Khira | Yoga Teacher at Navutu Dreams
Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat is proud to introduce a new member to the team of international Wellness Practitioners. Khira hails from New Mexico, USA and will be introducing a new element to the Navutu Dreams yoga schedule, teaching Ritual Yoga, Dance Yoga, Body Rolling and Poi Spinning classes.
What motivates Khira?
How did she get to Cambodia?
What can an Amerian learn from life in Southeast Asia?
Khira’s Yoga Background
I was introduced to yoga about 15 years ago. I used to suffer with depression and noticed after a yoga class I felt good as well as feeling taller and more relaxed. My yoga styles of choice were Bikram and Ashtanga – both of which are taught by focusing on the perfect position rather than accepting where you are in an asana.
From Relaxation to Restoration
After three years of practicing I had to quit because I injured my body, hyperextending my joints and over-mobilizing my back. Therefore, my first training was practically a therapeutic yoga, a gentle Hatha Krupalu style. Later on, after learning how to be easy with my body, I went to study more styles and now have three certificates in Hatha, Vinyasa and a Yogic Arts degree. What is Yogic Arts, you may ask? The Yogic Arts Degree is comprised of yoga styles and asanas presented in a creative way, like dance yoga and ritual yoga.
What Khira Brings to Navutu Dreams’ Yoga Studio
Dance and Ritual yoga are my favorite classes to teach… Dance yoga teaches people to not take their yoga so seriously, to move and dance with the body so that we can move and dance through life. Ritual yoga brings students back to the sacredness of the practice. It is a yoga sequence that moves you across the floor with a healing intent and gratitude practice. We only do this class on special moon phases like the full moon.
Yoga in Cambodia
I lived in Thailand for nine years before coming to Navutu Dreams. Living and working in Southeast Asia is full of perks. I love sharing yoga with people, watching them reconnect with their bodies and – in the process – waking up a conscious mind. Plus, I get to do what I love for a living: teaching yoga and staying healthy.
Living & Working As a Yoga Instructor in Siem Reap
Cambodia really has a lot to share and teach with its’ history and the gentle people here. There are cultural differences with the Western and Asian way of doing things. Often times there is confusion, something lost in translation or a need for compromising actions due to cultural ways. It can be a challenge, but it teaches me to go with the flow of life and to not hold too tightly to my attachments.
What to Do in Siem Reap
Other than swimming in the pools at Navutu Dreams, my passion is horses, so I enjoy a ride out in nature with Happy Ranch. The temples are a must see, of course, and I would always recommend a tour of the countryside to really get an idea of Cambodia and the gentle people here.
Below we have included a brief list of the classes that Khira offers at Navutu Dreams. If you have any questions, always feel free to contact us.
Hatha Flow – Combines breath, movement and awareness into a moderately paced flowing sequence of asanas.
Vinyasa – A dynamic sync between movement & breath in motion that revitalizes the muscles and eases the mind.
Restorative – Rejuvenate the body and mind. Let breath and gravity create a deep opening to release tension while you rest into supported positions.
Dance Yoga – Get your grove on dance, shake and move through your asana practice with this sequence set to music.
Body Rolling – Release tension and tight muscles with this self massage technique. Better your life and asanas.
Poi Spinning – Fun way to increase strength & range of motion in shoulders and arms, build coordination and synapsis in the brain.
Meditation – Guided meditation for beginners and practitioners that will relax the mind and reset the brain for maximum efficiency.