Samahita Retreat - Newsletter January 2012
I hope you had a positive entry into this New Year. At an earlier stage in my life I used to look at this change of year as a real time to make a change. It helped and even worked. As I set my mind clear and looked at what was of value for me in life, what I was aspiring to and what was I ready to let go of and change. It has been a valuable process. Every New Year's Eve at our center as part of the celebration we have a fire ceremony where we close off the old year, saying good bye and gaining closure by offering it all into the fire. We then we open up the new year with a similar offering. The fire itself is a purification process and with the help of mantras it can be supportive in this development. However, it comes down to the level of sincerity in each individual's heart: how willing are you to put in the practice and to action these changes and developments?
For many years now this turning of the year has held less emphasis as I have noticed that it is happening each day. Why wait? There is a great consciousness behind the year change with so many people also thinking in this way, so psychologically it is a great motivator to help you make a shift. When you really start to live it you will see that it is part of each and every day. You can do this through daily contemplation and self-reflection. Start now. For me this is where gratitude, forgiveness and asking for help became a daily thing because it was, and is, a real need.
I wish you the best for the New Year, but more for each new day.
Yoga and Health Articles
"It seems the human experience is capable of spanning the range of, as I will dub it, "From Running to Sitting". Or better still, "Born to Run, Born to Breathe, Born to Sit". How could these two not be connected - running and yoga?".
Born to run, born to sit. By Paul Dallaghan.
Wellness Director Claudia Jones takes a look at some of the scientific research into the health benefits of antioxidants in coffee, red wine and dark chocolate and whether we should or shouldn’t indulge.
How Healthy are Red Wine, Coffee, and Dark Chocolate? By Claudia Jones
"It is human condition is to get caught in these cycles/patterns. Even if we don’t smoke, drink too much or do things that are clearly destructive, there are for sure other patterns we get stuck in, as well as gaps in our awareness."
Resolutions are so passé, by Elonne Stockton.
"It is in those moments, that we have all experienced at one time or another, that our sense of something greater than ourselves peeks through the veil that is normally covering our eyes, and allows us to see life, just as it is."
The power of the now" of new beginnings by Marla Meenakshi Joy.
People Share their Experiences
"If you really want to make a change in living and healthier lifestyle, this is the way to do it!! Just being here makes you realize and understand more about your organs, your body and appreciate it more! The atmosphere is perfect, everyone is friendly and it feels like home!"
- Sandra, Netherlands Nov 201
News from Samahita Retreat
We are pleased to announce two specialized wellness offerings now available at Samahita Retreat - Wellness Thailand.
Healthy Weight Program
Overweight and out-of-shape has become part of modern lifestyle. It is a combination of unhelpful habits in diet and a lack of exercise coupled with the demands of work, family and more. How do you break the pattern, lose weight, feel good and get into shape? It needs both the tools to make a shift and the opportunity or environment to make it happen. Our Healthy Weight program will help you transform your habits and lifestyle to achieve your body's ideal weight. In addition to weight loss you can expect to experience increased vitality and strength, renewed energy, a feeling of lightness and a fresh outlook on life. This program will educate you to choose and prepare food that is both nutritious and delicious, teach you a manageable exercise routine and assist you in targeting the root causes of weight gain. Through this complete and holistic approach we believe you can achieve sustainable long-term change.
Stress and burn-out are more common than ever in today's demanding lives. Adrenal fatigue and other issues are on the rise. Many of those suffering from it feel worn out yet have not recognized there is even a problem and so are unable to do anything about it. Even worse, there is a loss to know what to do. This is our focus.Our De-Stress Program is designed to help you re-balance both body and mind. Samahita Retreat offers a haven of peace and tranquillity, a perfect place for you to refocus and recharge.
Our programs are personalized to suit your needs and include healing therapies, nourishing foods and rejuvenating supplements. Our yoga and breath work classes will help you bring both balance and calm back into your day, and through re-education you will learn to make healthier choices so you can more effectively manage your stress. Empower your nervous system so it can withstand the daily onslaught. By taking this time for yourself, you will have the opportunity to change and transform.
For more information please visit http://www.samahitaretreat.com
We appreciate the support and positive feedback we have gotten to date that shows up in various blogs, trip advisor
United against human trafficking. Join us on 10th March 2012 at 8am for mantra, breath work and asana as we support this worldwide event which unites yoga practitioners across the globe in support of Odanadi. By taking part you will be helping to spread awareness about the serious, rapidly escalating exploitation of women and children in India and also raise funds to support Odanadi’s crucial work in the field of prevention, rescue and rehabilitation.
Upcoming Programs at Samahita Retreat
You can stay at Samahita Retreat and customize your time, depending on the dates you are available and what you are interested in doing. You may arrive early for a program or stay on later, and also choose whether or not to be a residential guest. All our facilities and services are fully available to you while staying with us.
Yoga Residential is our all-inclusive residential option. It includes your chosen accommodation, all meals, and both morning and afternoon yoga sessions.
Wellness Programs include your chosen accommodation, the yoga sessions and food appropriate for the wellness program of your choice, as well as all specifics of your cleanse/detox program. We have three wellness programs to choose from, depending on what level of detox intensity you opt for.
Visit Samahita Wellness to see these programs in depth.
Yoga Retreat Programs
January 21 - 28, 2012
Bringing Art and Soul to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga
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.
January 28 - February 11, 2012
Ayurvedic Treatments of the Mind and the Practice of Pranayama and Asana with Atreya Smith and Jessica Blanchard has been cancelled.
January 28 - February 4, 2012
Yoga and Healthy Diet - Finding Balance with Jessica Blanchard.
The first part of this course looks the structure or anatomy of the mind and how it functions according to Ayurveda. The second part looks at the pathologies in the mind and how disease is created. The third part looks at the therapies used in Ayurveda to heal the mind.
The orientation is towards the therapeutic application of Ayurvedic psychology in Yoga practice and how Ayurveda can give the yoga therapist practical tools for their patients/clients/students.
February 4 -11, 2012
Detoxify Body and Mind while Building a Yoga Practice with Samahita Retreat Wellness Thailand Director, Claudia Jones.
The seven day detox and yoga retreat program is the ultimate opportunity to take your wellbeing to a new level. This fully supported detox program will lead you through a transformative process both on a physical and mental level to leave you feeling light, energetic and uplifted. This detox retreat can help you to normalize your weight, balance your eating habits and transition into a healthful way of living.
February 11 - 18, 2012
A Transformative Week of Yoga with Simon Low and Jeff Phenix
Simon and Jeff, two of the UK's most popular teachers are opening this week to all who wish to come for a fun and transformative yoga holiday at this fabulous location on beautiful Koh Samui.
March 18 - 31, 2012
Special Continuing Education: Philosophy and Pranayama Pranayama and A Look Into Buddhist Philosophy with Sri O. P. Tiwari and Paul Dallaghan
A subject close to Tiwariji's heart is the Buddhist dharma, its place in the history of philosophy in India, its connections with yoga and its similarity with Vedantic philosophy. The primary focus will be Pranayama practice with in-depth pulse reading of each student, varying as necessary. Mantra recitation will also be practiced. Daily asana practice will be overseen by Paul and assistants. We will cater for all practices in a self-practice room, those in classical ashtanga and other approaches.
Tiwariji will only teach for a few more years and this is a prime opportunity to invest your time and energy wisely.
March 31 - April 7, 2012
Yoga and Your Health - The Practical Approach to a Balanced Lifestyle With Claudia Jones
The Yoga and Your Health retreat offers a practical approach to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. This retreat is for those wishing to make positive changes in their lifestyle to combat the pressures of today's modern living and its impact on our health.
Easter Holiday Week April 7 - 14, 2012
Total Immersion Yoga with Adarsh Williams
Retreat is the perfect opportunity to take a pause from the usual demands of life and to relax, reflect and go inward. This special retreat will focus on making our yoga mat practice a "life practice." Using both traditional and contemporary Ashtanga techniques, you will be guided through the complete practice of yoga postures, breathing, and meditation. Participants will not only feel renewed from this retreat, but will have practical tools for integrating yoga philosophy and practice into their daily lives.
To see our updated retreat programs for 2012 please visit
Bring your group to SYT
Samahita Retreat is a full service retreat center providing a complete supportive environment for focused learning and continued education in yoga, spiritual and health interests. During certain times of the year our center is available for private group programs by request.
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Specialized Group Seminars
Samahita Retreat offers a sanctuary for small private corporate/ executive retreats such as leadership training, team building, and creative brainstorming seminars. While we have programs going on throughout the year, at certain times of the year we can customize a private group event with our resident teachers and health staff to work with your specific group and goals. For more info please see:
Upcoming workshops around the world with Paul
|April 3 + 4||Dublin, Ireland||Ashtanga Yoga Dublin|
|April 7 + 8||Eindhoven, Netherlands||Yoga Shop|
|April 9 - 13||Bern, Switzerland||Ashtanga Yoga Bern|
|April 14 - 16||Vienna, Austria||Pure Yoga|
|May 22 - 25||Taipei, Taiwan||Space Yoga|
|June 9 + 10||Hong Kong||Asia Yoga Conference|
|June 22 - 29||Taipei, Taiwan||Space Yoga|
|June 30 + July 1||Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City||Catherine Walter|
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
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Tel. + 66 77 920 090 to 091
Samahita Retreat 55/20-24 Moo 4 Namuang, Koh Samui, Surathani, Thailand 84140