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

The detox program was a big surprise: I expected three days of being hungry and bored, and feeling weak, but it was the opposite. We had program and nourishment all day, and I felt good almost all of the time. now, at the end, I feel light and clean- and somehow safe.
Nelli Sauri, Finland 2009

Great management and staff. Excellent Yoga classes and highly restorative massage treatments. Beautiful and perfectly kept infrastructure. For a first experience with Yoga and detox, couldn't have asked for more! We will certainly return.
Cristina & Felix, Spain 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 did the 5 day combined detox. I found it very beneficial to my practice and my overall health. I think it is important to give your digestive system a break and clean it out. The Wellness Centre cater for your every need, they are so organised that you don't have to think, just go with what they offer and enjoy it. I never felt hungry and my energy was quite good throughout the detox. The best part was that I found I connected more to my practice and my breath. The whole process was fun and interesting. Something I will try to keep up twice a year!
Danielle, Ireland 2011

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

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