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Karma Yoga “The key to finding happiness in your own life is to do what you can to uplift the lives of others” – Sharon Gannon, Co-Founder, Jivamukti Yoga.

Yogeswari is an advanced, senior Jivamukti teacher based in New York. With twenty years of experience in dance and choreography she brings life and an immense vibrancy to all her work. Born in Switzerland, she teaches workshops, immersions and retreats in five languages. She is also the founder and president of the AZAHAR Foundation, a non- profit organisation that promotes cross cultural understanding , non-violent conflict resolution and peace building through the techniques of Yoga.

The AZAHAR Foundation is actively fundraising and organises charity events and workshops to raise awareness of how the power of Yoga can be used to break the cycles of violence and distress for children and young adults from challenged backgrounds. The money raised goes towards the peace work of the AZAHAR Foundation.

While Yogeswari has been spreading the teachings of compassion and the inner peace of Jivamukti Yoga throughout the world, the pilot project of the AZAHAR Foundation began in 2007 as a vocational yoga program for young Cambodians. This involved children from the Kien Khleang orphanage. The children are supported with clothing, food, education and weekly Yoga classes, as well as English tutoring, a necessary tool for Yoga Teacher Training. A similar project began in early 2015 in Rwanda. Both countries share the experience of the most horrendous genocides that occurred in the 20th century.

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A small group of children living at the KKO Orphanage Centre in Phnom Penh also received yoga lessons and supporting education from the AZAHAR Foundation. The students received opportunities to take a pre-teacher training for teenagers, and the oldest student, En Dara, now holds a 2oo hour certification and has opened her own yoga studio called Cambodia Home Yoga which is in the AZAHAR Peace House in Phnom Penh, receiving financial support from the AZAHAR Foundation. The Foundation is also running a Yoga Teacher apprentice program where 15 young Cambodians are learning to teach Yoga under En Dara.

Thanks to the AZAHAR Foundation, many of the students who came from difficult backgrounds are already teaching in several NGOs and spreading their teachings to more young people in distress.

The AZAHAR Foundation’s goal is to give the emerging youth leaders a chance to be part of international exchange programs, thereby promoting cross cultural understanding and non-violent conflict resolution through Yoga and the Arts.

They have also worked in Colombia, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, Morocco, Turkey and Pakistan.

For several years, a select group of young people living at the KKO orphanage center in Phnom Penh received Yoga lessons and supporting education from AZAHAR. In partnership with Krama Yoga in Phnom Penh, the most interested students received opportunities to take a pre-teacher training for teenagers. The oldest student, En Dara now holds a 200- hour certification recognized by Yoga Alliance, and participated in a 100-hour training with Duncan Wong in Kyoto (Japan). She has now opened her own Yoga Studio, Cambodia Home Yoga, which has it’s home in the AZAHAR Peace House in Phnom Penh, and receives financial support from AZAHAR Foundation. Cambodia Home Yoga is the first Yoga Studio to cater to Cambodian students in Khmer language. AZAHAR Foundation is simultaneously running a Yoga teacher apprenticeship program, where 15 young Cambodians are learning to teach Yoga under the leadership of En Dara, as well as an 8-month peace curriculum, that comprises Yoga, meditation, non-violent communication, youth leadership, theater for the oppressed and art therapy.

Many of the students, who come from difficult backgrounds themselves, are already teaching in several NGOs and spreading the teachings to more young people in distress, while also having the opportunity to discover a vocation as a Yoga teacher, community leader or peace worker.

Current partnerships in Cambodia include Phare Ponlieu Selpak, Youth for Peace, Theater for Development, Happy Chandara and Krama Yoga.

For several years, a select group of young people living at the KKO orphanage center in Phnom Penh received Yoga lessons and supporting education from AZAHAR. In partnership with Krama Yoga in Phnom Penh, the most interested students received opportunities to take a pre-teacher training for teenagers. The oldest student, En Dara now holds a 200- hour certification recognized by Yoga Alliance, and participated in a 100-hour training with Duncan Wong in Kyoto (Japan). She has now opened her own Yoga Studio, Cambodia Home Yoga, which has it’s home in the AZAHAR Peace House in Phnom Penh, and receives financial support from AZAHAR Foundation. Cambodia Home Yoga is the first Yoga Studio to cater to Cambodian students in Khmer language. AZAHAR Foundation is simultaneously running a Yoga teacher apprenticeship program, where 15 young Cambodians are learning to teach Yoga under the leadership of En Dara, as well as an 8-month peace curriculum, that comprises Yoga, meditation, non-violent communication, youth leadership, theater for the oppressed and art therapy.

Many of the students, who come from difficult backgrounds themselves, are already teaching in several NGOs and spreading the teachings to more young people in distress, while also having the opportunity to discover a vocation as a Yoga teacher, community leader or peace worker.

Current partnerships in Cambodia include Phare Ponlieu Selpak, Youth for Peace, Theater for Development, Happy Chandara and Krama Yoga.

For several years, a select group of young people living at the KKO orphanage center in Phnom Penh received Yoga lessons and supporting education from AZAHAR. In partnership with Krama Yoga in Phnom Penh, the most interested students received opportunities to take a pre-teacher training for teenagers. The oldest student, En Dara now holds a 200- hour certification recognized by Yoga Alliance, and participated in a 100-hour training with Duncan Wong in Kyoto (Japan). She has now opened her own Yoga Studio, Cambodia Home Yoga, which has it’s home in the AZAHAR Peace House in Phnom Penh, and receives financial support from AZAHAR Foundation. Cambodia Home Yoga is the first Yoga Studio to cater to Cambodian students in Khmer language. AZAHAR Foundation is simultaneously running a Yoga teacher apprenticeship program, where 15 young Cambodians are learning to teach Yoga under the leadership of En Dara, as well as an 8-month peace curriculum, that comprises Yoga, meditation, non-violent communication, youth leadership, theater for the oppressed and art therapy.

Many of the students, who come from difficult backgrounds themselves, are already teaching in several NGOs and spreading the teachings to more young people in distress, while also having the opportunity to discover a vocation as a Yoga teacher, community leader or peace worker.

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Current partnerships in Cambodia include Phare Ponlieu Selpak, Youth for Peace, Theater for Development, Happy Chandara and Krama Yoga.

For several years, a select group of young people living at the KKO orphanage center in Phnom Penh received Yoga lessons and supporting education from AZAHAR. In partnership with Krama Yoga in Phnom Penh, the most interested students received opportunities to take a pre-teacher training for teenagers. The oldest student, En Dara now holds a 200- hour certification recognized by Yoga Alliance, and participated in a 100-hour training with Duncan Wong in Kyoto (Japan). She has now opened her own Yoga Studio, Cambodia Home Yoga, which has it’s home in the AZAHAR Peace House in Phnom Penh, and receives financial support from AZAHAR Foundation. Cambodia Home Yoga is the first Yoga Studio to cater to Cambodian students in Khmer language. AZAHAR Foundation is simultaneously running a Yoga teacher apprenticeship program, where 15 young Cambodians are learning to teach Yoga under the leadership of En Dara, as well as an 8-month peace curriculum, that comprises Yoga, meditation, non-violent communication, youth leadership, theater for the oppressed and art therapy.

Many of the students, who come from difficult backgrounds themselves, are already teaching in several NGOs and spreading the teachings to more young people in distress, while also having the opportunity to discover a vocation as a Yoga teacher, community leader or peace worker.

Current partnerships in Cambodia include Phare Ponlieu Selpak, Youth for Peace, Theater for Development, Happy Chandara and Krama Yoga.

The Yogic workshops spread the teachings of Ahimsa (non-violence) to the young people, who are supported through professional training to become ambassadors of change and leaders within their communities. It all reminds us yoga means “union”, establishing friendships across cultures and bringing the world together.

 

 

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