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

It's my second time doing the detox program here and I'm very happy. Goals achieved. I will try to do this every year. Its very good and I can really feel the difference!
Anon, 2012

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 ^^) Sincerely,
Jane , 2011

Samahita Retreat is a hidden gem-I have found my time here to be deeply restorative, challenging and thought provoking. I feel healthy, refreshed and relaxed and have met some wonderful like-minded friends. I will most definitely be recommending this retreat and hope to return again soon.
Lauren, South Africa 2010

I had a wonderful experience, very professional and warm, friendly staff. The Wellness Director was very knowledgeable, attentive and caring.
Liza, Qatar 2010

I decided to do a 7 day detox program after 4 months of traveling and a 2 year stint working in a developing country - needless to say I did not have a healthy diet for the past 2 years. This was the first detox program I have ever done so I didn't know what to expect. The staff were absolutely wonderful and professional, I felt 100% supported the entire time. I came away from the detox with a new perspective and felt that the program gave me a kick-start in the right direction. THANK YOU THE WELLNESS DIRECTOR AND THE WELLNESS CENTRE STAFF!!!
Cassandra, USA 2011

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