Guest Teacher Retreats
Ashtanga Yoga: Sama Vinyasa Breath Roots Core
January 19 - 26, 2013
with Chuck Miller
About the Retreat
"We need to seek Balance, what I am calling "Sama." The learn to "see" differently what we are doing and where we are heading with our efforts." ∼ Chuck
Join Chuck Miller, one of the world's most advanced practitioners and pioneer of the modern yoga movement, on his first ever retreat in Asia.
The morning session will be Ashtanga Mysore style practice and some conducted Primary Series class.
"This is helpful to all students as it gives me a chance to 'speak' to everyone about what I feel is important to focus on through out the practice. It is a chance to explore what patterns of practice need to be reinforced and which need to be controlled or reduced."
In afternoon session, we will use what is observed in the morning practice sessions to explore how to evolve our practice.
These afternoon sessions will give us an opportunity to lift the rug, sweep underneath the carpets and evolve our practice based on guidance provided by sacred yoga text as well as experience garnered from everywhere in life.
We will do some asana simply as a means to 'look at bodies' and work on getting a 'felt in body' experience of what balance means in the body/mind.
We will consider how to know where to go! Most of us are eager to work, but we are uncertain of how to work or where to go. These classes will offer us that rare time to look closer, to learn to use our precious practice time wisely.
We will explore what we hold on to unnecessarily and what we need to wake up. This Balance is a large part of what is meant by the word "Sama."
It is not true that practice makes perfect. That is only true if there is an intention to evolve towards perfection.
Perfection itself is often a trap.
About the Teacher
Chuck got into yoga through an interest in spirituality. This was first ignited at a young age by an interest in Native American culture and shamanism.
At the age of 17 he started a regular meditation practice and at 19 got disciplined with a regular pranayama and asana practice. Meditation, Pranayama and asana were a significant part of everyday from then on.
In 1980 Chuck met Sri K PattabhiJois(Guruji) on his third American tour in Fairfax California. He taught Chuck the Primary Series the first day of practice and then on Maui 2 months later he taught Chuck the entire Intermediate series in one session.
Chuck traveled to Mysore regularly and in 1983 - 1986 began the study of the advanced sequences. During 1991-1996 Chuck and his partner Maty learnt up to the beginning of 5th series. Guruji also taught them the traditional pranayama practice. They sat with him upstairs in the old Lakshmi Puramshala and practiced it with Guru-ji, or rather tried to keep up with him!
Chuck enjoys teaching with a focus on the holistic nature of Ashtanga Yoga, teaching it as both a philosophical system as well as a strong practical method. Chuck is known for his gentle but deliberate hands-on adjustments which are both reassuring and challenging.
Teaching since 1988 Chuck was Director of Ashtanga Yoga and was a co-owner of the original Yoga Works in Santa Monica, California for over 16 years.
For full details on Chuck Miller www.chuckandmaty.com
The Daily Schedule
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the retreat with a group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day.
The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
|7 am||Morning tea|
|7:30 - 10 am||Mysore style Ashtanga Practice. Focus on Sama... Vinyasa... Breath Roots Core... in ALL asana, in all practice|
|10 am - 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|3:30 - 4pm||Snack and Refreshment|
|4 - 6pm||Afternoon clinics - explore how to evolve our practice through discussion and asana|
|6 - 8 pm||Dinner buffet|
|6 - 8 pm||Steam room available|
|8 pm||Optional evening program: practice other more subtle forms such as meditation, pranayama, or discussions|
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
Best Value (Add on)
Combine your Retreat with a Health or Wellness Spa Program to make the most out of your stay.
Best Value invites you to enjoy rejuvenating massage and treatments at an exclusive rate - Enjoy a 10% discount on the Program of your choice.
Relax and enjoy our range of wellness spa programs, designed to nourish body and soul. Choose from a range of massage, beauty treatments and detoxifying therapies to compliment your time with us.
Wellness Spa Programs
|Simple Balanced Living||€ 70||€ 117||€ 164|
|Radiant Balanced Living||€ 112||€ 180||€ 256|
|Pure Balanced Living||€ 189||€ 283||€ 423|
Our health programs have been specially designed to help you rediscover health and vitality, and where necessary target areas of imbalance in your life. From our range of healthy detox programs to more focused weight loss and de-stress programs, our specialy designed blend of treatments, nutrition and support ensure you meet your wellness goals.
De-stress, Detox & Healthy Weight Programs
We recommend you book in advance for your Health Program or Wellness Spa Program as much preparation work is required and space is limited.
|Share two bedroom loft||€ 840 per person|
|Single superior room||€ 1040 per person|
additional cost on the total program package:
- € 50 per day
- € 320 for one week
- € 620 for two weeks
- € 900 for three weeks
- € 1100 for four weeks
We only have two deluxe one bedroom suites located in our most private building closest to the sea. They have a private bedroom, living room, fully equipped kitchen, generous bathroom and an extra large balcony. Both suites offer a modern open living room with sofa bed, LCD TV, working desk and DVD/ iPod Stereo. They are perfect for a family or couple. The additional rate is a flat rate based on the room and is added on to the total rate package whether a single individual, couple or family.
Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide with you with a private community and greater security. A selection of our rooms enjoy this spectacular sea view, while others enjoy the tropical gardens scene.
The rate is inclusive of:
- Full yoga program
- Fully equipped accommodation with AC
- Full brunch and dinner buffets
- Mineral drinking water
- Herbal steam room
- Salt water swimming pool
- Wi Fi internet
- Service charge
- VAT government tax
Reserve your place on this program
If you wish to extend your stay to include a detox or wellness program, please use the Wellness Booking Form.
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.
Samahita Yoga Thailand really opened my eyes towards my eating habits. Everyone takes such great care of you and it's easy to keep up. They showed me a different view towards Yoga, even though I was a beginner. The place is beautiful, so just relax, enjoy, and change your life.
Ylanka, Netherlands 2011
I went into this detox with specific objectives, to gain both physical and mental clarity. These were achieved to my expectations through great professionalism, supportive therapists and great program facilities. I have come away with a stronger yoga practice, the knowledge on keeping my body cleansed and mental clarity on keeping myself present. Thank you guys for a wonderful experience and all your support.
Jo McHugh, UK 2009
I was very impressed with the wellness team. They are so helpful, supportive and accommodating, I am sad to say goodbye to them. So is a very good trainer. He provided a challenge and variations each day and he incorporated weights and stability ball and bike riding for something different. He's a real asset. The food on the Healthy Weight Program was delicious and just enough, and the supplement schedule was easy to follow.
Kate, England, 7-day Healthy Weight 2013
Lovely yoga teachers, overal a memorable experience. I cannot wait to come back.
M.J. Hayes., 2012
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.
Ingo, Hong Kong 2006