Yoga: The Joy of Practice
September 15 - 22, 2012
with Elonne Stockton
About the Retreat
In this retreat, we will develop our self-practice of yoga asana and breathwork - pranayama. At the same time, we will explore where the practice of yoga comes from, what the different elements of the practice are and why we practice yoga to begin with.
All levels are welcome. This is an opportunity to be in yoga, to live it, to immerse ourselves in the practice of yoga. It is a chance to be in a healthy and uplifting setting with like-minded people, learning about the practice while building something solid that we can take with us to enrich our lives. Get in it, and develop a love and appreciation for the practice. The joy is ours to celebrate; it is already in us.
Throughout the week, we will have morning breathwork - pranayama, intention setting, chanting and asana practice (led asana and self practice classes), afternoon discussions and restorative asana classes, and of course lots of bhakti/devotion! Some mornings there will be additional silent walks or walking meditations, and some evenings we will have optional kirtan, satsang and other activities.
Please join us!
About the Teacher
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
|7 am||Herbal Tea|
|7:15 am||Day Opening and Breathwork- Pranayama|
|8 am||Asana Practice (Guided and Self-Practice)|
|10 am - 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|3 - 3:30 pm||Snack and refreshment|
|4 - 6 pm||Workshop and Discussion followed by Restorative Asana Class|
|6 - 8 pm||Complimentary Herbal Steam Room Available|
|6 - 8 pm||Dinner buffet|
|8 pm||Optional Evening Program or Quiet Time|
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
I want to give you and your great team my full hearted appreciation. :)
I came to Samui in 2008 for a 5-day vacation and loved it. I think it's the people. Thai people are really nice and friendly. But your team is just nicer and friendlier. Out of this crazy daily job, so many people asking for so many things, and the busy busy detox and supplement schedule, they're all able to face it with smiles, and bring calmness and serenity here. You're so wonderful to be able to put together a crew like this.
Many of my fellow retreat friends asked me how I feel after detox. Do I feel lighter or anything like that. I didn't feel I'm "lighter", honestly, although I did lose 2~3kg (Hoorrrrrraaaaayyyyy!!! :D). I didn't find the word, until I was in the super hot infrared sauna today and I got it - I actually feel more "centered". I feel I'm back in "me", who I really am, body and mind together, like putting a ball of water into water, it doesn't go up, it doesn't go down, it just stays in a perfect equilibrium. I'm already adding some "forbidden" food to my diet, but as you suggested, one by one, to test it out. I figure since I'll ruin it in Italy, I might as well do it here so if I need help I still have you! During the test, I find I can receive what my body wants to tell me clearly, this is acceptable, that is not so good, and the peanut butter - you'd better not eat for the rest of your life! (really too hot for pitta ^^)
Jane , 2011
Many, many thanks for a beautiful experience at Samahita Yoga Thailand! Your warmth and hospitality turned a nice
vacation into a wonderful experience. I can not express the gratitude I feel for the guidance you provided,
Paul, in helping me to regain a practice I felt I had lost in my car accident. Thank you for your teaching,
and for encouraging my progression.
Amanda, Seattle, US 2006
Samahita Retreat is very peaceful, tranquil and beautiful. From the sounds of the birds, to the butterflies flapping their wings. To the plants that are so healthy and green. The calming sunsets and the clear water beach, smiling faces, gentle natured, beautiful people.
What an amazing place.
Wendy, Australia 2012
It's my second time doing the detox program here and I'm very happy. Goals achieved. I will try to do this every year. Its very good and I can really feel the difference!
As I researched yoga retreat sites from all over the world for countless hours, Samahita Retreat kept coming back to me as a destination option. The One-to-One Personal Retreat really called and inspired me. Due to the fact that my time as limited to a one week retreat, I really wanted to maximize my time. Not that group settings cannot be impacting, I really was attracted to the One-to-One time for this particular journey. It just seemed right. Once word returned that you were available to meet, the confirmation within my body was immediate.
The results totally surpassed my expectations. Our daily conversations were poignant, enriching, engaging, and empowering. You have a wonderful gift to focus, center and deliver a targeted message that comes from an other-worldly place. I loved that even though there was a loose outline of topics to cover, that we could stay on the prescribed course or go off on an appropriate tangent. It made our time together real and personal and not contrived.
Your robust energy flows from you in generous waves drowning those in your presence. Your capacity to teach, share, laugh and love were infectious.
More than anything, I absorbed takeaway spiritual and life skills that I can now use to uplift and support my future growth.
The week was an opportunity to reboot my life. I return to my real world a new person - revived, fresh, and outfitted with energy that will continue to guide and support the next stage of life.
My gratitude runneth over.
Thank you from the crevasses of my open and gleeful heart.
Laurel, USA 2012
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