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Yoga At The Temple Steps

Cambodia is one of those countries that makes me week in the knees. Despite their torrid, unspeakable past the people are inspiring examples of resilience, determination and hope. Examples are everywhere- from the bustling night markets to the smiling children wading in the river bed; the saffron robbed monks receiving alms to the magnificent symbol of endurance, Angkor Wat- it is a country that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime as lessons & inspiration abounds.

I'll admit, pulling off practicing yoga at the steps of one of the outer lying Angkor Wat temples was indeed a challenge. Despite making a donation and obtaining permission from the Buddhist monks who run the pagoda at the Wat, our practice was still cut 30 minutes short by local guards who were determined to abide by their own rules, rules that no amount of negotiating would break. But for 1 magical hour we were alone with our breath, surrounded by ancient stones and endless history. It was an hour that will stay with my for a lifetime...

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by Erica Gragg
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