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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.
During the training course, you will be accommodated at the Villa Secret Garden in the Svaydangkum commune of Siem Reap.
Please note the below terms and conditions of booking:
This 200-hour teacher training is certified by Yoga Alliance International. The teacher (Krishna Raja) and the guest-teachers (Dr. Sheetal Chopade and Dr. Shishir Gokhale) are highly qualified, experienced, and certified by internationally recognized yoga schools, yoga universities, and professional bodies, including Yoga Alliance International.
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.
Master Krishna Raja
Certified Master Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, hailing from a family of traditional Yoga practitioners from South India. He first learned Yoga at the age of 8 from his uncle. Later he joined SVYASA Yoga university and and became a certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. He has been teaching Mindfulness Yoga and Yoga Therapy in India and many countries. His teachings are based on Mindfulness holistic approach coupled with modern medical and scientific explanations adhered by his teachers Dr. Nagendra, former scientist of NASA and Dr. Nagarathna, MD, founders of SVYASA Yoga University.
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.
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.
The meals are shared in a garden with friendly atmosphere, simplicity, and friendship and at no additional charge. The meals are mainly vegetarian, with many seasonal fruits and vegetables and rice. The meals are perfectly balanced. Breakfast is adapted to the Westerners’ taste and consists of a buffet, invigorating drinks, natural yogurt, and Cambodian honey. There are different savory or sweet dishes like carrots cake or soybean-based dishes.
The tea is the specialty. Coffee, fresh lemon juice, and passion fruit, grapefruit, and mangoes accompany a fruit platter for your meals. Salads that consist of green mangoes, bananas, or flowers are offered very often. Grapefruit and papaya are used as the bases of the detox meal. Healthy menus are being offered at the resort, in which lemon and cucumber are very important ingredients.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please book your flight to arrive at Siem Reap International Airport (REP).