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“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” ∼ Mother Teresa

Yoga for Women

The Female Body and Yoga Practice: How the Female Body Responds to and is Affected by Breath, Asana and Vinyasa Practice

June 14 – 28, 2014

Arielle Nash and Elonne Stockton

* This course qualifies for 100 hours continuing-education credit toward Yoga Alliance 500- and Centered Yoga 1100-hour training certification. Anatomy is a required course towards a continuing education credit and is only offered once a year.

About the Retreat

Our hormones produce significant biomechanical, physiological and psychological differences between the sexes. With a focus on applied anatomy and physiology, this course is designed for both men and women, practitioners and teachers looking to understand what these differences mean for women with an AshtangaVinyasapractice. Students will learn through morning Mysore practice, group teaching, scientific lectures and corresponding practical sessions in afternoon led classes. This course will cover the following key topics:

  • Anatomical Gender Differences: Explore through visual aids and comparisons how men and women are built differently inside and out and how this may be displayed in asana.
  • The Female Life Cycle: We will cover the three major hormonal shifts a woman experiences in life (puberty, pregnancy and menopause), how they affect a woman’s mental and physical state and what adjustments can be made to ease transitions.
  • Practice and a Woman’s Menstrual Cycle: Learn how the systems of the body work together to regulate a woman’s cycle and what that means for her during practice to support her natural make-up.
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth: Understand changes for mom and baby during each trimester, birth and breast-feeding. Take the guess-work out of teaching yoga for women during this important time. Know when to return to practice and the complications that can arise for a pregnant woman or new mother.
  • Practicing through Menopause: Become aware of the symptoms of peri-menopause to assist these women physically and emotionally through practice.
  • Special Practice Considerations for Ailing Women: Learn how we can be sensitive to ailments and disorders that predominantly, or solely, affect women and their Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. Some include: – Breast cancer – Osteoporosis – Endometriosis – Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS) – Post partum depression – Eating and body image disorders – Auto-immune diseases

Elonne Stockton

ElonneElonne Stockton

Elonne started practicing yoga at age 14 and has taught yoga worldwide from the time she completed her first 200 hour teacher training in January, 2003.

Since moving to Asia in 2006, she has devoted thousands of hours to studying with her teachers, Sri O.P. Tiwari, Paul Dallaghan, Richard Freeman, and Mary Taylor.

Both formally and informally, Elonne continues her studies in Mandarin, Sanskrit and Pali, as well as Buddhism and Eastern philosophies.

Elonne completed a Master’s of Buddhist Studies in May, 2016. For more see her full bio.

Arielle Nash-Degagne

Arielle Arielle Nash

Arielle has spent nearly 20 years studying the human body, its performance and factors that contribute to wellness. Her passion and knowledge led her to a decade long career training athletes and educating fitness professionals. Arielle has been teaching yoga since 2004 and she holds a degree in Kinesiology, along with certifications in Mysofascial Compression Techniques©, Strength & Conditioning, and Nutrition & Wellness. After graduating from Centered Yoga’s Teacher Training in 2005 with Paul, she returned to Koh Samui every year to deepen her practice and study before making it her home in 2013. Her primary teachers are Paul Dallaghan and Sharath R. Jois.

Arielle is Centered Yoga's lead anatomy educator, teaching anatomy for continuing education courses and teacher trainings at Samahita. Arielle takes yoga off the mat at home as a proud mother of twin toddlers. For more please see her full see 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 am Morning tea
7 am Day Opening, Pranayama and Chanting with Elonne
8 am Asana Practice: AshtangaVinyasaMysore Style (self practice) with Elonne & Arielle
10 am – 1 pm Brunch buffet
3 – 3.30 pm Chanting and Q&A on Practice with Elonne
3 – 3:30 pm Snack and refreshment
3.30 – 5 pm Anatomy & Physiology Education Session with Arielle
5 – 6 pm Q&A and AppliedPractical Session/Restorative Practice with Arielle
6 – 8 pm Dinner buffet
6 – 8 pm Steam room available
7:30 pm Optional Evening Program -Video, Tratak or Meditation

Based on request and availability, you are welcome to arrive early or extend your stay, our Residential and Wellness Programs details are on Sunday will be a half day and Saturday free after morning Pranayama practice.

Add-On Programs

Combine your Retreat with a Health or Wellness Spa Add-On Program to make the most out of your stay. We invite you to enjoy rejuvenating massage and treatments at an exclusive rate - Enjoy a 10% discount on the Add-On Program of your choice.

Wellness Spa Add-On Program

Relax and enjoy our Wellness Spa Add-On Program, designed to nourish body and soul. Choose from a range of massage, beauty treatments and detoxifying therapies to compliment your time with us.

3 days 5 days 7 days
Wellness Spa Program 4,770 THB 7,560 THB 10,530 THB

Health Add-On Program

Our Health Add-On Programs have been specially designed to help you rediscover health and vitality, and where necessary target areas of imbalance in your life. From our healthy detox, candida detox program to our de-stress program, our specially designed blend of treatments, nutrition and support ensure you meet your wellness goals.

3 days 5 days 7 days 10 days
Detox 13,500 THB 20,250 THB 23,150 THB 32,400 THB
Candida Detox 20,250 THB 29,460 THB 34,930 THB 45,850 THB
De-Stress 13,500 THB 20,250 THB 23,150 THB 32,400 THB

We recommend you book in advance for your Health or Wellness Spa Add-On Program as much preparation work is required and space is limited.

Retreat Rates

Share two bedroom loft      € 1,590 per person
Semi private room € 1,790 per person
Private room € 1,990 per person

Friend / Family Room & Board Rates

These are available to any registered Samahita Retreat guest's partner, family member or friend, who is not interested in participating in any of the programs but will stay in a room and board capacity. Shared accommodation, food, and the facilities are open to the Room & Board guest(s).

During our Peak periods, the friends and family rate applies to single and deluxe rooms only.

Deluxe One Bedroom Suite

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.

Deluxe One Bedroom Suite - Additional cost on the total program package:

  • 2,100 per day
  • 13,440 for one week
  • 26,040 for two weeks
  • 37,800 for three weeks
  • 46,200 for four weeks

Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide with 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.

It is possible to extend your time on detox day by day from an above program as fits your timeline. You can also add extra therapies and treatments to your program at a special discounted rate.

The rate is inclusive of:

  • Full yoga and fitness 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.

Reserve your place on this program.

If you wish to combine or extend your stay to include a wellness program please use the Wellness Booking Form

All rates will be charged in Thai Baht at the time of booking. The following conversions are intended as a guide only. This currency converter uses inter-bank rates rather than the cash rates that apply to payments, so it is likely that the actual exchange rate will be different to what is indicated here.


Arielle is a fantastic anatomy teacher; students love her! Her presentations are organized and entertaining, and her experience and knowledge of yoga makes the teaching especially valuable. ∼ David Robson, Founder, Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto

Arielle has been one of my favourite yoga teachers for over 8 years in Canada and South East Asia. I am always humbled and impressed by her teaching style and growing knowledge. Her holistic approach is refreshing; integrating her in-depth knowledge in movement mechanics and years of experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher in a high level of spirit. Her love for yoga, sense of humor, and friendliness create a very enjoyable atmosphere to learn. She has helped me deepen my practice, and grow as a yoga teacher, with her on-going encouragement and support. My deepest gratitude to Arielle. ∼ Hang, RYT Ho Chi Minh City
Elonne is super caring and always willing to help and support us. I loved her clear instructions and guidelines! I loved her chanting classes! ∼ Helena, Vietnam, 2013
Elonne was supportive, loving and extremely generous with her knowledge. She taught me the importance of making yoga a meditative process, one where the awareness is on the inside. When I practiced with this intention it changed me! ∼ Nada, Egypt, 2013
Sincere, kind, firm but gentle, always approachable and offers great advice. Wicked sense of humor, always gets us laughing. ∼ TT student, August 2013
I had a fantastic week’s yoga retreat with Elonne. She is an incredibly gifted, knowledgeable and dedicated teacher. I have been practicing yoga for some years but I learnt a great deal from her during the week and feel completely re-inspired about my practice as a result. The course was also a brilliant introduction to the practice of pranayama which was taught in a very clear and methodical way. I thoroughly enjoyed her balanced and practical approach and her advice on integrating yoga into one’s daily life was invaluable. I will definitely be back! ∼ Rupert, UK, 2013
It has been a very rich experience to meet Elonne and “absorb” everything she shared with us. Thanks, Elonne, for your patience and dedication! It has been a pleasure to meet you, a bless really. ∼ Daniele, Ivory Coast, 2013
Elonne, just wanted to say thank you for everything you patiently taught me throughout the retreat. You are an inspiring teacher and your gentle way resonates in your teaching. I’ll be back for sure. ∼ Bridie, Australia, 2013
Elonne, thank you for the wonderful week. I feel rejuvenated and very much re-inspired to get into my personal practice again and also to continue my training, I found you to be a great teacher and hope to see more of you in the future. ∼ Anna, UK, 2013
You are a really talented / awesome teacher and we are so grateful we had you introducing us to Yoga :0) We will be back to do another course with you soon. By the way we still listen to and chant along to the recording we did in the class. We love it and I find it really centring and calming. ∼ Bek and Geremy, Australia, 2012
Elonne inspired me very much by her humble and caring nature, by dealing with us with so much concern and respect. ∼ Radica, Switzerland, 2011
Elonne is an amazing teacher. She does so much for the students and is so supportive. ∼ Hoang, United States, 2011
Extremely knowledgeable and approachable. Very encouraging. Fantastic chanting. I will remember her fondly. ∼ Rae, Phillipines, 2011

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