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Kundalini Yoga House #42E1 Street 302.
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Kundalini Yoga House
If your mind, body and soul are feeling undernourished, there’s always Kundalini yoga.
“We work on our bodies’ energy levels,” says Ann Sorita, a yoga instructor with Kundalini Yoga Cambodia. “We work on our mind, body and soul.”
Ann Sorita recently returned from a retreat in Thailand where she received her level two teaching certificate in Kundalini yoga.
Kundalini yoga aims to increase the body’s life force, or energy flow, by opening energy channels through a series of postures as well as breathing and meditative exercises. That process develops flexibility and balance and helps people overcome stress while raising their awareness.
“It can lead our minds to a healthy lifestyle,” Ann Sorita adds.
Sao Kanika is a level one certified teacher who has been practicing Kundalini yoga for nine months. The banking and finance student at the Royal University of Law and Economics says practicing Kundalini yoga has proved to be an effective way to cut down on stress.
“It’s really cool,” she says.
Eung Kimhung, also a level one certified teacher, has been practicing Kundalini yoga since November 2008.
“I wanted to find out who I am,” he says. “It can keep my mind calm.”
Hanneke Meijers and Tonie Nooyens, both of whom are from the Netherlands, established Kundalini Yoga Cambodia in Phnom Penh in 2005.
Classes, which take 90-100 minutes, are offered throughout the week. And aside from the standard Kundalini classes, the school offers classes in meditation as well as yoga for pregnant women.
Customized classes for people with back and neck problems, Reiki, as well as private yoga and meditation are available by appointment.
Additionally, pre-teacher training classes are offered at the facility.
Most of the students who take classes at the yoga studio on Street 302 are foreigners. But there are some Khmer students.
“Most of them are my friends. They have a lot of stress from work,” Ann Sorita says.
Classes range in size from two to 15 students as attendance varies.
The organization is not set up as a business but functions more like a community organization. While fees for the classes help pay for the day-to-day operations, donations are necessary to sustain the Kundalini Yoga House, Ann Sorita says.
“We need to find some donations,” she adds.
One of the reasons the organization requires donations is because of its outreach activities for poor and vulnerable Cambodians.
The Kundalini yoga program is involved with the Aziza community school, which is sponsored by the Cambodian Education Project. The school is located in a run-down apartment complex and is provides assistance to 300 poor families in Phnom Penh.
The Kundalini yoga program provides classes at the Aziza community project and children from the project can participate in weekend classes at the yoga studio.
Another project the Kundalini yoga program is involved in is the Pour une Sourire d’Enfant project, which offers schooling, health and nutritional activities to children who scavenge at Phnom Penh’s main dumpsite. Yoga classes are provided to the program’s teachers and administrative staff and focus on stress relief, relaxation, and increasing flexibility and concentration.
The Kundalini yoga program is also involved with A2Z, a nutritional program for pregnant women.