Yoga - Insight into Practice and Philosophy
October 23 - 30, 2010
with Elonne Stockton
About the Retreat
There are so many styles of yoga asana nowadays, and there is a proliferation of seemingly contradictory methods of practice. It is very easy to become confused and trapped inside the rigidity of our practice, especially when we do not have a clear idea of what yoga is in its entirety, where the practice of yoga comes from, and why we practice yoga to begin with.
In this retreat, through clear and understandable philosophical discussions and plenty of actual practice, we will go beyond the confines of individual techniques and theories to discover the essence of all our practices. Elonne will encourage personal exploration and introspection so that each student will come to personal discoveries and unique understanding of his/her relationship to the practice.
Our mornings will start with breathing exercises, intention setting, and asana practice (led Ashtanga and Mysore classes). During the afternoon sessions, Elonne will facilitate discussions of topics based on readings that will be encouraged but optional. Readings are available in handouts, which will be provided for students; those wishing to bring their own copy of the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Hatha Pradipika are encouraged to do so. Those texts will also be available for purchase at our shop upon arrival.
Each evening, students may participate in a non-compulsory satsang, where we practice meditation techniques as well as share chanting and/or kirtan, constituting a lovely way to end the day!
About the Teacher
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.
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.
|7:00 am||Morning herbal tea|
|7:30 am||Intention and Day Opening with breathwork and meditation|
|8:15 am||Asana Practice - guided sessions moving towards a developed self practice following the ashtanga tradition|
|10:00 am - 1:00 pm||Brunch buffet|
|4:00 pm||Study of the Yoga Philosophy and Practice
Followed by a light and restorative asana session
|6:00 pm||Dinner buffet|
|6:00 - 9:00 pm||Steam room available|
|8:00 pm||Evening program - video, chanting and 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
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.