If you’re stuck at home and wondering how to fill your time, or missing your traditional yoga classes, there is an online option that is not only locally based but also tremendous value.
AZAHAR Foundation is an international NGO that promotes peace building and cross-cultural communication through yoga and the arts. With centres in Rwanda, the Ivory Coast and Cambodia, their work also involves non-violent communication and youth leadership.
Here in Cambodia, that work started in 2007 when the foundation started giving yoga classes and training to a small group of young people from an orphanage in Phnom Penh. Each year, this same group was invited to join in intensive Jivamukti Yoga retreats at Angkor Wat, and since then five of those students have developed to become formal, qualified yoga teachers.
AZAHAR Foundation is now based on Street 21, in Tonle Bassac, which some may remember from the days it was Yoga Phnom Penh, and Allison Hawkins and Oskar Nery are the excellent, highly pragmatic teachers who delivered the training that many of AHAZAR Foundation’s teachers underwent. Allison and Oskar’s training is very focused on safe alignment and awareness of the body.
Now that everything is closed, it is of course no longer possible to visit, but since mid-April, AZAHAR has been remedying that by offering four Vinyasa Flow classes online from Monday to Friday, at 9am, 12:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:45pm. Most classes are mixed level, and carried out in English, while there is also a beginner level class in Khmer available each day. On Saturday mornings, they also offer a Kid’s Yoga class.
Online class fees are just $2.50 for kids and $3 for adults, while a month pass is $10 for kids and $18 for adults. Payment is through ABA, and to reserve your place, go through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AZAHARCambodiaYoga/