Continuing Education: Anatomy
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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

with 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

About the Teachers

Arielle Nash-Degagne

ArielleArielle has been interested in human movement since she was a competitive teenage athlete, which led her to pursue her degree in Kinesiology. After her degree and years of competitive sports, she recognized the healing and balancing effects that a committed Ashtanga practice created within her own body. In 2005, Ariellecompleted the Centered Yoga Teacher Training, with Paul Dallaghan, where she was fortunate to be introduced to Sri O.P. Tiwari and the study of pranayama. In addition to travelling through Europe, South America, Central America, India, China and Southeast Asia, she returned to Thailand annually to grow in her practice,prior to making it her home in 2013.

Arielle teaches with humility and aims to guide students toward a better understanding of their physicality. Arielle also teaches anatomy in teacher trainings and continuing education courses, at Samahita and other yoga studios. She is grateful to her teachers, Paul Dallaghan, Tiwariji and R. Sharath Jois who have shared a part of themselves to guide her along this path. For more please see her full see full bio.

Elonne Stockton

Elonne Stockton at Samahita Retreats Koh Smaui, Thailand 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

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 http://www.samahitaretreat.com/yoga-holidays.html

Sunday will be a half day and Saturday free after morning Pranayama practice.

Best Value (Add on)

Combine your Retreat with a Health or Wellness Spa Program to make the most out of your stay.

Best Value invites you to enjoy rejuvenating massage and treatments at an exclusive rate - Enjoy a 10% discount on the Program of your choice.

Wellness Programs

Relax and enjoy our range of wellness spa programs, designed to nourish body and soul. Choose from a range of massage, beauty treatments and detoxifying therapies to compliment your time with us.

Wellness Spa Programs

                              

3 days

5 days

7 days

Simple Balanced Living € 77 € 126 € 176
Radiant Balanced Living € 122 € 198 € 275
Pure Balanced Living € 202 € 328 € 450

Health Programs

Our health programs have been specially designed to help you rediscover health and vitality, and where necessary target areas of imbalance in your life. From our range of healthy detox programs to more focused weight loss and de-stress programs, our specialy designed blend of treatments, nutrition and support ensure you meet your wellness goals.

De-stress, Detox & Healthy Weight Programs

                              

3 days

5 days

7 days

10 days

Standard - Detox : De-Stress € 306 € 459 € 525 € 756
Standard - Healthy Weight € 337 € 505 € 578 € 832
Essential - Detox : De-Stress € 360 € 572 € 697 € 982
Essential - Healthy Weight € 396. € 629 € 767 € 1,080
Specialty Detox Standard € 460 € 668 € 792 € 1,040
Specialty Detox Essential € 515 € 783 € 963 € 1,269

We recommend you book in advance for your Health Program or Wellness Spa 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
Single superior room     € 1,990 per person


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:

  • € 50 per day
  • € 320 for one week
  • € 620 for two weeks
  • € 900 for three weeks
  • € 1100 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.

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.

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Testimonials

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