I was born in a very poor family in Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia. At age 14, I had to interrupt my education for 3 years, because I had to earn a living in a garment factory in Phnom Penh.
One of my older sisters was working in Kien Khleang Orphanage Center in Phnom Penh as a mother care. She invited me to come and live at the orphanage center and go back to school.
Two years later, in 2007, I met Yogeswari, the founder of AZAHAR Foundation during an intensive week of Yoga classes at Kien Khleang Orphanage center. AZAHAR Foundation sponsored me for weekly Yoga classes at Nataraj Yoga Studio in Phnom Penh, and with the support of Yogeswari, I completed a 5-year intensive English course at ELT (English Language Training) in Phnom Penh.
From 2009-2014, I continued to receive sponsorship from AZAHAR Foundation and Krama Yoga (NGO of Nataraj Yoga Studio, Phnom Penh). I enrolled in daily Yoga classes at Nataraj Yoga Center under Isabelle Skaburskis and completed the Krama Yoga foundation level teacher training program, which included anatomy, philosophy, teaching methodology, kids yoga and philosophy.
From 2009-2016, I have been invited to participate in intensive Jivamukti Yoga trainings at Yogeswari & Cat Alip-Douglas’ retreat in Angkor Vat, Siem Reap.
From 2010-2012, I completed 200 Hours of teacher training (RYT) under the direction of Hart Lazer, United Yoga Montreal, Canada.In 2013, I received a scholarship to do a 200-hour teacher training (RYT) with Duncan Wong at Yogic Arts Kula, in Kyoto Japan. From 2013-14 I had several opportunities to take intensive workshops with Paddy McGrath.
In 2015, I assisted Yogeswari at Anandamaya Festival in Djakarta, Indonesia
I have been teaching yoga since 2009, starting at the Harpswell Foundation in Phnom Penh. Since then, I mainly taught underprivileged Cambodian youth in NGOs, which includes Happy Chandara, Starfish Foundation, Aziza, Transitions Global, CWDA (Cambodian Women’s Development Agency), Riverkids, Kien Khleang Orphanage Center, CCPCR (Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights) and Riverkids. At Nataraj Yoga Center, I also had the opportunity to teach classes to the expat community in English.
In 2014, I founded Cambodia Home Yoga, with the intention of introducing Yoga and Meditation to Cambodian people, in order to bring peace and harmony to a community that is recovering from civil war. This project is funded in part by AZAHAR Foundation.
I am currently the facilitator for Yoga in AZAHAR’s multi-disciplinary Peace Program, as well as a trainer for junior yoga teachers in a pre-teacher training program, which will culminate in a 2016/17 Yoga teacher training in partnership with Cambodia Home Yoga, AZAHAR Foundation and Phnom Penh Yoga.
Yoga helped me when I needed it the most. Through my practice, I have cultivated a sense of inner peace, wellbeing, strength and self-love. Yoga has taught me to let go, to release tension and to become more present. Without Yoga, I don’t know where I would be. Today I am passionate about sharing with others how yoga has changed my life. I want to inspire, connect and empower Cambodian people to make these positive changes so they too can live their life to the fullest. I hope that all of the good energy generated through Yoga will make the country and the world become peaceful. Om shanti shanti Shanti…..