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

We did a 7-day detox last year and I found it very hard. The Wellness Director said the results come afterwards, but I was skeptical. She was right and the weeks after detox I lost weight and felt really well. We've changed our eating habits alot in the last year and during this detox I've noticed a real difference - I feel well, have more energy, and I enjoyed the detox. The Wellness Director tips have been truely life changing for me. I now practice Yoga regularly and eat more healthily.
Alex, Singapore 2011

I was able to clear my body and mind completely. The many smiles that came my way each day only deepened my overall serenity.
Frank, Japan 2011

I must have visited your center in 2002, anyway, the date matters little. It changed my life. I had never done yoga before. I was a bit depressed and talking with you guys and learning the basics of Ashtanga really helped me to displine my mind to see the brighter side of things. The most important thing you gave me is A TOOL to get rid of dark ideas. Whenever I feel morose, I begin to do the routine you taught me. I admit, I stopped doing yoga everyday BUT I now do daily physical exercises. I stopped smoking too. In fact, the greatest gift you gave me is that I am capable with breathing exercises and Ashtanga yoga to find my "calm waters" when the boat rocks too hard.

I'm not sure if my text make sense but I just wanted you to know that even after one retreat you can change people's life.

I use to be a teacher in Bangkok and now I work with Inuit children in Nunavik, Canada. Next year, we are moving to Whitehorse, Yukon, I hope that in this somewhat bigger town, I will find a yoga instructor (hopefully Ashtanga!) so I can practice more regularly, not just when things are heavy.

Thanks a million times again,
ANIE, 2008

My experience was very good and it was so nice with the people working and the guests.
Marcel, Norway 2013

Hi Paul, Steve and I attended this year's x-mas yoga retreat with you. We truly enjoyed the yoga program and learned a lot from you and the other assistant teachers (they were all excellent). Also Samahita Yoga Thailand - is all together, an exceptional place by all means. We'd love to come back. I'm still working on my core strength, doing dynamic yoga, and will probably go back to ashtanga afterwards. Namaste
Deniz, 2011

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