Yin and Yang Yoga for Body, Breath and Mind
January 4 - 11, 2014
with Simon Low
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 Simon’s transformative Yin and Yang Yoga. This week is suitable for students of all yoga traditions and styles. Children are also welcome.
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. Simon’s 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 2013.
To be announced
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 – 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|
|4:15 pm - 6:45 pm||Afternoon Practice – deeply restorative yin yoga sessions incorporating a broad spectrum of still postures and gentle movement to relieve muscle stiffness and improve freedom of movement, 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 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||€ 77||€ 126||€ 176|
|Radiant Balanced Living||€ 122||€ 198||€ 275|
|Pure Balanced Living||€ 202||€ 328||€ 450|
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
|Standard - Detox : De-Stress||€ 306||€ 459||€ 525||€ 756|
|Standard - Healthy Weight||€ 337||€ 505||€ 578||€ 832|
|Essential - Detox : De-Stress||€ 360||€ 572||€ 697||€ 982|
|Essential - Healthy Weight||€ 396.||€ 629||€ 767||€ 1,080|
|Specialty Detox Standard||€ 460||€ 668||€ 792||€ 1,040|
|Specialty Detox Essential||€ 515||€ 783||€ 963||€ 1,269|
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||€ 940 per person|
|Semi Private room||€ 1,040 per person|
|Single superior room||€ 1,140 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.
“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. I’ve 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.”
∼ Nahid de Belgeonne, Director and Founder of Good Vibes, London, 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.”
∼ Steve Whittam, yoga teacher, London, UK
“The ten days were wonderful - relaxing and challenging (particularly for my hamstrings). During that time, I feel we built up a lovely atmosphere in the group. I liked the way everyone committed her-and-himself to the yoga practice. I specially liked the way Simon taught: at the same time very sensitive and tender as well as holding the energy of the whole group with assertiveness.”
∼ Caroline Schilling, Germany
“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.”
∼ Chris Marsden, a newcomer to yoga and to Simon, 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.”
∼ Sara Moloney, UK
“There's something about the flowing sequence of movements through which Simon leads us that is slightly different from mainstream yoga. This is ‘Yin and Yang’ yoga – the latest rereading of the ancient Indian system of personal development that aims to balance body, mind and spirit.”
∼ Susie Rushton, Health Correspondent for The Independent