Yin and Yang Yoga for Body, Breath and Mind
January 3 – 10, 2015
withÂ Simon Low &Â Guest Kirtan Musicians Edo and Jo
About the Retreat
This week will offer two classes daily (except one afternoon) with Simon, assisted by Yoga Academy teachers for every class. Simon is offering this week to all who wish to come for a focused yoga holiday at this fabulous location on beautiful Koh Samui. Come and enrich your practice, understanding and experience through Simonâs transformative Yin and Yang Yoga. This week is suitable for students of all yoga traditions and styles. Children are also welcome.
with Special Guest Musicians Edo & Jo Â http://www.edoandjo.com
About the Teacher
Simon Low, BWY and Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) teacher, is the Principal of The Yoga Academy offering foundational and continuing education to yoga teachers and students in the UK and internationally. After a career in the music industry based out of London and New York, Simon undertook training as yoga teacher and therapist 24 years ago with renowned yoga teacher, therapist and author Dr. Larry Payne at Samata International in Los Angeles, California. These studies were augmented by Simon’s training in macrobiotics, bodywork and psycho-spiritual enquiry. Simon’s foundational teachings are informed by the teachings of Sri T Krishnamacharya and his primary students. Simonâs current teachings reflect his continued training and on-going studies with international teachers in many forms of Hatha and Classical yoga, traditional Chinese and eastern medicine, Chi Kung, ancient and contemporary healing methodologies, centred-movement, psychology and physical therapy. Simon is an ongoing student of A.H. Almaas’ Ridhwan School, but his primary teacher lives within himself, a relationship he continues to cultivate with the help and guidance of his current teachers and practice. He inspires others to cultivate the same relationship within themselves and their own yoga practices.
Following many years of teaching in the UK, Simon co-founded Triyoga in London, where he was Director of Yoga until 2003, since which time he has concentrated on teacher training at The Yoga Academy and on leading study intensives, workshops and rejuvenating yoga retreats around the world. Over the years, Simon has developed a unique and personal teaching style and now practices and teaches a harmonious combination of Yin and Yang Yoga. Not a set system but a balanced approach that can inform and enrich all styles of yoga, Yin and Yang Yoga offers fresh vitality to yoga practice, kindness and respect to the human form, transformative breathing practices, and for the mind – the space for peace and tranquillity.
In 2007, Simon released his now very popular DVD “Yin and Yang Yoga” and will release a Yin Yoga App in 2014.
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 am – 10:00 am||Morning Practice â a predominantly yang style practice incorporating asana, applied anatomy, pranayama and meditation. Yang style of practice is a combination of continually flowing breath-led sequences involving explorative circular and spiral movement patterns, balanced with precise postural alignment and attention to anatomical detail to ensure safety and ease of movement with individual modifications, where necessary.|
|10 am – 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|4:30 pm – 6:30 pm||Afternoon Practice –Â deeply restorative yin yoga sessions incorporating a broad spectrum of still postures, practiced with ample props for optimum relaxation, and gentle exploratory movement to enhance concentration, deepen breath awareness, relieve muscle stiffness and improve freedom of movement in joints, infused with philosophy, mindfulness teachings, inspirational poetry and meditation.|
|6:30 pm – 8:00 pm||Steam room available|
|6:30 pm – 8:00 pm||Dinner buffet|
|8:00 pm||Optional evening programs on certain days|
Based on request and availability, you are welcome to arrive early or extend your stay, our Residential and Wellness Programs details are onÂ http://www.samahitaretreat.com/yoga-holidays.html
Combine your Retreat with a Health or Wellness Spa Add-On Program to make the most out of your stay. We invite you to enjoy rejuvenating massage and treatments at an exclusive rate - Enjoy a 10% discount on the Add-On Program of your choice.
Wellness Spa Add-On Program
Relax and enjoy our Wellness Spa Add-On Program, designed to nourish body and soul. Choose from a range of massage, beauty treatments and detoxifying therapies to compliment your time with us.
|3 days||5 days||7 days|
|Wellness Spa Program||4,770 THB||7,560 THB||10,530 THB|
Health Add-On Program
Our Health Add-On Programs have been specially designed to help you rediscover health and vitality, and where necessary target areas of imbalance in your life. From our healthy detox, candida detox program to our de-stress program, our specially designed blend of treatments, nutrition and support ensure you meet your wellness goals.
|3 days||5 days||7 days||10 days|
|Detox||13,500 THB||20,250 THB||23,150 THB||32,400 THB|
|Candida Detox||20,250 THB||29,460 THB||34,930 THB||45,850 THB|
|De-Stress||13,500 THB||20,250 THB||23,150 THB||32,400 THB|
We recommend you book in advance for your Health or Wellness Spa Add-On Program as much preparation work is required and space is limited.
|Share two bedroom loft||Â Â Â Â â¬ 990 Â Â Â per person|
|Semi Private room||Â Â Â Â â¬ 1,090 per person|
|Private room||Â Â Â Â â¬ 1,190 per person|
Friend / Family Room & Board Rates
These are available to any registered Samahita Retreat guest's partner, family member or friend, who is not interested in participating in any of the programs but will stay in a room and board capacity. Shared accommodation, food, and the facilities are open to the Room & Board guest(s).
During our Peak periods, the friends and family rate applies to single and deluxe rooms only.
Deluxe One Bedroom Suite
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.
Deluxe One Bedroom Suite - Additional cost on the total program package:
- 2,100 per day
- 13,440 for one week
- 26,040 for two weeks
- 37,800 for three weeks
- 46,200 for four weeks
OurÂ guestroomsÂ are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide with you with a private community and greater security. A selection of ourÂ roomsÂ enjoy this spectacular sea view, while others enjoy the tropical gardens scene.
It is possible to extend your time on detox day by day from an above program as fits your timeline. You can also add extra therapies and treatments to your program at a special discounted rate.
The rate is inclusive of:
- Full yoga and fitness 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
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.
Reserve your place on this program.
If you wish to combine or extend your stay to include a wellness program please use the Wellness Booking Form
All rates will be charged in Thai Baht at the time of booking. The following conversions are intended as a guide only. This currency converter uses inter-bank rates rather than the cash rates that apply to payments, so it is likely that the actual exchange rate will be different to what is indicated here.
â¼Â Holly Ong, SingaporeÂ
I am a yoga teacher and have travelled around the world for yoga retreats.Â I usually become ill during travelling to a point that I need to visit a doctor.Â Any change of weather, food or fatigue can cause problems in my system.Â In my last journey in January 2014, I went to Samahita Retreat for a yoga holiday with Simon Low. By the end of the week, I felt very healthy and extended my stay for an extra week with him at Jungleyoga, also in Thailand.Â During these two weeks, I got rid of pains that had been caused by an old back injury in yoga. The results were magnificent and I could not believe it.Â I felt less tired and more energetic,Â and the results exceeded my experiences from various health farms in India.
â¼Â Afsaneh Saghari, yoga teacher, Teheran, Iran
Yoga holidays are often a great way to go a little deeper, but if you are going to spend your hard earned money and time then seek out a really experienced and skilful teacher. Simon Low is a pioneer in his approach, which weaves in Eastern disciplines with Yin and Yang Yoga and the latest scientific theory. The end result is that you leave feeling as if every joint in your body has been oiled and made fully mobile again. Iâve been going to his holidays and workshops for 12 years and always come back fizzing with energy. Simon puts meticulous care into his holidays from the choice of venue upwards. He attracts a discerning and warm crowd, who are fun to spend time with. His relentless attention to detail makes it on my must-do list every year.
â¼Â Nahid de Belgeonne, Director and Founder of Good Vibes, London, UK
Simonâs yoga retreat was truly transformational for me. After a difficult year I needed a complete rebalancing and Simonâs calm, supportive and meditative teaching style provided a wonderful, safe and nurturing environment. I left feeling re-energised and re-aligned, both physically and mentally. Thank you Simon and Eija for an amazing experience.
â¼ Christine Page, UK
The true spirit of yoga was present on and off the mat. Simon led us in our yoga practice seamlessly and with the lightness of touch that only a committed and ongoing student of yoga can, ensuring that newbies and those with more experience had an enjoyable practice packed with learning. I will be recommending this retreat to my students, colleagues, friends, in fact anyone who is prepared to listen!! The week gave me so much on a professional and personal level and at the same time was a perfect holiday.
â¼ Julie Bickerton, UK
This was my third retreat with Simon. I loved it so much in 2011 that this time I persuaded my husband to come too, although he doesn’t have a regular yoga practice. He absolutely loved it: the wonderfully invigorating and restorative classes, with details of anatomy and philosophy that many teachers omit.
â¼ Stephanie Herbert, UK
Simon has the ability to teach a class of very mixed abilities, from beginners to experienced and still make the class relevant for everyone. His teaching is always evolving so that every class is different.
â¼ Sara Moloney, UK
Simon has a number of qualities, all of which can be found in many yoga teachers but rarely are they all found in the same yoga teacher. He has a breadth and depth of understanding of yoga asana that few teachers I have met can match, combined with a deceptively easy teaching style that presents the information in a readily absorbable manner so that you almost don’t realise you are learning, but you are. When you combine all this with the knowledge that Simon actively seeks out the best places to practice yoga, wherever in the world, and has a passion for the care and comfort of his students, whether it be the facilities in the yoga studio, the food, the accommodation or the general environment, I always know that a retreat with Simon will be a high quality experience.
â¼ Steve Whittam, yoga teacher, UK
I’ve been making a conscious effort to do more exercise and felt a need to expand my repertoire. I found the yoga was manageable and Simon made a noticeable effort to keep the classes interesting and inclusive to the less flexible! I enjoyed them.
â¼ Chris Marsden, a newcomer to yoga and to Simon, UK