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 want to give you and your great team my full hearted appreciation. :)
I came to Samui in 2008 for a 5-day vacation and loved it. I think it's the people. Thai people are really nice and friendly. But your team is just nicer and friendlier. Out of this crazy daily job, so many people asking for so many things, and the busy busy detox and supplement schedule, they're all able to face it with smiles, and bring calmness and serenity here. You're so wonderful to be able to put together a crew like this.
Many of my fellow retreat friends asked me how I feel after detox. Do I feel lighter or anything like that. I didn't feel I'm "lighter", honestly, although I did lose 2~3kg (Hoorrrrrraaaaayyyyy!!! :D). I didn't find the word, until I was in the super hot infrared sauna today and I got it - I actually feel more "centered". I feel I'm back in "me", who I really am, body and mind together, like putting a ball of water into water, it doesn't go up, it doesn't go down, it just stays in a perfect equilibrium. I'm already adding some "forbidden" food to my diet, but as you suggested, one by one, to test it out. I figure since I'll ruin it in Italy, I might as well do it here so if I need help I still have you! During the test, I find I can receive what my body wants to tell me clearly, this is acceptable, that is not so good, and the peanut butter - you'd better not eat for the rest of your life! (really too hot for pitta ^^)
Jane , 2011
The Wellness Director was wonderful. She knows a lot about her topic and she still has a common sense approach to detoxing, eating and yoga
Ida, Finland 2010
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 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.
David St John Leach, UK 2009
This program was ideal for my first detox experience. The entire staff was extremely friendly and creating a warm and welcoming environment. I was never too full - always given lots of juices to fuel my body. It was very informative, as I learned so much about proper detoxification. Better than I expected, plus I feel great!
Amanda, USA 2010
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