Program Director and Senior Yoga Teacher
Elonne Stockton started practicing yoga at age 14. As a student at Choate Rosemary Hall preparatory school, she found that practicing 2-3 days a week helped her cope with the stresses of competitive academics and athletics, as well as with the endless challenges of adolescence.
Elonne ran with her high school cross country and track teams, and she continued to run competitively during her first two years of college. Her running coach at Choate was Buddhist and taught religion and philosophy, and he helped to spark her interest in meditation and Eastern thought. But before she started meditating regularly, Elonne caught a glimpse of what a concentrated mind was like through her distance running.
She wishes she had had more guidance with her yoga practice when she was young. At the time, there were no studios or teachers where she lived, so she had to find yoga on her own, with the help of books and video tapes. It was not until the late 90's, when she transferred from Bowdoin College to Columbia University in New York City, that she began studying at the various studios open around New York at that time - Jivamukti, Integral, Sivananda, etc.
She soon found the humble, simple, and quiet energy of the Sivananda center in Chelsea to be the sanctuary she was seeking. She regularly attended satsang and asana classes there.
After graduating from college, Elonne had more time to go deeper into her practice. When she was 24, Elonne went to the Sivananda Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas on vacation. While on vacation, she decided to take a break from the field of journalism to attend the Sivananda teacher training course, which she completed in January of 2003. She started teaching the morning after she finished the course and has been teaching ever since.
Elonne was on staff with Sivananda for 2 years, teaching and doing Karma Yoga in the Bahamas, Canada, and India. Afterwards, she spent a year teaching in the United States.
In 2006, Elonne moved to Taipei, where she lived and taught yoga for three years. It was in Asia that she met her teachers, Paul Dallghan, O.P. Tiwari, and Richard Freeman. Their support and guidance makes it possible for Elonne to continue to strengthen and develop her connection to the practice.
Elonne has taught asana, pranayama, and meditation in retreats, resorts, ashrams, studios, orphanages, hospitals, and clinics around the world. She is now extremely grateful for the opportunity to teach at Samahita Retreat. As her understanding of the practice grows, she feels more and more like a beginner, and she is excited to help others as she furthers her own studies.
Traveling Yoga Workshops
|February 9-10||Accra, Ghana||Nieves Lahuerta|
|February 11-14||Abidjan, Ivory Coast||Onanchi Chappet|
|February 15-18||Cape Town, South Africa||Shanti Capetown|
|April 4-7||Utrecht, Holland||Yoga Moves|
|May 11-12||Saigon, Vietnam||Catherine Walter|
|September 30 - October 9||Ashtanga Classes||Cape Town, South Africa||Shanti Cape|
|October 13||Pranayama Workshop||Cape Town, South Africa||Shanti Cape|
|Nov 22-24||Saigon, Vietnam||Catherine Walter|
|August 30 - September 1||Taipei, Taiwan||Pure Yoga|
|September 2||Taipei, Taiwan||Easyoga +886-2-2321-1283|
|November 23-25||Jakarta, Indonesia||Namaste Festival|
Elonne is super caring and always willing to help and support us. I loved her clear instructions and guidelines! I loved her chanting classes!
∼ Helena, Vietnam, 2013
Elonne was supportive, loving and extremely generous with her knowledge. She taught me the importance of making yoga a meditative process, one where the awareness is on the inside. When I practiced with this intention it changed me!
∼ Nada, Egypt, 2013
Sincere, kind, firm but gentle, always approachable and offers great advice. Wicked sense of humor, always gets us laughing.
∼ TT student, August 2013
I had a fantastic week's yoga retreat with Elonne. She is an incredibly gifted, knowledgeable and dedicated teacher. I have been practicing yoga for some years but I learnt a great deal from her during the week and feel completely re-inspired about my practice as a result. The course was also a brilliant introduction to the practice of pranayama which was taught in a very clear and methodical way. I thoroughly enjoyed her balanced and practical approach and her advice on integrating yoga into one's daily life was invaluable. I will definitely be back!
∼ Rupert, UK, 2013
It has been a very rich experience to meet Elonne and "absorb" everything she shared with us. Thanks, Elonne, for your patience and dedication! It has been a pleasure to meet you, a bless really.
∼ Daniele, Ivory Coast, 2013
Elonne, just wanted to say thank you for everything you patiently taught me throughout the retreat. You are an inspiring teacher and your gentle way resonates in your teaching. I'll be back for sure.
∼ Bridie, Australia, 2013
Elonne, thank you for the wonderful week. I feel rejuvenated and very much re-inspired to get into my personal practice again and also to continue my training, I found you to be a great teacher and hope to see more of you in the future.
Anna, UK, 2013
You are a really talented / awesome teacher and we are so grateful we had you introducing us to Yoga :0) We will be back to do another course with you soon. By the way we still listen to and chant along to the recording we did in the class. We love it and I find it really centring and calming.
∼ Bek and Geremy, Australia, 2012
Elonne inspired me very much by her humble and caring nature, by dealing with us with so much concern and respect.
∼ Radica, Switzerland, 2011
Elonne is an amazing teacher. She does so much for the students and is so supportive.
∼ Hoang, United States, 2011
Extremely knowledgeable and approachable. Very encouraging. Fantastic chanting. I will remember her fondly.
∼ Rae, Phillipines, 2011