Continuing Education: Anatomy
The Female Body and Yoga Practice:
How the Female Body Responds to and is Affected by Breath, Asana and Vinyasa Practice
June 15 - 29, 2013
with Arielle Nash and Elonne Stockton
* This course qualifies for 100 hours continuing-education credit toward Yoga Alliance 500- and Centered Yoga 1100-hour training certification. Anatomy is a required course towards a continuing education credit and is only offered once a year.
About the Retreat
Our hormones produce significant biomechanical, physiological and psychological differences between the sexes. With a focus on applied anatomy and physiology, this course is designed for both men and women, practitioners and teachers looking to understand what these differences mean for women with an AshtangaVinyasapractice.
Students will learn through morning Mysore practice, group teaching, scientific lectures and corresponding practical sessions in afternoon led classes.
This course will cover the following key topics:
- Anatomical Gender Differences: Explore through visual aids and comparisons how men and women are built differently inside and out and how this may be displayed in asana.
- The Female Life Cycle: We will cover the three major hormonal shifts a woman experiences in life (puberty, pregnancy and menopause), how they affect a woman's mental and physical state and what adjustments can be made to ease transitions.
- Practice and a Woman's Menstrual Cycle: Learn how the systems of the body work together to regulate a woman's cycle and what that means for her during practiceto support her natural make-up.
- Pregnancy and Childbirth: Understand changes for mom and baby during each trimester, birth and breast-feeding. Take the guess-work out of do’s and don’ts in practice. Know when to return to practice and the complications that can arise for a pregnant woman or new mother.
- Practicing through Menopause: Become aware of the symptoms of peri-menopause to assist these women physically and emotionally through practice.
- Special Practice Considerations for Ailing Women: Learn how we can be sensitive to ailments and disorders that predominantly,
or solely, affect women and their Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. Some include:
- Breast cancer
- Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Post partum depression
- Eating and body image disorders
- Auto-immune diseases
About the Teachers
Arielle teaches with compassion and humor, gently guiding students toward an understanding of their physicality. Following her university graduation in Human Movement, Anatomy and Physiology (Kinesiology) in 2000, Arielle began a career in the fitness industry. During that career she specialized in training women through pregnancy and after childbirth, elite teenage athletes, professional athletes and women in peri-menopause.
Since 2002, Arielle has presented continuing education courses throughout North America as well as in Thailand. As a course presenter, she is a natural educator with the ability to explain complex physiological processes in an easy-to-understand format.
In 2004 Arielle found Ashtanga. The following year she completed the Centered Yoga Teacher Training with Paul Dallaghan, where she was fortunate to be introduced to Sri O.P. Tiwari and the study of pranayama. Since then she has returned to Thailand annually to continue her personal study and to grow in her teaching.
Arielle has also completed specialized teacher trainings in prenatal and restorative yoga that have further enabled her to assist female students and gain additional knowledge of the female body.
She has primarily taught in Vancouver, Canada and most recently was the Director of Path Yoga, Kingston Canada's dedicated Ashtanga studio. Currently Arielle is traveling the world with her husband. In September, 2012, they will travel to Mysore, India to practice under the guidance of Sharath Rangaswamy at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. This will be followed by personal exploration in Nepal and Tibet.
Elonne has been a committed yoga practitioner and devotee since the early age of 14. She has lived and taught in the Bahamas, Canada, India, the United States, and Taiwan where she has taught asana, pranayama, and meditation at yoga studios, ashrams, resorts, schools, orphanages, hospitals, and clinics.
In 2006, Elonne moved to Asia, where she met her teachers, Paul Dallaghan, O.P. Tiwari, and Richard Freeman.
As Elonne's understanding of the practice grows, she feels more and more like a beginner, and she is excited to continue this journey. She feels blessed by the opportunity to teach at Samahita Retreat, and she is extremely grateful for the chance to help others while she continues her own studies. For more see her full bio.
The Daily Schedule
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the retreat with a group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day.
The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
|7 am||Morning tea|
|7 am||Day Opening, Pranayama and Chanting with Elonne|
|8 am||Asana Practice: AshtangaVinyasaMysore Style (self practice) with Elonne & Arielle|
|10 am - 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|3 - 3.30 pm||Chanting and Q&A on Practice with Elonne|
|3 - 3:30 pm||Snack and refreshment|
|3.30 - 5 pm||Anatomy & Physiology Education Session with Arielle|
|5 - 6 pm||Q&A and AppliedPractical Session/Restorative Practice with Arielle|
|6 - 8 pm||Dinner buffet|
|6 - 8 pm||Steam room available|
|7:30 pm||Optional Evening Program -Video, Tratak or Meditation|
Based on request and availability, you are welcome to arrive early or extend your stay, our Residential and Wellness Programs details are on http://www.yoga-thailand.com/yoga-holidays.html
Sunday will be a half day and Saturday free after morning Pranayama practice.
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Optimize your stay at Samahita Retreat by enjoying the benefits of a Health or Wellness Spa Program alongside your Retreat.
Enjoy a 10% discounted rate below on the Program of your choice.
Relax and enjoy our range of wellness spa programs, designed to nourish body and soul. Choose from a range of massage, beauty treatments and detoxifying therapies to compliment your time with us.
Wellness Spa Programs
|Simple Balanced Living||€ 70||€ 117||€ 164|
|Radiant Balanced Living||€ 112||€ 180||€ 256|
|Pure Balanced Living||€ 189||€ 283||€ 423|
Our health programs have been specially designed to help you rediscover health and vitality, and where necessary target areas of imbalance in your life. From our range of healthy detox programs to more focused weight loss and de-stress programs, our specialy designed blend of treatments, nutrition and support ensure you meet your wellness goals.
De-stress, Detox & Healthy Weight Programs
We recommend you book in advance for your Health Program or Wellness Spa Program as much preparation work is required and space is limited.
|Share two bedroom loft||€ 1,490 per person|
|Single superior room||€ 1,840 per person|
Upgrade to our Deluxe Suite additional cost on the total program package:
- € 50 per day
- € 320 for one week
- € 620 for two weeks
- € 900 for three weeks
- € 1100 for four weeks
We only have two deluxe one bedroom suites located in our most private building closest to the sea. They have a private bedroom, living room, fully equipped kitchen, generous bathroom and an extra large balcony. Both suites offer a modern open living room with sofa bed, LCD TV, working desk and DVD/ iPod Stereo. They are perfect for a family or couple. The additional rate is a flat rate based on the room and is added on to the total rate package whether a single individual, couple or family.
Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide you with a private community and greater security. A selection of our rooms enjoy this spectacular sea view, while others enjoy the tropical gardens scene.
The rate is inclusive of:
- Full yoga program
- Fully equipped accommodation with AC
- Full brunch and dinner buffets
- Mineral drinking water
- Herbal steam room
- Salt water swimming pool
- Wi Fi internet
- Service charge
- VAT government tax
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.
I had a fantastic week's yoga retreat with Elonne. She is an incredibly gifted, knowledgeable and dedicated teacher. I have been practicing yoga for some years but I learnt a great deal from her during the week and feel completely re-inspired about my practice as a result. The course was also a brilliant introduction to the practice of pranayama which was taught in a very clear and methodical way. I thoroughly enjoyed her balanced and practical approach and her advice on integrating yoga into one's daily life was invaluable. I will definitely be back!
∼ Rupert, UK, 2013
It has been a very rich experience to meet Elonne and "absorb" everything she shared with us. Thanks, Elonne, for your patience and dedication! It has been a pleasure to meet you, a bless really.
∼ Daniele, Ivory Coast, 2013
Elonne, just wanted to say thank you for everything you patiently taught me throughout the retreat. You are an inspiring teacher and your gentle way resonates in your teaching. I'll be back for sure.
∼ Bridie, Australia, 2013
Elonne, thank you for the wonderful week. I feel rejuvenated and very much re-inspired to get into my personal practice again and also to continue my training, I found you to be a great teacher and hope to see more of you in the future.
Anna, UK, 2013
You are a really talented / awesome teacher and we are so grateful we had you introducing us to Yoga :0) We will be back to do another course with you soon. By the way we still listen to and chant along to the recording we did in the class. We love it and I find it really centring and calming.
∼ Bek and Geremy, Australia, 2012
Elonne inspired me very much by her humble and caring nature, by dealing with us with so much concern and respect.
∼ Radica, Switzerland, 2011
Elonne is an amazing teacher. She does so much for the students and is so supportive.
∼ Hoang, United States, 2011
Extremely knowledgeable and approachable. Very encouraging. Fantastic chanting. I will remember her fondly.
∼ Rae, Phillipines, 2011