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

Thank you so much for your warm hospitality and help & support to our family during our stay in March. It was great escape to a beautiful place as well as a healing time for myself. My son faced a true nature there, dining with birds, sleeping with nice breeze, walking in the calm beach and listening the sound of wave all the time. And he has grown so much over there, I think it's all about being in such a peaceful/clean place. All your staffs were fantastic, I had no issue with making baby's food. They gave me a great confidence that we can go back there anytime.
My yoga practice, particularly Asana practice, I started to set up a time and managed to make it in daily bases! What an amazing change! I'm so glad that I can do this again. Also the end of practice, I feel so much better and lighter, something I've been longing for. All great.
Many thanks to all of you and so much looking forward to going back soon.
Special thanks to Paul and Jutima!
Susie and family, Hong Kong 2009

Knowing that a number of people are doing repeat detoxes here, made me feel good about my choice of detox place and program. I definitely will come back if I can, I felt right at ease and at home with the people, the staff and teachers and the practice. I am excited about the life changing experience I had in Yoga Thailand and I hope I can sustain / continue this learning when I go back to the Philippines.
Venus, Philippines 2012

The detox program at Yoga Thailand is one of the best gifts that I have ever given myself. I came to the program a huge skeptic - in fact, I almost quit before I even started, but I am so glad that I went through with it. The emotional and mental clarity that I feel is indescribable - I was telling someone the other day that I feel happy in a way that I didn't know was possible. And aside (but not insignificant benefit) is the fact that I was able to bind in Marichyasana C on both sides after completing the detox. I have been working on that Asana for a year and have never once bound by myself. Two days after the detox, I popped right into it. I cannot say enough good things about Wellness Director and her staff, I fell in love with all of them.
Julia, USA 2011

I came to the retreat in dire need of a holiday that was restful. Not one for lying on the beach for extended periods I found the balance of yoga, information and gentle atmosphere combined to create the perfect scenario to be by myself. The general atmosphere was relaxed friendship. A holiday I will savou forever. I will certainly return.
Rochelle, UK 2010

I will definitely recommend Samahita Retreat to all my family and friends. The programs are good and according to the health issues of each person. I love the breathing and yoga classes as it improves my posture and my overall health along with the programs that I've chosen (detox program). All the staff are very well mannered, love talking and laughing with their guests, although communicating in English, they are happy dedicated, caring and give excellent service. So, more power to all and keep the good excellent work!!! Thank you very much, me and my family will be back.
Riezel, Australia 2012

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