If Thailand wasn't enough of a paradise itself, I somehow found an oasis within this paradise via the Samahita Yoga Retreat on Samui Island in Southern Thailand. At Samahita, I was fortunate to join in a workshop with one of the world's finest Ashtanga yoga teachers, Chuck Miller at this pristine setting. Chuck is one of the original founders of YogaWorks (where I got my 200-hr. certification) and also a long-time instructor of my teacher and mentor, Natasha. As a new yoga instructor, it's important to continue education as often as possible and what better of an opportunity than to study with Chuck in Thailand?! When the stars aligned I thought, why not?! It was particularly beneficial because the workshop with Chuck provided a lot of much needed reinforcement of the principles and importance of yoga basics that come straight from the source of the YogaWorks method. Very cool.
For a couple days, we spent about 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon practicing and studying theory. I was undoubtedly in the presence of greatness--you can really feel the energy and the wisdom in the room when Chuck is there. In addition, the ambiance of Samahita was yoga-magical as the place itself was incredibly clean and quiet; the attendees were all like-minded yogis with genuine, earnest interest in yoga, health, well-being, peace, and balanced life. In addition, the food was incredibly healthy, vegetarian, vegan and delicious with 2 buffets twice a day. The theme of our workshop was Sama which, actually means balance or oneness or sameness in Sanskrit. For 4 days, I tried to let this sameness and balance permeate my thoughts, behavior and actions and I can say with certainty after this retreat, I left feeling more balance, refreshed, rejuvenated, and even more excited about yoga! It truly was an amazing experience.
|This is where the magic of yoga happens...every day! Not to shabby with the sound of the waves to guide your breathing.|
|Samahita pool and outdoor yoga shala behind the pool.|
|With Chuck outside the Buddha Shala where we had our workshop|
|Beachfront land at Samahita...water was super salty but I somehow powered through!|
|Excursion near the beach.|
|With my new Thai yogi friends at the retreat.|
|Eating just one of many delicious and super nutritious meals at Samahita Retreat.|
|At sunrise from my room on the last day of workshop.|