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've just completed my first 7 day detox and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel like I'm about to leave my cocoon now, but looking forward to applying what I've learned into my daily life to improve my overall wellbeing. The Yoga was great and the Mysore style of teaching has been challenging and a real learning curve. The program is comprehensive and allows you enough time to relax and enjoy your time in between Yoga, juices, meals and treatments. The massages are incredible, the staff are most helpful and genuinely want to assist you in any way they can. Samahita is a very relaxed environment, and I can highly recommend it to anyone looking to detox or retreat to a peaceful Kho Samui beach setting. I'm leaving with alot more energy than when I first arrived and more clarity than before. A big thank you to all the staff!
Katherine, Australia 2011
I would highly recommend this retreat. It was wonderful having The Wellness Director as our teacher and spending time with such a nice group of people.
Catherine, UK 2011
I appreciated the time spent by staff in talking through your issues during the program. The flexibility in the timetable so as not to disrupt the yoga program is very professionally done! I hope to redo it again
Priya, UK 2012
The Wellness Director was great. Very knowledgeable and calming at the same time which made the week feel very supportive. I'm very happy I chose to spend a week doing this for myself. I didn't know what to expect and it wasn't always easy, but in the end it was worth the time and energy to get back on track.
Matthew, USA 2010
I wanted to thank you very sincerely for the wonderful retreat. I was looking over my photos yesterday
and felt quite nostalgic... everyone attended that retreat for their own reasons, but it was a magic moment
in space & time and I'm sure we all left with positive thoughts and resolutions for the future.
Whether a retreat like that can make significant changes in one's lives depends on the individual... I know that
not only did my practise improve and my eyes were opened to new avenues of study and inquiry, but another
benefit of the retreat was the friendships I made there.
Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher and an inspiration... I'm lucky that I can keep practising here in Montreal, but you've also inspired me in other aspects of yoga, by your discourse and by your example.
Robert, Canada 2006
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