Guest Teacher Programs
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Guest Yoga Teacher Programs

We are happy and privileged to be able to host visiting teachers who are experts in the field of yoga. Over the years we have developed relationships with them-sometimes teaching alongside them; other times studying under them. There is much to learn from these individuals, highly regarded teachers who, notably, remain humble and always grounded.

These guests have dedicated their lives to learning through practice and direct experience, and they come to Samahita Retreat to share their knowledge, as well as to encourage a growth within you through their yoga programs.

We also host guests who specialize in health, natural healing, prenatal yoga, and more.

A special mention about...

Our senior teacher, O.P. Tiwari, typically joins us twice a year. To learn under him is a rare privilege, as he is one of the few remaining masters of Pranayama. He teaches very few other programs today and none in the format done here.

Richard Freeman is a masterful teacher and practitioner, and it is an honor to have him as part of our visiting faculty. We regard him as an inspiring force, and consider his training courses to be in a class of their own.

Guest Teacher Schedule

 

Dates
Yoga Retreats
Teachers
January 4 - 11, 2014
Yin and Yang Yoga for Body, Breath and Mind
Simon Low

Yin and Yang Yoga for Body, Breath and Mind

This week will offer two classes daily (except one afternoon) with Simon, assisted by Yoga Academy teachers for every class. Simon is offering this week to all who wish to come for a focused yoga holiday at this fabulous location on beautiful Koh Samui. Come and enrich your practice, understanding and experience through Simon’s transformative Yin and Yang Yoga. This week is suitable for students of all yoga traditions and styles. Children are also welcome.

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January 18 - 25, 2014
Yoga Alliance 500-hour training module and Teachers' Immersion Week (50 hours of study)
Simon Low and Eija Tervonen

Yoga Alliance 500-hour training module and Teachers' Immersion Week (50 hours of study)

This week is the launch of a series of The Yoga Academy’s continuing education modules for existing teachers with two aims in mind: First, by completing the combination of optional and compulsory modules, existing Yoga Alliance® 200-hour teachers wishing to upgrade to the 500-hour level can collect the required number of hours towards certification, by The Yoga Academy, at the Yoga Alliance®’s 500-hour level. Second, this week is also open as an individual, stand-alone study intensive to all teachers of yoga to support their ongoing professional development, but who are not necessarily seeking a certification at the 500-hour level. All students will, however, receive a 50-hour certificate of completion from The Yoga Academy.

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January 25 - February 1, 2014 Week 1
Honoring the Beginning
Chuck Miller

Honoring the Beginning

A series of two weeklong retreats: Each week we will start at the Beginning! Everyday we start at the Beginning! A common technique used in many spiritual teachings is that the Ultimate End is indicated at the very Beginning. We are constantly touching the Beginning, practicing to evolve closer and closer to the Beginning

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January 25 - February 1, 2014 Week 2
Honoring the Beginning
Chuck Miller

Honoring the Beginning

A series of two weeklong retreats: Each week we will start at the Beginning! Everyday we start at the Beginning! A common technique used in many spiritual teachings is that the Ultimate End is indicated at the very Beginning. We are constantly touching the Beginning, practicing to evolve closer and closer to the Beginning

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February 1 - 8, 2014
Mindfulness & Yin Yoga Retreat (with Chinese translation)正念陰瑜珈避靜營(華語翻譯教學)
Michelle Chu

Mindfulness & Yin Yoga Retreat (with Chinese translation)正念陰瑜珈避靜營(華語翻譯教學)

Though the retreat title is Mindfulness and Yin yoga retreat, in the morning practice, we will incorporate meditation, pranayama and Hatha style asana practice. In the afternoon session, we will share mindfulness philosophy and yin yoga. This retreat will help one to explore from the gross body to the subtle body and also start /or continue building a foundation for mindfulness and Yin yoga practice. The retreat is designed for all-level practitioner. For people who already have a foundation of asana practice and would like to start meditation and yin yoga, it's an ideal introduction.
參加避靜營是個開始新年的好方式。這ㄧ週,在蘇美島如人間仙境的海邊,我們的瑜伽學校裡,早晨梵唱,靜坐,呼吸及體位法練習; 下午討論正念哲學和陰瑜珈練習。瑜伽學校的主廚將為我們準備當地新鮮及充滿能量的悅性食物。中午休息的時間,您可以沿著白色沙灘散步或在天然鹽水泳池中放鬆,享受著熱帶陽光。 下午正念哲學和陰瑜珈練習後,可以藉由蒸氣草藥浴來排毒舒緩身體。然後在半開放式的涼亭餐廳享受海邊微風晚餐。給予自己這ㄧ週的時間和空間,讓身心靈能在這大自然的環境下重新的整合療癒,讓內在以飽滿全新的能量開始新的一年。

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February 15 - 22, 2014
Finding the Softness in Your Practice:Asana, Pranayama, Chanting and Nutrition
Sara Granström Thorsson

Finding the Softness in Your Practice:Asana, Pranayama, Chanting and Nutrition

Practice - Although yoga might be a physical practice where we challenge our bodies, it has always been a useful tool for increasing awareness and helping the mind to settle. 
To practice yoga is to feel and observe ourselves as we are in the given moment without pressure and expectations. Through daily morning practice of asana and pranayama combined with inspiring afternoon discussions based on the philosophy of Yoga Sutras, we will explore how yoga can be soft and stable at the same time. Patanjali, the author of yoga sutras, would call this "Sthira sukham asanam" meaning to be in the posture with full support, feeling centered and without stress.

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March 16 - 29, 2014
Yoga Practice and Philosophy IntensiveInsight into the Teachings from Hathapradipika and Other Hatha Texts
Richard Freeman

Yoga Practice and Philosophy IntensiveInsight into the Teachings from Hathapradipika and Other Hatha Texts

Richard comes to Samahita Retreat for a special two-week program on the practice of Yoga and the 14th century hatha text of Svatmarama, Hathapradipika (commonly referred to in modern vernacular as Hatha Yoga Pradipika). As is typical for Richard, expect brief forays into a variety of other teachings and texts during the afternoon sessions, digressions that add depth into and understanding of the lessons from the Hathapradipika.

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March 29 - April 5, 2014
Moving Deeper Into YogaPracticing the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga
Romana and Sascha Delberg

Moving Deeper Into YogaPracticing the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga

We will integrate all eight limbs of the yogic path in this retreat - combining Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Chanting, as well as Philosophy. There will be in-depth exploration of the first series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method. Emphasis on proper alignment of the postures, the breath and it’s internal patterns and the subtle workings of Drishti, the placement of the gaze. Beyond the first series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system we will explore a variety of yogic practices like Meditation, Pranayama, Chanting and Philosophy. We will spend time in the afternoons exploring the deep relaxation through Yin Yoga practices. Our intention is for you to feel uplifted and clear in your practice as you travel back home ready to integrate yogic wisdom into your day to day life.

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April 5 - 12, 2014
The Hero’s Journey
Michael Hamilton

The Hero’s Journey

There are many wonderful stories in the yogic traditions from India of people seeking truth and meaning. This icon of the hero overcoming obstacles and thereby conquering darkness is a beautiful metaphor for how each of us feels when we face the many challenges and obstacles presented by our daily lives. This retreat will draw inspiration from many different sources within the spiritual traditions of India, such as the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Buddhist sutras and Yoga sutras to help us find echoes of the seeker within and present us with practices to help us find our way. Morning practice will be Mysore style Ashtanga. Afternoon sessions will include detailed meditation, talks on spiritual text in the non-dual traditions, asana workshops on inner alignment and the use of subtle bandhas, as well as spontaneous talks on living in today’s complex world.

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April 27th - May 10th , 2014
Ashtanga Yoga as a Spiritual Path
Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann

Ashtanga Yoga as a Spiritual Path

Get the chance to practice with Kino and Tim in a beautiful beach front setting with world class service and amazing vegetarian food and fresh seafood. Kino and Tim travel the world sharing their message of Ashtanga Yoga as a spiritual path, join them at Samahita Retreat for two amazing weeks of study together. Being so busy they rarely teach together, but when they do their unique styles compliment each other perfectly--get the chance to be immersed in two world-class teachers of Ashtanga Yoga.

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October 4 - 11, 2014
Building & Deepening a Practice with Integrity
Rachel Grey

Building & Deepening a Practice with Integrity

Together we will explore yoga as a physical practice and how to incorporate yoga into life, aiming for a more holistic approach in order to gain insight into ourselves and the world around us.
If you have an existing Mysore practice there will be a chance to practice Mysore on a daily basis. And we will support you in deepening your practice by filling any gaps in its foundation, thereby strengthening and enhancing the more advanced aspects of practice as well.
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