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

Having done several other detox programs in other countries, I rate this one the best. Friendliest staff, most information and support, individual attention.
Christine, UK 2014

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

Just allow to me say a very sincere and personal thank you for the guidance and proper introduction I received into the ashtanga yoga technique over the past 7 days from you.
It was a very rewarding experience for me personal and professionally. I believe very much in yoga, not only asanas, and as such it was good to spend time with you and all participants, learning, listen, feeling and growing all in our own humble ways to become better at what we do in our lives and with our life's surroundings.
Warmest
Ingo, Hong Kong 2006

I enjoyed challenging myself through the 7 day Faster’s detox. It was an experience to have my normal food routine taken away and having to stick to a particular schedule. Not eating as soon as I woke up was probably my biggest challenge as well as feeing quite tired everyday, but this forced me to relax and really take the whole process in. I wanted to challenge my body and mind with the detox and that’s exactly what I did.
Natasha, Australia 2012

We had such a pleasure of a stay at Samahita Yoga Thailand. Between Paul, Jutima and all the lovely staff, you have created such a precious oasis and sanctuary on Koh Samui. A centre filled with such light and consciousness!
We are hoping that Hillary will run another fast at Samahita Yoga Thailand next year. We'll do almost anything to come back again.
Please keep up the great work! :-)
Please thank all the staff for their wonderful service during our stay.
Many blessings and grateful thanks,
Annabelle, Singapore 2009

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