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Ahimsa Academy, Siem Reap

#64 of 116 in Spas in Siem Reap
Spa / Wellness · Yoga / Pilates
We offer a number of options for study from short visits to longer more specialised courses, such as long term teacher training with school management and teaching opportunities.

A short visit such as a 6 day retreat, is an ideal opportunity for you to experience detailed Yoga and Tai Chi and enjoy the benefits of a period of dedicated practice while still being able to make the most from a visit to Siem Reap, see the local attractions and have some fun at night.

A dorm bed in The Red Tomato Hostel is offered for free on our retreats but if some retreaters prefer to stay away from the center of town this is fine too as being in town can be a bit noisy at night and not everyone wishes to enjoy nights out while on their retreat. We have selected the venue for it's location.

If you are not sure about commiting and wish to see what we are all about then please feel free to drop in for a visit. We are happy to allow people who are not on retreats or doing a course to sample a few classes and two of our daily classes are set up for this purpose. If you do decide to try a few sample classes we can identify your specific needs while you get to experience a safe general practice that is easy for anyone to do and is very rewarding. Our classes are small so you can receive all specific attention needed to ensure that you get the most from your practice and experience first hand the quality of our instruction and see our amazing studio, meet great people and enjoy some tea under a parasol on the sundeck.

During long-term study it is possible to correct specific problems and enhance your stronger points, the body takes time to heal and adjust. A long visit allows us to customise and monitor a more detailed practice package program for each student.

One on one sessions and mentorship are part of a long term program and this is what makes our academy special. The sciences we share are perfect tools to transform life at all levels. The deeper layers of these practices open up the mind to a broader realit, a life of peace and happiness.

Hands on teaching experience for trainee teachers is offered as part of teachers’ training course so they leave with some teaching experience and a lot more confidence to run their own classes and manage a studio. Our course covers all aspects of teaching, running and marketing a studio or a retreat center. Our teacher training is a long term program, we do not believe that anyone can become a yoga teacher in just 200 hours just as one cannot become a university professor in just one semester. This program is modular starting with learning to teach remedial yoga as part of the therapy program then branching off into more advanced practices for personal use.

Specialised fitness training for visitors on health recovery holidays that is tailored to their abilities is provided, we will run with you, keep you company in the gym and teach you how to get the most from it and introduce you to Shaolin Temple fitness training too.

Students learning therapies will have people to practice their newly acquired skills on, which will allow you to gain experience and develop your skills.

Many people who have visited just one class have remained for longer periods of time, some for a few months.

We welcome everyone equally. We are located in Siem Reap Cambodia at The Red Tomato Yoga Hostel.
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  • I've been studying with Thomas for nearly a year, doing Qi Gong, Tai Chi, martial arts and fitness training, and I can say without doubt that this has been one of the most enriching and enlightening.....  more »
  • I came for a week to do Thomas' foundation course, and liked it so much I stayed for two! Be aware that the studio is no longer in operation and there are no drop in classes. The website should...  more »
  • I came for a week to do Thomas' foundation course, and liked it so much I stayed for two! Be aware that the studio is no longer in operation and there are no drop in classes. The website should reflect this as Thomas has been working on it a lot recently. He now provides tuition more on a private client-style basis, although there were three of us practising with him at the same time, which was lovely! Throw your expectations out the window before you embark on this journey. You won't be getting a run-of-the-mill Yoga class, nor simple instruction in Tai Chi demonstration forms. Thomas has extensive experience in these areas, as well as in Qigong, but he starts with the basics. During the two weeks of training our focus was on form, posture, and strengthening. Thomas adapts his instruction to the needs of the student, but in our case we worked in a natural setting in one of the temples (qigong for posture/form), and also in the gym (strengthening as well as form). We repeated a similar set of fairly basic exercises, with Thomas providing correction in key areas as well as explanations behind the purpose of the movements, and then we expanded those exercises once he was satisfied we had grasped the key concepts. This isn't a quick-win type of course that will allow you to start throwing cool shapes after a week. It is much more fundamental than that, providing you with tools that you can apply in many areas of life. Oh, and it is *challenging*. Not just physically, but mentally as well. You will need to develop the mental fortitude to keep coming back to practise everyday, and also to deal with Thomas' style of teaching. It's clear he has studied under Eastern masters, as he asks for a certain level of respect and attention that Western audiences sometimes struggle to provide. Just pay attention! He is also likely to raise controversial topics in conversation, to challenge your thinking and to start you on that path to mental resilience/spiritual awakening (not necessarily mutually exclusive). Just remember, you won't succeed at this unless you are open. That sounds quite heavy, but there was also a lot of brevity and laughter in our sessions, and we all had a really good time.
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