Bringing Art and Soul to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga
February 2 - 9, 2013
with Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy
About the Retreat
This is a totally unique opportunity to study with these deeply experienced and inspirational teachers.
They offer a blend of Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga philosophy, Mantra study and practice, Kirtan, Restorative yoga and Meditation... with the intention of each practice as an awakening to our inner Wholeness.
Afternoon sessions will focus on Technique/alignmentworkshops, Restorative Yoga and meditation, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, and Chanting. The week will end with a final evening of "Kirtan" (call-and-response-chanting) with Ron and Meenakshi. (listen to their kirtan band at www.swaha.ca).
Ron has been the co-owner and Director of Downward Dog Yoga Centres in Toronto, Canada since 1997, and has been teaching teachers for over a decade, as well as travelling internationally to the global yoga community.
With his partner Meenakshi, and their love of music and the deeper internal practices of yoga, they celebrate yoga as a spiritual art form, and enjoy sharing their passion for practice with others.
Video of their kirtan
Video of their Ashtanga teaching
This course is open to all levels of students.
About the Teachers
Ron Reid has been practicing Yoga for over 30 years and teaching since 1988. He is co-owner and Director of the Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, Canada (www.downwarddog.com)
Ron has studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath both in India and North America and was one of the first Canadian teachers to be authorized by Pattabhi Jois. In addition to regular classes at Downward Dog, he conducts workshops and teacher trainings in Canada, the U.S., Europe, the U.K. and Asia.
Ron is one of Canada's top teachers, approaching teaching in an inspired, informed and non-dogmatic way. He places the needs of the students ahead of the demands of the practice. While continuing to teach and practice the ashtanga vinyasa system as a foundation, he endeavors to blend tradition with innovation, and to balance precision with grace. Students will find his refined approach to practice both challenging and rewarding.
Ron is also an accomplished musician and composer and performs with his partner Marla Meenakshi Joy under their group name "Swaha" www.swaha.ca
Meenakshi (Marla Joy)
Meenakshi (Marla Joy) first traveled to India in 1988 to study meditation and the philosophy of the Vedas with Swami Shyam, as well as other learned scholars in the Himalayas. She is a Certified Meditation and Yoga Philosophy teacher from the International Meditation Institute in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, Himalayas.
She was involved in Downward Dog's first teacher training program in 1999, as both a teacher of Philosophy and Sanskrit, and a student. She has over 500 hours of Teacher Training with both Ron Reid, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty, among others, and is a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher.
She currently teaches Ashtanga Yoga, Swaha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yogadance, Meditation, Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, and Chanting privately and in yoga studios in Canada, the U.S. the UK, Europe and Asia. She has been teaching Sanskrit and yoga philosophy, as well as Restorative Yoga in Teacher Training courses since 1999.
She has been a practicing Shiatsu Therapist since 1993, and has a healing and informative touch. She also leads Kirtan (call-and-response chanting) with her band SWAHA, with inspired musical compositions with her partner/keyboardist, Ron Reid. She has produced four CD's of Sanskrit chanting entitled "Prayer's", "Salutations", "Vishnu's Dream", "Bolo!", and now "Shanti Pulse". www.swaha.ca
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.
|7:30 am||Yoga practice taught either in the Mysore style where students are guided individually to progress through their practice or lead practice all together.|
|10 am - 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|4 - 6 pm||Workshops: Yoga Lab (technique class),
Restorative/Yin Yoga , Chanting, and Philosophy
|6 - 8 pm||Complimentary herbal steam room available|
|6 - 8 pm||Dinner buffet|
|8 pm||Optional evening program or quiet time (our final evening there will be a kirtan/music concert!!)|
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
|Share two bedroom loft||€ 840 per person|
|Single superior room||€ 1,040 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.
" Ron teaches with intelligence. His adjustments suit the individual needs of the students. I personally found his adjustments were the best I have received from any teacher. I have very high regard for him as an exceptional teacher."
Elizabeth Connolly, Yoga Teacher and teacher trainer
" When I think of a yogi, I think of Ron Reid. He teaches from what he has learned from his many years of practice, you can feel that. Even if you've been practicing for years and years he makes you feel curious and excited about yoga through his soft-spoken, humorous and extremely intelligent way of teaching. He knows the body and how it works and he teaches you how to keep it healthy. At the same time his classes are challenging and hot. He makes you want to move to Toronto!!"
Kristin Leigh, yoga teacher and co-owner of The Shala yoga studio in New York.
"(Meenakshi)... Nothing short of a shower of blessings to be in her presence. Her teachings are full of light and wisdom generated from lifetimes of divine devotion. With a natural inner cadence, Meenakshi's voice carefully guides you through asana sequences, while subtly setting your mind adrift into deeper peaceful contemplation. By far the best savasana experience as she chants you into a state of final transcendence".
Samantha McDonald, yoga teacher, writer
"You are truly the Goddess of song, Meenakshi. I feel a true teacher is one whose actions speak louder than words. I feel you embody this by how you humbly and humorously share your experience. You inspire me to stay committed to a practice of sitting still... that connecting with our true nature will be about transformation."
Karen Steele, teacher trainee grad
Past retreats dates:
January 21 - 28, 2012