Yoga: Exploring the Eight Limbs through Practice and Theory
May 9 - 16, 2009 with Lorraine Taylor
January 10 - 17, 2009 with Sara Granstrom and Lorraine Taylor
About the Retreat
Yoga is a method meant for personal growth, a tradition that strives for optimal health and a feeling of wellbeing on all levels. This retreat offers a great opportunity to deepen your personal yoga practice and your understanding of yogic philosophy.
Each day will start with breath work and yoga asanas (Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, led class, and Mysore style). During the afternoon sessions, we will delve deeper into the understanding of yoga and discuss "the eight limbs of yoga," as presented in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, perhaps one of the most important texts on the subject. The Sutras are a great tool for self reflection, personal growth, and enhancing yoga practice.
Is yoga simply something I do on my mat, or does it have a greater purpose? What does yoga say about life and our personal interactions in this world? And more . . .
About the Teachers
Sara completed her Centered Yoga Training in June 2005. She is a dedicated and focused student of yoga, which is evident in her teaching and sharing of the practices. Sara has studied both Pranayama and Asana intensively and is a senior graduate of Centered Yoga Institute. She teaches yoga regularly in Stockholm, Sweden, and is developing her own center on Gotland, Sweden. In addition, Sara is a student of and practitioner of ayurveda and nutrition. Sara spends about four months a year teaching at Samahita Retreat. For more please see her full bio.
Lorraine teaches full time at Samahita Retreat, and is a long term practitioner of yoga in many forms, including Ashtanga yoga. She is dedicated to the study and practice of Pranayama and Asana, and is a resident of Samui, with her husband and young son. She recently owned and ran the Yoga Café here on Koh Samui, and has many other wide and varied experiences. She brings a light sense of humor into her teaching. (Must be a result of that Liverpool, come Irish, background.) For more please 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.
|7:00 am||Morning herbal tea|
|7:30 am||Intention and Day Opening
Breathwork-Pranayama and Meditation
|8:15 am||Asana Practice:
detailed guidance in the Asanas, develop and grow a self-practice from the Ashtanga Yoga series going through in led detail and mysore style
|10 - 11:30 am||Brunch buffet|
|4:00 pm||Special workshop covering both Asanas and Pranayama as well as the selected philosophical or anatomical topic. There will be some discussion and Q&A and some time working on the breath, poses and restorative yoga|
|6:00 pm||Dinner buffet|
|6 - 9:00 pm||Steam room available|
|7:30 pm||Evening program - video, satsang, meditation|
* Special group excursion during the week to some of the natural wonders of Koh Samui or its neighboring islands.
Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide you with a private community and greater security. Most of our rooms open up to a spectacular seaview looking direct to the beach and the coconut trees.
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.