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Friends of Krama NGO and Nataraj Yoga Studio,

At Krama we are fortunate to work with many wonderful NGOs to offer outreach yoga classes to children living in difficult situations. We are happy to announce that we will be able to offer more classes at more NGOs soon. In June the trainees in our current BodySmart Lifeskills Program, many from the NGOs we work with, will be ready to lead kid's yoga classes of their own.

In 2016 we:
  • offered 1100 outreach yoga classes
  • taught more than 400 kids
  • worked with 10 NGOs
Please read below for an interview with one of our NGO partners, VOICE Cambodia, as well as an interview with the first ever Cambodian yoga teacher, Krama's own Vannac Yan.

- Delphine Vann, Director

 
NGO Partner Spotlight

VOICE Cambodia


Krama Yoga partners with some wonderful NGOs to bring yoga to children and youth. Today we are proud to feature one of those NGOs, VOICE Cambodia. Interview is with Hillary Larman, an Operations Manager at VOICE.
 

​VOICE is committed to listening to the voices of marginalised and disempowered people, and assisting people in crisis to access their fundamental human rights. 
 
VOICE is a humanitarian organisation working with people in crisis in Cambodia. At VOICE, we believe that with the right tools and support, everybody has the potential to change their own lives for the better. VOICE uses an individual case-by-case approach to achieve sustainable, long term solutions.

 

When did VOICE get involved with Krama?

We started classes six months ago, initially as a trial, after I attended Nataraj for my own practice and learned about Krama Yoga's outreach program. We currently have classes once a month but will be increasing that in the near future. 
 

Why does VOICE think it is important to offer yoga to the children they work with?

Making the trip to the yoga classes alone has an impact. It exposes the children to a different environment and way of life than they're used to. It temporarily removes them from neighbourhoods with issues including drugs, sex work, and violence. When the kids get to yoga a lot of behavioural issues go away. Yoga is a treat for them and they really pay attention. It is our hope that yoga will teach them to self calm, regulate stress, and problem solve. 
 

How has yoga affected the children in their day to day lives?

On the way home from yoga classes we are able to talk to the children about the class and how it made them feel which is important for them to learn to express. There is also cross over into school, with some children displaying more focus and less behavioural issues. We hope with consistency and time the yoga practice will help all the children make positive changes.

To learn more about VOICE Cambodia please visit: voice.org.au/childrensproject

Upcoming Workshops
Staff and Team Updates


We would like to thank our most recent guest teacher, Nikita Shinde, for her contribution to Nataraj studio. Nikita was with us from February 11th to 16th and taught Iyengar classes. 

Nikita aims to be a lifelong student in the yoga journey and through the knowledge, bring awareness in the mind and body for optimal health and fitness.

Her Hatha yoga journey started way back in 1996 and now continues as a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. Impressed by the therapeutic healing properties of Iyengar yoga, she quit her day job as an architect to pursue her passion. She acquired training at the Singapore Iyengar Yoga Centre which is affiliated to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune, India.

Krama Gives Back

NGO Workshop with Stacy Simms



We were extremely excited and privileged to have Stacy Simms visit us as part of her 6th trip to Cambodia. She gave two very informative and extensive workshops on working with children, trauma and boundaries.

Stacy has a wealth of expert knowledge in this area and the workshops were very successful. We invited our NGO partners to attend one of Stacy's workshops and received great feedback about the session.

We wish to thank Stacy immensely for her time with us, sharing her amazing knowledge, and her continued support in Cambodia.

Cambodia's First Yoga Teacher

Vannac Yan

 


Vannac was one of Krama Yoga's first staff members and the first internationally certified Cambodian yoga teacher. He has been involved with Krama Yoga and Nataraj since 2004 and still teaches with us. 

 

How did you get involved with Krama Yoga and Nataraj Studio?

I started with Nataraj in 2004 when it opened in reception and admin. At first I was shy with foreigners but was encouraged to speak with them at reception. I had fun speaking with them and it improved my English. I also learned how to manage a yoga studio and my time through this job.

How has yoga helped you? 

I did not practice yoga when I first started working at Nataraj but Isabel (Krama's founder) convinced me to try. Before yoga I was skinny and had tight shoulders from carrying water on them as a child. Yoga helped me get stronger. It also helped me with other issues. It made me feel grounded and I worried less about the future. I came from a difficult family situation and would often send my mind away, yoga helped me learn how to be present. 

When did you decide to become a yoga teacher?

I helped with the first generation of the BodySmart program and by the second was teaching anatomy and philosophy. I was also teaching kid's yoga at NGOs. Later Krama sent me to Australia to do my 200hr yoga teacher training. 

How is yoga influencing your life now?

I still teach at Nataraj studio and will be opening my own studio, Angkor Yoga, in Toul Kok soon. It will have hath a yoga, kundalini, flow, and alignment yoga.

Anything else?

Yes, I would like to that Isabel and Krama yoga for helping me become Cambodia's first yoga teacher and for encouraging me to practice and teach yoga throughout life. 

How Can You Help?

Krama Yoga is always in need of support. With a donation of $25 you can fund an NGO class for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. We are also looking to fund a new session of the BodySmart Lifeskills program in 2018. If you would like to make a donation please follow the link below.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. 
Donate Here
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