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 was my second time to have a detox program at Samahita and I will definitely come back for an annual or bi-annual detox. I have been recommending the program at Samahita to people around me!
Chloe, Japan 2011

Having fasted several times before in Thailand, I expected it to be much more difficult. However at Samahita, it was supported via the Wellness advisors and a view to changing long term eating patterns rather than a quick fix, which is not sustainable. As a fan of Ashtanga yoga, the daily yoga led classes were the highlight of my day. Plus, given my love of the yoga, it meant I wasn’t anxiously weighing myself every day, hoping to see the numbers going down. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I have lost nearly 4 kg, which I’m very happy with. I hope to return soon.
Eve, France 2013

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 have done a 7 day fasting detox program in 2008 and an ayurvedic pancakarma program in India in 2009. Both programs were excellent for detoxing and rebalancing. Interestingly Samahita Wellness was able to combine the basic elements (such as herbs, treatments, juices) and the essence of both programs. The information packet is so complete, including post-detox guidelines. The therapists are well trained and friendly, I really felt taken care of. Everything seems to be well thought out. I lost 3kg in 4 days. If feels good to feel light and more focused.
Raquel, Singapore 2010

Temai, Lea and I would sincerely like to thank you all for the glorious time and learning experience you provided for us at Samahita Yoga Thailand.

We have arrived safely (and recovered quite successfully from jetlag) and look forward to continue all practices.

Temai misses all his recent friends and addictive environment but you know Temai he is back to his eating routine like expected :)

We enjoyed our time immensely and home to see you all soon!

Kind regards and best wishes,

Om shanti,
Temai, Lea and Uzo, 2006

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