The Joy of Practice
“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. ”
∼ Mother Teresa
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Yoga Retreats

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 Stockton

Ayurveda 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

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

Testimonials

I feel my body, mind and soul come more together to integration because of the classes. I feel more alive!
Marjolijn, Netherlands 2012

You have played a special part in my yoga journey. I deeply appreciate, admire and respect you for your teaching and sharing of your wisdom with so much passion and light-heartedness. Through your great devotion, you helped me to take the journey into my own heart. To see the divine nature within us all. To understand happiness. And to know the true value of humility and gratitude.

I look forward to visiting you at the new retreat centre, hopefully in the new year. I hope all is going well.

With honour and love,
Natalie, 2008

Thank you very much again for the very inspiring and at the same time fun yoga retreat, it was a fantastic experience! Not only because I learned a lot and because I found in Ashtanga the form of yoga that really fits me and which I definitely want to further develop, but also because I met a lot of great people with the same interests, who I hope to meet again in the future.
Ingrid, Netherlands 2006

This was my first guided detox. Very well organised, especially while participating in a very busy schedule such as the Yoga Teachers Training. I feel very good, I've learned and will practice these new techniques. The staff were more than helpful - you truely felt well taken care of. Overall a switch has gone off in my mind and the inside of my belly. I am so much more conscious of my digestive system. And will still continue the good habits showed to me in only 3 days.
Lisa, Canada 2011

I learned a lot from Wellness Director. This retreat has really made me sit up and think about how I lead my life; diet, stress management and living a more healthy and balanced life. The great thing is I now realize how I can change things and have every intention of doing so when I go home. So thank you Samahita for opening my eyes and bringing this welcome change into my life!
Belinda, Hong Kong 2012

Past dates
May 7 - 14, 2011
October 22 - 29, 2011