This photo was taken a couple of years ago when I hosted a yoga retreat in Cambodia. I had gone there to build houses in a rural village with the Tabitha Foundation, an NGO set up 25 years ago by an amazing woman, Janne Ritskes. About 10 years ago, Janne had a dream to build a hospital in Phnom Penh to provide gynaecological and cancer treatment for women, who would otherwise suffer in silence.
Last year this dream was realised with opening of the Nokor Tep hospital, which I was delighted to visit in the final stages of its construction.
This year, the hospital has opened its in-patient wards and is providing treatment at affordable rates for all women in Cambodia.
Cambodia is predominantly a Buddhist country, so it seems fitting to celebrate Vesak Day, the celebration of the birth, enlightenment and massing of Gautama Buddha with a fundraiser for Nokor Tep Hospital.
So I am inviting you to join me online on Thursday 7th May at 5 p.m. UK time for a one hour Restorative Yoga practice.
This practice does not require any previous experience of yoga. You will be invited to lie down in various simple poses, supported by pillows, cushions and blankets to enable you to get really comfortable and relaxed. To aid your relaxation, I will guide you through a 'yoga nidra' or yogic sleep, where you fall into that state between wakefulness and sleeping, which enables the body and soul to rest and replenish.
Please join me via the Facebook event and if you would like to donate to support the hospital, there is a button below.