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

Dear friends at Samahita Yoga Thailand,

Thank you to all of you for making my first encounter with Ashtanga yoga so special, kind and healing! It is only coming back to regular life and practise in a somewhat "normal" shala that I fully understand how special Samahita Yoga Thailand is. I missed each and everyone of you today when I started the new year with my first class in Copenhagen. It is 3 degrees celsius here, freezing cold, and looking at the white walls of my new shala I truly missed the ocean and felt slightly lost in the new surroundings. How lucky I have been to get such a first class introduction in spectacular ambience.
Peace and smile
Pia Edenhög, 2008

I came to the retreat in dire need of a holiday that was restful. Not one for lying on the beach for extended periods I found the balance of yoga, information and gentle atmosphere combined to create the perfect scenario to be by myself. The general atmosphere was relaxed friendship. A holiday I will savou forever. I will certainly return.
Rochelle, UK 2010

I am sorry to say that I arrived back at my desk yesterday and am day dreaming of Thailand. Thank you very much for accommodating me. I had a fabulous time and it must be said that the standard of teaching was nothing less than excellent.

Sorry that I did not have an opportunity to say goodbye before I hurriedly left.

I will endeavour to put your advice into practise and to work on the dreaded hip opener postures. I will, no doubt, see you again (and that's a threat!).
Jacqueline, 2007

The Wellness Director is very kind, attentive and good at asking students how they are and listening and responding. I like her, I like that there was never any pressure of judgement. Thank you-I plan on returning!
Caroline, USA 2010

It has been nearly two months since Cookie and I came to your institution to study yoga, although this is was the first time we had studied any yoga we were made to feel extremely welcome and had an amazing time. Its not often in life that one week or one place can change a person in so many positive ways, but this is the effect that Samahita Yoga Thailand has had on us.

Our time at Samahita Yoga Thailand has shaped in so many ways, especially with your wonderful food that we have tried (with varying levels of success) to recreate at home.

Thank you so much for helping us discover such a wonderful and invigorating lifestyle. I would like to wish you every success with your new centre and are already very excited about returning to study with you soon.

Namaste,
Love Mark and Cookie, 2008

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