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Cambodia Yoga Teacher Training

This course will cover all aspects of traditional, holistic, authentic yoga. It will be taught according to the ancient scriptures and coupled with modern medical and scientific explanations. You will also experience the holistic practice of yoga involving all five aspects of the human system and also understand and feel the benefits of this integrated holistic practice at physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual levels. On completion of the course, participants will get a certificate that enables them to register with "Yoga Alliance International".

Meet the instructors

Krishna & Bhawani
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Highlights

  • Theory and teaching practice
  • Learn the concept of yoga and the human system
  • The practice of asanas, pranayama, mindfulness, and meditation
  • Supervised teaching to various groups of people such as the elderly
  • Daily vegetarian Ayurveda and yogic meals
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


27 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Siem Reap International Airport (Angkor Int'l)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance

During the training course, you will be accommodated at the Himalayan Yoga Retreat and Ayurveda Center.

Program

Course curriculum

Goal: The goal of this program is to produce quality teachers who can teach holistic Mindfulness yoga according to ancient scriptures by integrating all aspects of the human system. Holistic yoga promotes positive health.

To teach how to practice yoga without any injuries (authentic yoga).

The curriculum is based on the principles laid down by the main two ancient schools of yoga and Bhagavat Gita.

  • Patanjali's Asthanga yoga school - based on principles laid down in his yoga aphorisms
  • Hatha yoga school

Curriculum details

  • Purpose of practicing yoga, the importance of practicing daily in this modern world
  • The concept of yoga
  • The concept of the human system according to yogic science: Pancha Kosa, five bodies concept - physical body, energy body, mind body, knowledge body, bliss body.

Theory and applications

Introduction to Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutra

  • Raja yoga - two schools of Raja yoga: (a) Patanjali's Ashtanga yoga and (b) Hatha yoga
  • 18 chapters of Gita - introduction, Panjali and Gita
  • Raja yoga - path of will power, introduction and summary of Raja yoga - purification of mind, Avidhya / ignorance, Kleshas
  • Understanding specific Gita verses and Patnjali"s Yoga sutras relevant to various yoga techniques and application
  • Eligibility to learn and practice Raja yoga

Patanjali's Ashtanga yoga

  • Bahiranga yoga - Indirect way of controlling mind
  • Antharanga yoga – Direct way of controlling mind

Yama and niyama

  • How to practice these in your day-to-day life
  • How yama and nyama influence the mind

Asanas / postures

  • Purpose of asanas
  • Key essence of asanas
  • Two schools of asanas
  • Classifications of asanas
  • Dynamic asanas
  • Practicing asanas with deep awareness and deep relaxation
  • Deeper understanding of asanas as one aspect of yoga
  • Features of practicing the regular asanas mindfully and in holistic way
  • Benefits of asanas - physical, therapeutic and spiritual benefits
  • Complementary / counter postures and limitations

Pranayama

  • Two schools of pranayama
  • Easy pranayamas
  • Purpose of pranayama practice
  • Six steps of pranayama practice
  • Physical, therapeutic, and spiritual benefits
  • Safe practice of pranayama
  • Balance of prana, kundalini sakthi and chakaras

Pratyahara

  • What is pratyahara
  • Theory
  • Essence of pratyahara
  • Practicing pratyahara in day-to-day life
  • How pratyahara practice helps mastering the mind

Direct way of mastering mind - Antaranga yoga

  • What is mind
  • The different states of mind in life

Dharana / focusing

  • What is dharana
  • Practice of dharana
  • Characteristics of dharana

Dhyana / defocusing / meditation

  • Concept of meditation
  • Practice of meditation
  • Characteristics of meditation

Samadhi

  • Concept of samadhi
  • Practice of samadhi
  • Characteristics of samadhi

Preparatory exercises for asanas and mindfulness yogic practice

  • Synchronizing breathing exercises
  • Yogic physical exercises / sithilkarana vyamas
  • Sukshma vyamas and energizing exercises
  • Lumbar stretches
  • Sun salutations

Relaxation techniques

  • Instant, quick, and deep relaxation techniques
  • Yoga Nidra

Meditation techniques

  • Meditation and silence
  • Simple process of meditation
  • AUM Meditation
  • Mantras
  • Cyclic Meditation
  • Obstacles to Meditation and how to overcome

Kriyas / cleansing techniques

  • Introduction
  • Objectives of kriyas
  • Major kriyas - Netti, Dhouti, Nouli, Basti, Kapala, Bhatti, Trataka

Anatomy and physiology

  • Organs and organ system
  • Respiratory system
  • Digestive system
  • Immune system
  • Circulatory system

Yogic diet

  • Tamasika food, Rajasika food, Satvika food
  • How yogic food influences on the mind
  • Yogic diet and balance diet

Ayurveda

  • Ayurvedic code, fundamental doctrine
  • Tri doshas
  • Diagnosis methods
  • Purification therapy, alleviating therapy, Panchakarma
  • Perspiration therapy and oil therapy
  • Ayurveda massages with medicated oils
  • Ayurveda nutrition

Bhakti yoga

  • Three types of love
  • Prema to Bhakti
  • Nine forms of Bhakti
  • Varieties of Bhakti
  • Practice of Bhakti - Kirtan chanting, Arati and Pujas (traditional Indian methods)

Karma yoga

  • Karma yoga practices - practice of selfless services
  • Working in orphanages and teaching yoga to children in the orphanage

Hatha yoga

  • Ethical and moral principle
  • Body, Prana, mind

Applications of yoga

  • Yoga therapy and wellness - Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy (IAYT)
  • Modern day diseases and IAYT
  • How IAYT can prevent these diseases
  • How to prevent, manage and reverse the following diseases: diabetes, anxiety and depression, insomnia, back problems
  • Yoga for stress management
  • Yoga for weight management
  • Meditation
  • Yoga for pregnancy
  • Yoga for children
  • Yoga for sports persons
  • Yoga for trekkers in the mountains

Teaching practices

  • Participants will be experiencing themselves the integration of all five aspects and mindfulness yoga practice, and therefore they will be able to confidently teach others
  • Setting up a class
  • General guidelines on teaching
  • Participants will teach each other, under the guidance of the teacher
  • Participants will be trained to teach various groups of people such as elderly people, pregnant ladies, etc..as mentioned above under the application of yoga

This 200-hour training is suitable for

  • Yoga students who want to become teachers
  • Those who want to learn and practice mindfulness holistic authentic yoga
  • Yoga teachers who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of holistic yoga to learn traditional holistic Astanga yoga according to Patanjali's Yoga aphorisms and learn traditional Hatha yoga

Please note that this course is suitable for open-minded people who want to learn and practice authentic traditional yoga and not for those who consider yoga as a mere physical exercise.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake up
  • 06:30 - 08:00 Theory / self study / yogic walks / devotional songs
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Self study / rest
  • 10:00 - 11:15 Theory / practicals
  • 11:15 Juice break
  • 11:25 - 12:30 Theory / practicals
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 15:30 Rest / self study
  • 15:30 - 17:30 Theory / practicals
  • 17:30 - 17:00 Rest / free time
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Question and answer session
  • 22:00 Lights off

Instructors

Krishna Raja

Bhawani

Retreat location

This teacher training program will be held in the resort town of Siem Reap, always destined for great things. The center is next to the Siem Reap River and a 5-minute walk to the museum. The world-famous Angkor Wat temple, which attracts tourists from all over the world is situated just five kilometers from the yoga retreat center.

Angkor Wat is the single largest religious monument in the world. One can explore the floating villages, a temple in the mountains, Lotus farms rare birds, sanctuaries, or just cycle through the paddies and villages as an antidote to the bustle of the town. Siem Reap is a place with everything backpacker party pads to hip hotels, world-class wining and dining, and sumptuous spas.

Distances

  • Angkor Wat, 5 kilometers
  • Siem Reap Riverside - 1 minute

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Bike tour in the country side

You will have the opportunity to enjoy a 25 kilometers fun ride in rural areas and experience a genuinely different atmosphere. You will ride among rice fields, vegetable farms, haycock, and local markets (testing local delicacies such as fruits and cakes) while experience daily village life and resting in a Buddhist pagoda. You will continue to Arthnear pagoda where a 12th century temple is settled inside and then return to the retreat center.

Bike tour in the south countryside of Siem Reap

There will be an opportunity to join a 40 kilometers mountain bike ride along Siem Reap River to reach Tonle Sap Lake and along the way, you will see the green rice field, lotus farms, vegetable fields, haycock, and local markets (tasting local delicacies). You will refresh with coconut juice drinks.

Then, after crossing a lotus field, you will reach Tonle Sap and go for a boat tour to see floating village. You will then visit Arthnear pagoda where a 12th century temple is settled inside (temple pass not required). You will meditate in this magical setting before return to the retreat center.

Bike tour to Angkor temples and Preah Khan

You have the opportunity to enjoy a 45 kilometers mountain bike ride to visit 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 then continue to reach the majestic west gate of Angkor Thom, followed by Bayon temple.

Explore the fascinating lush rainforest along the way by visiting Preah Khan. You will immerse into jungle temple at Tanei and Taproom before returning to the retreat center. Sunrise tour is also available, starting at 5:00 a.m. daily with minimum six persons.

Bike tour to Angkor Wat and Bayon

You will have the chance to experience a 25 kilometers mountain bike ride to visit Angkor Wat complex through the less traveled roads. No traffic! From the south gate of Angkor Thom, you start an adventure ride on the hidden paths towards secluded temples. You then continue to reach the majestic west gate of Angkor Thom, followed by Bayon temple. You will pause in the most beautiful areas to meditate and practice mediation and yoga before returning to the retreat center.

Library visits

Please consider a trip to EFEO (Ecole Francaise D’Extreme Orient) for the most comprehensive library in Southeast Asia. The books are read on site (not borrowed or sold). If you'd like to get the history of the temples during your visit, consider booking a history guide as they will share a wealth of stories behind each temple.

Temple visits

Sunrises are the best time to do a temple visit. You are advised to leave super early (approximately 4:30 a.m.) with your ticket in hand and head for the right pool in front of Angkor Thom. There are many food options nearby or you can return to the cottage for breakfast. Make sure that you buy the tickets a day before your visit.

Spa treatments

You will be able to enjoy spa treatments that are available onsite, at an additional cost. Please order your treatment 45 minutes ahead of time at the reception. Note that oil massage is not offered at the cottage but is available outside.

  • Natural oil massage - 16 USD (60 minutes)
  • Reflexology - 8 USD (60 minutes)
  • Thai yoga massage - 35 USD (120 minutes)
  • Traditional body massage - 14 USD (60 minutes)

What's included

  • 3 daily Ayurveda and yogic vegetarian meals
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Course materials
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Daily drinking water,tea, and fresh detox juice
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Additional sessions
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft drinks
  • Tickets to Angkor Wat temples or guided tours

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Siem Reap International Airport (Angkor Int'l) Airport transfer included: Siem Reap International Airport (Angkor Int'l) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 3 days before arrival.

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