Guest Teacher Retreats
Moving Deeper into Yoga with the 8 Limbs
February 2 - 9, 2013
with Sara Granström-Thorsson
About the Retreat
You could say that yoga is a method for improving health but traditionally the goal has always been to increase the level of awareness, and through that take on life and the world around us with greater understanding.
Patanjali, author of Yoga Sutras, declared that yoga is "the channelization of the behavior of the mind," or the state that appears when we let our mind become still. When our mind calms down it also becomes clear and we have a better chance of seeing things as they are. This is a peaceful place to be, a place where personal growth is possible and positive energy created.
Patanjali offered 8 steps, or limbs, towards yoga to help the practitioner get started. For a yogi they can be a helpful tool to get a better understanding of where to begin and how to deal with obstacles along the way. ??During this retreat we will explore yoga as a complete system of growth on all levels from the perspective of the 8 limbs. ??
Through the daily practice of asana (the practice of body exercises) and pranayama (the practice of breathing exercises) combined with inspiring afternoon sessions including philosophy, chanting, meditation and Q&A, the aim is to embrace a fascinating tradition in order to experience life and peace to the fullest!
About the Teacher
A lifetime of studying
I began my path as a classical musician with studies at Malmö Music Collage (Sweden) and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Music has always been a great part of me and a strong influence in so many ways, I have also met some of the most important people in my life through music, for instance my husband Karl, who is the principal percussionist in the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm. It is probably impossible to play music without being in contact with something spiritual side you and when I first met yoga I was amazed how similar the yoga practice is to the practice of an instrument, it is all there: the work, the focus and the joy ?. I find both paths to be a lifetime of studying, you will always be able to go deeper, there is always something to develop and as you are doing it you are aiming for complete unification!
I did my Teacher Training at Samahita Retreat in the spring of 2005 and felt strongly connected to the center and the way the teaching of yoga is being offered here. I have the biggest respect for the practice and for all the people that for thousands of years have been carrying the teachings on, making it possible for me and many more to be a part of it today.
This respect also goes to Samahita Retreat, to the dedication and work that has been put into this wonderful place. I am very grateful towards Paul, Jutima and the rest of the staff at YT for supporting me on my journey!
Sara and nutrition
During 2006 I studied Ayurveda together with Johan Ljungsberg (one of the founders of Veda Lila http://www.vedalila.se in Stockholm) and Dr. Vinay Vora (ayurvedic doctor from the Jamnagar University in India). With Ayurveda being a sister science to yoga it felt natural to get at better understanding of how the body works and the influence food has on our health. The interest for nutrition and the body's capacity to heal itself kept growing and in 2008 I finished my education as Nutrition Therapist with focus on functional medicine, anti-aging medicine and environmental medicine.
Interestingly enough food is medicine and it's exciting to see that if we use food wisely we can prevent illness and treat illness. I'm looking forward to meet you in the future!
Sara in Sweden
When not at Samahita Retreat Sara spends most of her time in Stockholm where she teaches yoga at a few different studios around the city. One of them is yogayama (www.yogayama.se) where she also works as director of the Yogayama Teacher Training. You can read more about Sara's classes and workshops in Sweden and abroad on her website: www.saragranstrom.se
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||Herbal Tea|
|7:30 - 8:30 am||Pranayama|
|8:30 - 10 am||Asana|
|10 am - 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|3 - 3:30 pm||Snack and refreshment|
|4 - 6 pm||Philosophy, Chanting, Meditation and Q&A|
|6 - 8 pm||Complimentary Herbal Steam Room Available|
|6 - 8 pm||Dinner buffet|
|7:45 pm||Optional Evening Program|
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
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.
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
|Simple Balanced Living||€ 70||€ 117||€ 164|
|Radiant Balanced Living||€ 112||€ 180||€ 256|
|Pure Balanced Living||€ 189||€ 283||€ 423|
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
We recommend you book in advance for your Health Program or Wellness Spa Program as much preparation work is required and space is limited.
|Share two bedroom loft||€ 840 per person|
|Single superior room||€ 1,040 per person|
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
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.
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
Reserve your place on this program
If you wish to extend your stay to include a detox or wellness program, please use the Wellness Booking Form.
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.
Sincere thanks to the Samahita Wellness Team at Yoga Thailand. In the 7 days of my detox program, Wellness Director and her team did everything to make my life endurable. A detox program is never an easy go, it is hard work with yourself to handle different types of upcoming cravings. Therefore the environment and the team around you which are giving you support are so important. Special thanks to Sarah, you are such an incredible and sweet nurse, you made my colon experience very tolerable. I also want to thank the Therapist Team - Dee, Than and Gung. Your healing hands helped me very much to go through this time of cleansing. And of course many thanks to Wellness Director , your sun shining appearance and professional attitude made every step of the program very clear to me.
Though it was not easy going, I really enjoyed this time of fasting and I would like to advise all of you to take your time and explore yourself in a detox program. You will feel lighter, cleaner and will have much more energy. DANKE!
Christian, Austria 2009
Samahita Wellness is an excellent place to be for detox and relaxation. I felt very well taken care of and all the experience was very nourishing. I will definitely be back for more!!
Jennie, Indonesia 2012
This detox program was really great! Everyone was very supportive, helpful and kind. I would recommend this detox program as well as Yoga at Samahita. I have really enjoyed my time here and felt supported through a tough thing like detox.
Kirsten, US 2012
I feel blessed to have discovered Samahita Retreat and privileged to have spent time with the wonderful teachers here! They have created the most beautiful space where I just love to come and unwind, reflect, cleanse and deepen my yoga practice. This is my second time at Samahita and I look forward to returning year after year to continue to grow, relax and be nurtured in this amazing and unique environment. Thank you so much!
Melanie, Australia 2012
This is the first time I have ever done anything like this. After 7 days of detox, I feel absolutely fabulous. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who is thinking about making changes in their lifestyle. And also to anyone who feels the need to cleanse or simply just to get away and relax. Amazing!