Yoga

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Siem Reap has quietly become Cambodia's holistic centre in recent years. Here's a rundown of some of the more interesting yoga schools around town.

Peace Cafe is a long-running and straightforward choice for hatha yoga. This community centre/fair-trade shop/restaurant offers $6 classes every Monday to Thursday morning from 08:30 to 09:45 in a traditional Khmer wooden building.

Just two years after opening, Hariharalaya Retreat has become arguably Siem Reap's most unique and popular spot for serious yogis. To the east of Bakong Temple in a country setting, Hariharalaya is a retreat centre/guesthouse/vegetarian cooking school that features mud baths, meditation huts, a creative centre and a naturally vented outdoor yoga studio. The daily schedule includes meditation, breathing practice, chanting and readings from the Masters, and yoga classes every morning at 08:00. Including breakfast, the sessions cost $7, but classes and food are free for guests.

Back in town, Joel from Hariharalaya offers hatha yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 18:30 and Wednesdays at 18:00 on Siem Reap Hostel's balcony overlooking Wat Damnak. At $5, this is a good option if looking for a cheap, last-minute stretch.

For something different, Think Fitness studio holds yoga fusion classes on Tuesdays and Fridays at 08:30 and Thursdays at 18:30. For $6, you can practice a mix of yoga, tai-chi and pilates.

Yoga and Reiki is the newest of the bunch and this intimate spot teaches reiki as well as hatha yoga at 18:00 Monday through Friday and more challenging Ashtanga yoga at 09:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. All yoga classes cost $6.

Peace Cafe: Street 26 (off River Road), T: (063) 965 210 / (092) 177 127,
www.peacecafeangkor.com
Hariharalaya Retreat: Roulos, T : (088) 932 9556 ;(097) 628 6860
www.hariharalaya.com
Siem Reap Hostel: 7 Makara Street, T: (063) 964 660, www.thesiemreaphostel.com
Think Fitness Studio: 595 Hip Guan St (behind ANZ bank and a few doors down from Frangipani Spa), T: (092) 956 154
Yoga and Reiki: Wat Damnak area, behind Quad Adventure ATV Tours, T: (097) 743 2458
(To find them, go to the Quad Adventure ATV Tours, and then turn right. The studio is the first building on the left. Confusingly, the right turn is not there on Google Maps, and there are two Quad Adventure Tours outfits on the same road -- you want the second one on the right side as you are going south/southeast away from town)

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Last updated: 23rd May, 2013

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