishes and to learn about the world famous Indian spices.

Learn with two instructors who specializes in yoga anatomy or physiology experts and learn yoga anatomy to safely teach yoga for beginners, elderly, and those who are in pain, with injuries, and many health conditions that are commonly seen in today's yoga classes.

Learn Myofascial release, which is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Applied yoga therapy is taught in a practical manner through the Thai yoga massage therapist certification classes.

Thai massage is an ancient healing art involving intensive work on the body’s meridians utilizing assisted stretching, deep compression, channeling of breath, and rhythmic movements. It is traditionally performed on a fully dressed recipient lying on a thin floor mat without the use of oils or creams.

The comprehensive Thai massage or yoga anatomy modules will set the foundation for an enduring practice as a Thai yoga therapist and yoga teacher. By keeping class sizes small, it is ensured that every student will work or gets worked on by the instructor, making the learning accurate and experiential. The Thai massage or yoga anatomy modules are conducted typically from Monday to Friday for about three and a half hours per day.

The modules cover about 70 massage techniques with the client lying usually in a supine or lying-on-their-back position. The course is most beneficial for massage therapists, body workers, yoga practitioners, energy healers, and people interested in alternative healing.

Upon completion, students will have a substantial foundation in the major positions of Thai yoga massage and can expect to perform a comprehensive one and a half hour Thai massage therapy session for family, friends, and eventually for clients. You will also learn the ancient yoga philosophy of the Eight Limbs of Yoga and Patanjali's sutras.

There will also be classes on yoga therapy, yoga for kids, the elderly, and for pre and post-natal students, teaching methodology, ethics, business aspects of opening up your yoga studio and massage practice, energy healing, Reiki, Kundalini awakening, chakras, nadis, pranayama, sanskrit mantras, yoga philosophy, kryas, and chanting.

Learn about professional ethics and how to earn a living from sharing yoga with others in your community and abroad, how to create a business plan for your yoga studio and massage practice. This retreat will show you how to be a yoga teacher and massage practitioner starting from day one. You will be practicing one-on-one with your peers and teachers throughout the course.


This yoga teacher training is suitable for all levels. Everyone is welcome but a year of yoga practice is highly recommended.

The schedule is subject to small changes. Please do not hesitate to inquire if you have any questions about the schedule or subjects covered.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 8:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa asana flow
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Take some rest, breakfast, fruit smoothies, tea, or coffee
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Alignment, adjustment, and modifications
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Yoga therapy
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Pranayama or philosophy
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Meditation and mantras
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:30 Anatomy or physiology and Thai yoga massage modules
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Yoga Nidra meditation, chakra cleaning, and Reiki energy healing
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Dinner
  • L. Farrah Furtado

    L. Farrah Furtado is Canadian-Portuguese and is an international yoga teacher, author of three spiritual best-selling award winning books, world traveler, and director of Kaohsiung Yoga School and Bend it like Buddha Yoga in Portugal. She has lived in Asia for over 14 years, studying the healing arts in Buddhist monasteries in Taiwan, Balinese healing with energy healing masters in Ubud, and has trained in the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system and pranayama with BNS Iyengar, the lineage of Pattabhi Jois and Krishnamacharya in India. Farrah is a third degree Usui Reiki master.

  • Kanchen

    Kanchen started practicing yoga two decades ago and has been teaching professionally for over 10 years, Kanchen has studied with many eminent teachers about asanas and adjustment and is well versed in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and Hatha yoga. Kanchen has studied with Balaji Rao thombre and pranayama, mantra, mudra, and philosophy with Sri BNS Iyengar in Mysore. Kanchen has also won many prizes at district and state level competitions. She established and has been running successfully the BNS Iyengar Khrisnamacharya School in Mysore for over a decade.

  • Reshy

    Reshy has assisted and also led several 200-hour yoga teacher training programs in India and Thailand for different schools. She has registered her yoga school, Yoga Space, with Yoga Alliance and offers 200-hour yoga teacher training in Hatha and Vinyasa flow yoga. Reshy trained in the discipline of yoga under two very experienced teachers, Sujata Nerurkar and Dr. Renu Mahtani at Param Yoga, in Pune, India, where she completed her foundation in Hatha yoga teacher training and medical yoga therapy in 2011. She trained further in Vinyasa yoga, prenatal yoga, science of pranayama, and Viniyoga.

  • Monika

    Monika first came in contact with Thai yoga massage in 2008 when she took her first Thai yoga massage training with Cyriac at the Thai Yoga Massage School in Bangaluru. Even though she had a successful 15 years of high flying career in the consulting sector, she aspired for a vocation where she would be able to help people find a better quality of life. Her friends and surroundings helped her understand some things about her being a “person-of-touch”. This bought her to learn about Thai yoga massage in 2012 and her journey as an alternative healer started.

Lotus Oasis Yoga is a stunning beachfront resort with eco-chic lodges in the tropical and unspoiled south of Goa. Located at the far southern end of Patnem Beach next to a small mountain, they have the prime location on one of Goa's most pleasant beaches. The resort is built on fine, white sand between the relics of a sacred Hindu site and the ocean.

Nearby places

  • Agonda Beach - 20 minutes
  • Beach hubs, cafes, and shopping - 5 to 10 minutes
  • Chaudi - 10 minutes
  • Goa Dabolim Airport (GOI) - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Boating
  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach
  • Café nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Night club nearby
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Local market nearby

Bend it like Buddha's food concept is healthy, tasty, and organic. Savor juicy tropical fruits, crunchy organic vegetables, crisp salads, and fragrant herbs while sipping energizing juices or sweet, colorful herbal teas. Everything is freshly harvested and lovingly prepared with attention to detail in the restaurant. Focused on vegetarian, vegan, and raw food, the Lotus restaurant offers diverse fusion recipes in a peaceful and tranquil setting.

Bend it like Buddha believes that pleasing your palate is fundamental to your experience. Included in the price are one large buffet brunch and daily dinner meals. These could be your choices of lunch or brunch (from the specials menu): fresh tropical fruits, homemade organic yogurt, a wide selection of vegetarian dishes, which are delicious even to those not used to vegetarian food, dhal, rice, salads, detox herbal teas, and chai.

Throughout the day, you can order small snacks, vitamin and health-booster juices, and fresh tropical fruits from the menu, please note that these are not included in the retreat price. You can have these at your hut or relax in the lounge, the perfect place to read or listen to some chill out tunes.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Vegetarian
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Lotus Oasis is perfectly located between Patnem or Palolem and Agonda. This means that you can easily access the beach hubs, cafes, and shopping within five to 10 minutes and still have the serenity of peace and tranquility for your training. The resort is set in nature without the hustle of Patnem or noisy neighbors.

Agonda Beach, which is rated as the number one beach in India and second in Asia, is within walking distance. It is about 20 minutes along rice paddies. On your days off from the training, you will have various options for evening meals which include the onsite restaurant, delicious organic kitchen, Blue Planet, at the resort entrance, which is probably the best organic restaurant in the area, if not all Goa, or you can go to Agonda, Palolem, or Patnem, where there are hundreds of places to choose from.

Students often enjoy going out once or twice during the week to check out the shops, market stalls, and activities on the beaches while having the relief of returning and sleeping soundly. It is safe and easy to get rickshaw taxis back even if it’s late at night. However, most of the students travel together and it's a fun and great bonding experience to meet like minded yogis from around the world. There are also optional Bollywood dancing classes.

These treatments can be arranged separately from the tuition onsite:

Ayurvedic treatments

Ayurveda was developed more than 5000 years ago by highly spiritual beings and means the knowledge of life and longevity. The aim of all Ayurvedic treatments is to bring harmony and re-establish physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Treatments focus on the cause of problems to give permanent health solutions, rather than combating symptoms. The core of Ayurveda is massage using essential oils, natural herbs, and plants.


Lotus Oasis offers different forms of massages, like Thai yoga massage, depending on the visiting specialist.


Reflexology is a relaxing treatment involving massaging of feet. It is based on the theory that for every part of the body, there is a corresponding reflex point in the foot. All the energy meridians are represented in the feet together with many nerve endings that relate to organs in the body.

Before the massage the patient’s feet are soaked in a foot bath with hot water and aromatherapy oils. By massaging the feet through a form of acupressure, deposits that block the body’s energy flow are broken up. Reflexology helps the body to regain its balance and contributes to good health.


Reiki literally means life force energy. It is a holistic healing method involving the laying of hands. Reiki restores energy channels, balances the chakra system, and eliminates toxins. It is an ancient treatment that was rediscovered in Japan in the 1920s.


Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing traditional Japanese healing art. It literally means "finger pressure" and is often referred to as a form of acupuncture without needles. Shiatsu is based on the principle that energy flows through the body through meridians. If the energy flow, ki or chi, is disrupted, then pain, irritations, anxiety, and emotional imbalances follow.

Through a combination of stretches, joint rotations, and gentle pressure, Shiatsu stimulates the body’s innate healing mechanisms. Regular therapeutic treatments can strengthen the immune system and lead to better health and well-being.

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily morning tea or organic juices
  • Daily organic vegetarian lunch and dinner
  • Thai yoga massage or anatomy certificate
  • Yoga Alliance RYT 200 certificate
  • Airfare
  • Additional expenses
  • Extra day trips
  • Local transportation
  • Weekend cooking classes

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Goa Dabolim airport (GOI). The accommodation is about an hour and a half from the airport. If you give Bend it like Buddha Yoga your flight details, they can arrange a shared ride pick-up transfer with other students at the local rate.

Arrival by train

It is possible to ravel via train and you are encouraged to send an inquiry if you would like to know more about how you can reach the retreat through this method.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Bend it like Buddha Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Grace from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I received my Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Hour certification with Bend it like Buddha and Kaohsiung Yoga school. I loved pranayama and asanas the best. Understanding the postures, muscles and the benefits how to get into it and the benefits were great. I loved the pranayama ALOT and especially the 6 breathing techniques we focused on and how it benefits the body and deepens meditation."

    "Also, I love the variations of different modifications of the postures shown for students in pain, beginners and intermediates …and the variety of activities and techniques we learned the openness of the teachers and the liberal range of topics was always so interesting and wonderful! Thank you Tori and Farrah for everything!"

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  • Review by Kathleen from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I loved learning the ashtanga series along with other variations of the series and different styles of yoga. The day was also balanced nicely with asanas, meditation, pranayama, meditation, therapy, theory and philosophy…Philosophy, Reiki and Ayurvedic medicine were some of my favorite topics. It was something new and also enjoyed learning more about Business/ Career of Yoga and how to brand yourself as a teacher and the studio branding modules. I also enjoyed practicing to teach as we learn each day, bit by bit."

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  • Review by Caitlin from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed learning yoga philosophy, history and traditional ashtanga teaching. I really felt I was receiving authentic, pure teaching (The way it is taught in India.) I really liked the way Tori and Farrah would teach us what their teachers in India taught them and their interesting stories. I liked the alignment modules and the teaching practice of what we learned each day-meditation, pranayama and asanas."

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  • Review by Genevieve from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I really liked learning about the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa style. I learned so much throughout the course and I enjoyed seeing my physical and spiritual progress. And I enjoyed learning all of the pranayama techniques with Farrah and have already started teaching them in my meditation classes at my studio. I enjoyed learning. The massage techniques and all of the helpful tips and interesting discussions in Yoga Business class on how to start and brand a yoga studio. Very useful! Thank you Tori and Farrah for your wonderful teaching!"

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  • Review by Rachel from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I loved how there was so much variety in all of the topics we covered. My mind and heart feel very full. I feel empowered and the teachers. Paced the lessons quite nicely, especially the modifications class-as we learned 75+ postures! There was a nice flow to all of the classes. Everyday I felt warmly received and comfortable. There was a nice balance of extremely challenging with extremely relaxing and restorative. I would recommend this course for everyone. Well done Farrah & Tori! & I will recommend this RYT for anyone and everyone."

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  • Review by Sophie from UK

    "One of the main positives from the retreat was you helped improve my confidence, I joined a yoga studio as soon as I got back to London and now practice four times a week; Ashtanga Vinyasa remains to be my favorite! Also, you taught me a lot about the philosophy and history of yoga which has implications for everyday life. Your classes really focused on pranayama which really helped me realize the importance of the breath and how this maximizes the benefits from each posture. I enjoyed visiting the place where we did the moving meditation and the guest house was just perfect. I'd say the retreat was a lovely balance of everything. Funnily enough I was talking today with a friend about the Tibetan bowl healing, that also was an amazing experience, one I probably wouldn't have chose to do before, so it was great to learn and gain new experiences. "

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  • Review by Vanda from Lisbon, Portugal

    "I am glad to know that you are pursuing your way in teaching yoga. I really enjoyed your classes. When I arrived, I had just ended a really stressful, long, and demanding task, and the exercises with you really helped me getting some balance back. Of course, when the vacation days ended and I had to get back to work, things got more complicated. But some things remained; yoga is now more present in my life, and the same for meditation. I feel more aware, more present, and for now I am trying to keep this feeling and (slowly) make it grow in all the little things of daily life. As I said I really enjoyed your way of teaching yoga, both indoors and outdoors. The sunrise session at the beach was great, and also the yoga Nidra. Another moment I enjoyed greatly was the sound session with Mafalda. That’s one of the things that I am trying to explore and learn more, the healing sounds of the Tibetan bowls."

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  • Review by Hanna Koskinen from Helsinki, Finland
    10 out of 10

    "Like they say, beginners are welcome! Sunrise yoga and sunset yoga is great experience in the beautiful settings in Praia de Rocha. Teachers are warm and welcoming. Very relaxing. Booking the lessons was easy, just a quick message to the page and you will get an answer soon."

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  • Review by a traveler from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "My sister whom I was travelling with had never done Ashtanga yoga but the teacher was very professional and also very receptive to her and all levels of skill. the class is 90 min. which is good to not feel rushed. the whole setup was very relaxed but so professional. Very reasonably priced for the beautiful space and high level of personal instruction. The only thing I would say is the studio is a bit chilly so bring a sweater or hoodie. I felt very relaxed but inspired at the end of the class. the teacher was amazing and very intuitive, very spiritual and I felt very aware and open spiritually after the experience."

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  • Review by a traveler from Swindon, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I came across this studio as the weather wasn't great whilst on holiday. I contacted the studio via Facebook and was responded to very quickly. The studio is located to the rear of the main strip and so is very private. The instructor is wonderful, very experienced and insightful. If you like yoga and want to continue with some relaxation and meditation whilst on holiday I would recommend this studio."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Found this studio on Facebook. Quick response and I was provided with all necessary information by the very sweet and welcoming teacher. Beautiful new and fresh studio just up the stairs from the beach. Mats and props are provided. Morning classes are also given at the beach, highly recommended! Fantastic experience! I had the pleasure of taking classes with the lovely and very skilled teacher Farrah and her guest teacher Kristen for two full weeks. The majority of classes was given at the beach, and was beautifully set up! The teachers caters to all levels, and are very insightful and open to share what ever might be of interest for the participants. In addition to yoga, Farrah has extensive experience in meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques) and was very happy to share this with me - which was truly and amazing and eye opening experience! The teachers are very gentle and loving and takes good care of the students, and are very flexible and accommodating in every way. I highly recommend Bend it Like Buddha for all levels, and all interest!"

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  • Review by Ann T.
    10 out of 10

    "I was amazed with both the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills that I attained during my 200 hour course. I would highly recommend for others to seek their yoga training through the Kaohsiung Yoga School."

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  • Review by Bernie Kelly from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "Lovely classes on the beach and in the studio. I really enjoyed."

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  • Review by Vibeke Hansen from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "Great location at the beach, or at the beautiful studio just by the beach. Lovely and utterly skilled teachers! Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Sankt Polten from Austria
    10 out of 10

    "“Awesome time, perfect location”"

    "The huts are simple as expected; however, there is a toilet and shower, also, a basin included. So that was surprising for me and really great. The beds are comfortable. I did not have Wi-Fi in my hut because I was too far from the reception desk. In the front ones, I guess there would be. The yoga lessons are awesome and the beach and location are really calm and clean. The only thing I was not so happy about is loads of dogs all around and especially during night when they were howling so much. And a train seems to be going close by there, so there are quite a few sounds during night. Get earplugs and you'll be fine! Food is awesome and fresh! Staff is great, fun, and helpful."

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  • Review by Indira D.
    10 out of 10

    "I taught a yoga retreat at Lotus and had the most amazing time. Manav, Smeeta, Rajul, and the team took such great care of us all. Nothing was too much trouble, they were always ready with a smile and did everything they possibly could to make sure everyone was happy. The customer service was faultless. The food was delicious! Again the wonderful meals we enjoyed every day were absolutely faultless. In fact, we wished we hadn’t bothered to have dinner out on the last night as the food was nowhere near as good! The location, right on Patnem beach was lovely, being able to just walk out of your hut and be on the beach was incredible. We loved being able to practice yoga looking out to sea with the sound of the waves around us. The huts are simple but comfy and clean. They have ensuite bathrooms and you can have a hot shower as long as you don't shower first thing before the water has had a chance to warm up. Patnem beach is just beautiful and still unspoiled, it's like Palolem was 12 years ago and I hope it will stay the way it is. If you want to get back to nature and love being on the beach, with the sand between your toes and the sound of the waves as you go to sleep, you will love this place. You won't find more helpful or friendlier staff and the food is incredible."

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  • Review by a traveler from New Delhi
    9 out of 10

    "It was an amazing experience to spend a week at Lotus Oasis. This is one of the few places that I have discovered on my travels around the world. That one can experience peace, music, beautiful view, fun people, and great food at the same time. A true paradise with a bohemian vibe! The yoga teachers are very good and doing yoga or meditation next to the beach adds to the effect of serenity. I met some cool travelers during my stay and one week passed quickly. The bonfire and music nights are legendary! I congratulate Manav and his team for a fabulous job and will come back again for sure."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Really enjoy every single class we did at Lotus as all have different styles and all the teachers were extremely knowledgeable and offered very helpful corrections which deepened our practice! Slightly quieter than its neighbor not a bad thing as hence it feels more personal."

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  • Review by Maida
    10 out of 10

    "We enjoyed the yoga lessons a lot and also the hiking experience. Your way of telling about yoga and your deep knowledge about the different postures and the impact yoga has made us enjoy your lessons very much. You have a very good ability to combine theory and practice of yoga and to highlight how some of the yoga and meditation can be used in everyday life. The hiking was a really nice experience, I love nature. Thank you for everything." website, edited

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Arrival: Saturday January 28, 2017
Departure: Saturday February 11, 2017

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