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29 Day 500-Hour Advanced Yoga Therapy Teacher Training in Siem Reap

Himalayan Yoga Retreat and Ayurveda Center, 267, Phum Boeung Dounpa, Khum Slorkram, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Cambodia

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Cambodia.

Whether you already have your 200-hours certificate and wish to attain your 500-hours certificate or you are a practitioner who seeks to deepen your knowledge and self-practice Yoga Therapy techniques, you are welcome to join this advanced-level course, in the beautiful city of Siem Reap, Cambodia. You will be taught many authentic yoga techniques and their therapeutic benefits, which will contribute to you becoming an amazing Yoga Therapist.

This course is ideal for Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and other Therapists, as they will be able to incorporate the newly learned techniques in their daily work. On completion of this course participants will be getting Yoga Alliance International certificate and you can work as Yoga Therapist or incorporate Yoga Therapy in to your profession. Many modern day diseases need Multidisciplinary treatments and prevention of diseases at all 5 levels.

Meet the instructors

Krishna & Bhawani
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  • Ayurveda theory sessions
  • Being trained as a yoga therapist
  • Training on several types of themed yoga
  • General yoga classes, accompanied by meditation sessions
  • Learning to mold theory and practice
  • Three daily healthy meals
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Mindfulness training

Skill level

  • Advanced

Yoga styles

28 days with instruction
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  • 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.


Become a certified "International yoga therapist" and "Mindfulness and meditation trainer"

Prevention is better than cure. They teach yoga therapy mainly to prevent diseases. 80% of the modern day diseases are mind and lifestyle related psychosomatic diseases. Root cause/risk factors for most of these diseases are mental stress and unhealthy modern day lifestyle.

By preventing these risk factors we can prevent the diseases. The basis of yoga therapy is to address these risk factors through yoga way of lifestyle and prevent these root causes. By preventing these risk factors/root causes we can prevent diseases. (Not to wait till getting diseases and go for yoga therapy, it may be too late)

Once you get a disease it has already affected your physical body. The main objective of yoga therapy must be to nib it in the bud. It must be removed at the mind level, energy level, knowledge level, and bliss level.

They teach yoga therapy to remove the root causes, stress at the mind level and energy level through yoga way of life style in addition to teaching them at knowledge and bliss levels.

They also teach to manage, heal/reverse the diseases for those who are already affected with diseases by teaching and training them at the mind level, energy level, knowledge level, bliss level, and physical level so that gradually they can change from their unhealthy life style to healthy yoga way of lifestyle.

Yoga is a 'Mind Training' process by joining all five aspects/bodies of our human system. According to Patanjalis Yoga sutras “Yoga is a systematic conscious process of mastering the Mind”. Physical body, Energy body, Mind, Knowledge and Bliss are the five aspects/bodies which have to be integrated in the practice of authentic yoga. And this will maintain Homeostasis and Equanimity and promote positive health. Untrained mind is the cause for all our modern day health and social problems. 80% of our modern day diseases are mind-related Psychosomatic diseases. Only when yoga techniques are practiced, involving all five bodies/'Pancha kosas', one will get physical benefits, therapeutic benefits and spiritual benefits. This holistic practice is the Traditional Mindfulness Yoga. This authentic yoga will be taught to you in this 500 hours Advanced Teacher Training Course. The therapeutic benefits from all these techniques will prevent and manage most of the modern day diseases.You will be trained as a Yoga Therapist.

Daily Schedule

  • 6:00 - 7:30: Self-study, self-practice, assignments
  • 7:30 - 8:30: Breakfast
  • 8:30 - 10:00: Theory and practice
  • 10:30 - 12:00: Yoga Lecture
  • 12:30 - 13:30: Lunch break
  • 14:00 - 15:30: Theory and practice
  • 15:30 - 16:00: Tea break
  • 16:00 - 17:30: Theory and practice
  • 19:00: Dinner
  • After dinner: Kirtans (Singing Devotional Songs)

Please note that every Monday and Saturday, between 6:00 and 7:00, you will enjoy a Yogic walk. As well, please note that the daily schedule is subject to change.

Course Details:

The following concepts will be deepened and practiced:

  • Concept of Yoga and Mindfulness Yoga
  • Concept of Human system according to Yogic philosophy
  • Concept of Meditation
  • Concept of Yoga Therapy

Theory and Practice

  • Basis of Yoga Therapy and Yoga Therapy techniques.
  • Concept of yoga and understanding authentic yoga according to ancient scriptures. Yoga Therapy comes along with this authentic yoga practices.
  • Concept of human system according to yogic science.
  • Differences in concept of human system according to yoga and medical science.
  • Mindfulness holistic yoga – Theory and practice.
  • Mindfulness yoga and Yoga Therapy.
  • Anatomy and Physiology – Organ and Organ system, Respiratory system, Digestive system, Circulatory system, Nervous system, Immune system.
  • Strengthening Immune system through authentic yoga practices and Yoga Therapy.
  • Structure of Energy body and the role of energy/prana in maintaining positive health.
  • Health and Disease – Yogic prospective.
  • Five aspects/bodies (Pancha Kosa) concept and Yoga Therapy.
  • Yogic concept of diseases.
  • What is Yoga Therapy and what is not Yoga Therapy.
  • Yoga counseling, Health Psychology, Yoga practices for Emotion Culture.
  • Advance Yoga techniques
  • Yoga for Personality Development
  • Yoga Therapy and Wellness – “Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy” (IAYT)
  • Concept of IAYT based on Integrated approach of yoga practices.
  • Modern day diseases and IAYT – How IAYT can prevent, manage and reverse 80% of our modern day diseases.
  • Yoga for Hypertension and Heart Diseases – Introduction; How does stress increase blood pressure; What does blood pressure depend upon; What are the complications of high blood pressure; Prevention and mangement of Hypertension through Yoga practices and Yoga Therapy.
  • Coronary Heart Diseases (CHD) – Introduction; The effects of CHD; Consequences of Coronary blockages; Risk factors for CHD; Why young people get CHD in modern days; Stress and heart; The Autonomic Nervous System and how stress responses are regulated; Prevention and management of CHD through Yoga practices, Yoga Therapy and Yoga way of lifestyle.
  • Yoga for Bronchial Asthma - Introduction of Asthma and Nasal Allergy; Causes of Asthma and Nasal allergy; Prevention and management of Asthma through drugs; Complimentary therapies; Prevention and management of Asthma and Nasal allergy through Yoga practices and Yoga Therapy.
  • Yoga for Anxiety and Depression (A&D) - Introduction; Two types of Anxiety; What is Depression; When Anxiety and Depression becomes a disease; Prevention, management and reversal of Anxiety and Depression through Yoga practices, Yoga Therapy and Yoga way of lifestyle.
  • Yoga for Diabetes - Introduction; Two types of Diabetes; Risk factors of Diabetes; Why people get Diabetes in young age and disease is increasing in our modern day lifestyle; Prevention, management and reversal of Diabetes through Yoga Therapy and Yoga way of lifestyle.
  • Yoga for Arthritis - Modern medical and Yoga perspective of Arthritis; Structure and function of joints; What causes Arthritis; What is Osteoarthritis?; Arthritis and Stress; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Autoimmunity and Arthritis; Integrated approach of Yoga Therapy for Arthritis;
  • Yoga for Pregnancy - Introduction; Three Trimesters of Pregnancy; Effects of stress on Pregnancy; Basis of IAYT for Pregnancy; Yoga practices during Pregnancy; Three sets of Yoga practices during 1st, 2nd and 3rd Trimesters; Yoga practices (Breathing, Chanting and Relaxation techniques) during child delivery; Yoga after child birth.
  • Yoga for Back and Neck pains - Lifestyle causes for back pain and neck pain: Stress as cause for back pain and neck pain; Preventing, managing and reversing back pain and neck pain through Yoga practices and Yoga Therapy.
  • Yoga for Insomnia and sleeping disorders - Causes for these problems; Preventing these problems through Mindfulness Yoga practices, Meditation and Yoga Therapy.
  • Yoga for Headaches - Causes for Headaches, Prevention, and reversal of headaches through Yoga Therapy.
  • Yoga for Digestive Disorders - Causes and prevention of these problems in our life.
  • Ayurveda - Ayurveda is a different Healthcare system of ancient India. Yoga compliments Ayurveda and modern medicine because Yoga addresses to all five aspects of Human system and therefore helps in Ayurveda and Modern medicine too. Following basic knowledge will be taught: Ayurvedic code; Fundamental doctrine; Tri doshas; Diagnosis methods; Purification Therapy; Ayurveda Nutrition.
  • Yoga Therapy involves all eight limbs of Raja Yoga – Yama, Nyama, Asanas, Pranayama, Pratiahara, Dhrana/Focusing, Dhyana/Meditation. All these addresses to all five aspects of our body. Selecting specific practices for different ailments.

Other Applications of Yoga:

  • Yoga for stress management
  • Yoga for weight management
  • Yoga for sports persons - preventing sports injuries etc.
  • Yoga for elderly persons
  • Yoga for trekkers in high altitude mountains to prevent high altitude sickness etc..

Teaching Practice

  • Participants will firstly experience, themselves, the transformations during the course by learning and practicing this mindfulness yoga and therefore they will be able to confidently teach others
  • Setting up the class
  • General guidelines of teaching
  • Participants will also teach to children in orphanages/schools during the course under the guidance of the teacher
  • Participants will be trained to teach various groups of people such as elderly people (at a home for the aged), pregnant ladies, people with stress management issues and so on.
  • Planning Yoga modules for different groups and weekly modules

Ayurveda Massage Course (optional)

Please note that this course is optional and is available for the programs starting on August 1st and December 1st, 2017.

Abhyangam is an oil massage. This massage technique naturally stretches and promotes circulation to the entire body; another feature of Abhyangam is that it is toxin-removing. Abhyangam is part of the Purvakarma or preparatory measure of Panchakarma treatment in Ayurveda. It is one of the most rejuvenating treatments of Ayurveda. It is also a seasonal preventive care treatment and is most effective along with a steam bath. Performed by two therapists on either side of the client, the therapists work in tandem and synchronize their strokes and kneading according to the circulatory and marma points. Massage movements and strokes are focused primarily on lengthening and relaxing the muscles, opening all joints and improving blood circulation. This causes deep seated and stagnant toxins in the joints and tissues to be loosened and expelled into the elimination system of the body.

Ayurvedic Treatment Benefits:

  • Improves blood circulation
  • Beautifies skin
  • Promotes vitality
  • Removes toxins
  • Induces sound sleep
  • Reduces obesity
  • Relieves pain in the body
  • Overcomes sexual weakness
  • Minimizes fatigue
  • Delays aging
  • Promotes development of muscles
  • Enhances flexibility


  • Theory Session: Detailed Information about Abhyangam Massages
  • Practical Lessons: Abhyangam Massage, Head Massage, Face Massage, Foot Massage

Instructor Qualifications

Please note all sessions will be conducted by experienced Ayurveda Massage Therapist.


  • Yoga teachers who have completed 200 hours Yoga teacher training course
  • Yoga seeker - all those who are interested in deepening the understanding of the Concept of Yoga, Concept of human system according to Yogic science, Concept of Meditation and those who want to practice Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation are welcome, as well, to attend this course

Physiotherapist, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Personal Trainers, Trauma Social workers,Physical Therapists, Psychotherapetic professionals, Stress Management professionals, Healthcare workers etc. who want to incorporate "Yoga Therapy" into their work.

Skill Level

Please note that this course is suitable for matured, open minded people who are seeking deeper understanding and practice of authentic yoga and not for those who consider yoga as a mere physical exercise.


  • Those who will complete the Ayurveda Massage Course also will be getting an additional Ayurveda Massage Training certificate from Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat Center.

Medical advisor: Dr. Shishir Gokhale

Dr. Gokhale is a graduate of MGM Medical College, Indore and did MD and Medical Microbiology at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. He served in the Indian Army Medical Corps as Pathologist and Microbiologist at various military hospitals, for 27 years. He has established laboratory facilities for all hospitals in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He is presently Professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology and Director of Basic Sciences at the Manipal College of Medical Sciences in Pokhara, Nepal.

Please note that no children are allowed during this retreat.


Krishna Raja


Retreat location

This teacher training program will be held in the resort town of Siem Reap, in northwestern Cambodia. The town is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th to 15th centuries. Angkor's vast complex of intricate stone buildings includes preserved Angkor Wat, the main temple, which is pictured on Cambodia's flag.


  • Siem Reap riverside - 10 minutes


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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)%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 healthy meals
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Course materials
  • Daily drinking water, coffee, tea, and fresh juices
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ayurveda Massage Training Certificate (if you select this package)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Additional meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Tickets to Angkor Wat temples or guided tours

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Siem Reap International Airport (REP).

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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