Giving Back: Krama Yoga

Krama Yoga is non-profit NGO based in Cambodia.  Their mission is to support personal transformation and empowerment through yoga and life skills to children and adolescents challenged by poverty, abuse, addictions, or lack of familial support.

The seeds of Krama Yoga were planted in November 2008 when seven young Cambodians began intensive yoga training under the founder and yoga teacher, Isabelle Skaburskis, assisted by a qualified Cambodian yoga teacher, Yan Vannac. By 2010, the training had evolved into an apprenticeship program geared specifically to the needs of young Cambodians from under-privileged backgrounds and came to include outreach classes taught by the apprentices for over 300 children and adolescents from children’s NGOs, orphanages and rehabilitation shelters. As of March 2011, all teachers at Krama Yoga are internationally certified instructors, having completed in-house teacher training as well as external certification programs with international yoga trainers.

Krama Yoga provides gainful and fulfilling careers for the core team members and aims to create future employment opportunities for other young people who are now growing up with yoga.

Krama Yoga values, as embodied in their teaching and organisational structure, are inspired by the Yamas and Niyamas of yoga philosophy, the core tenets of Cambodian Buddhism, and the secular articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Including:

  • We believe in the innate value of every human being and every living thing, and the inviolable right of living things to be shown respect
  • Self-awareness is the basis of an empowered life
  • Cultivating self-awareness and self-love enables a person to develop relationships based on mutual compassion and respect
  • A supportive community has the power to elevate an individual to achieve his or her potential
  • Every person has the potential and right to lead a meaningful and socially fulfilling life and live according to his or her own values

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