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Discover the benefits of yoga and practice in a unique environment in this Cambodia yoga retreat. Blue Indigo Cottage Retreat Center provides you with a place dedicated to wellbeing that encompasses the body, mind, and spirit. Experience a distinctive lifestyle through vegetarian, raw, organic meals, simple but beautiful cottages, a structured daily routine, and conducive environment to reach your goals.
Nestled in a tranquil area surrounded by trees and flowers, Blue Indigo Cottages Retreat Center is a beautiful and lovely retreat in Siem Reap. With seven wooden cottages, each of the 30 square meters room is equipped with a big ceiling fan to keep the atmosphere cool, a lovely bathroom with shower, and a double bed with a tulle mosquito net. None of the cottages have air conditioning. Temperatures are nowhere near as high as the UAE) and this is not ‘5 star Dubai’ type accommodation.This place is really comfortable, accentuated with wood furniture to give you that homey, rustic feel.
At the center of the property, there is a 100 square meter yoga shala for yoga and meditation Theravada. This shala is built with traditional materials and is very well ventilated.
You will have three days to relax your body and mind through the practice of yoga, meditation, and deep relaxation. Learn how to implement the art of relaxing into your daily life and reduce stress. The yoga instructors that will lead you during the retreat are certified by Yoga Alliance, but more importantly, they have a solid teaching experience and their goal is to help you develop safely. Blue Indigo will also organize a blessing ceremony.
During the retreat, you can achieve great results by approaching each situation with a positive, fun, and loving attitude. It is recommended that you put aside critical opinions or judgments and be ready to challenge habits and expectations. This way, you will surely improve yourself. To maximize your satisfaction and help preserve a stable group energy, you are advised to:
A dedicated yoga practice involves respecting a set of ethical principles, which in yogic tradition are called the yamas and niyamas. They will help clear the mind and establish a solid foundation for your daily routine. It is strongly encouraged that you respect those principles as they will also create a balanced group energy during your retreat.
As part of your retreat, the Blue Indigo Cottage Retreat Center team will be taking you to practice one session of yoga in the Angkor Wat Temple area.
Krishna is a certified yoga teacher and yoga therapist, hailing from a family of traditional yoga practitioners in South India. He learned yoga techniques at the age of 8 from his uncle who was a yoga teacher and regular Yoga practitioner at Ramakrishna mission and Vivekananda ashram where they teach authentic traditional yoga techniques.
She came across the Yogic path in 2008 when she started to integrate Yoga and meditation in her daily life. Dedicated to her practice, she has spent a lot of time in ashrams and Buddhist centers and is now committed to sharing Yoga with others by teaching around the world. Jade has received certifications in the main traditions of Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga (RYT 200 - RYT 500) in India, where she returns frequently to further her own practice with favored teachers. She also recommends and offers Thai Yoga Therapy to complement Yoga practice.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Yoga)
Edward is certified in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Thai Massage. Since 2007 he has practiced and taught yoga all over the world, including Bali Eco Lodge and Tushita Meditation Center. Recently Edward lead several ULU YOGA weekend wellness retreats in Asia and is happy to bring his program to Blue Indigo in Cambodia. Please follow Edward here: www.facebook.com/uluyoga.
Anna is a qualified Vinyasa yoga, aerial yoga and Pilates instructor. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology. As far as she can remember Anna has always been interested in the search for the meaning. For that reason she studied psychology, traveled through Asia, practiced vipassana (silent meditation retreats) and did a one year long Gestalt therapy course. Her search led to discovery of yoga, the path of wisdom connecting mind, body and breath (spirit). She completed a yoga teacher training (200 hrs RYT) with the Yoga Shala in Galway in 2012 and has been teaching since then.
A certified with yoga alliance in India in 2013 (200 hours Hatha yoga), Elodie has a specialty in the art of posture adjustments and Pranayama (breathing exercises). From then, she understood that training was just a foundation, so she decided to go back to India and certify another 200 hours Ashtanga Vinyasa, specializing in the art and science of adjustments, as well Mysore style teaching.In that YTTC (yoga teacher training course) she learned, among others, the full primary series (72 asanas), the essence of yoga, and how to sequence and teach flow classes for a more harmonious coaching.
She is our yogini who teaches daily sessions of power and yin yoga program. Yoga has been part of her life for over 10 years, and she recently decided to take a step further and share the knowledge. She has completed her 200 hours Sivananda Yoga late spring 2015 and kept the learning going. Her classes are creative with a spirit of playfulness. Her aim is for everybody who join to take yoga off the mat and make it a lifestyle for the body and the mind.
This retreat will be held in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Stretching over some 400 square kilometers, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century and is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia.
They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging program to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.
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The food served during your retreat will be nutritious and homemade variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes with local ingredients and an added French twist. It’s a fusion of Cambodian ingredients and tastes with some French insights. Meals are served in a shaded garden, simple and friendly. Blue Indigo’s Cambodian cooks serve essentially Khmer vegetarian meals, with seasonal fruits and vegetables. These meals are perfectly balanced and participate in your physical and spiritual welfare. Breakfast typically starts around 07:45 and includes detox mix juice, fresh juice, fresh fruits, French bread, local honey, porridge sesame, yogurts, oats, and eggs. Tea are specialty and mixes of the house, with flower aromas. Lunch is served at 12. It’s simple and light with raw and cooked options, like Pomelo salad, banana leaf salad, fish amok (local specialty), curries, baked or stir-fried vegetables, and rice.
You may try the following offerings during your free/personal time at the center.
A 45 kilometer mountain bike ride to visit the Angkor Wat complex through the less traveled roads. From the south gate of Angkor Thom, you will start an adventure ride on the hidden paths towards secluded temples. You will then continue to reach the majestic west gate of Angkor Thom, followed by the Bayon temple. Explore the fascinating lush rainforest along the way by visiting Preah Khan. You will immerse into the jungle temple at Tanei and Taproom before returning to the Blue Indigo Retreat yoga center. A sunrise tour is available for the journey above by starting at 05:00 daily. Minimum 6 persons.
A 25 kilometer ride having a fun time in rural areas by experiencing a genuinely different atmosphere. You will ride among rice fields, vegetable farms, haycock, local markets (testing local delicacies such as fruits and cakes), experience daily village life, and rest in a Buddhist pagoda. You will then continue to the Arthnear pagoda where a twelfth century temple is settled inside (temple pass not required).
Please book your flight to arrive at Siem Reap International Airport (REP). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Blue Indigo Cottage Retreat Center will pick you up from the airport.