Yoga: The Joy of Practice
September 15 - 22, 2012
with Elonne Stockton
About the Retreat
In this retreat, we will develop our self-practice of yoga asana and breathwork - pranayama. At the same time, we will explore where the practice of yoga comes from, what the different elements of the practice are and why we practice yoga to begin with.
All levels are welcome. This is an opportunity to be in yoga, to live it, to immerse ourselves in the practice of yoga. It is a chance to be in a healthy and uplifting setting with like-minded people, learning about the practice while building something solid that we can take with us to enrich our lives. Get in it, and develop a love and appreciation for the practice. The joy is ours to celebrate; it is already in us.
Throughout the week, we will have morning breathwork - pranayama, intention setting, chanting and asana practice (led asana and self practice classes), afternoon discussions and restorative asana classes, and of course lots of bhakti/devotion! Some mornings there will be additional silent walks or walking meditations, and some evenings we will have optional kirtan, satsang and other activities.
Please join us!
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. For more see her full bio.
The Daily Schedule
|7 am||Herbal Tea|
|7:15 am||Day Opening and Breathwork- Pranayama|
|8 am||Asana Practice (Guided and Self-Practice)|
|10 am - 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|3 - 3:30 pm||Snack and refreshment|
|4 - 6 pm||Workshop and Discussion followed by Restorative Asana Class|
|6 - 8 pm||Complimentary Herbal Steam Room Available|
|6 - 8 pm||Dinner buffet|
|8 pm||Optional Evening Program or Quiet Time|
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
Thank you very much again for the very inspiring and at the same time fun yoga retreat, it was a fantastic
experience! Not only because I learned a lot and because I found in Ashtanga the form of yoga that really fits
me and which I definitely want to further develop, but also because I met a lot of great people with the same
interests, who I hope to meet again in the future.
Ingrid, Netherlands 2006
Samahita Retreat has given me a new breath of life-the Ujjayi breath, the Victorious Breath!
I arrived 2 weeks ago, nervous about entering the Healthy Weight Program-even though desperate to lose weight- thinking I am going to be starved, I will be tired and grumpy and how can I possibly wake up at 6am every day?!
Quite the opposite I woke up looking forward to watching the sunrise whilst jogging with my trainer on a white sandy beach.
I looked forward to the breathing exercises-I am asthmatic and now know how to take control of my breathing and calm myself if an attack occurs.
I was never hungry, I finished my meals but never wanted more and never craved sweet things like I used to.
The training was tough but a quick forgotten pain once 5 more repetitions had been conquered!
I never had any muscle pains thanks to a great choice of treatments to compliment and smooth every thing out.
And the icing on the cake was the Far Infrared Sauna: losing 600 calories in 30minutes the same as 1h30 in a spinning class!
I felt the weight come off every day and could see shapes from reawakened muscles appearing.
I made new friends and all the staff and especially the teachers were so supportive and attentive they all got me through the full 2 weeks in the blink of an eye.
The secret to weight loss is that there is none and we all know it.
The reality is simple "move more, eat less". I was surprised to find that Yoga practice reduced my appetite and cravings.
Samahita Retreat was the best environment to kick start me: training and yoga with swimming, sunbathing and healthy eating made it the perfect combination for me.
In 2 weeks I built the confidence to self practice yoga-which I did for the 1st time today after a 5 day break and it felt amazing, I felt so proud and thankful!
Marie-Elisabeth, UK 2012
Samahita Wellness is something that has to be experienced. I had tried, in vain, on numerous occasions to detox at home. I decided to invest a week of my time in a full detox program and after completing this I truly appreciate the support required to do this. The staff at Samahita Wellness were so kind, helpful and friendly. They made the detox schedule run smoothly so I could just relax and enjoy the benefits. The support of the entire wellness team helped me to come through the week feeling stronger, healthier and more inspired than ever. The best present I have given myself this year is a stay at Samahita Wellness Center.
Amanda, Ireland 2010
That is a wonderful and peaceful place where I hope to come back again. At the end of the week I feel healthy and in good shape. Could have stayed longer. Thank you!
Kathrine, Switzerland 2012
I felt very well cared for during my time here. The environment is very relaxing and the yoga practice is amazing. It has been an incredible experience! I plan to come back more.
Belinda, USA 2010
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