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Samahita FAQ

On Yoga

I've never done yoga before. Is that a problem?

We welcome students of all levels. Since we teach both gentle flow style classes and ashtanga yoga mysore style, it's easy to work with individuals based on their level of experience. Please see our retreat schedule for a program that is appropriate for your level. Yoga Teacher Training and Continuing Education Trainings are limited to those with previous yoga experience. Each course will include this in the description.

What is Mysore style?

The teacher works with the student, one-on-one. If you are new to the practice, you will be guided through different postures and expected to learn the sequence and breath-movement. From there the teacher will continue adding postures to where it is appropriate for you.

How many students are in a class?

This depends on the program you signed up for. The shala can accommodate up to seventy people at one time. This can also be broken down between the divided rooms. There is an average of 20-30 on most retreats with popular times having 40+ with several teachers.

How many teachers teach a class?

We have at least one or two teachers for the morning Mysore class, though there may be up to three teachers during retreats and trainings. There is usually one teacher for led and restorative classes.

What does it mean to be "certified" to teach by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois? Is it the same to be "authorized" by him?

To be "certified" by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga takes many years of committed practice, devotion, and study and have risen to an advanced level in it. As of 2008, there are thirty-six individuals in the world to have received this qualification. Paul is one of them."Authorization" to teach typically requires at least four visits to Mysore to study with Sharath (and, in earlier days, with Sri Jois). The candidate must be competent in the practice of the primary series and must also be practicing at least the intermediate series.

What do these levels actually mean in terms of teaching and learning?

Really they only refer to where one has gone in practice and not one's teaching ability. The teacher's dedication, sincerity, willingness to study and reflect, spiritual direction and even level of practice will determine the teaching delivery, typically influenced by a variety of sources.

On Stay

Can my friend/spouse stay and not do the yoga program?

Yes, though it will depend on booking level. We have rates for non-yoga practicing partners both in a shared room or a single. It is actually easiest to accommodate in a single room. We also encourage families to come together regardless of who or how many actually practice.

I cannot join a full weeklong retreat. Can I still come?

We prefer to give priority booking to those who can stay a whole week; however, if you can come for only part of the time, the retreat rate will be prorated. The minimum stay for a retreat, in any event, is five days. The nonresidential option is also there for this case.

Can I bring my children? What are the fees for kids?

We are family friendly, and children are welcome. We only ask that you help us maintain the serenity of our center, particularly at practice times and in the evenings. Children age 12 and under can stay free with one paid adult. If you are bringing a child, you must pay for a single room. Children from 13 to 17 pay half, and those 18 and above must pay full adult rate. Email reservations for rates.

Can you help me find a babysitter?

Yes, we can arrange a babysitter for you. Usually one of our staff members can babysit in their free time, though we cannot guarantee that they will speak English. We have our dedicated kid's center to accommodate kid's needs.

Can I smoke or have alcoholic beverages in my room?

No. We are a place of health and well-being. We are a smoke- and alcohol-free place. There are plenty of places on the island to smoke and drink.

Do you offer any discounts or work exchange programs?

No, we are not set up for this. Our approach is to work with individual students over a long period of time and treat all cases on an individual basis.

Do you have internet service? Can I bring my laptop?

Yes, we have WiFi throughout the property. We also have a few computers for you to use if you don't want to bring your laptop.

On Food

Do you serve meat or dairy products?

We serve mainly vegetarian food. We serve fish 3 or 4 days a week and eggs a few times during the week at breakfast. For those that do not take fish or eggs, there is always an alternative food option. We do not serve any other type of meat products.

What if I'm allergic to certain foods?

If you are allergic to certain foods, please email our reservation staff with details. The kitchen staff can make a special meal for you if need be. We can accommodate a vegan or raw-food diet.

Do you serve coffee or tea?

We have self-service herbal tea and coffee available in Sattva Dining restaurant during specific times. If you prefer, you can order an espresso or cappuccino at the juice bar, which will be added to your room bill.

On Payment

Can I pay by credit card at Samahita Retreat?

Yes, we accept Visa and Mastercard.

Can I pay when I get there?

No, we need a 50% deposit when you book. This helps us limit no-shows and ensures spaces for others.

What VAT or service charges should I expect to pay while I am in Thailand?

There is a VAT charge of 7% (tax) on items you buy from a shop, as well as on taxis and massages. At Samahita Retreat the VAT and service on your accommodation is included in your booking rate. We have a staff tip box also at reception for you to leave a gratuity if you like.Thank you.

Wellness FAQ

What is the benefit of booking a Wellness Program?

You will receive a bigger discount for all wellness therapies and treatments for joining a Wellness l Program. We have tailored our 3/5/7 days program so you don't have to decide on what treatments you need when you arrive. The treatments can be pre-booked through reservations so you receive priority booking. The treatment times can be adjusted if needed when you arrive at SamahitaYoga Thailand, subject to availability.

If I don't use all the treatments in the Wellness Program, do I get a refund?

No. These treatments have been discounted for advanced purchase. Refunds cannot be given.

Can I change treatments on a Wellness Program?

Yes. You can change your treatments as long as they are chosen from the same treatment category such as "Body & Soul" or "Radiance".

Can I add on extra treatments to my Wellness Program?

Yes. You can add on other treatments in addition to your chosen program. These will be offered at 30% discount.

If I am already booked to come to Samahita Retreat on a yoga retreat, can I add on a Wellness Program during the same time period?

Yes. You can add on a Wellness Program to your current yoga retreat or continuing education training reservation. Please email reservations for pricing.

Detox FAQ

Detox Programs

Is the Faster's Detox suitable for someone who has never fasted before?

Depending on your body type, you may be able to complete a Faster's Detox program. Our personal detox programs are tailored to suit your body's requirements as assessed by our pre-arrival questionnaire. Your program may be solely Yogi's, Nature's or Faster's Detox or a combination of two or all three.

Will I feel hungry while on a detox program?

Our programs are designed so that you receive regular refreshments throughout the day, keeping fluid levels high and helping to keep hunger at bay. It is normal however to experience feelings of hunger, especially for the first two days of a detox program when your system will be adjusting to a drop in calories. One of our detox drinks that you receive twice daily contains plenty of bulk fiber which helps to satisfy hunger cravings. Drinking enough water during the day and in between the refreshments will also help to avoid hunger.

Will my energy levels be affected while on a detox program?

It is normal for energy levels to fluctuate during a detox program, often dropping to lower than normal for the first few days, this is due to the restricted intake, a toxin-free diet and the initial symptoms of detoxification If you are accustomed to consuming large amounts of caffeine, you may experience withdrawal symptoms like headaches, mental lethargy and sluggishness.

What symptoms may I expect while on the detox program?

A number of detox reactions are common, including headaches, especially if withdrawing form caffeine, constipation, diarrhea, body odor, bad breath, skin breakouts, lightheadedness, fatigue, muscular aches and mucous discharges. All of these are regular detox symptoms and are not a cause for concern. We offer simple remedies where appropriate.

Do I need to do the liver and gallbladder flush?

As part of your program we offer you an optional liver and gallbladder flush toward the end of your detox. The liver flush helps prevent gall stones, lowers cholesterol levels in the blood, reduces liver related headaches and migraines (ie. those with nausea), helps food allergies, eases constipation and improves vitality levels.

Can I come on a detox program to lose weight?

Weight loss is a natural part of a detox program. Old waste that has been stored inside the colon is released over the course of the program along with many toxins; we can store a number of kilos of old fecal matter in our systems so when it is released we can feel a lot lighter as a result. The restricted diet means a reduction in calories from our usual daily intake, so over a period of a few days some weight loss is normal as the body adjusts itself to closer to its natural weight.

Can I continue my Ashtanga Yoga practice while on a detox program?

You may continue with your regular Ashtanga practice while on a detox program. However, it is likely that you will need to modify the intensity of your practice to suit your energy levels. Our experienced teachers can help you to adapt your practice on a daily basis. We recommend you practice pranayama (yogic breathwork) daily throughout the detox program. Our yoga teachers will show you the pranayama practices most suitable for you.

I don't know which detox to choose, can I do a combination of any of the detox programs you offer?

Once you have decided that you would like to participate in a detox program and have confirmed your reservation, you will complete and return a pre-arrival questionnaire. This health and lifestyle assessment enables our Wellness Director to create a personal detox program for you. Your program may be solely Yogi's, Nature's or Faster's Detox or a combination of two or all three.

Will I feel better after completing a detox program?

You can gain many benefits from completing a detox program including; an enhanced sense of wellbeing, increased energy and stamina, improved digestion and circulation, weight loss, improved skin condition, better moods, a boost to the immune system and improved quality of sleep. For more info see our Benefits of Detox page

How do I transition from the detox program to normal eating?

Having spent time on a restricted, detoxifying dietary program, it is important that you transition to a normal diet in a safe way. It is important to introduce regular foods into your diet gradually to prevent side effects of incorrect transitioning such as abdominal bloating and cramps, gas and yeast infections. As part of your detox program you receive a detailed information pack with guidelines on how to transition from your detox to normal eating. For online advice please see our Post Detox Guidelines page.

Can I take a colon hydrotherapy session while I am menstruating?

To avoid discomfort we recommend that you avoid colon hydrotherapy on the heavier days of your cycle. Please let us know in advance if you need to change the time of your session.

Can I leave the retreat center during my detox program?

In between your mealtimes, drinks, supplements and therapies you are free to do as you wish, however, it is important to bear in mind that your body needs a lot of rest while on a detox program so we advise that your free time is quiet time for contemplation and relaxation. We are situated in a tranquil and beautiful part of the island which is perfect for your restoration and rejuvenation.

Can I share a room with my friend who wants to do a different detox/ yoga program?

Yes. The accommodation options are the same for all of our programs.

Should I book a single or share room if coming alone?

We recommend that you book a single accommodation to ensure the privacy you need during your detox program. You may wish to have access to a private bathroom in case you do enemas or for frequent toilet visits.

If I am already booked to come to Samahita Retreat on a yoga retreat, can I add on a Detox Program during the same time?

Yes. You can add on a Detox Program to your current yoga retreat or continuing education training reservation. Please email reservations for pricing.