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 was extremely impressed with the program at Yoga Thailand. The wellness center was welcoming and provided a caring and supportive environment, often surpassing my expectations in terms of how considerate and caring they were. I actually enjoyed the detox despite having to drink some particularly horrible herbs. I didn't feel particularly low in energy and the busy schedule of therapy sessions meant I didn't have much time to think about food.
The yoga was an excellent addition to the package. I could really feel myself sweating out the toxins. The daily detox meetings with Wellness Director were educational and supportive. I now feel that I understand my body more and have every intention of continuing by implementing all the recommendations and tips given to me by Wellness Director. Yoga Thailand is a brilliant destination for a holiday, yoga retreat and detox. The facilities and therapists are outstanding - a great place to find a superb massage!
Francesca, UK 2010
Dear Paul and staff of Samahita Yoga Thailand,
Just a quick note of thanks for the wonderful 3 days I spent at your centre last week. It was truly restful and rejuvenating and just what I needed. I only wish I could have stayed longer. I was also appreciative to have the attention of teacher trainers to support me with my asanas.
Many thanks again and all the best,
Holly, Switzerland 2010
Good experience. Was the first time and not the last. Very good organized.
Claudia, Switzerland 2013
It was my first detox. I found it an intense experience, mentally and physically. You realize lots of things, your body metabolism changes, and your thought processes too. You go through phases and learn to accommodate. You end up slightly changed and more aware of the connection between what you eat and how you feel. We are what we eat aren't we?
Mrs Strage, UK 2012
Samahita Retreat has given me a new breath of life-the Ujjayi breath, the Victorious Breath!
I arrived 2 weeks ago, nervous about entering the Healthy Weight Program-even though desperate to lose weight- thinking I am going to be starved, I will be tired and grumpy and how can I possibly wake up at 6am every day?!
Quite the opposite I woke up looking forward to watching the sunrise whilst jogging with my trainer on a white sandy beach.
I looked forward to the breathing exercises-I am asthmatic and now know how to take control of my breathing and calm myself if an attack occurs.
I was never hungry, I finished my meals but never wanted more and never craved sweet things like I used to.
The training was tough but a quick forgotten pain once 5 more repetitions had been conquered!
I never had any muscle pains thanks to a great choice of treatments to compliment and smooth every thing out.
And the icing on the cake was the Far Infrared Sauna: losing 600 calories in 30minutes the same as 1h30 in a spinning class!
I felt the weight come off every day and could see shapes from reawakened muscles appearing.
I made new friends and all the staff and especially the teachers were so supportive and attentive they all got me through the full 2 weeks in the blink of an eye.
The secret to weight loss is that there is none and we all know it.
The reality is simple "move more, eat less". I was surprised to find that Yoga practice reduced my appetite and cravings.
Samahita Retreat was the best environment to kick start me: training and yoga with swimming, sunbathing and healthy eating made it the perfect combination for me.
In 2 weeks I built the confidence to self practice yoga-which I did for the 1st time today after a 5 day break and it felt amazing, I felt so proud and thankful!
Marie-Elisabeth, UK 2012
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