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

This is my second time doing detox at Samahita but a different program. I had fluctuation in my energy and emotion this time alot more than last time, but I got through the period as I had support from the detox and Wellness team, including other friends. Staff are very nice and food / juice are well prepared. The environment is very relaxing and suitable for detoxifiying your mind and body. I would definitely recommend everyone to come here for this experience. The team can adjust the program according to the individual which is really nice too. One of the best getaways, everyone should try!
Aoy, Thailand 2012

I was recently diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and have had many hospitalizations due to ill health. Detox and Yoga have helped me regain confidence in myself along with being able to feel better within myself. Healthy eating and exercise have increased my energy levels dramatically and I plan to continue with these changes. I sleep better, feel great when I wake up and have a much more positive outlook on life.
Anonymous, 2009

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

I can absolutely recommend the program. It is do-able, I felt great most of the time and feel even greater on my 7th day!!!
Lene, Norway 2009

I would like to thank everybody at Yoga Thailand for making my recent 10- day detox a resounding success. As this was my first 'detox ' I was mildly apprehensive about doing a long 10 day program but the support given throughout made it most enjoyable with all of the treatments being both relevant and of the highest standard. The combination of detoxifing ayurvedic herbs worked well with the simple foods that eased us into the juice fast proper. At no point did I feel any hunger pangs or discomfort and this in itself was a pleasant surprise. The time passed quickly, as we were kept quite busy with saunas, massages, colonics and steams all of which were explained and conducted with great professionalism and charm. All at Yoga Thailand Wellness should congratulate themselves on putting together a very polished and complete package. With thanks,
David St John Leach, UK 2009

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