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About the Retreat
This retreat is about taking time out of our busy lives to enjoy a
beautiful, peaceful setting that supports investing in one’s personal
wellbeing and growth. It encourages transformation and when you go into
yourself through practice in an ideal environment, it’s not only you
who benefits, learns and enjoys. In reality, taking this time truly
benefits everyone we come in contact with.
During this week together, we will approach Yoga comprehensively,
incorporating both asana (posture practice) and pranayama (breath work
according to Sri OP Tiwari’s living lineage), with a lighter emphasis on
sitting in contemplation, chanting, meditation technique and exploring
yoga philosophy. The overall goal being to experience a genuine state of
balance, coupled with clear practices you shall take home to further
develop and preserve what we grow and develop together on retreat.
Each day will feature a morning and an afternoon session.
The morning sessions will help us get into and cultivate a sense of
the present i.e., by sitting in contemplation we will open our day,
connect to our hearts and focus on pranayama practices. Maintaining this
sense of presence, we will then transition into a thorough led asana
practice, the style of which reflects a structured yet alive and
liberated approach rooted in the wisdom of the Ashtanga-Vinayasa method.
The first led classes will offer experienced perspective unique to the
instructor yet in line with Samahita Retreat’s overall approach. Taking
this time will ideally shed light on parts of your practice that might
benefit from awareness and growth. For those with a personal practice,
the option for Mysore style (self-practice), and the integration of new
insights, will be available as the week continues.
The afternoon sessions will feature light lectures and discussions on topics such as key Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, highlighted concepts of Hatha Pradipika,
kriyas (cleansing practices and their role), relationship of Ayurveda
and Hatha Yoga, and ways to sustainably incorporate Yoga in a modern
lifestyle. We will also be free in the afternoon to workshop asana and
pranayama techniques in detail, concluding the day with restorative
breath work, and gentle/Yin-style Yoga.
This retreat is open to, and will benefit all levels – from the newer
to the seasoned practitioner. Whether you would like to deepen your
practice or are interested in returning home with a solid foundation,
from which to begin or restart, all will be personally guided.
About the Teacher
first step on the path of yoga began in 2001, like many 22 year old
Americans, in the gym, starting with the physical body and asana
(posture) practice, attending classes regularly while exploring a
variety of approaches. After some time exploring, and learning to manage
the breath better, he was drawn to spend most of his effort learning
through the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. Jumping right in (or through) with
both feet his passionate interest, study, lifestyle changes, and steady
growth in yoga has literally taken him all over the world (India,
Thailand, Israel, Suriname, and throughout some major cities in the US)
in both study and then later teaching capacities.
His main teacher Paul Dallaghan, founder of www.samahitaretreat.com,
he met in 2006 on his first of 6 trips to Asia totaling 20 months of
focused study and self discovery. Steve utilized the vast majority of
those months under Paul’s direct guidance, and with Paul’s two main
teachers: the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois (and grandson Sharath) in Mysore
India studying Ashtanga Vinyasa at the source, and with Sri O P Tiwari,
head of the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute in Lonavala India, one of the
most recognized and accomplished masters of classical yoga, Pranayama,
its practice and meaning.
Continuing to study under Paul and Tiwariji, he’s also spent
significant time with a variety of senior certified Ashtanga teachers,
participated in a vast amount of workshops with well known teachers of
varying approaches, had transformative experience living on a couple
ashrams in India for several months, studying philosophy, Sanskrit,
human anatomy, and the human condition. He’s been invited by his
teachers to teach at their institutes on multiple occasions and has
lectured at large scale international yoga conferences in India and the
USA. In the last 3 years, the practice of kirtan (ecstatic chanting),
and karma yoga (volunteering time weekly) has taken on great
significance in his personal development, particularly in opening the
Of greatest importance, Steve maintains a sincere and dedicated daily
yoga practice of pranayama, asana, and meditation as given by his
teachers, whom he continues to spend time with a couple times a year. He
feels incredibly blessed and grateful to be able to share as he has the
good fortune to learn under their close guidance, and continues his
rewarding effort in this path and goal, which is yoga.
Steve can easily be found and messaged via his Facebook page for any questions or discussion about the retreat.
The Daily Schedule
|7.30 am||Cultivate a sense of the present by sitting in contemplation,
connect to our hearts, learn and recite a couple simple yet powerful
mantras, and focus on pranayama practices
|8.15 am||A led asana practice, the style of which reflects a structured yet
alive and liberated approach rooted in the wisdom of the
Ashtanga-Vinayasa method. For those with a personal practice, the
option for Mysore style (self-practice), and the integration of new
insights, will be available as the week continues.
|10.00 am – 1.00 pm||Brunch buffet|
|4.00 pm – 6:00 pm||Light lectures and discussions on topics such as key Yoga Sutras of
Patanjali, highlighted concepts of Hatha Pradipika, kriyas (cleansing
practices and their role), relationship of Ayurveda and Hatha Yoga, and
ways to sustainably incorporate Yoga in a modern lifestyle. Plus time to
workshop asana and pranayama techniques in detail, concluding the day
with restorative breath work, and gentle/Yin-style Yoga.
|6:00 pm – 8:00 pm||Complimentary herbal steam room available|
|6:00 pm – 8:00 pm||Dinner buffet|
|8.00 pm||Optional evening program or quiet time|